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Sister and brother Lily and Robert Brewster may not have a penny to their names, but at least they're in good company times couldn't be tougher in the Hudson River Valley during the Great Depression, and even the much?revered Chief of Police has lost his home. Their poor town has been stripped of its Post Office, too; now mail gets dumped off the trains steaming up the Hudson River, and people have to rummage through the bags to find their letters and packages. When Robert helps a young widow and her newly?arrived German grandfather haul the old man's trunks to his granddaughter's shop, he thinks he may have found a new set of friends especially the kind train porter who helps them out. But when a red swastika is found painted on the widow's shop window, and the train porter is found dead, Robert knows that something much deeper, and much darker, is happening in his sleepy little town. Even back at Grace & Favor Mansion, where Lily and Robert live, things are falling apart. The Chief of Police has just unearthed a very, very old skeleton right on the grounds! Could the two murders be related? It's up to Lily and Robert to find out the truth, before their quiet community is town apart by hatred, secrets, and a killer who may have set his sights on Grace & Favor.
This book will appeal to scientists and engineers who are concerned with the design of microwave wideband devices and systems. For advanced (ultra)-wideband wireless systems, the necessity and design methodology of wideband filters will be discussed with reference to the inherent limitation in fractional bandwidth of classical bandpass filters. Besides the detailed working principles, a large number of design examples are demonstrated, which can be easily followed and modified by the readers to achieve their own desired specifications. Therefore, this book is of interest not only to students and researchers from academia, but also to design engineers in industry. With the help of complete design procedures and tabulated design parameters, even those with little filter design experience, will find this book to be a useful design guideline and reference, which can free them from tedious computer-aided full-wave electromagnetic simulations. Among different design proposals, wideband bandpass filters based on the multi-mode resonator have demonstrated many unparalleled attractive features, including a simple design methodology, compact size, low loss and good linearity in the wide passband, enhanced out-of-band rejection, and easy integration with other circuits/antennas. A conventional bandpass filter works under single dominant resonant modes of a few cascaded transmission line resonators and its operating bandwidth is widened via enhanced coupling between the adjacent resonators. However, this traditional approach needs an extremely high coupling degree of coupled-lines while producing a narrow upper stopband between the dominant and harmonic bands. As a sequence, the desired dominant passband is restricted to an extent less than 60% in fractional bandwidth. To circumvent these issues and break with the tradition, a filter based on the multiple resonant modes was initially introduced in 2000 by the first author of this book. Based on this novel concept, a new class of wideband filters with fractional bandwidths larger than 60% has been successfully developed so far. This book, presents and characterizes a variety of multi-mode resonators with stepped-impedance or loaded-stub configurations using the matured transmission line theory for development of advanced microwave wideband filters.
This wonderfully illustrated book provides a vivid and evocative celebration of the captivating powers of Aston Villa. Drawing on the vast photographic archive of the Daily Mirror it features evocative, exciting and rare images that show why the Villa mean so much to so many people. Here are the famous players who proudly wore their club?s colors with distinction, producing some of football?s finest moments in a more innocent age, before commercialism took hold of the sport. The Villa greats are here, pictured in their prime and often in intriguingly unusual behind-the-scenes situations: including such wonderful names as Billy Walker, Paul McGrath, Peter McParland, Tony Morley, Charlie Aitken, Gordon Cowans, Dennis Mortimer, Brian Little, Andy Gray and many more. They light up these pages along with the great managers and the classic matches in which Villa have been involved.
What?s the favorite four-letter word of people who are less than fully organized Help! So many technological, social, and economic changes affect your life that you need organization just to keep up, let alone advance. Many people have two jobs? one at the office and one taking care of things at home. If you have a family, you may count that as a third job. Caring for elderly relatives or have community commitments? You can count off four, five, and keep right on going. No matter what life stage you?re in, getting organized can make every day better and help you achieve your long-term goals. Organizing For Dummies is for anyone who wants to Polish his or her professional reputation Experience less stress Increase productivity Build better relationships Maximize personal time Organization isn?t inherited. With the human genome decoded, the evidence is clear: DNA strings dedicated to putting things into place and managing your time like a pro are nonexistent. Instead, organization is a learned skill set. Organizing For Dummies helps you gain that skill with topics such as: Understanding how clutter costs you in time, money, and health Training your mind to be organized and developing a plan Cleaning house, room by room, from basement to attic (including the garage) Creating functional space for efficiency and storage Time-management strategies for home, office, and tavel Scheduling, delegating, and multitasking Making time for your family Managing your health? physical and financial Finding time for love Organizing and cashing in on a great garage sale Getting organized is about unstuffing your life, clearing out the dead weight in places from your closet to your calendar to your computer, and then installing systems that keep the good stuff in its place. Organizing is a liberating and enlightening experience that can enhance your effectiveness and lessen your stress every day? and it?s all yours simply for saying? No? to clutter.
Budding bakers will love these 35 recipes for making super-cute cakes! You ll learn how to make delicious cupcakes, cookies, cake pops, and more and transform them into fantastic creations. In Cool Cupcakes, make pink piggy cupcakes, classic butterfly cakes, pretty spotty cupcakes, and more. The next chapter, Crazy Cookies, gives you ideas for creating ladybird cookies and pretty star cookies, as well as for gingerbread including gingerbread families, animals, and a village. Then have a go at the Brilliant Brownies and Cake Pops from adorable penguin pops to delicious brownie pops and cute brownie owls. Finally, take your pick from the Novelty Cakes, where there are super snowmen, under the sea mini cakes, and honey flake crunchies. There are basic recipes so that you can make the cakes in any flavor you want, and a techniques section that will teach you all you ll need to know, such as how to pipe frosting, and how to make shapes out of marzipan. All the projects are easy to follow with adorable artworks to guide you along the way; plus, each one has a grade so you can start with the easiest and then move on as your decorating skills improve.
Well-known and respected, this comprehensive history of religious experience explores the major world religions within a consistent framework based on the author's paradigm six dimensions of religion. It tells the story without entering unduly into technicalities and focuses on how the major religious traditions relate to human experience. It extends beyond information about the traditions to distill the essential patterns of both feelings and ideas that animate religious practice; contains photographs that evoke the flavor of religious rituals or experiences and maps that orient students to the geographic context of religious traditions.
How many times have you sat in front of the television, watching commercials and thought to yourself, ?I could do that! Perhaps you?ve secretly fantasized about being an actor at some point in your life. The beauty of acting in commercials is that you don?t have to live in Los Angeles, New York or Chicago - or even be an actor. You too can make money in commercials. Not only will you learn everything from A-Z, tricks of the trade from a seasoned pro, you'll read numerous interviews with commercial agents, casting directors and directors across the U.S. giving you the upper hand.
Proline-rich polypeptides - in particular (PRP-1) galarmin and its structural analogues? are, when isolated from the neurosecretory granules of neurohypophysis of humans and animals, a new type of hypothalamic peptides. They work against aerobic, anaerobic, gram-positive, and gram-negative microorganisms in vivo, and do not have etiotropic properties. They are unique and capable substitutes to antibiotics, and, moreover, may be effective against strains, such as MRSA, that develop resistance to antibiotics. Galarmin, a component of the brain neuroendocrine system produced by the neurosecretory cells of hypothalamus, possesses immunomodulative, neuroprotective, antioxidant, antitumorigenic and hematopoietic properties. Moreover, galarmin and its structural analogues are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds. In addition to presenting a full overview of the neuroimmune system, it emphasizes the antibacterial, neuroprotective, and neuroregenerative properties of proline-rich polypeptides. It investigates the mechanism of galarmin?s action during different infectious processes, where it targets such dangerous pathogens as Bacillus anthracis, Clostridium perfringens, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Methycillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This research is important from both a theoretical and a clinical point of view, creating new prospects for the modern pharmaceutical industry and neuroendocrine, neuroimmunological sciences. Dr. Galoyan is a pioneer of the specialized field of neuroimmunology. During his 45-year long career, he has discovered a neuroendocrine immune system of the brain and identified a new type of brain cytokines: proline-rich polypeptides. The most important of these, PRP-1 (galarmin) has been shown to possess antibacterial properties and protect from certain neurotoxins.
Acentury ago, migrants often crossed an ocean and never saw their homelands again. Today, they call - or Skype - home the moment their flight has landed, and that's just the beginning. Thanks to cheap travel and easy communication, immigrants everywhere stay in intimate contact with their native countries, creating powerful cross-border networks. In Borderless Economics, Robert Guest, The Economist 's Business Editor, travels through dozens of countries and 44 American states, observing how these networks create wealth, spread ideas and foster innovation. He shows how: * Brainy Indians in America collaborate with brainy Indians in India to build $70 fridges and $300 houses * Young Chinese study in the West and then return home (where they're known as "sea turtles"), infecting China with ideas that will eventually turn it democratic * The so-called "brain drain" - the flow of educated migrants from poorcountries to rich ones - actually reduces global poverty *America's unique ability to attract and absorb migrants lets it tap into the energy of all the world's diaspora networks. So despite its current woes, if the United States keeps its borders open, it will remain the world's most powerful nation indefinitely. With on-the-ground reporting from Asia, Africa, Europe and even Idaho, this book examines how migration, for the all the disruption it causes, makes the world wealthier and happier.
The components of living systems strike us as functional-as for the sake of certain ends-and as endowed with specific norms of performance. The mammalian eye, for example, has the function of perceiving and processing light, and possession of this property tempts us to claim that token eyes are supposed to perceive and process light. That is, we tend to evaluate the performance of token eyes against the norm described in the attributed functional property. Hence the norms of nature. What, then, are the norms of nature? Whence do they arise? Out of what natural properties or relations are they constituted? In Norms of Nature, Paul Sheldon Davies argues against the prevailing view that natural norms are constituted out of some form of historical success-usually success in natural selection. He defends the view that functions are nothing more than effects that contribute to the exercise of some more general systemic capacity. Natural functions exist insofar as the components of natural systems contribute to the exercise of systemic capacities. This is so irrespective of the system's history. Even if the mammalian eye had never been selected for, it would have the function of perceiving and processing light, because those are the effects that contribute to the exercise of the visual system. The systemic approach to conceptualizing natural norms, claims Davies, is superior to the historical approach in several important ways. Especially significant is that it helps us understand how the attribution of functions within the life sciences coheres with the methods and ontology of the natural sciences generally.
Everything you need to know about starting a wine club. This sassy handbook teaches you and your girlfriends the art of selecting, sampling, and sipping the fruit of the vine (while you indulge in the latest gossip, of course). A foolproof month-by-month plan by sommelier, Maureen Petrosky, highlights all the pesky details, so you and your girlfriends can sit back and sip. From still to sparkling and delicate whites to rich reds, each month's chapter singles out a grape for study and enjoyment-school was never like this! This course with class includes easy-does-it entertaining tips, taste-testing know-how, and tantalizing wine facts. Expert recommendations for brilliant wines at killer prices! What woman doesn't love a bargain? Wine-laden tidbits such as how to collect bottles for a personal wine stash. Outrageously scrumptious recipes that teach you simply to pair wine and food-it's a no-brainer. The latest on the snazziest wine gizmos and gadgets. Shoppers, start your engines. Demystified terminology: a short course in? wine speak? makes any wine novice comfortable when shopping for and serving wine.
Meet Annie, a bisexual, masturbation crazy nympho sucked into the earth by the Queen of Her Conscience and given a six inch taskmaster named Nibbil. There's just one problem: she's hornier than Annie! Colleen Coover's stories have been a fan favorite from the start!
Lose up to 14 Lbs in 21 days! The Breakthrough Diet That Gets Real-Life Results?Fast Frustrated by trendy low-fat, low-carb diets that leave you feeling hungry without losing or keeping off any weight? It's not your fault! The latest medical research shows that balanced hormones are the key to weight loss. In fact, those hard-to-maintain diet fads wreak havoc on your hormones, which is why the weight comes back the moment you stop. Dr. Michael Aziz is board-certified in internal medicine and knows that the ultimate key to good health is a diet that can be maintained in the real world. In The Perfect 10 Diet, he shares his revolutionary discovery: how to create the perfect balance between the 10 key hormones that control health and weight, so that you can finally: Melt away the pounds without going hungry Revitalize your health Reverse the aging process and look younger at any age Featuring over 70 delicious, heart-healthy and easy-to-follow recipes for the foods you crave (like Garlic-Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms and Pistachio Dark Chocolate) but never thought you could have, this book will teach you how to eat what you want and still lose the weight! Join the Perfect 10 diet community online at www. perfect10diet.com or on Facebook.com/perfect10diet or on Twitter #Perfect10diet or follow @perfect10diet! Below are a few of the real people whose lives have been changed through The Perfect 10 Diet. "I went from a size 24 to a 6, and I love it!" -Nancy A. "I have lost seventy pounds on The Perfect 10 Diet in sixteen months and my fasting insulin level has dropped from 40 to 4. The Perfect 10 Diet allows me to eat more fat from butter, coconut, and avocados, which I avoided for years believing they were bad for my cholesterol. Who could ask for anything more? Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." -Julie "Eat anywhere, eat healthy meals, and enjoy the food I love? How easy is that?" -Carol Z. "At age 50, I feel like I'm 20 again." -Ted S.
They say that defense wins championships. If so, this book is your formula for winning a title with a solid defensive football team. Defensive Football Strategies is a complete collection of tactics, teachings, and insights from some of the best defensive minds in the game. Readers will find winning strategies from 90 top coaches?legends of both the past and the present?including Bob Stoops of the University of Oklahoma, Bo Schembechler of the University of Michigan, Charlie McBride of the University of Nebraska, and R.C. Slocum of Texas A & M. Inside are 73 detailed presentations on many of football's most successful defensive systems used during the past 40 years. With the help of 600 X-and-O diagrams, the book covers these areas: - Philosophies, fronts, and schemes - Run defenses - Pass defenses - Formation and down-and-distance adjustments - Goal line defenses Defensive Football Strategies was developed in cooperation with the American Football Coaches Association. It's an expert resource that coaches can use to build a defense that will win it all.
Tennis ABC book is emerged as the result of years of work of European and U.S. experts in the field of sport, especially tennis. This useful book is intended for young players-juniors and their parents. In addition to addressing the historical development of tennis game in 24 pictures "Tennis ABC", the book consists of three parts: A-awareness - where the children draw attention to basic hygiene rules, proper posture, as well as nutritional guidance for the youngsters. B-basic technique - presented young players how to hold their racket and proper technical execution of all strokes in tennis. C-conditioning - the third part of this beautiful book brings a number of dynamic and static stretching exercises and suggestions how to improve the physical qualities: speed, strength and endurance. The creation of "Tennis ABC" was done by co-authors: Robert Lansdorp, the most successful coach of young tennis players, who helped develop many young players and among the best known are: Pete Sampras, Tracy Austin, Lindsey Davenport and Maria Sharapova, prof. Aleksandar Marinkovic, a famous European track and field expert and Sveto Matovic, certified specialist in Competetive Player Development. Foreword for this book was written by Tracy Austin, famous tennis player, former number one, now very popular tennis commentator who has been on the NBC, USA Network and now the Tennis Channel.
Darlene Zschech describes The Kiss of Heaven as the sense of heaven touching earth, as if God himself kisses her on the head. In this book she shows readers how they can experience God's favor as they pursue the dream He has planted in their hearts. Practical biblical teaching explains how the God-given dream will come to life as people devote themselves and their desires to God.
The nineteenth daughter of a local village leader in rural Afghanistan, Fawzia Koofi was left to die in the sun after birth by her mother. But she survived, and perseverance in the face of extreme hardship has defined her life ever since. Despite the abuse of her family, the exploitative Russian and Taliban regimes, the murders of her father, brother, and husband, and numerous attempts on her life, she rose to become the first Afghani woman Parliament speaker. Here, she shares her amazing story, punctuated by a series of poignant letters she wrote to her two daughters before each political trip?letters describing the future and freedoms she dreamed of for them and for all the women of Afghanistan. Her story movingly captures the political and cultural moment in Afghanistan, a country caught between the hope of progress and the bitter truth of history.
This covetable cookbook is a greatest-hits collection from Sugar Cube, a tiny pink food cart in Portland, Oregon, that is thronged daily by hungry hordes craving voluptuous sweets intensified with a spike of booze, a lick of sea salt, or a "whoop" of whipped cream. Sugar Cube founder and baker Kir Jensen left the fine-dining pastry track to sell her handmade treats on the street. Recipes for 50 of Kir's most enticing cupcakes, cookies, tarts, muffins, sips, and candies are made more irresistible (if possible!) by 32 delicious color photographs. Sassy headnotes and illustrations that resemble vintage tattoos liven up this singular boutique baking book.
Lose weight, lower cholesterol, significantly reduce the risk of disease, and become physically fit-in just 4 weeks. Professional athlete-turned-firefighter Rip Esselstyn is used to responding to emergencies. So, when he learned that some of his fellow Engine 2 firefighters in Austin, TX, were in dire physical condition-several had dangerously high cholesterol levels (the highest was 344!)-he sprang into action and created a life-saving plan for the firehouse. By following Rip's program, everyone lost weight (some more than 20 lbs.), lowered their cholesterol (Mr. 344's dropped to 196), and improved their overall health. Now, Rip outlines his proven plan in this book. With Rip as your expert coach and motivator, you'll transform your body and lifestyle in a month. His plant-powered eating plan is based on a diet of whole foods, including whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. This invaluable guide features: *Dozens of easy, mouthwatering recipes-from pancakes to pizza, Tex-Mex favorites to knockout chocolate desserts-that will keep you looking forward to every bite *Pantry-stocking tips will take the panic out of inevitable cravings and on-the-fly meals *Guidelines on menu choices that will allow you to eat out, wherever and whenever you want *Rip's simple, firefighter-inspired exercise program that will boost your metabolism and melt your fat away. Medically approved, easy-to-follow, and amazingly effective, this diet is designed for anyone who wants to make heroic strides in his or her health, weight, and well-being-all without heroic effort. "I've known Rip for more than 20 years. In that time, he's been a great motivator for so many people. This terrific book will inspire all who read it to change their lives and optimize their health." - Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, seven-time Tour de France champion "Want to be as strong as a Texas firefighter? Or as healthy as a professional triathlete? Then follow the wonderful advice of Rip Esselstyn, who is both. His book can save your life-whether you're a man or a woman. Highly recommended!" -Dean Ornish, M.D, Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, U of California SF, author, Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease
Updated to reflect the latest TOEFL formats, this book with optional audio CD package presents more than 1,000 practice questions with explanatory answers. This package is designed to prepare students to succeed on both the Paper-Based TOEFL (PBT) and the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT). A full-length TOEFL PBT practice test and a full-length TOEFL iBT practice test are also included, and are supplemented with instructions for evaluating answers to test questions and determining a test score. This version of the manual comes with a set of six enclosed audio compact discs that offer practice for the Listening, Speaking, and Integrated Writing sections. The set of compact discs can also be purchased separately.
Look! Look! The Cat wants to cook! Told with simple rhymes and rhythms, this jaunty illustrated tale gives very young readers a taste of the Cat in the Hat?s flamboyant cooking skills as he slaps on a Chef?s hat and whips up purple cupcakes using some truly odd ingredients! A cat-terrific spin-off based on Dr. Seuss? The Cat in the Hat movie.
Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on? validated learning,? rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute. Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it?s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.
The era of online video has arrived?now make it work for your business In the last year, the world of online video exploded. Hollywood got into the game, professional actors and writers joined in, and independent producers looked to find their niche. Now, companies are wide awake to the opportunities for product and brand promotion as well as customer engagement. So how do you want to fit into the new online video universe? The must-have guide, Get Seen by Steve Garfield, the "Paul Revere of video blogging," offers a quick and complete toolkit to get you up to speed on the latest that online video and related media have to offer. Examines success stories of how companies have used online video Presents a series of plans and tools that businesses can follow as they expand onto the social web Provides clear step by step directions on how to record, edit, and export videos, where to post them, how to build a community around their content, and what to do to increase views by making it go viral If you're ready to take full advantage of online video's many benefits, Get Seen is the one resource you need.