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books black and whiteHow to win at Mathematics: A guide to turn yourself from a poor math student into an outstanding one

Are you a struggling math student? Then this is the perfect guide for you on how to learn Mathematics better.

How to win at mathematics is a clear and useful guide to help students in university or high school achieve better grades even if you have been a failing math student in the past.

With each chapter going into detail of how to apply the learning tactics, it can transform your grades from failing to outstanding without having to spend hours locked up in the library studying or resorting to rote memorization when you don’t understand a concept.

You will learn how to

Take math notes

Make sure you understand concepts

Efficiently complete tutorial/problem sets

Prepare and ace assessments

Reader Review: This book has really been my angel guardian ever since I bought it. I’m a student and I’ve been struggling with Math since forever. And then I came across this book and bought it in a jiffy. It has helped me so much since then. All of my friends (who were always better at Math than me) take extra Math classes and still don’t score as high as me. I’ve astounded everybody from friends to family to teachers.

This book is my savior. It really is. My Math skills have improved dramatically and I’m glad I bought this book. I just wish I’d bought it earlier. If you’re struggling with Mathematics (much like half the world) then go ahead and buy this book. You will be more grateful than ever. Take my word for it. Get this book even if you have a friend or family member in need of it. It would make a thoughtful gift.

All in all, a great book with clear cut instructions on how to improve your Math skills. Highly recommended.

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Math Blender

This is a game. It works just fine on the plain vanilla kindles.

Player Reviews:
This is really not what I needed right now in my life – yet another very addictive game for my Kindle. I downloaded it and played it for 45 minutes straight during my lunch break at work, and it is fun, challenging, makes you think a bit and has you lose all sense of time. I will also be putting this on my children’s Kindles as this is a good one to get them to think creatively.

You are given a set of “blank” spots in a math equation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) that you need to fill in with a set of pre-populated tiles of various numbers and math operators (the + and – signs, etc.). It gets progressively harder, and the game has 100 puzzles for you to play. It’s pretty straight forward to play with your eInk Kindle, as you use the 5-way controller and the page forward / backward keys. If you do get stuck or just can’t figure it out, there is a “hint” type of icon you can press that will give you the answer – use it as a last resort as it will reveal everything vs. giving you a hint for one of the empty spots on the puzzle.

As mentioned above, there are 100 puzzles, and in these categories:
Intro puzzles – 2
Addition puzzles – 20
Subtraction puzzles – 16
Addition and subtraction puzzles – 20
Multiplication or division puzzles – 12
Mixed puzzles – 30

As I type this review, the game is free for your Kindle – even if they charged a few bucks for it, I would say it is well worth it!

Another player review: Okay, but only has a limited number of equations. Once you finish a few puzzles, you can’t play anymore. Only uses simple operators, so would be good for school students as well as adults.

Me: This is what I like about it. There’s an end in sight.=)

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Electricity and Magnetism

Reader Review; This is just an old text but I enjoyed it. It’s well written and I found myself easily visualizing the concepts that it discussed.
It’s not a good beginner text if you are totally new to the subject, because there’s better updated primers out there, and this has a few things that are now dated and incorrect.

I read it because I wanted to consider the topics like they USED to be considered. There was some magic and excitement about electricity in the past that I think we’ve lost. Maybe it is the texts? As I said, I found myself daydreaming a bit about the topics in this book, visualizing them. That always helps when thinking about any subject. It’s very visually descriptive.

Reader review; Elisha Gray’s familiar talks on nature’s miracles reaches the pinnacle with this book on nature’s greatest wonders, electricity and magnetism. The author’s use of simple language and explanations gives a clear understanding of a fascinating subject. This will awaken the inner scientist in anyone and give an appreciation of the amazing science that makes our world function. A must-read for any learned person.

Excerpt from beginning: It will be plain to any one on seeing the size of the little book that it cannot be an exhaustive treatise on a subject so large as that of Electricity. This volume, like the others, is intended for popular reading, and technical terms are avoided as far as possible, or when used clearly explained. The subject is treated historically, theoretically, and practically.

As the author has lived through the period during which the science of Electricity has had most of its growth, he naturally and necessarily deals somewhat in reminiscence. All he hopes to do is to plant a few seed-thoughts in the minds of his readers that will awaken an interest in the study of natural science; and especially in its most fascinating branch—Electricity.

Excerpt from an early chapter:

Electricity as a well-developed science is not old. Those of us who have lived fifty years have seen nearly all its development so far as it has been applied to useful purposes, and those who have lived over twenty-five years have seen the major portion of its development.

Thales of Miletus, 600 B.C., discovered, or at least described, the properties of amber when rubbed, showing that it had the power to attract and repel light substances, such as straws, dry leaves, etc. And from the Greek word for amber—elektron—came the name electricity, denoting this peculiar property. Theophrastus and Pliny made the same observations; the former about 321 B.C., and the latter about 70 A.D. It is also said that the ancients had observed the effects of animal electricity, such as that of the fish called the torpedo. Pliny and Aristotle both speak of its power to paralyze the feet of men and animals, and to first benumb the fish which it then preyed upon. It is also recorded that a freed-[Pg 7]man of Tiberius was cured of the gout by the shocks of the torpedo. It is further recorded that Wolimer, the King of the Goths, was able to emit sparks from his body.

Coming down to more modern times—A.D. 1600—we find Dr. Gilbert, an Englishman, taking up the investigation of the electrical properties of various substances when submitted to friction, and formulating them in the order of their importance. In these experiments we have the beginnings of what has since developed into a great science. He made the discovery that when the air was dry he could soon electrify the substances rubbed, but when it was damp it took much longer and sometimes he failed altogether. In 1705 Francis Hawksbee, an experimental philosopher, discovered that mercury could be rendered luminous by agitating it in an exhausted receiver. (It is a question whether this phenomenon should not be classed with that of phosphorescence rather than electricity.) The number of investigators was so great that all of them cannot be mentioned. It often happens that those who do really most for a science are never known to fame. A number of people will make small contributions till the structure has by degrees assumed large proportions, when finally some one comes along and puts a gilded dome on it and the whole structure takes his name. This is eminently[Pg 8] true of many of the more important developments in the science and applications of electricity during the last twenty-five or thirty years.

By the same author:
Familiar Talks on Science-World-Building and Life. Earth, Air and Water.


Dear Reader: Please look through this “Introduction” before beginning with the regular chapters. It is always well to know the object, aim, and mode of treatment of a book before reading it, so as to be able to look at it from the author’s view-point.

First: A word about the title—”Nature’s Miracles.” Some may claim that it is unscientific to speak of the operations of nature as “miracles.” But the point of the title lies in the paradox of finding so many wonderful things—as wonderful as any miracle that was ever recorded—subservient to the rule of law.

“But,” you say, “a miracle does not come under any rule of law.”

Ah! are you sure of that? It is true that we may not understand the law that the so-called miracle comes under, but the Author of all natural law does. We do not pretend to dispute but that the Power that made nature’s laws can change them if He sees fit; but we cannot believe that He will ever see fit. It would destroy all order and harmony, all advancement[Pg vi] in science and knowledge of God’s works, not to be able to rely implicitly upon the laws of nature as consistent and continuous.

In putting out these little volumes, it is not to be understood that the subjects treated will be more than touched upon, at the most salient points. To do much more would require volumes of immense size, and life would be too short for me to write or for you to read them.

Again: these volumes are “familiar talks.” The Author wishes to sit down with you—so to speak—and not hold you at arm’s length.

It will be his aim to use the language of common life and to avoid all technical names so far as possible, or, when they are necessary, to explain their meaning. The object is to reach the thousands of readers who have not and cannot have the advantages of a scientific education, but who can by this means get at least a rudimentary idea of some of the natural laws with which they are coming in contact every hour, and through which the inner man has constant communication with the outer world. It may be, too, that many young students will be helped by these plain general views of topics which their text-books will give them in detail.

A knowledge of the real things in the objective world about us and the laws that govern them in their inter-relations is of practical[Pg vii] value to every man, whatever his calling may be. Not only will it be of value practically, but it will also be a constant source of interest and pleasure. Man is so constituted that he must have something to be interested in, and if he has no resources within himself he looks elsewhere, and often to his hurt, mentally, morally, or otherwise. If he could have an interest awakened in him for the study and contemplation of the natural world he would then have a book to read that is always open, always fresh, always new. He is dealing with facts and not theory, except as he uses theory for getting at facts.

A man who is all theory is like “a rudderless ship on a shoreless sea.” All he really knows is that he is afloat, and if he lands at all it is likely to be in an insane asylum. The mind, in order to keep its balance, must have the solid foundation of real things. Theories and speculations may be indulged in with safety only so long as they are based on facts that we can go back to at all times and know that we are on solid ground.

It is the desire and aim of all good men to make their nation a truly great people, with a civilization the highest possible. The character of all kinds of growth is largely determined by the character of the material upon which it feeds. The study of natural law can never be harmful, but is always beneficial, for[Pg viii] the student is then working in harmony with law. It is the violation of law that makes all the trouble in the world—whether physical, moral, or social. When we speak of natural law we do not confine ourselves to what is commonly known as chemistry and physics, and the laws that govern the material world, but include as well the laws of our own being, as intellectual and spiritual units. For all law, physical, intellectual, and spiritual, is in a sense natural.

All departments of science are simply branches of one great science, and all phases of human activity are touched by it. The preacher is a better preacher, the doctor a better doctor, the lawyer a better lawyer, the editor a better editor, the business man a better merchant, and the mechanic a better workman, if they follow scientific methods. Indeed, any man will be a better husband, father, and citizen, if he has some trustworthy knowledge of the laws under which this great universe, down to his own little part of it, lives, moves, and has its being.books black and white

10 Ways To Improve Your Immune System
85 pages

A network of proteins, specialized cells, organs and tissues make up the body’s immune system that fights foreign bodies (microorganisms and germs) that can invade it, hence protecting it. An improved immune system ensures that the body is free from infections and thus allowing a person to live a life that is healthy. Acting as the body’s defense, the immune system attacks invaders and infections through a process known as the immune response. Leukocytes, also known as white blood cells, are the most active elements of the immune system available in two kinds that fight germs and other foreign bodies entering the body head on. Through the blood and lymphatic vessels, these cells are able to reach all parts of the body from the cells to tissues to body organs such as the heart, skin and kidneys among others. This enables for proper coordination of the defense system to monitor the whole body for any infections or germs. The white blood cells comprise of lymphocytes and phagocytes that fight infections from antibodies previously used to eliminate similar invasion of the body and chew foreign bodies respectively. Neutrophil cells are an example of phagocytes that protect the body from bacterial infections.

An increased level of neutrophil cells in the body is an indication of a bacterial infection. Developed in the bone marrow, lymphocytes can either be of type B that matures where it is produced or type T that matures in the thymus gland. The role of the type B lymphocytes is to identify germs and other microorganisms that have invaded the body while type T destroys them. Some of the antigens that the immune systems fight include viruses, fungi, parasites and bacteria among others. Cancer cells can also be destroyed by the immune system though this is not always the case because they are more similar to normal body cells unlike foreign bodies; it might also not be strong enough to eliminate the cancer cells.

This is the reason people with strong immune systems can still develop cancer if they are at risk. With an improved immune system, one can enjoy a healthy life free from infections, reduced rate of aging as well as faster recovery from injuries and illnesses. This book explains why it is important to have an improved immune system, how the immune system works to protect the body from infections and ten great ways in which one can boost their immune system. It also looks into when a person should seek medical advice on matters concerning their immune system and final food for thought for those who are having problems with their immune system by often getting sick. It is a must-read for those looking to boost their immune systems.

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The advancement of technology has allowed our society to grow in leaps and bounds. The fields of medicine, engineering, agriculture and countless others have benefited from the applied science of high tech microprocessors and their data processing capabilities.  
This technology helps power our homes, cars, laptops, and phones. It is involved in every aspect of our lives, but as powerful and complex as these systems are there is one device that can cripple everything and bring the world as we know it to a standstill: EMP blast.
Mike Grant, a veteran welder for a Pittsburgh steel company, is at work when an EMP blast wrecks the entire country. With no transportation and no way to contact his loved ones, Mike has to combat the panic stricken city to find his father, reach his wife and children in the suburbs, and escape to their cabin in Ohio.
This fast-paced, adrenaline filled thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat as we all find out what happens when the lights go out.

Reader review: Broken Lines hooked me right away and, yes, an EMP is more plausible than you might think. Do some research and you’ll discover government reports that suggest that terrorists nations could very easily use and devastate our country with an EMP. The main character knows what has happened and knows what to do because he made sure he was Prepared for unexpected events. He obviously took the effort to ensure that he’d know what to do IF whatever happened. The book is a bit short but I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. The minute I finished it, I purchased Broken Road and it was even better. I’m now anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.

DHM: Other reader reviews point out that this is really a short story, basically a prelude to the second book (which you have to purchase).

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How and When to Be Your Own Doctor

Reader Review: I just finished reading an online version of this book at [...] and it has greatly changed my outlook on health. Using a common-sense, physiological approach to address the causes of disease, the author presents methods for overcoming various afflictions — major arthritis, high blood pressure, and even cancers, just to name a few. More importantly, though, she addresses what she believes to be the root cause of disease, a fact that many people do not want to face: unhealthy living.

She argues that standard medical professionals fail to address the true causes of disease, instead opting for prescriptions or even disfiguring surgery to remove what amounts to symptoms of other underlying problems. By treating only the symptoms, the true disease (a toxic body) only gets worse and manifests its internal imbalances in increasingly more serious ways. Part of the cause of this “toxemia” is the declining nutrition in the food that we eat on an everyday basis.

She posits that the only thing capable of healing the body is the body itself, and the best approach for overcoming nearly all ailments is giving the body the opportunity to do that. By discovering minor food allergies, imposing a more healthy diet, fasting, and colon cleansing, she puts forward methods for allowing that process to occur. One gem of advice was that of fasting: food digestion burns 30-50% of the energy in the food we eat. By fasting for even short periods of time, this energy (and the toxin-filtering efforts of the liver) can instead be used for purifying and restoring our bodies. She then points out that when we are sick, we lose our appetites for just this reason: we would be much better off to not eat at all, drink plenty of water, and rest, allowing our body the energy to fight the disease, instead of overworking our bodies by eating, fueling the disease with additional food stores, and introducing poisonous antibiotics into our system. It is against-conventional-wisdom-but-highly-sensible (after all, sick animals don’t eat) advice like this that make this book really stand out.

I must say that much of the evidence is not up to “scientific snuff”, but that is almost to be expected with a work like this. When the main treatment advocated for serious detoxification (and tremendous benefits of various sorts) is a long-term water fast, there is not much profit to be made in promoting or researching it. She does cite various studies throughout, appeals to common sense and history, and presents a slew of anecdotal evidence from her decades of work running Great Oaks School of Health (an alternative healing clinic, for all intents and purposes) in Oregon. She herself even survived two bouts with breast cancer without ever having a mastectomy, chemotherapy, or radiation treatment.

Most importantly, she presents a balanced, realistic view of hygienic healing and healthy living. She does not “religiously” adhere to any one technique, instead presenting the positives and negatives of various methods. She is not overly-optimistic, but truthful instead, accepting and discussing various cases that she could not help. Her descriptions of food in particular, that organic foods are not necessarily any better (in nutrition) than industrial foods, are particularly enlightening. Even while discussing more healthy ways to eat, she accepts that we will sometimes depart from an otherwise healthy diet, and even relates an instance of doing that herself. It is her down-to-earth, pragmatic, truthful, realistic, case-study-driven approach that makes this book worthwhile, and I highly suggest it to anyone.

If you still aren’t convinced, at least read Chapter 2: The Nature and Cause of Disease ([...] It simply makes so much sense that it’s really hard to ignore, and this is true of the book in general.

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Everyday Foods in War Time

Reader Review; “The world needs milk today as badly as wheat. All that we can
possibly spare is needed in Europe for starving little ones. In
any shortage slogan must be “children first.” (loc 80-83)

“Everyday Foods in War Time” is an interesting little tract written for World War I moms.

I found it particularly interesting not only because it tells us about what the then-current thinking was on scientific nutrition and ‘vitamines’, but also because of what it shows us about home life at that time: what the average family was likely to have for their meals.

The author is, for example, a huge fan of milk, which she advises everyone partake in. Milk being the ‘perfect food’. But in lieu of milk being needed by the starving babies of Europe, she suggests vegetables and grains, even bananas.

Those of us who enjoy looking into the past will enjoy this book. There is a great deal of information of all sorts, as well as terms that are spelled differently, and which have different meanings. [The author uses "Spring Fever" for example to mean a sort of illness, and not as we currently do, to imply that someone feels the urge to kick up their heels.]

Excellent edition. I saw no formatting problems.

Pam T~

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Prepping: How To Survive Off The Grid (Prepper, Prepping On A Budget, Disaster Preparation)

77 pages

Blub; Can You Survive? Don’t Get Caught Unprepared!

Do you know what to do in a natural disaster?

Do you have the correct supplies for your family to survive?

Do you know how to communicate with your loved ones if all phone systems are down?

Do you know how to get shelter or provide shelter for your family if your home is destroyed?

Do you know how to get clean water and food when the food supply runs short?

Do you know simple ways to stay clean and bathroom tricks in case there are no bathrooms or running water for weeks?

If you answered NO to any of these questions, you must read this book NOW!

Energy Options
Shelter and Protection
Food and Water
General and Advanced Skills
Personal Hygiene
Much, more!

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Preppers Garden Handbook: Seedsaving, Food Production, and Prepping Your Garden for Survival </

Survival Essentials And Mason Jars For Preppers – The 2 In 1 Discount Box Set For Modern Day Urban Preppers (Modern Day Preppers Box Set, Survival Guide, … Mason Jars, Preparation And Survival)

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The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Thoughts On Following Jesus, Amish Romance, the Daniel Plan, the Tebow Effect, and the Odds of Finding Your Soul Mate

Blurb; In this collection of humorous and heartfelt essays, Stephen Altrogge takes a close look at various aspects of Christian culture, including:

- The insanity and pressure of parenting
- The rise and fall of Contemporary Christian Music
- The Amish romance novel phenomenon
- Reality television
- The Tim Tebow effect
- The statistical odds of finding your soul mate
- And a number of other topics

In the vein of writers such as David Sedaris and Dave Barry, Altrogge tackles topics with self-deprecating humor, sarcasm, and a thorough grasp of scripture. This book will cause you to laugh at yourself, laugh at others, and perhaps think a little deeper about certain subjects.

Review; “The Inmates are Running the Asylum” is a collection of short, humorous vignettes about a variety of observations regarding parenting, sports, politics, etc. It’s a relatively short, funny read with plenty of goofy, scatological humor (and for me personally it was a nice transition to having just finished Eric Metaxas’s exhaustive biographical tome on the life of Bonhoeffer). The narrative in Stephen’s book is a light, sometimes rambling manner with lots of silliness while making some good and sound points.

The parenting section that opens the book was cute although a little chaotic, with he idea being that despite our failings to be perfect parents ultimately our children will remember if we loved Jesus, and if we labored to teach them about Jesus in the home. One observation is that sometimes an idea is introduced and I would have been curious to hear a little more resolution, such as how Stephen mentions growing up home schooled yet his own kids are apparently in a school, and as a homeschooling father I would have been curious to learn more about why he decided to pursue that direction.

The section on christian music featured interesting bit of nostalgia, particularly about the early days of the compact disk (that I too remember vividly.) I honestly don’t know much about Christian rock so the section was informative, and did have me curious to stream some dc Talk. The details of Stephen’s own rock ambitions were pretty funny.

The Amish romance section was a riot, and I’ve shared the same puzzlement of the Christian bookstore being packed with shelves of these titles. I see no reason why his sample wouldn’t be a potential best-seller. Only observation about the text. Read more ›

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Ebola News

This just has to be seen to be believed. It’s a statement from National Nurses United on the treatment of Dallas Ebola patient. The nurses were not given proper equipment or protective suits, nor were they given full information. Nurses without proper protective clothing cared for Duncan and then walked through contaminated halls and cared for other patients. They say the problem with the statement that ‘protocols were breached’ is that there were no protocols! There’s a video with excellent closed captioning for the hearing impaired, as well as an article. But we all should be reassured that the response to Ebola must be serious now. Obama canceled a fundraiser. The top of my head just exploded. For 2 DAYS, waiting on ebola test results,  hospital staff did NOT use protective gear with Duncan. Military sets out protocols on how they will deal with infection:

Washington (CNN) — In an unprecedented move to protect U.S. troops that might be exposed to Ebola, U.S. military commanders are being given the authority to quarantine troops for 21 days at a Defense Department facility where they will be monitored for signs of the disease and treated if they do contract the virus, a Defense Department memo explained. The memo, which was obtained by CNN, spells out the details of the military’s plan for the first time. It does not reveal the location of the facility, but one U.S. official said it may be a site in the Washington, D.C. area. The quarantine will apply to troops evacuated from West Africa, if it is determined they have an elevated risk of exposure to Ebola. Safety first for troops on Ebola mission 4,000 troops headed to West Africa There are more than 500 troops in the region currently, and the Pentagon has authorized the deployment of up to 4,000 to assist in fighting the virus. Troops are not expected to treat Ebola patients, but there is an acknowledgment by the Pentagon that some could be at risk of coming into contact with the virus.

I’m glad these protections are being set into place, but it breaks my heart. This is just not the job of the military. It’s not what they signed up for. Furthermore, the military has been downsized drastically and continuously, while they are still trying to do the jobs they are supposed to do, and fight in one war after another. So with this reduced troop size, they are asked to add more to the mission again. I pretty much lost all respect for Ann Coulter when she was so nasty about missionary Doctor Brantley, who contracted Ebola while helping ebola patients in Liberia.  But she does ake some good points here:

There had never been a case of Ebola in the U.S. until a few months ago. Since then, thousands of people have died of the disease in Africa, and millions upon millions of dollars have been spent treating Ebola patients in the U.S. who acquired it there, one of whom has died. But the Obama administration refuses to impose a travel ban. This summer, the U.S. government imposed a travel ban on Israel simply to pressure Prime Minister Netanyahu into accepting a ceasefire agreement. But we can’t put a travel restriction on countries where a contagious disease is raging.

She also points out that if quarantines don’t help, why was Duncan’s family and the NBC news crew quarantined?  And what, exactly are we supposed to be doing to ‘stop’ the epidemic in Liberia when there is no cure?   We can’t stop it with hazmat suits and sanitizers.  Possibly we, and by we I mean they, could slow the rate of spread, but it’s more likely to broaden the places it spreads.  A cure it what would stop it.  Fortunately, people are working on a cure. No, the GOP didn’t cut ebola funding.  Democratic party, just making stuff up. The second American nurse to contract ebola in the country-was being so carefully monitored that she flew home to visit family and plan her wedding, and then flew back with a low-grade fever.  She flew, along with 132 passengers on the flight with her. It was five flights after that before the plane was cleaned Frieden admits she shouldnt have been allowed on the plane.  So there are sound reasons why people aren’t feeling reassured by promises that it’s all under control. The way the CDC tapdances around is one reason why I don’t feel so reassured by CDC assurances that all is well:

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook reports that Vinson called the CDC several times before boarding the plane concerned about her fever and was told she was OK to board. Vinson first reported a fever to the hospital on Tuesday (Oct. 14) and was isolated within 90 minutes, according to officials. She did not exhibit symptoms while on the Monday flight, according to crew members. However, the CDC says passenger notification is needed as an “extra level of safety” due to the proximity in time between the flight and the first reported symptoms. “Those who have exposures to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” said Dr. Frieden. “The CDC guidance in this setting outlines the need for controlled movement. That can include a charter plane; that can include a car; but it does not include public transport. We will from this moment forward ensure that no other individual who is being monitored for exposure undergoes travel in any way other than controlled movement.” More here.

Frieden: You can *transmit* Ebola via public transport, but you can’t catch it that way. WUT?   About that….:

It might not be surprising to learn that Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, an administration figure who has regularly diverged publicly from the president, is not as firm in the conviction that the Ebola epidemic would not worsen in the coming weeks. “I’ve been worried about Ebola globally for about 90 days, and I have had some on my staff that were probably a little more worried than I was even a few weeks or months before that,” Dempsey told CNN. He noted that the “experts” are not as uniformly sure that Ebola’s current transmission pathways are as immutable as the White House would like to suggest. “If you bring two doctors who happen to have that specialty into a room, one will say ‘No, it will never become airborne, but it could mutate so it would be harder to discover,’” Dempsey continued. “Another doctor will say, ‘If it continues to mutate at the rate it’s mutating, and we go from 20,000 infected to 100,000, the population might allow it to mutate and become airborne, and then it will be a serious problem.’” “I don’t know who is right,” the general concluded. “I don’t want to take that chance.”

And here’s my concern- we have already seen that doctor from the network broke quarentine to go get soup, because she knew she wasn’t contagious. She’s probably right, but that’s not the point. This nurse flew with a fever. I am sure she thought she wasn’t contagious. Hospital staff worked with Duncan for TWO DAYS without protective gear because the test results were not out yet, and ?? My guess is they thought the risk was low.

So now the CDC director says it’s okay, you won’t catch it on public transportation. If this thing spreads further, which it is now likely to do (who did Duncan’s laundry during those two days? Who cleaned his dishes? Who emptied his trashcans and cleaned his bathroom? Who did they see and touch?)- how many other people are going to note that nurses and a doctor ignored protocol and protections, the CDC says you can’t get it on public transportation, and then make the logical inference that if you can’t *get* it, then you can’t *transmit* it that way, and travel anyway? 

And I honestly do not think we know there have been no cases transmitted on public transport. That aspect really hasn’t been studied that well, and we just don’t know where all the cases in Africa were contracted because there are so many dead and too few resources:…/   This, from Ace, kind of explains a lot of the things that annoy me about the sorts of things that Frieden is saying:

Now today we find out the CDC is going to ban people who are High Risk for ebola from taking flights. I think the nation, as a whole, assumed we were doing this obvious thing already. I am very un-reassured to discover that this has just come across Tom Frieden’s personal To Do list.

Read it all, it’s good.  Lace with a few barnyard expletives, for my sensitive readers.  There is one small point I think I disagree with him.  He says this:

Frieden then assured us that this symptom of ebola — which she has now been diagnosed with — was “not symptomatic” of ebola, so we shouldn’t worry. Perhaps he meant “she wasn’t sneezing and coughing, so she wasn’t infectious.” Fine. But he’s the epidemiologist. He’s the scientist. Why can’t he use the proper words?

I think the point Frieden means to make is that not just any old temperature over 98.7 is an Ebola symptom. It has to be higher than 100.4. That low of a temp really isn’t apparently considered a symptom of Ebola. 100.4 or higher would be what he would call ‘symptomatic of Ebola.” My concern is this: don’t most of us get fevers gradually? So couldn’t you conceivably have a temp of 99.5 on your way up to the 100.4 threshhold? I think obviously, since she has Ebola, the answer to that is yes. I suppose she could have had some other illness the day before, but I think that’s unlikely. So I think technically, Frieden did use the proper words here, but maybe it’s the general approach of considering it totally asymptomatic until 100.4 that’s the problem. If you know you’ve been exposed to Ebola, it would make more sense to me to consider any hint of a fever as cause for quarantining yourself until it goes away or your symptoms worsen and you have to go to an isolation ward.

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Tomato Egg Cup

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Place in oiled ramekin

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Chop filling up, mix with stuff like garlic, salt, garlic, pepper, garlic, red pepper, garlic, a bit of onion, garlic, parsley, basil, and more garlic.




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Break an egg in the hollow tomato. Gently poke the yolk with a fork.

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Microwave garlic/matter mixture a few seconds. Spoon garlic mixture over egg. Microwave anothr minute or two. Eat. Ad cheese if not doing whole30.

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Cute, but next time I’m just dicing the whole tomato and frying it all in a pan.

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Some Useful Sites for Teaching Math Concepts

  • Steps of Long Division: Dad, Mom, Sister, Brother, Rover (Divide, Multiply, Subtract, Bring Down, Remainder).
  • Order of Operations: Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiply, Divide, Add, Subract).
  • Letters and Values for Roman Numerals in Value Order: I Value Xylophones Like Cows Dig Milk ( I=1, V=5, X=10,L= 50, C=100, D=500, M=1,000).
  • Metric System Prefixes in Value Order: King Henry Died Drinking Chocolate Milk (Kilo=x 1000, Hecta=x 100,Deca=x 10, Deci=x 0.1, Centi=x 0.01, Milli=x 0.001).
  • Trigonometry Formulas (where O=opposite, A=adjacent, and H=hypotenuse): Two Old Angels Skipped Over Heaven Carrying Ancient Harps (Tangent = O/ASine = O/HCosine = A/H).

Other Mnemonic devices for other subjects here.

Here’s another handy site for teaching place value. (sixth grade level)

Wikipedia’s entry on place value will be helpful for older students who like knowing the history of the ideas they are studying.

I like the accordian fold project for place value here.

See these youtube videos for using an abacus, or Japanese Soroban:

And, of course, you can find all kinds of helpful tips for teaching anything on Pinterest. You can also find a lot of make-work projects that aren’t as helpful as they are cute, too, so do be careful.

There are also some natty apps for those of you who have fancier phones or other devices (my word, do you realize what an astounding world it is? And we mainly use it for silly things on social media).

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Houston Mayor subpoenas preachers for sermons and private discussions

The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court.”

The Gay Agenda was never merely about ‘tolerance,’ acceptance, or just equal protection under the law.  The goal has always been total capitulation and annihilation of dissent.

Updated to add: You may be hearing the pushback, where the Mayor says she never wanted their sermons and she had nothing to do with the subpoena.  It may or may not be true that she didn’t see the subpoenas ahead of time, but she did defend them after the fact. She said that  the pastor’s sermons were fair game. She also said it was important to see ‘if’ the pastors had done anything wrong. But that’s a fishing expedition, not a legitimate use of the power of government.  It’s not what warrants are for.

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This is clearly an act of political bullying done for no other reason but to silence dissent and punish thought crimes.

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The Grain of Sand

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This is from a woman’s magazine story in the 1920′s, and I don’t know precisely why this little bit of it cracked me up so much, but it did. The story begins with a couple having the kind of disagreeable morning couples do sometimes- she’s tired, he’s unsympathetic about the reasons, he’s unhappy about the state of his shirt cuffs, she’s unsympathetic, he’s persnickety about his eggs, she knows he’s persnickety and takes that into consideration every morning and wishes he would stop reminding her, he thinks she’s spent too much money, she thinks he has no idea what he’s talking about, and it’s not exactly a fight, just a long series of irritations and then he heads out the door for work:

“I don’t know how much you have saved, but I know what you should have saved, and it would be plenty to pay that extra $10 for several months and move us besides,” and John scrambled into his overcoat and grabbed his hat. “Goodbye, Mary, hope you get to feeling better,” and with a perfunctory kiss, he was gone. Mary Brown sat for thirty minutes looking into the future through the bottom of her coffee cup. In that short space of time she divorced John and remarried, joined the movies, and invaded the lecture platform. Then she got up and washed the breakfast dishes.”

I guess what tickles me so much is how common it is to sooth our frazzled souls with imagining improbable things before we return to the mundane necessities of life.

The resolution of the story is two parts implausible and one part allowing the husband to be hoist by his own petard. Mary finds a hundred dollar left behind by the previous tenant specifically for the next one, so she rents the other apartment for 10 dollars a month more and makes arrangements to move in the following day. And since John is so sure about how much money she could have saved from the household accounts, she sweetly hands it over to him, telling him she’s sure he’ll do every so much better than she did. She’s actually quite positive that he won’t, of course, but he doesn’t know that, poor lump.

She’s satisfied with the move, as her biggest complaint is her sleepless nights due to the noise in their current apartment at night, noises which her husband never hears because he’s already asleep. She explains, “It isn’t the tangible crashing calamities of life that get a woman; it’s the squeaks, John, the maddening squeaks.”

Hokusai painting service quote grain of sand in your shoe

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Things Mother Used to Make: Gingerbread

2014-10-13 10.42.50WON’T you always remember the time, when as a child you came home from school as hungry as a bear and opened the old stone crock to find a chunk of toothsome gingerbread; or will you ever forget the delightful fragrance of the spicy, soft gingerbread that Mother had for supper on chilly nights? To make these old time favorites requires but little time and labor and many pleasing variations of more modern invention may be evolved from them.” ~American Cookery, 1921, volume 25

Keeper, keeper, keeper, keeper.  Wow and cowabunga I loved this.  I loved how easy it was, the paucity of ingredients, the coolness of foaming molasses, the texture of the finished product, and the way my son chowed it down so long as he had a tall glass of milk to go with it.  It does need a glass of milk on the side.  Having this gingerbread without milk is worse than having Simon without Garfunkel and we’ve been there, haven’t we?  It’s like Peter, Paul and No Mary.  It shouldn’t be tried. It’s chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips.  It’s just wrong is what I’m saying.

Gingerbread was once a staple treat from American kitchens, and that’s not the case any more.  I am not sure why.

Lincoln and gingerbread

So here we go- the original receipt is from the 1914 cookbook Things Mother Used to Make A Collection of Old Time Recipes, Some Nearly One Hundred Years Old and Never Published Before

Here’s the recipe as it appears in the cookbook:

=Soft Gingerbread=

1 Cupful of Molasses 1 Cupful of Sour Milk 1/2 Cupful of Butter or Lard 1 Teaspoonful of Ginger 1 Teaspoonful of Soda 1/2 Teaspoonful of Salt

Stir the soda into the molasses until it foams, add sour milk, ginger, salt and melted butter. Last of all, add flour enough for quite a stiff batter, and bake. This makes one sheet.

 and that is pretty much what I did, except I made two pans,  one square and one round, I baked them for 20 minutes then rotated and baked another 15.

This is the molasses I used. It’s kind of mild in flavor. I usually use a different brand that I buy at the store where the FYG works. It’s richer and darker (and comes in a larger jar), but I used my last jar up and this is what I can get at the grocery store. 2014-10-13 09.42.19


I stirred the melted butter and soda into the molasses at the same time, because I was being a ditz. It’s not that big of a deal, but I did need to stir a few extra times to get the baking soda well mixed.

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The mixture gets light, airy, lightly foamy.

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The volume increases in the bowl since the baking soda molasses reaction incorporates air into the mix.  So you need a slightly bigger bowl than you think you do.

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This is the ginger I used. It’s not my usual brand- I asked somebody else to pick up bottled minced ginger at the store, and this is what came home. It has sugar added, and it’s not gingery enough. I prefer a larger bottle I buy from the Korean grocery store. Because this is so mild, I used two teaspoons. You could also use powdered ginger, and I would definitely only use 1 teaspoon in that case.

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When it was time to add the flour, I used freshly ground whole wheat pastry flour and I used 2 1/2 cups.  However, freshly ground flour is light- there’s more air in the mix, so this is probably closer to 1 3/4 to 2 cups of flour.  What I suggest you do is have 2 1/2 cups ready, but stir it in half a cup at a time.  I stopped stirring when the batter was just slightly thicker than my batter for drop biscuits is.  Thick enough to roll is too thick.  When you lift a spoonful of dough it should stick to the spoon a bit.

I greased two pans very well.  You could also try the mixture my friend Donna left in the comments here:

“…mix together equal parts oil, shortening and flour. This keeps in the fridge forever and you use a pastry brush to spread it on tins or pans. It is super great on bumpy pans, like a bundt pan or kid’s character cake pan, but I have used it on nasty muffin batter before and it does the trick”

So grease your pans and bake at 350 (when in doubt, always bake at 350) for 20 minutes.  Then check.

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The round pan was a bit of an error- the edges were done but the center wasn’t.  This is also a little tricky to check (like brownies).  The knife or cake checker will come out clean before it’s actually done.

So how do you tell?  The center should not be quite so shiny on top. The color will dull a little bit as it’s baked.  Press the back of a spoon gently against the top center.  It should have about as much give as a sponge- if it has more, it’s probably still too doughy in the center.

So I put them back in the oven (rotating them to make sure the baked evenly) and baked for another fifteen minutes:

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That’s more like it.

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I had to taste test them, didn’t I?

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I thought they were delicious.  The Boy was ambivalent until he found out we had real milk in the fridge (I’ve been buying almond milk while our raw milk source is unavailable, and he objects).  He really liked them with milk.  I sent one pan home with the Equuschick, and there’s only one row left in the square pan we kept and I made these 24 hours ago.  And I only had one.

Come, Buy my Spice-Gingerbread, Smoking Hot! Hot! Hot!

Come, boys and girls, men and maids, widows and wives,
The best penny laid out you e’er spent in your lives;
Here’s my whirl-a-gig lottery, a penny a spell,
No blanks, but all prizes, and that’s pretty well.
Don’t stand humming and ha-aring, with ifs and with buts,
Try your luck for my round and sound gingerbread-nuts;
And there’s my glorious spice-gingerbread, too,
Hot enough e’en to thaw the heart of a Jew.

Hot spice-gingerbread, hot! hot! all hot!
Come, buy my spice-gingerbread, smoking hot!

I’m a gingerbread-merchant, but what of that, then?
All the world, take my word, deal in gingerbread ware;
Your fine beaus and your belles and your rattlepate rakes—
One half are game-nuts, the rest gingerbread cakes;
Then in gingerbread coaches we’ve gingerbread lords,
And gingerbread soldiers with gingerbread swords.
And what are you patriots, ’tis easy to tell—
By their constantly crying they’ve something to sell.
And what harm is there in selling—hem!

Hot spice-gingerbread, &c.

My gingerbread-lottery is just like the world,
For its index of chances for ever is twirled;
But some difference between’em exist, without doubt,
The world’s lottery has blanks, while mine’s wholly without,
There’s no matter how often you shuffle and cut,
If but once in ten games you can get a game-nut.
So I laugh at the world, like an impudent elf,
And just like my betters, take care of myself, and my—

Hot spice-gingerbread, &c.

From the book A History of the Cries of London Ancient and Modern

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Obama on ending the war in Iraq

It’s a couple months old, but it’s pretty amusing. Or set your hair on fire annoying, depending on your perspective.

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Let’s Guess the Picture

Scroll down for answers:

springerle molds

There are three items, but only two different things in this photograph.

One of them I found at the Rattery and it’s probably been in the family a long time. My mother has a better one with a more firmly established provenance.
One of them I found at a thrift shop.
One of them Jenny Any Dots bought for me in Germany when she went to Europe a couple years ago.

I’m going to be putting two of them to actual use this year for the first time. Usually I just ‘let’ my mother use hers and take advantage of that good fortune.


Several of you got this right- you must have German either in your background or in your neck of the woods.  The two older looking items, the rolling pin and the taller wooden board behind it are springerle molds.   The newer looking wooden box on the right side is a butter mold that Jenny bought me from Germany.

Springerle cookies are a Christmas family tradition.  They are white cookies that, when done properly, are hard as rocks.  They are anise flavored.  You dip them in your coffee, which softens them up perfectly, and the marriage of anise flavored springerle cookie and coffee is a happy inspiration to your mouth.

They are soft when they are fresh and not long out of the oven.  I like them that way, too, but it’s not tradition.  You make them early and let them dry out and harden.  That makes them good keepers, too. They don’t go stale. You can keep them in your pockets if you are so inclined.

There’s a recipe and directions for them here.

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Kindle Stuff: Good Reads, Geek Reads, Random

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This is a game, not a read. Free today only: Montezuma Puzzle 2 Premium

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Louis L’amour and more

201 select western titles, Louis L’amour and more, only 1.99 each


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The Guest Who Stayed
Blurb; In the gloom and austerity of post First World War Britain, three young people are brought together in a sleepy English market town – each with a burning ambition to break away from the shame and deprivation that has beset their youth. The arrival of a war damaged veteran in their midst challenges their idealistic hopes for the future, unleashing passion, deceit and betrayal into their nascent lives. Years later the repercussions of this tragedy return to haunt the next generation. Against a backdrop of a new world war, one couple’s search for romance and love is cruelly threatened when a crime hidden for many years is finally brought to the surface exposing the fragile relationships within a family that harbours a terrible secret. This is a family saga set against the backdrop of a world in turmoil where traditional values are turned upside down by the emergence of a new order.

Reader Review; This is a terrific and very compelling book. I did nothing for two days but read it.
It is a family story, with many twists, spanning time from early to mid twentieth Century. The flat but fertile Norfolk countryside is the setting in which the hardships of simple working folk are made worse by one particularly extreme Christian culture and by both world wars. It is a story of struggle, acceptance of the inevitable and making do with the hand that’s given without ever losing hope. The brush with the Brethren in this book reminded me of Robbie Burns (very famous Scottish poet) having to “stand in the kirk” for his sin of fornication.
The characters are drawn very strongly by the telling of short stories at the start of the book. As I was drawn in I felt I already knew a great deal about each one and perhaps this was partly the reason I became so involved in the story.
The book also describes situations and behaviour that few of us have had to deal with. The intrigue, the hierarchies, the hypocrisy and the corruption of the early twentieth century all combine to affect the behaviours of the characters such that the reader (me at least) feel that they have a very strong grasp and understanding of the times.

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Greater Than Rubies (Christian Romance) (The Jewel Series Book 2)

Blurb; *** 2014 EPIC eBook Awards™ Finalist for the Spiritual category ***
Robin Bartlett said, “Yes!” Will she say, “I do,” when the big day arrives?
From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio “Tony” Viscolli is every girl’s dream. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling for survival in a cold, cruel world. Robin never had a chance to dream of a white wedding gown or a prince charming. Instead, her dreams were nightmares — dark and clouded with fear and desperation. By the time Tony thaws her heart, she has known hunger, poverty, violence, and want.
For months, Tony courted the blond beauty with the sapphire eyes. He showered with attention, respect, and charm and covered her in diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. Finally, Robin came to understand God’s love for her as imitated by the unconditional love Tony freely offered. On a sunny Florida beach, Tony proposed.
Back in bitter cold Boston, doubts about becoming a billionaire’s bride begin to burden her hopes for happiness. Robin struggles to cope with the never-ending details of the shower, ceremony, reception, and honeymoon; the prospects of changing her name and relocating; and the very public image she must suddenly adopt; all while dealing with her father’s very serious legal problems.
As the date draws inexorably near and the pressure mounts, Robin questions whether she is truly the woman God has made for him. Is she the girl of his dreams? His vast material wealth begins to overwhelm her. Nightmares from a forgotten past return in full force, reminding
Robin of an even deeper and more terrifying prospect. Will she give in to her insecurities and cancel Boston’s “Royal Wedding” for good? Or, with God’s guidance, can Tony sacrifice everything to prove to his beloved Robin her true worth
Inspired by the Critically Acclaimed Christian Anthology – The Jewel Trilogy — Greater Than Rubies takes place immediately after book 1 and before book 2.

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The Thirteenth Unicorn (The Ben Alderman Series Book 1)

While spending the summer with their grandparents on a remote farm in South Carolina, Ben Alderman and his sister Casey uncover a hidden world of magic; a world their grandmother is secretly visiting. It is a world where elves and dwarves are locked in mortal combat against a witch who is trying to free the last surviving wizard from exile. The witch has been defeated once before but with the combined power of the wizard, no one will be able to stand against them. Much to Ben’s dismay, he learns that he is the one foretold in the ancient elfin prophecies to bring about the downfall of the witch and save this exciting new world from destruction.

Reader review: This was a good, quick read. I started reading it to my kids before their bedtime and they kept wanting more. I finally finished reading the last six chapters to them this afternoon. The ending provided a nice twist.

The book’s level makes a great step up from the Magic Tree house series by providing more indepth characters and stronger plot.

The dialog was quick and authenic. The narrative was very descriptive. I hope there’s more to come from this author.

Very appropriate for Middle School aged kids.

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Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Jesus Christ
This book sounds interesting. It also sounds dangerous. Be a Berean and carefully search the scriptures yourselves to see whether these things be true or no.

blurb: If you want a sense of what ‘true Christianity is, then I heartily recommend the reading of this volume.” – Dr. E.A. Johnston

The Scriptures declare that the Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. This preaching and spreading of the Gospel will be done not by the ingenuity of men, but by the working of the Spirit of God. Do you want to be involved with God’s work at the end of the age? God uses the simple to confound the wise. His ways are not our ways. We need revival in our countries like what we see in the underground house Churches in China. May God teach, gather, and raise a remnant for His glory.

Learn the following from this volume:
Prepare for coming persecution in non-persecuted countries.
Learn Principles of how to gather as the Church from the Book of Acts and current underground Churches.
Access resources that will help your gathering or house Church meeting.
Experience personal revival and the Spirit’s empowerment.
From the Foreword:
The time is now. Count the cost. You will be persecuted, tested, and tried. You will be misunderstood, hated by the world, and sometimes hated even by the members of your own household. There will be tears, heartache, tribulation, suffering and pain. But, you will be living for the One who is worthy of all, and whose eternal kingdom cannot be shaken nor ever fade away. You will have the privilege of serving the King of kings and the Lord of all lords. Moreover, you will one day have the awesome indescribable experience of seeing His glorious face and hearing Him call you by name as His own. – brother Brian

Reviews; What Some Ministry Leaders Are Saying About The Book?

‘The Underground Church is a vague concept to American believers–typically the fodder for Christian movies meant to entertain. But storm clouds are gathering and the religious freedom the Church has enjoyed in the West has been squandered and is now slipping through our fingers–one infringement at a time. For once, the Christian body has received the solution before the problem has arisen and overcome it. This book offers exactly what its title promises: ‘Principles for the Gathering of Believers Under the Headship of Jesus Christ.’ It is a charter for house churches forced to find their way during a time of hot persecution. The time will come, perhaps sooner than we realize, that we will be glad we have a copy of this book to turn to.’
- Steve Gallagher (Founder of Pure Life Ministries).

‘As the moral and cultural war rages between our shores, the church will continue to be marginalized and persecuted until silenced. The need to be awakened from our spiritual slumber has never been greater. The church of the future, may indeed become the church of the past–gospel fellowships.’
- Shane Idleman (Pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship)

‘The early Christians lived by the pure Word of God and they were endued with the Spirit of God and they ‘turned the world upside down. Theirs was a pure distillation of the Gospel both in deed and proclamation. If you want a sense of what ‘true Christianity’ is, then I heartily recommend the reading of the volume.
- E.A. Johnston (Author of George Whitefield: A Definitive Biography)
About the Author
Gospel Fellowships are fellowships of like-minded believers in Jesus Christ meeting together in autonomous groups of 2-3 or more on a weekly basis under the Headship of Jesus Christ. Gospel Fellowships is not a organization, denomination or nonprofit group but is simply a network of believers who agree with the basic burdens expressed in the Principles Book. Thus, Gospel Fellowships is centered on the fact that there is only one body of Christ universal in the world and that all true disciples of Jesus Christ are a part of that body.


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What Can I Do With My Guilt? (Crucial Questions Series Book 9)

blurb; Dr. R.C. Sproul has often asked unbelievers who deny their need for a Savior, “What do you do with your guilt?” The question often breaks through sinful complacency, because feelings of guilt over sin are common. Unbelievers may ignore their sense of guilt, rationalize it, or desensitize it, but it is there. It points to the fact that all people are objectively guilty before God.

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A Kidnapped Santa Claus
A Kidnapped Santa Claus is a Christmas-themed short story written by L. Frank Baum who is most famous for creating The Wizard Of Oz. It has been called “one of Baum’s most beautiful stories” and first published in the December 1904 edition of The Delineator women’s magazine. Santa Claus has been kidnapped by five pagan Daemons. Four of the five, the Daemons of Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, and Malice, most certainly are bad, but the fifth, the Daemon of Repentance, is a more ambiguous figure. The Daemons of the Caves resent Santa Claus because children under the influence of his gifts rarely visit their caves. the Daemons instead kidnap Santa Claus; they lasso him as he is riding in his sleigh on Christmas Eve, and bind him in their caverns. The queen of the Fairies in the Forest of Burzee summons an army of magical creatures to rescue the missing hero. We hope you enjoy this perennial favourite and might also wish to sample; ‘The Magic Of Oz’, ‘Dorothy & The Wizard Of Oz’, ‘Glinda Of Oz’ and ‘Ozma Of Oz’ and other in our L Frank Baum series including his other short stories. We are publishing the other works of L Frank Baum, including Glinda Of Oz, The Magic Of Oz, Ozma Of Oz. We are offering this volume for free to let you experience the writer or one of the most famous and mesmerizing stories ever, The Wizard Of Oz.

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40 Top Paleo Recipes – Quick and Easy Paleo Diet Recipes For Weight Loss & Optimum Health (Paleolithic Diet Cookbook)
Are you looking for a healthier diet? Searching for easy to prepare, delicious meals the whole family will love?

The Paleo diet is based on the nutritional needs of our bodies. An assimilation of the diet eaten by the pre- agriculture, Hunter/Gatherers. It includes all foods that can be grown, caught or collected. What better diet to eat than the natural one?

Fresh, organic and free-range foods have the highest nutritional value, taste sublime and are simple to prepare. Make a single serving or make enough to feed the whole family. They are easy to adapt to any need or taste.

* Habanero Chicken
* Pesto Fillets
* Turkey sausage Casserole
* Walnut Banana Bread
* Best Fried Beef
* Almond Buckwheat Muffins
* Cranny Scones
* Breakfast Cereal
* Tasty Lamb Meatballs
* Beef and Bacon Mini Meatloaf

Paleo is tasty, nutritious and so easy to make. Give your body a treat and feed it a Paleolithic diet today!

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Amirah’s Middle School Grammar Workbook

Amirah’s Middle School Grammar Workbook is packed with lessons on the many parts of speech and sentence structure of the English language.
There is a review upon the completion of each chapter. This workbook contains over 75 exercise drills and 8 review sections. This combines for over 400 multiple choice questions to help assure that the subject matter is absorbed.

I just skimmed the free sample, and it looks interesting. Partly that’s because of the definite not middle America flavor. Sentence examples include Middle Eastern names, statements about how crowded it is in Maakah during a certain time of year. Practice examples for capitalization include countries like Pakistan.

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Penny to a Million: Junior Entrepreneur Guide
Growing up, Guy Incognito was driven to make money on his own.

He wanted to buy candy, comics, and video games like all the rest of his friends. But more than that, he wanted to buy my own clothes because his mom dressed him like a little boy version of a clown.

He learned to be an entrepreneur early on, and has been one ever since.

After he grew up and became an author, he wanted to write a book about a boy like him. He named that boy Kelly and put him to work earning his first million dollars in the book, Penny to a Million.

Once finished, he wanted to give young readers a practical guide that could help them apply some of the things they learned in the book. So he wrote the “Penny to a Million: Junior Entrepreneur Guide” and put it at the end of the book. It’s also available here.

Penny to a Million is an awesome story, and you should read it. But even if you don’t, this short guide will help you get smarter faster, and encourage you to start thinking about your future sooner.

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The Children: Some Educational Problems





“Universal education has not proved a panacea for all the social evils of the Commonwealth, and while it must be admitted that much good has resulted from the adoption of universal and compulsory education, yet at the same time certain evils have followed in its train.

Since the institution of universal education, it may be argued that the children of the nation have received a better training in the use of the more mechanical arts of reading, writing, and arithmetic, but the tendency has been to look upon the acquisition of these arts as ends in themselves, rather than as mere instruments for the further extension and development of knowledge and practice, and hence our Primary School system, to a large extent, has failed to cultivate the imagination of the child, and has also failed to train the reason and to develop initiative on the part of the pupil. There has been more instruction, it has been said, during the last thirty years, but less education; for the process of education consists in the building up within the child’s mind of permanent and stable systems of ideas which shall hereafter function in the attainment and realisation of the various ends of life. Now, our school practice is still largely dominated by the old conception that mere memory knowledge is all-important, and as a consequence much of the so-called knowledge acquired during the school period is found valueless in after life to realise any definite purpose, for it is only in so far as the knowledge acquired has been systematised that it can afterwards be turned to use in the furtherance of the aims of adult life.

From this it follows that, since much of the knowledge acquired during the school period has no bearing on the real and practical needs of life, the Primary School in[Pg 7] many cases fails to create any permanent or real interest in the works either of nature or of society.

But a much more serious charge is laid at times against our Primary School system. It is contended that during the past thirty years it has done little to raise the moral tone of the community, and it has done still less to develop that sense of civic and national responsibility without which the moral and social progress of a nation is impossible. Our huge city schools are manufactories rather than educational institutions—places where yearly a certain number of the youth of the country are turned out able to some extent to make use of the mechanical arts of reading and writing, and with a smattering of many branches of knowledge, but with little or no training for the moral and civic responsibilities of life. This is evident, it is urged, if we consider how little the school does to counteract and to supplant the evil influences of a bad home or social environment.”

From the end:
At present we fail in a large number of cases to train up the children of this class to be socially efficient. Economically and morally we fail to reach any high standard. No doubt the home and social environment is all against the school influence; but by a more rational system of early education, by taking more care of the physical development of the child, and, if need be, for a time, making public provision for the feeding of the children of the very poor, we might do much to remove this defect. Above all, we must endeavour to stem the yearly flow of boys and girls at the conclusion of the Primary School period into mere casual and unskilled employments, and must endeavour by some means or other to continue the education of the child for some years further.

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TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING – Arkansas Valley – Book 1

Reader review; As an author myself, I enjoyed this western quite a bit. It was the story of a wagon train headed into the west where people wanted to start a new life. I really enjoyed the way the author wound the love of the two main characters into the theme of the story. Of course, there was another couple who fell in love while on the wagon train going west. You had some curious ‘meanies’ on the trip. Of course, during the hardships of the trail, their ‘mean’ streak became friendship. When it came time for the Indians to attack the wagon train and do their dastardly deeds, he was able to lead you into it in some small subtle ways that started keeping you on the edge of your seat. My greatest love of the book was that he was able to portray to love of Jesus Christ as a lifestyle and not just a ‘Sunday School’ thing. No dirty words, no lewd story lines. I absolutely loved it. It is well worth the read. I would heartily recommend it to all age groups.

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Foundlings (The Peleg Chronicles Book 1)

Reader review; This was a wonderful find – can’t believe I hadn’t found this series before! The author has put together a great tale here: adventure, sword-play, dragons, and dwarves. And somehow combines it with family-friendly and biblically sound themes of family, loyalty, bravery and faith in a natural and believable fashion. Not many authors can do that or have done that. Often those ‘themes’ seem forced or unnatural in the context presented. No here. The characters are believable (their dialogue too) and Harding ensures our protagonists all have a quirky, fun, and humorous side to help us and our kids fall in love with them all. Can’t recommend this more highly.

Awarded Best Book of the Year 2010-2011 from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine!

#1 Bestseller in Historical Fiction from Christian Book Distributors Spring 2011!

#1 Bestseller in Fantasy from Christian Book Distributors Summer 2012!

Praise for Foundlings, Book One of The Peleg Chronicles,
“Foundlings is one of those books that caused everything else in my life to be put on hold so I could finish it. Being that I am a 31-year-old mother of three, not many novels can claim that these days. Foundlings was just that good. It was a story that truly impacted me, challenged me, and deepened my faith. It now holds a place of honor on my bookshelf… I will always cherish it.” – Itsthatonegirl

“Can I just say I am overwhelmed with thankfulness for this book! Really, I’m at a loss for the appropriate words to give this book the honor that it’s due.” – My Life On A Taffy Pull

“This book gets not only approval but a standing ovation. Foundlings not only gives you a ride that combats any roller coaster it gives you a true sense of heroism and family discussions that center on the glory of God’s creation and Word.” – Under the Golden Apple tree

Overview of Foundlings…
The Northern realms. Circa 2000 B.C.

It was in the days of Peleg when the world was divided. After the flood of Noah, after the Tower of Babel and the dispersion … when beasts were more numerous than men.

Two orphans, Thiery and Suzie.

The Lady Mercy without a protector.

Priests of the dragon, Baal, and the Queen of Heaven are seeking sacrifices for their false gods.

The Death Hunt!

In a land of giants and dragons, and men running from the knowledge of their Creator, wickedness spreads as a plague, but a remnant of faithful souls shine in the darkness.

More Praise…
“Next to the Narnia series your book has been the only other book that my kids have begged me to read. My boys remind me several times a day that this is one of their favorite books.” – the Myers family, florida

“At first, I was a bit hesitant because I am not a giant and dragon type of girl. However, I found myself anxious each night to indulge in the lives of these notorious characters. Such an uplifting reading experience involving courage and faith … A read aloud at its best.” – Mom of six

“Mr. Harding has certainly written books that have great potential to become classic pieces of literature. There is excitement with every sentence. You won’t want to put the book down, and when you come to the end…you’re going to want more!” – Mona Lisa

Other Works
**Paladins, book two of The Peleg Chronicles
**Loresmen, book three of The Peleg Chronicles

***Warning*** No magic or mysticism

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Not free. It’s the regular price of 8.99, but it looks really, really good:
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Here’s a question from an interview with the author that Amazon did:

Q. How did writing this book affect you as a parent?

A. My wife and I became parents for the first time just as I started reporting this book, and our son Ellington is now three. Those are crucial years in a child’s development, and I spent a lot of them reading papers on the infant brain and studies on attachment and trauma and stress hormones, trying not to get too overwhelmed.

In the end, though, this research had a surprising effect: it made me more relaxed as a parent. When Ellington was born, I was very much caught up in the idea of childhood as a race–the faster a child develops skills, the better he does on tests, the better he’ll do in life. Having done this reporting, I’m less concerned about my son’s reading and counting ability. Don’t get me wrong, I still want him to know that stuff. But I think he’ll get there in time. What I’m more concerned about is his character–or whatever the right synonym is for character when you’re talking about a three-year-old. I want him to be able to get over disappointments, to calm himself down, to keep working at a puzzle even when it’s frustrating, to be good at sharing, to feel loved and confident and full of a sense of belonging. Most important, I want him to be able to deal with failure.

That’s a difficult thing for parents to give their children, since we have deep in our DNA the urge to shield our kids from every kind of trouble. But what we’re finding out now is that in trying to protect our children, we may actually be harming them. By not giving them the chance to learn to manage adversity, to cope with failure, we produce kids who have real problems when they grow up. Overcoming adversity is what produces character. And character, even more than IQ, is what leads to real and lasting success.

Another Reader Review: Like a lot of people who are self-assured and certain their way of life is not much different than anyone else’s, you missed the point of this book entirely. First, Tough is not trying to reveal that grit is a new idea. He is trying to show what pre-conditions must exist for one to acquire naturally it, or to put it more along his theme, by luck of birth. In the absence of these pre-conditions but in the presence of multiple adverse childhood events, he reveals that children of extreme poverty will need a level of mentoring, persistence, and grit from an adult willing to mentor them until the devastating effects of their ACE’s are undone and replaced by habits and supports that allow them to function productively. This takes someone equipped to understand their culture, community, and individual deifcits and who can help them replace all their learned and encoded behaviors and thought processes through a better method of examining and falsifying them, until they can discover and internalize what will work. This requires repetitions that will test patience and compassion. In other words, for the bottom 10 to 15% of chidlren, thegrit that must be applied will not just be their own, but also that of all those trying to reverse the effect of extreme, multi-generational poverty. Tough effectively demonstrates why the myriad programs from the Great Society on are misdirected and based on the wrong premise. The War on Poverty will not be won by one-size fits all programs, none of which are targeted to do anything, because, like your comments, they are based on the notion that the poor just don’t work hard enough like the members of the dominant culture do. Further, if they won’t take advantage of the programs that should have patched over their deficits, then they just don’t want to do better. Tough shows that it is more than just a choice.

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