Kylee Morris

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Murach's HTML5 and CSS3, 4th Edition
Murach's HTML5 and CSS3, 4th Edition
Murach's HTML5 and CSS3, 4th Edition by Anne Boehm and Zak Ruvalcaba. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 100 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
JavaScript at Scale
JavaScript at Scale
JavaScript at Scale by Adam Boduch. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
Spectre Series Box Set: Books 1-4
Spectre Series Box Set: Books 1-4
Spectre Series Box Set: Books 1-4 by C.W. Lemoine. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 58 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the c category.
Head First SQL
Head First SQL
Head First SQL by Lynn Beighley. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 163 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
MySQL and mSQL
MySQL and mSQL
MySQL and mSQL by Tim King , George Reese , et al.. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 48 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
Tal como somos (Spanish Edition)
Tal como somos (Spanish Edition)
Tal como somos (Spanish Edition) by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 15 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library) by William Shakespeare , Dr. Barbara A. Mowat, et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3080 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Manipulador (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Manipulador (Em Portugues do Brasil)
Manipulador (Em Portugues do Brasil) by John Grisham. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
The Green Mile
The Green Mile
The Green Mile by Stephen King, Frank Muller, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 1867 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead
Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead
Stephen King's Dark Tower: The Fall of Gilead by Stephen King, Peter David, et al.. Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars, with 26 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Enterprise Java Microservices
Enterprise Java Microservices
Enterprise Java Microservices by Ken Finnigan. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 6 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Java programming' category.
Machine Learning for Beginners: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Understanding Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Python Programming, Neural Networks Concepts and Big Data
Machine Learning for Beginners: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Understanding Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Python Programming, Neural Networks Concepts and Big Data
Machine Learning for Beginners: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Understanding Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Python Programming, Neural Networks Concepts and Big Data by Travis Goleman and Michael Reece. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2)
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2)
Python Crash Course: Python Crash Course: introduction to Programming with Python Coding Language Ideal to Learn Faster Computer Programming: The Best ... practical exercises (Python Series Book 2) by Eric Marston. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Advanced Computer Programming in Python
Advanced Computer Programming in Python
Advanced Computer Programming in Python by Karim Pichara and Christian Pieringer. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'Python programming' category.
Expert PHP 5 Tools
Expert PHP 5 Tools
Expert PHP 5 Tools by Dirk Merkel. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 7 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP 4 Developer's Guide
PHP 4 Developer's Guide
PHP 4 Developer's Guide by Blake Schwendiman. Rated 3.3 out of 5 stars, with 8 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
T-SQL Querying (Developer Reference)
T-SQL Querying (Developer Reference)
T-SQL Querying (Developer Reference) by Itzik Ben-Gan , Adam Machanic , et al.. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 78 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Head First iPhone Development
Head First iPhone Development
Head First iPhone Development by Dan Pilone and Tracey Pilone. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 33 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Objective-C programming category.
Angular 6 for Enterprise-Ready Web Applications: Deliver production-ready and cloud-scale Angular web apps
Angular 6 for Enterprise-Ready Web Applications: Deliver production-ready and cloud-scale Angular web apps
The thing that sets this book apart from other Angular books is the comprehensive advice on how to take an idea from the back of a napkin to deployment.

The book starts with a chapter on how to configure your development environment and integrate build tools and project management tools. Next, Doguhan provides thoughts on how to best work with the business stakeholders to gain a high-level concept of the application's major functions and turn that into a simple set of interactive wireframes. From there, you build a simple local weather app to cover the Angular basics.

Switching gears into a well-defined line-of-business app project, you are shown how to build the walking skeleton of the new application utilizing the powerful Angular Router. This critical step gives you something to put in front of the stakeholders almost immediately. Not only is this very quick business value, but gives you an opportunity to iron out any large architecture-level issues before they become too difficult to manage.

After the walking skeleton, several Angular concepts are covered in-depth as you work on features for the Lemon Mart app. This larger app provides an opportunity to talk about best practices, useful design patterns and potential pitfalls. The last chapters cover how to easily deploy the app to Amazon's cloud using Docker, and how to tie into Google Analytics to give your stakeholders feedback on site performance and user activity.

So, yeah, you'll learn Angular.

You'll also learn so much more that you can use on all of your future web-app efforts, regardless of whether or not you use Angular.
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fifth Edition
The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Corporate America, Fifth Edition
Lawrence A. Cunningham opens this book with an appropriate excerpt from the essays of Michel de Montaigne: "The speech I love is simple, natural speech, the same on paper as in mouth; a speech succulent and sinewy, brief and compressed, not so much dainty and well-combed as vehement and brusque."

There is no shortage of books on Warren Buffet. It is an interesting state of affairs: numerous writers, pundits, and other Warren Buffet "experts" opining on the life and investing decisions of perhaps the greatest investing and capitalist "expert" of all time.

Others opining on the life of a genius is often necessary, when it comes to understanding the broader impact that genius has had on society. A masterful investor, scientist, engineer, or whatever is not also necessarily always an effective writer and communicator. Mr. Buffet, however, is a rare breed.

Not only has Mr. Buffet, across his lifetime, compiled the most impressive track record capitalism has ever produced- one of growth, achievement, societal awareness and improvement, but he can also write. He writes in a language that is, in the words of Montaigne, "simple...succulent and sinewy, brief and compressed...brusque."

Lawrence A. Cunningham through this book expresses an important truth- when a man such as Mr. Buffet writes with the clarity and power that he does, not much benefit is given to the reader by adding words on top of what is already clear and powerful prose. If one is trying to make sense of Mr. Buffet and his philosophies, the best place to start is with Mr. Buffet's own "sinewy" words, which are presented, unadorned except with a short preface, in this book.

"Essays" is a bit of a misnomer for the content of this book. In fact, this book is actually a compilation of excerpts from the Annual Letters Mr. Buffet has written to the shareholders of his company, Berkshire Hathaway, over the last thirty plus years. Worth noting, these very letters are available, in their entirety, on the World Wide Web for free. Something, however, is definitely gained through reading Mr. Buffet's words as Mr. Cunningham has arranged them.

Mr. Cunningham has arranged this book by subject, rather than time- and the effect is pleasing and effective. The way that Mr. Cunningham chose to arrange Mr. Buffet's letters is into the following categories: Corporate Governance, Corporate Finance and Investing, Alternatives to Common Stock, Common Stock, Mergers and Acquisitions, Accounting and Valuation, and Accounting Policy and Tax Matters.

The effect of Cunningham's carefully-chosen delineations is a book that has more the feel of an educational guide, than a story of Mr. Buffet's investing career and his company, Berkshire Hathaway.

What emerges out of this educational guide is the philosophy and teachings of a gifted Professor and practitioner. No matter whether Mr. Buffet is waxing poetic on business or outlining his scruples over how corporations account for equity stock options, out of his writing emerges a consistent and eloquent philosophy on the "right" and effective approach to business, investing, capitalism, and life.

The "Buffet Way", perhaps impossible to summarize fully in a few short sentences, is stoic and original. The practitioner of this philosophy is one who stands apart from society, ignores any "institutional imperative" that may impede rational decision-making. The "Buffet Way" is a mode of analysis that knows the bounds of its own limitations, and is free of emotion. The Buffet Way demands that every decision require a "margin of safety" or room for error.

Most importantly, Mr. Buffet's view of investing, and particularly of investing in the stock market or in other marketable securities, grasps a simple but important concept that is lost on so many market pundits and practitioners: stocks are not abstractions. Stocks are certificates that represent a share of ownership in an underlying business. Too often people don't look through stocks to the underlying business they represent. This book aptly is subtitled, "Lessons for Corporate America", because Mr. Buffet is after all an evaluator of businesses.

Stocks and their prices are only relevant when they become disjointed, in a favorable way, from the underlying realities of the business they represent.

To think the "Buffet Way" takes more, though, than knowing the concept's basic precepts. It takes discipline, and a stoic fight against the animal spirits that so often lead investors astray. This book and its precepts are worth reading, and rereading, until hopefully its lessons are engrained in the psyche in a way that they become impossible to ignore.
THE 12% SOLUTION: Earn A 12% Average Annual Return On Your Money, Beating The S&P 500, Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, And 99% Of All Mutual Fund Managers… By Making 2-4 Trades Per Month
THE 12% SOLUTION: Earn A 12% Average Annual Return On Your Money, Beating The S&P 500, Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, And 99% Of All Mutual Fund Managers… By Making 2-4 Trades Per Month
... und dabei immerhin so ehrlich, dass der aufmerksame Leser allem Phrasengeklingel des Autors zum Trotz erkennen kann, dass das System dem eigenen Anspruch eben nicht gerecht wird, nämlich systematisch das Risiko aus den Investments herauszunehmen.

Im Einzelnen: das vom Autor vorgestellte System hat eine momentumgetriebene Wachstums- und eine Hedge-Komponente. Gute Idee eigentlich. Er hat den Anspruch, das von Warren Buffett einem breitem Publikum vorgeschlagene Buy&Hold-Modell für den S&P500 (mittlere Rendite in den Jahren zwischen 2008 und 2016 ca. 8,5%) um 3,5% p.a. zu schlagen. Das gelingt dem Autor auch.

In den Backtests.

Wer genau hinsieht, erkennt, dass der Vorteil des "12%-Systems" in den Jahren 2008/2009 entstanden ist. Danach hat es die Performance von Buy&Hold dramatisch verfehlt. in 6 von 10 Jahren war das Halten der Aktien besser als das "Optimieren". Dass am Ende die Gesamtperformance besser war, lag alleine am dramatischen Einbruch der Aktien 2008 und dem nicht minder dramatischen Rebound 2009. EIN EINZIGES Ereignis sicherte dem System also einen Vorteil, alle anderen nachfolgenden Ereignisse führten per saldo zu einem systematischen Nachteil. Für einen Systementwickler ein No-Go-Fact! Ein singuläres Ereignis ist statistisch gesehen kein Ereignis, sondern von Zufall nicht zu unterscheiden - v.a. hinsichtlich seiner Auswirkungen. Von daher: wer Momentum-Ansätze verfolgen möchte, der nimmt das Buch von Antonacci zur Hand, dessen Ideen funktionieren seit ihrer Veröffentlichung auch nicht mehr ;-) ...

Man muss sich einfach klar machen: Momentum-Ansätze folgen dem Gedanken, dass Assets gekauft werden, weil ihr Preis steigt. Laut Warren Buffett das dümmste Argument, ein Asset zu kaufen ... Momentum heißt, der Herde hinterherzulaufen. Das funktioniert oft, ist aber eben auch extrem berechenbar. Wer hin und her handelt, ist ein Teilnehmer an einem Kontrahentenmarkt, der misst sich mit anderen Marktteilnehmern, die ihreseits ebenfalls hin und her handeln. Langfristig entscheidet der Wert eines Assets über die Entwicklung des eigenen Investments, kurzfristig aber entscheidet der Preis. Und der schwankt eben nicht nur, sondern das Verhalten der Masse wird von großen Kontrahenten in diesen Preisschwankungen systematisch ausgenutzt. Scharfe Einbrüche sind für professionelle Marktteilnehmer in einem Nullzinsumfeld eine Einladung zum Einstieg, für Momentumhändler ein Signal zum Ausstieg. So geraten billige Aktien in die Hände anderer Leute - nicht die Situation, in der man sich wünscht auf der Verkäuferseite zu stehen. Genau das passiert aber systematisch bei dem hier besprochenen Modell. Von einer Extrem-Baisse abgesehen, bietet es keinen Schutz gegen Marktschwankungen und erfüllt damit seinen Zweck nicht wirklich. Vielmehr hängt sein Erfolg vom Zeitpunkt des Einstiegs ab und ist daher zufällig. Genau dieser Umstand qualifiziert ein schlechtes System!
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.................
Jeff Bezos: The Force Behind the Brand: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Accomplishments of the Richest Man on the Planet (Billionaire Visionaries Book 1)
Jeff Bezos: The Force Behind the Brand: Insight and Analysis into the Life and Accomplishments of the Richest Man on the Planet (Billionaire Visionaries Book 1)
Bezos was born in 1964 Albuquerque to a then unwed mother. ('Pops,' her father, came from a line of settlers - he enlarged the family ranch to 25,000 acres, and was also Regional Director of the AEC. She eventually married a Cuban immigrant of Spanish descent (Miguel) who came here via Operation Peter Pan (15,000 children airlifted in - without parents; his future stepfather was 15 at the time and Jeff would be four when Miguel adopted him). Miguel (Mike) became an EE.

Pops taught self-reliance to Jeff. Usually Jeff worked summers at the ranch; one year he instead got a part-time job at McDonald's. Hating every moment, he quit after a few days and started a summer camp ($600/, for a 10-day event for 4th - 6th graders). Six enrollees (including a brother and sister) - the focus was teaching reasoning. The course included reading parts of 'The Lord of the Rings,' 'Dune,' 'Watership Down,' etc. The science component included space travel, use of fossil fuels, fission generators, etc.

High school valedictorian (speech included evacuating humans for Earth), double major at Princeton - electrical engineering and computer science. .

Bezos decided to start with books in July 1994 because books were the one item in mail order catalogs that fit well with online purchase and shipping - there were so many titles that nobody could print a catalog and send it to every household. In 1994, Americans spent over $60 billion on mail-order products. The first e-commerce sale was a Sting CD in 1994. The Internet solved that problem. Bezos saw the Internet as a channel to reach millions, and books as a product to start with. Amazon began business a year later.

At the time there wasn't much you could get online - Amazon seemed to be an extension of a mail-order store where you got a catalog, then made a purchase over the phone. An Amazon catalog of books would have been larger than the NYC phone directory.

After about 4 months Amazon was doing about $20,000/week in sales.

He had decided to set up business in Seattle because of the tax structure there. (The Supreme Court ruled there would be no sales taxes collected from a company that didn't have physical presence in the state the sale was made - Washington has a low sales tax.) The next warehouse was in Delaware - no sales tax, the third in Reno (no sales tax, close to California.) Today it has a P/E ratio of 230, vs. 37 for Google, 46 for Alibaba, 17 for Apple, and 62 at Microsoft.

More than 100,000 sellers made over $100,000 in 2016, customers spent $200 billion in Amazon in 2017, it has over 40% of the U.S. e-commerce market and over half a million employees. Amazon spent $1.5 billion on shipping in 2016, and took in $3.3 billion from 32 million Prime customers; Prime members spend an average $1,600/year vs. about $600/year for the rest.

Bezos turned to 20 friends/family and raised $50,000 each for less than 1% of the company each. Overall, about 24 people contributed $1 million total for a sixth of the firm. that took about a year. Amazon went public in 1997, bringing in $148 million in revenue at that point. (About half startups make to the 5th year.)

Bezos believed that objectives superseded all other events - if you want to do something, you do it before you set out on doing anything else and you are not done until you succeed. Effort towards significant achievement is not about rewards - its the internal satisfaction.

It took 15 months to et the website ready.
Bill Gates: The Man Behind Microsoft: A Look at the Man Who Changed the World We Live In (Billionaire Visionaries, Book 4)
Bill Gates: The Man Behind Microsoft: A Look at the Man Who Changed the World We Live In (Billionaire Visionaries, Book 4)
This book is a sham. It's more like a pamphlet that you would expect to be handed at the Bill Gates is Awesome museum. It is so poorly written, with grammatical errors and blind praise that it fails to accomplish any realistic story telling. Charging $13 for a book with so few words and pages, large margins and so many blank pages is just the authors way of making money on the coat tails of someone successful.

On page 74 of this 82 page 'book,' the 'expert' author doesn't even know how to correctly spell Steve Wozniaks name! This is the kind of author that makes you fully understand that on Amazon, literally ANYONE can write a book. No education, research or experience is necessary! How can a book so devoid of words contain so many errors? Does the author not know how to use the internet or proof-read? I'm offended I was taken in this author's scam disguised as a book!

There are lots of books about Bill Gates that actually delve into the BAD and the good. The controversy and the other side of each tale. This book is flat, one-sided and brain-washed with no real original content. It praises Bill Gates, his mother and his father. They are god-like deities who are a gift to civilization.

This book is profoundly useless, both as a 'book' and devoid of any original information or objectiveness, it should be classified by any consumer advocate as a scam.

Save your money. I'll send you my copy for free. I'd throw it away, but what a waste of precious trees.
How to Make a Billion: A Book of Revelations
How to Make a Billion: A Book of Revelations
How to Make a Billion: A Book of Revelations by Steffy Sota. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Jeff Bezos" category.
Elon Musk: Moviendo el Mundo con Una Tecnología a la Vez [Elon Musk: Moving the World One Technology at a Time]: Introspección y Análisis de la Vida y Logros de un Magnate ... Tecnología (Visionarios Billonarios Book 2)
Elon Musk: Moviendo el Mundo con Una Tecnología a la Vez [Elon Musk: Moving the World One Technology at a Time]: Introspección y Análisis de la Vida y Logros de un Magnate ... Tecnología (Visionarios Billonarios Book 2)
TERRIBLEMENTE MALO: Soy fan de Elon Musk y este libro no es más que el relato de un escritor frustrado que seguramente tiene algo contra él, la historia que cuenta la podrías sacar de Wikipedia, no aporta nada, sólo lo critica además de querer tomar el protagonismo con sus ideologías que a nadie le interesan, me enojó leer el libro además de que es extremadamente corto, no lo compren, este autor frustrado no vale la pena leerlo.
Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography
Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography
This is an interesting book no doubt. Branson is at his best when discussing various companies within his Virgin Group and how they were started, while his descriptions about how he makes business decisions is valuable for both establish business people and budding entrepreneurs. He is at his most dismal, however, when promulgating, in detail and even full chapters, some of his political causes and beliefs which are so left wing that at times it smacks of self indulgence as if he has to describe how liberal and truly open minded he really is. Of course, at the end of the day, life and all of its myriad of issues are a bit more complicated than that. He gives numerous pages to those he claims to have had good relations with and admires (Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - not unsurprisingly - and those apparently less stellar, Donald Trump for example), but this is not necessary, even if it's true, and detracts from the book - leaving me to wonder where his editor is at times like these.

I also find it a real stretch of the imagination when he described his trip to Vietnam in 2015 and how he “told the crowd” about his "connection" to the country. However, that connection was only as a Vietnam War protester back in the 60's and not even in the US, but in the UK. Since I’ve lived and worked for over 5 years in Vietnam, his assertion is more than a stretch, it's disingenuous.

If Branson would have toned down some of his blatant political rhetoric and also spent a bit less time writing on arbitrary domestic/family issues, it would have made for a smoother, and more insightful - albeit- shorter read. I too, like other reviewers, wish I could ask for a refund, but the time for that has expired.
Virgin Galactic: The First Ten Years (Springer Praxis Books)
Virgin Galactic: The First Ten Years (Springer Praxis Books)
Everything you need to know about how Virgin Galactic are developing the suborbital space business, written by Norway's most prolific non-fiction author. This book also includes details of the tragic accident in 2014 and describes how Virgin Galactic will recover following the construction of the second SpaceShipTwo. Another great read from Dr Seedhouse.
How To Start A Business Without Any Money
How To Start A Business Without Any Money
Has some links but would not recommend you would be far better off with Tony Robbins and rich dad books
She has not fought enough battles it is evident in her writing that she cannot and shouldn't use her Cambridge major as that is only studying but so you need to find someone who has done the real thing for advice there are better books out there
The Prince
The Prince
Great book. If you didn't read it, you will have to do it right away. The purpose of the book is simple - to provoke you think differently And it is written In a magnificent way
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown
Best Dearborn Stories Voices From Henry Ford's Hometown by Glenn Good, David Wisniewski, Karen and O'Kray. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Henry Ford" category.
Disguise Inc - The Candidate Vacuform Election Half Mask
Disguise Inc - The Candidate Vacuform Election Half Mask
The mask rested a bit too low on my nose and would have had to tip my head up just to see in front of me. I ended up just taping additional foam backing to the nosepiece inside to raise it a bit. The cord seemed just a touch on the loose side (and I have a hat size 7.5 head), but it managed to stay on for the brief time that I wore it. Would be nice if it could be tightened easily.

Got this for a Halloween joke costume but I guess now that he's prez I might actually use this again?
Artwu Donald Trump,Crossing,The Swamp Wall Art Home Wall Decorations for Bedroom Living Room Oil Paintings Canvas Prints 3 sizes-716 (24x36inch(Framed))
Artwu Donald Trump,Crossing,The Swamp Wall Art Home Wall Decorations for Bedroom Living Room Oil Paintings Canvas Prints 3 sizes-716 (24x36inch(Framed))
Awesome! See if you can identify all the faces of several past and current Trump administration officials. But be careful unwrapping the actual picture. It's tightly bubble-wrapped. Therefore, the picture could be accidentally cut while trying to remove the bubble-wrap from it. The frame isn't high quality, so re-frame it, if frame quality is important to you.
Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, Music Book For Piano And Vocal
Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, Music Book For Piano And Vocal
All but three of the songs have typical dumbed-down piano arrangements with right-hand melody. You’re not going to learn any cool soul riffs here.

I was hoping to find a nice transcription of "Good To Me As I Am To You" (this book has the only known arrangement of it) but was disappointed. See the photo.

CONTENTS:

Ain't nobody gonna turn me around
Ain't no way
Baby, baby, baby
Baby I love you
Don't let me lose this dream
Dr. Feelgood
Good to me as I am to you
I can't see myself leaving you
I knew you were waiting (for me)
I know
I never loved a man (the way I love you)
It's just a matter of time
Feel like makin' love
Freeway of love
My melancholy baby
Night life
Oh me, oh my (I'm a fool for you baby)
Prove it
Rescue me
Rock-a-bye your baby with a Dixie melody
Since you've been gone
Think
Unchain my heart
What a fool believes
What I did for love
Who's zoomin' who
You made me love you
You're a sweet, sweet man

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When You're Smiling
When You're Smiling
When You're Smiling by Louis Armstrong And His Hot Five. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Louis Armstrong" category.
Satchmo Masters of American Music Louis Armstrong
Satchmo Masters of American Music Louis Armstrong
Acheté dans un but pédagogique, mais aussi ludique, ce DVD a parfaitement répondu à mes attentes ainsi qu'à celles de mes étudiants: la vie d'Armstrong est parcourue sous tous ses angles: événements personnels, diverses facettes d'Armstrong,et événements musicaux sont explorés sur un arrière-plan historique, avec 'interviews et témoignages de compagnons musiciens et d'Armstrong lui-même, le tout ,bien sûr, auréolé de musique! Ce DVD s'adresse aux anglophones et non anglophones ,les commentaires biographiques étant en Français et les interviews en Anglais ou Américain étant sous-titrés en Français. .Seule manquerait peut-être une vision comparative de la musique D'Armstrong avec celle de quelques contemporains, tels que Miles Davis ou Duke Ellington; Reste que je recommande ce DVD avec enthousiasme à tous ceux qui s'intéressent au jazz ou qui veulent le découvrir: Armstrong et sa musique sont un antidépressif garanti! éblouissant!
Blonde On Blonde
Blonde On Blonde
Here comes Dylan, announced by a carnivalesque, thumping drum and tambourine intro, with a flash of brass and a few dashes of harmonica - `I`m in the building` - then he starts to sing about the many ways "they`ll stone you" in a surprisingly straight, unruffled manner, until he sees something out of the corner of his eye in the studio which causes him to crack up - this happens twice and they wisely keep it in. It`s the last time he laughs on this record, but it isn`t the last of the wit, joie de vivre or levity.
A steady yet raunchy blues comes next - Bob has always been a fine blues singer - called Pledging My Time (the B-side to his hit Rainy Day Women) and he plays some terrific harmonica on it. He sings with a mellow lyricism, as he does on all the tracks on this surprisingly gentle, almost `after hours` record.
A classic so soon? Yep, it`s time for Visions Of Johanna. This isn`t simply a beautiful song, but a unique vision of what a song can be. Dylan was only 24 when he made Blonde on Blonde but he was already singing with the serene wisdom of a man at least twice his age. The main characters in this song are the narrator and a woman named Louise, but he keeps having visions of a mysterious lady called Johanna. There`s the brilliance of the song, and the sly genius of Dylan. The organ simmers in the background, and we get lines like:

Lights flickler from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there`s nothing, really nothing to turn off

and:

The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face

When otherwise sensible people like playwright David Hare complain when Dylan is spoken of in the same breath as, say, Keats, I want to show them lines like that. But you really need to hear him singing them - he`s a songwriter, like Cohen or Van Morrison; it`s what they do best.
One Of Us Must Know was a single, a similar sounding follow-up to Positively 4th St and a marvellous, oft overlooked song in its own right. It`s an excitable number, with a nifty organ riff, building to a cathartic chorus - "Sooner or later, one of us must know...!" Some great piano too.
I Want You is pure unadulterated joy. (There`s a nice slowed-down version on the patchy Live at Budokan too.) Jaunty, catchy, light and lovable. Someone who wasn`t too keen on Dylan - alas, they do exist - might well like it. It`s a pop song! With a lovely harmonica-led fade-out.
Stuck Inside Of Mobile is a seven-minute rollercoaster with Bob singing superbly throughout. Listen to the way he hurls the refrain, "Oh! Mama! Can this really be the end? To be stuck inside of Mobile..." A good rocker.
Leopard-Skin Pill-box Hat is a rollicking blues of sorts, with some edgy spidery guitar courtesy of (I`m pretty sure) Jaime (Robbie) Robertson.
Next comes another bona fide classic, the contemplative, keening Just Like A Woman.
Gone - I hope - are the days when one might feel the need to defend a lyric such as this, as Dylan is not stereotyping a woman, but rather singing a song about one, in all her mercurial moods. I think it`s beautiful. Joe Cocker has done a very effective version - old Sheffield Joe is pretty good at Dylan - as did, somewhat differently, Nina Simone. Hear it if you can! A wonderful song with a shuffling tempo, not as slow as I remembered it, with some eloquent drumming.
Most Likely You Go Your Way...is a tumbling, frenetic rock number that always sounded good, has never palled. Possessed of a memorable riff, it`s an unforgettable Dylan`s-gone-electric stomper.
Temporary Like Achilles (what titles!) is slow and insinuating, with a piano to the fore. There`s a great line hidden here too:

I`m helpless like a rich man`s child

I love Absolutely Sweet Marie, a fairly fast song with a killer descending riff just before the brief refrain. Bob reminds us, in one of his typically paradoxical lines:

To live outside the law you must be honest

Too true.
Oh, here`s 4th Time Around...this track is sheer heaven. An echo of the Beatles` Norwegian Wood (it doesn`t matter who got there first, one is a tribute, no more & no less) it`s in fact a meditative, charming, beguiling verbal joust concerning a relationship. At one point we learn that "She threw me outside, I stood in the dirt, where everyone walked". Dylan`s phrasing on this, as on most everything he ever sang, and certainly on all these songs, is immaculate, witty and unforced.
I`ll never forget the physical and emotional pleasure I got hearing this song for the first time about 45 years ago.
Obviously 5 Believers (a lot of numbers on this album!) is bold and bluesy, one of the simplest songs here, but still a fine one.
Lastly we reach the tour-de-force of BOB - and of Bob too.
I won`t say too much about Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands, except to say that if you have yet to hear this 11-minute love song to (we must assume) his then-wife Sara, sit back and listen to one of the many reasons why those of us who love this man love this man. He takes it quite slow, and sings with a mellow wistfulness that may well leave you with tears in your eyes.
BOB is a watershed in Dylan`s life and career. He`d recently given us two increasingly electric albums, and this one might seem to be even more so. But the more you hear it, the more it in fact sounds like a man taking stock, as well as finding a true voice. It has one of the most sympathetic productions of any early Dylan record (even Bob seems to agree) and was of course originally a double LP with fold-out sleeve - and I`m told it made the tea and woke you up in the morning too.
Remastered, it sounds even better.
A very great, virtually flawless, if at times endearingly shambolic, magnificent and timelessly tremendous masterpiece.
Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life
Bob Dylan: A Spiritual Life
Did you write The Book of Love
And do you have faith in God above?
Do you believe in rock and roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance, real slow?

This book purportedly sets out to tell us where Bob Dylan is spiritually. Pages and pages of words, more than a hundred footnotes, all with the aim of discovering whether Dylan is (still) a Christian or not. Isn’t it ironic then, that the first sentence in the preface to the book is this one: “Bob Dylan will not be labelled.”

Maybe “ironic” is not the right word. Maybe a better word is “paradoxical.” We Christians know that one quite well. Something seemingly contradictory, but finally not so; demanding closer scrutiny and holding within its apparent mystery some deeper truth that we might never have gotten to any other way. For example, we are “in the world, but not of the world,” and we say of Christ that He is “fully man and fully God.”

But whether you call the first sentence in this book ironic or paradoxical, anyone who knows anything about Dylan would have to say this about it: it is a huge understatement. Dylan has spent his six decades in the public eye doing everything possible to stay out of every category that the world has tried to put him in. The first and perhaps most famous of these escapes was in the mid-sixties when he traded in his Martin acoustic guitar for a Fender Stratocaster, turned it up to eleven, and blasted electric blues at the Monterey Pop Festival. His purist-folkie fans could not believe it – that their idol had broken trust with them, broken all the rules and sided with those impure and juvenile rock and rollers. How could this be? He would never survive this, so they said.

From then on it was one unpredictable turn after another. Within one or two records after Monterey he was full-on country, paling around with Johnny Cash and using steel guitar in his new songs.
But the greatest shift of all, by almost anyone’s measure, was in the late 1970s, when Dylan confessed to a profound experience with Jesus Christ and professed his own, personal faith in Him as savior and Lord; as, indeed, the Son of God, the Messiah.
What a shock. This iconoclast, this spokesman for the counterculture, had embraced Christ. Many, perhaps most, of his fans saw this as treason. Bob, they believed, stood for, well, everything they wanted him to stand for: free love, the tearing down of the “establishment,” the breaking free from all things religious. And weren’t those people he had aligned himself with just the same people who had eschewed if not his music then at least everything we believed his music implied or stood for. How could this be? He would never survive this, so they said.

In fact it became a minor and diverse industry to somehow divorce “our” Bob Dylan from his profession of faith in Christ and from the catalogue of songs he wrote, recorded and sang for the next few years.

These new songs were not warm and fuzzy. They were not of the ‘let me suggest that you try to be good’ variety. No, these new songs were preaching. They were a presentation of the gospel and personally confrontational. Dylan telling his audiences of the rich and famous and privileged and those who had bought in to the modern idea that all things were relative and that there was no such thing as absolute truth and that the self was the final arbiter, that these very ideas, precious to them, were “earthly principles they’re gonna have to abandon.” His rhetoric was straight out of a tent meeting. He told his listeners that they were not self-sufficient and that they could not hide in any identity or any circumstance:
You may be an ambassador to England or France
You might like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite, with a long string of pearls
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody

And it wasn’t only the songs. They were straightforward enough, but for a couple of years there, Dylan actually preached the Gospel to his concert crowds between numbers. He refused to play the old hits that so many of the ticket-buyers had come to hear and actually went on long raps about Jesus the Messiah and His coming again.

This raised the hackles not only of his hip fans, it did not sit well with his family. Bob Dylan, Robert Zimmerman to them, was born and raised a Jew and all this talk about Jesus was, to put it mildly, strange to them. One of Dylan’s aunts, Ethel Crystal, told an interviewer that she thought the “whole gospel thing” was “done for publicity.”

Hoo-boy. For “publicity?” He turns against everything his fans thought and hoped that he stood for, angers and disappoints concert-goers, has his concert promoters and record producers ready to drop him and this is for publicity?
I can believe a lot of things about Bob Dylan, not all of them flattering, but I can’t believe that.

And it is here that we get to one of the interesting and well-developed themes in the book: the tension between Dylan’s Christian confession and his Jewish heritage.

First, a bit of disclosure here. I am a Christian. I was thrilled with Dylan’s profession of Christ, bought all three of the “gospel” records, and attended a concert in Charleston WV in February of 1980. Dylan’s conversion could not have been better timed for me. I had always been a Dylan fan and in 1980 I was twenty-eight years old and finding out a bit about the real world and learning that the faith I had been raised in was really a matter of life and death. I loved these songs then and I still love them now. In fact, while I was reading this book I went back and watched videos of his performances during these years. I was ever more impressed by what Dylan did. When he tells the Grammy Awards crowd –every rich, self-satisfied, and famous one of them – that they’ve gotta serve somebody, well, that does something for me.
A bit more about me. My life in the church has never included anything even approaching prejudice against or hatred of Jews. In fact, I have a hard time understanding Anti-Semitism, given my personal experience with those who claim lineage from Abraham. I have found them to be the most responsible of citizens, family conscious, hard-working and caring people. And when I was taught the Bible I was instructed that almost all of it – save the Books of Luke and Acts – was written by Jews. Jesus is a Jew – a direct descendent of King David - and his Bible was the Old Testament – the Torah and the Psalms and the Prophets. I feel almost ridiculous having to say this – it all seems so obvious to me. But in the book – in this book, I mean, not The Book – the strange divide between Christians and Jews is highlighted.
Scott Marshall quotes Ruth Rosen, the daughter of Moishe Rosen, the founder of Jews for Jesus, on this issue:

For the majority of Jews, the New Testament is a closed and unfamiliar book because it is identified with the age-long persecution of the Jewish people in the name of Christianity. Because most Jews believe that the New Testament promotes anti-Semitism, they think there could be nothing in it which would sustain Jewish life and values. Thus, the common Jewish assessment of the New Testament is formed by a preconditioned impression. In many ways, Jewish experience seems to support this assessment. However, the majority of Jewish people do not feel inclined to verify the assessment by an investigation of the New Testament itself . . .

I have seen it both ways. In conversations with two Jewish friends, both of them Ivy-League educated and both deeply schooled in the traditions of their elders, I found one who had read and understood the New Testament and who, to my complete shock, said this: “Oh, I believe that Jesus is the Messiah, all right. It’s just all that Catholic voodoo I can’t get around.”
The other was surprised when in the course of a conversation I mentioned that a great deal of the New Testament consists of letters that were dashed off by one Apostle or another to churches or fellow-workers in the faith during the first century. That the New Testament was so constituted seemed a surprise.

What’s the point of all of this? Well, when one considers the question of Bob Dylan’s faith, one must come to the matter with the knowledge that this issue is, to say the very least, a hot button in Jewish circles. Scott Marshall comments that a change from the faith to atheism would be more tolerated and accepted in Jewish communities that a conversion to Christianity. There is, accordingly, a lot of bias and interest involved on both sides of the question. Christians, like me, who want to believe that Dylan’s confession was sincere and permanent and others who want to see the matter as a “phase” that their own favorite son soon “got over.”

So, we have a three-way tug-of-war going on here, with the Christian Dylan fans, like me, pulling one way – i.e. Dylan’s experience with Jesus Christ was a real, actual event (Dylan himself described it as “knee buckling”) and his gospel songs were not motivated by a desire for publicity but are authentic expressions of a converted soul, of a man who has met the Lord and, despite his open sympathy for the Hebrew community, of which he and his children are inseparably a part, and in spite of Dylan’s more recent writing that is less directly concerned with the Gospel and in spite of any crazy, excessive behavior Dylan may have engaged in since that time, he has never disavowed his confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ and never disavowed a word of the songs he wrote as a result of that experience;

Secular fans pulling another way – that Dylan’s “gospel period” was just an emotional phase, not untypical for artistic types, but it has no spiritual or lasting reality and though Dylan himself has not directly and expressly disavowed his experience with Christ, such a disavowal can be fairly inferred from Dylan’s downplay of his gospel songs in recent concerts, his open participation in Jewish rituals and his rock-star behavior.

(Let me be clear about that last thing. Marshall’s book hints that there are rumors of Dylan doing the kind of drinking and womanizing lately that we’ve come to expect of musicians while on the road. The book does not detail or suggest any support for such rumors and I am not here implying that there is any truth to it. All I am saying is that if such rumors are out there, it is a cinch that this tug-of-war team will use them to establish their case.)

The third team in this battle is, of course, Dylan’s Jewish buddies and fans. The book tells that Elie Wiesel viewed Dylan’s conversion as “a tragedy” and that Paul Shaffer, the long-time music director for the David Letterman Show, admitted that he was brokenhearted by the news of Dylan’s confession. This group sees Dylan as one of their own; one of their very best. Dylan’s embrace of Christ is at best a kind of family embarrassment to them and at worst a real collaboration, by a former hero, with a deadly enemy. This group will repeat almost all of the arguments made by the secularists as described above and add great emphasis to the evidence of Dylan’s attendance at bar mitzvahs and other Jewish celebrations and his involvement with the Lubavitchers, an Orthodox Jewish group.

It is the goal of Marshall’s book to sort it all out.

By now you are aware of this writer’s bias and interest in the matter. Nonetheless, let me try to give you some outline of the story.
First, the case for Dylan’s rabid interest in the Bible is unassailable. Whether you buy the Christian conversion business or not, it is simply undeniable that a kind of Biblical, monotheistic and moral worldview has been a fundamental part of Dylan’s philosophy and writing from the very start of his career. The book does a good job of making this case.

So Bob Dylan studied with the Lubavitchers, attended his son’s bar mitzvah, visited the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and has been seen on occasion in one synagogue or another on one Jewish Holy Day or another. Does all or any of that undercut the notion that Dylan believes the New Testament? Believes that Jesus is the Christ?

At first glance, we might be tempted to say that it does. The New Testament tells that adherence to the Jewish ritual law is no longer necessary. Salvation does not lie in the keeping of the law, but in the finished work of Jesus Christ. We don’t merit salvation. No man is justified by the keeping of the ritual law. Someone will argue that Dylan’s actions here all point to an opposite conviction and a return to Jewish practice and to the Jewish faith. He is participating in those very rituals that the New Testament rejects. How can he be Christian?
Well, let’s try to think of some other examples that we might compare Mr. Dylan’s conduct to. Who are some other Jews who met Jesus, and how did they handle their allegiances – familial and communal – when it came to the old rituals and practices?

Oh, here’s one! Saint Peter! What a convenient example! He, like all the rest of the Apostles, was a Jew and we can be as sure of his belief in Christ as we are of anything. The New Testament, which chronicles Peter’s discipleship at the feet of Jesus Christ is, far and away the most reliable historical source out of the ancient world. If we would doubt the accuracy of the New Testament, we’d have to ignore every other source of ancient history. The evidence supporting the accounts in the Biblical Gospels is overwhelmingly stronger than that supporting any other ancient source. In other words, the evidence for Peter’s discipleship ( and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, for that matter) is far, far stronger than the evidence that there ever was a Battle of Thermopylae.

So, yes, Peter was a Jew who met Jesus and became His disciple. He witnessed the resurrected Christ and ate fish with Him on a beach in Palestine. He believed. He, accordingly, was free from the requirements of the ritual law. His faith in Christ was so strong that he suffered martyrdom. Tradition – not the New Testament – tells us that he chose to be crucified upside down because he did not deserve the same death as his master Jesus Christ.

But the Bible tells us clearly that there was a time when old Peter himself continued to observe the old Jewish ritual laws. Here is how the Apostle Paul tells the story:

Galatians 2: 11 -13 (The Message)
Later, when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line. Here’s the situation. Earlier, before certain persons had come from James, Peter regularly ate with the non-Jews. But when that conservative group came from Jerusalem, he cautiously pulled back and put as much distance as he could manage between himself and his non-Jewish friends. That’s how fearful he was of the conservative Jewish clique that’s been pushing the old system of circumcision. Unfortunately, the rest of the Jews in the Antioch church joined in that hypocrisy so that even Barnabas was swept along in the charade.

How about that? Why was it that Peter reverted to observance of Jewish ritual? To hear Paul tell it it was because of the pressure put on Peter by other Jews. We must accept this at face value if we credit the scriptures as authoritative, but what might Peter have said about this business?

Would he have said that he lost his mind and forgot the saving work of Christ and decided it was the best thing for him to go back to the same systems of rituals he kept before meeting Jesus? Did his pulling back here mean that he was not a Christian? Or might Peter have said something more along the lines of this “I’ve known these guys for a long time. I don’t see the rituals as a means of salvation, but the old rituals are cultural and communal ties among us old friends. I did what I did to avoid offending them.”
Again, I am not arguing against Paul’s stance here or his final analysis of the situation. I’m just saying that there are such things as communal and cultural ties and there is some value in keeping the peace with one’s neighbors to the extent that you can. Again, I’m not saying that Peter was right to do what he did. I’m just saying that, you know, this kind of thing is understandable. And maybe more understandable for Dylan than for Saint Peter.

Dylan’s son is Hebrew by birth. A bar mitzvah is a part of the culture that surrounds him. In fact, part of the culture that Dylan himself embraced or at least participated in until his conversion. How could Dylan refuse to take part in or at least acknowledge the significance of this ritual? Would Jesus have demanded that?

And let’s look at Paul himself. In the Book of Acts we see him “purifying himself” before entering the Temple in Jerusalem: “. . . and he went into the temple to give notice of the time when the days of purification would be completed – the time, that is to say, when the sacrifice could be offered for each one of [the men].” Acts 21: 25-26

I don’t for a minute pretend to know all that was going on here in this passage, but it seems a very safe bet to me that Paul submitted himself to Jewish rituals – you know, “the Law” that he jumped all over Peter for observing - for the very purpose of keeping the peace among believing Jews. The distinction, I guess, is that Paul did what he did among Jews and out of the hearing of the Gentiles. But the point for now is that observance of Jewish ritual by Jews is not an indication of unbelief! It is not inconsistent with faith in Christ.
Dylan’s observances, it seems to me, are more like those of Paul than those of Peter’s. That is, they are done within the Jewish community and culture alone, outside the hearing, as it were, of the Gentiles. Bob could be keeping the peace; assuring his blood tribe that he hasn’t forgotten himself or the heritage of his people. He has not removed himself from their culture and community.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand

Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a’Changing”

The book is very right to address the question “Is Bob Dylan a Christian or a Jew?” since that is how so many people see the issue. But, as the book explains, it is the wrong question or at least not the real or final question. Of course, Bob Dylan is a Jew. He is a Jew in the same way that Lebron James is African-American. By birth and also by what we in Appalachia call “his raisin.’” So was the Apostle Paul. So were all of the twelve Apostles, and so was Jesus. So what?

When confronted with what the questioner apparently saw as a contradiction between his mid-60s visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and his later gospel songs, Dylan answered rightly, and in accordance with the scriptures. His answer was, more or less: I don’t see any contradiction. To me it’s all one thing.

Dylan continues to acknowledge his heritage and to love and be a part of his community – a community that has suffered unimaginable horrors throughout history and particularly in this modern age. He is right to do that. He’d be wrong not to.
The real question is whether Dylan stands by his confession of Jesus; his conviction that Jesus of Nazareth is who He claimed to be – the long-promised Messiah of Israel, to whom all of the Old Testament law and all of the Old Testament prophets pointed.

Scott Marshall’s book, as it considers this question, inevitably tells us much about Dylan’s character and personality. One of the most telling sentences for me was this one, a quote from John Dolen, who interviewed Dylan in 1995:

Dylan is not an intellectual. He is wise, but he is more folksy than cerebral . . . I was struck by this and realized I had put my own trappings on what he is, just as others have throughout the years.

Dylan is not C. S. Lewis. He is not a systematic theologian. He is a poet and a musician and his life is one of emotion, synthesis and experience. Indeed, as he describes his encounter with Jesus, it is a tactile, almost physical experience. We should not expect Bob Dylan to write apologetic tracts. We should not expect that when he is interviewed about his faith he should respond with a recitation of the Westminster Larger Catechism. That’s not who Dylan is. It’s not how he experiences the world; it’s not how he articulates. Indeed, if we got an answer like that from him, we’d be sure he was faking it.

Scott Marshall makes the case that with Dylan the ultimate expression of his soul is in his songs. For him, songwriting was not a nine-to-five job; a way to make a living. He did not set out to find and exploit a market. He set out to tell the truth; to bare his soul. Even if that took him away from the market.

Indeed, this book makes the case that Dylan finds his own philosophy, a statement of his own faith, in the songs of others. He points to songs Dylan covered in the years following the “gospel” tours. The songs are old, traditional, American, country gospel: Ralph Stanley’s “I Am The Man, Thomas,” and the gospel standard “Stand By Me.”

If we are to believe that Dylan’s true convictions are articulated in his songs and if we believe that he has never, ever retracted or disavowed any of his expressly Christian songs from the 1979-81 period, then what can be said about the change in Dylan’s setlists? That is, if he is still convinced of the deity of Christ, and still convinced of the reality of his experience with Jesus, why isn’t he singing about that anymore?
Marshall offers several ideas on the point. There are good arguments that several of Dylan’s songs written long after the “gospel period” carry references to his Christian experience and confession. In “Thunder On The Mountain,” released in 2006, Dylan sings this verse:

Everybody's going and I want to go too
Don't wanna take a chance with somebody new
I did all I could and I did it right there and then
I've already confessed – no need to confess again
Dylan is a man who says it once and moves on. Doesn’t mean he forgot what he said or that he no longer means that. He just goes on to the next chapter.

Because this book deals with such a controversial matter; because so much seems at stake for several diverse crowds; and because the book comes to at least a soft conclusion about Dylan’s continuing faith in Christ; it will be a lightning rod for criticism. This world is full of experts about Mr. Dylan and full of folks who will challenge every statement of fact, every conclusion and every inference that Marshall makes here. The train of criticism is sure to come and it may not be a slow train.

But the book is a wonderful piece of work. I could hardly put it down. The research is exhaustive and the conclusions are never overstated. It deals with an amazing subject this Nobel-Prize and Medal-of-Freedom winning American poet. Want to know why everyone is out to claim him for their own? Listen to what Marshall quotes from Andrew Motion, poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, in 1999:

"The concentration and surprise of his lyrics, the beauty of his melodies and the rasp of his anger; the dramatic sympathy between the words and the music; the range of devotions; the power of self-renewal; his wit; his surrealism; the truth to his experience."

Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. And amen.

Bottom line? Here is the conviction the book leaves me with: Dylan’s conversion was no stunt. It was not a result of confusion or delusion. He met the living Christ and the songs thereby inspired are gold, not fool’s gold. They are every bit as authentic as any of the rest of Dylan’s work and they continue to stand. They may be cherished.
Dylan Country
Dylan Country
ディランのカバーの企画ものは、いったい何枚出ているのかわからないくらいあるが、今回はカントリー・ミュージシャンによるカバー集。60-90年代の、バーズやジョニー・キャッシュなどのかなり有名な録音から、若干マイナー(といってもカントリーの世界ではメジャーな人ほとんどだが)なトラックまで、特にレアな音源があるわけではない。昨年出たゴスペル・カバーのようにディランが特別参加しているわけでもないのはちょっと残念。
選曲としては、やはりバイク事故以降、John Wesley HardingからPlanet Wavesの時期の曲が多くなっている。ディランは、カントリー・ロックと当時呼ばれたようなアプローチの音楽を生み出した一人でもあるわけだから、当然の結果である。個人的にはNew Morningから2曲、それもSign on the Windowのような隠れた佳作のカバーが入っているのがなんともうれしい。
個人的に聞き惚れたのは、たとえばピータ・オストロスコ&ノーマン・ブレイクの静謐なRestless Farewell、隠れた女王と言うべきナンシー・グリフィスの切なさに満ちたBoots of Spanish Leatherあたりだろうか。
女性が歌う場合、ディランの男歌を女歌に歌い変えるのだが、それがまったく不自然でないのがいいなあ、と思った。そういうところもディランの曲のよさなのかもしれない。それに、それぞれのミュージシャンの解釈で聴いていると、オリジナルを聴きたくなってきて、また新しい発見をすることになるのも、こうしたコンピを聴くことの効果かもしれない。
というわけで、コアなファンならばらばらに買い集めているかもしれない既出音源が多いが、1枚のアルバムとしてバラエティに富んでしかもきっちりまとまっているので、気軽にディランを楽しみたい人にもおすすめだ。
Why Bob Dylan Matters, Revised Edition
Why Bob Dylan Matters, Revised Edition
Obviously, in the annals of popular music, the work of Bob Dylan matters. To make sense of the title and related objective of this book (which might otherwise seem presumptuous and demeaning) one has to know a little about some recent history of the politics of the Nobel Prize for Literature. (No, not the internal scandal that delayed the issuance of the 2018 Prize to 2019.) In 2016, an American hadn’t won since 1993 (Toni Morrison,) and given the relative volume of publications from America this was coming to be seen as a major “screw you” to the nation’s literary community. The Nobel committee claimed it was because American authors didn’t get their works translated and were too insular with respect to the global literary community. Still, the disparity was on the minds of many. Then, Bob Dylan was issued the Prize. While some who were offended by this disparity were placated, many thought it was an even bigger “screw you” than if the Committee again hadn’t issued it to an American – like it was a “you asked for it, you got it; now shut up for at least the next 15 years!” kind of award. I doubt anyone would deny that, as a pop music lyricist, Bob Dylan is brilliant – if not the best -- but for many that still just made him a middlin’ poet. (Dylan wrote one piece of prose poetry, “Tarantula” as well as “memoirs” [that were apparently largely an act of creative writing,] but only his lyrics could feasibly merit issue of the award.)

It was with that mess in mind that Thomas delivers this book. It seems to be his objective to not just prove that Dylan matters -- generally speaking -- but that Dylan’s work matters as literature – presumably, such that he’s at least as deserving of the Nobel Prize as any living American poet, story-writer, or novelist. The thrust of Thomas’s approach is in showing that Dylan’s work is dialed into the global literary canon. As a classicist, Thomas puts particular emphasis on Dylan’s "stealing" from, and referencing of, Greek and Roman figures like Homer and Ovid. ("Stealing" is used in the sense artists, not lawyers, use the term.) However, he does also show how Dylan uses and references other poets from Shakespeare to an obscure Confederate poet.

So, the logical question is whether Thomas answers his book’s titular question with enough authority to convince the reader that Dylan does matter. Thomas certainly convinces us why Dylan matters enough to have classes taught about him, like the one Thomas teaches a Harvard. However, I can’t say that I was convinced that Dylan is on-par with… for instance, Cormac McCarthy or Salman Rushdie (who resides in the US, as I understand it) as a major literary figure. While Thomas does show that Dylan’s work is literature because Dylan’s work is wrapped up in literature, the only real argument he offers for whether Dylan is at the highest echelon of literature is his intense fan-boy devotion. We see a lot of comments like: “He had all that he needed to write ‘Masters of War,’ the greatest anti-war song ever written.” Not “one of the best,” not “the best, in my opinion,” not “the best rock-n-roll anti-war song,” but a gratuitous presumption that nothing else could be considered in the running enough for there to be a debate. Thomas’s enthusiasm that Dylan is among the biggest artistic geniuses of our time – if not all time – is certainly potent, but not necessarily compelling.

The book is annotated, has a bibliography and a graphic discography.

I enjoyed this book. I learned a lot about the works of Bob Dylan and I found the author’s fervor for Dylan’s songs contagious -- if not altogether convincing that it merits Dylan’s inclusion with Hemingway and Faulkner as an American literary icon. [Though I would not in the least challenge his inclusion as an icon of folk, rock, or pop music.] If you’re interested in Dylan, or this question of whether he’s the best American for the job of Literary Nobel Laureate, this book is worth a read.
SOBE Elixir, Pina Colada, 20 Fl Oz (Pack of 12)
SOBE Elixir, Pina Colada, 20 Fl Oz (Pack of 12)
Exactly as expected but this flavor is very hard to find nowadays so the value for the money is a little off. We moved and it is not available in our area except Panda Express had it and they just discontinued it and switched to a different brand. So we are no longer able to get it anywhere. Really wanted to surprise my kid with it for a birthday present so I paid this high price but feels priceless when they opened their gift and realized they finally got one again and got this whole case. Would consider purchasing continuously if the price was a little cheaper.
Fine Tuned
Fine Tuned
Simply awful.

Like almost every car show. It just horrible product placement narrated by people that has no idea what modifying car really is. No useful content, just use of expensive camera equipment to create special shots. NO ENJOYABLE AND/OR INFORMATIVE CONTENT
High Protein Macaroni Cheese (2 Servings)
High Protein Macaroni Cheese (2 Servings)
I can't tell the difference between this and craft, but it's a bit healthier. Once a week I do an extended strongman workout and a box of this stuff is a nice treat afterwards. I add extra butter.
Thoreau's Cape Cod
Thoreau's Cape Cod
This complete edition of Thoreau's Cape Cod is a positive change from the text-only version I'd owned in the past, due to the beautiful photographs. While Thoreau's writing is always engaging, and Cape Cod is arguably the lightest of his works, Tobyne's images provide a welcome visual break while reading. The photos punctuate and reinforce the writing, and are evocative of the text. Furthermore, the images are not what you usually see in what is arguably a regional travelogue, getting away from the typical lighthouse and well-known beach pictures and giving the reader/viewer a new perspective on Cape Cod. Even subjects that might otherwise seem "familiar" are captured in a unique and new way by the photographer.
The Spiritual Works of Leo Tolstoy: A Confession, The Kingdom of God is Within You, What I Believe, Christianity and Patriotism, Reason and Religion, The ... Kind Youth and Correspondences with Gandhi)
The Spiritual Works of Leo Tolstoy: A Confession, The Kingdom of God is Within You, What I Believe, Christianity and Patriotism, Reason and Religion, The ... Kind Youth and Correspondences with Gandhi)
This book is an excellent way to understand the basic teachings of Tolstoy concerning Christianity. I will definitely give it a five-star rating in this regard.

Tolstoy determined that there exist two basic understandings of Christ: The Christ of faith, the Son of God who came to the earth to save and enlighten the human race, and Jesus as the man, one with “the highest and most divine wisdom, who lived 1800 years ago and whose teachings gripped humanity, transformed it and still are transforming it.”

The first understanding, sometimes also known as the Atonement view, Tolstoy described as follows:

“Christ-as-God came down to earth, once in the whole history of life on earth, in order to reveal salvation to mankind. He came out of love for men. He lived and taught, and he died, loving people. We are all humans. We suffer, searching for a means of salvation-- which we do not find. Why then did Christ come into the world?”

The sense of the second, Christ as a man, the humanist view, he describes as follows:

“The sense of life, as shown by the Christian religion, consists in living so as to do the will of Him who sent us into life, from whom we are come, and to whom we shall return. The evil of our life consists in acting against this will, and the good in fulfilling it. And the rule given to us for the fulfilment of this will is so very plain and simple that it is impossible not to understand, or to misunderstand it. If you cannot do unto others what you would that they should do to you, at least do not unto them what you would not that they should do unto you.”

Finally, we must see how . . . “Christ's teachings are as simple, clear, and doubtless as the fact that all right angles are equal to each other. In order to understand them, we must above all tell ourselves that what we are studying is the highest law, the law of God-- the law by which everything else that we know is measured, and not think the opposite, not search in God's law for that which gives support to human laws, which we believe in advance are sacrosanct.”

The call of Christ is both clear, and in reality, unattainable. "He who will not renounce everything cannot be my disciple." In other words, for Tolstoy the bottom line is a practical one, a human attainment, a form of what is known in some circles as “works righteousness.” This would reflect his understanding from the context of the Russian Orthodox tradition.

However, Tolstoy writes, “But Christians such as these have never been, are not, and will never be. The Kingdom of God always comes about through effort; it cannot be otherwise. It is impossible to serve both God and Mammon, to be a little bit Christian, to believe in Christianity for self-satisfaction or for the sake of form or for comfort in hard times. Christianity is the teaching of the true life”, as Christ said: "He who believes in me is reborn, he who does not believe does not know life."

Simply put, to believe in Christ is to bring about a radical change in the life of the believer. For Tolstoy, if a person is to know such faith, one must simply put aside all erroneous interpretations, that is, make an intellectual transition. According to New Testament theology, especially as expressed by Paul the Apostle in his letters such as Romans, Philippians, Colossians, etc. much more is required, specifically the experience of salvation by faith, as in Romans 5:1, “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Nora Roberts Stars of Mithra Series: Hidden Star, Captive Star and Secret Star
Nora Roberts Stars of Mithra Series: Hidden Star, Captive Star and Secret Star
Nora has done it again! And by that I mean, tricked me into buying a book that I thought (and it says in the description) had a publication date of 2013. And maybe that's just the box-set publication, but when I open the individual books they show an original publication date of 1997. Aha, I thought so. Nobody has a cell phone and if they need to look something up on the internet they have to "boot up" the computer. I'm a long-time reader of Nora and I do really love her style; nobody can create a character like her. But some of these earlier books definitely have a dated feel and sometimes the interaction between the m/f protagonists is old-fashioned. Like the woman can be spunky and independent, but ultimately has to give in to the man, and sometimes the sex is physically rough and though Nora is careful to write that the woman wants it and the guy is always sorry after, it inexplicably brings them to a better, more meaningful place in the relationship. I don't know what I'm trying to say here, I'm not a hyper-feminist, but I guess my general awakening to subliminal messages in books and media regarding gender roles has sensitized me and I'm slightly uncomfortable during these chapters but I don't know why... Hrrmmm. Anyway, quick, fun read, I do very much like the story, tho it is fairly predictable. If you are familiar with Nora's trilogies and like them, you won't be disappointed.
Aleph (Portuguese Edition)
Aleph (Portuguese Edition)
Amo esse livro! Já havia lido no lançamento e comprei essa nova edição para dar de presente. Livro maravilhoso, com uma grande história de superação e amor.
Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren: Volume 1
Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren: Volume 1
Through just one story in this book the first century philosopher Epictetus was able to school me on meeting people. It's got a story by Kahlil Gibran that I had never read before. In fact, it's got about a hundred stories of my favorite kind (you could almost call them parables).
The Rider of Lost Creek
The Rider of Lost Creek
Kilkenny is a loner, but he is not a man who forgets favors. So when Mort Davis, a man who saved his life years ago, asks for Kilkenny's help, he rides off to help him try to avert an impending range war. I have not read a lot of L'Amour, so when I saw "The Rider of Lost Creek" as a Kindle special, I got it - and I am glad I did. I grew up on television's westerns of the 50's, so I do enjoy that occasional western novel.

"The Rider of Lost Creek" depicts an impending range war with the growth of the use of barbed wire on the open range. L'Amour reveals how in the old days, people started fencing off pieces of ground for their livestock. At first no one likes the idea, but eventually more and more people did make use of the wire. This book is really more than that; it is about a mysterious evil force that seems to be playing one side against the other, and Kilkenny's friend is caught in the middle.

Louis L'Amour is without a doubt a gifted story teller of the old west. I enjoy his characterization, and his plots are well crafted. His ability to create local color, his knowledge of the subject matter, his attention to detail, but mostly his ability to spin a good yarn is masterful. If you enjoy a good western or would simply like to try the genre, I would recommend his Kilkenny stories. I know I plan to read another - and soon.
The Seventh Secret
The Seventh Secret
In have to say I was dubious. The reviews and the low quality of the cover art made me think it might be a self published low grade piece. However I was pleasantly surprised. A certain amount of suspension of belief is required and one must remember that this is very light entertainment but the central premise is actually interesting. I initially reacted with disbelief but that was my issue not the premise. Once I thought about it I realised that in many ways it was more credible than that this bunch of fanatics watched the end getting closer every day for several years without making any attempt to plan for the unavoidable end that was hurtling through history towards them. The solution hypothesized is audacious and actually really quite clever and to me credible. But here we come to my relevant issues. The ending seemed very rushed like once the author had concluded the conspiracy there was no more inspiration and he quickly finished. There was so much room for more. Even a sequel could have come and I certainly would have read it. As I have stated upon reflection the basic premise is remarkably viable but the background to what they planned after was weak in the extreme. I found myself questioning not the elaborate escape but the loose and undeveloped plans they had been following since the end of WWII. In short this was good fun but could have been truly brilliant and that is a shame. If I was the author I would do a rewrite and perhaps follow Eva and Klara to South America. Maybe they do not even leave Europe. Perhaps the network the Nazis in Germany and other parts of a Europe dominated by Americans or even including rabid anti communist Americans could be fleshed out. This novel had scope for so much more. I doubt very much Irving Wallace will ever read this but if he does...... realise this stories potential.
Das Da Vinci Geheimnis. Wahrheit und Mythos in Dan Browns Sakrileg
Das Da Vinci Geheimnis. Wahrheit und Mythos in Dan Browns Sakrileg
Unzählige Werke und Autoren haben in den letzten Jahren Deutungsversuche des Da Vinci Code unternommen, der mittlerweile als Legende in die Verlagsgeschichte eingegangen sein dürfte. Darunter fanden sich hauptsächlich Taschenbuchbestseller die entweder den Versuch unternahmen Dan Browns Fantasien mit angeblichen Fakten zu untermauern oder sich unter Berufung auf die gleichen Grundlagen gegen seine Theorien zu stellen, aus welchen Gründen auch immer. Dennoch es gab ein Buch, dass gegen diese Vorgänge rebellierte und als Hardcover zunächst zu teuer und dann immer noch zu sperrig für die meisten Leser gewesen ist.

Schade eigentlich dass Sangeet Duchanes "Das Da Vinci Geheimnis" so selten gelesen wurde, denn die Autorin vertritt vielleicht nicht unbedingt einen völlig distanzierten objektiven Standpunkt, jedoch einen durchaus kritischen, der bereits im Vorwort erkennbar ist. Allerdings dürfte die Autorin gerade bei den traditionellen Hardlinern als eine jener verhassten Feministinnen in Verruf gekommen sein, die eine Neuorientierung des Christentums verlangen, jedoch ohne dabei zur Radikalen zu werden. Es ist zum Teil das Buch an sich, welches dank zahlreicher Illustrationen und Fotos ein visuelles Verständnis schafft und als Hochglanzband einfach sehr schön gemacht ist. Ohne negative ideologische Ankänge, gelingt es Frau Duchane darzustellen, wie womöglich die Rolle der männlichen Würdenträger des Christentums hervorgehoben und in den Mittelpunkt gerückt wurde, während Frauen langsam abgedrängt und verdrängt wurden, um schließlich aus zahlreichen Schriften gestrichen zu werden. Dabei stimmt sie Dan Brown nicht zu, sondern stellt dessen kontroverse Aussagen richtig und das auf einer Basis, die dazu dienen könnte seriös über eine Wiedereinführung des Weiblichen in der christlichen Religion zu diskutieren.

Fazit:
Vielleicht gerade wegen der sehr ausgeglichenen Position und fundierter Kritik eines der besten Werke zum Da Vinci Code, wobei es mit zahlreichen Bildern und Fotos mit Abstand das am besten illustrierte Werk zum Thema ist.
Bleach, Vol. 26: The Mascaron Drive
Bleach, Vol. 26: The Mascaron Drive
Volume 26.

As always the characters are very original, as is the art style not typical of the large eyes & tiny noses anime/manga that is frequently produced. That in itself is not worth buying, what really pulls it all together is the interesting storyline that is woven together that keeps making you ask "what is going to happen next". Kudos to the translators for doing such a great job keeping the dialouge flowing naturally and consistently.

In comparison to the anime the manga is paced far better as it goes accordingly to the author Tite Kubo whereas with the anime only a certain amount of story can be fitted in to the 20 minutes that is allowed and so certain scenes feel drawn out. Also due to younger viewers watching certain scenes are also censored like when smeone gets cut in the anime they may just fall down, whereas in the manga they would spew blood from the wound.

I won't say anything about the story because I don't want to spoil anything, but everything in here is the same quality as the rest of the volumes.

The only problem I have with the manga is the how far behind it is with the Japanese manga which is currently on volume 38.
Lua nova (Crepúsculo Livro 2) (Portuguese Edition)
Lua nova (Crepúsculo Livro 2) (Portuguese Edition)
Sinceramente o livro Lua nova não é meu preferido, essa é uma continuação muito triste e depressiva; entretanto vale ressaltar que tem muita aventura!
Acho incrível como Stephanie sabe prender a atenção do leitor nos mínimos detalhes! Apesar de toda tristeza, o enredo é esplêndido!
The Tarzan Collection by Edgar Rice Burroughs (8 Books)
The Tarzan Collection by Edgar Rice Burroughs (8 Books)
Forget "me Tarzan -- you Jane", this is an intelligent man raised in the wild by apes, possessing the jungle skills of an ape along with the brain of a man. Only part of the first two books is set in Africa, as Tarzan makes his way to France and America. After he rescues a French aristocrat from cannibals, the Frenchman teaches Tarzan to speak French, as well as correct society manners. Tarzan returns with the man to France, where he blends in perfectly well with the highest of French society. He even fights a duel, then works as a French undercover agent in North Africa -- not exactly the crude ape-man of the movies! The remaining stories are set mostly in Africa.
The stories are well written and well plotted, and definitely suited for an adult reader. There is a clickable index and very few formatting errors. One proviso: "Tarzan the Terrible" and "Tarzan the Untamed" are printed out of order, as the plot of "Untamed" comes before that of "Terrible" and should be read in that order. Seven full length novels and a short story collection -- lots of great reading. Highly recommended.
Pride (Mills & Boon Special Releases)
Pride (Mills & Boon Special Releases)
This is a three book collection relating the stories of three Sicilian brothers and - because it's from Mills and boon author Penny Jordan - how they fall in love.

The first story is Rocco's - the youngest brother and this is so much a Penny Jordan story, that if you are a fan of her novels, you are inevitably going to enjoy it. It's very very similar to her first ever modern romance, "Falcon's Prey", in which we have the impoverished heroine who gets whisked away to an exotic location by a red hot millionaire. Unlikely I know (most of my sex education was based on Penny Jordan romances whilst I was growing up, and I'm still waiting for it to happen. At 42, I don't think it's ever going to happen now). It's everything that Jordan always writes into her novels - the heroine is sweet, she's human in that she makes the same stupid mistakes we all do and yet there's still that happy ending for her. The hero is a nice bit of eye candy and turns out to be an alright bloke in the end, even if he does start off being a bit of an arrogant so-and-so.

The second tale is Alessandro's (the middle brother) and his meeting with feisty, mandarin speaking, airline pilot Leonora. Again, if you've ever read a Penny Jordan romance you are going to find the story line similar to some of her other works. This one is exactly like "The Power of Vasilli" in which the heroine has been so busy perfecting her education in order to maintain her independence, that she ends up being the oldest virgin in town. There then follows lots of agonising about how she can let the red-hot millionaire deflower her without him thinking her a charity case. I've got a theory about Penny Jordan's works in that she had 185 novels published for Mills and Boon but actually only wrote about five original stories - she just changed the names and the titles of the books as she went along. This one is not a great story and Alessandro definitely isn't as steamy as Vasilli was - still it's okay as it goes.

Finally, we get to Falcon, the eldest brother. This one has got a really strong start with the touchingly vulnerable heroine who has been raped by Falcon's half-brother and borne a child as a result. She's also got issues in that she's got a very controlling step-brother, dresses like a middle-aged librarian and doesn't like people touching her. This is where it all gets decidedly dodgy as Falcon steps in to rescue her and her child and decides that what she needs is lessons in how to enjoy sex again. Now there's a line here (which Falcon definitely crosses, and admits doing so later in the book) between teaching her how to live again and just enjoying the sex education lessons a little too much. It's a bizarre scenario but fortunately Annie (heroine) falls for Falcon and decides to marry him instead of pressing charges, despite the fact that it reads like he's grooming her to perform sexual favours for him. There are moments of tension and excitement in the book, but it's still slightly uncomfortable reading.

If you like Penny Jordan (and I really do like her work) you will like this book. It's not perfect (they never are) but the heroines are sweet and it's a bit of easy reading escapism.
Harry Harrington's Bonsai Inspirations 2
Harry Harrington's Bonsai Inspirations 2
As a newcomer to Bonsai collection and keeping, I was keen to understand more of the practical side. I saw this book recommended on an online Bonsai site and decided to get the e-copy.
I am really glad I did.
Each chapter deals with specific methods and types of Bonsai cultivation, all explained simply and accompanied by clear and informative photographs and diagrams.
It is an absolute must have for any beginner and I would recommend it without reservation.
The only downside is that you can't get E-books signed!!
INTIMO Harry Potter Juniors' Hooded One-Piece Pajama Union Suit - All 4 Houses Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff
INTIMO Harry Potter Juniors' Hooded One-Piece Pajama Union Suit - All 4 Houses Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff
This inside was for my daughter. She absolutely loves it. She's about 5'2" and thin, but she's only 11 so she can grow quickly so I wasn't certain what size to get her. I went with medium and she loves how it fits. I thought it would be way too big when I held it up, but after she put it on it wasn't all that much longer than she was. Still pretty loose, but she says that just makes it comfy, plus she'll be able to wear it for quite a while. It seems like good quality, too, so hopefully it'll hold up long enough for her to outgrow it. I'd recommend it.
Games at Twilight and Other Stories
Games at Twilight and Other Stories
Anita Desai's short stories reflect the kaleidoscope of modern Indian life. They are set in contemporary Bombay and other cities and they evoke the colours, sounds, smells and white-hot heat of Indian cities. The stories are peopled with intensely individual characters: there is a painter living in a slum who fills his paintings with landscapes, birds and flowers he has never seen. There is an American woman who turns to the hippies in the Indian hills because she is unhappy with her life in the verdant countryside of Vermont. There is a man spiritually transformed by the surface texture of a melon. And many more. It is a finely written, atmospheric, memorable collection of short stories. As always with Anita Desai, her work is warm, perceptive, both funny and touched with sadness.
Harry Potter Girls' Hogwarts Pajamas 2 Pack
Harry Potter Girls' Hogwarts Pajamas 2 Pack
I bought these pajamas for my daughter for her birthday. They are SO SMALL. She can get away with wearing the shirts, for now, but probably not for long. The pants were an absolute no go. Besides that though the pajamas were really cute and soft. I would order again, but a couple sizes up!
Gate II
Gate II
"demons man, demons. who needs chicks when you got demons."
--dude in movie

so true my man dude, so true.

this is a homage to the movie "the gate", lots of references to it.
then there is the "houses of the holy" reference, and the sinbad fight on the top of the pillar thing, then there is the million miles to earth type creatures, lots of stop motion ray harryhausen reference stuff, explosions are referenced as well--yep, and pus popping--lots of pus popping references, lets see...a necronomicon so there is a Lovecraft thing being referenced; speaking of which, demons are just old cosmic beings of the ancient times that were exiled to another dimension because they liked to destroy stuff, so nothing really to be afraid of, they are just like humans but on a more epic scale.

all in all, a great homage to the movie "the gate" upon which this movie is based as well as the stylings of one h.p.l.
AQUARIUS Harry Potter Playing Cards - House Crests Themed Deck of Cards for Your Favorite Card Games - Officially Licensed Harry Potter Merchandise & Collectibles - Poker Size with Linen Finish
AQUARIUS Harry Potter Playing Cards - House Crests Themed Deck of Cards for Your Favorite Card Games - Officially Licensed Harry Potter Merchandise & Collectibles - Poker Size with Linen Finish
I collect playing card so this is what I look for in a new addition: attention to detail. First, no kidding but thanks for the strip to facilitate the opening of the plastic seal. Second, box is well fitting but roomy enough to get cards in and out without having to crimp the box. The cards themselves feature four different illustrations of the particular house for the face cards and the ace. The number cards have the house animal representing the pips. The playing cards use the house colors. The jokers depict the Hogswarts Crest with a dual trim in two of the house colors: the bottom and left side of the card are green while the top and right side of the card are red, for example. Nice touch: appreciate that detail. All in all, sufficient interesting features to make this a good addition to the collection.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
This is a great edition of some of Poe's most imaginative stories; arranged in a great thematic order and accompanied with a good set of endnotes.

If you've never read any Poe before, this Wordsworth edition is a great place to start. Do note, this is a collection of some of his short stories, not his poetry. As such it does not contain his famous poem, *The Raven*, despite the inclination given by the cover image.

I don't know what it is exactly, but the scenery Poe paints with his prose has an incredible way of sticking in the brain. You'll find yourself walking the corridors of these visions long after you've put the words down.

These are short stories which perfectly display how impotent the modern novel is.

---Tristan Sherwin, author of *Love: Expressed*
Zuozee Halloween Costumes Jedi Robe Hooded Cloak Cosplay Cape Knight Jacket Sith Outfit Christmas Men Women (Real Pictures)
Zuozee Halloween Costumes Jedi Robe Hooded Cloak Cosplay Cape Knight Jacket Sith Outfit Christmas Men Women (Real Pictures)
The robe was wonderful, exactly how it looks online, if not a little bit darker in person. The quality of the material and the sewing are both very good. Definitely worth the price.

My only problems were;
1) It was very large. I'm a girl of small stature, about 5'6. The robe swallowed me. I had to hem the sleeves and the bottom of the robe several inches to be able to walk and wear it properly, but if you're taller or you need a robe that covers your arms and entire self, this won't be a problem.
2) It bled in the wash, staining a shirt pink, which I should have seen coming. It held up very well in the wash though, so if you plan on washing it, just wash it alone in the washing machine.

In the last picture is a comparison of before and after hemming the sleeves. On the left is the original length and the right is the sleeve hemmed.
USB C Wired PUBG Mobile Game Keyboard Mouse Converter Adapter, no Lagging Gaming controller gamepad with HDMI USB 3.0 Port for shooting games 4k@144Hz Monitor TV, Compatible with Android phone/tablets
USB C Wired PUBG Mobile Game Keyboard Mouse Converter Adapter, no Lagging Gaming controller gamepad with HDMI USB 3.0 Port for shooting games [email protected] Monitor TV, Compatible with Android phone/tablets
 Updade:
Through back and forth with the seller i must say i am very gratefull they sent me an entire program i guess its an updated version of the one in the play store. Again i must say thank yoi very much the product is now working fine and with no issues.

The product came in a timely manner and the package came intact. However when connected the keyboard controlls works fine but the mouse does not rotate properly the player is either stuck looking to the ground or keeps looking to the sky i troubleshoot the problem by toggling the settings recommend in by the seller in SOE gaming center didnt help. I tried another pointing device and even tried it on s10 s9 and a71 no difference. I even turned on the show tap in developer settings on a phone and tested it outside the game as you can see in the video i uploaded it basically sticks to the bottom half and right side of the phone screen.
I'm kindly your seeking assistance thanks in advance.
Something For Cynitra
Something For Cynitra
Congratulations to Ikonic Images and True Love Entertainment! Writing your personal entanglement is one way to clear writers block. This was a really good watch enjoyed the details - details matter! Looking forward to seeing more !
Game Changer: #UofJ Book 2- A Second Chance Romantic Comedy Sports Romance (U of J)
Game Changer: #UofJ Book 2- A Second Chance Romantic Comedy Sports Romance (U of J)
THIS IS BOOK 2 OF 3 AND MUST BE READ IN ORDER. THIS BOOK ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER.

Alley Ciz picks up right where she broke our hearts at the end of U of J 1, Looking to Score. Boy I thought my heart was ready, but it was not. Mase has to fight hard to show that he's worth a second chance. And Kay has to work hard to get over her fears about Mason. Alley once again shines bright in her ability to write a strong, but real heroine, a hero that has you swooning almost every page, and an evil ex who makes you ragey with everything he does. I was looking up ways to get rid of this man every time he was brought up in this book.

My heart was being tugged in every direction as Mase fights for the love he has for Kay and as Kay fights her inner, and some outer, demons to let Mase back in. Mase and Kay were stepped up into a whole new level of HOOOTTTTT and swoony! And just when you think that you know where the story is going, Evil Queen Alley drops the mother of all twists! I believe my exact words were "WTF?!"

Alley leaves us on yet another cliff that had me sending ALL the shouty capitals to her in the middle of the night. I can not wait to see how Mase and Kay's story continues in book 3! Counting down the days until December.
adidas Stan Smith Sneakers Scarpe Unisex Bianco Verde
adidas Stan Smith Sneakers Scarpe Unisex Bianco Verde
I'm usually a UK women's 3 and was debating whether to get these in 3 or 3.5. Figured I'd order them in 3.5 and return if they ended up being too big but they fit perfectly with and without snug socks! So happy with my new shoes. Saved tons by getting the junior version too.
Mothca Matte Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max Anti-Glare & Anti-Fingerprint Tempered Glass Clear Film Case Friendly Easy Install Bubble Free for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7-inch (2020)-Smooth as Silk
Mothca Matte Screen Protector for iPhone 12 Pro Max Anti-Glare & Anti-Fingerprint Tempered Glass Clear Film Case Friendly Easy Install Bubble Free for iPhone 12 Pro Max 6.7-inch (2020)-Smooth as Silk
I have used Mothca screen protectors for several different phones. I always like the finished product. The only reason why I don’t give it a full 5 stars is because when installing the screen protector, if by. Vance you get some dust underneath and have to peel up the screen protector you are running the risk of having it not lay down again nicely. And not matter how far I try I am unable to get the corner where i lift to be seamless. And this is the spot where the screen protector will usually fail first. But as I said, it always looks nice if you can manage to get it down without any dust getting stuck underneath the screen protector.
Samsung Galaxy A71 SM-A715F/DS 4G LTE 128GB + 6GB Ram Octa Core (LTE USA Latin Caribbean Euro) w/Four Cameras (64+12+5+5mp) Android (Black)
Samsung Galaxy A71 SM-A715F/DS 4G LTE 128GB + 6GB Ram Octa Core (LTE USA Latin Caribbean Euro) w/Four Cameras (64+12+5+5mp) Android (Black)
After looking at many phones to replace my old Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which was becoming problematic, I decided on this one. Even though it wasn't like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, which my wife got for Christmas from Verizon which had a great deal going on, this phone to me was also a great deal because I only paid $355 for it. I have T-Mobile service and this phone works perfectly with my carrier. The description was accurate for it also. Plenty of internal memory 128gb, I have a 64gb micro sim in it, it's also running Android 10. So far, so good! Big display, and I'm getting used to all the features that it offers. Nice camera also with lots of options. Battery life is one of the best features of this phone. 4500mAh, enough for the whole day and then some. I haven't used the face recognition or the fingerprint reader yet, but don't expect any problems with those anyway. Seems like I made the right choice! There's nothing wrong with getting an international phone either. You shouldn't be stuck having to get a phone from one of the US carriers, that limit your selection, and has you paying higher prices. Even though this phone is Samsung's mid level "a" series, your saving a bunch of money and in my opinion, won't even notice any differences. The only problem that I had, however, was that when I received the phone the shipping box wasn't packed properly and when I opened the box, the phone was laying outside of it's box and so were most of the accessories that it came with! I immediately contacted Amazon, and the customer rep fully understood my concern, and told me that for any reason I could return it within 1 month for a full refund. But in conclusion, I set it up, it works fine and I'm having a good time with it. Enjoy!! I read some of the other reviews posted, and can't believe what some people have said. One review said that the phone is not 4G, it definitely is. Even if it doesn't show a "4G" icon on top, it is. Mine says LTE or LTE+. If you google it, that is 4G. In another review, the person mentioned that the battery only lasts half a day and gets very hot. My phone lasts for about a day in a half and I have no issue with excessive heat. Again, for less than $400, you can't go wrong.
HûMaree VegeSure⠢ Vegetables washing Liquid | Removes Germs, Bacteria and Fungus | EcoCert Certified 100% Safe Ingredients (200ml.)
HûMaree VegeSure⠢ Vegetables washing Liquid | Removes Germs, Bacteria and Fungus | EcoCert Certified 100% Safe Ingredients (200ml.)
This is my third round of purchase for humaree vegesure vegetable wash liquid and I'm extremely happy with the product it works like wonder.
It reduces vegetables cleaning time from 10 minutes to just about 5 minutes of soaking in this liquid, they look very fresh
You can actually see the dirt and grime in the water once they're washed
Really very useful product in this pandemic situation.
Just Another Innocent Life
Just Another Innocent Life
"Life is always happening for, not to, you," a famous, 'not your guru' likes to say. And although it may be hard to see how anything like the story in this based-on-real-life-events could ever happen for the man who wrote it, I can say that maybe it did. Maybe without the unfolding of these events ... he wouldn't be so non-judgmental? Maybe his speaking would be less powerful? Maybe his family or fans wouldn't love him as much? Maybe his reality programs would feel less real? His music less inspirational? Who can say. Not me, for sure. But I was honored to read it. And although it was "easy to read and quick to finish", it wasn't easy to read and it will be long to forget or put down.

Dear Algernon, I am crying for you and simultaneously cheering for you as I read the last page. And I am thinking how lucky your readers are that you would be so brave to share your story. Thank you.... from me - a storyteller, a writer of fiction who knows all too well that fiction is never really fiction... And a story.... is never really just a story. Bless you... wow. Thank you
Double Din Android Bluetooth Car Stereo,7 Inch Car Multimedia Radio Touch Screen Player,Car Audio Navigation Radio Receiver,Support WiFi,USB,FM,Mirror Link,Video Output,Backup Camera (2G RAM 32G ROM)
Double Din Android Bluetooth Car Stereo,7 Inch Car Multimedia Radio Touch Screen Player,Car Audio Navigation Radio Receiver,Support WiFi,USB,FM,Mirror Link,Video Output,Backup Camera (2G RAM 32G ROM)
This was my first experience with an Android radio. Having an Android phone for the last decade I was very interested in this system. Almost everything on the radio is very familiar. Navigating the screens and settings are very similar to what you'd find on a phone or tablet. The one thing that I was really disappointed with was the limits they placed on the Bluetooth settings. I can pair my phone to the unit no problem through the Bluetooth "app". The Bluetooth connectivity pretty much stops at pairing a phone. The manufacturer removes the normal Bluetooth settings (pull down menu on main screen). Due to this I was unable to pair my OBD II adapter to use with Torque installed on the headunit. I searched online to find away around the removed settings and only found about a dozen people experiencing the same problem without a solution.

For the most part the touch screen is responsive. I picked this unit based on the 2GB of RAM hoping for better performance. Some apps (Spotify) run pretty slow. When you first start your car up it takes about 30-45s for the unit to wake up/power up. You can choose a different launcher to customize the unit to your liking. However any launcher other than the original will not have a radio tuner app available. It appears the radio app that comes with the unit is built into the launcher. Perhaps there are other radio apps out there.

The install was fairly straight forward. The biggest issue I ran into was the width of the radio doesn't appear to match a "standard" din width. I installed this into a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee and used a Metra install kit for a double din radio. I ended up having to increase the width in the opening of the Metra system by a total of 4mm. This took a lot of patients to achieve the fit/finish I was looking for.

Overall I'm pretty happy with the system. It is a big upgrade to my OEM stereo. I now have the ability to listen to music using Bluetooth and have navigation on my radio. I can also take hands free calls which is important with Indiana being hands free now. If you can overcome the installation hurdles and are okay with the Bluetooth limitations it is worth doing at this price point.
AIEVE Milchschlauch Edelstahles Milchrohr und Reinigungsbürste Zubehör Set kompatibel mit Siemens EQ6, Bosch VeroAroma Kaffeevollautomat (Schlauch, Edelstahlrohr und Bürste)
AIEVE Milchschlauch Edelstahles Milchrohr und Reinigungsbürste Zubehör Set kompatibel mit Siemens EQ6, Bosch VeroAroma Kaffeevollautomat (Schlauch, Edelstahlrohr und Bürste)
Es ist stabil, das Edelstahlrohr kann in die Spülmaschine. hilfreich war die Warnung eines anderen Kunden, dass man daran denken sollte, dass das Rohr nach dem Dampfstrahl zu heiss ist, um es anzufassen. Also: Wenn man nicht warten will, am Gummi anfassen, um es wegzustellen.
Negativ: Sehr scharfe Kante unten, ich habe mir am Finger einen 6 mm Riss zugezogen, der mehrere Tage zum Verheilen brauchte. Ist mir seither nicht mehr passiert - man muss einfach aufpassen, wo/wie man das Rohr anfasst.
Nivona NICR CafeRomatica 680 Kaffeevollautomat, 2.2 liters, Schwarz
Nivona NICR CafeRomatica 680 Kaffeevollautomat, 2.2 liters, Schwarz
Dies ist mein inzwischen 3. Kaffeevollautomat. Bedienkomfort, intuitive Handhabung, Pflege inkl. leicht herausnehmbarer Brühgruppe sind schlicht und ergreifend vorbildlich. Ein besonderes Schmankerl ist die Möglichkeit, den Kaffee extra heiß zuzubereiten
Aber...
Ich habe die Maschine nun seit gut 5 Monaten und das Ding ist bereits zum zweiten Mal in Reparatur: wieder einmal wegen schlechter Dichtungen.

Aktualisierung: 6. August
Seit 8. Juli ist die Maschine wieder einmal in Reparatur, wieder einmal weil Wasser ausgetreten ist.
Wertung:
FEHLKAUF
TREDY HEPA Air Purifier for Home Large Room with Air Quality Sensor, Filters Indoor Air and Removes Smoke/Dust/Odor/Pollen/Pets Dander
TREDY HEPA Air Purifier for Home Large Room with Air Quality Sensor, Filters Indoor Air and Removes Smoke/Dust/Odor/Pollen/Pets Dander
Understandably, whether or not air purifiers actually work is the first question people ask. Before getting into details, the main thing you should know is that an air purifier alone is not an adequate solution to allergy or indoor pollutant issues. It should be used in conjunction with regular cleaning, dusting, mopping, disinfecting, etc.

The general consensus is that air purifiers do actually clean the air you breathe. One issue will hear about is the fact that Ionizers –a type of air purifier—are ineffective because they simply make airborne particles stick to walls or drop to the floor. This means that they don’t actually rid your home of the things that cause allergies or nasal discomfort. Furthermore, these machines produce ozone, which is a lung irritant.

People looking for information about how to get rid of dust or other allergens will be discouraged by this information. Still, you should know that Ionizers are not the recommended type of air purifier. I recommend the use of a machine that uses a HEPA filter, which is a high-efficiency filter that will actually trap these particles. You can then clean the filter and actually remove the substances from your home.

HEPA filters have been around for decades, and, to be classified as authentic HEPA, they must be able to remove over 99.9% of particles larger than 0.3 microns in size. For comparison, most research has suggested that the average size of a household dust particle is 0.5 to several microns in size, while mold spores and pollen are greater than 10. Tobacco smoke and other odor particles have been found to come in sizes on either side of this .3 micron threshold, and there is a special filter for these particles that are used in conjunction with HEPA filters: activated carbon filters.

But my experience with this cute air purifier:

Compact enough to fit on your desk but powerful enough to remove 99.9 percent of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander, the TREDY Air Purifier is an excellent entry-level option. Rather than using a UV or ions to clean the air, the device features a 4-Stage True HEPA Filter. This comprises a pre-filter, a HEPA filter, an activated carbon filter, and a protective net filter. Three fan settings let you control the speed and volume of the purifier.

This air purifier is definitely designed for use in the bedroom, but I can also tuck it into the corner of my desk at work. It features a soft optional night light with two brightness settings as well as a very quiet fan. It’s not out of place on your nightstand, with its white or black case and sleek design.
Overall, this air purifier is better suited to small rooms than large homes and does the job well.
RJ regaliz, regaliz, Nat BLK, la SFT eatn, pack de 8, tamaño 7,05 oz, (libre OMG última intervensión Kosher Lácteos Low sodio Vegan)
RJ regaliz, regaliz, Nat BLK, la SFT eatn, pack de 8, tamaño 7,05 oz, (libre OMG última intervensión Kosher Lácteos Low sodio Vegan)
I WAS VERY EXCITED TO FIND OUT I COULD ORDER ONLINE SOME OF THE WONDERFUL SOFT BLACK LICORICE I BOUGHT ON A TRIP TO L.A. RECENTLY . I WAITED AND WAITED ~ I FELT LIKE A LITTLE KID WAITING FOR SANTA TO ARRIVE. I AM SAD TO SAY IT NEVER CAME ~ JUST LIKE SANTA. SO I DID AS A CHILD WOULD~ I WROTE A LETTER TO THE LICORICE GOD'S IN THE SKY. WHERE IS MY LICORICE I CRIED. MY $$ WAS PROMPTLY RETURNED~ AND THAT WAS VERY NICE~ I WOULD RATHER HAVE THE LICORICE TO BE HONEST. AND THAT IS MY STORY OF THE BEST LICORICE I EVER TASTED BUT COULD NOT BUY. :~))

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