A Sideways Look at Clouds

Author: Maria Mudd Ruth
Publisher: Mountaineers Books
ISBN: 168051119X
Category: Nature
Page: 224
View: 6061
• Written by a critically-acclaimed natural-history author • Shares author’s fun journey to understanding clouds • Written for the curious—but non-science—minded Author Maria Mudd Ruth fell in love with clouds the same way she stumbles into most passions: madly and unexpectedly. A Sideways Look at Clouds is the story of her quite accidental infatuation with and education about the clouds above. When she moved to the soggy Northwest a decade ago, Maria assumed that locals would know everything there was to know about clouds, in the same way they talk about salmon, tides, and the Seahawks. Yet in her first two years of living in Olympia, Washington, she never heard anyone talk about clouds—only the rain. Puzzled by this lack of cloud savvy, she decided to create a 10-question online survey and sent it to everyone she knew. Her sample size of 67 people included men and women, new friends in Olympia, family on the East Coast, outdoorsy and indoorsy types, professional scientists, and liberal arts majors like herself. The results showed that while people knew a little bit about clouds, most were like her—they had a hard time identifying clouds or remembering their names. As adults, they had lost their curiosity and sense of wonder about clouds and were, essentially, not in the habit of looking up. A Sideways Look at Clouds acknowledges the challenges of understanding clouds and so uses a very steep and bumpy learning curve—the author’s—as its plot line. The book is structured around the ten words used in most definitions of a cloud: “a visible mass of water droplets or ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the earth.” A captivating story teller, Maria blends science, wonder, and humor to take the scenic route through the clouds and encourages readers to chart their own rambling, idiosyncratic course.

Wisdom for the Journey

Author: Ellen Shuck
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1499023472
Category: Self-Help
Page: 206
View: 9479
"Wisdom for the Journey," is an inspiring collection of true life scenarios. Ellen Shuck shows that life is indeed a journey filled with bumps, and unpredictable perils and pitfalls. Yet in spite of the unpleasant and seemingly insurmountable obstacles that you encounter, life is filled with mountain tops, joy and promise as well. "One can never give up," says Shuck. She writes in a style that is both serious and meaningful, but also interesting and filled with hope. She stirs your curiosity and her stories and bits of wisdom inspire you to keep on reading. They are lessons in motivation, endurance and the resiliency of human beings. Rather than presenting a dull wordy manuscript, Shuck has broken each life lesson into a brief section. Each story has a moral that you haven't thought of before. She presents her valuable insights, gleaned from life, in a way that everyone can relate to them. Shuck's morsels of wisdom keep the reader clamoring for more. She writes a newspaper column and people who read them cut them out and save them to refer back to, to use as devotionals and to send to others who benefit from them. Many, who are depressed, have found solace merely from reading Shuck's reflections that are spiritual, psychological, and down to earth. God plays a major role is Shuck's outlook on life. She offers insights into why things happen and how you can best deal with them." Wisdom for the Journey" is a valuable tool for living a happier life and understanding that everything happens for a reason. She talks about how everyone can have true happiness and presents a formula for happiness. Shuck delves into discussions of death, work, and loving yourself--to giving someone a dream. Her reflections and stories appeal to all ages and walks of life. Shuck draws from life experience and her background and education in psychology, spirituality/religion and philosophy. If you need a boost, more insight or an interesting read, this book is for you. People have encouraged Shuck to write a book, so here it is.

Light Scattering by Small Particles

Author: H. C. van de Hulst
Publisher: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486139751
Category: Science
Page: 496
View: 6145
Comprehensive treatment of light-scattering properties of small, independent particles, including a full range of useful approximation methods for researchers in chemistry, meteorology, and astronomy. 46 tables. 59 graphs. 44 illustrations.

The Hunt

Author: Andrew Fukuda
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 1250008565
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Page: 304
View: 3157
Don't Sweat. Don't Laugh. Don't draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them. Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can't run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn't hurt him and he doesn't have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It's the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood. When he's chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene's carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He's thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?

The Lobster Kings: A Novel

Author: Alexi Zentner
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393244326
Category: Fiction
Page: 352
View: 1897
A mythical family saga steeped in the legends of the sea, The Lobster Kings is a "powerhouse of a novel" (Ben Fountain). The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years. Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island's lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody's three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland, while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.

A New Look at Log Cabin Quilts

Design a Scene Block by Block Plus 9 Easy-to-follow Projects
Author: Flavin Glover
Publisher: C&T Publishing Inc
ISBN: 9781571202048
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 112
View: 3074
Find inspiration in everyday life as you design spectacular quilts using one simple block Celebrated quilt artist Flavin Glover builds on basic log cabin blocks and turns this American classic into an art form.

The Stall of Second Chances

Author: Dana Bate
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1472114612
Category: Fiction
Page: 432
View: 7681
Sydney Strauss is obsessed with food. Not just with eating it – though she loves that too – but with writing about it as an aspiring cookery reporter. But food journalism jobs are more coveted than cupcakes, and so Sydney is stuck working for one of TV’s biggest egomaniacs – until she’s left scrambling for shifts at the local farmers’ market. Selling muffins at the Wild Yeast Bakery is hardly going to make her the next Nigella. But soon Sydney is writing the market’s weekly newsletter, and her quirky stories gain attention from a prominent food columnist. After years of being left on the shelf, she’s even dating again. And then Sydney gets a shot atthe story, one that could either make her career or burn it to a cinder – along with her relationship and her reputation...

Danger at the Fair

Author: Peg Kehret
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101661674
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 144
View: 8190
Ellen and Corey Streater from Terror at the Zoo and Horror at the Haunted House continue their adventures at a county fair. While chasing a pickpocket, Corey and Ellen wander into the River of Fear ride where they soon discover they are the ones being pursued. “The tension mounts deliciously as readers follow Ellen and Corey through their day.” —School Library Journal “A contemporary kid's nightmare/heroic dream-come-true that won't stay on the shelf for long.” —Booklist

The Compleat Psychic

Author: Ruth Brown
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1312464321
Page: N.A
View: 8256


Author: Lisa Plumley
Publisher: Lisa Plumley
ISBN: 1476024294
Category: Fiction
Page: N.A
View: 6382
"Four stars! A fun, fast-paced, passionate adventure of a lady and a mad ride through the wild west. A real treat for western romance fans!" —Romantic Times Mason Kincaid is on a mission to reclaim his young son and his good name from the men who had stolen both. But even an outlaw can't leave a lady alone in the middle of the Arizona territory--especially after she's been accidentally dumped from the stagecoach he's just held up. Now, Miss Amelia O'Malley is along for the ride--and this mismatched duo is headed for an adventure together that could be the beginning of a future destined to last. "What a grand ride! Outlaw is a fantastic, rip-roaring western romance that ropes you in, ties you up in knots, and doesn't turn loose until the last page is turned. A tremendous rush! This one is fun!" —Romance Communications "Hysterically funny with plenty of outrageous situations and eccentric characters, Outlaw is a true gem from first page to last. Ms. Plumley is an author of exceptional talent whose witty style makes her one of the genre's finest." —Rendezvous "Well-versed in her craft, Lisa Plumley does so much more than just tell a story. With wit and verve, she catches the reader's imagination from the very first sentence, spinning a tale of adventure and romance... I didn't want this remarkable romance to end. I loved it!" —Romance Communications "Ms. Plumley spins a yarn of humor, pathos, and romance that leaves the reader eager to turn the pages. Her colorful descriptions and attention to historical detail accentuate her story with depth and authenticity. Ms. Plumley is an author worth watching!" —Calico Trails "This is one great western romance you will love. I did. SPLENDID! 4½ BELLS!" —Bell, Book and Candle "Lisa Plumley's seemingly effortless prose flows like a swift-running river, carrying the reader along until the last poignant pages. A sweet, ageless tale of love and healing, in the American West. 4 stars!" —Affaire de Coeur "A delightful, totally pleasing romp through the Old West... Ms. Plumley has, with a deft touch, given the world of romance a pair of lovers to be remembered. A great read!" —Under the Covers Book Reviews "Lisa Plumley gives readers an exciting western adventure with witty dialogue. The hero is to die for... Western fans will adore this story! —Reader To Reader Reviews