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    Wisner, Erica
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    Heating with wood is often considered a natural and economical alternative to electricity or fossil fuels. However, even with a fairly new and efficient woodstove, many cords of wood are required for burning over the course of a single winter, and incomplete combustion can contribute to poor air quality. A rocket mass heater is an earthen masonry heating system which provides clean, safe, and efficient warmth for your home, all while using 70 to 90 percent less fuel than a traditional woodstove. These unique and beautiful installations provide luxurious comfort year round. In cold weather a few hours of clean, hot burning can provide twenty or more hours of steady warmth, while the unit's large thermal mass acts as a heat sink, cooling your home on sizzling summer days. Packed with hard-to-find information, The Rocket Mass Heater Builder's Guide includes: Comprehensive design, construction, and installation instructions combined with detailed maintenance and troubleshooting advice Brick-by-brick layouts, diagrams, and architectural plans augmented with detailed parts drawings and photographs for clarity Relevant and up-to-date code information and standards to help you navigate the approval process with local building departments Earthen masonry heating systems are well-suited for natural and conventional builders alike. A super-efficient, wood-burning, rocket mass heater can help you dramatically reduce your energy costs while enhancing the beauty, value, and comfort of your home. Erica Wisner and Ernie Wisner have built over seven hundred super-efficient, clean-burning masonry stoves. They are dedicated to the search for sustainable solutions and the hands-on teaching of creative, ecological, and practical skills.

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    Giussani, Luigi, Hauerwas, Stanley
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    Luigi Giussani, a high school religion teacher throughout the 1950s and 1960s, grounded his teachings in the vast body of experience to be found in Christianity's two-thousand-year history. He told his students, "I'm not here to make you adopt the ideas I will give you as your own, but to teach you a method for judging the things I will say." Throughout his life, education was one of Giussani's primary intellectual interests. He believed that effective education required an adequate background in the Christian tradition, presented within a lived experience that underscored the capacity of the faith to answer universal questions. What he proposed was a process that allowed one to sift through tradition, critically examining it and comparing it against the ultimate criteria for judgment: the desires of the heart. In Giussani's view, the primary concern was to "educate the human heart as God made it." In The Risk of Education he states that fear leads students to associate this process of criticism with negativity or doubt. Yet, without an education in criticism, students cannot develop conviction. At a time when young people are abandoning the church and questioning the value of faith, Giussani's method of judging and verifying Christianity as an experience seems a necessary intervention. In The Risk of Education he argues that, ultimately, education and the Christian message reveal themselves through human freedom.

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    Martin, Dayna, Roumanis, A.R.
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    The Preschooler’s Handbook introduces 18 basic concepts. Included are ABCs, numbers, colors, matching, shapes, school, manners, arts, playground, gardening, biking, car rides, shopping, jobs, potty, and brushing teeth. This book develops early language skills using more than 300 words that every kid should know. Preschooler’s will learn to match uppercase letters with their lowercase counterparts, and develop early counting skills. Vibrant colors and images are designed to attract the attention of children. This book will help your child learn a variety of important concepts before kindergarten.

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    Luther, Daisy
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    NO SOURCE IS LEFT UNTAPPED IN THIS ALL-ENCOMPASSING GUIDE TO SUPPLYING LIFE-SAVING WATER AFTER A DISASTER You can survive up to three weeks without food, but only three days without water! When catastrophe strikes, having enough water can spell the difference between life and death. The Prepper's Water Survival Guide offers a step-by-step plan with straightforward information you can easily follow. Thanks to this book's laser-focus on water, you'll quickly learn how to: -Store fresh water -Collect rainwater -Purify water from lakes & rivers -Dig a well for groundwater In addition to harvesting water, you'll gain the tools to keep large stores untainted for long periods of time, test the water you collect for dangerous toxins, and treat water-related illnesses that are commonly contracted during a disaster.

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    Cobb, Jim.
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    A DISASTER-PROOF INVESTMENT STRATEGY TO ENSURE STABILITY AND SECURITY BEFORE, DURING, AND BEYOND A MARKETPLACE MELTDOWN You're prepared for hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, earthquakes and other natural disasters, but are you ready for the inevitable man-made disasters to come' This book teaches you the other half of disaster planning-how to survive the economic turmoil that hits regions and nations after the storm has passed. Prepper's Financial Guide will teach you how to: -Become self-sufficient -Purchase precious metals -Safeguard your valuable possessions -Invest in foreign and alternate currencies -Barter and trade for needed supplies -Build an off-grid marketplace -Reduce debt so you can save for the future -And much more

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    Wheeler, Ronald
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    The Power of Shaolin Kung Fu offers readers a comprehensive course in the fundamental movements that have been practiced and perfected by warrior monks for centuries. It includes instruction in the powerful striking techniques that so often lead to decisive victory in today's mixed martial arts bouts. The book includes 300 color photographs along with detailed textual instructions and training tips. The included DVD clearly demonstrates all of the movements covered in the book. Shaolin Kung Fu is an indispensible part of every martial artist's repertoire-a vital means to improve your movement, motion, and balance skills and the best way for a mixed martial arts fighter to improve and perfect striking skills. This informative kung fu book also shares the moral and ethical philosophies that underlie the Jow Ga system. Shaolin Jow Ga Kung Fu is a combination of southern and northern Shaolin techniques-making it by far the most effective in terms of combining blinding speed with devastatingly powerful strikes.

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    Seemann, Rose
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    Eighty-three million dogs and ninety-six million cats call the United States home. Dogs alone produce enough waste to fill more than 1,091 football fields 1 foot deep in a single year. Add billions of plastic pick-up bags to the mix and season well with tons of litter box waste. Scoop a hefty portion into local landfills and seal it tightly to ensure optimal methane production. Clearly, this is a recipe for disaster. Dog and cat owners who trash their pets' offerings daily are in denial about how much waste is produced and what happens to it. Those who want to make the responsible choice often turn to the internet, only to find misleading, confusing, and contradictory information. The Pet Poo Pocket Guide will help you reduce your pet's environmental paw print with: -Best practices for cycling pet waste back to nature -Suggestions on how to tailor your approach based on location, situation, weather, needs, or available time -Instructions for using your composted pet waste safely to enrich your soil and nourish ornamental plants With recycling tactics clearly indicated as "easy," "moderate," or "demanding," The Pet Poo Pocket Guide offers something for everyone. This no-nonsense guide is a must-read for any pet owner who is concerned about the environmental impact of their best friend, and is seeking a safe and practical solution. Rose Seemann is the owner and operator of EnviroWagg, a company dedicated to collecting and composting canine waste into safe, nutrient-rich garden soil.

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    Gravelle, Karen
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    Explains what happens at the onset of menstruation, discussing what to wear, going to the gynecologist, and how to handle various problems. Braille edition includes commonsense strategies from two blind women, and two tactile illustrations covering the female anatomy.

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    Deliberative democracy has been one of the main games in contemporary political theory for two decades, growing enormously in size and importance in political science and many other disciplines. This handbook takes stock of deliberative democracy as a research field, in philosophy, in various research programmes in the social sciences and law, and in political practice around the globe. It provides a concise history of deliberative ideals in political thought and discusses their philosophical origins. The book locates deliberation in political systems with different spaces, publics, and venues, including parliaments, courts, governance networks, protests, mini-publics, old and new media, and everyday talk. It engages with practical applications, mapping deliberation as a reform movement and as a device for conflict resolution, documenting the practice and study of deliberative democracy around the world and in global governance.

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    The classroom standard for readers and aspiring writers of fiction, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction offers the most comprehensive, engaging selection of classic and contemporary stories in the field.

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    Alexander, Michelle
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    Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.

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    Finazzo, Scott
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    A COMPLETE, STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO PREPARING YOURSELF AND YOUR COMMUNITY TO AID FIRST RESPONDERS DURING A DISASTER SITUATION Nothing brings out the best in neighbors more than facing a catastrophe together. But don't wait till the disaster is upon you. This book shows how you can work together today to protect the lives and homes of all the families in your neighborhood tomorrow. With guidance on how you can take a leadership role, this helpful handbook details everything your community needs to be fully prepared for any natural disaster. Creating event-specific disaster kits for yourself and your family Learning about basic fire safety and fire fighting Establishing triage centers in the event that first responders can't reach you Stabilizing disaster victims through need-to-know first aid Creating your own neighborhood emergency response team to keep your neighborhood safe and save lives should the worst occur

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    James, Sarah
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    Sustainability may seem like one more buzzword and cities and towns like the last places to change, but The Natural Step for Communities provides inspiring examples of communities that have made dramatic changes toward sustainability and explains how others can emulate their success. Chronicled in the book are towns like OvertorneA, whose government operations recently became 100 percent fossil fuel-free, demonstrating that unsustainable municipal practices really can be overhauled. Arguing that the process of introducing change-whether converting to renewable energy or designing compact development-is critical to success, the authors outline why well-intentioned proposals often fail to win community approval and why an integrated approach-not "single-issue" initiatives-can surmount challenges of conflicting priorities, scarce resources and turf battles. The book first clarifies the concept of sustainability, offering guiding principles-the Natural Step framework-that help identify sustainable action in any area. It then introduces the 60+ eco-municipalities of Sweden that have adopted changes to sustainable practices throughout municipal policies and operations. The third section explains how they did it and outlines how other communities in North America and elsewhere can do the same. Key to success is a democratic, "bottom-up" change process and clear guiding sustainability principles, such as the Natural Step framework. The book will appeal to both general readers wishing to understand better what sustainability means and practitioners interested in introducing or expanding sustainable development in their communities. Sarah James is the principal of a community planning consulting firm. She co-authored the American Planning Association's Planning for Sustainability Policy Guide and has published articles throughout the U.S. on this subject. TorbjOrn Lahti was the planner for Sweden's first eco-municipality and is directing a five-year sustainable community demonstration project. He was instrumental in forming the Swedish National Association of Eco-municipalities.

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    Guelberth, Cedar Rose
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    For builders of natural homes (straw bale, cob, adobe, rammed earth, and other natural materials), this unique step-by-step guide takes the confusion out of choosing, mixing, and applying natural plasters. From principles to practicalities, and with every stage of the process illustrated, The Natural Plasters Book details the entire process of plastering with earth, lime, and gypsum for a long-lasting and durable finish. Starting with an overview and history of the natural building movement, the book handles a wide variety of topics including earthen plaster versus cement stucco, tools and techniques of the trade, plaster recipes, and pigmenting plaster or painting walls with natural paints. First-time builders will appreciate tips on common mistakes (and how to avoid them) discussed at each stage of the plastering process. Special focus is paid to the importance of planning and designing for earthen plasters-before building begins. The only comprehensive guide available on natural plasters, this book is written for the growing number of people who have decided to build their own natural homes as well as for professionals. Heavily illustrated with practical drawings and photographs, it also includes an extensive resource guide listing books, magazines, videos, builders, and suppliers. Marketing Plans: Ads in Natural Home and Environmental Building & Design National print review campaign to natural building, self-sufficiency, and environmental magazines, newsletters, websites. Cedar Rose Guelberth has been working with natural home construction and plaster techniques for 25 years and is a nationally recognized natural building educator and consultant. Dan Chiras is the author of fifteen books including The Natural House: A Guide to Healthy, Energy-Efficient, Environmental Homes (ISBN: 1-890132578, Chelsea Green, 2000). Both authors live in Colorado. Also Available The Art of Natural Building: Design, Construction, Resources TP $26.95, 0-86571-433-9 USA Straw Bale Building: How to Plan, Design, and Build with Straw TP $24.95, 0-86571-403-7 USA

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    Narcotics Anonymous World Services
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    Narcotics Anonymous Step Working Guides are meant to be used by NA members at any stage of recovery, whether it's the first time through the steps, or whether they have been a guiding force for many years. This book is intentionally written to be relevant to newcomers and to help more experienced memebers develop a deeper understanding of the Twelve Steps.

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    Mighton, John
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    A student in a remedial class who couldn't count by twos is now in an academic program a year ahead of her grade level. An entire Grade 3 class, including so-called slow learners, scores over 90% on a Grade 6-7 math test. These are just two of mathematician John Mighton's many success stories since he started JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), a not-for-profit organization providing free math tutoring for elementary-level students from low income homes. In The Myth of Ability John Mighton tells JUMP's fascinating story and explains its teaching method with lots of simple examples.

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    Walker, Robert W., Horn, Bernd
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    In the simplest of terms, leadership is about influencing people to achieve an objective that is important to the leader, the group, and the organization. It is the human element – leading, motivating, and inspiring, particularly during times of crisis, chaos, and complexity when directives, policy statements, and communiques have little effect on cold, exhausted, and stressed followers. Strong leadership encourages subordinates to go beyond the obligation to obey and commit to the mission in a way that maximizes their potential. The Military Leadership Handbook is a concise and complete manual that identifies, describes, and explains all those concepts, components, and ideas that deal with, or directly relate to, military leadership. The book is a comprehensive compendium that focuses on, among other subjects, cohesion, command, cultural intelligence, discipline, fear, and trust. this applied manual provides invaluable assistance to anyone who wishes to acquire a better understanding of both the theory and application of military leadership

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    Smyth, J. E.
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    The Law and Business Administration in Canada, 14th edition, responds to the needs of today’s business students by streamlining the traditional study of contractual principles, emphasizing current legal topics involving government regulation of business, corporate governance, e-commerce, privacy, and globalization, and adding continuity to the discussion of strategies to manage business’s legal risks by asking students to consider the legal issues facing a single businesses as it evolves through each chapter.

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    Horn, Charles
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    Written for the 1.8 million students who will take the S.A.T. this year, this relatable study guide fuses the irreverent humor of The Onion with all the preparation prowess of The Official S.A.T. Study Guide. Every year, almost two million students take the S.A.T. exam, a test that will likely determine their college admissions, scholarship offers and, ultimately, what kind of cars they'll drive and how much money they'll make. To ensure that your child doesn't end up in a rusted-out Gremlin making less than $5.00 an hour, professional comedy writer and savant Charles Horn taps his talents to present an instructive test-taking tool that is as entertaining as it is educational. Using the same types of questions that appear on the actual exam, Horn rewrites his guide to make the questions timely, edgy and fun. Instead of boring, politically correct textbook material, students will be engaged by questions covering stuff they actually might care about, like teen issues, Hollywood and pop culture.

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    Feder, Robert S.
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    The LASIK Handbook: A Case-Based Approach focuses on the approach to the patient and the planning of surgery rather than the technology. The beginning refractive surgeon is led through a series of cases in a progression from simple to more complex decision-making. Surgical planning and management of complications are taught in a manner that is commonly used in contemporary medical student training—providing cases that mimic real-world  situations. New to this edition are more than 25 new cases to bring the total to over 100. A companion website provides surgical videos and an interactive online question bank for self-assessment. All chapters are completely updated, and new separate chapters have been on the new technologies in corneal topography, mechanical microkeratomes, femtosecond lasers and excimer lasers; and International Perspectives.

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