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A Journey to Cocktail EnlightenmentTwo Thirsty Guys Discover Atlanta's Best Drinks"e;What were we seeking? Was it an incredible cocktail or an incredible experience? Was one possible without the other?"e;We're evolving from our primitive beginnings of making and enjoying flavored martinis. Our search for unusual cocktails thus far has broadened our knowledge and expanded our appreciation of finely crafted cocktails. Right here, we seem to have hit the true mother lode"e;A long sequence of unique samplings and events had us thinking in innovative ways and discovering something that never would have entered our minds before"e;We not only held our own against professional bartenders, but beat out over half of our competitors. Our ability to accurately judge a cocktail has been substantiated.Two friends and bon vivants who enjoy liquid refreshments take a journey in search of the best cocktails they can find in and around the Atlanta area. Their travels take them from neighborhood bars to well-known establishments. In the process, they encounter colorful characters, discover delicious recipes, and develop an appreciation for what makes a great cocktail. Their journey also leads them to something greater.
Capt. Nicholas Karas is both an ichthyologist and journalist. Throughout his life he has been intimate with the marine scene.He was born in Binghamton, N.Y. After four years in the Navys amphibious forces during the Korean Conflict he attended St. Lawrence and Johns Hopkins universities, where he majored in the biological sciences, and Syracuse University, where he received his masters degree in journalism.He joined the staff of True magazine, then Argosy magazine as outdoors editor. For nearly a decade after being associated with magazines, he became a fulltime freelance writer, traveling throughout the world and produced more than 500 major magazine features. Settling down, for 25 years, Karas became the staff outdoors columnist for Newsday (New York) and wrote more than 3,500 columns, then followed by 10 years as a freelance columnist for the N.Y. Times and several major magazines.Hunky is his first novel. Befriended years ago by James Michener, Karas asked him what to write about. He answered, write about what you know best. Hunky was the result. Hunky, is the story of two families who lived on opposite sides of the continental divide high in the Carpathian Mountains in 19th century eastcentral Europe. It spans three generations and a hundred years in their plight to escape more than a thousand years of oppression and servitude. Kurkis Reviewdescribed Karas uses of a unique journalistic genre, an adroit blend of history, biography, autobiography and fiction, that traces their Americanization in the coals mines and steel mills of Pennsylvania and the shoe factories of New York.The Last Whaler reveals Karas intense relationship with the sea. He has held his captains license for 30 years and regularly fished the off shore waters of Long Island. Few other waters have missed the cut of his keel. Karas and his wife Shirley live at the edge of land at Orient Point, N.Y.
I had always wanted to visit Cuba. The mystique surrounding Castro and Che had piqued my curiosity and imagination. What was there about this tiny country which lay just 80 miles from Florida that prompted our government to treat it as a threat to our way of life? Why had we backed a poorly organized band of mercenaries in an aborted invasion attempt?Why had American celebrities and fun-seekers flocked there in pre-Castro days? Why is Cuba still a mecca for millions of tourists from all over the world?Why does our government make it so difficult for United States' citizens to visit there? Well, I found a way to go to try to find some answers to those questions and many others. This is the story of my visit and an account of what I found.
In the area of ballpark hopping, there have been a number of accounts written, recorded or talked about in recent times, sometimes for a cause or others just as a gimmick. Through Poet in the Grandstand, poet and writer Thomas Porky McDonald gives us a most unique twist on a preoccupation which has grown in the past few decades, in the wake of the closings of classic old yards and the birth of the more entertainment and nostalgia driven open-air parks. From his first trip in 1990, to the fabled Comiskey Park of Shoeless Joe Jackson, Bill Veeck and the Go-Go Sox, on through to the 2010 opening of Minnesotas fabulous Target Field, featuring the modern M&M Boys, Joe Mauer and Justin Mourneau, McDonald offers up a book that is part travelogue and part poetic tribute to all the places that men and women have gone to over the years for a very personal sense of joy. This journey, done methodically, over two decades, picks up steam as the chapters begin to flow. The effect of McDonald himself clearly growing as a poet through the years is accentuated by the fact that more and more pieces are written in the later trips. The end result is a most interesting volume of not just ballparks, but Americana, as numerous attractions taken in during those ballpark weeks and weekends are also noted and/or dissected.For fourteen seasons on his own and then six more accompanied by friend and confidant Adam Boneker, McDonalds travels, highlighted by over 300 poems, can take the reader back to a simpler time or into the possibilities of the future.In chapter and in verse, Poet in the Grandstand has something for both the baseball enthusiast and the curious traveler. Fans of the game and lovers of the road will each find much to offer within these pages.
www.gioiettakuo.comIdyllic childhood in the Himalayan foothills of Chengdu, Sichuan, with pet panda. Exciting hike across a bamboo suspension bridge to camp by a Buddhist monastery in Kham. Tibet. Harrowing tales of her feudal relatives her cousin who had her arm chopped off by her drunken father and her aunt being made to die drinking opium for having an illegitimate baby who was thrown into a river.At just 14, abruptly dumped into an English boarding school with little English, Gioietta grew up to be beautiful and academically brilliant. Here is an unique and thrilling tale of her metamorphosis from one great civilization to another her struggles of adaptation, conflicts of identity and her accomplishments Cambridge, PhD in nuclear physics at age 24, Fellow at St Hilda's college, Oxford and later at Princeton, USA.Inevitably she was pursued by many young men of different nationalities. Among them was an Italian billionaire who fell in love with her on a Paris-Milano flight. May be it is her father, her profession or her personality, her early life revolved around the shady side of politics spying. Dancing with a Russian physicist from communist Soviet Union in the streets of Paris at the height of cold war led to a sinister skirmish with Soviet intelligence, KGB, and British foreign counter Intelligence MI6.Her father was a diplomat for Taiwan in Paris. larger than life, patron of the arts, a fabulous cook, kind, generous and recklessly extravagant especially with women. He doted on Gioietta and was devastated when she left Paris to marry a Croatian and live in Tito's communist Yugoslavia. Most sensational, her father vanished escaping to Beijing pursued by Taiwan agents who wanted his head for high treason. A real life spy story. All cloak and dagger stuff.
Never before has there been such a complete unofficial Disneyland guidebook for kids of all ages. Whether you are traveling for the first time or its your familys annual trip, this vacation guide has it all!Discover the many exciting fun facts with this one-of-a-kind book, Discovering the Magic Kingdom: An Unofficial Disneyland Vacation Guide. Packed with ways to cut expenses such as planning your trip through AAA, how to plan a Disney birthday or wedding, hidden Mickey locations, a scavenger hunt, history of the parks, ghost stories, how to utilize Fast Passes, over 100 photos and much more, youll never leave for Disneyland without it!
Sixteen-year-old Rebecca Middleton and best friend Jasmine Meens make their trip of a lifetime to the Queens Jewel in the Atlantic, oblivious to secrets beneath the islands idyllic guise and to the horrors that await them on the dark side of Paradise.Sunny days and teal surf welcome the Canadian teenagers as they roam the twenty- square miles of the seemingly pristine British territory. But on this searing July night, a full moon, an unusual storm, a cancelled cruise, absent taxis, and chance meetings end in the gruesome kidnap, rape, torture, and murder of Rebecca Middleton. Emotions left over from long-standing racial inequities impact Beckys case from the moment of her slaughter--especially the hangings of two black men for the murders of five white men during those racially charged 1970s--a matter many still prefer not to discuss.Repercussions from the young Canadian tourists death and its investigative and judicial failures create international uproar that catches the attention of famed U.S. forensic scientists Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Henry Lee. During an inquiry brought about by a tourist boycott of Bermuda, advocate LeYoni Junos exposes truths behind this tangled web of deceit. But it won't be long before LeYoni Junos suffers those consequences typically experienced by those who fail to lie in the tide.Then, almost eight years after Rebeccas murder, the case catches the attention of British human rights lawyer Cherie Booth, QC, wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who terms Bermudas responses repugnant to justice."e; Meanwhile, despite responsibility for territories "e;good governance,"e; Britain treads lightly. This is a true story of murder, collusion, conspiracy, and cover-up designed to protect the secrets of privilege, and hide the poverty, violence and drugs that darken Bermudas tranquil pastels, a third-world setting of mysterious beauty and international influence incongruent with its size.
Tales of a Gypsy Hotelier is a collection of unique travel adventure stories and letters home detailing the author's experiences while visiting 43 countries, living and working in 7 countries, and managing hotels in Kenya; Zanzibar and Arusha, Tanzania; St. Lucia, Caribbean; and Tonga, South Pacific. Several stories are inspirational, others illustrate the unimaginable difficulties that can arise from living in undeveloped countries; some are romantic, but all are gut-wrenchingly honest and from the heart. Inside, stories range from a Thelma & Louise style adventure driving across Tanzania twice; sales trips to Australia and Martinique; seated next to a young soldier with an AK-47 strapped on and ready, heading north on a Kenyan bus as defense from getting held-up by Somalian thieves; wearing a dirndl at the Front Desk of a 4-star spa hotel in the Black Forest, Germany; sailing to a hotel job interview on an Arabian Dhow off Lamu, Kenya with stoned Captain Happy; firing cooks in St. Lucia and Tonga; being car-jacked in Tanzania twice; cooking competitions on a sailboat in the Grenadines; following love into the bush of Tanzania: encountering the elusive orange fish known as Nemo and stunning soft corals in Fijian waters; tailor-made dresses in China and Ghana; circumnavigating Skiathos, Greece; Hotel Consulting and Fire Dancing in Tonga; a Maasai Wedding in our garden in Arusha, TZ; to the ultimate exotic destination - the spice island of Zanzibar. People often lament that there just don't seem to be many good travel books available these days, yet a huge demand exists, including from armchair travellers. So, sit back with a cuppa or something stronger. And read on.
Letters from India is the story of Beryl Girard, a remarkable woman, written in her own hand in her letters home. Her simple story is played out before a vast background of political intrigue, the ending of the World War II in Europe and in the Pacific, the beginning of the Atomic Age, the reconstruction of Europe, the evolution of India from a member of the British Empire to independence, political assassinations, riots and wars between Hindus and Moslems, the establishment of Pakistan, and continued violence around the world.It is also the story of two families, one in America and one in India. Her family in India was an indigenous tribe, the Korkus. Her American family lived in North Dakota and Minnesota, mostly teachers and farmers. She lived a divided life between her two loves. After 38 years in India, she retired to Minneapolis, Minnesota and was embraced by her family, her church and her community. She was content and busy there. But to the end of her life, she heard Indias siren song, Come Home!
I Can Say, I Slept in Saudi Arabia!"e;, is a true story based on diaries the author kept when she lived in Saudi Arabia with her husband in the mid 1980s. It tells how she was able to go there when her husband was offered a one year contract to work for their bus company, SAPTCO, and the contract stated, "e;No wife"e;. This story tells how she managed to get there to live, and what she did when she got there. The chapter titles hint at the many experiences the author had; for instance, underground church services, prison ministery, safety, friends, shopping, etc. She wore the Saudi dress for women, (abaya and veil) and went out by herself and rode the bus. If you would like to know what it was like to live in Saudi Arabia back then, the land of mystique, you will enjoy this book.
What happens to a family of four when it travels over 18,000 miles in five weeks? In this nonfiction account the authorsfamily follows in the century-old footsteps of writer Holly J. Pierces grandmother Ruth Crapo taken during her six-monthGrand Tour of Europe and beyond.While the Grand Tour was designed to educate and refine a 27-year-old young lady, this contemporary journey initiallyplanned to be both one of connection with the past and a chance to strengthen family bonds turns into a hectic, often grimly humorous forced march.Based on the words of Grandmother Ruths diary, the trek taken a century later comes to life through the candid wordshastily scratched into the author and her daughters diaries as the family scrambled to make connections with trains, ferries,metros and planes.How the whine of circular saws, pushy Italian futbol players and French onion soup serve to both tear apart and heal wounds and grievances among these four travelers make it a trip not to be missed.
And There I Was is a tale of a life spent exploring the world.Agatha Patane was one of the first Lady Marines, wifeof a member of the Army Attach, and, in the golden years of her life, a noted world traveler. Her journeys will take you to far and distant lands, unlock the true meaning of a rich life, and maybe even inspire you to set out on an adventure of your own.
Robert Louis Stevensonwho understood a thing or two about the selves we refuse to knowonce said I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. Surely it was the likelihood of an accident, the unparalleled joy of stumbling upon himself now and then, which Stevenson most cherished in the going. A bit like Stevenson, Bart Reitter is a man who revels in the great distance between here and there. His memoir The Horseman is a wonderful account of the selves forged and found during his travels across the first half of a lifetimea heartfelt testament to the wisdom of refusing to stand still.--Professor Greg Coln Semenza, University of ConnecticutFor those who have ever spent time on the road for a living this book will awaken memoriessome fond, some downright scary. Its the diary of a young man plying his trade as he jets around the world while climbing the corporate ladder. Bart Reitter writes in exacting detail. A delightful read. --Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. Retired Staff Writer, Philadelphia InquirerThe Horseman is an excellent story about one mans travels. The book drew me in and I found myself reading longer than I had allowed for. Reitters enthusiasm for travel has rekindled my own excitement for the many business trips I have planned for this year. --Rich Dibernardo, President, Initech, LLCReading The Horseman brought back fond memories of my travels with Bart. I also have been infected with the travel bug and the cure is to get me on the next flight to anywhere. --John Lin, Senior Territory Sales ManagerFor author Bart Reitter, the journey is the destination. In this travelogue, he narrates his lifelong journey of discovery through travel. Written with stark clarity and emotional honesty, The Horseman begins with a six-year-old boys first joyful trip to Disney World and concludes with a 26,000-mile circumnavigation of the globe. Compiled from journals kept while traveling the world and interwoven with personal reflection and unique historical perspective, The Horseman voyages through the joys and frustration of global travel as well as the introspection aimed at understanding lifes meaning. It presents an emotional, scientific, funny, and irreverent window into Reitters mind as he seeks to understand the insatiable wanderlust that drives him forward.From the eastern United States to Singapore, and from the streets of Paris to the jungles of Thailand, Reitter communicates a unique point of view of life on the road that pictures rarely tell. From the euphoria of successful business deals to the loneliness of sterile hotel rooms, the story is never boring. In the end, with the help of his daughters, he discovers the best journey of all is the journey home.
A stunningly well-researched book, offering readers an authentically fresh and at times wickedly off -the-beaten path irreverent look at travel history and the evolution of homo touristicus. This insightful book takes you on a Grand Tour full of fun and interesting nuggets about travel the past, the present, and soon to be future, that is sure to make you laugh, make you think, and keep you reading. Just perusing the Table of Contents whets your appetite for more. This multi-disciplinary look at the travel and tourism industryand we travelers who make it all happenincludes: the age of discovery, world wonders, tourist novelties, the paths of pilgrims, travel safety and security, travel literature, geography and mapmaking, Grand Hotels, the technology of travel, travel industry porn and public relations campaigns, mysterious liaisons, and affairs to remember, along with great travel quotes and culturally relevant tourism-related anecdotes. This factual, enlightening, and oh so opinionated book is designed for real travelers, casual tourists, and armchair travelers alike; with this fi rst edition disproving myths, unveiling new legends and bursting a few overly righteous historical bubbles along the way. Indeed, this book includes something for all members of homo touristicus who have been there, done that, and keenly want to know what is next!
When retirees decide to travel in their golden years, most people sign up for a tour where everything is planned for them, including airline tickets, hotels, meals, and sightseeing. What they do not know is that there are many advantages to traveling without a tour guide and a set itinerary. In A Perfect Trip to Italyin the Golden Years, author and avid traveler Sharon Wilson shares practical tips and advice for those who want to make travel a real adventure without worrying about where they will sleep, eat, or catch the next bus or train. This volume concentrates on Italy and the cities of Florence, Venice, Rome, and Tuscany. Wilson outlines useful information for choosing the right travel companion, planning the itinerary, preparing for departure with passport and money, and arranging day trips. She also includes an Italian food vocabulary, a list of useful words and phrases, packing tips, and sample recipes.A Perfect Trip to Italyin the Golden Years shows that enjoyable travel is still possible over sixty when the joints and bones are achingneither age nor arthritis need be an obstacle.
The book presents Austria as a contemporary Shangri-la for all seasons in the midst of an economically challenged, war-torn world. Starting with its historical background of imperial legacy and developed over the past six centuries, readers are then taken on an exploratory tour of modern-dayAustria where they experience Vienna and its environs, as well as exploring Austria farther afield and including must-see Austrian sights. Then the books premise is illustrated through twelve vignettespersonalized, off-the-beaten-track experienceseach of which captures unique features of Austrias nine provinces (including Vienna) during all four seasons of the yearcontrasting places, times and individual adventures. A complementary concept profiles experiences of different kindssports, culture,customs and traditions, along with Austrian culinary and wine specialties.
In HISTORIC HOUSTON: HOW TO SEE IT, Lucinda Freeman brings Houstons history to life by coupling entertaining stories that highlight influential personalities and key historical events with day-trip itineraries, providing a comprehensive and useful guidebook for heritage tourists interested in the history of Houston and surrounding region. Freeman is a native Houstonian, a fifth-generation Texan, and the daughter of two parents who also wrote books on Houstons history. She relies on careful research and personal experience to offer unforgettable adventures into early Houston and Texas. She brings to light colorful historical characters like Sam Houston, Deaf Smith, and legendary cattle rustler and oilman Shanghai Pierce. Freeman also recounts stories of immigrants and highlights events from key time periods like the Texas Revolution, Antebellum Texas, and the Civil War, offering guided day-trip plans for seeing it all, including historical markers, museums, plantations, battle sites, and renovated historical buildings.HISTORIC HOUSTON: HOW TO SEE IT com bines historical facts and easy to- follow itineraries with captivating anecdotes about the famous, the infamous, the heroic, and the eccentric in order to provide a fascinating, in-depth glimpse into a forward-thinking city and region with great personality and character.For more information about the book and related projects and events, visit www.historichoustontourism.com
Adventures of a First Year Teacher in a Third World Country is a collection of the authors experiences in Bolivia during the 1980s. It describes his encounter with a Nazi war criminal, the surgery he performed on his own foot, and the time a policeman tried to shoot him. Sometimes humorous, sometimes touching, but always interesting, this description of Bolivia and its people takes the reader to a part of the world most Americans seldom see.
'A Rant and a Road Trip' chronicles an alternative holiday, you might say, a heart-on-the-sleeve road trip. Its not so much about where Brendan OLeary went, but what he found when he got there and the people he met along the way. This journal covers five weeks spent on the road, drifting from town to town and motel to motel, living out of a suitcase and, for the most part, never knowing where the next stop will be. But believe it when OLeary tells you that it can be a very liberating experience, seeing another town, another diner, another motel, the story continuing as he travels to new places. Nothing can beat the feeling that comes from unexpected discoveries made while traveling. As you travel through the pages of this journal, youll see what OLeary sees and feel what he feels. From New Jersey to Texas to California, OLeary shares his thoughts about the places he visits and the people he meets. Written as very personal journal entries, OLeary examines the essence of America through his experiences and shares the ups and downs of living life on the road.
A recollection of memories that can only be understood through the imperfection of time ... a memoir about learning, being wrong just as many times as right, and growing as a constant process. A piece of life in words ... a revealing, honest work. Celia Peris-Peris, PhD Men who voted for George W. Bush dont fit the mold of your typical Peace Corps volunteer. But Taylor Dibbert isnt your typical anything. Born and raised in Dallas, Dibbert lived far away from the third world countries he saw on the news. Yet something called to him, and so from 20062008, Dibbert lived in a small, indigenous village in Guatemala, after unpredictably joining the Peace Corps. Fiesta of Sunset tells not only of the adventures of a far off land; it also provides a closer look into the back alleys and sad streets of a country struggling with poverty, corruption, crime and more. Some of the mysterious and romantic stereotypes of the Peace Corps are set to rest in this engaging example of one young Americans experience abroad and how, while there, he began to learn how mistakes often pave the path to understanding. Ultimately the Peace Corps is about empowerment, helping the worlds poor help themselves. But theres something more that JFK left out of his groundbreaking Peace Corps speech. Personal growth lies at the heart of the volunteer experience. As the Peace Corps celebrates its historic 50th anniversary, this uniquely compelling book reminds us that the organizations mission is more relevant now than ever.
This book is a light-hearted account of Dales journeys on the Seine River and in Paris, on the Rhine and Mosel Rivers through the heartof France, and of a religious pigrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play in Bavarian Germany. For fun, he also tosses in an amusing autobiography of a cat named Molly who refused to be a mouser, which he wrote for his great granddaughter and kids of all ages.
Trsor Yenyi was born in Eastern Congo in 1983 at the peak of Mobutus reign. Not realizing he was witnessing history in the making, he was helpless as he observed the country slide first into chaos, then into its gravethe victim of looting, war, and corruption. It was only after he immigrated to the United States that he realized the depth of the destruction that had occurred and began nurturing a strong desire to return to his native country to search for a cure for the disease from which Congo suffers. In his compelling travel narrative, Yenyi details his return trips to Congo, his subsequent charitable work, and the heartbreaking stories of the countrys victims of war. While providing the voiceless a chance to speak through him, Yenyi reveals the humanitarian challenges of Congo and combines his life experiences with journal entriescreating an introspective glimpse into a world where child soldiers, rape victims, street children, and AIDS orphans are the realities of life. Trsor Yenyi has a dreamthat the troubled land of his ancestors will find peace once again. It is with this great hope for the future of his homeland that Yenyi remembers Congos forgotten.
Told with humor and a true travelers fascination with new places and adventure,this book provides a country wide glimpse of Canada and its bounty of travel opportunities and experiences. Based on the author's observations and his daughters journal transcripts of their journey together, a vibrantand personal description is provided of the uniqueness that is Canada.The travel partners begin their journey at the eastern-most edge of the North American continent, on the Island of Newfoundland and traverse the entire country in a series of trips devised to most appeal to, and yet still educate, a twelve year old girl. Their travels take them to Viking ruins, historic North American battlegrounds essentially untaught in American history, arctic wildlife areas, museums, mountain scenery, and widely varied cities from major modern metropolises to habitations on the rim of the Arctic Circle.The reader is also left with the understanding that these lessons are also taught, with love, to Hope by her Dad. The book is a unique travel guide that not only suggests to the reader the places and sites worth seeing, but it also provides a wonderful personal perspective of Canada and its culture, by viewing the trips through the eyes of the young girl, Hope.
Years ago, I met a friend in London I had not seen in many years. He posed a very interesting question to me. He wanted me to give him a statement on Jomo Kenyatta, who was then incarcerated as the leader of the Mau-Mau uprising in Kenya. Though I did not have an answer for my friend, I kept his question in my mind. Then, years later, my wife and I decided to visit Kenya on Safari with friends, which I recount here, vividly in this book. They were like two birds set free, hoop the coop, flew away from their prison abode, caged for decades, until Februrary 1990, on that sunny day in Capetown when I saw Nelson Mandella, live on CNN Television with his wife Winnie Mandela. They strolled through the gates of pollsmore Prison, away from 37 years of incarceration by the Apartheid Regime. That experience intrigued me enough that my wife and I decided, with a group of friends, to visit South Africa and see what would happen to us as a group of African Americans; it was while there that I touched yellow, Ebony Gold, as detailed in my book.
When Marie Suzanne Dillon and her two sisters were looking to get away, they thought they found the perfect location for a two-week vacation. Scattered in different parts of the world, the three sisters, who share a close bond, wanted to spend some quality time together in an exotic setting. Suzanne, Debay, and Linda chose Vieques, a remote island, seven miles off the eastern coast of Puerto Rico, and although being together was always close to perfect, it turned out that the vacation was not exactly what they envisioned. Dillon humorously recaps the adventures and misadventures of their tropical trip, interweaving humorous and poignant memories from the familys past into the tale of their present-day experiences. Two Weeks in Vieques provides a plethora of details about their excursionsfrom beach outings, to new friends, to memorable meals, to being robbedtwice! It is a story about sisters surviving whatever comes at them, about familial love conquering all, about seeing the funny side of life and, not taking things too seriously. And when all is said and done, about still having time, energy and money to shop on the way home!Much more than a travel journal, Two Weeks in Vieques is a story of special relationships, the journey of a family, and the power of reminiscence.
Part travelogue, part history, and part environmental treatise, Mekong The Occluding River is above all else an urgent warning that factors such as pollution, ecological devastation, and the depletion of natural resources are threatening the very existence of the Mekong River. Author Ngo The Vinh combines his vivid travel notes and collection of photographs with a meticulously researched history of the environmental degradation of the Mekong River. Translated from Vietnamese, the best-selling treatise outlines the myriad threats facing the river today. From oil shipments feeding the industrial cities of southwestern China to gigantic hydroelectric dams known as the Mekong Cascades in Yunnan province, China is the worst environmental offender, though the other nations along Mekongs banks behave no better. From Thailand to Laos to Vietnam, hydroelectric dams that threaten the Mekong and its inhabitants are being built at an alarming rate. To save the Mekong, Ngo The Vinh calls upon all the nations that benefit from its life-giving water to observe the Spirit of the Mekong in the implementation of all future development projects. To achieve this end, there must be a concerted and sustained commitment to cooperation and sustainability. At this critical cross-roads, we should remind ourselves of the mantra from Sea World San Diego: Extinction is forever. Endangered means we still have time.
The Villages Within is an irreverentversion of Torontos past that willnot improve anyones knowledgeof history, but its fabrications andexaggerations may provide anamusing insight into the lives ofthose who built the town of York. Itis an expos of historical untruths,a book that no school should everpermit its students to read.Discover Lord Dorchesters unusualmethod of staying warm while hisunderwear froze during his firstwinter in Canada. Learn aboutElizabeth Simcoes struggle withthe intoxicating evils of gooseberrywine. During the War of 1812, whydid Laura Secord deliver a cow toJames Fitzgibbon in the dead ofnight? Why did the residents of Yorkfear an American invasion in 1813,even though they needed theirdollars to support the towns touristindustry? Why did the colonists, whonever bathed at the best of times,become truly revolting in 1837?In a more serious vein, thisbook chronicles the history andarchitecture of the Kings WestDistrict, the Kensington Market,and the proudly tacky QueenStreet West. The narrative detailsthe events in the life of the oldSt. Andrews Market, allowingthose who visit the area today toappreciate its rich heritage.
The book describes the experiences of a single American woman teaching in a university in Saudi Arabia between 1980 and 1982, just as the Islamic world was experiencing a reversal of previously achieved steps toward womens rights. The loosening of restrictions on women which had occurred during the 1970s was overturned when the fear of the rulers was heightened after the attempted take-over of the Grand Mosque in Mecca. The author takes us there with her while the Epilogue brings us up to today in Saudi Arabia.
HOLY HITCHIKING FOREIGN HIGHWAYS relates an odyssey on four Continents. Vernon Elgin began hitchhiking rural dirt roads in Pennsylvania when he was an adolescent. He graduated from dirt and asphalt to concrete, from Armstrong County Route 210, to Pennsylvania Route 422, to U.S. Route 66. Most of his hitchhiking conveyed him to work or college; all of it afforded him pleasure and adventure. He frequently broached religion as a topic of conversation with the driver. More often than not he received a stimulating response. He credits his education on the road for contributing to his future clergy profession.
When Ian and Joanne meet they seem to have things in common, from the make and color of cars that they drive, to the foods they eat and their tendency to quip pop-culture. But when their relationship progresses their differences are soon realized. When an old flame returns sparks fly in all directions.