Clark Richardson

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Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
Etcetera: The Unpublished Poems of E. E. Cummings
As a long time ee cummings fan, I found this book to be just as wonderful as the rest of his writing, although this one isn't as well known. If you can appreciate his artistic use of words, you will not be disapointed by etcetera.
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
With the exception of one laptop and 2 non-smart cell phones, in my personal and professional life since 2004 I've had nothing but Apple products - computers (both desktop and laptop), iPads, iPods, and my crown jewel: my iPhone. None has ever disappointed me. I say this not to put forth a review of the Apple products but to explain that I am part of Steve Jobs's choir: I value, respect and rely on the products that he created. I'm sold, so to speak. And so it seemed only logical that I would eventually read this book to gain insight both in the genesis and evolution of Apple and in the person of Steve Jobs. The book did not disappoint in either.

What I found out about the early years and the development of the personal computer was fascinating. I do remember a lot of the news articles from those years - I was living in San Francisco at the time and a good friend of mine worked for Apple - but I would not consider myself previously knowledgeable about Apple in any comprehensive way. I learned so much of the nuts and bolts of Apple Computer, Inc., from this book. The chapters about the creation of the iPod, iPhone and iPad were very interesting to someone who has used these products for years and years and feels she has some proficiency using what they offer me.

But the insight I gained from the book on Steve Jobs the man left me very sad. While I consider him to have been a true genius with an almost other-worldly imagination, I can't imagine that I would have liked him very much or respected him outside of his professional arena. As the founder and developer of Apple Computer, he was spectacular. He had an intense imagination, vision, and belief in things that had yet to be discovered. He was fortunate enough to find those people who had the same precise work ethic that he did. To find those people and to hone the abilities of the ones who stayed, he had no reservations about crushing their substandard efforts or their feelings. The ones who lasted were the ones who believed in his vision and their Jobs-given opportunity to indulge and demonstrate their own creativity. The ones who lasted were the best and brightest the tech and artistic world had to offer. The ones who lasted were the ones who took his ideas and made them into our reality. I am profoundly grateful to them and to him for the advances they made in technology and artistry. And I guess the one cannot exist without the other. Without his exact personality would the tech world have been turned on its ear and eventually controlled by Apple? I don't know. Actually I doubt it.

In terms of his family, it seemed as if his attention to them was given only when it was not required or demanded elsewhere. His children were discussed very little; the same is true about Laurene Powell, his wife. But it is clear that in his wife he found the one person who was his equal in intelligence and commitment. Their marriage is portrayed as strong but him as absent.

The sections on his cancer and eventual death were moving but not enough to make me feel for him as a person. I am sorry he died but my sorrow has to do with the loss of him professionally and what he might have accomplished and achieved had he lived but not with the loss of him as a man. And yet I can recognize his genius and I'm glad I read the book.
Thursday’s Child – The Mike Kendrick Story
Thursday’s Child – The Mike Kendrick Story
This book is a hoot! Especially when you know it is all true. Mike Kendrick is one of the most driven people you will ever read about. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, keeps him from accomplishing whatever he is trying to achieve. He is extremely adventurous, witty, and just a hoot. i think he has some Robin Williams in him...all the good parts. He is hilarious but keenly driven. His accolades are well-earned and well-deserved and his direction over the last few years is to eliminate the millions of explosive mines that still exist in this world. If he can save one life or one limb, his time has not been wasted, and he has certainly been successful. I highly recommend this book as it is so funny, yet sincere, so dangerous at times that you cannot put the book down, and so delightful that you want more. I cannot wait to read the next book called "The Branson Years." I recall that Richard Branson said he had more on you than you on him!
National Geographic Readers: George Washington (Readers Bios)
National Geographic Readers: George Washington (Readers Bios)
I love the National Geographic Readers. As a teacher, there is so much I can do with the books to enhance reading skills. There are a number of the readers that are biographical and they are written in a format that younger kids can read. There are different levels of these books but I like this particular one. I have used them with good second grade readers, 3rd and 4th. They are great for pointing out nonfiction elements such as Table of Contents, In dex, Photos, Maps, Illustrations, Diagrams, Captions, and Headings. They are very colorful and contain real pictures that add so much to the interest. They often have a glossary and key vocabulary words. There are a number of these books so it is easy to do some compare and contrast discussions about the key characters.
Take What You Need: UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964-1969 / Various
Take What You Need: UK Covers Of Bob Dylan Songs 1964-1969 / Various
This is a very mixed bag of British Dylan covers from the 60s, we get off to a great start with the Fairies (with possibly Jimmy Page on guitar) who get a surprisingly good country rock sound for 1964 on “Don't Think Twice, It's All Right”. There are also more well known hit covers such as Manfred Mann’s “If You Gotta Go, Go Now” and also “I Am a Lonesome Hobo ” by Julie Driscoll and the Brian Auger Trinity (who also covered and had a hit with "Wheels on Fire"), as well as well-judged versions by established pop artists like Alan Price and Joe Cocker. We also get competent run--throughs by beat groups including The Cops and Robbers, The Factotums, The Mixed Bag and Country Fever (which included Albert Lee, Ian Paice and Chas Hodges). We also get artists from the folk scene including Fairport Convention, The Three City Four, Ian and also Alex Campbell as well as Cliff Aungier, alongside more show-bizzy folks like Julie Felix, Noel Harrison and Sandie Shaw. There are some interesting tracks here and nice period pieces but not sure that it all hangs together as a compilation.
Pina Colada Scented Oil by Good Essential (Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Soaps, Candles, Slime, Lotions, and More!
Pina Colada Scented Oil by Good Essential (Premium Grade Fragrance Oil) - Perfect for Aromatherapy, Soaps, Candles, Slime, Lotions, and More!
I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist and I do a special session in the Wintertime with warm stones & chocolate aromatherapy... I call it "The Hot Chocolate Massage" & it's got quite a following of devoted recipients each year. Recently I realized that my usual chocolate scented essential oil was no longer available 😟 so I gave this one a try. It's priced right and is way better than the one I originally used. Fabulous when diffused & also added to my massage lubricant. My clients have loved it as well. I'll be stocking up asap! HIGHLY RECOMMEND 👍🏻
The Jeff Dunham Show
The Jeff Dunham Show
I like to think of the "Jeff Dunham Show" as Sesame Street for adults. The puppets take on a "life-like" feature and are out in the real world. I LOVE the Jeff Dunham DVDs (Spark of Insanity, Arguing with Myself, Controlled Chaos, and the Christmas Special). I own all 4 of them. Well, Christmas Special only comes with beeped version. Anyway. I have watched the show, don't own it yet. I'll eventually own it. Even if it is more like Sesame Street and less like the other DVDs of Jeff Dunham. Jeff does get on stage a few times with his dummies. This would be the only time we see the vantriliquisim part. When the dolls enter the real world, Jeff is hidden the whole time. In the special features bit, you can see Jeff in a ditch, playing Achmed in California. (At least I think it was California. Camp Pamdleton if my memory is correct. Achmed was joining the Marines! Semper Fi!) If you like the puppets and enjoy them and want to see how they can be in real life, without having Jeff by their side, get this show! It won't be as funny or hilarious as the stage producations, but it will be funny.

Added to review on August 3, 2013
I now own this DVD and I stick by what I said earlier. This is Sesame Street for Adults. So, if you liked Sesame Street as a kid, I think you'll like this as well. I do not recommend this for kids. (I don't recomment Jeff Dunham for kids at all. Let the parents watch Jeff's DVDs first, then decide if it is something they want their kids to watch or not.)
Great Day for Up (Bright & Early Books(R))
Great Day for Up (Bright & Early Books(R))
Livro em inglês do Dr. Seuss. Neste no caso, desenhado pelo autor-ilustrador Quentin Blake.

Formato entre um A4 e um A5. Capa dura.

O dia está amanhecendo e há uma comoção para que todos acordem, tudo muito vibrante, cores e sons, tudo acontecendo. E no final a gente descobre que o personagem principal quer continuar a dormir, que tudo caminhou para este desfecho lento. Descendente. Criativo!
Alexander Pushkin Tales
Alexander Pushkin Tales
The best translation I have ever found of any Pushkin’s work! The book is also a carbon copy of the Russian version published by “Malysh” in 1979. I grew up on that book, and so impressed I can have my English-speaking husband enjoy the works of Pushkin as much as I do! Very well done. Also - fast delivery and fantastic condition of a book that is 40 years old!

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