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Christmas Cookbook Sales In Oklahoma City To Benefit Ronald Mcdonald House Charities

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News News: Local Christmas cookbook sales in Oklahoma City to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities Oklahoma City metro-area Dillard's stores are offering exclusive Christmas edition cookbooks by Southern Living to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. FROM STAFF REPORTS ? Published: November 23, 2013 Metro-area Dillard's stores are offering exclusive Christmas edition cookbooks by Southern Living to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. The hardback, full-color cookbooks are filled with all-new recipes and are available for $10 each. All proceeds from cookbooks sold in the Oklahoma City area will directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City. ?The cookbook sales are a special fundraiser for this time of year,? said Susan Adams, president and chief executive officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities. ?The book provides recipes your family can cook together, and proceeds from the cookbook sales help provide a home where families caring for a seriously ill child can stay and spend time together 365 days a year.? The cookbook offers more than 200 recipes for seasonal gatherings, ranging from breakfast to brunch, to desserts and party-ready treats. Each recipe offers step-by-step instructions. The book also includes decorating ideas for festive mantels, doors, wreaths, trees and tables ? as well as recipes for homemade gifts from the kitchen. Cookbooks are available in Dillard's stores in the Oklahoma City metro area and online at www.dillards.com. For more information, go to www.rmhcokc.org.

Google Wins Digital Library Legal Battle

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Alan Greenspan And America?s Economy: Casino Capitalism

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Obituaries This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Review our cookies information for more details Alan Greenspan and America?s economy Casino capitalism A jumbled and confused account of the financial crisis Nov 9th 2013 Tweet The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature and the Future of Forecasting. By Alan Greenspan. Penguin Press; 388 pages; $36. Allen Lane; £25. Buy from Amazon.com ,  Amazon.co.uk ALAN GREENSPAN?S reputation has changed since his last book, a memoir, was published in 2007. As the man at the helm of the Federal Reserve through two decades of prosperity, he was hailed as a hero. Readers of his new book will expect him to account for the financial collapse that followed. Given Mr Greenspan?s experience controlling America?s money, he presumably knows where the buck stops. In this section United States ?The Map and the Territory? could have been fascinating. The book aims to explain the economy?s recent troubles by offering a ?macro view? of how everything works. A new, lucid set of macroeconomic principles would be something new for Mr Greenspan, who long eschewed grand theoretical models in favour of trends intuited from data. But hopes for clarity prove as unjustified as 1990s share prices. This book is a difficult read, jumbled and confused. Mr Greenspan opens intriguingly, by describing the ways in which investor behaviour falls short of perfect rationality. Human ?propensities? such as ?fear? and ?euphoria?, he writes, can drive markets and hinder an economy?s performance. But Mr Greenspan scarcely builds on this framework. Instead he abruptly changes course, launching into a fairly conventional description of the troubles that lurked in the pre-crisis financial markets. This discussion yields a rare, tepid statement of contrition: ?I have since regretted that we regulators never pursued the issue of capital adequacy in a timely manner.? Then he wanders without aim, offering a history of economic-data collection, then a detailed explanation of basic statistical techniques, followed by an analysis of the nature of productivity growth. Though occasionally arresting, these globs of discussion never coalesce into a sustained argument. Reordering the chapters or indeed removing some entirely would do little damage to the book. If a coherent macro view never emerges, clear themes do, most of which would fit comfortably within a Tea Party polemic. The most attention-grabbing passages diagnose America?s slow recovery. Mr Greenspan blames government for weak growth. Efforts to prop up the economy?through infrastructure spending, for instance, or through aid to carmakers?created uncertainty, he argues. That, in turn, discouraged firms and households from making long-term investments. His argument rests on a thin reed, however. By his own admission, ?long-term investment? mostly means buildings. ?Other than construction,? he writes, GDP has ?recovered more or less as would have been expected in a ?normal? recovery.? Maybe the government spooked households into waiting to buy a home, but tumbling demand and stingy mortgage loans seem more likely villains. Stranger still is Mr Greenspan?s take on what ought to have been done: the government should have allowed financial markets ?to correct themselves through a selling climax?. Some readers will wonder how this squares with his earlier observations on animal spirits and the risks of investor stampedes. He assures that crashes are self-limiting??the turn in stock prices in early 2009... was a sign of the level of human angst approaching its historical limit?. But prices fell further in the early 1930s, a fact Mr Greenspan neither acknowledges nor explains. So how should governments handle a slump? Mr Greenspan forgives the Fed for propping up failing banks; for the rest of the economy he favours the ?liquidationist? approach of Andrew Mellon, treasury secretary under Herbert Hoover. Let prices plunge enough, Mellon reckoned, and the economy will bounce back. That is a recipe for deflation and depression. Mr Greenspan?s intuition served well enough amid the macroeconomic tailwinds of the Great Moderation. America is fortunate his job passed to a scholar of the Depression before the crisis of 2008 struck.
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Witches Of East End Recap: Episode 1.5 - "electric Avenue"

09:21, 18/11/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
/ Community / RT Daily Blog / Witches Of East End Recap: Episode 1.5 - "Electric Avenue" Witches Of East End Recap: Episode 1.5 - "Electric Avenue" BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, NOVEMBER 04, 2013 | PERMALINK Witches of East End has definitely hit its stride, and this week?s episode had some laughs, some tears and some sexytimes. Ready for the recap? Wendy?s checking on a sad Ingrid; it?s Adam?s funeral today. Wendy offers to go with her niece, but Ingrid?s not going. Ingrid blames herself, because, say it with me, of the repercussions of the unnecessary resurrection spell. Ingrid just wants to grieve in her own way. (She may be sad, but her hair looks fantastic.) We find out why she doesn?t have sad hair when she closes the door and smiles at: hey, Adam! Penelope and Freya are ogling a vintage dress found by some workers on the estate. Freya?s at work with her new coworker Killian. A blonde is checking our guy out. And oh! It?s Elyse! Dash?s first fiancée, who slept with Killian too.   image from here Rachel and ?Adam? are canoodling. Adam needs to get back to work, but Ingrid convinces him to stay ensconced in her room. They kiss and their lips spark. Adam does want to get back to his life. Ingrid tells him he?s actually dead. It?s as hard for him to hear as it is for us to remember. We love you, Adam! Realizing the truth: That he?s dead and Ingrid?s a witch, he bolts. Freya?s trying on the vintage dress and trying to call Dash. Wendy wanders in and freaks. She flashes back to a past Ingrid (Man this show gets complicated sometimes! Soap operas!) wearing the very same wedding dress as she falls to her death. Wendy zips the dress off Freya and sets it on fire. Freya is upset about the dress ? and Elyse. Although we have a very hard time to believe that Jenna Dewan-Tatum could ever be threatened by another woman. She pretty. Wendy, finding a wedding dress is hard enough as it is! image from here In court, Mrs. Murder Victim is giving her statement. Only now she can?t remember her story, and she?s not sure she saw Johanna do it, after all. Freaked out, she goes to pour a glass of water, but it?s filled with WORMS. Yick. And hey, Joanna?s off the hook! No witness, no case. Ingrid joins Adam at the edge of his funeral. Adam?s gobsmacked. Ingrid tells him his life doesn?t have to be over, she conjured his spirit. No one else can see him. Adam takes this all surprisingly well. The calmest man in all of recent afterlife. image from here   Elyse is still lurking at the bar, ogling Killian. This is how you know Elyse is bad news: her hair is one million times worse than everyone else?s. And now I understand why Killian hasn?t noticed her lurking: because when Freya tells him she?s talking to Elyse, and Killian drops the bomb: Elyse is dead. DUN DUN DUN! Harrison, Wendy and Joanna are toasting Joanna?s freedom. Jo wants Wendy to swear she had nothing to do with Mrs. Murder Victim?s sudden amnesia ? memory spells are dangerous and irreversible, after all. Wendy storms out. Harrison smirks, and, whoa, says he loves her, kinda? Jo wants a favor. Freya stalks into the house, asking Wendy if ghosts are real. Wendy, forever our favorite, ?Yeah, of course.? And then this happens: Freya: Okay, so there?s witches, there?s ghosts. Are there vampires? Wendy: Don?t be ridiculous. All the hearts, Wendy! Apparently, ghosts are rare, and they generally stay in the spirit world. But not Elyse! Turns out she killed herself after Dash dumped her. Freya?s upset that Dash never told her any of this. Wendy?s wondering how Elyse even got back from the spirit world to bother Freya in the first place unless someone opened the spirit door ? Our girl Wendy realizes what Ingrid?s been up to. Wendy tells Ingrid that she?s got to let Adam go, and if he doesn?t cross over by the full moon tonight, then he?ll be stuck forever. And Ingrid knew! Bad girl! Wendy schools Ingrid that being stuck together for eternity, ghost and witch, is not what?s best for them. Ingrid kicks them out. Ghost nookie. image from here Whoa, Joanna and Harrison are in bed. Wocka wocka. Get it, girl! Then she boots him. Harsh, Jo. Dash is at work. Elyse comes to apologize to him, but he can?t see her, though she does make the computer wonky. Freya shows up and oh, snap! Dash tells Freya that he knew Elyse wasn?t the one for him, and he was more hurt by Killian stealing his girl than her betrayal. Elyse does not look pleased by this revelation. But as Freya and Dash kiss, Elyse says, ?He?s not the one I came for.? Mrs. Murder Victim is wigging out in the woods, seeing bugs everywhere. Not good. Joanna tries to help her, but she just screams. Wendy?s planting plants at night, as one does. Freya is freaking out, worried that Elsye will hurt Killian. Wendy says ghosts can?t really do anything but manipulate electricity. Joanna confronts Wendy about Mrs. Victim, who?s now in the mental ward, totally bonkers. Wendy?s not pleased by the accusations, pointing out Joanna?s recent murder of 1.0. Joanna older sisters that that was totally different. Wendy dislikes the double standard. Freya?s at the bar, trying to figure out how to save Killian. It?s closing time, and sparks start to fly (literal sparks this time, folks). Elyse evil villains that she always loved Killian, even though after he finally slept with her, her dumped her. Elyse wants to kill him, so she can take him with her to the spirit world. Girl, he?s gonna dump you on the other side too! Harsh truths from your friendly recapper: He?s just not that into you. Elyse shorts the fuses and when Killian flips the light switch, despite Freya?s warning, he gets electrocuted. He?s rushed to the hospital, where Dash, in the grand tradition of soap doctors everywhere, works on his own brother. They revive him. But still Elyse lingers. Ingrid confesses to Adam, telling him how she killed him via spell. Because he?s perfect, he forgives her. Turns out, he knows his window to the spirit world is closing. They talk about what to do. It?s so early for a ghost commitment. This is weird, you guys. Joanna and Wendy make up. Jo fesses up about Harrison nookie. Wendy is delighted. Joanna says it was awesome, and then she wigged out. Love girl talk. Super enjoy seeing female friendships on TV. Go Lifetime! Wendy admits she does feel bad about Mrs. Victim?s insanity, and Joanna promises to help. Freya?s sitting by Killian?s bed when he wakes up. Say it with me ? they stare longingly at each other. (I?m totally making up a bingo card for the season finale.) Freya tries to convince Elyse to return to the spirit world. Joanna and Ingrid talk. Jo doesn?t have a lot of words of motherly wisdom. Sniff, Adam is Ingrid?s first love. Joanna promises that past Ingrids have loved, and so will future ones. So with future potential nookie in mind, Adam and Ingrid head to his gravesite. SNIFF. He doesn?t want to go, he?s going to watch over her. DOUBLE SNIFF. Meanwhile, Freya?s helping Elyse cross over. Elyse tells Freya they?re a lot alike ? both into both brothers. And woosh, off go the ghosts. Bye, Adam! We?ll miss you! Wendy and Joanna visit Mrs. Victim, who?s happily gardening ? only in her mind?s eye, because she?s in a mental hospital. Ingrid visits Adam?s grave, and then walks past her own grave, from the past. Creepy. And that?s a wrap for this week?s episode! What did you think? We thought it was an awful lot of fun, and we can?t wait to see what happens next! Tags: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, RT Daily Blog, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Inspirational Overview: October

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RT Book Reviews Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. Inspirational Overview: October BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, OCTOBER 16, 2013 | PERMALINK Loss is a powerful emotion, one that can feel too powerful to overcome. But through love, family and friends, we can indeed rise above it all and come out a stronger individual. This month?s inspirational recommendations provide readers with heartfelt and uplifting stories of loss and those who found a renewed sense of life in spite of difficult times. When Gray McDonough loses his wife to ovarian cancer, he doesn?t think he?ll ever recover from the loss. A year later, his nine-year-old daughter, Sadie, wants to join a cancer support group. At the group, Gray and Sadie meet Annabelle Curtis, a survivor, and a woman who will help ease their grief and open them up to love. Sandra D. Bricker ?s Raw Edges is sure to pull at your heartstrings in all the best ways. Next we have Janice Cantore ?s Critical Pursuit, in which Brinna Caruso uses her own terrifying experience of being abducted to help find other missing children. She?s partnered with Jack O?Reilly, a detective still reeling from the loss of his wife to a drunk driver. Despite not knowing if she can trust him, Brinna and Jack must work together to catch a kidnapper who might be tied to her past. Will Jack be able to overcome his loss and help Brinna find closure? In the historical An Untamed Heart , Lauraine Snelling tells the story of Ingeborg, a woman with too many suitors. But when she meets Oslo, a university student, she begins to view her future in a different light. When an accident occurs, her future takes a turn for the worse. But a chance meeting with a widower and his son just might help her to move on. Meanwhile, Jordyn Redwood brings her Redwood?s Bloodline trilogy to an end with Peril , the action-packed and emotional story of Morgan Adams, a pediatric ICU nurse who blames herself for the death of her infant daughter. Her husband, Tyler, is involved in a dangerous medical study, which alters the minds of soldiers. Soon Morgan is held hostage by test subjects demanding answers. But the power of love might prevail after all, as Tyler will stop at nothing to save his wife. And last, but not least, we have The Journey of Josephine Cain , Nancy Moser ?s historical tale of Josephine Cain, a young woman who needs the chance to get away from her mother, who is drowning in grief over Josephine?s brother?s death. Deciding to go west with her father, will Josephine find what her heart longs for? Be sure to pick up these inspirational stories of loss and love from your favorite bookstore or online retailer today! And for more inspirational recommendations, visit our Everything Inspirational Page ! Tags: Inspirational, RT Daily Blog, Inspirational
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Metairie Park Country Day School French Teacher, Mary-beth Ellis...

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Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always

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Roy Choi's Tacos Channel La And The Immigrant Experience

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L.A SonChef Roy Choi was named Food and Wine Magazine's Best New Chef in 2010. Bobby Fisher/Courtesy of Harper Collins Chef Roy Choi was named Food and Wine Magazine's Best New Chef in 2010. Bobby Fisher/Courtesy of Harper Collins Roy Choi is a chef who's celebrated for food that isn't fancy. He's one of the founders of the food truck movement, where instead of hot dogs or ice cream, more unusual, gourmet dishes are prepared and sold. His Kogi trucks specialize in tacos filled with Korean barbecue. Choi was born in South Korea in 1970 and moved to Los Angeles with his parents at the age of 2. His parents owned a Korean restaurant near Anaheim for a few years when he was a child. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that his mother had some serious cooking talent. "She had flavor in her fingertips," he says. "She had this connection and this innate ability to capture flavor in the moment and people felt it. Because our lives were so based around food, when someone is good at food, everyone notices and it's a big deal." Customers line up at one of Roy Choi's Kogi BBQ food trucks near the campus of UCLA. Matt Sayles/AP Customers line up at one of Roy Choi's Kogi BBQ food trucks near the campus of UCLA. Matt Sayles/AP Choi's new book, L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food, is part memoir, part cookbook. Interview Highlights On what Korean tacos represent for him The Korean taco was a phenomenon. ... It just came out of us, we didn't really think about it. The flavor, in a way, didn't exist before, but it was a mash up of everything we had gone through in our lives. It became a voice for a certain part of Los Angeles and a certain part of immigration and a certain part of life that wasn't really out there in the universe. We all knew it and we all grew up with it, and it was all around us, but the taco kind of pulled it together. It was like a lint roller; it just put everything onto one thing. And then when you ate it, it all of a sudden made sense. As I was putting it together, it was all of the pieces of my life coming together. It was almost like an avalanche. So it was growing up; it was being around low-riding; it was growing up in Korea, the immigration, being around the American school system; all the snack food and junk food that I've eaten; all of the tacos that I've eaten. It was all of these things. Then I really wanted to make it feel like Los Angeles, so I felt like it had to be just like a street taco in L.A. Read an excerpt On his Hawaiian restaurant, A-Frame , which is housed in an old IHOP It's my love for the Hawaiian Islands, but it's not a tiki restaurant: It's really taking the feeling of "aloha." So we put people together, it's all communal seating, so strangers get to sit together. ... You eat everything with your hands and it's like a backyard barbecue. ... I wasn't always the most professional looking/acting dude in the world, so I'd go into restaurants, get treated not that well, kind of like crap. So what happened was I thought, "OK, if I ever make a restaurant, as soon as anyone opens that door, no matter where you're from, I want you to feel like we've been waiting for you." On his rice bowl restaurant, Chego That's a real personal place. ... A lot of Asian-Americans, growing up, we kind of live double lives. We had our refrigerators at home and the way we ate at home, and then we went to school and we couldn't really show that food because it was real stinky and stuff like that. When you're going through that whole puberty/teenage angst ... you don't want to show that. Chego was my vision to show that food, to open the refrigerator, to show it to the world, and then make these rice bowls that were under $10. So it was also a platform to create great, delicious, healthy fast food that's affordable. On growing up in Orange County and the cultural differences between his family and his friends I was doomed because everyone had peroxide in their hair and they were coming from ski trips on Mammoth Mountain and snorkeling trips in the Cayman Islands, listening to Depeche Mode and The Cure, and I had never seen anything like that before. It wasn't really my rhythm. ? A lot of Asian-Americans, growing up, we kind of live double lives. We had our refrigerators at home and the way we ate at home, and then we went to school and we couldn't really show that food because it was real stinky ... I did the best I could. I was doomed because there weren't that many Asians and girls weren't really feeling me, but I was also doomed because if we get down to the food, the food was different for me too. I was embarrassed to show the food [we were eating] because everywhere I went, it was so different. Youngsters are mean to each other sometimes so I'd bring friends over and they'd look at my food and they'd be like, "Ew, what is that?" ... When you bring a bunch of rich friends from Orange Country over to your house and your whole house is surrounded by dead salted fish, it was tough. ... I loved it at the time. When I say the word "embarrassed" it's not that I was embarrassed and that I tried to shy away from it or that I tried to put it into the dirt and hope that it never came out again; it's just I didn't have the language to really stick up for it at that time. Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine On his addictions Gambling hit me at like 22, 21. And it was three years of the darkest time of my life, but it started out just all fireworks and pom-poms, you know? It was an amazing ride for the first year, I mean tens of thousands of dollars in shoeboxes ... just ballin' crazy. ... And then I started losing. And when you start losing in gambling, then you start chasing it. ... I lost all my friends; I lost all my family; I stole from my family ... sold everything I had. ... I'm addicted to feeding people right now. It's a good thing. I don't know how long this is gonna last right now, so I'm living it up and really focusing and putting everything I got into it. I'm putting my back into it.
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Rabbi's Message To Jews: Change Or Die

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Rabbi Sidney Schwarz On The Future Of Judaism In America Posted: 06/06/2013 10:44 pm EDT  |  Updated: 06/07/2013 1:58 am EDT Subscribe Follow: Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, ordained in the liberal Reconstructionist tradition, sees a divide between generations of American Jews that could spell disaster for the community. Photo courtesy Rabbi Sidney Schwarz By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) Rabbi Sidney Schwarz, ordained in the liberal Reconstructionist tradition, sees a divide between generations of American Jews that could spell disaster for the community. One generation he calls ?legacy? or ?tribal? Jews ? those who built the national organizations and synagogues that have served for decades as the backbone of American Jewry. But reams of statistics show legacy Jews have enjoyed limited success attracting younger Jews. The other is what he calls ?covenantal? or ?innovation sector? Jews, a younger generation that has founded a myriad of niche Jewish organizations ? environmental, social justice and political ? that can, in Schwarz?s vision, build on their parents? work toward a more brilliant American Jewish future. In a new book, ?Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future,? Schwarz says the upstart generation cares deeply about Judaism ? but draws on its spiritual legacy more than a sense of tribal solidarity. Schwarz, who lives outside Washington, D.C., and has worked in both sectors of American Judaism, talked about the conversation American Jews need to have among themselves to preserve their collective future. The interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: What?s wrong with the way that Jewish America organizes itself? A: The problem is that the institutions that have guided the community for the better part of 100 years are too much in touch with their base. They?re committed to serving the people they consider loyalists, and they assume the next generation will fall into line. I wrote this book to send up a flare that that?s not going to happen. Q: What can this new ?innovation sector? of American Jewish life offer younger Jews, who are far less likely than their parents to join synagogues, Jewish federations and groups like B?nai B?rith? A: The Jewish community was becoming less progressive in the 1980s, and Jews whose political affiliations skewed left were feeling disaffected. In response, you had an array of organizations crop up, ranging from Jewish Funds for Justice, to Mazon doing hunger relief, to the American Jewish World Service doing development work, to the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. They?ve proven for more than a decade that they can identify a market that the legacy sector can?t seem to capture. Q: So should the oldsters just hand the car keys to your young innovators? A: I believe the future lies in the two sectors collaborating. Each sector is at risk in different ways. The legacy sector?s membership and its budgets are declining. They can?t capture the next generation of Jews. The innovation sector is organizationally immature. Organizations pop up on the innovation screen, and everyone is so excited, journalists write about them ? and then five years later they?re gone. If some of the resources and the know-how of the legacy sector were shared with the innovation sector, you?d have a way to win. Q: There?s tension between the two groups on Israel. Is that a sticking point in getting them to cooperate? I?m thinking of J Street, an organization that attracts Israel supporters who find the American Israel Public Affairs Committee too hawkish. A: Israel is definitely a flash point. The Jewish community in America has very low tolerance for dissent around Israel. And if you are an organization that wants to challenge the policy of the State of Israel on any front, you are going to incur the wrath of large powerful forces. In some cases, these new organizations love that conflict. When J Street came about, there was a strong effort to marginalize them, to portray them as not loyal to Israel. J Street parlayed that into astronomic growth over their first three years. Q: Where do the Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox fit into your landscape of American Judaism? What about Chabad, the Brooklyn-based Hasidic organization, which is running programs that attract Jews of varying levels of observance the world over? A: Chabad has kind of written the playbook on innovation, and legacy organizations can learn much from Chabad. The two things they do right are one, they don?t judge you, and two, they set a high bar. The ethos of legacy organizations has been that the only way to interest non-Orthodox Jews in being Jewish is to deliver ?Jewish lite? or watered-down Judaism. That totally doesn?t work. What next-generation Jews want is something that?s authentic. The Orthodox, they get serious Judaism. The challenge will be: Can we create a non-Orthodox brand of Judaism that?s equally serious? Also on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow New York 4,046 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Looking north across W88th at doorway of B'nai Jeshurun on a cloudy afternoon in Manhattan, NY. District of Columbia 2,936 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Site of Washington Hebrew Congregation's building, 1898-1954, built on the site of the first building. Today home of the Greater New Hope Baptist Church. New Jersey 2,465 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel signage along Kresson Road in Cherry Hill, New Jersey Maryland 1,443 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: A view of the front of the B'er Chayim Temple in Cumberland, Maryland Connecticut 1,333 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ahavas Sholem Synagogue, White St., New Haven Massachusetts 1,229 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Adams Street Shul in Newton, MA. Rhode Island 840 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Touro Synagogue, Newport, Rhode Island Pennsylvania 805 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Former home of Congregation Mikveh Israel in Philadelphia Florida 683 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanu-El Synagogue, Miami Beach, FL Illinois 625 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, Illinois. California 578 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Talmud Torah (Breed Street Shul), Los Angeles, CA Ohio 559 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Rockdale Temple, K.K. Bene Israel in Cincinnati, Ohio Minnesota 451 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Mount Zion Temple, St. Paul, Minnesota Michigan 449 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Beth-El Synagogue, Detroit, Michigan Delaware 431 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: First Adas Kodesch Synagogue Colorado 398 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel, located at 1325 North Grand Avenue in Pueblo, County, Colorado. Vermont 390 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Old Ohavi Zedek synagogue in Burlington, Vermont. Georgia 374 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue de Savannah / Temple Mickve Israel Missouri 370 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Historic B'Nai Israel Synagogue, Cape Girardeau, Missouri Virginia 360 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Beth Israel Synagogue in Roanoke, Virginia, USA New Hampshire 321 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Chabad Lubavitch of New Hampshire Credit: Facebook Arizona 319 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Beth Israel in Scottsdale, Arizona Washington 289 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Alhadeff Sanctuary of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, a synagogue in the First Hill/ Central District area of Seattle Kansas 271 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ohev Shalom Congregation. This synagogue was established in 1877 in Kansas City, Kansas. The current facility was constructed in 1960/69 in suburban Prairie Village a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. It is the oldest operating Jewish congregation in Kansas. Credit: Flickr/ JPreisler.com Nevada 255 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Jewish Heritage Center Tucson, housed in an historic synagogue Ken Lund from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Tennessee 246 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel, Memphis, Tennessee Texas 241 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'nai Israel in Galveston, Texas Nebraska 237 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel, Nebraska. Credit: Flickr Maine 235 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue Lewiston Maine. Credit: Flickr / Portlandano Oregon 232 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation Beth Israel, Portland, Oregon Wisconsin 223 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Gates of Heaven Synagogue, Wisconsin New Mexico 206 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'Nai Israel - Albuquerque, New Mexico. Credit: Waymarking.com Louisiana 195 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Touro Synagogue, Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana North Carolina 190 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: The Temple of Israel, Wilmington, North Carolina Indiana 185 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Reform synagogue in Bloomington, IN Kentucky 157 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Byzantine Revival Synagogue that once housed the congregation of Adath Jeshurun. Credit: Flickr / JPreisler.com Alabama 153 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth-El in Birmingham, Alabama South Carolina 141 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue Iowa 134 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Emanuel in Davenport, Iowa Alaska 115 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Youth of Congregation of Beth Sholom observing Shabbat Oklahoma 101 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Israel at Tulsa, Oklahoma Montana 86 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Congregation Har Shalom, Missoula, Montana. Credit: Facebook West Virginia 74 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Credit: B'nai Sholom Congregation located in Huntington, West Virginia. Hawaii 62 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Interior of Aloha Jewish Chapel in Hawaii Utah 59 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Congregation B'rith Sholem in Ogden, Utah Arkansas 53 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth El, Arkansas. Flickr: joseph a Mississippi 43 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Temple Beth Israel, Meridian, Mississippi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Idaho 41 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Ahavath Beth Israel Synagogue in Boise, Idaho South Dakota 35 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Synagogue of the Hills, South Dakota. Credit: Facebook North Dakota 26 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Jewish synagogue on the South side of Fargo, North Dakota Wyoming 23 Jewish adherents per 100,000 people. Photo: Mt. Sinai Congregation in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Credit: Facebook Contribute to this Story:
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My Hero: Albert Camus By Geoff Dyer

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LordePrevious | Index My hero: Albert Camus by Geoff Dyer I was first drawn to Albert Camus because he looked so cool in his trenchcoat, because the Cure wrote a song inspired by one of his books and because he was an existentialist Jump to comments (?) Albert Camus Photograph: Loomis Dean/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image I was drawn to Albert Camus because he looked so cool in his trenchcoat, because the Cure wrote a song inspired by one of his books (The Outsider), because he and his pug-ugly friend Sartre were existentialists (which seemed related, somehow, to the trenchcoat). Their falling-out could hardly have been more acrimonious but, as can happen, the rupture contained a measure of agreement: both accepted that Camus had never really been an existentialist. For him this was a matter less of intellect than of temperament, of the defining facts of his early life: being born (100 years ago this week) into a world of sunlight and poverty in Algiers. It was the discovery of the essays celebrating his childhood and youth that altered my perception of him, from a thinker to a writer whose intellectual lucidity was a product of the wealth ? the sensual immediacy and clarity ? that had been heaped on his senses. The trenchcoat, in other words, came later. As did his participation in the resistance during the second world war (a subject that finds allegorical expression in The Plague) and the heretical willingness to take a stand against Stalinism and the Communist party (while Sartre enthusiastically toed the line). The Algerian war trapped him in an impossibly vexed position. Unable to support a liberation movement whose tactics could "strike blindly" against his mother, he was reduced, in Tony Judt 's words to "impotent silence". The journey Camus made was enormous ? a telegram explaining that he had won the Nobel prize had to be read to his illiterate mum by a neighbour ? but it brought him back, in The First Man, the novel he was working on at the time of his death in 1960, aged 46, to the land and history that had formed him. The narrator of The Plague concludes, simply, that "there is more in men to admire than to despise". Camus was equally convinced of a more private truth, that he carried within him "an unconquerable summer". It still warms us today. Sign up for the Guardian Today Our editors' picks for the day's top news and commentary delivered to your inbox each morning.
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#infographics New Case Study For Authors: Find Out How To Quickly Ramp...

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Put PRWeb on your site #Infographics New Case Study for Authors: Find out How to Quickly Ramp Up Your Book Marketing Susan Gilbert has tested and publicly released the results about a new way for authors to improve their book marketing involving the use of powerful visuals - infographics - to create a buzz and get immediate attention. Klout Score Infographic Grabs Attention Visual content attracts visitors immediately and encourages online engagement. Issaquah, WA (PRWEB) October 31, 2013 What if eye-catching infographics could increase visitors to a website and encourage shares in social media for new book releases? That is exactly what author and entrepreneur Susan Gilbert has done with a real-life case study with a newly released book which resulted in fast, targeted traffic and increased sales. ?Many times an author?s new website won?t have any traffic or social media following yet to support a book launch,? says Gilbert. ?The bottom line is to sell more books.? She explains that general SEO strategy takes time; visual content attracts visitors immediately and encourages online engagement, which ultimately converts clicks and shares into buyers. ?One of the biggest issues that an author deals with is getting targeted traffic to their website and acquiring social shares with active readers and followers,? Gilbert adds. In the infographics case study for her own book, Gilbert learned how to generate more interest in her eBook with stunning results. ?The key point would be that we wouldn?t ask viewers to commit to reading an entire book, or even an article,? says Gilbert. ?Instead, we would give them an easy and interactive way to broaden their knowledge on a particular topic. This appeal to people?s sense of curiosity (along with timely content) becomes a component of the infographic?s success.? ?In this new world of Internet marketing, it's not about being 'optimized,' but being "easy to find," explains author and marketer, Randy Milanovic, in a recent article on Social Media Today . Milanovic added that the goal is to create content that will bring targeted buyers. Susan Gilbert is an Issaquah, WA-based entrepreneur who specializes in website development, social media and marketing done-for-you services. Since 1987, Susan Gilbert has been a leading expert for online marketing and began to implement social media sites like Twitter and Facebook while they were in their beginning stages. She is recommended by bestselling author Glenn Plaskin and by clients including author and Inner Sports founder, Garret Kramer, Diane O?Connell, founder and editorial director of Write to Sell Your Book, and Michele Rosenthal, author of Before the World Intruded. Susan Gilbert provides evaluation of websites along with VIP coaching for entrepreneurs and businesses. Her Kindle book, KLOUT SCORE: Social Media Influence , was released in June, 2013. For more information on Susan Gilbert and for a consultation, please contact Susan Gilbert at 425-200-5590. Also visit her personal blog at susangilbert.com for more information.

Bridget In Middle Age: We're Not So 'mad About' This Girl

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Mad About The Boy NPR reviews, interviews and more As you may have already heard by now, in the latest installment of the Bridget Jones saga, sexy love interest Mark Darcy is dead. The outcry over his death was not caused by sadness so much as by the sense readers had that killing him was a cheat, a sacrilege, somehow morally wrong. There hasn't been this much of a fuss made over the death of a character since Downton Abbey knocked off Lady Sybil in childbirth. In both cases, you want to say, "Lighten up, people, it's a made-up person!" But of course, part of the point of a novel or television show is to get you to believe in the existence of the characters ? much the way children believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny ? and therefore to care about what happens to them. Personally, I am not among the outraged. I can tolerate living in a universe in which Mark Darcy has been killed by a land mine in Darfur and is no longer happily married to Bridget or present in the lives of their two young children ? which, we soon learn, is what's happened in the years that have elapsed since the last volume. What's harder to tolerate is the fact that Bridget Jones has lost a good deal of her charm. In the first two books, the detailed accounts of drinking, snogging, shagging and so forth were irresistible and seemed effortless. Bridget was messy, adorable and real. Now she's a strange hybrid ? messy, yes, but sometimes embarrassing and not authentic. It's not that aging has to be grim, but it may require a new form for it to be funny. Instead of only cataloging cigarettes smoked and units of alcohol drunk, 51-year-old Bridget also keeps a list of "number of nits" on her 31-year-old boyfriend (her kids had head lice), the number of "mass emails from class parents," and "minutes late for school pickups." The book zooms back and forth between sexy debauchery with her young "toy boy," Roxster (that's his Twitter handle ? yes, Bridget is on Twitter), and good-natured domestic comedy with her children. But it doesn't all hang together in the hilarious, breezy way these books used to. I found myself pining for Young Bridget. Helen Fielding's first two Bridget Jones novels, both published in the late 1990s, were adapted into films starring Renee Zellweger in the titular role. Alisa Connan/Courtesy of Knopf Helen Fielding's first two Bridget Jones novels, both published in the late 1990s, were adapted into films starring Renee Zellweger in the titular role. Alisa Connan/Courtesy of Knopf Look, I think I get what Fielding was trying to do here. This marvelous character is her invention, and she can do with her what she likes. It's admirable to try to go against type, to resist what would've been the more obvious gambit for Volume 3: Life with Darcy. To create a household in which Mum and Dad are constantly interrupted by their kids just when things are gearing up romantically, et cetera. And it's also admirable to say, pretty much, here's the deal: Bridget Jones has become this 50-ish widow, and while her life is kind of a disaster, and her children are vomiting all over her, she can still have a torrid affair with a much younger guy and have a great time and be desirable. Basically, Fielding tries to show, just because you're in your 50s, you don't have to sink into the sludge of midlife and wear mom jeans. "What do you mean, middle-aged?'" Bridget declares. "In Jane Austen's day we'd all be dead by now ... The point is, the whole expression 'middle-aged' conjures up a certain look." Fielding reminds readers that a woman like Bridget can be sexy and empowered even after she's been through a lot and is no longer young. And that is all true. There are deeply funny flashes of classic Bridget Jones at various points throughout this book. When trying to attach her photo to her Twitter account, she keeps only getting the egg-shaped graphic, which she decides "can be photo of self before was conceived." And when, in her effort to lose the tremendous amount of weight she's put on, she goes to the gym, only to find "everyone contorted ludicrously in machines like Hieronymus Bosch painting." Some of the moments of melancholy reflection on Mark Darcy are affecting. But they only remind me that if you're going to kill off the fantastic love interest in your wildly appealing novels, you have to be prepared for the mood and content you'll be left with. There are just too many other moments here when Bridget doesn't find her footing, and seems foolish and unreal, which was never the case before. In the end, it almost seems that she, inadvertently, is the one who has really been killed off.
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White Knight Press Releases Updated Guide Book For Sony Rx100 Ii...

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Put PRWeb on your site White Knight Press Releases Updated Guide Book for Sony RX100 II Camera In October 2012, White Knight Press published a detailed guide book for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 camera, one of the most highly praised and successful compact cameras of recent years. White Knight Press has just released a fully revised and updated book with detailed guidance about the upgraded features of the newly released RX100 II camera. Photographer's Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II With the release of Photographer?s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II, White Knight Press has made available an affordable, full-color, paperback guide book to all aspects of the operation of the RX100 II camera. Henrico, VA (PRWEB) October 24, 2013 White Knight Press has released its newest camera guide book, Photographer?s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II: Getting the Most from Sony?s Pocketable Digital Camera . The original Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100, released in July 2012, was praised by reviewers and photographers as one of the most capable compact digital cameras ever produced. With its larger-than-normal image sensor, superior image quality, and strong features for creative photography and video-making, the RX100 attracted a dedicated following among photography enthusiasts. In July 2013, Sony released the RX100 II, which retained the outstanding features of the original model and built upon them by adding an accessory shoe that accepts an external flash, Sony?s high-resolution electronic viewfinder, a microphone, or other accessories; a tilting LCD display screen; an enhanced digital sensor with backside illumination for better low-light performance; Wi-Fi features that let the camera transfer images and videos wirelessly to a smartphone or other device and that enable wireless remote control by a smartphone or tablet; and several other tweaks that enhance the camera?s usefulness. However, like the original RX100, the RX100 II comes with no printed or PDF manual by Sony?only an online guide that is difficult to use as a reference for the camera?s many features and options. When it comes to having a ready reference guide, many users want a traditional printed book that they can consult as they work with the camera. With the release of Photographer?s Guide to the Sony DSC-RX100 II, White Knight Press has made available an affordable, full-color, paperback guide book to all aspects of the operation of the RX100 II camera. The new book, a 455-page trade-sized paperback, provides guidance to beginning and intermediate photographers about how to capture still images and videos with the RX100 II, as well as when and why to use the camera?s many options. The book explains topics such as autofocus, manual focus, depth of field, aperture priority, shutter priority, exposure compensation, white balance, and ISO sensitivity. The book includes step-by-step guides to the use of the camera?s built-in Wi-Fi features, which let the camera transfer images and videos wirelessly to a computer or other device and which let the user control the camera remotely using a smartphone or tablet. The book includes nearly 400 full-color images that illustrate the RX100 II?s controls, display screens, and menus. The photographs include examples of images that can be captured using the camera?s Photo Creativity settings; Scene shooting mode, with settings optimized for subjects such as landscapes, sunsets, and action shots; Creative Style and Picture Effect menu options; and the camera?s features for burst shooting and low-light image-making. In addition, the book provides introductions to topics such as infrared photography, street photography, digiscoping, and macro photography. The book includes a full discussion of the video-shooting features of the RX100 II, which can capture high-definition (HD) video with stereo sound, and which provides manual control of exposure and focus during movie recording. In three appendices, the book discusses accessories for the RX100 II, including cases, external flash, filter adapters, and viewfinders, and includes a list of web sites and other resources. The book also includes an appendix with ?quick tips? for using the camera?s features in the most efficient ways. The book has a detailed Table of Contents and Index, both of which can be downloaded for examination at whiteknightpress.com . The paperback version of the RX100 II guide book is available for $25.95 through Amazon.com ; it also is available in a Kindle edition through that site. The book also is available for $9.95 in downloadable PDF and ebook formats through whiteknightpress.com.

Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-book Deals

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Find it! By Author / By Title Search over 40,000 reviews Try our Advanced Book Search Help Advanced Book Search Search books by title, genre, publication month, publication year, and rating or search by any combination of these options (i.e. all Mysteries published in January 2001 with 4.5 rating). If you want to search for a name or phase, include quotation marks around your search term (example: "Deborah Smith") Visitor Login Visitor login is required to post a review and comment on the blog and other interactive features on the site. Use your same username and password to register for the RT Forums. / Community / RT Daily Blog / Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals Cheaper By The Dozen - This Week's Hot E-Book Deals BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 | PERMALINK One of our favorite features of the e-revolution is the sheer amount of books you can pack into such a tiny digital device. But what do you do when the growing number of new reads causes your wallet to shrink uncomfortably? Shop the e-book deals, of course! In this column we highlight some of our favorite book buys that will cost you less than a medium-sized coffee. All prices listed are accurate at the time of this blog's posting. Historical Romance
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Ian Skidmore Obituary

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Ian Skidmore obituary Witty broadcaster and journalist who attracted an international following with his spoof Welsh pirate station, Radio Brynsiencyn Jump to comments (?) Ian Skidmore as a roving reporter for Radio Brynsiencyn, which he recorded in the kitchen of his cottage in the Angelsey village. Photograph: Rex/AP Ian Skidmore, who has died aged 84 of cancer, was a versatile broadcaster, journalist and author, renowned for bringing ready wit, plain speaking and a touch of eccentricity to every subject he tackled. On BBC Radio 4, he made his mark in 1987 by succeeding John Ebdon as presenter of the Archive programme and going on to present the nostalgic Times Remembered. However, his most striking work was done in Wales. The village where he lived on the island of Anglesey gave its name to his spoof pirate station, Radio Brynsiencyn, parodying the commercial broadcasters of the time. Recorded in the kitchen of his cottage and given a final polish by BBC Radio Wales, the programme created the illusion of coming from an independent outfit and gained an international following during the 1980s. The former BBC foreign correspondent Angus McDermid was Skidmore's "foreign editor": they had first met while working on the local paper in Bangor, Gwynedd, on the other side of the Menai Strait, and McDermid delighted in telling of the Bangors he had visited in other countries. The Skidmores' cleaner, Rose Roberts, appeared as Attila the Hoover; there was a vocal quartet, the Oscars, first heard at a lifeboat charity event; and the breaking of his own celebrated treble voice left the teenage Aled Jones keen to gain experience as an interviewer. Skidmore's books came at the rate of around one a year for much of his career, ranging from comic novels to several on the history of north Wales. His autobiography, Forgive Us Our Press Passes (1983), was read on Radio 4 and the World Service. The actor Ian Carmichael described it as a "comic masterpiece" and nursed hopes of a TV series in which he could play Skidmore. A new version, more than twice the original length, was published in 2008. Born and brought up in Manchester, Ian was the son of Irene and her policeman husband, Edward. He left Didsbury Central school at the age of 12 when his mother took him to Derbyshire to avoid the second world war bombing raids, although he always maintained he quit because he feared the teachers would interfere with his education. His love of reading saw him spend countless hours in public libraries: he described his qualifications as "a sort of MA (Penguin)". His father responded to his journalistic aspirations by getting him a job as an apprentice printer on the Evening Chronicle (later merged into the Manchester Evening News). At the age of 18 he was called up for national service, undertaken with a total lack of distinction in the Black Watch, his stint including 56 days in a military prison. Upon his release, he dodged a vengeful sergeant major by diving through the first available door: that of the army public relations unit. Mere mention of the Chronicle had the staff there assuming that he was a reporter, and so he was posted to Berlin as a sergeant with the 7th Armoured Division. He was assigned to covering the Berlin Airlift of 1948-49, and within a year had made his first British Forces Radio broadcast. After leaving the army, he joined the Manchester City News, another title of the past, progressing to the Yorkshire Evening Post, the Daily Dispatch in Liverpool and the Daily Mirror in Manchester. Despite his lack of formal education, no shorthand skills and a poor grasp of spelling and punctuation, he progressed to Fleet Street, where he became one of the youngest night news editor, with spells at the News of the World, Daily Mirror, Sunday Pictorial, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People. Then he worked as a freelance based in Chester, where in 1966 he covered the Moors murders trial of Ian Brady and Myra Hindley . He married fellow journalist Celia Lucas , his second wife, in 1971, and they moved to Anglesey. Two years later, a chance meeting with Lord Langford led to the first of his more than 30 books. Escape from the R ising Sun: The Incredible Voyage of the Sederhana Djohanis tells the story of the then Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy's escape from the Japanese invasion of Singapore and his eventful journey to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). Skidmore's newspaper columns and reviews led to broadcasting opportunities. In 1978 he joined the newly launched BBC Radio Wales, where for 15 years he hosted the interview series In Conversation, as well as making entertaining contributions to the quiz chaired by Vincent Kane. Skidmore's 15 television series were made mostly for HTV Wales and Granada, and he was a popular guest on chat shows. Underneath a cantankerous facade, he was a thoughtful, sensitive interviewer who had the rare ability to turn an argument into a pleasure. He had no strong political allegiances, but no party or institution escaped his wrath. If asked where his political loyalties lay, he would typically reply, "I'm non-political, that's why I vote Plaid Cymru," although in reality he had no time for Welsh nationalism or Welsh-language fanatics. In 1998, after more than 1,000 programmes, he was awarded a Golden Microphone for services to broadcasting, but a fortnight later was controversially dropped by BBC Radio Wales. This he put down to growing anti-English prejudice by the station's management. In 2003, he retired to March, in Cambridgeshire, where he continued to write from his luxurious and well-equipped shed. His blog, Skidmore's Island , was named after one of his old radio series. He is survived by Celia, and by the two daughters, Gay and Lynn, and son, Nicholas, from his first marriage, to Leah, which ended in divorce. ? Ian Edward Skidmore, broadcaster, journalist and author, born 16 May 1929; died 3 October 2013
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Spotlight: Break The Chains By Dr. Jay D. Roberts, Md

15:48, 24/10/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
The Story Behind ?Break the Chains,? by Jay D. Roberts, MD   Key words for your book: memoir, Christian, inspirational, child abuse As a young child, I didn?t believe God existed. I had prayed and prayed for God to stop my torment, but He didn?t. As I grew, I kept hearing, ?Jesus loves the little children?? So I figured that if God does love kids, he surely hates me. And, He must hate me because I am bad, so I should be beaten more. I deserved to be tortured. And I was. So I figured I was right after all. As a child and adult I knew to keep my mouth shut and never speak of what went on inside our home. I would never tell. Never. Years and years past, then I got sick. After I almost died, I became obsessed with four things?writing my story, ministering in maximum security prisons, helping the wounded, and building an orphanage. Writing my story has been the most difficult. I had to remove a wall of stones from around my heart that had protected me for years. It became too painful and I stopped writing. I tossed many a nights fighting a passion to write against the fear that it would kill my mother for telling the secret. Two years later, the battle was over. I could no longer squelch my thirst to write. My mother read the promotional copy for my book. She is still alive. Any day now she will start reading the book. I pray that she has strength and an open mind as my story unfolds in her hands. A story she already knows, but one never spoken and definitely not in print. My wife, two sons, and sister have read the book and have praised me. My brother refuses to talk about the book and to hear anything negative about his father. A cousin is upset that I would ?bad mouth my family? and anyway, no one would ever buy my book.? Many have hurts and pains, and are bounded by their chains. I am willing to take the hits from my family, if by telling my story I can help others to forgive, break their chains, and set them free. ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Jay D Roberts MD is a board-certified physiatrist, specializing in the treatment of physical disabilities with a focus of adding quality to life. He is currently in private practice in California. He is a member and lecturer at national and international conferences related to his specialty, a contributing author to Current Trends in Physiatry, and author of various scientific papers. In addition to his career, Dr. Roberts volunteers as part of a Christian ministry in maximum security prisons. He and his wife, parents of two grown sons, live in Indian Wells, California. Break the Chains is Dr. Roberts? first book. Following in the long tradition of doctors who combine their passion for saving lives with their passion for writing, Dr. Roberts is currently at work on a novel, concerning children forced to work in mines. Website:  http://jdrobertsmd.com/ Posted by

David Suchet's Final Poirot Episodes: The End Of One Of Tv's Great Castings

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Mark Lawson this oneBlog home David Suchet's final Poirot episodes: the end of one of TV's great castings You could debate who was the best Bond, Doctor or Sherlock, but David Suchet is the definitive Hercule Poirot. After nearly 25 years and 70 episodes, his marathon is almost complete Email David Suchet, the definitive Poirot. Since 1989, there have been three James Bonds, six Doctors and at least five Sherlock Holmeses on screen. But there has been only one Hercule Poirot . Perhaps no other actor has claimed such ownership over a role they did not originally create as David Suchet, who tonight (8pm, ITV) starts his final quartet of adaptations of Agatha Christie 's stories about the Belgian private detective. When Curtain, the last episode, is shown - at a date undetermined, but likely to involve a major secular-religious festival - Suchet will have played Poirot in 70 episodes that cover all of the substantial fictions that were written about him. In a cleverly ominous prologue to tonight's episode - The Big Four - it seems at first that the sleuth has perished already. Although it is common in music for a pianist to play, for example, a complete Beethoven cycle, and Simon Ruselll Beale has performed in radio dramatisations of all John Le Carre's George Smiley books , such completism is almost impossible in television because of the level of commitment required from both performers ? who understandably fear typecasting ? and network executives, who are prone to changes of mind and fashion: ITV is unrecognisable in personnel and structure from when the first Poirot was shown almost quarter of a century ago. Suchet's versatility as an actor ? and his careful spacing of the Poirots to average fewer than three a year ? has prevented his becoming trapped by the character. He has been able to fit between the mysteries several major stage productions ? such as The Merchant of Venice and Long Day's Journey into Night ? and other TV appearances, including the lead role in a bio- drama about the ruined tycoon Robert Maxwell and another scandalous financier, Melmotte, in an adaptation of Trollope's The Way We Live Now . But what has been most impressive about this Christie marathon is not just that he has done other work away from Poirot but that he has continued to do different things in Poirot. The great TV producer Tony Garnett ( Cathy Come Home , Cardiac Arrest, Between the Lines, This Life ) has argued that the historical weakness of much TV drama has been the lack of character development. Peter Falk's Columbo was essentially the same from pilot to finale; both because viewers are assumed to take comfort in familiarity and also, Garnett argues, so that the shows could be screened out of order on syndication channels. In trying to maintain both his and the audience's interest through well over 100 hours of playing Poirot, Suchet faced two problems. One is that Christie, who became sick of her creation, did not allow the Belgian detective much space to change during her long immersion in his personality. The other is that the ITV series opted to smooth out the chronology of the novels and short stories ? which were published over a period of 55 years ? by locating most of the stories in circa 1936, although we have reached the later 30s for the final lot: tonight's The Big Four is set during the runup to the second world war.
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Bon Appetit: A Taste Of Fall's Best Cookbooks

14:01, 21/10/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
A Taste of Fall's Best Cookbooks Posted: 08/21/2013 3:18 pm So many of our favorite chefs are releasing cookbooks this fall. Here's a taste. Loading Slideshow D.O.M.: Rediscovering Brazilian Ingredients by Alex Atala, $30; amazon.com The A.O.C. Cookbook The A.O.C. Cookbook by Suzanne Goin, $21; amazon.com A Work In Progress A Work In Progress by René Redzepi?s, $40; amazon.com Manresa Manresa by David Kinch and Christine Muhlke, $50; amazon.com Roberta's Cookbook Roberta's Cookbook by Carlo Mirarchi et al, $21; amazon.com Pok Pok Pok Pok by Andy Ricker and J.J. Goode, $21; amazon.com L.A. Son L.A. Son by Roy Choi, $30; amazon.com Coi: Stories and Recipes Coi: Stories and Recipes by Daniel Patterson, $34; amazon.com Cooking from the Heart Cooking from the Heart by John Besh, $30; amazon.com Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo's Most Unlikely Noodle Joint by Ivan Orkin, $18; amazon.com Tartine Book No. 3 Tartine Book No. 3 by Chad Robertson, $24; amazon.com Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some by John Currence, $24; amazon.com Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Voice Of God

19:51, 19/10/2013 .. 0 comments .. Link
The voice of God A conductor explains how an ordinary man produced such miraculous music Oct 12th 2013 Tweet Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven. By John Eliot Gardiner. Knopf; 629 pages; $35. Allen Lane; £30. Buy from Amazon.com , Amazon.co.uk WHEN John Eliot Gardiner grew up on his family?s farm in Dorset, he met Johann Sebastian Bach on the stairs every day. By some remarkable chance, a refugee from Silesia had given the Gardiners a portrait (pictured) of the composer to keep safe during the second world war. Painted by Elias Gottlob Haussmann in 1748, a couple of years before Bach?s death, it was one of a tiny handful of authenticated pictures painted during the great man?s lifetime. The young John Eliot found it a bit scary, but he nevertheless developed a lifelong fascination with the composer. Now 70, Sir John, as he has since become, is presenting his reflections about the man and his music in a new book. In this section Reprints Billed as a portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, it is inevitably also a portrait of John Eliot Gardiner, who became a famous conductor and one of the leading lights of the period-performance, or ?early music?, movement that started in the 1970s. Having experienced much of Bach?s music from the inside as a performer and conductor, Sir John is better placed than most to convey what it would have been like for Bach himself to stand in front of his musicians, and what went on in the composer?s mind when he wrote the music. More than anything else, he is captivated by Bach?s vocal works: the cantatas, motets, Passions and Masses. In 2000, the 250th anniversary of Bach?s death, he took his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists on a ?Bach Cantata Pilgrimage?. In the space of a single year they performed 198 of Bach?s 200 surviving sacred cantatas in churches all over Europe and some in America. This book is not a biography in the conventional sense?of which there are plenty already, some of them excellent?but an attempt to uncover the man through his music. Surprisingly little is known about Bach?s personal life. He was acquainted with grief. Orphaned at the age of nine, he lost his first wife, Maria Barbara, after 13 years of marriage. Of the seven children he had with her, four died before him. His second wife, Anna Magdalena, bore him 13 more children, but only six survived into adulthood. Professionally, too, Bach seems to have had a difficult life. Born into a well-established family of musicians, he found it relatively easy to get his first job. But career opportunities were limited and he had to choose between a court appointment and a post as a church organist and music master. Each had its drawbacks. For a while Bach shuttled between the two (and was jailed briefly when he tried to leave his job at the court in Weimar for a better one), but in 1723 he accepted the position of Cantor, in charge of music at the Lutheran church of St Thomas, known as the Thomaskirche, in Leipzig, where he remained until he died in 1750. There were many frustrations. The pay was not great; the city did not spend enough to provide him with the first-rate singers and instrumentalists his intricate music required; he was expected to do a lot of teaching; the council breathed down his neck when he tried to introduce anything too adventurous; and there was a lot of musical politics. But in one sense he was in the right place. His ultimate goal, as he explained to an earlier employer, was to compose ?a well-regulated or orderly church music to the Glory of God?. As a man of deep Protestant faith and a great admirer of Luther, Bach got the chance to do a lot of what he wanted most: to write glorious church music. No sooner had he arrived at the Thomaskirche than he started on a bout of furious cantata-composing. For the best part of three years he came up with a new one?about 20 minutes? worth of music?for the church service every Sunday. During that time he also produced full-length Passions for each Easter and wrote a variety of other music. It was an unsustainable creative burst but left a lasting legacy. Sir John analyses many of these cantatas in scholarly detail. He also explains the makings of each of Bach?s great Passions and of the sublime Latin Mass in B minor. He shows just how much thought went into selecting the texts and how consistently high was the quality of the compositions. This was truly ?new music? of the day, like no one else?s, extraordinarily complex and bold. It made heavy demands on both performers and listeners. Even reading about it requires concentration. You either have to know the music very well or listen to it as you go through the text to make sense of it. Sir John?s book is not Bach for beginners, but it is very rewarding. So what about Bach the man? There may not be much point in trying to draw a direct line between the personal qualities of this opinionated, crabby and often contrary workaholic and the marvel of his music. His reply to inquires about the secret of his musical success was deliberately opaque: ?I was obliged to be industrious; whoever is equally industrious will succeed equally well.? Sir John arrives at better answers by closely scrutinising the work. He discovers a wealth of hitherto unseen invention and ingenuity. But in the end, he finds, it comes down to an act of faith. Other composers, among them Monteverdi, Beethoven and Mozart, have achieved greatness in various ways, ?but it is Bach?who gives us the voice of God?in human form.?
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