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Wed Jul 25 00:00:00 MDT 2007gretagarbo69 Rating:5.0
An excellent book for a two year old and his/her parents. Concept of ones ability to change the world. Very important to learn early.
Wed Mar 16 00:00:00 MDT 2011mbird10701 Rating:5.0
Twenty-seven years on from its first State of the World report, the Worldwatch Institute is still measuring global progress toward a sustainable society in an annual volume of policy-oriented interdisciplinary research. Appropriately, the 2011 edition focuses on sub-Saharan Africa, where small farmers are drawing on ancient cultural wisdom and new technologies to produce abundant food without devastating local soils or the global ecosystem. Worldwatchs Nourishing the Planet team studied and have spread the word about -- African farmers successes in areas such as drip irrigation, rooftop gardening, agroforestry and soil protection. Innovation, writes Worldwatch president Christopher Flavin, is taking place in some of the worlds poorest communities and may have a greater impact on people and the planet than most high-tech innovation does. Rapid and productive change is possible, Flavin argues, by empowering small farmers particularly women with simple but transformative innovations. The progress they make can bring the world nearer to the UN millennium development goal of halving world hunger by 2015. Hunger is not the only problem, of course. In many areas, the earth is approaching the limits of arable land and water, so rising agricultural productivity more crop per drop -- is increasingly important. Agriculture today, being heavily dependent on fossil fuels, both contributes to global warming and also is at severe risk from it. Without cheap oil to replace degraded renewable resources, Flavin notes, innovations such as using green cover crops as natural fertiliser or locally produced biofuels as a substitute for diesel fuel are so exciting. Many of the agricultural innovations explored in State of the World 2011, says Worldwatch, can help reverse damage done to water and soils through food production, as well as to the ecosystem services that everyone depends on. Amid the challenges that lie ahead, wise implementation of appropriate technology, knowledge and skills can produce myriad benefits for Africa. These include protecting freshwater supplies, safeguarding local food biodiversity, restoring fisheries, adapting to climate change and improving human health. Nourishing people and nourishing the planet are now as inextricably linked as they are essential to our future, Flavin writes. With more systematic and radical thinking about the future of the worlds food network, agriculture may once again become the centre of human innovation and the goals of ending hunger and creating a sustainable world will be a little closer than they are today. And certainly closer than they were when that first State of the World report was published in 1984.
Fri Oct 11 00:00:00 MDT 2013the1gman Rating:3.0
The biblical story of David and Goliath is a story of courage but also of overestimating strengths and misunderstanding the power of playing a different game to make the person who seems weakest be victorious. In the face improbable odds, finding themselves inferior in scale, ability or resources is what pushes certain people to try things out of the ordinary, re-think the rules and play a different strategy which is a formula for winning. This book makes the point in the story of Bedouins, David and Goliath and the underdog basketball team that goes undefeated. Malcolm invites us to challenge the assumption that bigger is better. One of his key points is that when you are too big , too good, too strong you advantage starts becoming a disadvantage. He challenges us to re-think our assumptions of what is good, what is bad, what is a strength, and what is an advantage. He points out that disadvantages can be advantages and that difficulties can produce resiliency and courage. The central line is about the power of being different, becoming the big fish in a small pond that you create rather than being a small fish in a large pond like the impressionists, who created their own pond, went against the current, and converted their weakness into strength. Adversity has the potential to make us much stronger, more resilient and courageous when it does not crush us. People who have gone through difficult times tend to think different, challenge the status quo, and take the bold chances that people who have had it easy have not had the need or the guts to do. Those who re-think the rules and take a new road are the people who change the world. The second part of the book is about the idea that if you are Goliath, if you are in a position of strength, trying to dominate the Davids by force can be counterproductive. Authority requires legitimacy. The book talks about stories from MLK to religious clashes in Ireland to make the point. As you expect from Malcom, the stories are very interesting, enjoyable and even captivating. Yet, at the end of the day the book does not leave you with a set of powerful ideas that you have not heard before. The story of David and Goliath is thousands of years old and has been told many times. I did not find this book as intellectually stimulating as some of his previous books that have left me with a new way of thinking and have provided a foundation for more ideas to be built upon, like the Tipping Point or Blink. I can recommend this as an enjoyable read but not a breakthrough.
Wed Feb 26 00:00:00 MST 2014inspiremichelle Rating:5.0
Rise and Shine by Sandra D. Bricker Shannon Malone wakes up from a coma after almost ten years. Not only is she no longer a newlywed she is now a widow. Her beloved Edmund has passed away from cancer. Dr Daniel Petros has taken care of her most of these years and has gone above and beyond the standard care. He befriended Edmund and took of the care of her personal affairs after his passing. Now he has taken on the job of familiarizing Shannon with the world and changes that have taken place. As Shannon struggles to learn this new world, she faces grief and guilt. Her guilt builds as she develops an attraction to Dr. Daniel. Just like in sleeping Beauty, the Evil Queen rears her ugly head in the form of Edmunds evil sister. And the three good fairies show up as her three aunts who have made her well-being and care their a main concern, especially her Aunt Mary. I fell head over heals in love over Rodney the basset hound. Read this great book to see if Dr Daniels kiss wakes her and they find their happily ever after. You will find inspiration, romance, quirky characters and amusement around every corner. I love Sandra D. Bricker books, they are always so light hearted and fun. She takes a serious situation and puts a positive light on it. I think I fall a little more in love with her books the more I read. In fact I have never found one that I did not like because I have found all of them fantastic. I give this book a high five, great job. It is well written with characters that are enthusiastic, inspiring and full of life. I highly recommend this book to anyone searching for a compelling Christian book that is entertaining and gives hope to the readers with stories of faith. I want to thank the author Sandra D. Bricker and publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.
Thu Jan 15 00:00:00 MST 2009triplebogey Rating:5.0
Having studied Psychology for several years (obtained BA in Psychology) I eagerly jump at the chance to read a book about mental health and social issues (poverty, child abuse, mental health issues etc.)My choice in reading material may not be the norm but I find these types of books intriguing and fascinating. Further more I truly believe that what a psychology student learns in text book material and lectures can not compare to books such as this.Still Alice is a must read for any Psychology student, any person in a gerontology field and any one who has a history of mental disorders in their families.The only down fall for me was that I read the book in a day and a half and felt that I was in and out of the world of Alzheimers way too fast.
Mon Jul 16 00:00:00 MDT 2007Rating:5.0
This is a book which can create great change in the way a person thinks which of course can change your life. The only caution I would add is "There is no utopia in this world". Their may be a danger of thinking if your world does not recreate to your wishes - you are doing it wrong. Rather I think we can improve the world some but if we do not use our minds to do the best we can then we can cause a lot of harm. The best to you as you learn and create a better life for yourself.
Sun Apr 15 00:00:00 MDT 2007msnell218 Rating:5.0
Everyone should read this book, "The Secet " , by Rhonda Byrne. It has already started to change my attitude and life! It is very easy to read with chapter summaries that continue to build. The concept is easy and fun to use! If everyone used the secret just imagine what the world would be like!!
Wed Nov 18 00:00:00 MST 2009rudyreba Rating:4.0
This book could be life changing for anyone who is ready to look at the "brighter side" of life and forgive themselves and OTHERS for their past mistakes. I read all of Mitch Albom other books, each one having a message. The message in this one, is forgiveness and WHAT do you want to contribute to the world before you leave it. How do you want to be remembered ? I really forgot this book was a true story, so when I saw the pictures in the back, that made it even better for me. I plan to give these to friends for Christmas.
Fri Jan 11 00:00:00 MST 2008Rating:3.0
I enjoyed this book, it was a pleasant read. It didn't grab me as I thought it would, but nonetheless, I still enjoyed. I enjoyed the social nature of the novel- it exposes light on the issue of mental retardation and social reaction. I think it is a relevant issue especially in today's world. The author does do a wonderful job of painting vivid pictures with words and her characters are real. I would recommend this book to anyone!
Mon Apr 18 00:00:00 MDT 2011sheetsinchicago Rating:5.0
Changed my entire world view. Wish I had read this in my early 20's. I've been recommending this book to countless people...
Thu Feb 27 00:00:00 MST 2014tiggeruo Rating:5.0
In this book its about a girl who has met and married her prince charming and in a instant everything changes. But an instant turns into waking up to the world changing 10 years late when she wake up and realize she has so much to catch up on. And why dealing with a lot of pain and hurt Shannon decides that she will take as it comes and will see where life heads. Sandra has done it again and you will not be disappointed. Sandra has got to the heart of the matter and gets you sucked in right away and all you want to do is enjoy it was you can. I wasn't even through the book all the way when I knew I wanted to read this again. I love how the characters could be a friend or some one you meet in real life. The story is so life like that you wonder if it really has ever happened. I love how Sandie can make you laugh and cry and leave you still wanting more. If you have never read any of Sandie's book grab this one and I know you will want to read all your books. Each one of her books have character and is very enjoyable.
Tue Mar 03 00:00:00 MST 2015poppy1050 Rating:5.0
First let me offer a word of caution and say that this book isn't for the lazy, non-creative sort. I bought 2 books for my teenage grandsons as Christmas presents because they are huge "Star Wars-anything" fans. Scanning the book made me realize that the projects are hands-on challenging and I personally think it's a great change of pace from the world of video games. Let's start stimulating other parts of the brain. I know that the guys will appreciate this because they've indulged themselves in the 'tactile arts' before. And if they didn't, I would not have made the purchase. But even if you're a Star Wars fan and not into the Origami-ness of it all, it's still a great addition to your Star Wars library.
Tue Jun 25 00:00:00 MDT 2013lindabelinda Rating:5.0
As a mother of three children, I found this book to be essential reading. Sometimes it is difficult to send my kids out into the world we live in. There are so many negative influences, and our children are bombarded with sexual messages and images. I am so relieved that someone like Shawna Sparrow is going into the schools to give the message of chastity! Our kids need to be encouraged to save sex for marriage. I also found the book helpful in knowing how to address this issue in the home with our pre-teen daughter, and it even helps us with our younger children. Even though they are not yet facing sexual pressure, the book showed me that by making my children feel loved and secure, my husband and I can reduce the risk of them being sexually active when they are older. This book could change your marriage and your family!
Wed Sep 08 00:00:00 MDT 2010oohooh18 Rating:5.0
I had never heard of J Krishnamurthi until I met somebody named Rodney Lee that came to my work to teach about Balancing Work with the real life stuff. This was one of the books he recommended by him when I asked for some recommendations. I got it from the library and started reading the book....pleasantly surprised that I share a Lot in common with Krishnamurthi's on many things. Then I ended up buying some 20 copies of this book and gave it to most of my young friends! What I took away from this book at the end is priceless- it changed the way I wanted to help the world for sure!!!
Sun Jan 29 00:00:00 MST 2012coolbeans1111 Rating:5.0
A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah portrays the horrors of child soldiers and expresses the sadness of war. Ishmael decided to write this memoir to show the experiences he faced while he lived in Sierra Leone. From the start, Ishmael is separated from his family and he never sees them again. He stays with friends from his village, and they all look out for each other. This ultimately keeps Ishmael alive, because he still has hope that he can survive. Ishmael and his friends escape the war for a little while, but their lives are changed forever when rebels surround the village that they are in. The only way for them to escape is to fight. A village elder becomes their leader and trains them, gives them weapons and a uniform, and drugs to keep them calm. They become accustomed to fighting and are addicted to the drugs. They are always high on either marijuana, cocaine, or brown-brown, which is a mixture of drugs. They become very fierce fighters within a very short amount of time. Eventually, Ishmael and his friends are taken out of the war when they are sent off with UNICEF. He has many struggles in rehabilitation, but he eventually lives with his uncle and extended family in another part of Sierra Leone. Ishmael then is chosen to go to a conference in New York to discuss children fighting in wars worldwide. He meets many other teenagers that went through similar wars in other parts of the world. Ishmael soon acquires a passion for New York and decides to live there with his leader from the conference, and the story ends. Beah is very graphic and descriptive in his memoir. He wants the readers to know that what he went through was very dangerous and that children fighting in wars is a very serious matter. I personally think that Ishmael did an excellent job in achieving his goal to open peoples eyes to the wars worldwide. In America, it is hard for you to imagine children running around wielding weapons and shooting at each other. However, in poverty-stricken areas of the world, this is a commonplace. People need to be educated about this problem so we can do something to stop the chaos. One point that Ishmael makes in the book is how addicted to fighting he got that he could kill many people, without even thinking about the damage that he was doing. He also talks about how the drugs were so mesmerizing that they would smoke things like paper if they ran out of drugs. That is how extreme things became for Ishmael during the war. What I really love about this book is the detail that Ishmael uses in describing the events taking place. Most of the time while I was reading, I felt like I was right behind him watching what was going on. Some parts are very sad and make you appreciate the life that you have. I cannot really connect with Ishmael and his experiences because my life is much different than his was. I go to school, play sports, and hang out with friends and family. He is lucky just to have survived past his teen years. We take our freedoms for granted each and every day without even stopping to think about others around the world. They are fighting over their freedom because they dont like how their government is being run. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. I never knew about the war in Sierra Leone, so I got educated about how bloody it was. I want to make a difference so that things like child soldiers in wars dont happen. World peace may never be possible, but children fighting in wars should not be happening. Shouldnt we all be entitled to just being a kid and running around the playground? I would recommend this book to anyone, because it is definitely an eye-opener and is very gripping.
Mon Aug 01 00:00:00 MDT 2011rockwinkle Rating:5.0
Outliers can be enjoyed for its bits of trivia, like why most pro hockey players were born in January, how many hours of practice it takes to master a skill, why the descendents of Jewish immigrant garment workers became the most powerful lawyers in New York, how a pilots' culture impacts their crash record, how a centuries-old culture of rice farming helps Asian kids master math. But there's more to it than that. Throughout all of these examples--and in more that delve into the social benefits of lighter skin color, and the reasons for school achievement gaps--Gladwell invites conversations about the complex ways privilege manifests in our culture. He leaves us pondering the gifts of our own history, and how the world could benefit if more of our kids were granted the opportunities to fulfill their remarkable potential.
Thu Jun 26 00:00:00 MDT 2014magix808 Rating:5.0
I read this book when I was at the lowest point in my life. I felt lost and had no guidance and felt it was only me against the world. Someone recommended I read this book and after I did it changed my life for the better. It gave me hope and a sense that life does go on and that you can always come out better in any situation. I highly recommended this book. SUCH A GOOD READ!
Fri May 21 00:00:00 MDT 2010nitroian Rating:5.0
This product is superb. Information about classics is sometimes subject to interpretations that specifically change certain passages. This one lets you into its world for a few minutes and your imagination can let you appreciate it in your own way. I would highly recommend it.
Thu Mar 14 00:00:00 MDT 2013klh1957 Rating:5.0
This is my 2nd purchase of this book just to have a copy to keep for myself. I loaned it a year ago and it has been loaned to so many people !!! Everyone acknowleges it has changed their life . It's one of those books that will not open your eyes wide open but also your mind, your heart and your soul.
Sun Jan 03 00:00:00 MST 2010qualityfemale Rating:5.0
After visiting Cuba in September of 2007, I was interested in finding information about pre and post rev olution Havanna. This book was amazing and explained things I encountered there and attitudes that did not match reality. It tells of a very young boy's impression of his carefree upper middle class life in Havanna and how his world changed after Castro's dictatorship. It also describes how he saw the United States and his life here as a "Pedro Pan".....this book tells in detail the promises made by Castro's regime and the promises, sickenly, broken.
Mon Feb 09 00:00:00 MST 2009bjbaracus Rating:5.0
This book is awesomely uplifting! I could not put it down. Read it in 2 days. This book is so inspirational that I have refused to lend it to my friends, and offered to buy it for them instead. I plan to read it over again. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I promise you this book will change the way you look at both the physical and metaphysical worlds. Buy two though, beacuse you probably won't want to let it out of your sight.
The ability to read is one of the most important skills that a child can develop at an early age, because reading can help a child learn social skills, vocabulary and facts about the world. Thus, it's important to encourage a positive view of reading from an early age. The joy of reading can start very early as long as you take the time to read with your children. Read children's books with your child for at least 20 to 40 minutes per day to start a lifetime of reading. If you'd like to foster a love of books in your children, there are a number of simple steps that you can take to help with this goal.
Book clubs are a great way to indulge your reading habit while making long-lasting friendships. Furthermore, book clubs serve as an excellent venue for discussing and sharing your thoughts on books. Getting different opinions from a book club discussion can supplement or change your own view of the book and introduce you to new viewpoints or thoughts that you may not have come up with on your own. Anyone can be an integral part of a book club; you don't have to be a literary critic or professor to contribute. It's easy to start a book club; just follow these steps.
One of the highest-rated TV shows in the history of television, American Idol has forever changed the face of both reality TV competitions and American music. Since 2002, the reality show has found and groomed some of the most talented current recording artists. But it's more than just TV. American Idol has influenced international music, Hollywood, and even the publishing world. If you're only watching Idol on television, there is a whole world you have yet to discover.
Life is hard enough without losing the ability to express yourself. Just because you have to haul books, papers, laptops, presentations and more, there's no reason not to make your canvas backpack your own. Learn how to personalize your canvas backpack and you can show the world who you are no matter where you and your backpack go.
Several events in your life are worth memorializing with scrapbook albums and photo albums; events like births and weddings are life changing while graduations and moves document one's progression through life. Preserve the memories of each of your children by making baby scrapbook albums for them. Baby books make great gifts for your grown children, help you organize your boxes of photos and momentos and can become a fun pastime as you cherish those fond memories. Choose scrapbook albums that fit the theme of the child's baby scrapbook, such as a blue scrapbook for a baby boy; then get to work making it a piece of art and collection of memories with these ideas.
If you're shopping for a gift but you don't know where to start, why not look to the stars? If you know your friend or loved one's Zodiac sign, you have some clues about what they might like. Astrology can give you general ideas about personality and interests, and that can help lead you to the perfect gift.
This Christmas, you may be obligated to buy gifts for people you don't like. You could give a generic box of candy, but why not embrace your inner Grinch and turn the season into an opportunity? The secret isn't to give a bad gift; it should be nice enough that they'll have to say "thank you," but pointed enough to make them stop and think. So, no matter the social situation that has required you to show up bearing gifts, you'll be able to have the last laugh.
The transition to college is often a bittersweet one, filled with potential, excitement, and maybe a touch of apprehension. For most students, it also marks the first experience living away from home. Whether your student is nervous about the change or not, it's nice to send them off with a touch of home. A customized gift hamper will provide the comforts of home away from home.
Help happy parents welcome their new baby boy into the world with a thoughtful gift. Purchasing a unique baby gift is the perfect way to show that you care and want to celebrate this special time. Unique baby gifts are wonderful shower gift options and can also be just right for first birthdays and other baby milestones. Choose baby gifts that are special, personal and helpful and you will delight the new parents.
You want the best for your kids, and when you shop for kids' furniture, you want to spend your money wisely. Consider the different types of furniture available before you shop to make sure you end up with things they love and you'll be glad to have.
Stamp collecting and coin collecting can be separate hobbies or mixed together as one. Most collectors choose one or the other, but some do both. Numerous resources are available to learn about these collectibles, but sometimes the information is written for other collectors and isn't of much use to novices. This article will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about coin and stamp collecting.
For decades, messenger bags, also known as courier bags, have been used by cyclists to transport packages and documents to multiple locations easily and safely. Now a popular trend, messenger bags are a fashionable choice for people ranging from students and cyclists to office workers. The unique design and wide range of choices may leave you with questions. Take a look below to find the answers to frequently asked questions about messenger bags.
Graduation is an exciting time when students receive their academic degrees and celebrate the accomplishment of completing school. Commencement ceremonies are traditionally held in spring and are a time for the graduating class to enjoy themselves. Yet the students are also busy preparing for that next step in life, which often involves living on their own for the first time. When you choose a graduation gift for a young adult, consider a gift that makes this life-changing transition easier.
Children's beds act as an empty canvas just waiting to realize its potential. To a child, a bed is not just a place for sleeping, but a place for secrets, toys, and make-believe. Kids' beds can become pirate ships or spaceships and change just as quickly into a covered wagon or castle. Their imagination knows no bounds, which can sometimes lead to accident-prone afternoons. The ever popular "Let's-pretend-the-bed-is-a-trampoline" game usually ends in tears. To keep your kids as safe as possible, make sure you follow these safety tips and make sure your children's beds meet the following safety guidelines.
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