Wonderful view of the geisha around the turn of the century. I was surprised by a couple of the photos, showing the geisha's smiling and actually haviWonderful view of the geisha around the turn of the century. I was surprised by a couple of the photos, showing the geisha's smiling and actually having a little bit of fun. Photographs were serious business during the nineteenth century. Interesting to see these women in the candid, open view only a photograph can provide....more
Amazing photographic view of the United States from space. The faults in California and rippled earth of the Appalachian Mountains are visible even frAmazing photographic view of the United States from space. The faults in California and rippled earth of the Appalachian Mountains are visible even from above the Earth.
We should also be humbled and re-directed in our conservation efforts when these photos show the effects of lack of water and pollution, as well. Great resource....more
Interesting book of advice for all ladies. This touches on all of those embarrassing moments we'd rather not talk about, bad dates, horrible moments wInteresting book of advice for all ladies. This touches on all of those embarrassing moments we'd rather not talk about, bad dates, horrible moments we hope our friends didn't witness. There are also amusing anecdotes about those lovable neighbors, office politics, best case and worst case scenarios, shopping for the perfect cup of java, parties, body language, personal style, holidays, traveling and how to take care of yourself.
Filled with humor, I chuckled my way through this book....more
Outstanding book! Anyone who loves Jackie will adore the photos in this book.
This is an intimate portrait of one of America's leading ladies, capturedOutstanding book! Anyone who loves Jackie will adore the photos in this book.
This is an intimate portrait of one of America's leading ladies, captured in brief glimpses. These photos are as common as Jackie walking down the street with members of her family, sharing ice cream cones with her children or as lovely as Jackie at the opera, dressed in her finest. Even in the most mundane circumstances, you cannot deny that this woman had a style all her own. She was a survivor in so many ways....more
Jinx Clarke wanted revenge against the rustlers who had killed her father in cold blood! For that, she was willing to go to any lengths to achieve herJinx Clarke wanted revenge against the rustlers who had killed her father in cold blood! For that, she was willing to go to any lengths to achieve her purpose. Craftily, she disguised herself as one of the hands, infiltrating their band for yet another raid on a cattleman's ranch. The only trouble was, Dawson Chisholm got in the way.
Dawson wasn't like any of the men Jinx had known before. He was proud, determined and unfailingly charming. Driven by the need to retrieve his stolen cattle, Dawson is unwilling to give up Jinx. Even though he realizes Jinx is probably more trouble than she's worth, there's something about the fiery woman that appeals to him. Sparks fly and Dawson finds himself ensnared in her pair of lovely eyes.
Still, Jinx cannot allow herself to be turned from her single-minded purpose. She swore on her father's grave that the men who caused his death would be brought to justice. Mustering her courage, Jinx turns from Dawson to follow a lead into Wyoming, to the man behind the rustler's trail, the field responsible for her father's death. The one problem was, Jinx hadn't counted on Dawson following her on a trail that might very well be the death of both of them....more
Excellent book for the young or inexperienced rider! This is the English translation of the Official Instruction Handbook of the German Equestrian FedExcellent book for the young or inexperienced rider! This is the English translation of the Official Instruction Handbook of the German Equestrian Federation. Within its pages, the new rider will find hundreds of useful aids as he begins to learn how to ride.
The rider is instructed on the proper training center and instructor, as well as preparing the arena and the horse for riding. Attention is given to the tack, rider's correct form of dress, putting on the saddle and bridle, types of bridles, correct and incorrect saddle positions and how to lead a horse into the arena. A young horse may begin his training at approximately three years of age and may at first be accompanied by one or two older horses to help him learn better.
The rider's seat is all important, as well as additional aids given with the legs. The new rider will find a host of instruction and diagrams on achieving his/her correct seat, which will allow the horse to move freely and also not tire out the rider's leg muscles. Once a good seat has been achieved, the new rider can move on to basic dressage movements, such as the walk, trot, canter, rein-back, turning in circles or at a halt.
Jumping and cross-country riding are two unique types of riding which should only be undertaken once both horse and rider are up to speed. This handbook goes into detail instructing the rider how to work over cavaletti, jumping single or multiple fences, as well as the additional equipment and changes in seat necessary for riding cross-country.
I most enjoyed learning about how the horse is constructed and how the riding positions enable the horse to move more freely. I now know that I have seen a host of very poor riders, ones who provide the horse with too much rein or, even worst, pull his head up in their own nervousness. This can (and frequently does) lead to disaster, unseating the rider and allowing the young horse to run free. A free horse is a danger to all of the other horses and riders. Step-by-step instruction with an accomplished instructor, as well as the many aids in this book, should enable the new rider to achieve a good seat, as well as a unique and marvelous working relationship with the horse of his choice. Well done, indeed....more
Excellent book! I really enjoyed the narrative style, combined with so many tales of Far Eastern culture. One man's quest became a compulsion and he cExcellent book! I really enjoyed the narrative style, combined with so many tales of Far Eastern culture. One man's quest became a compulsion and he changed over time, changed into something even his own son would not recognize....more
This is the compelling story of the Spanish Armada, the impressive fleet of ships sent by Phillip II of Spain to attack the heretic, Elizabeth I of EnThis is the compelling story of the Spanish Armada, the impressive fleet of ships sent by Phillip II of Spain to attack the heretic, Elizabeth I of England. Lavishly illustrated, this book was a joy to read. It provided enticing details surrounding the beginnings of the Armada, how it came to be and the driving forces behind assembling such an impressive fleet.
The author details the Spanish invasion plans, the ships in Elizabeth's Royal Navy and those in the Spanish Armada, as well as the weapons and dress of soldiers of the sixteenth century. The heat and battle conditions must have been horrific for both sides! This certainly gives the modern day reader a glimpse into a very different world....more
I had never read anything by Ms. Lennox, but I believe I shall look for more of her work. I enjoyed the depth and complexity of her characters. MitchI had never read anything by Ms. Lennox, but I believe I shall look for more of her work. I enjoyed the depth and complexity of her characters. Mitch Delacroix was the "perfect man" in Beth McClelland's eyes, but he hid a past from her and his fellow co-workers.
Mitch's early life had been filled with beatings from his abusive father and a seeming abandonment by his own mother. He carried that anger and frustration into adulthood, too. Thankfully, he found an outlet in the Mixed Martial Arts arena. There, he was able to work out his frustrations within the confines of the cage, with a referee looking on. Beth would have been horrified to learn the truth.
Unfortunately, Mitch's past suddenly raises its ugly head. He is the prime suspect in a grisly murder, one which happened years ago. Even worse, the arresting officer is his own half-brother, a man Mitch learned to hate almost as much as his own father. Justice seems pretty far away in the lonely region of Coot's Bayou. To free himself, Mitch must learn to rely on Beth, Raleigh and those whose love and friendship he's afraid to trust.
This is a story about growth, for Mitch and for Beth, too. Beth put Mitch up on a pedestal, but he was a flesh and blood man, one with many facets. Some, Beth liked and admired. The others, Beth found difficult to accept. Yet, if you love someone - really love someone - you have to take the good and the bad together....more
Awesome book by this author! I love the perfect balance of suspense and mystery. The characters are gritty and raw at times. She really did her researAwesome book by this author! I love the perfect balance of suspense and mystery. The characters are gritty and raw at times. She really did her research on this one, too. Very true to life....more
Not only is this book a good romance, but it is also the story of one woman's triumph over abuse. In a thousand tiny ways, Leila was kept a prisoner bNot only is this book a good romance, but it is also the story of one woman's triumph over abuse. In a thousand tiny ways, Leila was kept a prisoner by her stepfather. Gamil used fear as a powerful hold over her, molding her and shaping her into the individual he wished. Yet, even when he reduced her food to merely bread and water and cloistered her in a small room hardly larger than a closet, Leila's spirit would not be denied.
All Leila needed was to be freed by a stranger, the wealthy and powerful Joss Carmody. In what he believes is a stunning coup, Gamil weds Leila to Joss in an arranged marriage. Leila can't wait to escape, yet she has a few issues of her own. Her enforced imprisonment has left her fearful of large, open spaces. Leila must fight to overcome her fear of entering an elevator, riding in a car and even standing on a balcony beneath the warm sun.
Joss senses some of Leila's fear and confusion and he bolsters her courage at a time when she needs a friend most. However, Joss has a few issues of his own. His family life was a disaster. Everyone who ever declared their love for him abandoned him. For that reason, Joss prefers his life with his new wife, Leila, to remain within the bounds of their paper agreement. Fortunately, love has another agenda in mind!...more
Marvelous book and an unusual gift idea for the person who seems to have everything. The author begins by providing information on a host of home desiMarvelous book and an unusual gift idea for the person who seems to have everything. The author begins by providing information on a host of home design selections, woods suitable for post and beam framing, through felling the tree and beginning to trim it for home construction. Attention is given to the types of tools used in olden days, such as the felling ax, barking irons, broadax, chisels and mallets, and even pit saws.
Of course, knowing how to use these implements is as important as the tools themselves. Here, Mr. Wilbur does not disappoint, providing the reader with detailed instructions regarding how each tool was used, as well as more complicated tasks involved in using gin poles to aid in raising the structure. A system of pulleys could be used to aid the team of workmen. Joining the bents and adding the all important summer beam were vital components of any weather-ready structure.
Once the roof was raised, the frame needed to be boarded. Clapboards could be nailed into place in several styles, such as a beveled edge, featheredged, simple overlapping or using a rabbet to hold the side board in place. Depending upon the style of home selected, stylish elements such as open pediments, busts and shells might also be added to set off the home to perfection.
Attention is also given to cabinetry and household hardware, such as various types of latches, handles, door knockers, and shutter catches. The style of flooring or wainscoting varied significantly depending upon the time period. Whether it was an elegant treatment with wainscoting reaching from floor to ceiling and fireplace surround, paneled wainscoting running along the base of the wall or simple horizontal wainscoting, the owner's style was definitely reflected in the selection of this architectural element.
This book provides an astonishing and wonderful glimpse into the types of tools, ingenuity and good old blood, sweat and tears that went into a truly magnificent historical home. It gives the reader a very humble perspective of the amount of time and care that went into creating a home and a healthy appreciation of our modern construction techniques....more