Dayana Reyes

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Learning Google Apps Script
Learning Google Apps Script
Learning Google Apps Script by Ramalingam Ganapathy. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
MySQL Administrator's Bible
MySQL Administrator's Bible
MySQL Administrator's Bible by Sheeri K. Cabral and Keith Murphy. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Harry Potter: Pull Out Poster Book
Harry Potter: Pull Out Poster Book
Harry Potter: Pull Out Poster Book by J.K. Rowling. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
La boda [The Wedding]
La boda [The Wedding]
La boda [The Wedding] by Nicholas Sparks, Miguel Martínez-Lage - translator, et al.. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, with 22 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Good Guys Love Dogs: A Small Town Romance
Good Guys Love Dogs: A Small Town Romance
Good Guys Love Dogs: A Small Town Romance by Inglath Cooper. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 648 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Lawless (King-Reihe 3) (German Edition)
Lawless (King-Reihe 3) (German Edition)
Lawless (King-Reihe 3) (German Edition) by T. M. Frazier. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 24 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Horror Hall of Fame
The Horror Hall of Fame
The Horror Hall of Fame by Stephen King, Charles L. Grant, et al.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Python Data Science Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Learn How to Use Python for Data Analysis and Data Science. Learn the Essential Tools to Work with Data (Artificial intelligence Book 5)
Python Data Science Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Learn How to Use Python for Data Analysis and Data Science. Learn the Essential Tools to Work with Data (Artificial intelligence Book 5)
Python Data Science Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Learn How to Use Python for Data Analysis and Data Science. Learn the Essential Tools to Work with Data (Artificial intelligence Book 5) by Oliver Soranson. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python for Data Analysis: Tutorial for Beginners
Python for Data Analysis: Tutorial for Beginners
Python for Data Analysis: Tutorial for Beginners by Eric Marston and Clay Willison. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Business Intelligence Cookbook
Python Business Intelligence Cookbook
Python Business Intelligence Cookbook by Robert Dempsey. Rated 2.9 out of 5 stars, with 9 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
SQL Server Database Technology
SQL Server Database Technology
SQL Server Database Technology by ZHANG PU SHENG. HE SHENG BIAN ZHU. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Warren Buffett - 41 Fascinating Facts about Life & Investing Philosophy: The Lessons From A Legendary Investor
Warren Buffett - 41 Fascinating Facts about Life & Investing Philosophy: The Lessons From A Legendary Investor
I enjoyed reading this book based on 41 factoid from Warren Buffett investment life and philosophy. Some of it was surprising, like the fact that he does not believe in diversification, and much of it as educational, particularly his explanation of the mistakes his made along his legendary career. This book is not great literature, but I found it educational and entertaining.

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Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
Poor Charlie's Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Expanded Third Edition
Poor Charlie's Almanac has been on my reading list for the last couple of years. It took me a six-month sabbatical (and then some) to get through it. This is a testament to the information, lessons, references and stories from Charlie Munger. Fundamentally, this book is an encyclopedia of information on what it takes to be successful and to achieve greatness in what it is you want to do in life; all from a very successful and extremely well read (and connected) 90-ish year old billionaire!

Let's be clear, this is not a book that you can quickly skim through, but rather a book you spend quality time with every day; for a good couple of months. This way you're giving yourself the best change of retaining all of Charlie's tidbits of wisdom. One of the great things about this book is the plethora of quotes from successful entrepreneurs, historians, philosophers alike whose ideas and writings have survived the test of time.

Suffice to say, this is one of those books I'm going to re-read, reference and quote for the rest of my life. Well worth a purchase!

Three Key Takeaways from the book:
1. Charlie knows no wise people who didn't read all the time. It is more than just reading though, one has to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people do not identify ideas, and if they do, they do not know what to do with them
2. Diversification in investing is something that Charlie doesn't believe in. His recommendation is to choose three good company stocks and invest accordingly. Interesting approach given most financial advisors typically recommend the opposite
3. Self-pity is always counter-productive, It's the wrong way to think. And when you avoid it you get a great advantage over everybody else or almost everybody else, because self-pity is a standard response. And you can train yourself out of it
How Jeff Bezos Can Fix Health Care: Leading the Transparency Revolution
How Jeff Bezos Can Fix Health Care: Leading the Transparency Revolution
In her 1997 book, Market Driven Health Care. Professor Regina Herzlinger from the Harvard Business School forcefully introduced the concept of a consumer driven health care system that would empower people to make health care service choices based on quality (real or perceived), price, and availability (access). This is in contrast to a payer driven system that induces people to use certain health care providers who have agreed to a discounted payment schedule. In her book, Professor Herzlinger lays out the key concepts that make such a system work for the benefit of all. While some progress has been made over the past 23 years since the publication of her book, the U.S. health care system remains mostly the same.
In his book, How Jeff Bezos Can Fix Health Care, Steve Hyde provides the missing links that inhibit a major move to a more consumer driven system. These links include easily obtained transparent information about provider quality, actual cost to patients/consumers before services are provided, and provider availability. All this is accomplished with an easy to use technology platform that enables consumers to compare choices in the market in a way that does not exist today. The other missing piece to make such a major change in the health care system is a private sector powerhouse champion, hence Jeff Bezos who has revolutionized the consumer purchasing marketplace.
Whether you favor a more centralized single payer system such as Medicare for All or private sector consumer driven system as proposed by Steve Hyde, this book is essential reading for those who what to better understand what may be possible to make our health care system function better of all citizens.
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
You know that Diet Dr. Pepper commercial with the lumberjack-looking guy in the flannel shirt that's casually walking through the woods carrying entire tree trunks and hand-landing salmon and then throwing them to grizzly bears? Well, Steven Rinella IS that guy--if that guy could also totally CRUSH you at Jeopardy!!

I bought his book, "American Buffalo," primarily b/c I've been buying a lot of free-range, grass-fed bison from Dan O'Brien's Wild Idea Buffalo Company and I thought it would be a good idea to learn some history about the animal. After having read Rinella's book, I now know not only a ton about bison, but also a lot more about the settlement of the western United States and the characters who lived there, the traditional way of life of many Native American tribes, Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Chetaslina/Copper River area, hunting in general, and about current tensions between the cattle industry and conservation groups regarding the reintroduction of wild, free-ranging bison into areas where they were once native.

I particularly enjoyed the later chapters where Rinella is successful in hunting a wild buffalo and his account of butchering the animal and transporting it out of the wild. It's a pretty harrowing tale. Lots of adventure. A lot of risk. I can't imagine being alone in grizzly country for days period--much less trying to pack out hundreds of pounds of meat IN THE DARK. Steven Rinella is hardcore and I have a ton of respect for his willingness to suffer for what he believes in. The only thing I didn't like about the book was knowing that I don't think I could ever do the same. Even camping in the campground in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park freaks me out. This guy camped multiple days covered in blood in backcountry grizzly habitat BY HIMSELF not far from the dead bison he was butchering. Then, for good measure, he whitewater rafts his cache of bison meat down the Chetaslina River--also in the dark.

Guy's a stud. Read his book. But fair warning you will feel like less of a man after having done so. I have to go do some push-ups now.................
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
I love that this story is based on a modern day success/role model. All kids these days know Amazon so would probably be very interested in learning about Jeff Bezos. This adorable book is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written with short, easy to read and understand sentences that will capture and hold a young child’s attention. Parents and teachers will appreciate this story because it encourages kids to be curious and observant, to spend time with family and to always read and learn new things! This story promotes important life lessons that our little ones need to be exposed to at a young age. Kudos to the author!
Elon Musk: Life Lessons with Billionaire CEO & Successful Entrepreneur: How Elon Musk Is Innovating the Future
Elon Musk: Life Lessons with Billionaire CEO & Successful Entrepreneur: How Elon Musk Is Innovating the Future
If you are an entrepreneur or want to be one someday there is no doubt that Elon Musk is the best one to follow. who is not just like others who followed the traditional profitable way s of business but in every startup follows his dream and brings something new to the people of this world. Which is either changed the way of our living as well as how our society living or the course of our history.

This book is an excellent read about Elon Mask as the author has described everything in a detail including his all successful and unsuccessful business which also teaches us how to stay strong and go for the best. Interesting yet educational.
James Allen 21 Books: Complete Premium Collection
James Allen 21 Books: Complete Premium Collection
James Allen (1864 - 1912) war ein englischer Autor, der insgesamt 21 Bücher zum Thema Selbstbestimmung, Motivation und Persönlichkeitsentwicklung verfasst hat. Der in Leicester geborene Allen stammte aus einfachsten Verhältnissen. Nach dem Tod seines Vater musste er bereits mit 15 Jahren die Schule verlassen um seine Mutter und die beiden jüngeren Brüder zu erhalten.

1901 erschien sein erstes Buch "From Poverty to Power", zahlreiche weitere folgten. Auch Allens berühmtestes Werk "As A Man Thinketh" ist inkludiert: In diesem Buch, das aus der Bibel aber auch aus Aussprüchen des Buddha schöpft, liefert der Autor den Schlüssel zu einem selbstbestimmten Leben. Auch in seinen anderen Werken wird immer wieder die Kraft der Gedanken betont.

Die hier angebotene Werksammlung vereint auf 1415 Seiten alle 21 Bücher des Autors, die Titel sind über das interaktive Inhaltsverzeichnis komfortabel abrufbar, inklusiver verlinkter Kapitel innerhalb des jeweiligen Buchs. James Allens Werk ist auch in unserer Zeit nach wie vor aktuell, wer nach Wegen sucht seine Ziele zu erreichen oder sich für die Ursprünge der Motivationsliteratur interessiert, der findet in der vorliegenden Werksammlung viele Denkanstöße, ein Blick hinein lohnt sich in jedem Fall.
St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
This is an album which make me return good memories from my family. A great singer like Louis Armstrong makes CD a must for his fans. Good value.
Hard Rain
Hard Rain
It is what it is, "Hard Rain". Maybe messy. Maybe magnificent. Maybe messily magnificent. Despite its remastering for the "Complete Works" box set, there are still a few problems with the somewhat muddy sound, for me. On the other hand, there is definitely an ad hoc energy about it. Personally, I prefer the "Rolling Thunder Bootleg Series" from the same period, by far. This does catch an artist and a band just "going for it" in a slightly shambolic but enthusiastic manner though. It is raw and edgy and, as many have commented in the years since it was released, Dylan was going through a bit of an angry, relationship breakdown period and this undoubtedly affected his gritted teeth, committed performance. Of course, it is a vitally important album, chronologically, in Dylan's career. More so than its musical worth, probably.

It is worth noting that the tracks are taken from two concerts - Fort Collins Colorado and Fort Worth, Texas (the performances from the latter are asterisked below). So, there is not the continuity of a single show. This adds to the disorganised feel of the album. Another observation is that Dylan wore a biblical style head-dress for the Fort Collins show of the sort worn by children in nativity plays. His appearance was, intentional or not, very Messiah-like.

TRACK LISTING

1. Maggie's Farm
2. One Too Many Mornings
3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again*
4. Oh Sister*
5. Lady Lady Lay*
6. Shelter From The Storm
7. You're A Big Girl Now
8. I Threw It All Away*
9. Idiot Wind

"Maggie's Farm" is rocking and ramshackle, full of unrestrained vitality. "One Too Many Mornings" is enhanced by some excellent violin from Scarlet Rivera. "Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again" is done vibrantly, with a catchy bass line from Rob Stoner. Dylan is on fine form, vocally, on this too, doing the wordy song justice, thankfully.

"Oh Sister" again features that lovely violin and a strong delivery from Dylan. "Lady Lady Lay" is a bit muffled, sound-wise, with a bit of background hiss. Maybe it was chucking it down at the time. "Shelter From The Storm" is given a slightly reggae-ish makeover on its verses and it positively bristles with an almost punky anger as Dylan spits and bellows out the lyrics. It is a radical re-working of the reflective number we all know from "Blood On The Tracks". It is quite visceral in places.

"You're A Big Girl Now" has a fetching guitar backing and Dylan's delivery is suitably respectful of the sombre, plaintive original. Nice piano on it too. One of the album's best interpretations. "I Threw It All Away" is the only live performance of it that I have. Unfortunately it is a slightly grating, at times, delivery of one of "Nashville Skyline"'s best songs. Dylan's voice is jarring, as is the unnecessarily clashing guitar sound. Then, of course, there is "Idiot Wind". For many, this is the definitive performance of the song. As far as I know it is the only official live cut of the track. It is certainly the only one I have. It is a snarling, incredibly wired rendition of the song, and by far the best track on the album. Not only is an irked Dylan "up for it" but the band are too. When he sings "I can't feel you anymore..." he sounds close to tears. All his raging glory, indeed.

Overall, despite its cultural importance, for me it is nowhere near his best live work. For a lot of people it is, though, and that is fair enough. I can sort of see why, but I can never get past the less-than-perfect sound.
Gotta Serve Somebody - The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan
Gotta Serve Somebody - The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has to be the "energizer genius" of American music. His forty years of writing and recording have touched every genre if not directly then indirectly. He hasn't written Classical Music, but his songs have been reinterpreted by classical musicians; he's barely touched on jazz - though he has written a few jazz flavored numbers - but his work has been interpreted by jazz musicians; and he hasn't written for the stage, though his work has been staged. There's just no end to Mr. Dylan's talent or influence. When Mr. Dylan released "Slow Train Coming," he broke another personal and artistic barrier that had many of his fans howling in rage. But he didn't relent, and followed up the next year with "Saved," and then "Shot of Love." Bob Dylan was writing Gospel steeped in an R&B tradition, and absolutely redolent of the back woods. With all its ragged edges, it was great stuff.
The compilation and labor of love, "Gotta Serve Somebody," is also great stuff. Mr. Dylan's raw gospel has been spruced up in some cases, and roughed up, at least emotionally, in others, with various results. I've never thought "Saved" was a particularly great song, consider it a little too "busy," and this rendition hasn't convinced me otherwise. I feel much the same about, "Solid Rock," good for a start but kinda boring by its finish. "When You Gonna Wake Up?," I find much better in the more vitriolic original. That's not to say these recordings aren't worth the effort, they're just not to my taste.
As a fan, I think one of the wonderful things about this album is the recognition by black, gospel artists of Mr. Dylan's contribution. I think it must be something of a vindication (as if he needed one) of the steps he took as an artist to make his spiritual journey public. But hey, that's what an artist is supposed to do.
Bob Dylan - Made Easy for Guitar
Bob Dylan - Made Easy for Guitar
This book serves the purpose of allowing you to strum some chords while you sing the words to some of Bob Dylan's songs. The chords are loosely related to the chords Dylan might play.
For example, "When the ship comes in", this version just gives a "G" and "C" for the first six measures with 4 strums per measure. Free internet versions of the song add in a few more chords-- at least it is more interesting that way.
"A Hard Rain's gonna Fall"--This version just has you strum the D chord forever. Other versions at least put in a couple D6 and Dsus chords. They arent that hard and add some variety.
Yes, there are hash marks for chord rhythm, but they are a joke. All they show are 4 chords per measure for 4/4, or 3 chord for 3/4 time! That is useless. You only need rhythm marks if you are going to have some variety from your basic strumming.
This book is what it says, Easy versions. The problem is, when you play them they dont sound much like Dylan songs.
I have ordered a different songbook to try again.
What bothers me most about these songbooks, is that they all say the songwriter was the author. This is very misleading. Yes, you would want Cat Stevens or Bob Dylan to be involved with a book that claims he is the author-- because then you would think, even if it were easier, he would make it sound right.
But all it means for most of these songbooks is they gain some rights to do whatever they want arranging these songs. Dylan plays no part whatsoever.
Its deceptive.
JBL Inspire 300 In-Ear Sport Headphones Black
JBL Inspire 300 In-Ear Sport Headphones Black
I hate the newer style of headphones/earbuds that stick directly into a user's ear canal. Dangerous and uncomfortable (and impractical if you have narrow canals). Traditional earbuds that nestle in your ear are becoming harder to find and these JBL headphones are a good compromise between the two and deliver good sound. Only downside is they can be a little conspicuous for some.
Paper Mate InkJoy 700RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Fine Point, White Barrel, Black Ink, Box of 12 (1951353)
Paper Mate InkJoy 700RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Fine Point, White Barrel, Black Ink, Box of 12 (1951353)
Like these a lot. I'm so tired of jell pens which smear, especially on greeting cards, and leak and then won't write even when there is plenty of ink left in barrel. I'm not a fan of felt tip and pens that have lids, I loose them. Not a big Bic fan. I like these, always have liked Paper Mate (I was so proud to give my Daddy an 'expensive, Gold set for Father's Day when I was a Tween). These arr comfortable to hold, have a smooth, nice glide, not thin so that it's hard to write, a nice, rich medium ink, retractable so that I'm not getting ink stains all over my hands and clothes. The y come in 3 colors plus an extra black pen (I've forgotten- what *have* I done with that pen, anyway?) A bonus, they look nice. I'm happy with my new pens. I must have 10 million pens here, time to start setting them free.
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself
Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself
In this day, it's great to have something you can lose yourself in to get away from our every day troubles and trials. "Jeff Dunham-Arguing with Myself" DVD does just that. Street crime, wars, economy miseries blare out of our TV's with such regularity, we have no recourse but to feel miserable about life, So why not put this in your DVD player and get away from it all for awhile. Does the heart good.

I watched this hilarious DVD while my daughter was visiting us, back in 2008. My husband and I thought this was one of the most uproariously, hilarious ventriloquist acts we've ever seen. So, after discussing the many Christmas gift choices, we had, due to our financial situation, I decided to buy this DVD for my friends, who live in another state. I was concerned it may be a little too risque for my girlfriend, but, as it turned out, she loves it. She just could not stop raving about how she and her husband, and friends they have shared it with, absolutely think it is the best time they have had in a long time and has brought both of them many hours of enjoyment.

This DVD was inexpensive and I loved that I could have it sent to their home. It arrived in time for Christmas besides. Sadly, I don't own the DVD myself.... yet. I intend on purchasing all of Jeff's DVD's, in the near future, so we can enjoy them and share them with our friends, too.

Every time I call my friend, she tells me how her friends have, now, bought their own DVD so they can watch it anytime they want.

Jeff Dunham presents his marionettes, in such a way, they all seem real, although we know they aren't. His ventriloquism, talent shines through with Arthur, Peanut, Achmed, and Jalapeno on a Stick. I love Arthur, even though he is a super grump and is always complaining about everything, from his wife, whom we never see, to every day life's common events. Peanut is my favorite since he is always giving Jeff and Jalapeno on a Stick a rough time. With his yellow tuff, of hair, and his purple body, and his ear to ear mouth, he is so much fun to watch. This is, especially, when he puts his head back, laughing at something he got over on Jeff. Achmed's, "I will kill you," every few minutes, adds irony to the fact that he doesn't even realize he is dead and can't kill anyone. All of the characters are so different from each other, and Jeff moves from one in such a smooth transition, there is never a boring moment from beginning to end in this DVD.

Bring out the popcorn, and other tasty eats and drinks, put in "Jeff Dunham-Arguing with Myself," or any of his other DVD's and get ready to enjoy a couple of hours of getting away from the world and your troubles. If you want a good laugh or are looking for the ideal gifts, get this DVD or one of Jeff's other DVD's (Heck! Why not buy a whole set for yourself and or your friends and families? Double, triple or quadruple your fun.). You'll have a terrific, hilarious time, and your friends will thank you.
Lil Freak [Explicit]
Lil Freak [Explicit]
I really like this song, especially with Nicki Minaj in it. It's actually my favorite part. I'd recommend getting it, but it is a dirty song.
Asthma - the correct treatment is known (EBM series) (2010) ISBN: 4879548111 [Japanese Import]
Asthma - the correct treatment is known (EBM series) (2010) ISBN: 4879548111 [Japanese Import]
喘息治療を受けて20年以上の家族がいるので購入しました。
喘息と診断された当初から信頼できるお医者様に診察していただいていたので、家族としては安心してお任せ出来たのですが、先生が御栄転で現場から離れられ、次の先生とのコミュニケーションがとれず軽い発作が出たりとうまく体調管理が出来ず、8ヶ月ほど思案し、最新の治療がわかる本で家族として知識をつけようと思いました。
薬は現在投薬されているものが掲載されていて、体調が悪いときにはどの薬を飲めばいいのかなどよくわかるようになりました。
喘息は、症状がでてからの対応ではなく予防が大切です。そのことがとても理解できる内容で、喘息で信頼できるお医者様と出会えていない方には特に読んでみる価値がある本だと思います。
Thoreau, The Kid and Mr. Lou: Book Notes of a Foreign Correspondent
Thoreau, The Kid and Mr. Lou: Book Notes of a Foreign Correspondent
I purchased this book for my father and he writes the following review:

Bill Gjebre writes:
After a career as a newspaper reporter, editorial page chief and foreign correspondent, Louis J. Salome, retired and moved to rural New Hampshire where he lived in solitude at the edge of a pond in a Thoreau-like existence.

It was a much different setting from the hotspots he traveled to while reporting on conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, dodging bullets, never once sustaining even a minor injury.

While threats were non-existent in New Hampshire, Salome, nevertheless, was on a new and difficult mission: to find his voice as a first-time novelist. He wrote his first novel, Violence, Veils and Bloodlines—Reporting from War Zones, while living in a cabin on Lucas Pond in Northwood for nearly 200 days over an 11-month period from January to November 2004, with time off to return home to restock on provisions and to attend to family matters.

By comparison, Henry David Thoreau spent more than two years from 1845 to 1847 living in a cabin on Walden Pond to write his renown novel named for the pond in Concord, Connecticut.

Salome’s second novel, Thoreau, The Kid and Mr. Lou, is about his writing and living experience, working to overcome some doubts, finding ways to unlock the words for his books, including trudging through the New Hampshire woods. This book was based on notes he jotted while living in the cabin and enduring the beauty and harsh cold of wintry days.

In the end, Salome produced a fascinating, personal second novel in which he compares the character of New Hampshire residents living around Lucas Pond with that of foreign nationals he found while reporting outside the United States, finding similarities that included honoring commitments, looking out for one another, and friendship and hospitality.

A New Englander who grew up in Millville, Massachusetts, Salome is somewhat familiar with residents of the area. Because they are careful about opening up in front of newcomers, Salome treaded lightly in his temporary cabin lodging on Lucas Pond in northwest New Hampshire, about 35 miles west of new home in Portsmouth. Some of his new neighbors were suspicious of the stranger living alone on Lucas Pond.

But it is not long before Salome pierced their guard, as he had done in his journalism career here and abroad. As importantly he also found his novelist voice.

While walking one day, a neighbor took pity on his puny walking “stick” and made him a gift of a sturdy red birch, “thick and sturdy,” that improved his stride through leafy woods and nearby roads. He found that his frequent journeys actually triggered his thoughts and aided his writing. “Walks through the woods and along country roads stimulate my writing,” he states.

Other techniques also helped him, including the mere fact that he was isolated in the cabin and its surroundings. “Seclusion alone pushes the mind and pen to unpredictable places.”

On one walk, he spotted a young woman outside her home near his cabin. The 18-year-old spontaneously opened up about her dilemma after graduating high school: whether she should study auto mechanics, or live with her boyfriend and go to work cleaning recreation vehicles for $7.50 an hour or sell coffee and donuts for $5.50 an hour and live with her family. Salome never sees her again but wonders whether he should have urged her to explore other options.

Not long after moving into the cabin, he discovered a problem and his initial solution clashed with neighbors. He found there was no place to dump his trash but while walking noticed large trash bins along the road at the end of neighborhood driveways, where he placed his refuse. But it was not long before one neighbor noticed the dump and promptly informed him this is a “no, no.”

Unaware of the prohibition, he tried to make a joke, saying his bags do not take up much space and won’t bother the other bags. But the woman was not amused and then put her neighbors on alert. As he trudged down the road, with several garbage bags, he noticed other homeowners had come out their front doors to watch him.

Of course, he respected and honored neighborhood code that trash dumpsters were not dump zones for strangers--and he found his own solution, as the book reveals.

On another walk he met and talked with another neighbor, a native American, a Lakota Indian, who was a teacher. He told her of writing a story of Long Wolf, a Lakota sub chief and the effort to bring his body back to tribal lands after he died in 1892 of pneumonia while performing in Buffalo Bill Cody’s wild west show in London. She then told him about teaching Inuit families, a small minority group often overlooked, for three years on an island 90 miles off Russia, where she said she was accepted “because of her own tribal background.”

In his walk to find a place to dump those first trash bags, Salome found his way to Demmons, an historic general store dating back to 1824 on the same spot, not far with Revolutionary Road in West Nottingham. There he found a friend and source of information in store owner, Cody, who informed him about the area’s history.

Aside from selling food and clothing, the store is filled with dated posters of movie stars such as James Cagney, Katherine Hepburn and Jean Harlow and has an old paper signs urging: “Do not spit on the floor. To do so may spread disease.”

In his talk with locals, Salome also heard that major league baseball great Ted Williams, who played for the Boston Red Sox, may have fished on Lucas Pond – a rumor he could never confirm with hard facts, but interesting enough to become a part of his second novel. One local told him Williams, a renowned and famous fisherman, definitely fished many of the ponds in the area, and must have done so on Lucas Pond.

One of his second novel’s best segments described Fourth of July celebration at Demmons. About 200 people walk, bike or drive there for the event. It begins with a free breakfast, with donations taken to help provide music scholarships for local high school students. With those then gathering around the store’s front porch, “freedom-inspired folk music” and patriotic songs are performed and there are various readings, ending with the Declaration of Independence.

“Before I saw and heard 1776 come alive at Demmons, “Salome writes, “Jody described the reading this way: It’s different when someone reads it out loud. Many people never heard someone read it – ever. People get very emotional.”

After attending one celebration years later, Salome added he now understands what his friend meant. “In it’s own small way, a simple reading is at least a dollop of glue that binds people to history and continuously educates the community, at least for few minutes a year.”

This book is worth the read, honest and true – no matter where you live.

Note: The 4th of July celebration at Demmons did not take place this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But Jody said he plans on hold it in 2021 if all is well. “We’re all getting old,” he reminded.
Deep in the Jungle of Doom (Give Yourself Goosebumps #11)
Deep in the Jungle of Doom (Give Yourself Goosebumps #11)
Between my school library and the public library, there weren't that many GYG books available to me, but I remember my friend bought about twelve of them and I mooched them off of him every now and then to read (or just look at the pretty covers). Therefore, this book stuck out in my mind as one he definitely had. All that said, it was pretty great. I liked the jungle setting, which reminded me a lot of the island setting from the Tiki Island one. There were a lot of third parties in this book including Amazon Warrior Women, some big-game hunters, a jungle tribe, and a troll. The two storylines involve either turning into a fish-creature or getting lost and encountering all the above parties. A decent, if not terribly awesome, GYG book.
Darkest Desires: The Makani Trilogy
Darkest Desires: The Makani Trilogy
This is three short stories about a girl who can "read" people whom she touches. Each story is different, of course. I dated this a four star because the first two stories were good but by the time I reached the third one I was already read-out. The last tale is really way out.
The Winning Hand: The MacGregors
The Winning Hand: The MacGregors
This is a story for anyone who ever dreamed of hitting it big in Las Vegas. It is also the first of the third generation of the MacGregor series. Mac is Daniel's grandson.
Darcy Wallace ran away from her boring life in Kansas, then had her purse & money stolen at a roadside restaurant. When her car breaks down a mile outside of Las Vegas-- her destination-- she walks into the city. She enters the Comanche casino, inserts her last $3 into the jackpot machine -- and wins almost $2 million. The manager, Robert MacGregor Blade, sees a total innocent, and tries to help her through the initial hassle of a big win.
When Daniel hears about the big win, his meddling genes take over - he sees Darcy as a fitting bride for his grandson. Meanwhile, Mac feels like he is taking advantage of an innocent Darcy, and tries to push her away.
La casa de la playa / Whiskey Beach (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
La casa de la playa / Whiskey Beach (Best Seller) (Spanish Edition)
excelente.eli landon sale absuelto del asesinato de su esposa.con la reputacion y la vida destrozadas decide refugiarse en la casa de la playa de su abuela.abra walsh es la vecina a quien hester la abuela de eli a encargado cuidar de la casa y de su nieto.abra no va a permitir que el siga sumergido en la tristeza y el dolor.a eli no le agrada tener a una vecina diciendole lo que tiene que hacer.juntos investigaran lo que paso la noche que murio su esposa , y eso los unira de un modo que nunca esperaron.me encanto esta historia.muy linda y emotiva .la recomiendo.
Tales of Belkin (The Art of the Novella)
Tales of Belkin (The Art of the Novella)
Alexander Pushkin is considered one of Russia’s great authors of short stories and Tales of Belkin are considered among his earlier and better-known collections. The only uniting thread to the five stories is as we are told in the somewhat comic introduction supposedly in Pushkin’s own voice is that all of these stories were collected by a third person, the landowner nice guy but mostly bland Belkin. We are to believe that these are all true stories but passed directly or indirectly to the real author/editor Belkin, now deceased. We are to believe these are all true stories but all links to their sources are broken.

Among the more common themes is Russian fiction is a duel. And it is with a duel that the collection begin. Called The Shot, it starts as another view into life among under employed Army officers but ends continues with the more unusual concept of an incomplete duel.

Given Russian weather it is also common to have a short story about or called The Blizzard. Something of a serio-comic romance misadventure.

The Undertaker is not surprising, a Ghost Story. But Pushkin starts with the typical and takes it into hisown direction.

The Station Master is perhaps the most complex of these stories. It begins with a discussion of Russian Civil Service and the lowly role of one of its most junior professions, the station master. Our story teller relates the story of what he experienced as well as heard from one that is worth telling. Thinking again on the collection, Pushkin would have it understood that P is publishing the stories as told to Belkin and in this case involving both first hand and second hand points of origin.

The Squire’s Daughter continues this process of stories told to, and told by the person who heard it from. The plot to this one can be told without an spoiler by noting that in the Russian the Title is The “Noblewoman-Peasant” This is a romantic love story.

Overall, the short collection 108 pages in the always elegant Melville Art of the Novella editions are a pleasant few hours of reading. These are not great tales. None of them are memorable, but given Russian literature’s reputation for heavy, dark and long reads, The Tales of Belkin make for easy reads and a fine introduction to the great Russians.
Like the Flowing River
Like the Flowing River
Contrary to the reviews of the people...I might differ on this one! I found this an ok read...little spiritual...though I must compliment the author for bringing certain thoughts that we might have encountered at some point of time and penning it down quite superbly.

Having said that...the book has certain chapters which are beautifully written and my favourites being

The importance of repetition
The story of pencil
How to climb mountains
Genghis khan and his falcon
Manuel is an important man
Travelling differently
The importance of cat in meditation
The story of sand and dune
The third passion
Silver Wings, Santiago Blue
Silver Wings, Santiago Blue
My wonderful Mother-in-law has always loved to read Janet Dailey as so I began reading her books. They are very good and interesting. I am especially happy that with the Kindle I bought for my mother-in-law she can change the font large enough that she can once again enjoy books like this. She has magulor degeneration eye desease and is completely bind in her left eye and losing sight in her right eye, but is really enjoying reading while she can. Thanks to the Kindle purchased at Amazon and books like this she is enjoying reading once again.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 19: Végéta (Dragon Ball (sens français) (19)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 19: Végéta (Dragon Ball (sens français) (19)) (French Edition)
Le Shōnen manga par excellence, précurseur du genre, rempli d'humour(assez grivoise), beaucoup imité, jamais égalé !!

Culte pour toute une génération, si vous ne connaissaient pas faites vous votre propre avis, foncé et vous ne
saurez surement pas déçus!!

Une fois les aventures du jeune Sangoku finies, l'histoire fait place à un Sangoku devenu adulte et
ayant crée une famille.
Comme beaucoup je regrette énormément que l'humour des Tomes précédent qui faisait tout le charme de Dragon Ball
disparaissent définitivement à partir du Tome 16.
Malgré cela l'auteur continue(ou essaie pour certains) de nous réjouir avec une histoire prenante et des combats palpitant.

Dans le même genre je peux vous je peux vous conseiller Hunter X Hunter, One Piece, Naruto,Bleach, Fairy Tail, Death Note autres shōnen à succès et plus récemment My Hero Academia.

Bonne lecture à tous
Ode to Kirihito, Part 2
Ode to Kirihito, Part 2
its black, really dark, but in that manga sort of way. i keep thinking that how i remember kirohitos showdown with the doctor who let him get monmow disease is different than its drawn. but that still proves how good this is.
Zéro pour la question (SAN ANTONIO) (French Edition)
Zéro pour la question (SAN ANTONIO) (French Edition)
Publié en 1968, ce livre fait partie de la période de San Antonio que je préfère (fin des années 1960, début 1970).
Le style est plein de verve et d'humour.
Bérurier (personnage secondaire mais ô combien important) est de la partie et nous gratifie d'aventures rocambolesques.
Malheureusement, l'histoire est à dormir debout, Cela arrive souvent chez San Antonio, mais là, il faut avouer que c'est du grand n'importe quoi.
La fin du livre (qui constitue l'éclaircissement du mystère censé nous avoir tenu en haleine tout au long du récit) est un sommet de l'abracadabrantesque.
A lire pour ceux qui aiment le style san-antonionesque et les péripéties de Bérurier. Ceux qui aiment les intrigues solides feront mieux d'aller voir ailleurs.
Pour quelqu'un qui ne connaîtrait pas San Antonio, je conseillerais plutôt de lire "Les Vacances de Bérurier",
Danny the Champion of the World
Danny the Champion of the World
This audiobook tells a very nice story of a happy young boy and his gorgeous father, who live in an old gypsy caravan without electricity in it. His mother died when he was a little child. The father is working in his own small gas station and workshop where his son Danny learns very much about cars, even to drive one. Their living is economically poor but by no means empty, they love and adore each other.
Their big adventure where Danny needs his skill to run a car is connected with poaching pheasants and sabotaging the great hunting party of the rich landowner, and during these events Danny is to become the Champion of the World.
The reader Nathaniel Parker is as exquisite as ever. He is doing all characters many of them most hilarious: nine-year old Danny, his loving father who smiles only with his eyes, the local policeman, the vicar`s wife and others. He brings to life the whole story with incredible brilliance, you could never achieve that by reading the book yourself.
The Lone Star Ranger
The Lone Star Ranger
Zane Grey wrote some fantastic Westerns, and this is one of them. Buck Duane has to go on the run after killing a man and has to live life as an outlaw. Duane soon becomes a legend in his own right, mainly due to the speed he can draw his gun, making even other gun-slingers think twice before getting into an argument with him. As the years pass though, Duane finds that his legend also incorporates killings that he never did. Not only seemingly wanted by the law other outlaws would like to see his demise due to his killing of outlaw chiefs.

When Duane is at his lowest can he find a purpose in life after meeting Texas Ranger, Captain MacNelly? This is a great read, with romance, gunfights, Rangers and outlaws, and is sure to please those who love Westerns, and indeed those new to the genre.

Some say that this story was the inspiration behind 'The Lone Ranger' which we all know and enjoy, but I would like to add that even if that is true, something else has to be born in mind as well. The Lone Ranger started out as a radio show and in the years previous Zorro had been a big hit, first with the novel, and by the time 'The Lone Ranger' was first aired I think there was something like three Zorro films already made. But if you do decide to read this, forget about such things, sit back and escape to the Wild West, where men were a breed apart.
The Heritage of the Desert (Annotated)
The Heritage of the Desert (Annotated)
Perhaps, with the exception of Riders of the Purple Sage, Heritage of the Desert is the best western Zane Grey ever wrote. For me it is. It combines everything one expects to find in the genre, and then adds a little bit more you don't expect to find. It is the basic story of a young man, John Hare, who has come west to regain his health and to find his place in life only to be branded "Dene's spy" and becomes a hunted man. There is the Mormon element, only in this book they receive favorable treatment by Zane Grey; there are animal heroes; a faithful Indian companion to the heroine, a half-Indian girl, Mescal; rustlers and land thieves; a favored son gone bad; and the canyon country of Utah described as only the master detailer can depict it in all of its glory and splendor. With this book Zane Grey set the standard by which he himself had to live up to with each succeeding novel, and HE DID. This edition is based on the Harpers edition of 1910 so is faithful to the original printing. However in the last few years books have been published based on Zane Grey's holographic or hand written manuscripts and the parts which editors at Harpers had deleted have been restored sometimes lending new insight as to just what Zane Grey was trying to say in his books. But if you can't afford one of them this book will do just fine to introduce you to Zane Grey, if you are not already a fan. This is a fantastic book. There is not much more I can say to give it praise.
Case Closed, Vol. 20
Case Closed, Vol. 20
This is the second appearance of Kaitou Kid (known as Phantom Thief Kid in the English version), and this case takes on a darker tone.

Serena is invited to a gathering of an online magic group, which takes place high in a snow covered mountain. She brings Rachel along with her as she sets out to meet her 'dream' man for the first time, but trouble soon follows as the group gets snowed in with a murder bent on revenge.

This case not only has many of the great moments that make up a good Case Closed file (interesting characters, unique methods of murder and discovery), but it also takes a deeper look into the man behind the mask of Kaitou Kid, and his relationship with Conan.

In addition, you get the added bonus of the second case, with another great returning character, Yoko Okino.

(Funimation has not yet dubbed these cases)
Oro azul (Archivos NUMA 2) (Spanish Edition)
Oro azul (Archivos NUMA 2) (Spanish Edition)
Esta novela la ley hace años posiblemente mas de 15, no me acordaba bien y según iba leyendo lo iba haciendo a pesar de lo cuan no recordaba el final ni la resolución de las aventuras que van sucediendo.
La verdad es que la disfrute igual o mas que cuando la ley por primera vez. Quizá sea porque ahora, jubilado tengo mas tiempo para leer. Y saborear la aventura de Austin y Zabala, Trout y Gamay etc.
Para disfrutar como con todas las de este autor.
Kalle Blomkvist Mystery Master Detective
Kalle Blomkvist Mystery Master Detective
My grandparents and my mother loved these, I did, and thanks to this excellent translation, so will the next generation. Three books of fun and excitement - not to mention learning and using the secret language!
Darwin's Cipher
Darwin's Cipher
I like a good techno-thriller, but since the death of Michael Crichton and with Phillip Kerr moving onto German detectives and unpleasant tales of first-person murdering pickings have been thin. I have enjoyed the works of Daniel Suarez, and the more "techno" output from Preston/Child and William Hertling, but having exhausted their catalogues I was getting a bit desperate for my latest trip. That's when I found Darwin's Cipher, the second novel from M A Rothman.

The basic plot is a simple one: advanced gene therapy being developed as a cancer cure is surreptitiously diverted into potential military applications, and both the medical and military uses generate very dangerous side-effects, which have to be contained or reversed. The story romps along at a good pace, the "techno" elements are well developed and fairly believable, and you come to like the competent, well-meaning central characters, turning pages enthusiastically to see if they can avert the apocalypse.

The writing is perhaps a bit weaker on the conspiracy side of the thriller. There are lots of secondary characters with varying motivation: good, bad, and those doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. However these motivations are readily revealed and rarely change, and it lacks the sheer murk of a good conspiracy. Also whereas the technical elements are either tidied up neatly or left hanging deliberately, that's not so true of the darker plot elements, and several key aspects are left unexplained.

That said, these are minor complaints. I did enjoy this book and I'll definitely read Rothman's other techno-thriller(s).

In an afterword the author explains that it's very difficult to get traditional publishers interested in such material, despite the success of Crichton, Kerr and others. That's a shame, because it's a genre which continues to intrigue me, and does have an audience. However it looks like we have to continue to go hunting to find the good ones, even before trying to discern the plots of the stories themselves.
Spanish Lessons
Spanish Lessons
Despite some rather unappealing reviews. I found this book to be very good. I think that some people were expecting it to be a practical guide to living in Spain, however I bought it with an open mind and believe that although it may not teach you much about the practicalities of Spanish living it does make a very good read for those who wish to know about integration with the Spanish. At times it made me laugh and also has renewed my own dreams of one day moving to Spain. Excellent
Harry Potter: Band 1-7 im Schuber - mit exklusivem Extra! (Harry Potter )
Harry Potter: Band 1-7 im Schuber - mit exklusivem Extra! (Harry Potter )
Am 29. Juni vorbestellt, wurde der Schuber pünktlich zum Erscheinungsdatum geliefert. Und jetzt steht er da: Bunt und edel verziert, mit den vier Hauswappen geschmückt. Hach, endlich.
Wohlweislich, weil ich schon bei Ankündigung der neuen Cover dachte, dass bestimmt ein Schuber nachrücken wird, wartete ich sehnlichst, bis dieser endlich vorbestellbar war. Ich liebe die neue Aufmachung! Mit der alten konnte ich mich nie anfreunden und war irgendwann beinahe erleichtert, als die Bücher nach dutzenden Malen lesen Zerfallspuren andeuteten.
Das „exklusive Extra“ besteht aus drei großen Figuren aus stabiler Pappe, die in einer ebenso liebevoll verzierten Box in Briefform ankommen. Ich persönlich werde sie sicher verstaut bei den Büchern lassen, als Aufsteller im Bücherregal machen sie aber bestimmt etwas her.
Jetzt ist also wieder alles komplett: die englischen Bücher gebunden im Schuber, Teil 1-4 der Schmuckausgabe und nun die deutschen Bücher gebunden im Schuber. Danke!
Harry Potter 1art1 Framed Collector Poster - Ticket London to Hogwarts (16 x 12 inches)
Harry Potter 1art1 Framed Collector Poster - Ticket London to Hogwarts (16 x 12 inches)
First of: Allow me to say that in overall I am quite satisfied. Now. I wasn't really when I first got the package in the mail, simply because it wasn't what I was expecting (perhaps those were off).
The picture the seller shows is already grainy; well so is the ticket, just a little bit. It's not replica-worthy sharp, nor are there golden elements on there that shine like in the movie.

I must say once you get over that inital shock you appreciate the frame it's in with the 2-color background which makes it feel like a more premium product (mine even came with a licensing stamp). So in overall: good product, I'm very happy with it, though I'm not sure if I would recommend it
Old Wizard Wig & Beard Set
Old Wizard Wig & Beard Set
The item is much darker than pictured. The product color doesn't even match the color in the picture on the packaging it arrives in.
The mouth opening is too small; beard hair is in your mouth.
Wig hair is all over your face.
I can't imagine wearing this for any length of time, like at a Halloween party.
Turns out that you have to pay for any returns, even though the color is wrong.
Harry Potter 2020 Wall Calendar
Harry Potter 2020 Wall Calendar
I just went to write in birthdays, Anniversaries and January is missing. I did not realize it AFTER personalizing what I thought was January- it was the first month then realized it was February. So now There is NO January and February is screwed up. I am updating my initial review. I finally discovered the month of January. Because the individual pages are so thin static electricity had kept the pages "glued" together. So I am writing this to correct my first review.
6.5 Special [Blu-ray]
6.5 Special [Blu-ray]
Good clean print of this rare 50's British rock 'n' roll/pop musical. The movie itself is only so-so, but it's an interesting historical artifact and it's fascinating to see a pre-Carry On Jim Dale when he was a (pretty good) rock 'n' roller, plus such forgotten faces as Scottish boy rocker Jackie Dennis. The disc also includes the 1961 re-edited re-release, Calling All Cats (which I haven't yet watched, so I can't tell you how it differs), plus the trailers for both films - although these are identical but for the titles! Also included is a glossy booklet which tells you all about the film and its musical stars. Well worth getting this one.
Gods of Merlin (My Merlin Series Book 4)
Gods of Merlin (My Merlin Series Book 4)
This book was an exciting, intriguing, adventurous read filled with magical, mystical, and paranormal elements!!

I really enjoyed that this book was a modern day follow up to the classic Sword and the Stone fairy-tales and mythologies that many of us have grown up with.

I liked that Miss Ardis made sure all the lore love was ever so present front and center as she made sure King Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, Lady of the Lake, Excalibur, and Camelot were all included and incorporated into the modernization story line.

I love when authors can pull a time-honored story and put a decent spin on it that allows the reader to reconnect with a favorite pastime read and build on to the story with a fascinating, but fitting story line that even the original authors would approve of. I’d like to say for the most part this book does just that.

I liked Eowlyn (pronounced A-O-Lin) and I definitely felt for her character arc. As she struggled through so many hardships such as being a foster kid; it was hard to not want success and positive opportunities for her. I liked her strength, determination, tenacity, compassion, and stubbornness.

I enjoyed all the crafty, (some of them) evil and creepy, and intriguing characters and creatures that were featured such as the gargoyles, shadow dragons, wizard candidates, and wizard guardians. I have always been curious, but also fearful of gargoyles so it was interesting to have them be a top antagonist and a main rival of securing the sword. However, I did enjoy learning more about them and their mythology.

I liked the training school angle at the Avalon Preparatory Academy that focused on teaching the students regular and irregular magic and preparing them for battle. However, it was very similar to the Hogwarts set up in the Harry Potter Book Series. Still it was enjoyable and entertaining but felt very familiar.

I enjoyed the race to find the successor of the sword and it was interesting to see so many characters come out of the woodwork trying to prove their powers, virtue, and claim as the champion and rightful heir of Excalibur, the one and true ruler of Camelot.

Miss Ardis did an excellent job of world-building and keeping up with the complexities and details of a fantasy, paranormal story. I felt the author did a skillful job at making sure all her bases were covered and that everything seemed to sync up. Although this was a fantasy, paranormal-based genre filled with magical and mystical influences, for every out-there scenario the author seemed to have a way to explain her reasoning, how it was possible, or how it came about.

I also would like to point out that I think the author did a fantastic job with the historical content and authenticity of the Arthurian Legend. It was very clear she was well-versed on the tales and myths and used that knowledge to really bring the story to life.

There are some predictable scenes. However, there are still a few very unexpected twists and turns that you won’t see coming!

This book has a creative modern story line spin, excellent writing style with vivid and detailed scenes, intriguing characters and creatures, is steady paced, and keeps you entertained.

This book is not part of a book series at this time and therefore, can be read as a standalone.

All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it! I think all young adult, fantasy, and paranormal readers will like this book too! So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading - you won't be disappointed!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**
Magic The Gathering - Windswept Heath (248/269) - Khans of Tarkir - Foil
Magic The Gathering - Windswept Heath (248/269) - Khans of Tarkir - Foil
Everyone knows it's a great card, but the Onslaught version artwork was done by Anthony Waters, who has done over 100 cards for the game, including some of its most striking lands. Don't just take my word for why the foil Onslaught artwork version is superior, check out the price difference (
Charger for Nintendo Switch, YCCTEAM Switch Charger AC Adapter 15V/2.6A Fast Charging Replacement for Nintendo Switch/Switch Lite with 5FT Type C Cable, Support TV Mode and Dock
Charger for Nintendo Switch, YCCTEAM Switch Charger AC Adapter 15V/2.6A Fast Charging Replacement for Nintendo Switch/Switch Lite with 5FT Type C Cable, Support TV Mode and Dock
The USB-C charger works great for my Nintendo switch. I can even use it for TV play with the doc (most USB-C chargers don't support that). However, this only supports the Nintendo switch requirements of 5V st 3 Amps, and 15V at 2.6 Amps, but does not support the 9V charging, hence the 4 stars. It would have been nice if this charger was made universal for all devices that take USB-C charging, but unfortunately it doesn't support that. However, it works great with my Nintendo switch.
Belkin ChargeSync Lightning Express Dock with 4-Foot Charging Cable
Belkin ChargeSync Lightning Express Dock with 4-Foot Charging Cable
This is a well built dock that has enough weight to be stable with an iPad mini on it. Too bad that it is not designed to work with the Apple Smart Case! It will only work with cases that have a wide opening around the power port. Why they didn't accommodate the Apple Smart Case is beyond me. The power connector "height" adjustment does not help because the power plug has a wide base, so you can't really extend the height of just the lightning connector itself. It's probably designed to fit belkin iPad cases, but not Apple cases. A bonehead move if you ask me. If you have a case on your iPad make sure the the opening around the power port is at least 1 1/8" wide.
Update: I removed the black plastic housing surrounding the lightning connector & it will now reach the iPad mini power port with the Apple Smart Case on. I have the case cover folded back on the iPad & it fits the dock. The cover looks to be mostly cosmetic & the lightning connector is still solid with the shroud removed. Just stick a knife blade in the gap in the plastic & pry it up & off. Mine didn't put up much of a fight. Don't see any negative effects, so you may want to give it a try.
NACOCO - Suéters para nieve para perros, con forma de muñeco de nieve, suéter para navidad o año nuevo, ropa para mascotas para perros y gatos pequeños
NACOCO - Suéters para nieve para perros, con forma de muñeco de nieve, suéter para navidad o año nuevo, ropa para mascotas para perros y gatos pequeños
Pretty darn good! I will attach pics but I got this for my 85 pound working line Czech German shepherd (Read: Difficult) (xxl) and 10 pound cat (medium) and they fit pretty on point. The xxl can probably fit a dog up to 10 pounds heavier because it stretches well but It’s not easy getting the arms through...It’a a 2 person job. He is the most difficult animal in existence, so perhaps you won’t have such a hard time. The cat was easy and started purring immediately...He is easy like a Sunday morning in general though. He posed with it on for multiple shots and even wore his all day. The colors add perfect flair and arent too thick or stiff. Thankfully this isn’t the first time I’ve gussied up the lil man, who is actually the obedient one anyways. If I had to wash it, It probably wouldn’t last longer than a few washes....But for the price that’s perfectly fine. They will be wearing this for a few photos, although the cat play fought me to get it off. Excuse me, while I reassure the dog barking at the wind.
JMEXSUSS 2 Pack de 200 luces LED solares al aire libre, impermeables, luces solares de Navidad, 8 modos de iluminación de alambre plateado, luces de hadas solares para Xmas, árboles, jardín, patio, boda, fiesta
JMEXSUSS 2 Pack de 200 luces LED solares al aire libre, impermeables, luces solares de Navidad, 8 modos de iluminación de alambre plateado, luces de hadas solares para Xmas, árboles, jardín, patio, boda, fiesta
What an cool thing to see in hopes that would be more than just a few nights. The battery held up the first night for over 8 hours. During the next few days the time on was about four. I checked the batteries and considered replacing them with a higher capacity solar rechargeable. However, if the solar cells do not do an efficient job than no battery will do good, (I am testing at this time). These items probably have not seen the light of day for a long while so maybe they recharge cycles need to be extended, the battery could be damaged from deep discharge, not sure yet.
So thats what happening with this lot.

Update:
I tested the current draw to be approx. 58-60ma. So with a fully charged 800mah battery, one should expect to get about 13 hrs. of light. I'm getting less than 6hrs. (with new batteries). I doubt if the solar cells actually charge the batteries to their maximum capacity. I was not able to measure the efficiency of the solar cell. So I figure that the batteries are not being charged completely. Also, they are using NIMH batteries which are very good but take a little more current to fully charge them. I think that this is the best is gonna get. It depends on how much the cells see fully sunlight. In the shade the charging voltage is lower,,,goes without saying.
They do look nice, just dont expect them to fulfill all your expectations.
Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill cookbook: A step by step guide to master your barbecue and cook the most delicious recipes directly in your home
Wood Pellet Smoker and Grill cookbook: A step by step guide to master your barbecue and cook the most delicious recipes directly in your home
This is a must read for all new pellet grill owners or those thinking about purchasing a pellet grill. As a long time pellet grill owner I picked up some great information that I didn't know. The book is easy to read and to follow. The recipe section is excellent with step by step instructions and photos. The author did an excellent job of putting his many years of pellet grill cooking into an easy to read and follow book. I highly recommend this book to anyone inexperienced or experienced in pellet grill smoking.
Australian Sheepskin Insoles Unisex Soft Warm Wool Insoles for Shoes, Wellies, Slippers, Boots
Australian Sheepskin Insoles Unisex Soft Warm Wool Insoles for Shoes, Wellies, Slippers, Boots
Update: I bought these last winter to hold me over until the LLBean inserts became available for my LLBean Women's Wicked slippers. Because the slippers' existing soles cannot be removed, adding these new insoles meant my feet sat too high and thus slipped out easily. But after a few weeks of frequent wear, the new sheepskin had flattened enough that my slippers fit fine again.
HOWEVER, once I got the LLBean inserts, I realized why they are pricier. See pix comparing these with LLBean's. The bottom soles of these are like stiff cardboard with no flex while the Bean's are rubbery and mold immediately to the foot. Their heel is already cupped so no slipping out. The ventilation means cooler and odor free feet.
So, for the price, these are perfectly good standbys for slippers but not my first choice. They've since been put in my lining-less and almost archless wellies, and they are great for those. So for boots yes. Slippers not so much.
Squishmallow 16" Simon Sloth
Squishmallow 16" Simon Sloth
Third Squishmallows that I have bought and I've got to say that Simon the Sloth is the most squishable. I don't know if it's the fact that he is completely round and doesn't have a tail like some of the others do, but he is super comfortable to cuddle. Maybe it's the fact that I'm a crazy sloth lady? If you're on the fence about getting him, just do it.
[2 Pack] iPhone 12 Pro Max Privacy Screen Protector, LYWHL Tempered Glass Anti-Spy Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7” 2020 5G, [Easy Installation] Anti-Peek Black 9H Hardness Bubble Free Case friendly
[2 Pack] iPhone 12 Pro Max Privacy Screen Protector, LYWHL Tempered Glass Anti-Spy Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7” 2020 5G, [Easy Installation] Anti-Peek Black 9H Hardness Bubble Free Case friendly
It says case friendly, but they should definitely specify what kind of case. Will not work with a life proof or otterbox case.

As far as privacy goes, it darkens the screen. But you can still see whats on the phone from the side. So its not really effective.

I didnt care about the privacy part as to having the tinted glass to slightly darken the screen at night because these new iphone screens are to bright for me when im laying in bed even with the darkness all the way down.
Return to Virgin River: A Novel (A Virgin River Novel Book 21)
Return to Virgin River: A Novel (A Virgin River Novel Book 21)
Kaylee Sloan’s home in Southern California is full of wonderful memories of the woman who raised her. But the memories are prolonging her grief over her mother’s recent death. A successful author, Kaylee hoped she could pour herself into her work. Instead she has terrible writer’s block and a looming deadline.

Determined to escape distractions and avoid the holiday season, Kaylee borrows a cabin in Virgin River. She knows the isolation will help her writing, and as she drives north through the mountains and the majestic redwoods, she immediately feels inspired. Until she arrives at a building that has just gone up in flames. Devastated, she heads to Jack’s Bar to plan her next steps. The local watering hole is the heart of the town, and once she crosses the threshold, she’s surprised to be embraced by people who are more than willing to help a friend—or a stranger—in need.

Kaylee’s world is expanding in ways she never dreamed possible. And when she rescues a kitten followed by a dog with a litter of puppies, she finds her heart opening up to the animals who need her. And then there’s the dog trainer who knows exactly how to help her. As the holidays approach, Kaylee’s dread turns to wonder. Because there’s no better place to spend Christmas than Virgin River.

My Thoughts: From the very beginning of Return to Virgin River, I felt a connection to Kaylee and her life. As she settles into Virgin River, trying to deal with her grief and push forward with the book she is writing, I was caught up in her feelings and her goals.

Meeting townsfolk helped her begin the healing process, and then connecting to Landry, who was her landlord, brought out other forgotten emotions. The possibility of love.

The author’s descriptions of the setting, the characters who lived in Virgin River, and telling their stories as they all formed a community for Kaylee brought out a sense of a real place with real people. I love Humboldt County, so I felt as if I was there with these characters, many of whom were in the previous book.

I read the book in one day, as I could not put it down. I hope to rejoin these characters again. 5 stars.
MSI GF65 Thin 9SD-252 15. 6" 120Hz Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-9750H GTX1660Ti 8GB 512GB SSD Win10
MSI GF65 Thin 9SD-252 15. 6" 120Hz Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7-9750H GTX1660Ti 8GB 512GB SSD Win10
Ok folks. let me start by saying I am a 50 year old casual gamer who enjoys playing the older games, but will occasionally indulge in something new if it strikes my fancy. I am also a bit of a computer nerd. I started pulling them apart and putting them together back in the early nineties, and have worked hard to keep up with the latest trends in computers and gaming because it really interested me. Having said all that, let's get down to a review of this system.

I looked at 20 gaming laptops in this price range and determined that, bang for the buck, this system had the best features. The quad core Intel i7 combined with an Invidia GTX 1660 ti GPU with their overall video and system ram of 14 Gigs, the very small bezel on the 15.6 inch monitor, backlit keyboard, etc compared very nicely with other systems in this price range that would either have a solid GPU with a slower i5 or Ryzen 5 processor, or combine a solid processor with last years GTX 1650 which, though capable of ray tracing, didn't have quite the specs of the 1660 ti. I was very interested in playing the RTX version of Quake II offered by steam, and that became the final deciding factor among the laptops I was looking at.

Let's start with the pros - Remember, I am playing older games for the most part, and so if you are looking fora gaming monster that will keep up with the higher frame rates and better internet connection, and will keep up with changes to games like Fortnight and Overwatch, you might want to spend a bit more money on something with an Invidia RTX 2060 and more ram, though this system is expandable ram-wise to up to 64 gig, so there is that. Having said that, if you are on a budget, and really looking for a solid system in the 1000 dollar range, keep reading, you might want to check out this unit.

The ray tracing with the 1660 ti GPU is phenomenal. I am blown away by the much better screen clarity and light source tracing, shadowing, and light reflection this GPU can accomplish. Invidia has done a satisfying job of updating its GPU software to make for a more beautiful game play environment. You will have to go to Invidia's website and download the most recent drivers for this GPU in order to take advantage of this. Before I downloaded the updates, I was gatting 12 FPS on quake II RTX, and everything was horribly jerky. After the download, the FPS bumped up to 120, and the game took on a wonderful new level of texture and shading that really made replaying this classic so worthwhile.

The i7 intel processor has had absolutely no issues handling whatever I have thrown at it. I am playing the latest version of Doom, (2018, I believe), and the gameplay is fluid with no issues, no lag, and vivid colors, shading, etc. I imagine there are GPUs out there that can render things a bit more beautifully, but you'll pay a lot more for those systems.

The backlit keyboard has very large keys which makes it easier to find the ones you are looking for quickly. I was a little disappointed to find the keyboard did not have a number pad, (I was a number pad player back in the day, and so I'm having to adjust), but the feel of the keyboard when typing is very satisfying.

If you open up the dragon control center, you will meet an icon dragon character, (he's a bit on the childish side of things, reminding me of a red Godzuki), who will walk you through features to set your performance preference , some cool new battery life extending features, and other simple tweaks to make sure you are getting the most out of your system. It's a bit hokey, but it was much easier than going through windows 10's system menu to find all the little pieces to make your system run efficiently. There is also a battery calibration feature, (which I recommend you do right away when you get the computer) which will fully drain your battery and re-charge it to insure you get the most life out of your system.

Ok, now my concerns. None of these things have caused me problems yet, but I do worry a bit, and will have to see how things hold up.

The build on the system has made it very VERY lightweight, great for making the computer easy to carry, but it involves a lot of plastic. The screen and keyboard feel solid, but the undercarriage is entirely plastic which feels cheap when you pick it up. The unit gets a bit hotter to the touch than I am used to, and the cooling system can get a bit loud. So far I haven't been burned horribly, and my BOSE wireless headphones eliminate any fan noise that might bother me, but I have concerned about the longevity of the system based on these factors.

The built in speakers are ok, but do leave something to be desired in the bass end of things. I am still tweaking the system volume controls, (another very smoothly woven feature that you and the child-dragon can work through together), to see if I can optimize them for better clarity in certain situations, but so far prefer to use an external audio source to get the best out of my gameplay.

The 512 Gig solid state drive works very quickly, but I am concerned about its size relative to someone who plays a lot of games simultaneously. My old gaming laptop had a 1TB HDD, which crapped out on my after just under 3 years, and I am hopeful this drive will do better in terms of survival without all the moving parts, but lots of systems are coming out with smaller SSD's to combat the higher price of the 1 to 2 TB SSD drives that are now available, so you should think carefully about your storage needs before you buy this system, and consider if spending an extra 200 to 300 bucks on a larger SSD drive would be the right choice for you.

Overall, I am very pleased with the system and its performance so far. I did purchase an extended warranty for this system, (something I will do in the future no matter what system I buy), and the extended warranty on this laptop is reasonable in terms of price, though I hope I will never have to use it.

I think that's about everything. I will update this review if I run into any issues, or find anything else amazing about this system I think you should know if you are considering purchasing. For the gamer on a budget, this system really does ROCK!!
ATOTO AC-WCPAA48 Wireless CarPlay &Wired Android Auto Adapter(Updated Version) - Let Your iPhone or Android Phone Work with ATOTO Android car Stereo - Put CarPlay & Android Auto in a USB Adapter
ATOTO AC-WCPAA48 Wireless CarPlay &Wired Android Auto Adapter(Updated Version) - Let Your iPhone or Android Phone Work with ATOTO Android car Stereo - Put CarPlay & Android Auto in a USB Adapter
Ok, PAY ATTENTION!

- if you cannot hear calls or other audio from CarPlay... disconnect and unpair the Atoto unit from your iPhone Bluetooth. Any other connection to the Atoto unit will interfere with the CarPlay.

That being said, this is an awesome unit, far far better than the wired CP unit. The software was a little difficult to download from their Dropbox site, but after installing it, this works like a dream. I can shift between CarPlay and the Atoto android system effortlessly, and the sound of CarPlay items are clear and fast responding.

If they had better documentation and better setup instructions, this would get a fifth star.
Medcursor Handheld Percussion Massage Gun - Deep Tissue Massager for Pain Relief, Sore Muscle and Stiffness, Powerful Motor High-Intensity - Includes 6 Massage Heads
Medcursor Handheld Percussion Massage Gun - Deep Tissue Massager for Pain Relief, Sore Muscle and Stiffness, Powerful Motor High-Intensity - Includes 6 Massage Heads
This is my first massage gun, and it has 100% exceeded my expectations. I’ve had a shoulder massager and a massage wand (maybe that’s not the technical name, but one of those handle things with interchangeable attachments), and I expected this to be pretty similar, just in a different shape.

Boy was I wrong. The percussion effect of the massager (the head is piston-like and pulses some 10-20 mm of depth) takes this to a new level, creating a stronger massage and more relief for sore muscles. I’m currently training for my first marathon and have been using this post-run, and it’s made a world of difference. While I’m still sore, the pounding of the massage gun breaks down the stiffness a lot quicker and helps me get back on my feet fast.

A bonus: the variety of attachments the gun comes with all have unique and awesome applications. The rubber ball is my favorite (it’s the most versatile), but I’ve used the bullet attachment on my outer hip to dig a little deeper and it’s been great. I also use the fork looking attachment around my shoulders and that does the trick great.

A double bonus: the carry case that comes included is sleek and makes this portable and easy to take with you. I didn’t expect it to be all that great, but it’s actually quite durable and high quality.

Overall: I’m impressed. I’ve been seeing ads on Facebook for a massage guns for a while and pulled the trigger on this one because of the lower price point. And while I haven’t tried any of the more expensive and fancy models that exist out there, this has been more than stellar in helping me achieve my goals and find relief.
Chefman Slow Cooker, Compact Personal Size for 2+ People, Fits 2 lb Roast, Removable Crock, Dishwasher Safe Stoneware & Lid, 1.5 Quart, Black
Chefman Slow Cooker, Compact Personal Size for 2+ People, Fits 2 lb Roast, Removable Crock, Dishwasher Safe Stoneware & Lid, 1.5 Quart, Black
Reviewed Jan-11 2021. “Chefman Support confirmed It does not stop automatically until the switch is the off position. “

Keep looking. This one is NOT good. I will continue looking for a small 1.5 or 2 quarts with a TIMER. This was for my college daughter to make beans. This chefman slow cooker just cook. It burns and overcook food. I tried beans, the reason we bought it, at low and high and they are over cooked. I tried rice at low and high and it was overcooked, at high it turns into rice paste At low and the rice litterally burned at high. I emailed chefman 3 days ago asking if there is an automatic shutoff. It looks like it is just cooking non stop. Believe me it is worthless. If it had a timer. It would be different.
Pro Breeze Air Purifier HEPA 5-in-1 with True HEPA Filter, Carbon Filter and Negative Ion Generator - 500 Sq Ft HEPA Air Purifiers Home (Homes & Office) for Allergies, Smoke, Dust, Odor, Pets, Pollen
Pro Breeze Air Purifier HEPA 5-in-1 with True HEPA Filter, Carbon Filter and Negative Ion Generator - 500 Sq Ft HEPA Air Purifiers Home (Homes & Office) for Allergies, Smoke, Dust, Odor, Pets, Pollen
Our gorgeous glass porch had become disgusting because it's also my husband's cigar bar. When we had it built, I insisted that it BETTER not get like that so we bought a pricey "air scrubber." This particular purifier requires expensive smoke-specific filters if that's what you're hoping to clean up. Well---it ain't workin' out. The room stinks, he stinks, I stink, our dogs stink. Sometimes I walk out there and have to wave my hands around to even find the perpetrator! The vaulted windows have to be professionally washed--my dream-room had become a nightmare. At first, I did some research on ozone generators but apparently, ozone is dangerous to plants. So, here I am huffing second-hand smoke and my husband is worried about ozone. With some more research, though, I learned that ozone and negative ions are not the same thing. Since Amazon has so many customers, I live and die now by reviews---if something has "Be the first to review this product," no way. The search option of "show me only four and five star reviews, I can quickly weed out the losers and junk. Price-wise, this one was in the running--and had almost all 5 star reviews. There were even some at the same price point that had no replacement filters available--WTH? This one spoke to me---I had it in less than two days. I saw it on the porch and had it set up in about two minutes. I set it up in front of the ptac unit that heats and cools the room. The heat was not on; the manual says it should not be near a heat source. The unit is light enough that it can be picked up (had a pick-up indent) and easily moved, unlike our massive scrubber on wheels. I turned it on---the fan is a little noisy to start out with, but it quickly finds its grove and is very quiet, even on high. I laid down on the couch out there to observe--and was asleep in minutes. I brought it into the bedroom overnight---again, it makes less noise than the furnace. I am still not sure how to turn the lights off and not knock the fan down---Sleep mode turns off the lights but the fan speed went down. LOVE the ion generator. My only complaint about that is that in the daylight, you cannot see if you're generating ions or not. The control lights show bright blue in the dark but do not show in daylight. The stogy smoker here decided to give it the acid test this morning. He sat where he always does and blew smoke in the Pro Breeze's direction. He said the smoke collected itself in its regular cloud form, got within about 6 feet of the Pro Breeze and didn't so much dissipate but plummet downward and disappear. He said it was pretty entertaining. Not that I bought this thing for its entertainment value, but even he has to admit there was a major problem that the Pro Breeze has solved---or so far, anyway. Some other purifier reviews include reports of their units going along fine, then refusing to turn on. I will INDEED let you all know if that happens. But, I am currently delighted that this little purifier (that cost less than a new set of filters for the "big gun" in the room) is doing its job while entertaining my husband. The big scrubber has a remote that is used often because running on high, the thing is so loud, you cannot hear each other talk. When I first went looking for a smaller unit to run out there, I avoided "true HEPA" because I did not want to be tied to buying more filters than we already have to buy. The single filter in this is rated to run 5000 hours before a replacement is needed. The manual suggests vacuuming it once a month. And, when we need one, they are readily available right here. I don't know of any smell more pervasive than cigar or cigarette smoke--if this thing can clear that from a closed room, it can do just about anything.
HEPA Air Purifier 908 for Home Smoke Pollen Pets Hair Odor Dust, True HEPA Air Purifiers with Air Filter, Touch Screen, Timer, Night Light
HEPA Air Purifier 908 for Home Smoke Pollen Pets Hair Odor Dust, True HEPA Air Purifiers with Air Filter, Touch Screen, Timer, Night Light
I'm very pleased with how quick this air purificateur worked! I used it for a room where I keep my Double Critter Nation cage with four domestic rats. This room is also my work office. The cat's litter box is also in this room, in the closet behind the rat's cage. It's a 10ft by 14ft room. The rat cage is cleaned twice a week but their litter boxes can have a slight smell sometimes. The cat litter is cleaned once a week. This morning there was a slight litterbox smell and I received the air purificator around noon. By 1:30pm the room smelled very clean! I was so surprised that I even got my boyfriend to come smell the rat cage, and he couldn't smell anything neither!

I will update in about 1 week :)
LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier Replacement Filter, 3-in-1 Pre-Filter, True HEPA Filter, High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter, Core 300-RF (Toxin Absorber)
LEVOIT Core 300 Air Purifier Replacement Filter, 3-in-1 Pre-Filter, True HEPA Filter, High-Efficiency Activated Carbon Filter, Core 300-RF (Toxin Absorber)
I am a non smoker who doesn't do well with inhaled substances, that lives with a smoker. I bought this purifier and filter to replace my old purifier that I could no longer buy filters for.

As long as I place it just so in my bedroom doorway, on the 3 setting when smoking is happening and for a little after, I don't smell smoke in my room.

It recommends the filter be changed every 6-8 months. My warning light came on this morning. It's been 4 months and a day.

The smoker smokes down stairs, my room is upstairs. When I've home they smoke near an open window. There is only one smoker. I'm not sure how well it would work if there was more than one smoker in the house, or a heavier smoker. Be prepared to change the filter more often though.

The left pic is the new filter I put in this am, right was the filter I took out after 4 months use.
Twizzlers Rainbow Twists Candy
Twizzlers Rainbow Twists Candy
Although they are called "Twizzlers," the taste & texture of these Rainbow Twists bear no resemblance to the original Twizzlers. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. Both have their place & I find these to be absolutely addictive. The price is a little high compared with what you'd pay in the States, but that's true of most imported items & sometimes you just have to acknowledge some things are worth the cost. Yummy!

Added several months later: I find these very very easy to re-order..., which I have twice now since my original order. Although not low in sugar, they are low in fat AND they are fun to eat.

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