Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology [EPUB]

Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology [EPUB]
Conversations with Trees: An Intimate Ecology by Stephanie Kaza
2019 | EPUB | 57.8MB

From a pioneering thinker in the field of religion and ecology, a collection of evocative meditations on the beauty, fragility, and resilience of trees. Included are twenty-seven original lithographs of the trees profiled in each chapter.

First published in 1993, Stephanie Kaza's heartfelt book helped thousands of readers kindle a sense of spiritual connection through communing with our ancient relatives - trees. Shambhala Publications is proud to reissue this book, with a beautiful new cover and a new Introduction by the author. More pertinent now than ever, Kaza's intimate exploration of the lives and relationships of individual trees exemplifies the conjunction of inquiry and emotion, of science and spirituality. In an era of species extinction and worsening climate change, this book is a warm and earnest invitation to personal and ecological sanity.

The Hidden Meaning of Birds: A Spiritual Field Guide [EPUB]

The Hidden Meaning of Birds: A Spiritual Field Guide [EPUB]
The Hidden Meaning of Birds--A Spiritual Field Guide: Explore the Symbology and Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
2019 | EPUB | 36.96MB

Behold the power of nature with this illustrated field guide to recognizing and understanding the messages that the universe sends us through the birds we see in our daily lives!

Birds are all around us—pecking at the sidewalk, perching on a nearby tree branch, flying in the sky above our heads. But do you ever feel like a bird might be trying to connect with you—or even tell you something? The Hidden Meaning of Birds can help you decipher the special message your avian oracle is trying to share.

The Hidden Meaning of Birds isn’t just your typical field guide to birds. In addition to a physical description of a variety of common bird species, it also includes the folklore and unique symbolism associated with each to help you understand the changes these mystical creatures want you to make in your life.

With this enlightening volume as your inspiration, get ready to reexamine your life from a bird’s eye view—one robin, crow, and hummingbird at a time!

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Faces and Figures: Step-by-Step Realistic Line Drawing [EPUB]

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Faces and Figures: Step-by-Step Realistic Line Drawing [EPUB]
Draw Like an Artist: 100 Faces and Figures: Step-by-Step Realistic Line Drawing by Chris Legaspi
2019 | EPUB |13.71MB

Featuring 600+ sketches depicting a vast array of human expressions, movements, and more, Draw Like an Artist: 100 Faces and Figures is a must-have visual reference book for student artists, illustrators, cartoonists, urban sketchers, and anyone seeking to improve their realistic drawing skills.

Designed as a contemporary, step-by-stepguidebook for artists who are learning to draw the human form, Draw Like An Artist: 100 Faces and Figures features an inclusive array of faces, figures, and poses, all shown from a variety of perspectives. Each set of illustrations takes you from beginning sketch lines to a finished drawing.

Author Chris Legaspi is a leading figure illustrator and popular workshop instructor whose clear and elegant drawing style will make this a go-to sourcebook for years to come.

Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary [EPUB]

Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary [EPUB]
Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary: 375 Tinctures, Salves, Teas, Capsules, Oils, and Washes for Whole-Body Health and Wellness by JJ Pursell
2019 | EPUB | 11.92MB

“This incredible, in-depth, and easy-to-access resource is a must for all of us who wish to learn more about healing ourselves through the plant world.” —Shiva Rose, actress, activist, and founder of The Local Rose

JJ Pursell, the bestselling author of The Herbal Apothecary, is back with a complete, one-stop resource for herbal remedies that heal and nurture the whole family. Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary offers safe, trusted natural remedies written by a board-certified naturopathic physician. It starts with master recipes for tinctures, salves, teas, capsules, oils, washes, and more. Once you understand how to make these basic formulations, you can access the more than 375 specific recipes that address a range of health concerns from the common cold and headaches to insomnia and digestive issues. Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and beautifully packaged, Master Recipes from the Herbal Apothecary will become your go-to guide for sustained health and wellness.

Making Money Simple [EPUB]

Making Money Simple [EPUB]
Making Money Simple: The Complete Guide to Getting Your Financial House in Order and Keeping It That Way Forever by Peter Lazaroff
2019 | EPUB | 3.68MB

Simplify your financial life and ensure financial success into the future

Feeling paralyzed by the overwhelming number of complex decisions you need to make with your money?

You don’t need to be an expert to achieve financial freedom. You just need a framework that makes the right choices simple and easy to make. Making Money Simple provides that much-needed process so you can get on the right track to long-term financial security.

This valuable resource provides a solid foundation for all the nuanced personal finance decisions you need to make as you go through your career, hit major life milestones, and look to grow wealth. It’s a blueprint for financial achievement—even through tough-to-navigate situations where there are no clear-cut rules.

After you read Making Money Simple, you’ll be able to create your personal plan for success using proven wealth management methods and real-world financial strategies. From basic financial principles to advanced investing techniques, you’ll get comprehensive coverage of fundamental financial topics with easy-to-follow advice from author Peter Lazaroff, who draws from his expertise as the Chief Investment Officer of a multi-billion-dollar wealth management firm to give you the tools you need to simplify your financial situation and make the right moves at every opportunity.

Getting your finances in order doesn’t have to be hard. It doesn’t require fancy, convoluted investment strategies. Nor does it require keeping track of detailed spreadsheets. You just need this step-by-step process to get your financial house in order and keep it that way forever.

It doesn’t matter what your specific situation is. We all need to understand our money—and what to do with it. Making Money Simple shows you how to:

  • Develop clear financial goals and plan for your future
  • Understand the three crucial elements of building a strong financial house
  • Implement effective investment strategies to grow your wealth and avoid costly mistakes
  • Learn ten smart questions to ask when hiring financial professionals

For those seeking to secure a solid financial future, Making Money Simple: A Complete Guide to Getting Your Financial House in Order and Keeping It That Way Forever is the roadmap to get you there.

Startup, Scaleup, Screwup: 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean & Agile Business Growth [EPUB]

Startup, Scaleup, Screwup: 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean & Agile Business Growth [EPUB]
Startup, Scaleup, Screwup: 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean & Agile Business Growth by Jurgen Appelo
2019 | EPUB | 3.05MB

Real-world tools to build your venture, grow your business, and avoid mistakes

Startup, Scaleup, Screwup is an expert guide for emerging and established businesses to accelerate growth, facilitate scalability, and keep pace with the rapidly changing economic landscape. The contemporary marketplace is more dynamic than ever before—increased global competition, the impact of digital transformation, and disruptive innovation factors require businesses to implement agile management and business strategies to compete and thrive. This indispensable book provides business leaders and entrepreneurs the tools and guidance to meet growth and scalability challenges head on.

Equal parts motivation and practical application, this book answers the questions every business leader asks from the startup ventures to established companies. Covering topics including funding options, employee hiring, product-market validation, remote team management, agile scaling, and the business lifecycle, this essential resource provides a solid approach to grow at the right pace and stay lean. This book will enable you to:

  • Apply 42 effective tools to sustain and accelerate your business growth
  • Avoid the mistakes and pitfalls associated with rapid business growth or organizational change
  • Develop a clear growth plan to integrate into your overall business model
  • Structure your business for rapid scaling and efficient management

Startup, Scaleup, Screwup: 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean & Agile Business Growth is a must-read for entrepreneurs, founders, managers, and senior executives. Author Jurgen Appelo shares his wisdom on the creative economy, agile management, innovation marketing, and organizational change to provide a comprehensive guide to business growth. Practical methods and expert advice make this book an essential addition to any business professional’s library.

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Well-Being [EPUB]

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Well-Being [EPUB]
The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Financial Well-Being by Wayne Titus
2019 | EPUB | 1.86MB

As an entrepreneur, you have the passion and persistence to turn your visions into reality. But that doesn't mean you have the financial expertise to grow and scale a company or create long-term wealth for your family. To ensure a thriving future, you need a trustworthy adviser with a clear process.

In The Entrepreneur's Guide to Financial Well-Being, Wayne Titus draws on his personal experiences and professional background to walk you through finding and building a dependable, communicative relationship with an adviser who has a holistic viewpoint. He also shows you how to partner with someone who will understand the savings strategies of top entrepreneurs and ensure that all aspects of your portfolio--including investing, wealth transfer, enhancement, protection, and charitable gifting--receive proper attention.

Your business is personal. With the right person to watch your financial back, you'll have the freedom to focus on what really matters to you: your family, goals, and company.

Realistic Portraits in Colored Pencil [EPUB]

Realistic Portraits in Colored Pencil [EPUB]
Realistic Portraits in Colored Pencil: Learn to draw lifelike portraits in vibrant colored pencil by Karen Hull
2019 | EPUB | 29.27MB

Rendering artwork that leaves viewers contemplating whether they might actually be looking at a photograph is no easy task. Introducing Realistic Portraits in Colored Pencil—a comprehensive guidebook that shows artists the secrets to drawing lifelike portraits in this dynamic medium.

This engaging resource is perfect for artists who want to improve upon their existing skills and learn how to render realistic portraits utilizing a wide range of techniques. After details about the essential tools and materials, readers will learn to employ a variety of colored-pencil techniques, such as hatching, crosshatching, shading, blending, layering, burnishing, and much more.

Colored-pencil artists will also discover more complex techniques relative to creating realistic portraits, including how to render various textures, from hair and skin to clothing and facial features. Also included is valuable information for collecting all of the elements for polished and professional results.

Packed with clear, easy-to-follow instructions, plenty of helpful artist tips, and beautiful artwork that's sure to inspire, Realistic Portraits in Colored Pencil is the perfect resource for any colored-pencil artist ready to take their skills to the next level.

Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies [EPUB]

Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies [EPUB]
Hollywood: Her Story, An Illustrated History of Women and the Movies by Jill Tietjen, Barbara Bridges
2019 | EPUB | 84.21MB

The year was 1896, the woman was Alice Guy-Blaché, and the film was The Cabbage Fairy. It was less than a minute long. Guy-Blaché, the first female director, made hundreds of movies during her career.

Thousands of women with passion and commitment to storytelling followed in her footsteps. Working in all aspects of the movie industry, they collaborated with others to create memorable images on the screen. This book pays tribute to the spirit, ambition, grit and talent of these filmmakers and artists.

With more than 1200 women featured in the book, you will find names that everyone knows and loves—the movie legends. But you will also discover hundreds and hundreds of women whose names are unknown to you: actresses, directors, stuntwomen, screenwriters, composers, animators, editors, producers, cinematographers and on and on. Stunning photographs capture and document the women who worked their magic in the movie business.

Perfect for anyone who enjoys the movies, this photo-treasury of women and film is not to be missed.

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow [Audiobook]

Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow [Audiobook]
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow [Audiobook] by Henry Louis Gates, read by Dominic Hoffman
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 9h 10m | 252.25/133MB

A profound new rendering of the struggle by African Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counterrevolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind.

The abolition of slavery in the aftermath of the Civil War is a familiar story, as is the civil rights revolution that transformed the nation after World War II. But the century in between remains a mystery: If emancipation sparked "a new birth of freedom" in Lincoln's America, why was it necessary to march in Martin Luther King, Jr.'s America? In this new audiobook, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., one of our leading chroniclers of the African American experience, seeks to answer that question in a history that moves from the Reconstruction Era to the "nadir" of the African American experience under Jim Crow, through to World War I and the Harlem Renaissance.

Through his close reading of the visual culture of this tragic era, Gates reveals the many faces of Jim Crow and how, together, they reinforced a stark color line between white and black Americans. Bringing a lifetime of wisdom to bear as a scholar, filmmaker, and public intellectual, Gates uncovers the roots of structural racism in our own time, while showing how African Americans after slavery combated it by articulating a vision of a "New Negro" to force the nation to recognize their humanity and unique contributions to America as it hurtled toward the modern age.

The story Gates tells begins with great hope, with the Emancipation Proclamation, Union victory, and the liberation of nearly four million enslaved African Americans. Until 1877, the federal government, goaded by the activism of Frederick Douglass and many others, tried at various turns to sustain their new rights. But the terror unleashed by white paramilitary groups in the former Confederacy, combined with deteriorating economic conditions and a loss of Northern will, restored "home rule" to the South. The retreat from Reconstruction was followed by one of the most violent periods in our history, with thousands of black people murdered or lynched and many more afflicted by the degrading impositions of Jim Crow segregation.

An essential tour through one of America's fundamental historical tragedies, Stony the Road is also a story of heroic resistance, as figures such as W. E. B. Du Bois and Ida B. Wells fought to create a counter-narrative, and culture, inside the lion's mouth. As sobering as this tale is, it also has within it the inspiration that comes with encountering the hopes our ancestors advanced against the longest odds.

North Korea: What Everyone Needs to Know [Audiobook]

North Korea: What Everyone Needs to Know [Audiobook]
North Korea: What Everyone Needs to Know [Audiobook] by Patrick McEachern, read by Paul Heitsch
2019 | MP3@128 kbps | 7h 33m | 415.08MB

In this book, former North Korea lead foreign service officer at the US embassy in Seoul, Patrick McEachern, unpacks the contentious and tangled relationship between the Koreas in an approachable question-and-answer format.

While North Korea is famous for its militarism and nuclear program, South Korea is best known for its economic miracle, familiar to consumers as the producer of Samsung smartphones, Hyundai cars, and even K-pop music and K-beauty. Why have the two Koreas developed politically and economically in such radically different ways? What are the origins of a divided Korean Peninsula? Who rules the two Koreas? How have three generations of the authoritarian Kim dictatorship shaped North Korea? What is the history of North-South relations? Why does the North Korean government develop nuclear weapons? How do powers such as Japan, China, and Russia fit into the mix? What is it like to live in North and South Korea?

This audiobook tackles these broad topics and many more to explain what everyone needs to know about South and North Korea.

How They Rule the World: The 22 Secret Strategies of Global Power [Audiobook]

How They Rule the World: The 22 Secret Strategies of Global Power [Audiobook]
How They Rule the World: The 22 Secret Strategies of Global Power [Audiobook] by Pedro Baños, Jethro Soutar, read by Sam Woolf
2019 | MP3@64 kbps | 8h 56m | 214.61MB

The international best seller.

Is there anything more cutthroat than global politics?

Wherever you turn - Europe, Russia, China, Korea, Syria, the Middle East - we are living in a time of global geopolitical power plays. Once an insider to this closed world, Pedro Baños reveals that however it might be smoothed over by the PR of political diplomacy, the world of geopolitics is one of war and conflict by strategic means, where countries have sought dominion and power over their rivals since the dawn of time.

Baños presents this high-stakes game as a series of 27 universal rules on how to act and exert influence in the international sphere. Each principle is contextualised in both classical and modern history, from Bismarck to Kissinger, but also related to the current world of Trump, Putin and Xi Jinping. With titles like 'Kicking Away the Ladder', 'The Tower of Champagne Glasses', 'The Madman', and 'The Mule and the Saddlebags', How They Rule the World is a practical set of rules for engagement that can be enjoyed by anyone. Written with the philosophic, aphoristic timelessness of a von Bulow, Sun Tzu or Machiavelli, Baños has created an utterly gripping manual on the secrets of how strategic power really works.