Jazmin Sanchez

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The Warren Buffetts Next Door: The World's Greatest Investors You've Never Heard Of and What You Can Learn From Them
The Warren Buffetts Next Door: The World's Greatest Investors You've Never Heard Of and What You Can Learn From Them
I did enjoy most of the stories and the investment strategies profiled in this book. However, I did not think investors who relied on quant's and what I would classify as day trading belonged in a book with Warren Buffett's name in the title. Mr. Buffett would most likely be very amused when some of the investors didn't know the name of the company they invested in because they used mathematical formulas or charts as a basis for buying part of a company.

Some of the investment returns seemed unrealistic because the amount of money invested in a virtual portfolio was in the millions of dollars. However, the author did say he did not look at the one investors brokerage statement to verify actual rates of return leading one to believe he was able to verify real the rates of return for the other investors profiled.

If you are looking for a book that teaches you how to invest, this book will not get the job done. On the back cover, one of the endorsements says "... their unique styles may not be replicable..." and I have to agree. Some of the participants would not fully disclose exactly how they made their investment decisions.

The take away from this book is anyone can be a successful investor if they are willing to first educate themselves and then put in the time necessary for research to generate above average returns. Overall this is a good book and it may give you some ideas how to improve your own investment returns as some investors reveal screening criteria and the websites they use to perform their due diligence. If nothing else, this book will inspire you to work at improving your own investment returns. And since Mr. Buffett's own investment strategy is not replicable, isn't that why we read books with his name in the title?
Jeff Bezos: La Fuerza Detrás de la Marca: Introspección y Análisis de la Vida y Logros del Hombre más Rico del Planeta: Visionarios Billonarios, Volume 1 [Visionary Billionaires, Book 1]
Jeff Bezos: La Fuerza Detrás de la Marca: Introspección y Análisis de la Vida y Logros del Hombre más Rico del Planeta: Visionarios Billonarios, Volume 1 [Visionary Billionaires, Book 1]
Me ha gustado del libro en la forma en que el autor lleva la historia. Aportando de su conocimiento e inspiración en cada tema. Expresa de forma clara las diferentes formas y marcos mentales que tuvo Jeff y nos ayuda a nosotros a situarnos y ver donde estamos ahora. Para así movernos al próximo nivel en nuestras vidas. Recomiendo para todo aquel emprendedor que no desee ser promedio.
Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981
Well, well, well, the Bobster has gone and done it again, he has re-visited one of the most reviled periods of his career (as he did with Vol 10) and shown us that perhaps the criticism that was meted out back in the late '70's and early 80's was undeserved. This of course is the period when he announced that he was a born again Christian and the three albums he produced over this period, Slow Train Coming, Saved and Shot of Love, reflected that conversion. Now because of the criticism I had avoided these albums, I remember as a young rock fan new to the delights of rock music, Sounds giving Saved a one star review and that stuck with me for many years. When this collection was announced a couple of months ago I thought 'WHAT!!!???!!', but then I remembered what had happened with Vol 10 of this excellent series when he revisited his Self Portrait, New Morning period that also came in for great criticism and that volume made so many have to re-think their criticism. Would this have the same effect?

Now I'm not a follower of any organised religion, I don't attend church (or chapel here in Wales) except for the odd wedding or funeral, but although I'm not religious that does not mean I do not appreciate many great artistic works that are influenced by religion. I enjoy listening to Handel's Messiah and Bach's Mass in B Minor, I appreciate the beauty of many great paintings that are influenced by religious themes and I enjoy the odd bit of gospel music and this is what we have here, some excellent gospel music sung by Bob Dylan and performed by one of his best touring bands.

I've seen Bob Dylan live on a few occasions and let's face he can be a pretty sloppy performer at times, his vocal delivery in particular can grate and give the impression he doesn't care. One of the things that stands out on this particular set of recordings is the passion in his vocal delivery, it's clear he's loving performing these songs, they really are coming from the heart. Added to that the backing band are top notch with five backing singers and two keyboard players to give it that real gospel feel, they really do deliver, the version of Shot of Love in this set is delivered with such passion I nearly did a Jake Blues and flip flopped down the kitchen and hallway with joy and shout Hallelujah!!, nearly but not quite. We also get the opportunity to hear how Dylan is constantly re-working his music, a few of the songs on this set are repeated to show how they evolved over a short space of time. Compare the version of Slow Train that opens disc 1 with the version from two years later that opens disc 2. The first version is closer to the studio version, whilst the later version there is more chugging feel from the backing band, both are wonderful to listen to and go to show why when he's on form Dylan can be such a mesmerising, but at times frustrating, live performer.

I have of course gone for the cheap 2 disc version, my pockets are not deep enough to afford the all singing box set, but as with with Vol 10 this has been a really pleasant surprise, and I'm quite taken with it. It won't be to everyone's taste, some may find the religious message in the songs is still too much, all I would say to those people is give this a chance, so much of the criticism that was aimed at this period was down to the shock of Dylan's conversion. Time is a healer and now we can approach these songs with a far more open mind that perhaps we could 38 years ago. Check it out there really are some delights here.
Lord of the Ring: In Search of Count von Zinzendorf
Lord of the Ring: In Search of Count von Zinzendorf
This is a worthwhile book that fills in a lot of color on an obscure leader of an obscure group of people that may be THE MOST INFLUENTIAL group of nobodies in evangelical history! Phil Anderson puts together an enjoyable and readable account of the Moravian community of Herrnhut and its leader, Count Nicolaus von Zinzendorf. I had read about Zinzendorf in my church history classes and my denominational polity class (as a precursor to the pietistic movement), but never did I see his connection to important missionaries and mission movements.

Through this book, I was able to see the impact that the Moravians had on John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, William Carey, William Booth, and also on the current 24-7 prayer movement. Back when Protestants were not doing ANY global missions, there were these Moravians -- going to India, to St. Thomas island, to Central Asia, to colonial America, to Greenland, and many other places. They inspired the work of the Circuit Riders and gave John Wesley the disciple-making tools he needed to start the Methodist movement. And they inspired a young William Carey to challenge the denominational powers that be that global missions was a possibility.

I have passed this book on to many of my friends and, without fail, each one has become inspired by the power of simple people who were the REAL DEAL. For anyone looking to find people in our past who majored in "first things," look no further than the Moravians. And Phil Anderson is a perfect tour guide for all who want to meet them.
Dragon Ball nº 13/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Dragon Ball nº 13/34 PDA (Manga Shonen) (Spanish Edition)
Excelentes cómics para leerlos y coleccionarlos los amantes de dragon ball, yo he tenido mala suerte porque en el transporte a veces no tienen cuidado y alguno se me ha doblado las tapas, pero Amazon responde muy bien a cualquier problema.
Der Waldschwarze: und andere Erzählungen, Band 44 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Der Waldschwarze: und andere Erzählungen, Band 44 der Gesammelten Werke (Karl Mays Gesammelte Werke) (German Edition)
Dieser Band gehört zu den Schwächsten mir bekannten Heimat-Texten Karl Mays. Alle der hier versammelten Geschichten folgen - mit geringfügigen Abwandlungen- einem identischen Strickmuster: Man nehme eine Grundsituation, in der es Benachteiligte und Bevorzugte gibt. Die Gewinner haben aber Schuld auf sich geladen und verkörpern das Böse. Die Verlierer tragen ihr Schicksal mit Würde, brauchen jedoch zu ihrer Erlösung einen Retter, bei May stets eine männliche Figur. In der Regel spiegelt sich die Grundsituation in einem Liebesverhältnis, welches mit dem Ende der Geschichte zu einem guten Ende kommt. Gar nicht selbstverständlich, dieses ‚happy end’ , ist doch die Protagonistin des Liebespaares meist aus dem Lager des Bösen! Der Held stellt nicht nur die bewährte alte Ordnung wieder her, richtet damit auch lange erlittenes Unrecht, sondern zieht auch die wenigen Guten (immer Frauen, gelegentlich mal ein Kind) von der ‚dunklen Seite der Macht’ zu sich, ins Helle.
So weit, so klar. Nun geschieht bei May in seinen besten Texten etwas Erstaunliches: Er haucht der stereotypen Erzählstruktur Leben ein, in seinen allerbesten Texten (z B „Der Peitschenmüller“ und „Der Silberbauer“) gar nicht wenig davon! Die hier versammelten Kurzgeschichten sind weit weg von diesem Niveau. Alle lesen sich fürchterlich angestaubt und langweilig. Empfehlenswert allenfalls für Leute wie mich, die den ganzen May lesen wollen, egal wie schmerzhaft das im Einzelfall sein kann, oder auch geeignet für Menschen mit ausgeprägten Einschlafstörungen. Ich sehe sie gerade vor mir, diese Unglücklichen, wie sie sich spät abends, tief in der Nacht, in ihrem Bette wälzen und nicht weiter wissen. Dies Buch hier wirkt unmittelbar - einfach aufschlagen, eigentlich egal wo und.. Gähn (ich werde schon bei dem Gedanken daran schläfrig!)
Claudia and the New Girl (Baby-Sitters Club (Quality))
Claudia and the New Girl (Baby-Sitters Club (Quality))
Synopsis: Claudia is in English class, trying to pass one of Mrs. Hall's spelling tests, when in walks the new girl Ashley Wyeth. Claudia is immediately taken in by Ashley's hippie outfits and the fact that she has read all the books that Mrs. Hall has appointed the class to read. She later asks Ashley if she is related to Andrew Wyeth, the famous painter, and even though Ashley isn't, they both become quick friends due to their love for their art of painting and sculpture.

Claudia comes to look up to Ashley and respect her because of her talent, that she is so serious about her goals at being an artist, and the fact that she has studied in Keyes Art Society, a prestigious art school that Claudia could not get into during the summer because it was too expensive. Ashley also feels that Claudia has potential to be a wonderful artist, and insists they both enter when Ms. Baehr announces of the new gallery that would be opening in Stoneybrook, where a sculpture contest is being held for the students at the Art Center. When Ashley finds Claudia babysitting the Rodowsky's next door, she realizes that Claudia has a lot of activities besides her art, and wants Claudia to follow in her footsteps and drop all these activities.

Claudia soon starts sitting with Ashley during lunch, coming late to Babysitter meetings because of Ashley, and in general, starts spending more time with Ashley than the club members. The BSC is not too happy about Claudia and her new friend, and start avoiding putting Claudia for babysitting appointments. On one hand, Claudia wants to keep her friendship with the club, but on the other hand, she also wants to learn from Ashley and prosper in something she is really good at. However, who will she turn to when Ashley gives her an ultimatum, to either be with her or be with the BSC?

Review: I thought this was a very well written book, but it did have some parts that I didn't particularly enjoy, which is why I gave this book only 4 out of 5 stars. Probably the main reason why this book bothered me a little was because the Club never bothered to understand why Claudia started hanging out with Ashley in the first place (until the end), or even why Ashley never gave Claudia a chance to be with the BSC. Ann M Martin wrote the characters in 2 such extremes (either be on our side or be on hers) that it felt that the Babysitters Club were just as bad as Ashley in some parts of the book, especially when they raid Claudia's room while she is not there (which I thought was a little harsh, considering how long they have been friends to do this to her).

On the other hand, I did enjoy the main concept of the book, on how a new girl could potentially come between the members of the club. I thought Kristy was being a little too nasty (but she usually is in a lot of the books), but I liked reading of how Stacey was affected by Claudia's new friendship with Ashley. We also get to read a little about the problems Jeff is having in school, which concerns Dawn, and I thought that was added blended with the other story.

Overall, I thought this was an interesting book to read, but it is not one of my favorites.
The Hermann Hesse Collection
The Hermann Hesse Collection
Herman Hesse is by far one of the greatest author-artists to have ever lived. I'm a big fan of his synthesis of spirituality and philosophy in a literary package. Fantastic storytelling, you won't be disappointed with his early writings collected here. And the price is easy on the pocket book.
One of my top five favorite writers of all time, highly recommend for anyone interested in a good story and a pleasant bending of the mind.

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