‘Blowing Smoke’ Is Not Usually OK When It Comes to Climate … “Blowing Smoke: Essays on Energy and Climate” by Rud Istvan.
But an exception can be made when it comes to Blowing Smoke: Essays on Energy and Climate, a powerful new book having every right to “blow smoke” in the faces of critics.
Distinguished businessman, critical thinker, and inventor Rud Istvan wrote these essays to change minds. His stunning book delves into earth sciences, meteorology, energy, oil, renewables, global warming, and possible climate change consequences in an illustrated way that no one has ever presented before for the casual reader.
His fun essays are filled with polar bears, the Northwest Passage, as well as shell games that tackle serious issues, teach via illustration and example, and poke a bit of serious fun at the same time.
From the book’s foreword by Professor Judith Curry of Georgia Tech:
“Istvan’s insightful and incisive writing in Blowing Smoke tackles a diverse array of topics related to climate and energy that are highly relevant to the current public debate. His writing is accessible to the public who may not have the inclination, the time, or the ability to dig More >
Beliefs Divide us, Values Unite us… “Godless – Living a Valuable Life beyond Beliefs” by Jeff Rasley, published 11 Nov 2014.
The history of religious and political ideologies is bloody. Crusaders and Islamic-Jihadist terrorists divide the world into believers and heretics. Their propaganda has persuaded followers to torture and slaughter unbelievers. “Godless” proposes a cure for the pathology of fanatical beliefs.
Fight Violence with Values!
Discard religious doctrines and political ideologies. Let shared values be the guides of personal and policy decisions. “Godless” illuminates a way forward into a more harmonious and peaceful future. It offers a remedy to revive religion and increase political participation. It advocates a pragmatic middle way to counter both fundamentalist extremism and agnostic apathy through communal activism.
“Godless” begins as a memoir reaching back into the author’s Puritan family history and the Salem witch trials. Rasley’s worldwide travels, spiritual quest, and intellectual journey took him far from his small town roots in the Presbyterian Church and Republican Party.
Fascination with cultures very different from his Hoosier homeland developed during adventure travel breaks from studies in London and the University of Chicago. A successful law practice eventually allowed him the freedom More >
“Nimirhu Maz-Zmien” by Marlene Saliba journeys poetically through the cosmos.
In Nimirhu maz-Zmien, Saliba journeys poetically through the cosmos and the perfection found in it is well reflected in the meticulous way in which she has employed her vocabulary.
Besides very finely polished ideas and a wide variety of metric forms, Saliba presents rich terminology in these poems that results in musical verses which leave one struck with awe at the rhymes employed and symbolic imagery used, most of which relates to nature and the universe such as stars, trees, rivers, seas, the sky and the winds.
This kind of imagery reflects the search of humankind for the essence of its existence beyond that which is transitory and inessential.
Author Name:: Marlene Saliba Book Title:: Nimirhu Maz-Zmien ISBN:: 9789995748036 Publisher:: Faraxa Publishing Category:: Non-Fiction Subcategory:: Poetry
The 2nd edition of “Kumewawa: Iben il-Gungla” by Tibor Sekelj is translated from Esperanto into the Maltese language by Karmenu Mallia.
FARAXA Publishing has the pleasure of announcing the release of the 2nd edition of Kumewawa: Iben il-Gungla / Kumewawa: Son of the Jungle by Tibor Sekelj, translated from Esperanto into the Maltese language by Karmenu Mallia. This book is the ninth in the FARAXA Translation Series. Kumewawa is Sekelj’s most successful and most translated work, with the Japanese ministry for education in 1983 having declared the story to be one of the four most successful works of juvenile literature in Japan. Over a million copies of Kumewawa have been printed throughout the world.
Author Name:: Tibor Sekelj (C. Mallia, Trans.). Book Title:: Kumewawa: Iben il-Gungla ISBN:: 9789995748005 Publisher:: Faraxa Publishing Category:: Non-Fiction Subcategory:: Adventure
Best-selling novel “Ittra lil Tarbija li Qatt Ma Twieldet” by Oriana Fallaci (C. Bajada, Trans.) now translated to English.
This is a best-selling novel whereby the Italian journalist Fallaci addresses the fetus in her womb, setting forth the struggle of a woman to choose between the career she loves and an unexpected pregnancy, within the context of the unfairness of life.
“Mother! Let me speak, mother. Do not be afraid. There should not be any fear of the truth. After all, the truth has already been revealed. Everyone spoke the truth and you know: you taught me that the truth comprises many different realities. Both those who accused you and who defended are correct, as well as those who condemned you and who set you free . . . But those judgments count for nothing. Your parents are correct in saying you cannot enter into someone else’s soul, that I am the sole witness. Only I, mother, can declare that you have killed me without killing me. Only I can explain how and why you did this. Mother, I never asked to be born . . .”
Author Name:: Oriana Fallaci (C. Bajada, Trans.). More >
Black Lawrence Press is pleased to announce the presale of “A Taxonomy of the Space Between Us” by Caleb Curtiss.
“My sister / is not a woman, a girl, or even / a real someone or something. / Not anymore.” The poems in A Taxonomy of the Space Between by Caleb Curtiss impress fifteen assertions, attempts, and urges toward order on the cavernous and impossible expanse that remains after the speaker’s sister “drove past a stop sign and then, / didn’t do anything ever again.” Curtiss sits right down in the abyss and dwells with the loss, the space where “not wanting a new emergency, / but also, not wanting another old emergency to return,” we are forced to live with the aching present and the people who continue to exist within it. Probing earnestly at familial and human connection through the smudged and banged-up lens of loss and loss’s aftermath, these poems rebuild the schemas that erode under the weight of untimely death. Through a taxonomy which risks both beauty and longing in the face of irrevocable loss, Curtiss’s poems seek to reorient the world after its nature is revealed to More >
The daily robbing, bashing, drugging, extortion and murder of foreign tourists on Thai soil, along with numerous scandals involving unsafe facilities and well established scams, has led to frequent predictions that Thailand’s multi-billion dollar tourist industry will self-destruct. Instead tourist numbers more than doubled in the decade to 2014. The world might not have come to the hometowns of the many visitors fascinated by Thailand, but it certainly came to the Land of Smiles.
While the Thai media is heavily censored, and bad news stories about tourists suppressed, John Stapleton’s new book Thailand: Deadly Destination amply demonstrates that something has gone seriously awry with the nation’s tourist industry.
In 2014, just as in the years preceding it, there were train, bus, ferry, speedboat, motorbike and car accidents, murders, knifings, unexplained deaths, numerous suicides, diving accidents, robberies gone wrong, anonymous bodies washing up on the shores and a string of alcohol and drug related incidents.
Thailand has a dying king and serious succession problems, weak democratic institutions, an economy slipping into recession, faces issues of corruption across many of its key services and is host to international crime syndicates, awash with despised foreigners and drifting perilously towards civil war.
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Life coach and holistic health practitioner, Tanna Marshall is pleased to announce the release of her new book, “The Enlightened Caregiver.”
Life coach and holistic health practitioner, Tanna Marshall is pleased to announce the release of her new book, The Enlightened Caregiver: A Holistic Care Guide for You and Your Loved One. For help and support in the often confusing and overwhelming role of caregiving, there is now a compassionate holistic guide for families and their loved ones.
Published by Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, 30% of the author’s profits will be donated to Beauty Bus – A foundation that delivers dignity, hope and respite to the chronically or terminally ill and their caregivers through beauty and grooming services and pampering products.
The Enlightened Caregiver is a helpful guide that provides holistic care for caregivers and their loved ones, including tips and resources to maintain health in body, mind, and spirit, all based on the author’s personal experience as her mother’s full-time caregiver. The emphasis is on the caregiver and their self-care, with guidance for providing full-time care for a loved one while maintaining a balanced life.
The Enlightened Caregiver is available in both print and ebook More >
Birch Brook Press is pleased to announce the publication of the lavishly illustrated poetry collection poetry, “Transformations” by Lance Lee.
A blend of poetry and visual art, author and poet Lance Lee melds narrative stylings of the 19th and 20th centuries into work suitable for the 21st century. Like the modern Greek poet-novelist Kazantzakis, he tackles a story as old as Homer and makes the story sing. This illustrated poetry collection includes original artworks by Michael Foreman, Anne Howeson, Laura Knight, John Robertson, and Ron Sandford.
About The Author:
Lance Lee is a poet, playwright and novelist. His previous volumes of poetry include “Wrestling with the Angel,” “Becoming Human,” “Human/Nature,” “Seasons of Defiance,” “Transformations.” His poetry appears widely in the US and UK.
Author Name:: Lance Lee Author Website:: http://lanceleeauthor.com/ Book Title:: Transformations ISBN:: 978-0984200351 Publisher:: Birch Brook Press Category:: Non-Fiction Subcategory:: Poetry, Personal Reflections
PROUD is to customer service, as SMART is to goal setting, and GROW is to coaching – ‘”PROUD: Achieving Customer Service Excellence” by John Smart.
What if this powerful word could provide a simple, comprehensive framework to achieve excellent customer service, as well as embody the full essence of the word?
The PROUD model provides this and more.
It builds into a set of key principles in achieving excellent customer service. Through its simplicity and ease of use it can create a unified customer-focused culture within an organisation. It can be applied to any customer situation in any sector, discipline, or profession; it also crosses over easily from business to personal use, making it a fully flexible and adaptive model.
Once you understand the PROUD model and its principles you will appreciate its power to achieve a consistent, excellent customer service experience from start to finish.
‘Probably the only customer service acronym you will ever need.’
About the Author:
John currently owns his own people, management and leadership development consultancy. He has worked internationally in senior management positions in consultancy, SMEs, and corporate FTSE 100 companies. These have included a diverse array of industries and sectors ranging from engineering, energy, More >