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by Mardy Grothe

ox-y-mor-on-i-ca (OK-se-mor-ON-uh-ca) noun, plural: Any variety of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are true, often profoundly true. See also oxymoron, paradox.examples:"Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad."Victor Hugo"To lead the people, walk behind them." Lao-tzu"You'd be surprised how much it coststo look this cheap."Dolly PartonYou won't find the word "oxymoronica" in any dictionary (at least not yet) because Dr. Mardy Grothe introduces it to readers in this delightful collection of 1,400 of the most provocative quotations of all time. From ancient thinkers like Confucius, Aristotle, and Saint Augustine to great writers like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and G. B. Shaw to modern social observers like Woody Allen and Lily Tomlin, Oxymoronica celebrates the power and beauty of paradoxical thinking. All areas of human activity are explored, including love, sex and romance, politics, the arts, the literary life, and, of course, marriage and family life. The wise and witty observations in this book are as highly entertaining as they are intellectually nourishing and are sure to grab the attention of language lovers everywhere.

Towards a Poor Theatre

by Jerzy Grotowski

Originally published in 1968, Jerzy Grotowski's groundbreaking book is available once again. As a record of Grotowski's theatrical experiments, this book is an invaluable resource to students and theater practioners alike.

Honor: a Black Bear, Pennsylvania story

by Daniel Grotta

What is it to be honorable? In the eyes of others? In your own heart? Is it what you've done or who you are? Honor, a novella by Daniel Grotta, explores the human cost when patriotism, personal ethics and the deep bond of friendship collide. Jeff Smith was, as his bully of a brother-in-law Gene Engelhardt was fond of retelling, "what the cat dragged in." A scruffy, bearded hippie Gene's sister Bonnie had met and fallen deeply in love with decades ago at a Washington peace rally against the Vietnam War. Even shaved and doing whatever the Engelhardts wanted, Jeff was never accepted or approved of by his in-laws. Now, Jeff is saddled with a family, a dead end job, and, after Bonnie died of cancer, a mountain of debt. However, Jeff has a secret and a unique possession that could possibly solve his financial problems and help his daughter realize her dream, if he can overcome the guilt and shame that has haunted him for over thirty years.Honor is currently being developed into a theatrical play by the playwright David Zarko.A free Study Guide for Honor, for book clubs, teachers and other book discussion groups is available from the publisher Pixel Hall Press.About Black Bear, PennsylvaniaHonor, is the first in a series of stories set in the fictional Pocono Mountains village of Black Bear, Pennsylvania. Black Bear was created as a literary folie à deux by Daniel Grotta and Sally Wiener Grotta. Both Daniel and Sally are dipping into the same pool of invented locale and characters to write a series of separate stories and novels that will eventually paint a full picture of the diversity of life and relationships in a small mountain village. For instance, both Jeff Smith and his curmudgeonly father-in-law AH Engelhardt from Honor, play key roles in Jo Joe, a Black Bear novel by Sally Wiener Grotta.Every Black Bear story stands alone, as a separate story that doesn't require knowing anything about the town from previous stories.

Seven from Haven

by Daniel Grotta

Seven gentle tales of the paranormal with O'Henry-like sensibility, charm and humorSet in a small Pennsylvania mountain village, where strange and wondrous things happen, Seven from Haven are quirky, fantastical Twilight Zone-like short stories which prove what they say about this town: "Haven takes care of its own.""The stories are magical. Grotta teases us with very precise detail and almost journalistic scene setting, then when we're not quite looking carries us gently into a world of soft boundaries, unexplained visitations, and of deep, deep hope and simple courage. These stories speak from and directly to the heart." - David Zarko

The Winter Boy

by Sally Wiener Grotta

Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, Mary Doria Russell and Ursula K. LeGuin, The Winter Boyexplores important political and social issues within a dynamic, character-driven otherworld, wrapped up in masterful storytelling.The Valley of the Alleshi is the center of all civilization, the core and foundation of centuries of peace. A cloistered society of widows, the Alleshi, has forged peace by mentoring young men who will one day become the leaders of the land. Each boy is paired with a single Allesha for a season of intimacy and learning, using time-honored methods that include storytelling, reason and sex. However, unknown to all but a hidden few, the peace is fracturing from pressures within and beyond, hacking at the very essence of their civilization.Amidst this gathering political maelstrom, Rishana, a young new idealistic Allesha, takes her First Boy, Ryl, for a winter season of training. But Ryl is a "problem boy," who fights Rishana every step of the way. At the same time, Rishana uncovers a web of conspiracies that could not only destroy Ryl, but threaten to tear their entire society apart. And a winter that should have been a gentle, quiet season becomes one of conflict, anger and danger. "...with the kind of mysterious tone and a sense of a complete world apart that is the hallmark of the best.... The Winter Boy... exists in... a mythic, spiritual realm. Even ordinary lines resonate with this sense of the unseen." - Peter Damien Bellis, author of "The Conjure Man""...a very rewarding read that raises your self-awareness in a way that only great books do.... A literary triumph" - Dr. Babus Ahmed "Sally Wiener Grotta blends pain, love, lust and adventure into a tale you may not want to put down." - Robin Baum"The Winter Boy is an intriguing story that's unlike any other I have read." - L.A. Sherman

101 Foods That Could Save Your Life!

by David Grotto

When it comes to food, nature provides a wealth of delicious choices. But each one also supplies unique health benefits. From apples to yogurt, this comprehensive encyclopedia of power foods from top nutritionist David Grotto proves that what tastes good can also be good for you--and tells you why. Did you know. . . * A handful of tart cherries before bed can help you sleep better * Hot peppers may fight skin cancer * Potatoes may reduce the risk of stroke * Grape juice may be as heart-healthy as red wine * Honey can help wounds heal faster In working with thousands of clients over many years and searching for the most nutritious and tasty foods, David Grotto made a simple but profound discovery: telling people what they couldn't eat was far less effective than telling them what they could. So began his list of power foods, rich in nutrients, loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and important omega fats--and surprisingly more familiar than you might expect. More than a reference book,101 Foods That Could Save Your Lifewill make a significant impact on your health by guiding you to gradually add these foods to your diet. Plus, each entry includes a history of the food's origin, therapeutic benefits along with scientific research, tips for use and preparation, and an appetizing recipe from a leading chef or nutritionist. Prepare to awaken your tastebuds, lose excess weight, and feel the healing begin. From the Trade Paperback edition.

101 Optimal Life Foods

by David Grotto

From headaches to joint pain, acne to anxiety, chronically a cold foot to depression, 101 Optimal Life Foods takes on thirty of the most common health issues-and shows you how to introduce healing to your through delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes. Inside you'll discover that

The Best Things You Can Eat

by David Grotto

Is an orange or a guava the best source of vitamin C? Is farm-raised or wild salmon higher in omega 3 fats? If you've always wondered what foods to turn to when you need more fiber in your diet or which foods you can count on when you've got an upset stomach, The Best Things You Can Eat as the answers, and even a few surprises. Registered Dietitian and bestselling author David Grotto draws on the latest nutritional and scientific research to assemble the most authoritative compilation of food rankings ever produced. Here are just some of the useful lists you'll find inside: * 8 Best Foods for Lowering Cholesterol * Top 6 Foods to Control Your Blood Pressure * 7 Best Foods for Stopping Bad Breath * 5 Best Foods to Slow Down Aging * Top 5 Foods for Numbing Aches and Pains

The Best Things You Can Eat

by David Grotto

Is an orange or a guava the best source of vitamin C? Is farm-raised or wild salmon higher in omega 3 fats? If you've always wondered what foods to turn to when you need more fiber in your diet or which foods you can count on when you've got an upset stomach, The Best Things You Can Eat as the answers, and even a few surprises. Registered Dietitian and bestselling author David Grotto draws on the latest nutritional and scientific research to assemble the most authoritative compilation of food rankings ever produced. Here are just some of the useful lists you'll find inside:* 8 Best Foods for Lowering Cholesterol* Top 6 Foods to Control Your Blood Pressure* 7 Best Foods for Stopping Bad Breath* 5 Best Foods to Slow Down Aging* Top 5 Foods for Numbing Aches and Pains

Data Mining with SPSS Modeler

by Sören Gröttrup Tilo Wendler

Introducingthe IBM SPSS Modeler, this book guides readers through data mining processesand presents relevant statistical methods. There is a special focus onstep-by-step tutorials and well-documented examples that help demystify complexmathematical algorithms and computer programs. The variety of exercises andsolutions as well as an accompanying website with data sets and SPSS Modeler streams are particularly valuable. Whileintended for students, the simplicity of the Modeler makes the book useful foranyone wishing to learn about basic and more advanced data mining, and put thisknowledge into practice.

The Furniture Doctor

by George Grotz

The best-selling guide to keeping furniture in the finest and most beautiful condition, with complete information on proper repair and refinishing techniques from the legendary expert on antiques and their restoration.B & W photographs throughoutFrom the Trade Paperback edition.

Matter: Science Reference Book

by Chicago Science Group

A science, student reference book covering: What Is Matter? Solids Liquids Gases Density Matter Changes States Mixtures Physical and Chemical Changes Tools of Science

The Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words

by Diagram Group

This unique reference book strives to define words and phrases that the average person often encounters but which may not be immediately familiar. Batten, kiosk, proctor, coup de grace, alliteration, parsec, corona, renal, joystick, decant, citadel. Broken down into over fifty categories-from cultural essentials likeart, history, and sports to modern obsessions like text messaging and hip hop slang-this book is a word lover's dream and a useful handbook for any student. It covers theatre. It even has a section of foreign words commonly used in English. Expand your vocabulary. Improve your writing. Broaden your horizons!

World Of Reading Star Wars: Death Star Battle

by Disney Book Group

It's a race against time as the rebels fight to destroy the Empire's greatest weapon--the Death Star. This level 2 early reader retells classic scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope as the Luke Skywalker flies his X-Wing in a battle with Darth Vader.

Complete Colon Cleanse

by D. C. Edward Group III

RESTORE YOUR BODY'S NATURAL HEALTHThe modern world is swarming with toxins that infiltrate your body and accumulate in your colon. Unable to be processed further, these toxins leach into your bloodstream, poison your body, and break down your natural defenses-causing disease, weight gain, fatigue, and many other health issues.The Complete Colon Cleanse offers simple, at-home cleanses that quickly flush these disease-causing toxins out of your colon. You'll rapidly improve all aspects of your health and: Lose Weight Lower Blood Sugar Increase Energy Improve Awareness Reduce Inflammation Alleviate Irritable Bowels Appear More Youthful Stop Allergies and Headaches

Not a Passing Phase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History, 1840-1985

by Lesbian History Group

A collection of essays and articles about "romantic friendships" between famous women of the past.

Treasury of Precious Qualities: Book One

by Padmakara Translation Group H. H. the Dalai Lama Longchen Yeshe Dorje Jigme Lingpa

This book is a translation of the first part of Jigme Lingpa's Treasury of Precious Qualities, which in a slender volume of elegant verses sets out briefly but comprehensively the Buddhist path according to the Nyingma school. The concision of the root text and its use of elaborate poetic language, rich in metaphor, require extensive explanation, amply supplied here by the commentary of Kangyur Rinpoche. The present volume lays out the teachings of the sutras in gradual stages according to the traditional three levels, or scopes, of spiritual endeavor. It begins with essential teachings on impermanence, karma, and ethics. Then, from the Hinayana standpoint, it describes the essential Buddhist teachings of the four noble truths and the twelve links of dependent arising. Moving on, finally, to the Mahayana perspective, it expounds fully the teachings on bodhichitta and the path of the six paramitas, and gives an unusually detailed exposition of Buddhist vows.

The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva

by Padmakara Translation Group Dilgo Khyentse Matthieu Ricard

What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary set of instructions, a training manual composed in the fourteenth century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here explained in detail by one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse. In the Mahayana tradition, those who have the courage to undertake the profound change of attitude required to develop true compassion are called bodhisattvas. Their great resolve--to consider others' needs as paramount, and thus to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living creatures--carries them beyond the limits imposed by the illusions of "I" and "mine," culminating in the direct realization of reality, transcending dualistic notions of self and other. This classic text presents ways that we can work with our own hearts and minds, starting wherever we find ourselves now, to unravel our small-minded preoccupations and discover our own potential for compassion, love, and wisdom. Many generations of Buddhist practitioners have been inspired by these teachings, and the great masters of all traditions have written numerous commentaries. Dilgo Khyentse's commentary is probably his most extensive recorded teaching on Mahayana practice.For more information about the author, Dilgo Khyentse, visit his website at

My Last Best Friend

by Penguin Young Readers Group Julie Bowe

As Ida May begins fourth grade, she is determined never to make another best friend--because her last best friend moved away. This is a doable plan at first. Thanks to bratty, bossy Jenna Drews, who hates Ida, no one in class has ever really noticed her before. It's when the sparkly Stacey Merriweather comes to her school that Ida's plan goes awry. Ida reaches out despite her fear but doesn't say hello--instead she writes Stacey anonymous notes. Soon their friendship develops without Ida ever having to reveal her real identity . . . until she has no choice. And that's when the true friendship begins.

Measuring Up to the New York State Learning Standards and Success Strategies for the State Test (Science Level D)

by Peoples Publishing Group

Measuring Up worktexts maximize instruction time with 100 percent customization to the NYS Learning Standards. Lessons contain guided instruction and many application activities.

Learning to Manage Global Environmental Risks

by Social Learning Group

This book examines how ideas, interests, and institutions affect management practice; how management capabilities in other areas affect the ability to deal with environmental issues; and how learning affects society's approach to the global environment.

Return to D-Day

by Warriors Publishing Group The Greatest Generations Foundation

A World War II veteran in the twilight of his life stands once again on the soil where he fought the Nazis when he was a young man. He remembers those long-gone days of terror and valor and thinks of friends who died before his eyes. In a voice tinged with age and emotion, he talks about what he saw and heard and felt. Why would he want to revisit the places where he saw hell erupt around him? For many veterans, the experience brings a sense of closure to memories that often have been locked away like an old uniform. They find healing in places where once they witnessed the worst--and the best--that humanity has to offer.Since 2004, The Greatest Generations Foundation has offered the opportunity for veterans to return to their battlefields at no cost to them. These voyages back to the battlefields are often emotional, providing aging veterans a long-overdue method of dealing with their war experiences, a chance to re-kindle pride in their service and sacrifices, and a venue to educate others.In Return to D-Day, you can share in the stories of 35 such men, accompanied by John Riedy's striking photographs that capture the raw emotions of their return to a pivotal battlefield of World War II in Europe.These are tough men who did things in war that often seem impossible today, things that needed doing if the world was to shake free of Nazi tyranny. Standing on Normandy Beaches, once among the bloodiest battlegrounds of military history, they humbly reflect on those events with acute and incisive hindsight.These men changed the course of history.

The Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Assessing the Economic and Social Impact of the Syrian Conflict and ISIS

by World Bank Group

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is facing a multifaceted and complex crisis compounding concurrent and mutually aggravating security, political, economic, and social risks. As a result of the influx of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons arising from the Syrian conflict and the ISIS insurgency, the region's population increased by 28 percent, placing strains on the local economy, host community, and access to public services. These events took place in the context of a fiscal crisis, and these multiple shocks hit the economy hard. Economic growth is estimated to decline by five percentage points in 2014. Disruption of public investment projects, resulting from a lack of fiscal transfers, severely affected domestic economic activities. The construction sector has been particularly affected with, small companies reporting bankruptcy. Foreign direct investment flows have declined, and operations of foreign enterprises have been adversely affected. The crisis resulted in sharply lower local revenues, increased borrowing from the private sector, and large quasi-fiscal deficits. A surge in violence has led to supply-side shocks. With blocked transportation routes, the region's role as a transit trade route to Southern Iraq was severely affected. Food security for the region is hampered by the crisis. Prices have increased, and so has unemployment. Increased labor supply and competition for jobs pushed wages down. The standard of living has deteriorated, and a noticeable share of the population has fallen into poverty or is vulnerable to falling into poverty. In 2014, the poverty rate in the region more than doubled. This influx has severely constrained the delivery of health, education, and social protection programs to the population. These effects are unfolding within a policy framework that has some long-standing distortions. For example, before the crisis, the region's economy was already seeing supply-side strains in electricity and water sectors. This book provides the government with a technical assessment of the impact and stabilization costs associated with the influx of refugees and internally displaced persons. The cost of conflict is high, and the impact on the KRG economy and budget is significant. In the short term, much of the solutions for managing the impact of these shocks will require national and international response.

Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016: Taking on Inequality

by World Bank Group

Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2016 is the first of an annual flagship report that will inform a global audience comprising development practitioners, policy makers, researchers, advocates, and citizens in general with the latest and most accurate estimates on trends in global poverty and shared prosperity. This edition will also document trends in inequality and identify recent country experiences that have been successful in reducing inequalities, provide key lessons from those experiences, and synthesize the rigorous evidence on public policies that can shift inequality in a way that bolsters poverty reduction and shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. Specifically, the report will address the following questions: * What is the latest evidence on the levels and evolution of extreme poverty and shared prosperity? * Which countries and regions have been more successful in terms of progress toward the twin goals and which are lagging behind? * What does the global context of lower economic growth mean for achieving the twin goals? * How can inequality reduction contribute to achieving the twin goals? * What does the evidence show concerning global and between- and within-country inequality trends? * Which interventions and countries have used the most innovative approaches to achieving the twin goals through reductions in inequality? The report will make four main contributions. First, it will present the most recent numbers on poverty, shared prosperity, and inequality. Second, it will stress the importance of inequality reduction in ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity by 2030 in a context of weaker growth. Third, it will highlight the diversity of within-country inequality reduction experiences and will synthesize experiences of successful countries and policies, addressing the roots of inequality without compromising economic growth. In doing so, the report will shatter some myths and sharpen our knowledge of what works in reducing inequalities. Finally, it will also advocate for the need to expand and improve data collection--for example, data availability, comparability, and quality--and rigorous evidence on inequality impacts in order to deliver high-quality poverty and shared prosperity monitoring.

World Development Report 2016

by World Bank Group

Digital technologies are spreading rapidly, but digital dividends--the broader benefits of faster growth, more jobs, and better services--are not. If more than 40 percent of adults in East Africa pay their utility bills using a mobile phone, why can't others around the world do the same? If 8 million entrepreneurs in China--one third of them women--can use an e-commerce platform to export goods to 120 countries, why can't entrepreneurs elsewhere achieve the same global reach? And if India can provide unique digital identification to 1 billion people in five years, and thereby reduce corruption by billions of dollars, why can't other countries replicate its success? Indeed, what's holding back countries from realizing the profound and transformational effects that digital technologies are supposed to deliver? Two main reasons. First, nearly 60 percent of the world's population are still offline and can't participate in the digital economy in any meaningful way. Second, and more important, the benefits of digital technologies can be offset by growing risks. Startups can disrupt incumbents, but not when vested interests and regulatory uncertainty obstruct competition and the entry of new firms. Employment opportunities may be greater, but not when the labor market is polarized. The internet can be a platform for universal empowerment, but not when it becomes a tool for state control and elite capture. The World Development Report 2016 shows that while the digital revolution has forged ahead, its "analog complements ?--the regulations that promote entry and competition, the skills that enable workers to access and then leverage the new economy, and the institutions that are accountable to citizens--have not kept pace. And when these analog complements to digital investments are absent, the development impact can be disappointing. What, then, should countries do? They should formulate digital development strategies that are much broader than current information and communication technology (ICT) strategies. They should create a policy and institutional environment for technology that fosters the greatest benefits. In short, they need to build a strong analog foundation to deliver digital dividends to everyone, everywhere.

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