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KISS Javascript: read, type and run
KISS Javascript: read, type and run
KISS Javascript: read, type and run by Fabio Quintilii Leoni. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
PHP, MySQL, HTML5 и CSS 3: Разработка современных динамических Web-сайтов (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition)
PHP, MySQL, HTML5 и CSS 3: Разработка современных динамических Web-сайтов (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition)
PHP, MySQL, HTML5 и CSS 3: Разработка современных динамических Web-сайтов (Профессиональное программирование) (Russian Edition) by Владимир Дронов. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Ha-Sahtan
Ha-Sahtan
Ha-Sahtan by Grisham John. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County
Ghost Brothers of Darkland County by Stephen King , John Mellencamp, et al.. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 129 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King
Oedipus the King by Sophocles. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked
Stephen King's The Body: Bookmarked by Aaron Burch. Rated 2.7 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
PHP for Teens
PHP for Teens
PHP for Teens by Maneesh Sethi. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
The Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, The Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World
The Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, The Creation of Apple and How it Changed the World
It is difficult to fully appreciate just how different and awkward early computers were to use. Linking bits together, typing code or running tapes to get it started and then being confined to using a small selection of software.
When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were trying to sell computer boards at the Homebrew Computer Club in the 1970's, it was to enthusiasts who did not mind tinkering. By the time the Macintosh arrived in 1984, Apple was a growing profitable company selling a complete package to industry and domestic users.
This book provides a detailed look at how it all came about. The successes, failures and personalities that created a company so different to IBM and Hewlett Packard.
I have been using Apple computers for nearly two decades. I have bought in to the aspirations that come with buying such a machine. I 'Think Different', but still do a lot of computing and enjoy the experience using a current iMac.
Once you have read Return to the Little Kingdom, I think you will appreciate why owners and users of Apple computers are so devoted and happy that they have made the right choice.
The four star rating is only because I would have preferred to see a few photographs includedReturn to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, the creation of Apple, and how it changed the world
The Original Dump-a-Trump Pen Holder - Funny Donald Trump White Elephant Gift and Christmas Present
The Original Dump-a-Trump Pen Holder - Funny Donald Trump White Elephant Gift and Christmas Present
Whether you like or dislike 'The Donald',this is definitely a conversation starter and something unique for the politically incorrect or just to poke some fun(pun intended!) I plan to give this to my spouse since we are politically conflicted and will hopefully add some laughs and jolly on Christmas morning. It is just as described in the description and looks just like the picture. Go ahead and poke some fun...because life is too short.....
Pina Colada (Jazz Mix)
Pina Colada (Jazz Mix)
It was late 2001, and I was on duty, in military uniform, representing my country as an aide to a senior military officer. We were in the cafe at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at a working lunch with a senior officer of the Malaysian armed forces, and all of a sudden I became aware of this song. I lost track of the conversation and this song pulled me right on in, slow and smooth.

I called the waiter over, and in the middle of the lunch meeting asked what song this was. Not knowing, the waiter brought over the manager, and by then both the Malaysian host and my star-wearing boss were looking at me more than a little sideways. I asked the manager for the info, and he brought me the 
Champion Men's Classic Jersey Script T-Shirt
Champion Men's Classic Jersey Script T-Shirt
La talla es un poco reducida. Pero no por mucho.
Estoy un poco decepcionado pero no sé si sea mi culpa no ví en ningún producto de la marca que mencionaran el gramaje de la playera. Por qué esta a pesar de tener buena calidad de impresión. La tela de la playera es de muy mala calidad u muy delgada tanto que se puede llegar a transparentar un poco la playera que lleves debajo. Por ejemplo unas de resaque.

Sabiendo esto, el precio si me pareció un poco alto. Y me replanteo para comprar unas sudaderas y otras playeras que quería comprar de la misma marcas.

Estaría dispuesto a pagar más por una playera que fuera de mejor calidad en la tela, seguiré buscando.
Por lo pronto este modelo no lo volvería a comprar pues parece que no me durará ni 1 año por la calidad que le percibo.

No es la primera vez que compró esta marca pero la primera que compró desde Amazon de la misma. Y cuando yo he comprado en estados unidos de esta marca la ropa es de súper buena calidad tela muy suave y gruesa que garantiza calidad y durabilidad.
Cosas que le faltan a estas playeras específicamente.
Sam and the Bag (Green Light Readers Level 1)
Sam and the Bag (Green Light Readers Level 1)
My 4 year old just started reading and this is one of her favorite books. In the end, there are a few simple questions that she wants me to ask after she has read the book.

Also good for show and tell, since the story by itself just has probably 6-7 sentences.
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 2: Bordertown (Wolverine: Old Man Logan (2015), 2)
Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol. 2: Bordertown (Wolverine: Old Man Logan (2015), 2)
Jeff Lemire continues to knock it out of the park with his run on Old Man Logan, the new series that follows the reality displaced Logan as he becomes the new mainstay for the character in the 616 universe (although, I guess technically that's X-23, but regardless...). I picked up the first volume (skipping the Vol 0. Secret Wars story written by Brian Michael Bendis, because yeah, no) mostly out of my love for the original story but also out of curiosity. I had heard good things, but my pull list is a little light these days and I hadn't gotten a chance to see for myself. Volume 1 definitely impressed me as a great journey of a man who lost everything he knew for a third time and his coming to cope with his new reality, and hoping to change it.

Volume 2 picks up after Logan has officially become a member of Storm's X-Men team in the pages of Extraordinary X-Men (also written by Jeff Lemire, also really good and I also recommend it), needing a break from his new routine and going up north to an isolated town just across the Canadian border. While there, Logan discovers ghosts of his past life in the other reality in new ways. And unfortunately, other ghosts come back to haunt him.

Lemire's writing continues to impress and further pull me into Logan's life, both in the other reality and the 616 reality. This issue is great fun, with lots of action (wonderfully illustrated by Andrea Sorrentino) and caps it off with a great one shot, where both Jean Grey and Logan contemplate their relationship with each other and the reality they now inhabit.

It's great stuff, and I highly recommend fans of the original Old Man Logan trade/story check out this new series. It is quality stuff.
Stallo Awakens
Stallo Awakens
A group of campers go into the woods and encounter the territory of a wood spirit or ghillie suit bigfoot. It spent 31 minutes on pointless character development, who is having sex with whom and unrequited crushes and tensionless drama but that is much shorter than the 40 - 71 minute typical of movies trying to do full length with film filler and it was short enough that it didn't trigger my this is stupid reaction. The result was the film was shorter but when the action began it had a decent amount of time to develop. The creature suit was typical, a standard ghillie suit bigfoot and it was decent enough construction but the hands were distracting. Those pink stubby un-clawed protrusions made the monster look ridiculous and I wish they had spent time on a set of claws or CGI or something to augment it. I did really like the Harbinger, he was a terrible guardian but a decent crackpot Harbinger and it was odd to see him speaking like Yoda. I'm not sure if that was a part of the actor's regional or historical dialect to do that or if it was deliberate to make him seem a bit off but either way I liked seeing the translation subtitles done as Yoda speak. For some reason it fit for me. Once the attacks begin they were done with a bit if irony and I appreciate that. I also liked that the boring human drama I hate you for sleeping with him/her/it oh look a monster whatever blah blah was kept to a minimum and did not become more prevalent than background noise; this is appropriate for a movie labeled as horror. The scenes once the attacks begin were ok as was the acting and it lacked so much of the film a drop of water or scrolling wilderness for two minutes film filler that a lot of these outdoorsy films are infected with so all in all I would consider watching it at least once.
Annie's Organic Macaroni and Cheese Shells & White Cheddar Mac and Cheese, 6 oz Box (Pack of 12)
Annie's Organic Macaroni and Cheese Shells & White Cheddar Mac and Cheese, 6 oz Box (Pack of 12)
I've used Annie's Organic Shells & White Cheddar for years (buy the 12pk) I add frozen peas / a shake of Red Pepper flakes /Lima's to the 8-9 min. pasta water; and add chopped roasted peppers, minced garlic, a little and/ or cooked broccoli into the Sauce. Total prep.time start to finish.. 10-15 minutes and I can make this the whole meal or a side dish.
Whatever you can think of... Point is I KNOW the previous version of Annie's Cheese/Shells very well. It was excellent.

I do UP the amount of Milk a little or 1/2 'n Half and increase the butter.
Moving on to this NEW improved version - It was not my imagination that there IS an Improvement in the flavor! Don't know what they did, but it's allll GOOD!
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Deluxe Edition)
The blu-ray disc in the Ultimate Edition is a very good digital remastering. The colors are especially vivid (maybe even a bit too vivid on a few of the backgrounds), and the sound is also very good. We have not yet watched the 2 special features yet, but we purchased this solely for the classic main feature, so even if the extras are terrible that does not matter, and if we happen to like them (have hopes for the Halloween feature), that is a plus.

I originally gave this edition a one star rating, not for the content, but for the manufacturer's quality control., and I will leave that review unchanged below for reference by others.

After 10 days for international shipping I received my order today and opened the BD case to find only one disc, the DVD. No blu-ray disc, that half of the case is just empty. I can play region A BDs, but not region 1 DVDs, so the DVD is of no use to me. Fortunately, a short chat with an Amazon rep and a replacement is on order and should be here in another 10 days or so. 5 STARS FOR AMAZON SERVICE. In reference to another review, the outside of the case I received was also stamped "Disc Made in Mexico", but I'm not sure that that is relevant. The DVD disc itself is labeled "The Ultimate Edition", so that seems correct.

Bottom line, if you're purchasing this as a present, be sure to follow up and confirm that the recipient has received both the DVD and the blu-ray discs. I'm sure these are packaged by machine, so if one case is missing a disc it is likely that there are other cases out there that are also missing discs as well. Machine errors like this seldom happen only once. Really terrible quality control!
On Life: A Critical Edition
On Life: A Critical Edition
He shows clear thinking about G-d; why science cannot answer life's meaning; why many religious organizations have lost the way and most important, where the path to fulfillment and happiness lies: in helping others, whether as a nurse to her patient, as a salad maker to his customer, as an executive to her staff and her clients, as a friend, spouse, mother or father.

"The activity that is aimed at direct and loving service to those who suffer and aimed at the destruction of the general cause of suffering—delusions—is that very singular and joyous work that faces man and grants him that inalienable happiness that constitutes his life."
Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou
Nora Roberts' Midnight Bayou
This is a great movie, full of suspense and a good love story also. That being said, it is not as good as the book and of course things were left out of the movie that were in the book, however, unlike some of the other reviews that were mixed because it was not exactly like the book, I believe the adaption was done well. You could never fit a whole book into a 2 hour movie and some things just do not adapt well from book to movie so they must be left out. To rate a movie solely on the fact that it was not exactly like the book would be unfair. All in all it is an excellent movie to watch.
The Alchemist, 25th Anniversary: A Fable About Following Your Dream
The Alchemist, 25th Anniversary: A Fable About Following Your Dream
Rating: 3 stars

Category: Fantasy, Inspirational

Synopsis: Santiago the shepherd boy has a recurring dream about a treasure awaiting him at the Pyramids of Egypt. Leaving his flock and the life he knows behind, he sets out on an adventure to seek out this mysterious treasure. However, the people he meets along the way will teach him lessons far more valuable than any wealth or riches. The Alchemist is an inspirational tale about following your dreams.

Review:

First Impressions

Often I will skip through author introductions, but I am so glad that I read Paulo Coelho’s introduction to The Alchemist. It was amazing to hear how the book has journeyed from selling only one copy in its first month to becoming the most translated book in the world! Such a story of perseverance enhances the message of optimism and following your dreams. In the introduction, it is clear that Coelho has a very special way of viewing the world and I knew that I was going to be inspired.

Even if my neighbour doesn’t understand my religion or understand my politics, he can understand my story. If he can understand my story, then he’s never too far from me.

Inspiration

Everyone will find an inspirational message in The Alchemist that speaks to them on some level. For me, this was the fable told by the alchemist about a boy who goes on a pilgrimage to visit a wealthy man who knows the secret of happiness. When he arrives, he is given a spoon with three drops of oil and tells him to walk around the palace grounds. However, the boy is so intent on not spilling the oil that he does not enjoy the magnificent opulence and views of the palace.

The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.

However, as the book progressed I started to find the philosophical messages a little heavy-handed. Though beautifully written and poignant, they began to interfere with the flow of the story for me. There are certainly elements of a self-help book in The Alchemist so I would suggest reading it if you are specifically looking to be inspired, rather than simply getting lost in a story for fiction’s sake.

Plot

I expected The Alchemist to be a bit obscure and an intellectually challenging read. In fact, I found reading it a relaxing experience. Although it often waxes philosophical, the story is easy to follow and absorb. It gave me a warm, comforting feeling, so perhaps would be a wonderful read when in need of a bit of a pick-me-up. I particularly liked the ending, which was unexpected yet satisfyingly complete.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho Inspirational Quote

Characters

The variety of people Santiago meets on his quest makes the novel feel almost like a collection of stories coming together to form the whole. Nevertheless, it is definitely a plot-centric book, with the characters existing mainly to further the plot and Coelho’s wider message. There is a deep sadness in how Santiago meets so many people who have settled in unfulfilled lives and given up on their dreams.

The Alchemist is a beautifully written story that has a timeless, mythical quality. It is easy to see how it has captivated people around the world; the book would be a perfect companion for anyone looking to change their outlook on life and reach for their dreams.

Favourite quote:

You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it is better to listen to what it has to say.

Read if: you would like to be inspired to follow your dreams by an adventure story unlike any other.
Cat_O_Nine_Tales (Marathi)
Cat_O_Nine_Tales (Marathi)
when ordering we didn't realise it was in another language - Marathi?? Total waste of money and unable to read it
Hondo (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Hondo (Louis L'Amour's Lost Treasures): A Novel
Hondo was a great reread. I’ve read the story before, back in the 80’s or 90’s. I used to read a lot of Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey. This year I’ve been buying audiobooks so I can listen to their stories while I’m driving.

The story is told third person past tense from multiple points of view, Hondo Lane, Mrs. Angie Lowe, Lt. Creyton C. Davis, Major Sherry, El Lowe, Sergeant Young, and even the dog’s, Sam’s, point of view. The only criticism I can think of is the way they fistfight in the story. If you’ve seen an old western you’ll know what I’m talking about. The good guy always drags the bad guy to his feet before punching him again. In the real world most people would stomp the crap out of anybody after knocking them down so they couldn’t get back up.

About half of the time I read everything from nonfiction to westerns. The other half of the time I read sci-fi and fantasy, when I’m not watching sci-fi and fantasy series.

Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Taylor Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Jack Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Galbadon, William R. Forstchen, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.

Starship Troopers (1959) (not like the movie) by Robert A. Heinlein is the book that got me started in sci-fi adventures, and has remained one of my top five favorite military science fiction adventure stories for decades. The Forever War (1974) by Joe Haldeman, Armor (1984) by John Steakley, Ender’s Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card, and Old Man’s War (2005) by John Scalzi, round out my top five military sci-fi adventure stories.
Night of the Cotillion (Americana, No. 10: Georgia)
Night of the Cotillion (Americana, No. 10: Georgia)
The story starts with good girl Amanda Bennet of the loving and large Bennet family (which rather loosely put me in mind of another famous Bennet family). Amanda's father works for Colby Enterprises and, as a little girl she had a huge crush on Jarod Colby, wealthy heir of the town's richy-rich family. However, after a brief, humiliating run-in with a snobby and rude Jarod in high school (shoulda been a hint here for her of things to come), she thought she was cured of her girlish fantasies.

Then came the night of the yearly cotillion, and Jarod Colby is instantly attracted to the beautiful Amanda. Amanda is swept off her feet, however, Jarod expects a sophisticated affair and Amanda wants love. Jarod becomes angry and from this point blows hot and cold by turns. Eventually, Amanda's father has a stroke and ends up in the hospital. How to pay for all the bills? She strikes a deal with Jarod who says he'll pay for everything if she marries him.

Why marriage, I ask you? Doesn't he have all the cards? Sheez. Anyway, from there a turbulent story takes a decided nose dive. As if it wasn't bad enough already. Now we've got an autocratic, brooding hero, and our heroine, tortured with love, goes from already spineless to a puddle of primordial ooze. Jarod insists that he doesn't want children so of course Amanda ends up pregnant and he rejects her repeatedly while all she can do is cry and tell him how much she loves him.

I don't know about you, but cycles of male contempt and a woman grovelling for love is not my idea of enthralling romance. If you decide to read this, my advice is to buy the book so you can throw it around and alleviate some pent up frustration. Sadly, I was reading the digital version.
The Faithful Imagination: Papers from the 2018 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends
The Faithful Imagination: Papers from the 2018 Frances White Ewbank Colloquium on C.S. Lewis & Friends
This review covers the Introduction, Section I, and Section II of The Faithful Imagination. For a complete review, see DLS, American Journal of Sayers Studies, Volume II, 2019, an online journal.

There are a number of fascinating papers and topics in this volume that insist, by their quality, upon being recognized and recommended to both Inklings and Linklings enthusiasts. First of all, in ‘Preface: “A Balcony Perspective,”’ by Ashley Chu, we are given an insider’s view of what it’s like to organize and carry out plans for a multi-faceted conference which grows by leaps and bounds every two years. Many people contribute to the success of the event. Some of those wonderwomen and supermen are Joe Ricke, Director; Ashley Chu, Archivist; Dan Bowell, Anne Cooper, Kaylen Dwyer, and Michael Hammond of the Colloquium Planning Committee, Julie Moore and Eden Woodruff Tait, Judges; and most importantly the many, many, students and volunteers who make sure things go smoothly (these unnamed heroes and heroines really run the show).
The Foreword, “Across the Threshold,” thoughtfully written by Crystal Hurd, is a personal reflection about the reasons this conference (“a blur of bliss and blessing”) is so very important, as it “brings together scholars, writers, poets, literary fans, and provides a place to unite under a common banner to appreciate the works of our beloved authors.”
The book proper is organized into six sections, each dealing with the topic of Lewis’s work, his family, or the links to Lewis by other writers and their work, as well as creative works inspired by Lewis & Friends, and, finally, a collection of participant reflections on the Colloquium.
Section I, Essays on C.S. Lewis, holds seven essays focusing entirely on Lewis, his family, and his own writings. “Bookish, Clever People,” by Crystal Hurd gives us a clear view of the environment in which Lewis grew and of the close relationships of his youth, a topic which is certainly of importance as we consider the influences in youth upon Lewis which shaped his own later influential writing. Following is Devin Brown’s essay, “When Lewis Suggests More Than He States,” providing a fascinating insight to the clues which at times exist beneath Lewis’s written words, clues which take us further to the center of his profound truths. Next, we are taken to Narnia, in Vickie Holtz Wodzak’s, “Lewis Underground: Echoes of the Battle of Arras in The Narniad,” where we learn that Lewis’s personal experiences in World War I may have influenced certain of his written descriptions of scenes in Narnia. Daniel Ippolito’s, “C.S. Lewis’s Moral Law Apologetic and Modern Evolutionary Biology,” interestingly connects Lewis with Domning’s insight that “our faith (through grace) requires us to transcend our biological selfishness.” In “The Five Deaths of C.S. Lewis,” Jennifer Woodruff Tait makes the cogent point that Lewis’s life was profoundly shaped by death, particularly that of his mother and of Joy Davidman, thus shaping his writings as he grappled with that complexity.
Kyoko Yasa provides a treat with “Surprised by Walking: C.S. Lewis’s Channel of Adoration,” as she integrates Lewis’s walking habit with his love of God and notes the importance of the ways through which God speaks to us by our habits and experiences. Similarly, in “Faith Awakened in the Woods of Narnia,” Jim Stockton guides us toward a picture of Narnia as a “magical world wherein natural entities (particularly trees) are often portrayed as harbingers of faith,” yet “offer much more than a foreshadowing of faithful events.” In this section, we are offered a variety of insights regarding Lewis’s thought processes, inspirations, and influences upon his life and work. Each paper is a gem.
Section II, “Lewis and…,” contains nine papers, each of which examines Lewis’s connection with familiar or unexpected authors, partners, or churchmen. In the first two papers, “C.S. Lewis’s Assessment of George MacDonald’s Writings” by Marsha Daigle-Williamson and “Good Death”: What C.S. Lewis Learned from Phantastes,” by Edwin Woodruff Tait, we are firmly placed into the connected worlds of Lewis and a primary influence, George MacDonald. It is very good to have the connection reinforced within the context of this collection, and I appreciated the reminder of the primary link between Lewis and MacDonald, both papers bringing into focus MacDonald’s writings of fantasy which so inspired young Lewis’s own imagination. In the charming, “CS. Lewis and Joy Davidman Disagree about a Phoenix,” by Joe R. Christopher, the feisty relationship between Joy and Jack is brought into focus by an examination of several sonnets to Jack from Joy, and by their lively talks which added such interest to their complex relationship.
At this point, I was delighted to find “A Difference of Degree: Sayers and Lewis on the Creative Imagination.” Oh joy, a Sayers paper! Gary Tandy observes that Lewis and Sayers viewed creative imagination in slightly different perspective, or degree, which certainly reflected their spirited friendship, Lewis considering Sayers a friend but not an ally, and Sayers doubting Lewis’s understanding of women in general. Despite their differences of degree regarding the creative imagination (or, perhaps, because of them), Sayers and Lewis kept up a lively correspondence, sometimes touching on this topic, over many years. Tandy makes the point that both authors believed “literary works could be entertaining as well as edifying, could both delight and teach,” yet were able to disagree within that context regarding a Christian aesthetic, and one argument in particular surfaced over Sayers’ Mind of the Maker. Read the article for Tandy’s scholarly insights and for the exciting conclusion.
In “Lessons from Venus: Lewis’s Perelandra and Barlow’s History of a World of Immortals Without a God,” astronomer Kristine Larsen takes us on the journey to other worlds, Perelandra and a World of Immortals, where Lewis and Barlow, versed in the same theological and philosophical viewpoints, used their science fiction as a vehicle to explore those viewpoints. Brenton Dickieson presents an intriguing study of Lewis and Montgomery as unmet conversation partners in “C.S. Lewis’s Sehnsucht and L.K. Montgomery’s Flash: Vocation and the Numinous.” Following this vein of cosmic fantasy, John Stanifer provides an entertaining link between “Cosmic Horror vs. Cosmic Redemption: C.S. Lewis and H.P. Lovecraft.” It’s about time these two authors were linked in an alternate reality. Grace Seeman takes us to the literary realm of “A Passive Darkness: the Veil in Henry Vaughan’s “Cock-Crowing” and C.S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces,” where we learn of Lewis’s literary links to yet another author, Henry Vaughan, as both authors use the imagery of darkness and light to embue the image of “the veil” with theological nuance. Rounding out this section focusing on the links between Lewis and others, Richard James looks at the relationship of spirit between Anglican churchman Bleakley and Lewis in ‘“All this and Heaven Too”: the Friendship of David Bleakley and C.S. Lewis,” by presenting a brief overview of Bleakely’s life in which Lewis figured as mentor and friend. These papers, each and every one, give important insights to Lewis’s great sphere of literary, religious, and philosophical influence among those whose writings and work he affected and who, in turn, had an effect upon Lewis’s own work and life.
Shades of Jamie Dornan: The Star of the Major Motion Picture Fifty Shades of Grey
Shades of Jamie Dornan: The Star of the Major Motion Picture Fifty Shades of Grey
This story about Jamie Dornan is very good. It will put into view the timing of his works ad life.heis a well trained man, and with his personality never wavering, has made him a star. It makes one realize h is so much more than a model. I also liked that his co stars gave their opinions of the handsome, dry personal person he is. He took care of his wife and baby while he was working and we all know how he felt the loss of his mum. All in all, it was well written and I loved it.
Madame Câlin (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Madame Câlin (Collection Monsieur Madame) (French Edition)
Ayant moi même eu ces livres petite, j'ai eu envie de faire connaitre à mes enfants.
J'ai volontairement commencé par choisir des "Monsieur Madame" dont les personnalités correspondaient à des traits de personnalité de mes enfants (qualités comme défauts), pour les aider à dédramatiser ce qu'ils avaient du mal à accepter chez eux. Et ça a eu un effet incroyable !! Maintenant, ils s'identifient par eux-même à certains personnages, dont ils apprécient ls histoires, et qui les font rire. Ils adorent retrouver dans un livre d'autres personnages qui apparaissent et dont ils ont déjà lu l'histoire, et c'est de plus un excellent outil pour les débutants en lecture (même s'il faut parfois expliquer des mots ou expressions devenues un peu obsolètes aujourd'hui)
Je recommande !!!
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (Penguin Young Readers, Level 4)
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (Penguin Young Readers, Level 4)
I read this to my daughters before bed the other night. It's a familiar story but the illustrations stuck to the classic version by Carroll instead of the Disneyfied version. It's a perfect length for a bedtime story and the language isn't overly difficult so I think my 7 year old could read it on her own as well.
Three for the Chair (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 28)
Three for the Chair (A Nero Wolfe Mystery Book 28)
I just finished this book, but could have recommended it before opening it. As a long-time reader of Stout, I can tell you that his plotting is impeccable, his denouements unfailingly surprising and his command of the language masterful. The first story, "A Window for Death," has long been one of my favorites, featuring as it does Stout's usual suspects--class, money and sexual tension--in the story of a black sheep returning to the fold and mysteriously dying. The other two tales are tasty, too; in "Immune to Death," Stout's lazy and unwilling detective, Nero Wolfe, gets involved in an international fight over oil rights, and in "Too Many Detectives," he is caught in an investigation regarding illegal wire tapping. I will read a Stout--any Stout, even the occasional romance novel--again and again, whenever I get my hands on one, and I always pass them around to anyone who loves a mystery. They're fast, hilarious, arrogant, profoundly unrealistic and fun, with the air of an old comic thriller movie, like Hitchcock's "The Lady Vanishes" or one starring Edna Mae Oliver. Don't be put off by the undercurrent of misogyny, I'm a flaming, old-school feminist and if I can laugh at such sheer ridiculousness, so can you.
Adolf Hitler: The Artist
Adolf Hitler: The Artist
They never hated each other. If you read August's book, he'll tell you. Hitler wasn't this megalomaniac control freak towards Kubizek. They both were good friends until they stopped seeing each other. Which by the way didn't end in a nasty, bitter argument, they both moved homes and lost contact. Rupert Grint was a good choice to play August though. I'll give you that
Harry Potter Jewelry for Women and Girls, Silver Plated Snitch, Harry Potter Logo & Deathly Hallows Emblem 3 Piece Stud Earrings Set
Harry Potter Jewelry for Women and Girls, Silver Plated Snitch, Harry Potter Logo & Deathly Hallows Emblem 3 Piece Stud Earrings Set
I bought one before~ I really love it and have been alternating wearing it, and mismatching it ( i have 2 lobe piercings per ear). I know it says sterling silver and should not tarnish much but I dunno yet how it reacts to constant touching (natural oils & makeup chemicals)… so I decided to buy another one to use just for special occasion 😅 Will be wearing the snitch on my graduation 😌✨
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical World
I had previously purchased the Lego Stars Wars book by DK and my 7 year old is still enthralled by it 4 weeks later. It is by far his favorite book and his interest in it has actually outlasted some of the Star Wars Lego sets themselves he got at the same time. My 5 year old daughter loves Harry Potter and legos (not to the 7 year olds level, but a shared interest at least). I picked this up for her thinking the 7 year old would like it as well. Mission accomplished. My daughter likes to read it and my son likes to borrow it. He will also bring his Star Wars book over and they will compare pages between the two.

What makes both books so good are the large colorful photos, short readable descriptions, and the wide variety of figures and building sets they show. I wasn't aware that Lego had done so many Harry Potter sets from '00 to '05 before slowing down a bit until '10. As there are fewer Harry Potter sets then Star Wars ones overall, the Harry Potter book is more inclusive and the photos can be bigger as they aren't trying to put as much into the identical 95 pages. I was hesitant intitially due to the perceived lack of Harry Potter sets vs. Star Wars ones, but the books are both very good. Also the Harry Potter book is a more recent release and does include sets made in 2011 in its main pages, while the Star Wars book has updated only a small timeline page in the beginning. Either way, even as an adult these books are interesting to page through.

Amazon's pricing is very good on both of these books, which do tend to sell at full retail at local brick and mortars. The little figure they throw in is a nice bonus. I liked them so well I have pre-ordered the DK book on Lego Star wars minifigs sight unseen. It shipped today so excited to see my little boy's reaction when it comes. Overall these are a great blend of books and toys that make my kids want to read them. I have no doubt they will remain staples for months to come.
HARRY POTTER Hogwarts Crest Witchcraft and Wizardry Men's Adult Graphic Tee T-Shirt
HARRY POTTER Hogwarts Crest Witchcraft and Wizardry Men's Adult Graphic Tee T-Shirt
My husband ordered an extra large (thinking this was a MEN'S tee, as stated in the description). The extra large could've fit me, and I usually wear x-small in t-shirts. Nowhere in the description does it say that this is actually a child's or junior's size shirt (in fact, the product description just explains what Hogwarts is, and if you're buying a Hogwarts shirt, you know what it is!). Also, the shirt arrived with thick red stripes on the sleeves, which is not pictured above. My husband said he wouldn't have ordered it had he known about the stripes. It was very ugly. We've returned the shirt, and ended up getting one at Hot Topic (which sells authentic Wizarding World merchandise).
Spear & Jackson MINI3PS Select Stainless 3 Piece Mini Tools Set, Red/Blue/Silver, 29.5 x 15 x 3.5 cm
Spear & Jackson MINI3PS Select Stainless 3 Piece Mini Tools Set, Red/Blue/Silver, 29.5 x 15 x 3.5 cm
This mini-garden tools set is the thing I never knew I needed! Smaller than usual hand-gardening tools, they're perfect for my mum, who is smaller than usual women. She finds them best for her indoor pot plants and the size makes them easy to handle and manoeuvre, and also allows a much greater degree of precision, which is important with her smaller and sometimes more fragile plant. There's a little spade, a three-pronged trowel, and a very narrow spade (which probably has a special name, but I don't know it!), and they have a rubber-coated handle which provides good grip a well as the cheerful splash of red.
The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3
The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3
Damn that Michael Connelly. I stayed up reading until 2:30 in the morning because I wanted to finish 'The Concrete Blonde'. In Harry Bosch's third adventure in the series, the detective is standing trial for his actions in killing a serial killer four years earlier. When the police receive a note from the supposedly dead killer, it throws Bosch's world into utter chaos. He's certain that the Dollmaker was the guilty party, but how do they explain the new note with directions to the discovery of another victim buried in concrete?

The story takes place in 1994 Los Angeles when the 1991 Rodney King beating by police and the ensuing 1992 riots are still fresh in the city's minds. Police conduct is being held under a constant microscope. It was a time when plenty of people smoked and driving while drunk didn't seem to be that big a deal. Bosch has been a loner most of his life but, in this story, finds himself in an intimate relationship with a woman whose husband was murdered in the previous Harry Bosch mystery entitled 'The Black Ice'. Struggling with multiple murder suspects, the porno industry, a complex romantic relationship, police politics and a gripping court room drama delivers a hard-to-put-down novel. Also, Mr. Connelly's cynical presentation of the legal system would've made Charles Dickens proud. There were times when I thought some of the situations wouldn't have been so stressful in the story if everyone back then had cell phones like we do today.

It is not necessary to have read the two previous works entitled 'The Black Echo' and 'The Black Ice' but would help you in getting a better understanding of what makes Harry Bosch tick. The ex-reporter turned author does an excellent job of keeping the reader guessing and on the edge of their seats until the very end. Being a recent reader of the Harry Bosch series, I can see why Mr. Connelly's protagonist is so popular.
Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood
Samson and the Pirate Monks: Calling Men to Authentic Brotherhood
It starts like this: “My name is Nate, but you can call me Samson. That’s the code name my friends have given me, and for reasons you’ll eventually understand, I’ve given the same symbolic name to each of them. We are the Samson Society.” It’s an intriguing start to the book Samson and the Pirate Monks and I, for one, wanted to know more.

Nate Larkin is founder of the Samson Society, a group for men who are looking for male friendship, (dare I say it?) accountability, and authentic brotherhood. It is a group for men who have tried to do the Christian life on their own and have found it impossible. It is a group that anyone can begin, without cost, without contracts, without hassle.

I have long observed that men tend to do pretty poorly with friendship. I don’t know if we are really bad at friendship or if most of us have just never given it a fair try. In either case, I think it’s clear that too few men have genuinely significant friendships.

Larkin was there. From the early days of his marriage he developed bad habits which, in time, grew into outright addiction. Before long he was hooked on pornography, visiting the seedy parts of town and, eventually, visiting prostitutes. Despite being raised in a Christian environment, despite being a pastor himself, he gave in to his habits, gave in to his lusts, and found his life and marriage crumbling around him. And he dealt with it all in isolation, without men around him who could help him and guide him. Even when he saw his sin and was desperate to overcome it, his life was devoid of meaningful relationships that could make a difference. For too long he wallowed in his sin.

It was only when he got other men deeply involved in his life that he was able to gain real victory over his sin. He came to realize that Christian friendship—men befriending men—is a precious gift. As he emerged from the mess of his addiction he says “I was willing to trust Christ, but I was not ready to trust the body of Christ. … What I did not yet understand was that while Jesus does offer a personal relationship to every one of his disciples, he never promises any of us a private one. … The church, according to the New Testament, is not a loose confederation of individuals. The church is a body—a living, breathing organism whose members are so intimately connected that they can only move together. On any given day, every member of that body needs help, and every member has some help to give.”

Samson and the Pirate Monks is partly Larkin’s biography and partly an account of the founding of the first Samson Society. It is also a call for men to put aside their pride and inhibitions and to find meaningful relationships with one another. And it provides more than a call—it provides a defense and a structure.

The book is full of helpful insights about life and faith. Things like this: “I have found that for short stretches of time I can convince myself that I am being faithful to God if I define faithfulness in terms of only one behavior.” That resonates, and so does this: “Self-righteousness … is a doubled-edged sword. If I have reduced holiness to a single behavior, then I am standing on one leg. One slip and I am nothing again, absolutely useless.” And this: “God, in his grace, has used addiction to shatter my moralistic understanding of the Christian faith and force me to accept the gospel. I am not a faithful man. That’s why I need a Savior. I cannot live victoriously on my own. That’s why I need a Helper and brothers. I cannot keep my promises to God—the very act of making them is delusional—but God will keep his promises to me.”

I find books like this easy to dismiss, perhaps especially because so many of us have tried accountability relationships and found them wanting. That and we have had so many calls to relationship, to accountability, to Eldredge-style openness. But then I think about men I know and wonder how they would receive this book and, even better, the kind of relationships it models. And then I realize that men are desperate for exactly what Larkin describes here. The book may be easy to dismiss, but to dismiss it too quickly and too easily would probably say more about me than about the book and its ideas.

I enjoyed Samson and the Pirate Monks thoroughly and would commend it to any Christian man. Read it, pillage it for ideas, and start pursuing true brotherhood.
22" Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Tote Bag (Zippered)
22" Heavy Duty Cotton Canvas Tote Bag (Zippered)
I like it a lot. It's a bit larger than what I was looking for, but I chose to purchase it anyway. I love the fact that it can zip closed if you want it to and still functions well as an open type bag if you don't want to use the zipper.
Why I bought it.
1.) My friend is having chemo and I wanted to make a "chemo" bag for her.
2.) Her favorite color is blue. (I would have loved this if it had come in a solid blue.)
3.) I stuffed it with items that other chemo patients said would have been nice to have or where thoughtful gifts people gave them.
4.) The bag in the picture has a 60 x 70 Soft luxury throw in it. (Chem gets cold)
5.) There are individually wrapped hard candies, especially peppermint and ginger, as mouths get dry during chemo.
6.) Video's since reading is hard after starting chemo.
7.) NON FRAGRANT lotion. (skin gets dry and sense of smell is heightened making you nauseous)
8.) Herbal, all natural lip balm (again dry, crack etc during chemo)
9.) Blue non-skid slippers. (again chemo - cold)

Even with all of this there is plenty of room for more. I added pictures to show size.

She does NOT carry the movies or a tone of candy etc when she goes to chemo so the bag is lighter to carry than when I gave it to her.
If you are doing the same. Then add items specific to their likes. Example a magazine with MOSTLY pictures, again reading is difficult. I put in gardening pictures.
My Spy
My Spy
Sike! The ROCK can suck it! I am a Bautista fan!

This movie was definitely more on the kid / family oriented side of the spectrum. Obviously, one of the main characters is 9 years old so it is very light hearted but still there is some killing of bad guys. Those parts are almost more disturbing because writers / directors are trying to find a way to make adult themes child friendly. Here's some action and violence! but wait let's not be too heavy handed, yeah add the wilhelm scream to that bad guys flying head, ahaha now we are ok. Yes, gather around family and lets watch as the man is decapitated and we will laugh together about it. To me I thought it was funny but would I want to show a very young mind this strange desensitized portrayal of murder? A mind that is at its fundamental stages of beginning to understand life... maybe wait until 10 years old. 13 is too long they will already be pregnant and by then be SOOOO over watching movies with mom and dad. But all in all there is not much of this kind of murder is funny and ok vibe, only at the beginning and end. Really there is not much action at all. The plot structure was also a little strange compared to most of these generic hollywood blockbusters. Usually it's all good times until 3/4 of the movie, then there is some huge conflict and drama between all characters where everyone is hating on each other and then the hero saves the day and we wrap it up with a happy ending. Yes it does follow this structure but seems to add a little more drama throughout the story for the main character, which as a whole makes the movie a little more depressing. I would have liked to have seen more of the funny and silly Bautista but oh well. You don't get that usual feeling of, "man remember the good times" "now look how far they have fallen! everything is F'd!" Because it always was a little F'd up for the hero.

In general the movie was entertaining and enjoyable, I LOL'd many times... but I think the downfall is this watering down of an action hero teenage and up audience type of movie, to let's make a movie we can watch with our toddlers and not feel too upset about what we are showing them.
iPhone Charger Lightning Cable for MFi Certified Long Power Cord 4Pack(6/6/3/3ft) Braided Nylon Fast Charger Compatible iPhone 11 Pro X XR XS MAX 8 Plus 7 6s 5s 5c Air iPad Mini iPod (Gray White)
iPhone Charger Lightning Cable for MFi Certified Long Power Cord 4Pack(6/6/3/3ft) Braided Nylon Fast Charger Compatible iPhone 11 Pro X XR XS MAX 8 Plus 7 6s 5s 5c Air iPad Mini iPod (Gray White)
My kid loves these cords. Shopping was quick as predicted and the package was wrapped well. We tested 6ft cord out on his iPhone 7 which was dead and it completely charged an hour 34 minutes. We threw the 3ft cord in the car so I never have to hear him complain about not having a charger. So far it's worked out great. Great product & the multiple length options are a necessity. Would buy again.
Double Din Car Stereo 10.1 Inch Android Navigation Stereo Touch Screen in Dash Car Radio with Bluetooth FM Radio Receiver Support WiFi Mirror Link, Steering Wheel Control, Rear View Camera, Dual USB
Double Din Car Stereo 10.1 Inch Android Navigation Stereo Touch Screen in Dash Car Radio with Bluetooth FM Radio Receiver Support WiFi Mirror Link, Steering Wheel Control, Rear View Camera, Dual USB
I was impressed at how quickly the stereo arrived, nice work on the part of the team. With that said, the look and feel of this stereo is something you would expect to pay well over $150. I guess what I'm saying is that this is a steal for the price. The screen looks crystal clear and the camera quality is awesome. I would recommend . If you are not use to installing things like these get help with it. I wouldn't recommend trying to install it yourself if you are not sure what to do ..
Philips HD7767/00 Grind und Brew Filter Kaffeemaschine, Kunststoff, 1.2 liters, Edelstahl/Schwarz
Philips HD7767/00 Grind und Brew Filter Kaffeemaschine, Kunststoff, 1.2 liters, Edelstahl/Schwarz
Mitte Juni 19 habe ich mir diese mit vielen Top-Bewertungen versehene Kaffeemaschine zugelegt. Die wenigen Negativmeinungen, dachte ich, könnte ich ignorieren. Fehler Nummer 1!
Als ich die Maschine zum zweiten Mal nutzen wollte erhielt ich eine Fehlermeldung E001. Ok, dachte ich, kann ja passieren. In der Fehlerliste nachgesehen, aber der Code war nicht zu finden. Maschine entleert: Bohnen raus, Wasser raus! Stecker gezogen, halbe Stunde gewartet. gemahlenen Kaffee in den neuen Filter und ... wieder die gleiche Fehlermeldung. Amazon Support angerufen, dort sofort das Angebot einer Ersatzlieferung erhalten. Hätte mich das stutzig machen sollen? Egal, dachte ich, vielleicht ein Montagsmodell.
Die Ersatzlieferung habe ich dann auch schneller erhalten, als ursprünglich angesagt. Freitag, 19.06: Maschine ist da, wird ausgepackt vorschriftsmäßig für die Benutzung vorbereitet. Erster Kaffee wird gebrüht, OK! Samstag morgen, Maschine eingeschaltet, Kaffee gebrüht, schmeckte ganz ok, aber die Schrotung der Bohnen ist definitiv nicht gut. Kein Kaffeemehl sondern Mini-Bruchstücke von Bohnen. Sonntag Morgen, Kaffeemaschine eingeschaltet, läuft, Kaffee fertig, schmeckt aber immer noch nicht. Sonntag Abend erfolgte dann die Vorbereitung für den ersten Kaffee vor dem Arbeitsweg. Alles wie vorgesehen eingestellt, Timer programmiert, fertig.
Was soll ich sagen: Wenn man um 04:30 Uhr aufsteht und die Kaffeemaschine nicht funktioniert hat und schon wieder Fehler E001 auf der Maschine angezeigt wird, steht man kurz vor der Verzweiflung. Wir brauchen morgens unseren Kaffee, sonst wird der Tag definitiv nix.
Mittlerweile glaube ich zu wissen woran es liegt. Das Mahlwerk arbeitet nämlich nicht. Das bedeutet, die Qualität dieses Mahlwerks ist so grottenschlecht, dass es nach zwei bis viermaliger Benutzung kaputt ist. Und wenn man die schlechten Bewertungen hier liest, zieht sich das wie ein roter Faden durch. Ich muss leider sagen, dass ich davon ausgehen muss, dass die guten Bewertungen sich entweder auf die alte Maschine ohne Timer und nur mit einem Bohnenfach beziehen oder gekauft sind.
Ich schicke die Maschine nun zum zweiten Mal zurück und will nur noch mein Geld zurück. Nutze wieder meine alte Maschine und werde mich nach einer anderen umsehen.
Von Philips bin ich definitiv enttäuscht. Das hätte ich nicht erwartet.

Alles in allem keine Kaufempfehlung. Tuen Sie sich einen Gefallen und lassen Sie die Finger davon.
ELABEST Office Chair Ergonomic Desk Chair, Swivel Task Chair with Adjustable Armrest, Soft Sponge Cushion, Lumbar Support, Mid Back Mesh Computer Chair
ELABEST Office Chair Ergonomic Desk Chair, Swivel Task Chair with Adjustable Armrest, Soft Sponge Cushion, Lumbar Support, Mid Back Mesh Computer Chair
Working from home we needed two office chairs to support both me and my wife. We decided to do a test, buy one from the local "office supply" store and one from Amazon in the same price range. We waited for this Elabest chair to arrive before we unboxed and assembled the chairs. First thing I noticed was both were boxed very well, taking out the parts we found that the Elabest parts seemed to be of better quality such as the locations where bolts are fastened, metal instead of plastic on the locally purchased one. And a welcomed surprise, well executed instructions in English that are clearly written and well translated (how long since you have seen this?). Elabest provides extra bolts as well in case you lose one. Assembly was very simple and quick for two reasons, 1) the parts fit together exactly with the assembly areas on the chair well executed, 2) as mentioned before the instructions are one of the best better than the instructions provided with the locally purchased chair. Now for the quality, once assembled the chair feels very sturdy and comfortable, the seat pad is of a high quality foam much better than the locally purchased chair and can easily support 200+ pounds, the locally purchased chair did not have the same quality cushion as the Elabest chair. Overall every thing works well and we find that the Elabest chair is easily the better quality chair for the price. We recommend this chair for it's comfort, quality, instructions and ease of assembly, we are very satisfied with this chair.
COLZER KJ580 Air Purifier with True HEPA Air Filter, Intelligent Wi-Fi App Control, 3-Stage Filtration, for Spaces Up to 1100 Sq Ft, Perfect for Bedroom/Home/Office with Filter
COLZER KJ580 Air Purifier with True HEPA Air Filter, Intelligent Wi-Fi App Control, 3-Stage Filtration, for Spaces Up to 1100 Sq Ft, Perfect for Bedroom/Home/Office with Filter
 Right out the box the great quality of the product is evident. I couldn’t tell from the description but it has a storage box for essential oils. The only flawed concept is the awful suction sponge in there that looks more like disposable packaging. Other than that no complaints. Less than 5 minutes to get the software on my mobile going. I tested it with smoke and immediately detected the bad air quality which improved within minutes. It’s noticeable right away. I have the auto function which means it gets loud occasionally but quiet in the lower fan levels 1 & 2, it goes up to 5. The app is great tracks your air quality over time you can see periodic decrease and increase over weeks in a chart. It’s a great product after lots of months of research I’m ecstatic about this purchase completely worth the investment.
Twizzlers Creamsicle Dreamsicle Popsicle naranja crema Pop relleno Twists (2 unidades)
Twizzlers Creamsicle Dreamsicle Popsicle naranja crema Pop relleno Twists (2 unidades)
When I order it through Amazon I receive bags that have been squished. Something heavy placed on top? At first I thought it was a fluke but after numerous orders and all being squished I'm not ordering here anymore especially at these prices. It makes more of a difference than you might think. The filling is coming out on the ends and is dried out and being flat changes the texture. Walmart has them online for $2.25 a bag. While they are not available inside the store you can order them online.

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