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Richard George Adams

You might think that Richard George Adams was just another writer, which of course he was, but he has shown much intelligence in his books. He wrote his first book, Watership Down because of his two daughters who he used to tell the story to on long car trips. After he finished the story his daughters persuaded him to publish it as a book!
He wrote the story but his book was turned down by many publishers, as so often happens but he kept going and finally got someone to publish it. The book was a huge success and Mr. Adams wrote many more after it.
Here is a list of some of his books.

Classics:

  • Watership Down (1972)
  • Shardik (1974)
  • Plague Dogs, the (1977)
  • Girl in a Swing, the (1980)
  • Legend of Te Tuna, the (1982)
  • Maia (1984)
  • Traveler (1988)
  • Outlandish Knight, the (1999)

Daniel (2006) R.M.Ballantyne

R.M.Ballantyne was born in Edinburgh on April 24,in the year of 1825. He disliked his studies (as do quite a lot of children) and was not disposed to hard work. At sixteen years of age he went into the service of the Hudson Bay company who were trying to discover the northwest passage.

Mr.Ballantyne wrote more than 90 books in his lifetime and I would have to say everyone of them is a winner!
I have a few of his books here but I will not be able to write reviews on them until later.

  • Coral Island
  • The Hudson Bay Company
  • The Young Fur Traders
  • Martin Rattler
  • The Dog Crusoe and his Master
  • The World of Ice
  • The Gorilla Hunters
  • The Golden Dream
  • The Red Eric
  • Away in the Wilderness
  • Fighting the Whales
  • The Wild Man of the West
  • Man on the Ocean
  • Gascoyne; the Sandalwood Trader
  • The Lifeboat
  • Chasing the Sun
  • Freaks on the Fells
  • The Lighthouse
  • Fighting The Flames

Frank Peretti

Frank Peretti has produced quite a few books that almost deserve to be called “classics” many of which I have read.
He has written books ranging from young children to adult material which is what makes him so good because if you feel like reading a book by him, most of the time there is a book that you would be interested in.

Some of my favorites are…

  • Kids Reading
  • Cooper Kids Adventure Series
  • The Door in the Dragon’s Throat
  • Escape from the Island of Aquarius
  • The Tombs of Anak
  • Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea
  • The Secret of the Desert Stone
  • The Deadly Curse of Toco-Rey
  • The Legend of Annie Murphy
  • Mayday at Two Thousand Five Hundred Feet

Strong Job Sectors During a Weak Economy

Pay cuts nd layoffs have become common stories these days. However, there are some job sectors where job openings are growing and the pay is still rising. According to the recent study conducted by researchers,  job openings topped the list.

 

Growing healthcare job openings should not come as a surprise, since health care is essential in any community. People won’t stop getting sick when the economy is poor. In fact, the added stress levels during a recession can increase the likelihood of people getting sick. In addition, the aging population also means that more people will be demanding healthcare services in the coming years.

 

Many healthcare job openings require very specific education. Thankfully, not all healthcare job openings require education programs that take ages to finish. For example, there are accelerated programs for nursing to help you make a career switch sooner rather than later. For people with administrative or IT skills, transferring to the healthcare industry is easier since there are many new openings that require those skills.

 

Engineering job openings and even other science job openings provide growing opportunities thanks to the stimulus package that allocated $90 billion for public infrastructure, private energy and utility projects. Civil engineering and project engineering jobs are the most likely to benefit from stimulus funding.

 

Here are the top five “recession-proof” jobs, and their median annual salaries:

  • Pharmacist ($110,000)
  • Research scientist, biotechnology ($85,500)
  • Project engineer ($85,500)
  • Nurse practitioner ($82,600)
  • Civil engineer ($81,400)

 

Job Hunting

 

Although there are signs of economic recovery, the job market outlook is expected to be dense and competitive. Many people will have to rethink their job-hunting strategies. Here are some useful tips for job hunting:

 

Seek out all possibilities – Everyone has their own “dream job.” However, during a recession, there are times when limiting your options to your dream job can be unproductive. If you want to increase your chances for employment, you must exhaust all possibilities. This means that you must consider your transferable skills, and assess which career options you qualify for. Consider updating your skills by attending seminars or enrolling in relevant courses to boost your credentials and marketability.

 

Consider job openings that closely match your skills – Exhausting all possibilities doesn’t mean just submitting your resume to all the companies you come across. You must still be sure that your skills closely match the job description. With a very dense job-hunting market, lacking skills in some areas could be enough to disqualify you from the running. It follows that you must tailor your resume specifically for every job opening.

 

Do your research – Research on the companies you’re considering. Know their products, mission and vision, marketing strategies, their latest developments and organizational strategies. In the event that you’re granted an interview, your knowledge will help you give answers that are more informed.

 

Work your network – Recent surveys show that networking is the most effective tool for finding employment, especially for jobs above entry-level positions.

Using Body Language in a Job Interview

Interview Body Language Studies suggest that 60% of the impression we make during our communication with others comes from the use of our body language. Our body language and facial expressions reveal more about us than the actual words we say. The words we speak may be saying one thing, whereas our body language may be imparting something totally different.

 

It’s important that what we say and the signals we give out, remain congruent and in harmony with one another, especially in a job interview situation. This article examines how to use body language in a job interview to build rapport and trust with an interviewer and leave a lasting and positive impression.

 

 

A smile is the easiest way to communicate friendliness and confidence to someone you are meeting for the first time. When you first meet your interviewer, shake their hand, as you introduce yourself and smile sincerely to show that you are pleased to meet them. An inexperienced interviewer may be just as nervous as you are, so a warm smile will put them at ease, make you feel good and help get the meeting off to a positive start.

 

A heartfelt smile shows in your eyes, so your smile needs to be genuine and not forced. A false grin is easily spotted and can seem disingenuous to the other person. Smile throughout the interview, but don’t over do it. You don’t want to come across like a crazed Cheshire cat. If you are faced with a stern interviewer, don’t follow their lead or let them put you off, smile anyway.

 

The Handshake

 

When you first meet your interviewer, greet them with a firm handshake. A handshake is a respectful gesture that conveys friendliness and ease, but can also unconsciously reveal a lot more about you. A loose or limp handshake may make you come across as unconfident or even disinterested, whereas a handshake that’s too firm or tight, can make you seem overly competitive or aggressive.

 

The safest option is to let your interviewer guide you and respond with a grip matching theirs. The handshake should be brief, with only 2-3 pumps. Any longer than 3 seconds and the handshake risks making the other person uncomfortable. If you have sweaty palms, discreetly wipe your hand before the handshake. When accepting the handshake, remember to maintain eye contact and smile.

 

The Correct Sitting Posture

 

Never sit down before the interviewer invites you to. If they don’t invite you to sit, ask politely if you may do so. Place your briefcase on the floor beside your chair, not on your lap and never on the interviewer’s desk. Your body posture can reveal a great deal about how you feel about the meeting, including how nervous you are and even your opinion of the person interviewing you, so be sure to sit in a respectful manner.

 

Correct Interview Posture Make sure to sit upright and straight, while still remaining comfortable. A good tip is to try to align your shoulders with the shoulders of the interviewer. Finding something to do with your hands can sometimes feel awkward, so try to comfortably rest your arms on your chair or lap. Holding a pen and notepad can help if you don’t know what to do with your hands.

 

Never fold your arms or cross your legs, as this can make you look closed off and unapproachable. Maintain an open sitting posture, with both feet firmly on the floor.

 

It’s okay to be relaxed, but don’t slouch back in your chair or it may be viewed as arrogance. During the interview, avoid fidgeting in your chair, touching your face and hair or using too many hand gestures. It’s okay to lean forward occasionally, as this shows that you are interested and engaged in the conversation. Nodding your head in agreement to comments the interviewer makes can help demonstrate that you are both on the same page, however, as with all the tips in this article, do not over do it.

 

Making Eye Contact

 

Our eyes reveal a lot of what we are thinking and feeling, so it’s vitally important that we use eye contact to make a positive impression during an interview. People that make greater eye contact are thought to be more likable and confident, whereas people that avoid eye contact are often seen as either lacking confidence or having something to hide. Maintaining eye contact does not mean continuously staring at someone, as that can make the person on the receiving end very uncomfortable. You should break eye contact occasionally by looking up or to the side, as if you are thinking.

 

7 reasons why you should have a home bar

Fate and fortune are some of the things that human beings, being curious creatures that they are, often feel compelled to test out, especially when it comes to the high-paced world of gambling. People who are into the high-paced thrill seeking life often frequent to casinos to gamble and participate in games that let them test out their luck. Albeit gambling is frowned upon because it is considered an illicit activity, it can be nothing but entertaining and fun if done right. Keeping up with the fast pace world and change in schedule and lifestyle speed can be quite hard, and so can frequenting to casinos be with the staggering rise in the cost of all expenses, from charter expense to hotel price, so to those who want to have fun yet can’t because of economic constraint casino home bar is the answer.

About home bar:

In the very beginning, people would have to frequent casinos if they wanted to gamble or play any games. But now you don’t have to stay limited to the confines of those boundaries and get to play your favorite hand of games right at your home. A home bar could consist of all your favorite games in one place in the form of a game table or several game tables that flaunt a single game. The bar also usually comes with space designated to hold your liquors and other alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.

Choosing the right home bar:

It’s important that you know what to look for when you’re buying a home bar for your own mini-casino at home to get the best service that you can get as well as the best experience you can gather when you play the games with your friends and family. You can check out various blog posts that review on home bars and choose the one that is most suited to your needs and requirements.

Reasons why you need to have a home bar

· Entertainment:

When you get a home bar, it automatically turns your living room or game room or whatever room you place it in into the entertainment central. You’ll always have some kind of entertainment alternative to having when you’re feeling bored or have nothing to do. It’s convenient if you’re having a date over at your place and want to impress her too.

· Casino at home:

You don’t have to frequent to a casino to play games and quench your thirst for some high paced gambling. Whenever you feel like cashing in and checking on your luck, you can call your friends or colleagues over and turn your humble abode into a mini casino and have fun.

· Cost –effective:

The amount of money you save on the air fares and hotel fairs as well as all the money you’d have to spend on food and travel can all be saved in a quick jiffy when you choose to buy a home bar and get it installed in your own home, instead of having to frequent the casinos to get your dosage of gambling high.

· Practice for the big thing:

If you’re all about the big life, it’ll do you good to be prepared for the games at the casinos when you visit. You’ll need to make sure that you have all the rules down and know what you’re doing and not playing blind by practicing on your home bar.

· Get together at your place is everyone’s favorite:

With a home bar, get together with your squad is always fun and the talk of the town for weeks to come. You’ll have an everlasting impression on your friends when you win all the games at your home whilst playing the game on the home bar.

· You’re never bored:

YOU’RE NEVER BORED! I honestly don’t think this reason needs any explanation at all.

· You have a cool bar to hold your liquor:

The most important perk of having a home bar is that you not only get a cool game bar with all the games you’d want to play at a casino but also a cool bar to hold your liquor or any other beverages.

Types of Butter

 There are several different ways to produce butter. Yesterday, I could have named two. Today, after reading up on the subject, I can name a few more. My appreciation of Harold McGee grows by the day.

 

These are types of butter production, rather than a complete list of butter products. That’s why I haven’t listed Brown butter, or clarified butter. I’ll get to these types of butter at a later time.

 

Raw Cream Butter – Alas, it is unlikely that you will ever have this kind of butter, especially here in the United States. The reason? It’s made from unpasteurized milk. Well, that and it has a shelf life of only ten days. This type of butter is said to taste more of cream and less of the salty fat that we’re used to here in the States.

Sweet Cream Butter – Often called “unsalted butter” here in the States, it’s the kind I buy most often (There was has been as much as three pounds in my refrigerator at one time). Good butter is typically white with a slight yellow palor, as well has having a higher fat content. Without the salt added, there’s a purer taste of butter.

Salted Sweet Cream Butter – This is also typically what is found in the grocer’s dairy section. This is Sweet Cream butter made from pasteurized cream with salt added. The salt was initially added because it helped fight off bacteria when folks would leave the butter out. But now that we typically keep our butter cold (at least here in America), it’s there because we believe it should be there. When I realized that salted butter is to be avoided when baking at home, and that salted butter scorches in the frying pan more readily than unsalted butter, I found myself purchasing less and less of the stuff.

Cultured Cream Butter – This is butter that has had a fermenting agent added, most likely lactic acid. The fermentation adds a more discernable (some would say ‘tangy’) butter flavor. This is very much a European style of butter that is now gaining popularity over here.

European-Style Butter – A butter that has a lower moisture percentage and higher butterfat content than the typical sweet-cream butter (which is about 20% water, if I recall correctly). Due to the lower moisture content, it makes this the butter of choice for pastries and sauces. Plugra is the brand most often recognized as “European-Style”.

Whipped Butter – Butter made to be spread. It is aerated with nitrogen gas, giving the butter a more malleable and smoother texture. This type of butter should be avoided for almost all functions except for topping foods and spreading on toast and muffins.

Beurre Cuisinier, Beurre Pâtissier, Beurre Concentré – These are specialty butters with even less moisture and/or more butterfat. These are also typically unavailable for the common consumer, and are most often found in bakeries and patisseries.