This book is not a grammar book or a workbook. The content of the book assumes that the reader is already familiar with grammar and syntax. (page 8)
AtThis book is not a grammar book or a workbook. The content of the book assumes that the reader is already familiar with grammar and syntax. (page 8)
At the risk of sounding incompetent in the construction of good prose, I venture on this task of reviewing a book about the importance and construction of one and the same – good prose. Perhaps I have not introduced my idea effectively. The English language is, and has always been, a complex vehicle to manipulate and maneuver. Barely taught in the public school system, the basic construction of even a sentence remains a mystery to a vast majority of the population. Spelling is bad enough; sentence structure is often abysmal; paragraph construction is haphazard at best. The lack of sufficient writing skills certainly leaves today’s writer with an onerous task, not just to write, but to write well, and to do so without the necessary skills.
D. Wayne Dworsky is a retired mathematics teacher who has also tutored young people in both mathematics and language arts. After thirty years dedicated to helping young minds learn the basics, Dworsky wrote How to Compose Brilliant Prose. Why? “Ninety-eight percent of this book is simply not taught in school,” the author explained (page 49)
Where do would-be writers learn to write, if not in school? Basically, today’s writers are self-taught. They have to learn the basics of grammar, sentence structure, paragraph structure and how to compose ‘brilliant prose’ through trial and error. Sadly, the result is an astonishing number of very poorly written books, some of these books published by big name publishers. And don’t forget the poorly written articles and stories found in today’s newspapers and magazines.
Dworsky’s book is a great resource for the dedicated writer who wants to excel in his/her journey through the treacherous minefield and cumbersome potholes of the English language. The book is short, concise, clearly laid out and an excellent tool to improve one’s skills in the language arts. If one is going to write, they may as well do it well.
How to Compose Brilliant Prose is a useful tool to help both the novice and the well-published author. It is highly recommended by Allbooks Reviewer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews, www.allbooksreviewint.com. ...more
Review Rating: 5 stars! Reviewed By Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite
Still Delicious (There are Alternatives) is a cookbook by Emily-Jane Hills OrReview Rating: 5 stars! Reviewed By Michelle Stanley for Readers’ Favorite
Still Delicious (There are Alternatives) is a cookbook by Emily-Jane Hills Orford. The author was diagnosed with multiple food allergies and intolerances; she found it difficult to eat the foods she loved. Many substitutes made her ill, and Emily-Jane Hills Orford began experimenting with a variety of recipes as a solution to her problem. These include Potato Bread, Chicken (or Turkey) and Rice Casserole, Stuffed Zucchini, Lamb Medallions, Barbecued Salmon and even Pizza Pies. There are numerous baked and frozen desserts such as Maple Pudding, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake, Date Cookies, Strawberry Flan, Simple Almond/Vanilla Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Sorbet. Three of the primary ingredients used in this cookbook are maple syrup, honey and extra light virgin oil, which the author found easy to digest.
Persons with similar ailments will appreciate the valuable contribution that Emily-Jane Hills Orford has made with her book, Still Delicious (There are Alternatives), one of the most unique cookbooks I have seen. I am truly impressed, as the author has convinced me through her creativity that persons with food allergies do not have to eat bland, unappetizing foods. It took a lot of time and numerous failed attempts to perfect the meals, and the author’s family often endured these experimental concoctions. She has also included a section on Preserves and Jams, and useful information in Deliciously Informative about products that cause allergies. Not only are these foods appealing and healthy, but quick and easy to prepare. This cookbook will transform your eating habits....more
This is Linda Morin's story. It's unbelieveable the difficulties she went through. Not only was she diagnosed with cancer, but she had to endure fourThis is Linda Morin's story. It's unbelieveable the difficulties she went through. Not only was she diagnosed with cancer, but she had to endure four operations in less than a year, one being a double mastectomy, several failed relationships, custody battles for her kids (I mean, really, who would have the gull to tell a woman who is recovering from a mastectomy, let alone a double one, that she was unfit to be a mother because she wasn't well!), and, here's a topper, a confrontation with the law (I'll let you read about that one). This woman had to have a lot of encourage just to endure all that she did. To top it off, she went beyond her horrors to reach out to others, to help other women believe in themselves again. This book is a must read for anyone looking for answers to the cliff-hanging question: WHY!
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, the award-winning author of "The Whistling Bishop" and "F-Stop: A Life in Pictures"....more
I enjoyed this book, as I enjoy most dog stories. It's written in first person and recounts Julie's life as a foster Mom (dog foster, that is). It staI enjoyed this book, as I enjoy most dog stories. It's written in first person and recounts Julie's life as a foster Mom (dog foster, that is). It starts off like a story to read chronologically and then occasionally jumps back in time, which is sometimes confusing. Otherwise, well written and a good read....more
For anyone who has an intolerance or allergy for any type of food, this is the book for you. For anyone who doesn't have an intolerance of allergy forFor anyone who has an intolerance or allergy for any type of food, this is the book for you. For anyone who doesn't have an intolerance of allergy for any type of food, this is also the book for you. I have read it through, but I know for a fact that I'll return to this book frequently to answer my many questions. Having been diagnosed about a year ago with multiple food intolerances and allergies, I was frantic to discover that most of what I thought was healthy food was not good for me and my body couldn't tolerate it. I started reading labels more thoroughly (with a microscope so that I could read the fine print) and I was shocked to find hidden ingredients that were byproducts of the foods that I should avoid. Soy and cane sugar are my biggest intolerances. I was shocked to find soy in just about everything and even more shocked that sugar was also in everything from cereals, crackers, ketchup to ordinary table salt. Yes, ordinary table salt contains sugar! Shocking! And ketchup may as well be called red sugar since it contains more sugar than anything else.
I dwindled my list of 'can-eats' to almost nill and started a year of starving and experimenting. I love my food; I love to eat. I'm also a food writer and I couldn't believe that all of the foods that I had written about were toxic to my body. I wasn't going to let this intolerance business inhibit my ability to create a tasty meal, complete with dessert. At first my attempts were futile, almost to the point of disgusting. Then, I braved new ideas and new ingredients and discovered that I didn't need what I used to crave and I was better off without it. I just wish I had Shirley's book a year ago to explain all of the types of foods and grains and what could be substituted for what and to have a whole range of recipes to tempt my taste buds. Well done, Shirley! Perhaps I'll venture and experiment more and put together a book to compliment yours, using only my recipes and ideas, of course. Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, food writer and award winning author of "The Whistling Bishop"....more
Susan was looking for a fairy tale. As a young woman, all she wanted was the happily-ever-after life as a loved and loving wife, mother, and homemake Susan was looking for a fairy tale. As a young woman, all she wanted was the happily-ever-after life as a loved and loving wife, mother, and homemaker. She thought she had achieved her goal when she married Rodney, a potentially successful family physician. The couple had five children and settled into an affluent neighbourhood. Everything on the outside seemed so wonderful: successful husband, nice home, great kids, and a fun-loving network of friends. It was, sadly, a lie. In reality, her husband was alcoholic, abusive, and a womanizer. Sadly, too, Susan believed that everything that went wrong in her life was her fault. She constantly blamed herself. When the glass bubble of her fairy tale dream shattered and her husband left her alone with five kids, she was an emotional wreck. To make matters worse, the era, the 1970s/1980s, was an unsupportive time for single, divorced parents. It took time; but Susan did rally herself and she took off on an amazing adventure, a life full of ups and downs, laughter and sorrow, and managed to create an image of another type of happily-ever-after. Save Some For Me is a truly amazing story about a remarkable woman. Life can be so unfair, at times. Sometimes this unfairness is overwhelmingly focussed on one person more than another. The cruelties, both emotional and physical, that Susan had to endure were enough to paralyze most people. Susan, however, was a survivor. More to the point, Susan was an achiever who could reach beyond the effort of mere survival and create a truly unique and awarding life. Save Some For Me is Susan’s story. Towards the end, she quotes Katharine Hepburn, experiencing “life on her own terms not at the whim of others.” That certainly defines Susan, “on her own terms”. Susan A. Jennings has been many things in her life: wife, mother, homemaker, salesperson and creative cake designer. Perhaps it is what she is now that truly defines her place in life. Susan is a grandmother, the family matriarch. She is also a published author and a much sought-after public speaker. Save Some For Me is a heartrending story of one woman’s struggle to survive spousal abuse and, consequently, single parenthood. It is the story of one woman’s undying determination to succeed and the courage to see her life culminate as the fairy tale, happily-ever-after of her childhood dreams. It has a happy ending, really; but in a different perspective. Save Some For Me is highly recommended by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, award winning author of The Whistling Bishop. ...more
We live our lives completely and we claim and have it all – the ups and downs, and the opportunities we create from our passions, purpose, and desireWe live our lives completely and we claim and have it all – the ups and downs, and the opportunities we create from our passions, purpose, and desire to make a difference.
Each and every one of us desires but one thing (that is above and beyond the consumerist goals of having it all): to be satisfied and comfortable with our existence, to be unencumbered by the overwhelming effect of grief, to move on to become (or reinstate ourselves) as a positive driving force within society. In short, we aspire to have a full, complete, and genuinely wholesome life. Grief can, and often is, a major stumbling block to our sense of equilibrium. It is unavoidable. Everyone, at one point or another, suffers loss. It could be as simple as the loss of a beloved pet; or, it could be as life-shattering as a loss of a cherished member of the family. It could also be a loss of friendship, or a loss of a job. Losing, and the grief that results from a loss, is, unfortunately, a part of living. Sometimes it makes us stronger; but many times its weighs us down, almost crippling our efforts to merely exist.
Leslee Tessmann has experienced it all, from the most profound depth of crippling grief to the joy and relief of learning how to live with grief by making it sacred. The death of her father was her catalyst; but, through compassionately accepting her grief as part of who she was, Tessmann was able to regain her equilibrium and move on with her life. She firmly believes that grief can be sacred. It can be accepted as a friend, a long-time acquaintance. In so doing, grief can become an accepted part of our lives and, through accepting this, grief can enrich our lives, rather than cripple it.
Tessmann has a lengthy background in technical writing. Using her personal life’s experiences, this author has turned her writing in a different direction, focussing on the subject of grief. She runs self-help workshops and gives classes and lectures to help others find their way through the sometimes difficult labyrinth of grief.
This book is full of compassion. Sacred Grief is a self-help book, but it is also a guidebook to life, one that gently leads us through our emotions and provides us with a way to come to terms with the most compelling feeling that strikes us all at one time or another: grief. Sacred Grief, is highly recommended by award-winning author and Allbooks reviewer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews. ...more
Human subconscious processes operate and react in resonance and in relation to a physiological way that is hindered by an “evolutionary glitch” of ourHuman subconscious processes operate and react in resonance and in relation to a physiological way that is hindered by an “evolutionary glitch” of our cortex, the same error against which our forefathers had been warned.
Have you ever wondered why your life has followed a particular path? Perhaps life has thrown some ‘curve balls’ your way and you are not where you thought/hoped you would be twenty years ago. Did your dreams change? Did your career goals change? Perhaps your present state of being is created some health issues. Perhaps you are feeling overly tired for no apparent reason. Perhaps you have found yourself in an unsatisfactory situation and you lack the motivation to overcome this situation or to improve your sense of well-being. This is what is termed the “evolutionary glitch”. It is what Dr. Garoli defines as the persona, the relatively unknown and slightly misunderstood superimposed identity deep within an individual’s brain.
Dr. Garoli has spent fifteen years researching the persona. Combining the science of neurobiology and quantum physics with ancient wisdom (including Oriental philosophies and science), Dr. Garoli has identified six major types of personae: the Ephemeral/Sanguine Persona, the Grinding/Lymphatic Persona, the Controlling/Nervous Persona, the Egocentric/ Melancholic Persona, the Rebellious/Bilious Persona and the Minimalist/Phlegmatic Persona. In his book, The Evolutionary Glitch, Dr. Garoli challenges each of us to study these personae and to identify which persona is applicable to our personal situation. He challenges us to be complete honest in our assessment so that we can challenge this persona which has taken over our lives. Throughout his book, Dr. Garoli assures us that identifying and confronting our persona will lead us to a better life, a healthier, more successful and more meaningful life.
Dr. Garoli has studied, researched and practiced both traditional and ancient Oriental neurological medicine. Lately, the focus of his research has been entirely based on a mixture of medicine, philosophy and information sciences. Dr. Garoli regularly gives seminars and presentations on his research findings.
In spite of the fact that Dr. Garoli’s book, The Evolutionary Glitch, is founded in years of academic and clinical research, the book is both concise in its presentation of information and understandable to the non-science minded reader. As a self-help book, The Evolutionary Glitch, is recommended by award-winning author and Allbooks reviewer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews.
Blessed is the woman who affirms herself each day, Blessed is the woman who zeroes in on qualities that will help her become.
Life is full of blessingsBlessed is the woman who affirms herself each day, Blessed is the woman who zeroes in on qualities that will help her become.
Life is full of blessings. Perhaps that is one of the things we, women, seem to forget. We are the super-human beings who take care of others, organize others, run the household, cheer others on, and the list continues. When we reach that star-studded age of forty, we often wonder what happened. How could we have let those years of youth pass us by so quickly? What did we miss in the process? Well, at forty, we enter the age of elegance, the age of dignity, refinement and grace. We may see more gray hairs and wrinkles, and our energy level may be less than it once was; but, at forty, we have reached a time in which we can take care of ourselves first, as well as honor and pamper ourselves. We deserve this much. We have worked hard for the privilege of putting ourselves at the top of our personal to-do lists. What better way to start the next phase of living than to make a list of priorities that suit our needs and prepare for our future so that we can, in fact, age with elegance. It is not a time to moan lost youth. It is not a time to be afraid of the aging process. It is, however, a time to celebrate our successes and to enjoy ourselves, in short, to enjoy life.
Chloe Jon Paul is a retired educator. As a writer who has entered the age of elegance, Paul shares her experiences, her talents and her knowledge of how to grow old elegantly, with dignity, refinement and grace. Entering the Age of Elegance is Paul’s very positive step-by-step guide, which includes practical suggestions, resources for further study, and encouragement for all of us women who are thrust into this era without prior preparation. Although many of us may have role models - mothers, aunts, grandmothers, who showed us the way of living elegantly - most of us are often clueless and, quite frankly, frightened at the prospect of growing old, or, worse, growing old all alone. It can be done, though, and we can be a shining example of elegance for the next generation of elegant women.
Entering the Age of Elegance is a valuable resource with useful tips and resources to help the elegant over-forty woman age gracefully. Entering the Age of Elegance is highly recommended by award-winning author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Allbooks Reviews. ...more