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One wedding leads to another . . . Essie met millionaire businessman Xavier Grey at a wedding: she was the chief bridesmaid, he was a distant relative of the bridegroom. They were strangers, yet for some reason Xavier clearly disapproved of Essie. She was determined not to care. She'd simply flirt with him and then leave the wedding! Only Xavier was intent on pursuing her. Rich and handsome, she was used to getting what he wanted -- and he wanted Essie! But when Xavier proposed, was it an affair or marriage he had in mind?
Corporations are under increasing pressure from customers, investors, employees, legislators, banks, and insurance companies to embrace social and environmental responsibility. But Wall Street demands quarterly results, a stringent return on investment, and a short payback period. Up until now, there's been very little evidence expressed in business language showing the benefits of the "triple bottom line" relevant to the short- and long-term priorities of senior executives. So how can these seemingly incompatible goals be accomplished at the same time? Written in the pragmatic language of business leaders by a senior executive at Big Blue,The Sustainability Advantageshows that the business benefits of sustainable development strategies are quantifiable and real-and executives do not have to be tree-hugging environmental activists to reap these benefits. Each of the seven sustainability strategies presented in this practical guide are easy to grasp, yet powerful enough to lead to significant business opportunities, from reducing hiring and retention costs and improving productivity, to decreasing expenses and increasing revenue and shareholder value. Executives will especially appreciate a unique spreadsheet into which they can insert their own data to see for themselves whether the business case for sustainable initiatives is a profitable one for their company. Marketing Plans: * Ads inGreenMoney Journal, LOHAS Journal, Business Ethics * National print review campaign * National radio interviews * Web publicity on greenbiz. com and others * Direct mail to members of The World Business Council on Sustainable Development * Course adoption campaign Bob Willardrecently retired from his senior executive position at IBM to pursue his commitment to sustainable development full-time. Over his 35 years at IBM, Willard was recognized with numerous awards for outstanding leadership, HR development, marketing and sales. He lives in Ontario, Canada. Also Available Cannibals with Forks: The Triple Bottom Line of 21st Century Business TP $21. 95, 0-86571-392-8 * USA
John Ehrenfeld challenges conventional understandings of solving environmental problems and offers a radical set of strategies to attain sustainability.
Written for students and practitioners in the fields of architecture and interior design, our new Architecture Brief Sustainable Design provides a concise overview of all the techniques available for reducing the energy footprint of structures and spaces. With clear, simple language and a practical "can-do" approach, author David Bergman covers everything from the profession's ethical responsibility, to design structures and spaces that sustain our natural resources, to specific considerations such as rainwater harvesting, graywater recycling, passive heating techniques, solar orientation, green roofs, wind energy, daylighting, indoor air quality, material evaluation and specification, and how to work with green building certification programs.
Sustainable Sushi answers the question on the minds of millions who enjoy eating fish: how can we indulge the desire to dine well while keeping our health and the health of the oceans in mind? With painstaking research found in no other book on the market to date, this pocket-size guide profiles dozens of the most common fish and shellfish one might encounter at a sushi bar, details where and how they are caught, whether or not they are safe, and how they figure in the current fishery crisis. Written by a fishery and sustainability expert who was himself netted long ago by the allure of Japanese cuisine, Sustainable Sushi offers simple, clear explanations of such topics as mercury and PCB levels, overfishing, and species extinction. Attractively designed and featuring quick facts, the book was written for both the novice and the seasoned sushi fan. In a storm of seafood shortages and frightening statistics,Sustainable Sushi shows readers how to enjoy the sushi bar without guilt.
From the author of our best-selling and widely beloved HOW TO GROW MORE VEGETABLES comes this "quick and dirty" introduction to biointensive gardening that shows it is not only possible but easy to grow astonishing crops of healthful organic vegetables and fruits, while conserving resources and actually helping the soil. A revolutionary approach to feeding ourselves and nurturing the land, this book includes: Ä¢ Step-by-step illustrations and instructions that make these techniques simple for even the novice gardener. Ä¢ Everything you need to know about planning crops, composting, harvesting, and more. Ä¢ Complete resources for seeds, tools, and other garden supplies.Feed a family of four on the bounty of your backyard, or just get more out of your garden with less effort with this wonderful resource.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn't Last and What Your Church Can Do About Itby Mark Devries
You're looking for a youth pastor. Again. What goes wrong? Why do youth ministries crumble? And what is the cost to students, parents, volunteers and church staff?Is a sustainable youth ministry possible, even after a youth pastor leaves?Youth ministry expert Mark DeVries knows the answer is yes, because he helps build sustainable youth ministries through his coaching service called Youth Ministry Architects. So take heart: No matter what state the youth ministry at your church is in--in need of a leader and volunteers, full of battles and stress, large or small in number--it can be built to survive and to last for the long haul. Based on his own experience and on his many conversations and interviews with churches in crisis, DeVries pinpoints problems that cause division and burnout and dispels strongly held myths. He then provides the practical tools and structures pastors and church leaders need to lay a strong foundation for your ministry so that it isn't built on a person or the latest, greatest student ministry trend. His accessible guidancehelps senior pastors and search committees create a realistic job description for a youth pastorprovides tips for making wise hiring decisionsequips youth pastors to build a strong volunteer teamoffers creative solutions to help youth pastors set and keep boundariesgives a road map for navigating church politicsand moreBuilding a sustainable youth ministry is not easy, and it's not quick. But with commitment to the process, hard work and DeVries's guidance, you can put together a healthy youth ministry--one that fits your church and lasts for the long haul. Youth ministrycanlast. Here's how.
By the author of Blood Meridian and All the Pretty Horses, Suttree is the story of Cornelius Suttree, who has forsaken a life of privilege with his prominent family to live in a dilapidated houseboat on the Tennessee River near Knoxville. Remaining on the margins of the outcast community there--a brilliantly imagined collection of eccentrics, criminals, and squatters--he rises above the physical and human squalor with detachment, humor, and dignity.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A bum hip has bed-and-breakfast hostess Judith McMonigle Flynn limping off to Good Cheer Hospital -- a questionable "haven of healing" where two recent patients didn't make the cut after routine surgery. Judith's trepidation at undergoing the knife is eased only by sharing a room with cousin Renie, who's in for rotator cuff repair. Though the cousins survive their surgeries, the ex-pro quarterback next door is permanently sacked after minor knee surgery. With the scoreboard showing Grim Reaper 3, post-op patients 0, Judith decides that she and Renie are obliged to get to the bottom of Good Cheer's carnage. But in order to sew up the case, Judith and Renie must probe into the suspects' psyches. And suddenly it looks as if the cousins' own prognoses could take them out of the game...for good.
No one knows the self-denial--and the failure rate--of dieting better than Suzanne Somers. The Three's Company and Step-by-Step star struggled with her weight for twenty years. But now, after years of experimentation and consultation with more than one hundred nutritionists and dietitians, Suzanne has developed a weight-loss plan that truly succeeds. With over a hundred recipes for great-tasting creative and traditional dishes, Eat Great, Lose Weight will help you free yourself from food cravings, get off the diet roller coaster, and learn to love food again. You won't believe how easy it is to look and feel your best!
2009: The Year You Can't Afford to Make Any Mistakes with Your Money.The credit crunch, the stock market freefall, the staggering toll of home foreclosures and job losses: The economic crisis that struck in 2008 has left no one untouched and everybody reeling. Seemingly overnight, the financial landscape has undergone seismic changes that suddenly have you asking all kinds of questions: Are your savings safe? Should you continue to invest in your retirement account? Should you keep your home if it's worth less than what you owe or should you sell it? How do you pay your bills if you've just been laid off?The nation's go-to expert on financial matters, Suze Orman, believes that 2009 is a critical year for your money. There are safeguards to put in place, actions to take, costly mistakes to avoid, and even opportunities to be had, so that you are protected during the bad times and prepared to prosper when things take a turn for the better. No matter what situation you're in, you will find a plan of action and the answers to your questions about:* Credit * Retirement*Savings and Spending*Real Estate*Paying for College* Protecting Your FamilySUZE ORMAN'S 2009 ACTION PLAN delivers honest, straightforward guidance--what to do, when to do it, and how to do it--as only Suze Orman can.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Times have changed and the rules have changed, but financial security is still the goal. Do you know how to get there? There is a new reality out there--a new normal. What was once certain--that you would be able to retire comfortably, that you would pay for your kids' education, that your home would appreciate in value--is no longer a sure thing. So much has changed on the financial landscape that it's hard to know which moves are the right ones to make. Suze Orman's million-copy bestselling financial action plan--fully revised and updated for 2010 and beyond--will show you the way. NEW TIMES CALL FOR NEW RULES--AND THIS IS WHAT SUZE ORMAN'S ACTION PLAN DELIVERS: * up-to-date information on new legislation that could affect how you will achieve your financial goals* an explanation of new FICO practices, and a new strategy for dealing with credit card debt* sound advice about rebuidling your retirement plan, and what to do if you're already retired* guidance on how to live within your means, and strategies to keep you on the path to achieving your goals in this new age of financial honesty PLUS AN ALL-NEW CHAPTER ON KIDS AND MONEY--how to give your kids a solid financial education, no matter their age! Download Suze Orman's free Money Tool iPhone applicaton in the iTunes store.From the Paperback edition.
A One-on-One Financial Planning Session with Suze Orman With her New York Times bestseller The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, America's leading financial expert Suze Orman transformed the concept of money forever by teaching us to recognize the emotional aspects of our relationship with it. Now, this fully revised edition of Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook translates Suze's own brand of motivation and inspiration into a user-friendly, hands-on workbook that will empower you to work through the nuts and bolts of personal finance, with Suze as your trusted adviser. Updated to keep you abreast of our quickly shifting economy, you'll find: Insightful exercises, quizzes, and worksheets to help you understand how your parents' relationship with money affects yours, and what money means to you Up-to-the-minute information on tax codes, IRA rules and regulations, and long-term-care insurance Useful strategies for coping with the ever-changing landscape of educational costs, social security, and the stock market An outline of key questions that every financial adviser should ask you upon your initial meeting An in-depth analysis of all your monthly expenses, providing a realistic picture of just how much money you have to work with and how you may not be respecting your money as much as you should Regardless of your age and income, it is never too early or too late to take control of your money. Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook is the perfect companion to The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, the personal finance classic that changed the way millions of Americans viewed money. Full of self-tests, thought-provoking questions, and Suze's easy-to-understand personal finance advice, here is your empowering approach to achieving financial freedom forever, with the best guide possible.
Scalable Vector Graphics -- or SVG -- is the new XML-based graphics standard from the W3C that will enable Web documents to be smaller, faster and more interactive. This insightful book takes you through the ins and outs of SVG, from the basics to more complicated features. Whether you're a graphic designer looking for new tools, or a programmer creating and managing graphics, this book provides a solid foundation.
There aren't any textbooks on armed robbery. The only way to learn is through experience, and small-time crooks Frank and Stick are determined to do as much learning on the job as possible. In 1970s' Detroit they embark on a crime spree, holding up liquor stores and supermarkets. They invent their 'Ten Golden Rules For Successful Armed Robbery' and for a short time the cash is rolling in. But then they bend their own rules, and it looks like trouble is heading their way.
From the microcosmic wilderness of an overgrown back yard to the cool, glassed-in exhibits in a natural history museum, Swallow swoops and darts, tangling the lines we draw between the wild and the cultivated. In her debut collection, Miranda Field explores a world composed equally of shadow and substance, filled not just with beauty but also with a kind of savage experience. But Swallow is more than a crisscrossing of boundaries. It is an imperative, a dare: Go ahead, do as Eve did; let hunger take you wherever it will. According to James Longenbach, these poems are "too beautifully made to idealize freedom, too much in love with vicissitude to idealize beauty. Read these poems, enter them, and be hungry forever."
Rowan's mind was full of the black shape and the scream ... whinny? It was a pony! The sparks had been its shoes on the road, skidding. A pony-- 'I know! It's that pony Charlie was talking about! He saw it--loose on the down last week! They tried to catch it but couldn't. He said a few people had tried to catch it. No-one knows where it's come from.' 'It's a disgrace! Animals roaming loose! We might have been killed!' When Rowan's father skids into and injuries a loose pony while driving his car, Rowan knows they have to find it and get it help, leading Rowan into the world of horses, pony clubs and horse training The Swallow Tale is the first title in K.M. Peyton's High Horse series about Rowan and her friends, the Hawes family.
John, Susan, Titty and roger are the exploring crew of the Swallow for the first time this year, and it is not certain whether it will be peace or war with the Amazon pirates or with Captain Flint.
Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat, who once rescued Atiq and is now dying of sickness and despair. Desperate, exhausted Mohsen wanders through Kabul when he is surrounded by a crowd about to stone an adulterous woman. Numbed by the hysterical atmosphere and drawn into their rage, he too throws stones at the face of the condemned woman buried up to her waist. With this gesture the lives of all four protagonists move toward their destinies.The Swallows of Kabul is a dazzling novel written with compassion and exquisite detail by one of the most lucid writers about the mentality of Islamic fundamentalists and the complexities of the Muslim world. Yasmina Khadra brings readers into the hot, dusty streets of Kabul and offers them an unflinching but compassionate insight into a society that violence and hypocrisy have brought to the edge of despair.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ten-year-old Swaminathan is living in exciting times. The sleeping giant of India is beginning to stir to the dwelling reverberations which herald the great struggle for independence. But it's all rather confusing for the boy. For like his family and friends, Swami has been immutably moulded by his British rulers - and though he might happily demonstrate against them, he wouldn't dream of missing cricket practice.
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) R. K. Narayan (1906--2001) witnessed nearly a century of change in his native India and captured it in fiction of uncommon warmth and vibrancy. The four novels collected here, all written during British rule, bring colonial India into intimate focus through the narrative gifts of this master of literary realism. Swami and Friendsintroduces us to Narayan's beloved fictional town of Malgudi, where ten-year-old Swaminathan's excitement about his country's initial stirrings for independence competes with his ardor for cricket and all other things British. The Bachelor of Artsis a poignant coming-of-age novel about a young man flush with first love, but whose freedom to pursue it is hindered by the fixed ideas of his traditional Hindu family. InThe Dark Room, Narayan's portrait of aggrieved domesticity, the docile and obedient Savitri, like many Malgudi women, is torn between submitting to her husband's humiliations and trying to escape them. The title character inThe English Teacher, Narayan's most autobiographical novel, searches for meaning when the death of his young wife deprives him of his greatest source of happiness. These pioneering novels, luminous in their detail and refreshingly free of artifice, are a gift to twentieth-century literature.
Apparently, the world is in such serious condition that the Earth's protective laugh force has been compromised. Scientists have discovered a hole in the Bozone Layer -- our planetary clown chakra -- because not enough levity is rising. Boy, talk about irony. You would think that with all this serious foolishness, more people would be laughing. But sometimes being foolish just isn't funny, and we have to face the serious nature of our foolishness. And what foolishness it is! We have smart bombs, which is great. Now all we have to do is make sure our leaders are at least as smart as our bombs. And a smart leader? A smart leader knows when using even the smartest bomb is stupid.
History of a small band of backwoodsmen who carried on a private war with the British redcoats in South Carolina during the American Revolution. Led by Francis Marion, these guerrilla fighters struck fear into the hearts of the English.
The Hardy brothers go to Big Thicket, Texas, to investigate attempts on the life of a naturalist trying to preserve the area wildlife in the face of threats from timber and oil interests.
There are some pretty weird grown-ups living in Bailey City. But could the creepy scientist in town to help with the class's ecology projects really be a swamp monster? The Bailey School Kids are going to find out! "Liza's afraid of swamp monsters," Eddie teased. "I am not," Liza said, putting her hands on her hips, "because there are no such things as swamp monsters." Eddie stood up and walked toward the swamp. "How can you be so sure there aren't swamp monsters? After all, the muck at the bottom of Swamp Dread is perfect for growing strange things--like monsters."
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