Lilliana Hughes

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Learn JavaScript by GoLearningBus
Learn JavaScript by GoLearningBus
Learn JavaScript by GoLearningBus by WAGmob. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the javascript category.
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions
CSS Mastery: Advanced Web Standards Solutions by Simon Collison, Andy Budd , et al.. Rated 3.9 out of 5 stars, with 32 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the css category.
Who Was Steve Jobs? (Who Was?)
Who Was Steve Jobs? (Who Was?)
Who Was Steve Jobs? (Who Was?) by Pam Pollack, Meg Belviso , et al.. Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars, with 265 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the J. K. Rowling category.
A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 2539 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Last Song
The Last Song
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 1642 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
A Turkey for Thanksgiving
A Turkey for Thanksgiving
A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting and Diane de Groat. Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, with 166 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
The Guardians
The Guardians
The Guardians by John Christopher. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 29 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the John Grisham category.
By Stephen King Insomnia [Hardcover]
By Stephen King Insomnia [Hardcover]
By Stephen King Insomnia [Hardcover] by Stephen King. Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Duma Key (Spanish Edition)
Duma Key (Spanish Edition)
Duma Key (Spanish Edition) by Stephen King and Jose Oscar Hernandez Sendin. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 13 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
I Am Watching You
I Am Watching You
I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll. Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars, with 14406 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Colorado Kid (Italian)
Colorado Kid (Italian)
Colorado Kid (Italian) by Stephen King. Rated 3.1 out of 5 stars, with 70 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
The Dark Descent
The Dark Descent
The Dark Descent by Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, et al.. Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars, with 41 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
By Blood We Live
By Blood We Live
By Blood We Live by Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, et al.. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 60 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes by Chris Newman. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
PHP 7 News & Updates v7.0 - 7.4
PHP 7 News & Updates v7.0 - 7.4
PHP 7 News & Updates v7.0 - 7.4 by Adam Omelak and Igor Pochyly. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
ASP.NET MVC 4 in Action
ASP.NET MVC 4 in Action
ASP.NET MVC 4 in Action by Jeffrey Palermo , Jimmy Bogard , et al.. Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars, with 21 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Programming #57: C++ Programming Professional Made Easy & Android Programming in a Day (C++ Programming, C++ Language, C++for beginners, C++, Programming ... Programming, Android, C, C Programming)
Programming #57: C++ Programming Professional Made Easy & Android Programming in a Day (C++ Programming, C++ Language, C++for beginners, C++, Programming ... Programming, Android, C, C Programming)
Programming #57: C++ Programming Professional Made Easy & Android Programming in a Day (C++ Programming, C++ Language, C++for beginners, C++, Programming ... Programming, Android, C, C Programming) by Sam Key. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
SQL For Dummies
SQL For Dummies
SQL For Dummies by Allen G. Taylor. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 59 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Transact-Sql Cookbook
Transact-Sql Cookbook
Transact-Sql Cookbook by Ales Spetic and Jonathan Gennick. Rated 3.4 out of 5 stars, with 14 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Hands On SQL Server 7 with VB6
Hands On SQL Server 7 with VB6
Hands On SQL Server 7 with VB6 by Wayne S. Freeze. Rated 3 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'SQL database' category.
Kotlin Compact: for Java professionals
Kotlin Compact: for Java professionals
Kotlin Compact: for Java professionals by Thorsten Schleinzer. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 4 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Kotlin programming category.
Blazor Revealed: Building Web Applications in .NET
Blazor Revealed: Building Web Applications in .NET
Although this book is somewhat outdated I find it quite useful and I believe it covers a broad range of relevant and modern subjects.

Throughout the book you will build a simple pizza shopping cart.
In the first chapters you will build the shopping basket, menu, and order objects, which is all C# programming (in some places the code gets a little advanced and complex).
The authors also explains how to do user interactions (btn click, validate input text values etc) using blazor (instead of javascript). Furthermore you learn neat blazor functions as how to render blazor code on "page load/On Init/ OnAfterRender".
The book teaches how to create blazor component and use them in the overall application architecture.
You will also learn about dependency injection and how to integrate that with Blazor. Furthermore building microservices are also explained.

All in all I would say that this book is an advanced book, its not for beginners of C# or web programming. It deals with many subjects such as n-layers architecture, dependency injection, micro services, entity framework core, routing in blazor and at last javascript interoperatbility (how to make call javascript method from C# and vice versa).
I believe you will learn much by this book, many modern and relevant areas are covered, sometimes it gets to advanced, but nevertheless still very useful.

I believe that this book is definitely worth the money and time and I can surely recommend it.
TypeScript Programming By Example
TypeScript Programming By Example
Dieses Buch ist reiner Fake. Es ist in sehr schlechtem Englisch geschrieben. Der Autor erklärt nur trivialste Beispiele, geht fachlich auf nichts ein und das meiste in diesem Buch ist einfach nur eine Erklärung der sowieso schon in javascript vorhandenen Datentypen. Ganz klar finger weg von diesem Buch. Es sind zwar nur 2 Euro gewesen aber trotzdem regt es mich immens auf dieses Geld verschwendet zu haben.
Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
As a long time ee cummings fan, I found this book to be just as wonderful as the rest of his writing, although this one isn't as well known. If you can appreciate his artistic use of words, you will not be disapointed by etcetera.
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist
The gain in net of Berkshire Hathaway, the company led by Warren Buffet, worth during 2006 was $16.9 billion, which increased the per-share value of 18.4%. Over the last 42 years value has grown from $19 to $70,281, a rate of 21.4% compounded annually. Consider that $16.9 billion is a record for a one-year gain in net worth - more than has ever been booked by any American business, leaving aside boosts that have occurred because of mergers. Of course, Berkshire did not outperform S&P500 constantly. In 1967, 1975, 1980, 1999, 2003, 2004 the S&P gave better performance, and in 2001 Berkshire even was at a loss of 6.2%.

This book, "Buffett: The making of an American capitalist" covers very deeply the values that led Warren Buffet during his life from his early childhood. The book is not only a biography per se, but a good manual on investing, that uncovers most aspects, with the detailed explanations and samples, of investing.

This book also covers very well personal traits of Warren Buffett, his attitudes toward parents, sister, friends, parents, children and wife. For example, Warren bought a farm and rented it to his son Howie on standard commercial terms. The farm was a joyful refuge to Howie, but he couldn't get Warren to share the experience with him. "I can't get him to come out and see how the crops are going", Howie said plaintively. Warren went only twice in six years. He would laugh off Howies's invitations, saying, "Send me a rent check, and make sure it's big enough". Though he had been thoughtful enough to buy the farm, he couldn't give Howie the fatherly recognition that he craved in other than financial terms.

In his investment strategy, Warren uses the concept that he calls "Intrinsic value" of a company. According to Warren Buffet, intrinsic value is an all-important concept that offers the only logical approach to evaluating the relative attractiveness of investments and businesses. Intrinsic value can be defined simply: It is the discounted value of the cash that can be taken out of a business during its remaining life.

Here is what Kenneth L. Fisher wrote about Buffet's investment strategy: a quality standing out about Mr. Buffett is his ability to morph. If you read his materials from the 1960s, he said very different things than in the 1970s and early-1980s. Early on he was buying dirt-cheap stocks by simple statistical standards and typically smaller stocks--which would today be referred to as smallcap value (although that term didn't exist until the late 1980s). Later he bought what he called "franchises." Then he entered a period of buying great managements of big companies and being a long-term holder--otherwise thought of as big-cap growth today--that many ascribed to the influence of my father coupled with Charlie Munger. When Mr. Buffett was buying Coke and Gillette, you couldn't quite reconcile those activities with the kinds of things he owned two decades earlier. Then, amazingly, seven years ago, at just the right time, he was buying smaller things dirt cheap again just as value came back into play as the twenty-first century began. I have other comments about Mr. Buffett throughout this book but I'd like you to see, while he never lost the core of what he was doing or what he was looking for, he tactically morphed steadily over the decades. Trying to freeze his tactics from any decade and replicate them in the next few would never have led you to his actual actions.

In addition to this book, I also recommend the letters to shareholders written by Warren Buffet, which can be taken from the website of Berkshire Hathaway. If you take an audio record of this title, it will not be as good as the textbook. The audio is more biographical and pays less attention to the investment education of the listener.
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
A Curious Boy Named Jeff: Based on Jeff Bezos's Life (Little Kids' Big Lessons Book 1)
I love that this story is based on a modern day success/role model. All kids these days know Amazon so would probably be very interested in learning about Jeff Bezos. This adorable book is beautifully illustrated and wonderfully written with short, easy to read and understand sentences that will capture and hold a young child’s attention. Parents and teachers will appreciate this story because it encourages kids to be curious and observant, to spend time with family and to always read and learn new things! This story promotes important life lessons that our little ones need to be exposed to at a young age. Kudos to the author!
Elon Musk.: The Little Black Book (Little Black Books)
Elon Musk.: The Little Black Book (Little Black Books)
142 Elon Musk quotes on a variety of topics including guidance for people considering starting their own company.

My favorite but was actually the second half of a quote about Rockets to Mars, "The American colonies would never have been pioneered if the ships that crossed the ocean hadn’t been reusable.”

This is less a book of inspirational quotes, and more a glimpse into the mind of a modern innovator.
The Best Of Aretha Franklin
The Best Of Aretha Franklin
I bought this cd, along with another of one of Aretha's early Atlantic albums, because l still listen to cds and vinyl albums and didn't want to have to wade through a massive Aretha compilation packed with 'fillers' and later more commercial releases. (If you do also like the later duets and more poppy cover songs, then the double cd 'Respect - The Very Best Of' would be a better option for you.)
The music on this 'Best Of' 12 track single cd is a fine selection of rhythm and blues (original meaning) based soul from the Muscle Shoals era. You can also hear Aretha's gospel influences in the vocals, especially on the slower numbers.
However the down side of this Best Of release is the low sound levels, meaning you have to crank up the volume above your normal system settings to appreciate the dynamism of these recordings.
This is annoying and a major corporation should be able to produce a cd capable of doing better justice to these classic cuts.
I dont know if there are any later reissues of this particular cd compilation which address this issue, but the copy l received sounds fairly dull and lifeless on the settings l would normally use.
Needless to say the music itself is great and in itself would easily merit five stars. If you are considering buying you will probably have heard some if not all the tracks anyway so you are likely to know what to expect.
GOSPEL: Amazing Grace & Walk With Me
GOSPEL: Amazing Grace & Walk With Me
GOSPEL: Amazing Grace & Walk With Me by Jerry Butler, The Caravans, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Little Richard, Louis Armstrong. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Louis Armstrong" category.
How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan / Various
How Many Roads: Black America Sings Bob Dylan / Various
Ace Records (London, UK) has put together a thoughtful and fascinating collection of soulful interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan. That Dylan's own versions of these songs are familiar makes the re-interpretations more interesting. There are expected choices, like the Staple Singers, The Neville Brothers, Nina Simone, and The O'Jays, and lots of artists and interpretations that I didn't expect or know about. These took a little longer to get used to, but I find Ace did a great job in finding worthwhile material from four decades of recordings.
Ace acknowledges that they couldn't put every great interpretation on the cd. To the extent that you have favorites that aren't on here, go ahead and add them from your collection. In my case, I added Hendrix's "All Along The Watchtower" from Electric Ladyland (which Ace could not get legal permission to include), Ann Peebles' "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You" from I Believe to My Soul (Mcup) and Johnny Jenkins' "Down Along The Cove" (from The Duane Allman Anthology 1).
What will you add?
Dolemite: The Total Experience
Dolemite: The Total Experience
This box set alone is worth the price because it's the ONLY place you can get Moore's last film "Dolemite Explosion" aka "The Return of Dolemite"! A kick A** film that had it been truly been given its due would now be a classic! You also get the original Dolemite flick! Plus all other Moore's films except for "Monkey Hustle".
Rudy Ray Moore is the Godfather of rap!
P&J Trading Summer Set of 6 Premium Grade Fragrance Oils - Peach, Strawberry, Plumeria, Coconut, Ocean Breeze, Pina Colada - 10ml
P&J Trading Summer Set of 6 Premium Grade Fragrance Oils - Peach, Strawberry, Plumeria, Coconut, Ocean Breeze, Pina Colada - 10ml
When ordering these I did not realize the health risks of artificial fragrances and differences between true essential oils and "fragrance oils. My mistake. I do not use these anymore. Several of the pack were unpleasant due to the synthetic smell. Ocean Breeze, for example sounded really nice. But it wasn't. Very synthetic and smelled nothing like what I was hoping for. Recently I stopped using all air fresheners because of their toxicity. I don't imagine these oils are much better. It is really concerning that they don't even post the ingredients in these oils on the packaging or here on the web description. Here is some information I found on "synthetic fragrance oils":

"Synthetic fragrance oils may contain any number of toxins: Benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, propylene glycol, parabens, and sulfates just to mention a few. In all, there are dozens of commonly used chemicals in these products, 95% of them derived from petroleum byproducts.
Manufacturers of synthetic fragrances must add toxic solvents to make their synthetic fragrances spread and dissipate into the air. They also add toxic chemicals to make the airborne fragrance molecules become sticky so they will cling to clothing, hair, furniture, and skin. This causes the smell to persist for hours or days or months. You get a longer lasting effect but of unhealthy chemicals."
Womens Air Jordan 1 Rebel XX AR5599 001 Black/White
Womens Air Jordan 1 Rebel XX AR5599 001 Black/White
Of course I should have ordered a size up but as usual the size I wanted was sold out, the shoe fits tight/ narrow. The fit us ok if you have the right socks, and don't mind the side zipper tight squeeze where the mouth of the shoe is. I didn't know the shoe laces are for looks, to get in and out there's a patent leather zipper like booties. The shoes are fly so like most Js I've gotten I deal. The material is easy to clean and looks amazing with the perfect outfit, the color is red orange btw.
Keeping Secrets (A Sam Mason K-9 Dog Mystery Book 2)
Keeping Secrets (A Sam Mason K-9 Dog Mystery Book 2)
I listened to the audiobook version which is narrated by Rudy Sanda. Why I waited so long to read/listen to this book is beyond me. I’ve had an e-copy of this book for just under two years. I was lucky to find the audio being offered by my library. I believe the narration added a whole new depth to the story. I did open the e-book to verify a few things. This is not a cozy but more of a police procedural with characters hiding secrets.

This is the 2nd book in the Sam Mason series and it picks up where Telling Lies left off. The mystery of who killed White Rock police Officer Tyler Richardson is still unsolved, but we find out a little more about each of the main characters--Chief Sam Mason, Sergeant Jody (Jo) Harris, Deputy Keith Deckard, and Receptionist/police trainee Reese Hordon.

Mike Donnelly's body is found outside of the family's cabin, but the road leading to the cabins is gated and only those who have cabins up there have keys to the gate. Sam and Jo investigate, with the help of K-9 Lucy, but because the body was outside and the vultures have already gotten to it, they can't tell if it was murder or a suicide.

As they question one suspect after another trying to solve the Donnelly case, they're also attempting to find out about Tyler's murder. We discover a little more about what Sam and his best friend, P.I. Mick Gervasi, were involved in 20 years ago. We also get a little more information on slimy land developer, Lucas Thorne and pompous mayor, Harley Dupont.

The reveal of the solution to the Donnelly case isn't given until almost the very end and I was surprised.

I enjoyed this book, but having read the first book I could've done without the verbatim information on the main characters from the first book.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I want to know who killed Officer Tyler Richardson, what Kevin is up to and to see Lucas Thorne and Harley Dupont get what's coming to them.
Baywatch
Baywatch
This movie remake of the popular Baywatch TV series follows the same tired spoofing formula as too many other TV shows remade into films. This Baywatch film includes too many of the same unnecessary "movie mocking" tropes, the same unfunny gags and takes the same tired cynical, sarcastic attitude towards the original TV series material as other movie remakes. Remakes such as The Brady Bunch Movie, Charlie's Angels Full Throttle, The A-Team, Dukes of Hazard, The Addams Family (which is probably the best of this bunch) and now Baywatch (just to name a few). Even the latest Star Trek from J.J. Abrams has injected some of these unnecessarily hammy, tropish, spoofing elements.

Some stupidity in this film includes... the overly stupid rookie, dressing in drag, making corny jokes about lifeguard stereotypes (and of the show itself), hamming up the body aspect, all of which is too much to bare in this farce. I don't see why any of it is necessary. It degrades the film and mocks the original TV show in the process. I don't go into TV-series-into-movie remakes to see the original TV material mocked and derided by corny jokes. I go into it to see an entertaining film that tries to relive and breathe new life into the original material through a new cast. Instead, The Brady Bunch Movie set this silly, mocking tone in stone. For whatever reason, filmmakers have latched full throttle (ahem) onto this oh-so-unnecessary formula as though that's what moviegoers really want when a TV series is made into a film.

We watched the original TV series because while the shows may have included jokes and humor, it did take the characters, story and itself seriously enough to make the show believable and the characters likeable. That's the reason we watched the series. That's the reason we liked it. The TV shows rarely, if ever, mocked themselves, their own characters or the material. Yet, here we are. At every step, the filmmakers of Baywatch take every opportunity to mock such lifeguard elements as tans, bathing suits riding up butt cracks, the nerdy horny guy, crude and awkward shower scenes, wearing too much tanning oil, calling out unnecessary homophobic elements, shaking boobs, showing slow motion characters with everyone else in real-time or whatever other low-brow humor the writers can find to mock the original TV series.

As I said, I don't go into these TV-series-made-into-films to see the original material mocked. I go to see and relive what made the TV series great. Yet, that's nowhere to be found in Baywatch. Oh well, in the annals of time, this film (like so many before it) will ultimately go down as a spoof. To this day, the best film spoofs include Airplane followed closely by GalaxyQuest which are only loosely based on more serious shows before it. If movie makers really want to create successful spoofs, they should go watch these films to understand why they worked and why this Baywatch film doesn't.
Hallmark Mahogany Black Panther Birthday Card for Kids (Young King)
Hallmark Mahogany Black Panther Birthday Card for Kids (Young King)
I bought this for a special 8 yr old Birthday boy. He is a big Avengers fan. It was very carefully packaged inside of a clear envelope. No damage at all! The 3-D glasses are attached to the inside of the card; there are 3-D stickers attached too. There isn’t a whole lot of space for writing, due to the large scene that can be viewed with the 3-D glasses. Not a problem though, since the card is the main deal. He got his card; was very surprised and happy.
Touch - Tome 24 (Touch (24)) (French Edition)
Touch - Tome 24 (Touch (24)) (French Edition)
Quel dommage, je n'ai jamais eu de problèmes avec amazon, mais j'ai reçu il y a une semaine, ce tome, Touch 24, avec une erreur d'impression. Je m'explique : le livre se lit sans problème puis à la page 129, on retrouve les pages 33 à 64 et on reprends le livre tranquillement à la page 161. Pour faire simple, on a 2 fois les pages de 33 à 64 à 2 endroits différents du livre et on manque un grand pan de l'histoire. Du coup, je renvoi le livre en demandant le remplacement et le nouveau tome est similaire, avec exactement les mêmes erreurs. Une erreur d'impression qui n'a sans doute rien à voir avec amazon mais qui est plus que frustrante. Quel dommage, je ne vois pas de solution et c'est vraiment embêtant pour suivre cette histoire qui est pourtant passionnante.
Catch My Heart (Stanislaskis)
Catch My Heart (Stanislaskis)
If you already have this series, this is not a seventh book like Amazon lists, but instead a combo of the first two stories. As always, Nora Roberts is an EXCELLENT read, and I love this series. I was heartbroken when doing more research to find that this wasn't a seventh book, but a combo of the first two, and would like to save others my pain. ;)
Aleph (Español) (Spanish Edition)
Aleph (Español) (Spanish Edition)
Este libro no lo lei, lo vivi! Me connecte con el y su esperiencia
Vivida con Hilal, dejo una marca en mi alma.
Termine de leer "Aleph" de Paulo Coelho. y que puedo decir... los libros como las personas llegan a uno para dejarte una enseñanza, y este me dejo eso. no todos los amores se quedan ni todo lo que se queda son amores. toda persona que llega a tu vida viene o sanar una herida o ayudarte a sanar una! en ocasiones alguien especial llega y se va, tan repentinamente como llego pero te deja una marca que miles de personas en muchos siglos no podrían haber producido en ti! Eso es porque venían a cumplir un ciclo, a terminar una historia, para poder seguir su camino. hay que recibirlas con amor y despedirlas con amor, no podemos luchar contra lo que ya esta escrito, eso solo nos causa sufrimiento. Los libros al igual que las personas llegan en su preciso momento, no antes ni después. muchas veces intente leerlo y no pude pasar de las primero 10 paginas, leyéndolas y re-leyéndolas sin captar su significado... no era el momento! hasta que algo en mi cambio y pude leerlo y captar su mensaje completo. excelente libro.
Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho (31-Jul-2005) Mass Market Paperback
Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho (31-Jul-2005) Mass Market Paperback
I'm a fan of Paulo Coehlo. I enjoyed this collection because it offered three very different stories. The Fifth Mountain was one of his biblical pieces. The Valkyries was autobiographical. Veronika Decides to Die is modern-day mysticism and spirituality.

So good, I bought it twice after someone stole my other copy.
Night of the Cotillion (The Americana Series Book 10)
Night of the Cotillion (The Americana Series Book 10)
This book left me lost with way too many unanswered questions. I really didn't think Jarod seemed too cruel, but we never did get his thoughts just Amanda's perceptions and those can always be slanted. I felt like Jarod was straightforward to Amanda. Basically letting her know what he wanted. Their relationship didn't really seem well developed. Sure there was a lot of detail leading up to the whole dance and a lot of the description of the area, but not enough for the love story to develop. They really didn't seem to interact with one another enough. Amanda believed that she loved Jarod, but why did she love him? Amanda spent a lot of time pushing Jarod away and he continued to pursue her. He told her that he always gets what he wants and he wanted her. So he managed to basically get her by helping her family financially and she had to marry him to reciprocate. She felt like she was bought and he never told her otherwise. He just said that she shouldn't undervalue the merchandise. She wanted everything written down and then one day he showed up with an attorney that did just that and they needed her signature. She never signed the document and he never asked about it again. She gets sick and he seems very concerned. He brings a doctor to her bedroom and she has to tell him that she is pregnant and he wants to know why she didn't tell him sooner. She didn't know how he would react as he did say before that there wouldn't be any children born of their union. No reasons were given for this. No explanations for Jarod's aloofness are ever really explained other than Amanda compares his upbringing to Tobe's but really that seems a bit lazy on the author's part and unfair to Jarod's character.
What are all these frequent business trips about? I thought he had relocated but he seems to go away a lot and there aren't any explanations. Then we get this mysterious phrase that Amanda thinks: "it had occurred to her that he was seeing someone else - how many business trips could a guy take? - and she guessed by the look he gave her that she was right." There is never a confirmation of this nor is there a denial. Nothing, the reader is left wondering. Given the aspects of Amanda's character I find it hard to believe that she would stand for Jarod running around on her and yet she doesn't say anything to him. I wanted to know if Jarod was seeing someone else, what he was doing on these trips, what he felt for Amanda, how he felt about anything, but none of these things were answered. Jarod never opened up, not once. He seemed more cardboard and physical never really deep at all. I didn't really believe that there could be a HEA since there are too many unanswered questions.
The Fantastic Adventures of Unico
The Fantastic Adventures of Unico
I recently purchased both "Unico in the Island of Magic" and "The Fantastic Adventures of Unico" together. "Fantastic Adventures" is the first of the Unico movies. I bought them not only out of childhood nostalgia, not only because I loved the movies when I was a kid, but because I knew my daughter would enjoy them.

In the film, Unico is a baby unicorn who has the unusual gift making people happy just by being there. The Gods (looks like Olympus of Greek myth) see this as a threat to their power over mankind, so they banish him and order the West Wind to throw him up on the Hill of Oblivion, to be forgotten forever. The West Wind just can't do it to the poor little guy, so she takes him to various places to keep him safe from the Gods' wrath, keeping one step ahead. During his travels, he helps various characters and kills a monster while in the form of a Pegasus.

These are great films for a fantasy or sci-fi collector, and kids will get into the action,the characters, and the animation. The only warning is that parents should either preview the movies before hand or watch it with their children the first couple of times because of the sequence in which Unico kills the monster at the castle.

As I stated in my review of the other Unico movie "Unico in the Island of Magic", these movies did not phase my 4 year old daughter, but all kids are different. Some kids might love it, and others may be frightened. Just fair warning.

Check them out.
Karl May: Grundriß eines gebrochenen Lebens (Hans Wollschläger - Schriften in Einzelausgaben) (German Edition)
Karl May: Grundriß eines gebrochenen Lebens (Hans Wollschläger - Schriften in Einzelausgaben) (German Edition)
Karl (Friedrich) May, 1842-1912, er wurde von Hermann Hesse als auch von Adolf Hitler, von Karl Liebknecht als auch von Albert Einstein gelesen - und von 200 Millionen anderen Menschen ebenfalls. Während Winnetou und Old Shatterhand, Hadschi Halef Omar oder Kara Ben Nemsi, Lex Barker und Pierre Brice vielen geläufig sind, ist der Lebenslauf des Karl May leider nicht so vielen bekannt: 1842 geboren, erblindete er bald - und konnte erst im Alter von 5 Jahren das Augenlicht wiedererlangen. Dass eine solche frühkindliche Traumatisierung Folgen für die Persönlichkeitsstruktur haben müsste, rief manche Psychologen auf den Plan (so Dr. William E. Thomas von der Karl-May-Stiftung, der von einer Charakter-Spaltung Karl Mays ausgeht - als "alter ego" dürfen sicherlich Old Shatterhand oder Kara Ben Nemsi angesehen werden). Als psychischen Defekt kann man sicherlich auch einsortieren das frühe Weglaufen von Zuhause, die Diebstähle, Betrügereien und Hochstaplereien sowie die (literarisch ertragreichen) Tagtraum-Fluchten während der Gefängnisaufenthalte: Als angeblicher Polizist, Generalstaatsanwalt oder Advokat hatte er Diebstähle begangen, die ihn von 1870-1874 nach einigen vorher verhängten Bewährungsstrafen endgültig hinter die Gitter brachten: des Zuchthauses Waldheim. Das Spielen mit anderen Identitäten ließ ihn dennoch nicht los: Einerseits schrieb er viel unter wechselnden Pseudonymen (Capitain Ramon Diaz de la Escosura, M. Gisela, Hobble-Frank, Karl Hohenthal, D. Jam, Prinz Muhamêl Lautréamont, Ernst von Linden, P. van der Löwen, Emma Pollmer, Richard Plöhn, Oberlehrer Franz Langer), andererseits ließ er sich Visitenkarten drucken mit der Aufschrift "Dr. Karl May, genannt Old Shatterhand / Radebeul Dresden / Villa Shatterhand" - und beantwortete als Briefkastenonkel Leseranfragen, bei denen er die Erlebnisse von Old Shatterhand oder Kara Ben Nemsi als die eigenen Erfahrungen darstellte. Denkt man an Jonathan Swift und seinen Gulliver, an Cervantes und seinen Don Quichotte, ja an manche Aufschneiderein des Baron von Münchausen, denkt man an Jules Verne, an Robinson Crusoe etc. erkennt man, dass Karl Friedrich May so singulär mit seiner Verhaltensweise gar nicht dasteht. Selbst Homer, der zeitlebens blind war, fällt in diesem Zusammenhang auf. Das Büchlein von Hans Wollschläger "Grundriß eines gebrochenen Lebens", welches er als 30-jähriger, inspiriert von Adorno und Arno Schmidt, verfasste - so unscheinbar es äußerlich daherkommt: es bietet manch einen Anstoß zum Nachdenken: denn nicht nur der Journalist Rudolf Lebius (1868-1946) machte Karl May zu schaffen, in dem er ihn erpresste und mit Veröffentlichung der Haftstrafen drohte (die dann auch herauskamen) und zudem eine Broschüre in Umlauf brachte mit dem Titel "Karl May - ein Verderber der deutschen Jugend" - nein auch neueste Forschungen (die von William E. Thomas von der Karl-May-Stiftung, der eine Dissoziative Persönlichkeitsstörung diagnostiziert) zeigen, dass Karl May nicht nur flachschichtig ein Phänomen der Jugendbuch-Schriftstellerei und der Jugendzeit-Träumereien ist (das hatte auch den Philosophen Ernst Bloch interessiert), sondern dass er auch Erkenntnis-Punkte setzt für psychologisch orientierte Lebenslauf-Forschung ...
Verlossing (Amos Decker) (Dutch Edition)
Verlossing (Amos Decker) (Dutch Edition)
Verlossing (Amos Decker) (Dutch Edition) by David Baldacci. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "David Baldacci" category.
Love for Two Lifetimes: A heart-warming, feel-good romance you can't put down . . .
Love for Two Lifetimes: A heart-warming, feel-good romance you can't put down . . .
What an amazing book about lies, loss, sacrifice and forever love. It was hard to put this book down once I started reading. The characters are real and flawed and developed. Ms. Boone is a master at making you feel the emotions that each character displays.

Izzy dearly loved her mother who was a famous classical pianist. They had always been close because there had never been any other family in the picture; other than her best friend, Elli's family. Izzy never knew her father; didn't even know his name or anything about him. She had never felt that she needed more than she already had. But, when her mother was suddenly killed in a car accident, she realized she had never really known her mother at all. In going through her things, she found a box of love letters that her mother had written but had never sent. They were gut wrenching and sad and full of life and love. They were written to a man named Ian Halford who lived in England. Izzy felt that she needed to find this man and determine if he was the father she had never known.

Izzy made plans to fly to England and find Ian Halford. He was an earl by birth and a doctor by profession. When she arrived at the manor, she found Ian's son, Malcolm. At first, Malcolm didn't know what to make of Izzy but as he began to get to know her, he felt he needed to help her. Izzy had brought her mother's letters with her to share with Ian. Malcolm's life had been hard, his twin sister had died suddenly when they were eight years old and then his mother died when he was about twelve. It had been just he and his father for so many years and he had learned of his father's obsession with the classical pianist he referred to as Cella. Malcolm felt that both his father and Cella had destroyed his mother but as he learned more of the story, he realized there was more that he didn't know about the situation.

This threesome traveled to India and to the Taj Mahal and discovered more about the love between Cella and Ian and the relationship between Ian's parents. They learned that true love is worth any sacrifice. Izzy and Malcolm were confused because they both felt more toward each other than siblings should but they didn't know the truth about whether or not they were indeed step siblings and how weird it would be to find out that their feelings were not very sibling like. I won't give away the story but I would advise having kleenex near by. In the final examination of the story, the one problem I had was the lies that had to continue so some of the truth would never be known. I felt sad for those who had to keep the secrets and could never fully express the love they had.

Ms. Boone's books are some I enjoy reading very much and I am sure this will not be the last of her books that I have on my reading shelf.
Make No Mistake
Make No Mistake
some are more serious than others. Thank goodness this mistake was not any worse,and actually turned out to be a surprise for the reader. I enjoyed reading about the "old days in Georgia" and right at home with the characters. The medical information was informative and not too technical to be understood. As I have a Doctor in my family I could really relate to this story. A good read and I hope the author will offer more. Thanks for another good Kindle book.

P.S. I love a good ghost story and this was just enough.
Certain Women
Certain Women
Seven stories; seven women. CERTAIN WOMEN is vintage Caldwell, right down to the title.

It would be easy to call most of the men in these stories misogynistic. I rather think, however, that ‘misanthropic’ would be the more appropriate descriptor. Most of them are not only indescribably cruel to women; they’re equally cruel and uncaring towards men – hence, ‘misanthropic,’ to catch the sense of their hostility towards the entire species.

Is this Caldwell’s best work? Far from it. That said, this collection of short stories is eminently readable. Does Caldwell exhibit some special perspective on humanity with these stories? Not really; he merely exhibits his usual talent for illustrating life in the tough lane, when most of the highways he describes are single-lane roads … and where the truckers these women meet head on are all driving big, bad Mack trucks.

RRB
Brooklyn, NY
20 January 2020
A Reason for Marriage
A Reason for Marriage
Difficult, self-centered, manipulative heroine spoils this book. Although she grows up with the hero as her stepbrother and claims to love him, she readily believes him capable of lying, cheating, and avarice based upon just one incident of witnessing him kissing another woman. She is dishonest and tells the hero she needs her freedom to have a career. When she observed that she has hurt the hero's feelings, she brushed it off and told herself he somehow was acting or pretending, because he was a selfish womanizer. She even criticized the note he left the morning after their wedding night as too causal and unromantic. Geez-- she blew him off and acted like she was doing him a favor or he was almost a rapist for wanting to make love with his wife. This is the type of romance heroine I just can't stand. Although she is beautiful (which is constantly repeated every few paragraphs), I can't see any other reason why the hero should be in love with her.
The Harry Smith Project Live
The Harry Smith Project Live
In a recent CD review of "Harry Smith's Anthology Of American Folk Music" I made the following comments that apply to this well-done concert (or rather concerts, done in 1999 and 2001) film documentary based on that anthology, some of Smith's own creative work and some Fugs, an off beat old time folk/rock group, material. I will comment on some individual performances from the concerts below. Here is the CD review:

"It is no secret that the reviewer in this space has been on something of a tear of late in working through a litany of items concerning American roots music, a music that he first `discovered' in his youth with the folk revival of the early 1960s and with variations and additions over time has held in high regard for his whole adult life. Thus a review of musicologist (if that is what he though he was, it is not all that clear from his "career" path that this was so) Harry Smith's seminal "Anthology Of American Folk Music" is something of a no-brainer.

Since we live in a confessional age, however, here is the odd part. As familiar as I am with Harry Smith's name and place in the folk pantheon, his seemingly tireless field work and a great number of the songs in his anthology this is actually the first time that I have heard the whole thing at one sitting and in one place. Oh sure, back in the days of my ill-spent youth listening to an old late Sunday folk show I would perk up every time the name Harry Smith came up as the "discoverer" of some gem of a song from the 1920s or 1930s but to actually listen to, or even attempt to find, the whole compilation then just didn't happen.

In 1997 Smithsonian/Folkway, as least theoretically in my case, remedied that problem with the release of a high quality (given the masters) six CD set of old Harry's 80 plus recordings. Not only that but, as is usual with Smithsonian, a very nicely done booklet with all kinds of good information from the likes of Greil Marcus and the late folklorist Eric Von Schmidt (of songs like "Light Rain" and Joshua's Gone Barbados", among others, fame) accompanies this set. That booklet is worth the price of admission alone on this one. But here is the funny thing after running through the whole collection. I mentioned above that this was the first time that I heard the collection as a whole. Nevertheless, over time I have actually heard (and reviewed in this space), helter-skelter, most of the material in the collection, except a few of the more exotic gospel songs. So I guess that youth was not so ill-spent after all. If the "roots is toots" for you, get this thing.

Note: For a list of the all the tracks in the entire collection just Google "The Harry Smith Collection" and click onto Wikipedia's entry for Harry Smith."

That said, these concert presentation cover about twenty-something of the eighty four items in the Smith anthology. Here is my take. Folk music is meant to be passed on to future generations and those generations will place their own spin on the material. That is the case here. Some have been done successfully like Elvis Costello's cover of "Butcher Boy", Geoff Muldaur's "Poor Boy Blues", Bob Neurwith's (with Eliza Carthy playing a great fiddle) "I Wish I Were A Mole", Kate and Anna McGarrigle's "Sugar Baby", Beth Orton's "Frankie and Albert", Nick Cave's "John The Revelator" (Son House might have rolled over in his grave on that one), Lou Reed on Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean". The real knock out here is David Johansen performing "James Alley Blues" a song that I went crazy over when I first heard it long ago and that I went crazy over here. Other more jazzy or gospelly renditions did not fare so well. Some of the efforts set my teeth on edge. But here is the real secret of the Smith collection. Not all the material that Harry Smith collected was unalloyed gold. Some of that material also had the same effect on my poor teeth. That collection was a historic archive, good or bad. And this concert DVD will share that same fate. Watch this one more than once.
Hallmark Christmas Ornaments, Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Blown Glass Ornament
Hallmark Christmas Ornaments, Harry Potter Hogwarts Crest Blown Glass Ornament
Nice but not what I expected. I ordered the multi colored house crest. Very Large and cheap looking. Doesn't feel like glass at all. More like thin plastic and it is a very large ornament. I love the design and harry potter but, really skeptical. Looks pretty fake to me. I took the top off and didn't really look like glass. From far away it will look like glass so I am going to keep it but, disappointed.
Magic Apprentice Wizard Sorcerer's Light Up Wand and Pen (Variety)
Magic Apprentice Wizard Sorcerer's Light Up Wand and Pen (Variety)
The size and quality are just perfect for what I need it for and the pen actually works which is a huge bonus, but you have to write really hard to get it to illuminate. Like, almost carving into the paper hard. Also it comes with a little button on the cap that is supposed to make it illuminate even when you're not writing and it only works about half the time and only causes the light to flicker a bit before going out.
So is it nice? Yes, but I wish it worked better overall.

Edit:
I wrote this review before really taking it out and using it and the first time I took it to work it broke. Some super glue did the trick and fixed it up but now it's even more wonky than it was when i first got it.
Something Going Around: A Tor.Com Original
Something Going Around: A Tor.Com Original
Nice speculation about parasites and their need to breed. Most of it takes place in a college bar, but they are not drunk and the idea although wild is not beyond the believable.
Tom's Techniques
Tom's Techniques
This is the best book ever written on how to cover models with plastic film (Monokote, Coverite, etc.) Your planes will look as though they were professionally done!.
Nurture Smart - Baby Crib Mobile for Brain Development - Designed by Child Life Specialists - Superior Safety Features - Sensory Interaction - Night Light Projector - Music & Sound Options
Nurture Smart - Baby Crib Mobile for Brain Development - Designed by Child Life Specialists - Superior Safety Features - Sensory Interaction - Night Light Projector - Music & Sound Options
We bought this specifically due to our Child Life Specialists asked for it. When we inquired why they told us that being at LPCH they were part of the Child Life Team that got to help create this mobile. We will purchase more of these as they tell us they need them. Angels for Hearts is a non profit that helps pediatric heart patients and families regain a sense of normalcy in the hospital and during recovery. One way we do this is through our 'Wishes, Wants & Needs' program where Child Life can tell us what they need and we get it for them. We also work with Santa during the holidays to ensure the pediatric cardiac patients have items they need and sometimes a mobile is something a new parent may wish for. During the holidays we ask our Child Life Specialist what items they need for their patients mobiles are always a top item.
The Best of Joan Baez
The Best of Joan Baez
This has been mentioned on other reviews of other compilations of Joan's work and for those buyers for whom this is deal breaker> THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN is NOT THE STUDIO VERSION. It is a live version. That is not to say it is bad, but if your desire is to own the version you heard and learned to love on the radio, THIS IS NOT IT. I bought this particular collection because unlike on other reviews, this did NOT mention that DIXIE was live and I assumed this would be the studio version. The album art itself also does not list this and other live versions of other songs in the collection.

If someone had mentioned this in a review here I wouldn't have wasted my money on this collection but sought out another or bought the original album instead. So I am here to provide the information for others for whom this is an issue. The collection itself is wonderful for what it is. Just be aware it does include live versions as well as studio.
ATMEL AT89C4051-24PU MCU, 8BIT, 8051, 24MHZ, DIP-20 (1 piece)
ATMEL AT89C4051-24PU MCU, 8BIT, 8051, 24MHZ, DIP-20 (1 piece)
ATMEL AT89C4051-24PU MCU, 8BIT, 8051, 24MHZ, DIP-20 (1 piece) by undefined. Rated 7 out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the SellersDealsTrade-InAll Electronics ‹Back to results AliExtractor Ranks and Estimates Estimated Sales (month): 391 Est. Rev. (month): 10 category.
Spooktacular Creations Baby Lovely Lamb Costume Deluxe Infant Set for Halloween Trick or Treat Dress Up
Spooktacular Creations Baby Lovely Lamb Costume Deluxe Infant Set for Halloween Trick or Treat Dress Up
This is an adorable baby costume! The bodice has a velcro closure at the back and snap closure at the crotch with plenty of room to put it on. The head piece was very cute but baby did not want to keep it on and it was a bit big. The head piece has a velcro closure just under the neck but being that it was on the larger size the whole head piece kept falling forward and backward on my baby and she couldn't see. Overall, I would recommend it just wasn't right for us.
Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New Directions Paperbook)
Zen and the Birds of Appetite (New Directions Paperbook)
Zen and the Birds of Appetite (Thomas Merton)
April 8, 2013
Book Reaction

Initial Question:
How does Merton connect Zen (distinct from Buddhism) to the story of Jesus? What's "broken" and how does Merton suggest redemption and repair?

Musings Influenced by the Book:
Zen is not a thing; it's more of an absence. Within the Christian experience, it is the absence of resistance to Christ living in us and through us. Zen is not an obedience, but an alive-ness to what is, an absence of the question - it simply is.

Stripped of its Buddhist story, Zen as a reality fits within the Christian experience. Zen is the experienced reality of St. Paul's phrase, "It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me." The ancient Christians referred to this as "union" with God - an expression of life that lived from the core of the human person and seen from within as an inability to discern the origin of action: was it God or me who did this? This blur, this lack of question, and this free expression of what is (without resistance) is living "Zen."

My favorite quote:
"...liberation from his inordinate self-consciousness, his monumental self-awareness, his obsession with self-affirmation, so that he may enjoy the freedom from concern that goes with being simply what he is and accepting things as they are in order to work with them as he can." *Zen and the Birds of Appetite* p. 31

The general take away:
Awakening is the goal. This is something Christians have always talked about. The Christian sense of awakening differs from the traditional Buddhist story with regards to what one awakens to.

For the Christian, awakening is coming to the sense of the Father's divine love and present care and seeing all things that would flounder that reality purge away. It is in the life of Christ living in us that we come to see this love and have it live through us.

For the Buddhist, the awakening is more of a coming to see that all things are life and that there is no individual "me" - I am the Life, you are the Life, and all things that exist are life in this moment.
iMedic - Memory Foam Knee Pillow For Sleeping On Side - Gel Lined Premium Quality Orthopaedic Leg Cushion For Perfect Alignment For Side Sleepers
iMedic - Memory Foam Knee Pillow For Sleeping On Side - Gel Lined Premium Quality Orthopaedic Leg Cushion For Perfect Alignment For Side Sleepers
This is far too squishy for me and raises my knee by only about 3cm which isn't enough to align my hips. That small amount though was enough to mean my feet were separated and the top one had to bend down to be supported by the other so I ended up with sore ankles. You'd really need one of these lower down as well to support your lower leg properly. I'll go back to using a pillow.

On the plus side, this was much cooler than I was expecting.
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L, Silver
Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L, Silver
This is the best laptop deal you can get, full stop.

Touchescreen? Nope. That feature is stupid in a laptop, in my view. As you use the keyboard, incidental touche s of the screen change focus or move to different screens--touchscreen is a gimmick and sucks.

The screen on this laptop is worth the price by itself. Gorgeous, black is actually black, it rivals my AOC gaming desktop monitor.

The Ryzen chip inside can be overclosked if you feel like it, but it is not needed. It is plenty fast for a laptop.

This is set up to add memory and a hard drive. Do so. I spent an additional $50 to add a 1tb drive and an 8gig memory stick. In so doing, I have the same specs as a $700 consumer laptop.

Gaming? I stream from my desktop, it's perfect. It won't run any modern games at more than low settings (if that) but you don't need to run them onboard if you have a gaming machine. DO NOT BUY THIS TO PLAY GAMES ONBOARD. Stream via Steam, it's perfect.

Buy this for $300, spend an additional $50 or $100 on memory and storage, and sit back and realize that you got a premier laptop for 1/3 the money people are spending on nothing.

Build quality is bomber. Eveything is solid, no rattles, no warps. Others have ripped on the touchpad--can't tell the difference between this and any other laptop touchpad. It isn't loose, responds as usual, no problem.

The screen is GORGEOUS and much better than laptops at twice or three times the price.

I actually like the compressed number pad on the right. If you aren't doing a lot of 10-key stuff, it's what you need.

The keyboard backlight stays on while you're typing, shuts off when you aren't. Perfectly configured.

This boots in about 15 seconds.

It has some heft, but is still very light. Hard to describe, but you can carry this all day in your backpack and not even know it is there. The power brick is about the size of a Toblerone tube. I plan on buying an extra to travel with.

This will work as a consumer laptop as is, like I said, but add some memory and a hard drive and you are CRUSHING.

I can't sing the praises of this enough.

Buy this, add a drive and a memory stick and you get a premier laptop for less than $400. And you get a better screen, too. And anyone can do that, it isn't tough at all. If you can turn a screwdriver, you can update this machine.

Make sure to go in and turn S mode off. First, activate Windows, then go to the store and turn off S mode.

This is much better than what other companies are offering as a budget laptop.

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