Keynes's Way to Wealth [EPUB]

Keynes's Way to Wealth [EPUB]
Keynes's Way to Wealth: Timeless Investment Lessons from The Great Economist by John F Wasik
2013 | EPUB | 2.61MB

John Maynard Keynes indelibly made his mark on global economics...

Few people know, however, that he was also a daring, steel-nerved investor who built a multimilliondollar fortune in the stock market while providing financial counsel to the likes of Winston Churchill and FDR. Now, you can learn from--and imitate--Keynes's success by examining the story of his lifeand investment strategies, masterfully told by awardwinning author John F. Wasik.

As you follow Keynes from his early years with the Bloomsbury Group, through two world wars and the Great Depression Keynes's theories and practices come to life by way of the historic and personal events that shaped them. Like today's investors, Keynes faced markets roiled by panic, inflation, deflation, widespread unemployment, and war--and he developed a core set of principles to prosper in every climate. With the individual investor in mind, this straightforward guide makes it easy for investors at all levels to implement the action-oriented strategies presented in each of the 10 chapters and start investing like Keynes today by:

  • Buying and holding quality stocks
  • Ignoring short-term news
  • Building diversified portfolios
  • Trading contrary to market momentum
  • Getting the most out of dividend stocks

Using the eloquent insight of a seasoned investment writer, author John F. Wasik digs down into what investments Keynes owned, how he bought and sold them, how his theories guided his investments, and vice versa. He illustrates why Keynes's ideas, insights, and portfolio strategies have withstood the test of time, and how they will continue to produce financial gains for dedicated investors. In a nutshell, Wasik delivers a pragmatic guide to the style of portfolio management practiced by such Keynes followers as Benjamin Graham, Warren Buffett, and Charles Munger.

The smart money gets richer in all types of weather, and so can you by following Keynes's Way to Wealth.

Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered [EPUB]

Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered [EPUB]
Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon
2014 | EPUB | 4.55MB

In his New York Times bestseller Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon showed readers how to unlock their creativity by "stealing" from the community of other movers and shakers. Now, in an even more forward-thinking and necessary book, he shows how to take that critical next step on a creative journey—getting known.

Show Your Work! is about why generosity trumps genius. It's about getting findable, about using the network instead of wasting time "networking." It's not self-promotion, it's self-discovery—let others into your process, then let them steal from you. Filled with illustrations, quotes, stories, and examples, Show Your Work! offers ten transformative rules for being open, generous, brave, productive.

In chapters such as You Don't Have to Be a Genius; Share Something Small Every Day; and Stick Around, Kleon creates a user's manual for embracing the communal nature of creativity— what he calls the "ecology of talent." From broader life lessons about work (you can't find your voice if you don't use it) to the etiquette of sharing—and the dangers of oversharing—to the practicalities of Internet life (build a good domain name; give credit when credit is due), it's an inspiring manifesto for succeeding as any kind of artist or entrepreneur in the digital age.

Steal Like an Artist [MOBI]

Steal Like an Artist [MOBI]
Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon
2012 | MOBI | 3.97MB

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, col- lect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring—the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.

Visual Marketing Secrets [EPUB]

Visual Marketing Secrets [EPUB]
Visual Marketing Secrets: How to Use Smartphone Photography to Engage Online and Attract More Customers by Vickie Siculiano
2014 | EPUB | 2.68MB

Everyone with a smartphone is familiar with the term "selfie," but most people never thought of using their smartphone as a powerful visual marketing tool. With this simple step-by-step guide, you'll learn how to captivate your audience with smartphone photography and never miss an opportunity to market your business online again. This book takes a wholistic approach to visual marketing, from photography, social media, SEO, and the apps and accessories to enhance your smartphone's capabilities. With this guide, you will learn how to take better photos, what to take photos of, how to take them, how to enhance them, share them and save them for SEO. Vickie Siculiano and a team of experts on photography, video, social media and small business marketing will teach you how to really capture the attention of your online audience with your smartphone, leading to more customers and engagement.

Top Dog: Impress and Influence Everyone You Meet [EPUB]

Top Dog: Impress and Influence Everyone You Meet [EPUB]
Top Dog: Impress and Influence Everyone You Meet by Andy Bounds, Richard Ruttle
2015 | EPUB | 5.33MB

Get the results you want and come out as the Top Dog in every conversation

Fancy being the ‘Top Dog’ in all your dealings? Fed up of feeling like the underdog? So many of us regularly ‘lose’ in conversations before we’ve even opened our mouths? Often without realising it, we don’t see ourselves as a peer of the other person. And we transmit this in what we do and say (“I’ll fit round you. I know you’re really busy.”) The other person picks up on this. And, without doing a thing, they’re suddenly in charge!

Top Dog will teach you how to lead in all your interactions, so you can get more of what you want, more often.

Together, Andy Bounds and Richard Ruttle are experts at helping people achieve more from their conversations with others. Their techniques work in every type of interaction—conversations, socialising, dating, interviews, sales, marketing, and networking. Basically, anytime you want to impress and persuade others.

Top Dog:

  • Details the skill set needed to gain competitive advantage from the outset
  • Provides instructive and thought-provoking content, relevant to both beginners, and seasoned professionals
  • Contains insights from working with some of the world’s largest companies
  • Addresses how to achieve more from interactions in business and social arenas

The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink [EPUB]

The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink [EPUB]
The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink by Pamela Katz
2015 | EPUB | 5.74MB

Among the most creative and outsized personalities of the Weimar Republic, that sizzling yet decadent epoch between the Great War and the Nazis' rise to power, were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the rebellious avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. These two young geniuses and the three women vital to their work—actresses Lotte Lenya and Helene Weigel and writer Elizabeth Hauptmann—joined talents to create the theatrical and musical masterworks The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, only to split in rancor as their culture cracked open and their aesthetic and temperamental differences became irreconcilable.

The Partnership is the first book to tell the full story of Brecht and Weill's impulsive, combustible partnership, the compelling psychological drama of one of the most important creative collaborations of the past century. It is also the first book to give full credit where it is richly due to the three women whose creative gifts contributed enormously to their masterworks. And it tells the thrilling and iconic story of artistic daring entwined with sexual freedom during the Weimar Republic's most fevered years, a time when art and politics and society were inextricably mixed.

Steering Clear [EPUB]

Steering Clear [EPUB]
Steering Clear: How to Avoid a Debt Crisis and Secure Our Economic Future by Peter G Peterson
2014 | EPUB | 13.08MB

"Despite clear danger and explicit warnings, the United States of America—distracted by short-term challenges and its own political dysfunction—is steaming toward its own collision, one with long-term debt."

Philanthropist, businessman, and former secretary of commerce Peter G. Peterson argues that we can no longer ignore the long-term debt challenges facing our country, because our economic future depends on it. The gross federal debt now exceeds $17 trillion and it is expected to rise rapidly in the decades to come. If the growing gap between projected spending and revenues continues to widen, our federal debt is projected to soar to the highest levels in our nation's history—more than four times its average over the past forty years. This growing debt and the associated interest costs divert resources away from important public and private investments that are critical to our global competitiveness, threatening our future economy.

Peterson has made it his life's work to bring awareness to America's key economic and fiscal challenges. He makes clear that if we continue to ignore America's long-term debt, we will diminish economic opportunities for future generations, weaken our ability to protect the most vulnerable, and undermine the competitive strength of our businesses globally.

The drama-filled, economically damaging budget battles of the last few years have focused almost entirely on the short term—putting aside the more difficult, but much more important, long-term issues. Peterson offers nonpartisan analysis of our economic challenges and a robust set of options for solving our long-term debt problems. He looks at the impact of aging baby boomers, growing healthcare costs, outdated military spending, a flawed tax code, and our divided political system. And he offers hopeful, durable, and achievable solutions for improving our fiscal outlook through a mix of progrowth reform options that would reduce government spending and increase revenue, and could be phased in gradually in the years to come.

There's still time to restore the United States as a land of opportunity. Peterson's diagnosis and recommendations can help us confront our fiscal reality, address our long-term debt, and steer the country safely toward a more secure and dynamic economic future.

Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain [EPUB]

Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain [EPUB]
Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain by Ian Fraser
2014 | EPUB | 1.22MB

At its zenith, the Royal Bank of Scotland was the world’s biggest bank. It had assets of $3 trillion, employed over 200,000 people, had branches on every high street and was admired and trusted by millions of borrowers and investors. Now the mere mention of its name causes anger and resentment, and its former CEO, Fred Goodwin, is reviled as one of the architects of the worst financial crisis since 1929.

In Shredded, Ian Fraser lifts the lid on the catastrophic mistakes that led the bank to the brink of collapse, scrutinizing the role played by RBS’s directors who failed to check Goodwin’s hubris, the colleagues who were overawed by his despotic leadership style, the politicians who created a regulatory free-for-all in which banks went virtually unsupervised, and the investors who egged Goodwin on.

As more and more toxic details emerge about the bank’s pre- and post-bailout misconduct, which stretches from the ruination of numerous small businesses in the UK and Ireland to the criminal fiddling of Yen Libor, and from the alleged manipulation of global foreign-exchange markets to the wholesale ‘mis-selling’ of US mortgage bonds, Ian Fraser examines what the future holds for RBS and whether it can ever regain the public’s trust.

Hello, New York: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs [EPUB]

Hello, New York: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs [EPUB]
Hello, New York: An Illustrated Love Letter to the Five Boroughs by Julia Rothman
2014 | EPUB | 20.61MB

Anyone who hearts New York will love this illustrated homage to the city. Artist, author, and New Yorker Julia Rothman brings humor and tenderness to an eclectic assortment of historical tidbits (how the New York Public Library lion sculptures got their names), idiosyncratic places to visit (where to find the tennis courts at Grand Central Station), interviews with locals (thoughts on love from a Hasidic Jewish landlord), and personal recollections from growing up in the Bronx (fried fish at Johnny's Reef)—all illuminated in her beloved signature style. A uniquely entertaining and informative city guide, this slice of the Big Apple will delight New York locals and visitors alike.

Ready, Steady, Go: Swinging London and the Invention of Cool [EPUB]

Ready, Steady, Go: Swinging London and the Invention of Cool [EPUB]
Ready, Steady, Go: Swinging London and the Invention of Cool by Shawn Levy
2002 | EPUB | 0.4MB

Shawn Levy brings alive London in the Swinging Sixties with a groovy story of those who created the scene that changed the world. For a few years in the 1960s, London was the coolest city on earth: a spontaneous, dizzying stew of pop music, fashion, film, scandal, drugs and sex, crime, the avant garde underground and the tabloid obsession with fame. The rest of the world watched in awe.

The Reluctant Psychic [EPUB]

The Reluctant Psychic [EPUB]
The Reluctant Psychic: A Memoir by Suzan Saxman, Perdita Finn
2015 | EPUB | 0.6/0.8MB

We all, as children, saw imaginary friends and heard monsters in the closet. But for Suzan Saxman, those friends and monsters didn’t go away—and they weren’t imaginary. They were the dead who came to her from the time she was a little girl with urgent messages for the living. Raised in a house filled with secrets, she saw and spoke the truth as soon as she could talk, alarming the nuns in her convent school with her revelations and terrifying her own mother with her strange visions. Each night she woke to see a man with no eyes watching her, and each day she kept watch by the window while her father was at work and Steve, her real father, a swarthy drifter, rendezvoused with her mother. It was the 1960s in suburban Staten Island and she tried to hide it all, and be a daughter her mother could love.

Always skeptical of her tremendous gift, she struggled to come to terms with her calling even as she revealed the destinies of everyone, from housewives to hit men, stockbrokers to rock-and-rollers. She could witness everyone’s future—everyone’s but her own. Why was she visited by angels and demons? Could she ever escape this strange fate? Where was her own soul mate?

Now Suzan tells the story of her journey and tries to make sense of her family’s buried secrets. Through powerful readings of others’ destinies interwoven with compelling narrative, a reluctant psychic emerges from the shadows.

Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species [EPUB]

Humans 3.0: The Upgrading of the Species [EPUB]
Humans 3_0: The Upgrading of the Species by Peter Nowak
2015 | EPUB + PDF | 0.9/1.77MB

Life for early humans wasn't easy. They may have been able to walk on two feet and create tools 4 million years ago, but they couldn't remember or communicate. Fortunately, people got smarter, and things got better. They remembered on-the-spot solutions and shared the valuable information of their experiences. Clubs became swords, caves became huts, and fires became ovens. Collectively these new tools became technology. As the 21st century unfolds, the pace of innovation is accelerating exponentially. Breakthroughs from robotics to genetics appear almost on a daily basis. It's all happening so quickly that it's hard to keep track—but recently there's been a shift. We used to create technology to change the world around us; now we're using it to change ourselves. With vaccinations, in-vitro fertilization, and individual genetic therapy, we're entering a new epoch, a next step, faster and more dramatic than the shift from Australopithicines to Homo Sapiens. The technology that set us apart from our earliest selves is becoming part of the evolutionary process. Advancements in computing, robotics, nanotechnology, neurology, and genetics mean that our wildest imaginings could soon become commonplace. Peter Nowak deftly presents the potential outcomes—both exciting and frightening—of key, rapidly advancing technologies and adroitly explores both the ramifications of adopting them and what doing so will reveal about the future of our species. We've come a long way in 4 million years. Welcome to Human 3.0.

White Magic: The Age of Paper [EPUB]

White Magic: The Age of Paper [EPUB]
White Magic: The Age of Paper by Lothar Müller
2015 | EPUB | 2.39MB

Paper is older than the printing press, and even in its unprinted state it was the great network medium behind the emergence of modern civilization. In the shape of bills, banknotes and accounting books it was indispensible to the economy. As forms and files it was essential to bureaucracy. As letters it became the setting for the invention of the modern soul, and as newsprint it became a stage for politics. In this brilliant new book Lothar Müller describes how paper made its way from China through the Arab world to Europe, where it permeated everyday life in a variety of formats from the thirteenth century onwards, and how the paper technology revolution of the nineteenth century paved the way for the creation of the modern daily press. His key witnesses are the works of Rabelais and Grimmelshausen, Balzac and Herman Melville, James Joyce and Paul Valéry.

Müller writes not only about books, however: he also writes about pamphlets, playing cards, papercutting and legal pads. We think we understand the Gutenberg era, but we can understand it better when we explore the world that underpinned it: the paper age. Today, with the proliferation of digital devices, paper may seem to be a residue of the past, but Müller shows that the humble technology of paper is in many ways the most fundamental medium of the modern world.

The Playful Crowd: Pleasure Places in the 20th Century [EPUB]

The Playful Crowd: Pleasure Places in the 20th Century [EPUB]
The Playful Crowd: Pleasure Places in the Twentieth Century by Gary Cross, John K Walton
2005 | EPUB | 17.2MB

During the first part of the twentieth century thousands of working-class New Yorkers flocked to Coney Island in search of a release from their workaday lives and the values of bourgeois society. On the other side of the Atlantic, British workers headed off to the beach resort of Blackpool for entertainment and relaxation. However, by the middle of the century, a new type of park began to emerge, providing well-ordered, squeaky-clean, and carefully orchestrated corporate entertainment. Contrasting the experiences of Coney Island and Blackpool with those of Disneyland and Beamish, Gary S. Cross and John K. Walton explore playful crowds and the pursuit of pleasure in the twentieth century to offer a transatlantic perspective on changing ideas about leisure, class, and mass culture.

Blackpool and Coney Island were the definitive playgrounds of the industrial working class. Teeming crowds partook of a gritty vulgarity that offered a variety of pleasures and thrills from roller coaster rides and freak shows to dance halls and dioramas of exotic locales. Responding to the new money and mobility of the working class, the purveyors of Coney Island and Blackpool offered the playful crowd an "industrial saturnalia."Cross and Walton capture the sights and sounds of Blackpool and Coney Island and consider how these "Sodoms by the sea" flouted the social and cultural status quo. The authors also examine the resorts' very different fates as Coney Island has now become a mere shadow of its former self while Blackpool continues to lure visitors and offer new attractions.

The authors also explore the experiences offered at Disneyland and Beamish, a heritage park that celebrates Britain's industrial and social history. While both parks borrowed elements from their predecessors, they also adapted to the longings and concerns of postwar consumer culture. Appealing to middle-class families, Disney provided crowds a chance to indulge in child-like innocence and a nostalgia for a simpler time. At Beamish, crowds gathered to find an escape from the fragmented and hedonistic life of modern society in a reconstructed realm of the past where local traditions and nature prevail.

Green Porno by Isabella Rossellini [EPUB]

Green Porno by Isabella Rossellini [EPUB]
Green Porno by Isabella Rossellini
2009 | EPUB | 1.49MB

From the beloved actress Isabella Rossellini comes Green Porno, a strange and enlightening visual exploration of the sex lives of insects and sea creatures, based on the wildly popular short videos of the same name. Co-director Jody Shapiro has taken 125 arresting film stills of Isabella dressed in animal costumes which are the centerpiece of Green Porno and will appear alongside narrative text describing the “love making” process of each animal. Each chapter will also include a quirky, surprising facts about each species.

The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking [TTC Video]

The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking [TTC Video]
The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking [TTC Video] by Bill Briwa
2014 | Course No 9284 | M4V, AVC1, 640x360 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 16x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 8.59GB

Tapas. Olive oil. Clean eating. Three of the biggest trends in the world of food aren’t really trends at all—they’re hallmarks of the close-to-the-earth style of cooking known as Mediterranean cuisine.

With one foot rooted firmly in tradition and one balanced on the cutting-edge, Mediterranean cooking is both quintessentially classic and utterly contemporary. It’s one of the most flavorful, fresh, and varied cuisines in the culinary canon—not to mention one of the most healthful styles of eating in existence.

Numerous studies have demonstrated this oil-abundant diet’s power to reduce your risk for heart disease, and there’s evidence linking it with the potential to prevent diabetes and cancer as well. While such a thing as an ultimate, silver-bullet diet may not exist, the Mediterranean diet is as close as it gets. And it just so happens that it’s also simple to prepare and a pleasure to eat.

Across 16 informative, inspirational lessons, The Everyday Gourmet: The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking reveals how you can revitalize your culinary repertoire and take full advantage of the benefits of a Mediterranean diet by creating iconic regional dishes right in your own kitchen. Presented by Bill Briwa, a renowned chef-instructor at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, this course is filled with detailed demonstrations of the techniques, ingredients, and signature dishes that make Mediterranean cuisine so delectable to the palate and beneficial for your well-being. As you embark on this culinary journey through Morocco, Spain, Italy, southern France, Greece, Turkey, and Tunisia, you’ll discover a wealth of revelatory recipes to return to and a newfound knowledge of how to use Mediterranean flavors and methods in your everyday cooking.

Dish after satisfying dish, you’ll see that this healthful approach is far from a “diet” in the restrictive or temporary sense. Rather, it’s truly a way of life—and a wonderfully robust, vibrant one at that.

Tour the Mediterranean without Leaving Home

As you explore the diverse countries that make up the fabric of the Mediterranean, Chef Briwa helps you identify the common threads woven throughout. You’ll explore each culture’s cooking traditions, techniques, and ingredients, while teasing apart their flavor profiles so you can approach Mediterranean food with more understanding and confidence, no matter what your level of expertise.

Filmed at the CIA’s Greystone campus in Napa Valley, California, and featuring dozens of chef-tested recipes, these lessons teach you how to make delectable dishes and complete meals that reflect the flavors and traditions of each region.

Get clear instructions and tips for making:

  • starter soups, such as stracciatelle and avgolemeno;
  • flavorful mezze and tapas, from dolmas to flaming bartender’s chorizo;
  • bright salads made with purslane, mesclun, and other tender greens;
  • hearty main dishes, such as ricotta gnocchi, seafood tagine, and Turkish hunkar begendi; and
  • simple desserts like coffee granita and poached apricots with yogurt and pistachios.

Whether he’s demonstrating how to make pasta from scratch, temper eggs for hot yogurt soup, or fry up the perfect golden-brown falafel, Chef Briwa walks you through the entire process step by step, so there’s nothing left to the imagination. With his guidance, you’ll no longer be intimidated by any Mediterranean ingredient, be it a whole artichoke or an entire fish.

Cook Iconic Mediterranean Dishes with Authenticity

Whether you’re cooking for one, a family of four, or a dinner party of eight or more, these lessons provide an array of menu ideas to please everyone at your table. Chef Briwa introduces you to the full spectrum of Mediterranean fare, from street food to dishes worthy of a fine dining restaurant, arming you with recipes that can be quickly whipped up on a weeknight, as well as more labor-intensive dishes that are sure to impress a house full of guests.

You’ll learn how to make time-honored favorites from paella to bouillabaisse like a local, and how to work with the bevy of exotic ingredients prevalent in this rich culinary tradition.

  • Sweet spices: Cloves, ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon—spices we often relegate to holiday baking—are frequently used in savory dishes throughout North Africa.
  • Spice blends: Signature seasonings such as the za’atar, dukkah, and herbes de Provence imbue food with distinctive flavor and aroma.
  • Harissa: Hailing from Tunisia, this chili paste lends heat with rehydrated and pureed dried chilies, garlic, coriander seed, and caraway.
  • Salt cod: Popular in the south of France, Spain, Italy, and Greece, this cured fish is a uniquely Mediterranean delicacy.
  • Preserved lemons: Cut into slivers, these impart sourness in lieu of vinegar in cultures where alcohol is forbidden.

You’ll also learn the nuances of sherry and gain confidence in working with traditional Mediterranean vegetables and proteins, including lamb, poultry, and most notably fish, as this is very much a coastal cuisine.

Last, but certainly not least, is olive oil—a nutritional powerhouse you’ll learn to incorporate in everything from eggs to vegetables to a chocolate dessert.

Cook Alongside an Accomplished Chef

Taught by a culinary educator who has spent much of his illustrious three-decade career sharing his craft with audiences around the world, this course delivers a depth of instruction you can’t find in the pages of a cookbook or a superficial television demo.

You’ll feel as though you’re in the kitchen being treated to a private lesson as Chef Briwa shows you the fundamentals of cooking these iconic dishes from prep to plating, and illuminates how history has influenced the evolution of each country’s remarkable cuisine.

Whether you’re searching for culinary inspiration or a more heart-healthy way of life, look no further than The Joy of Mediterranean Cooking. From the very first lesson, you’ll be ready to start experimenting in the kitchen—and fully convinced that healthy food can be delicious food.


  1. Tastes of the Mediterranean
  2. Butter and Cheese: Northern Italy
  3. Classical Italian Cuisine: Central Italy
  4. Bounty from the Sea: Southern Italy
  5. The Everyday Joys of Olive Oil
  6. Paella: The Landscape of Spain in a Pan
  7. A Spanish Tradition: Tapas and Sherry
  8. Tunisia: The Home of Harissa
  9. Technique and Polish: Mastering Moroccan Food
  10. Health and Wellness: A Mediterranean Diet
  11. Sharing Abundance: The Cuisine of Greece
  12. Tastes from the Palace Kitchens of Istanbul
  13. A Favorite Street Food from the East
  14. Foundations from the South of France
  15. Fresh Catch: Seafood of the French Riviera
  16. Bringing the Mediterranean Home

How to Grow Anything: Make Your Trees and Shrubs Thrive [TTC Video]

How to Grow Anything: Make Your Trees and Shrubs Thrive [TTC Video]
How to Grow Anything: Make Your Trees and Shrubs Thrive [TTC Video] by Melinda Myers
2014 | Course No 9726 | M4V, AVC1, 640x360 | English, AAC, 2 Ch | 12x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 5.57GB

It’s easy to think of trees and shrubs as an enormous commitment and investment—one that doesn’t reap immediate rewards in the same way as container gardening. But the truth is that there are hundreds of wonderful trees and shrubs out there for you to choose from, and growing them can be a lot easier (and more rewarding) than you think.

Trees and shrubs, regardless of the specific constraints of your landscape, can provide colorful bursts of flowers, fresh fruit and wholesome nuts, height and depth to a garden design, and refreshing shade on hot summer days.

And just as important as the beauty of trees and shrubs is their practical use. When grown properly, trees and shrubs offer numerous benefits for any property owner, including:

  • a clear—and natural—framework for your outdoor spaces;
  • an eye-catching barrier (and getaway) from loud noises and unsightly views;
  • creative ways to conserve energy and reduce pollution in and around your home; and
  • green spaces that can help raise the curb appeal (and value) of your home.

But once you’ve decided to try your hand at trees and shrubs, where should the everyday gardener start? Right here with How to Grow Anything: Make Your Trees and Shrubs Thrive. In just 12 engaging lectures by horticulturalist, certified arborist, and nationally syndicated garden host Melinda Myers, you’ll discover everything you need to make trees and shrubs an integral (and manageable) investment in your outdoor spaces. Taking you through a variety of different landscapes, climates, and seasons, these lectures reveal effective—and practical—gardening techniques and strategies for shopping, planting, and caring for trees and shrubs just like the experts.

Develop a Greener Green Thumb

Tapping into her skills as a master horticulturalist and public educator, Ms. Myers takes you step by step through the process of adding trees and shrubs to your landscape.

  • Designing: Knowing where to fit particular trees and shrubs in your landscape is a key skill of the everyday gardener. When you start to look at your space as a living framework, you’ll have a much stronger sense of what trees and shrubs are right for your specific landscape needs.
  • Shopping: Once you know what trees and shrubs you need, it’s time to purchase them. Ms. Myers gives you savvy shopping methods for deciding where to shop, how to pick out healthy plantings, methods for transporting them back to your landscape, and more.
  • Planting: There’s more to planting trees and shrubs than just digging a hole and dropping them in the ground. Discover the same tried and true planting methods the experts use to ensure that their plantings, whether in a container or in a vast acreage, take root and thrive.
  • Managing: How much should specific plantings be watered? When and where should you prune and trim? What are the signs that your trees have succumbed to disease—and how can you nurse them back to health? These lectures have all the management tips you need.

Along the way, you’ll learn about some of the many trees and shrubs that make great fits for landscapes with different climates, levels of soil heartiness, and size constraints, including:

  • Redbud, a good four-season tree with scaly bark that blooms sweet (and edible) flowers in the spring and provides heart-shaped leaves for summer shade;
  • William Baffin rose, a hardy shrub rose that needs no winter protection, grows large, and is often trained to climb along fences; and
  • Ironwood, a slow-growing tree that’s perfect for small, shady spaces and whose ornamental fruit and peeling bark give it plenty of winter interest.

Master Tips from a Master Gardener

Throughout Make Your Trees and Shrubs Thrive, Ms. Myers shares a generous offering of insider tips and techniques for growing and maintaining your trees and shrubs, whether you’re looking to strengthen your gardening skills or save money in the long-run.

  • How much to water trees: Trees need about 10 gallons of water per inch of trunk diameter. In general, it takes about five minutes to provide 10 gallons of water. Also, avoid watering from overhead (which can promote disease by keeping leaves unnecessarily wet).
  • The best time to prune: One of the least risky times to prune is late winter. It’s easier to see the planting’s overall structure and make better cuts, there are fewer insects active in the garden, and the wounds from pruning will heal quickly as growth begins in spring.
  • It’s OK to call the experts: Smart everyday gardeners know when to call a professional. For example, before you plant, call your area utility locating service to avoid hitting underground lines. It’s a free service that can save you from a potentially expensive (and deadly) accident.

Filmed in beautiful natural spaces and garden centers, and with demonstrations in our specially designed in-studio garden, Ms. Myers’ lectures take learning to new levels of engagement. And she brings to every lecture the same knowledge and insight she does to her nationally syndicated “Melinda’s Garden Moment” segments. Learning from Ms. Myers, you’ll discover why she’s won so many accolades, including the American Horticultural Society’s prestigious B.Y. Morrison Communication Award.

“I hope you’ll feel more comfortable adding trees and shrubs to your landscape,” Ms. Myers says of her exciting course. “With proper selection, planting, and care, you can increase beauty, decrease your workload, and increase your success. So go out and green your landscape!”


  1. A Framework for Your Landscape
  2. Form and Function in the Landscape
  3. Trees and Shrubs for Challenging Conditions
  4. Shopping for the Best Trees and Shrubs
  5. Planting Your Trees and Shrubs
  6. Spring and Summer Care of Trees and Shrubs
  7. Fall and Winter Care of Trees and Shrubs
  8. Pruning Old and Young Trees
  9. Pruning Shrubs
  10. When Trees and Shrubs Fail to Thrive
  11. Restoring a Landscape to Health
  12. Expanding Your Landscapes Framework

Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil [EPUB]

Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil [EPUB]
Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil by Nancy Harmon Jenkins
2015 | EPUB | 55.04MB

An illuminating look at olive oil with 100 recipes from the country’s leading authority on the subject

Olive oil is more popular than ever, thanks to its therapeutic and preventative effects in treating different diseases, as well as the growing variety of brands and imports available. Nancy Harmon Jenkins, arguably the leading authority on olive oil and the healthy Mediterranean diet, presents more than 100 dishes that showcase olive oil, ranging from soups to seafood to sauces to sweets. Along with favorites like tapenade and pesto, you’ll find other exciting dishes like North African Seafood Tagine, Oven-Braised Artichokes with Potatoes and Onions, and Quince and Ginger Olive Oil Cake. But this book isn’t just a collection of hearty and healthful recipes; Jenkins also covers the history and culture of olive oil as well as how to buy it and cook with it. A thing of beauty with the stunning photographs of exquisite dishes as well as Jenkin’s own Tuscan olive tree grove, Virgin Territory captures the delights of making and cooking with olive oil.