Lettering for Planners

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ An easy guide to modern calligraphy and hand lettering

Fans of Creative Lettering and Beyond and The Complete Book of Lettering will love Lettering for Planners

Calligraphy for your journal aesthetic: Beautiful "bullet journals" are popping up all over Instagram and Pinterest. The joys of decorating the pages with drawings and lettering are many. If you want to start your own bullet journal or if you want to improve your journal aesthetic, this book is for you. This book is an informational workbook that teaches lettering styles to help people organize and beautify everyday life.

Easily learn lettering: Learn from a step-by-step guide to creating a basic hand-lettered alphabet for beginners. Then learn five additional alphabet examples in various styles, explore letter variations and choose your favorites that best fit your style.

Hand lettering workbook: You’ll learn how to build words using common word examples like days of the week, months of the year, and other words commonly found in planners. After learning the script styles, you’ll learn concepts of composition by teaching how to mix and match styles of lettering in creative ways.

Learn all the components of lettering: You’ll also learn some key “don’ts” of lettering to avoid. Then there will be step-by-step instructions on how to draw decorations to embellish lettering including shadows, borders, banners, and flourishes.

Readers will learn:

  • Five lowercase and capital stylistic alphabets
  • How to find their own lettering style
  • What not to do when lettering
  • Lettering composition, shading, and flourishes

Create fabulous, share worthy calligraphy and lettering

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Risking the Rapids

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Memoir ─ Portrait of a family at its worst and its best

Some memoirs shock. Some entertain. Some take us places we’re afraid to go. A rare few move us. Once in a blue moon, a book does it all. This is Risking the Rapids.

Dysfunctional family: Risking the Rapids opens with the shocking death of O’Garden’s older brother, which prompts her and other relatives to seek closure on a journey through the remotest spot in Montana. Described genially as a river “float”, a harrowing journey unfolds. This wilderness trip is contrasted with O’Garden’s account of growing up with her six siblings in a clashing Catholic family.

Alcoholic father, mean mother, Catholic guilt: WCCO-TV personality Don O’Brien was well-known in the Twin Cities and throughout much of Minnesota. Whether forecasting weather and trading wisecracks with the anchor on the nightly news, pitching for sponsors Montgomery Ward and King Koil Mattresses, or hosting a Saturday night movie, he was a man people trusted. (For one thing, he’d warn them if the movie they were about to watch was a dud. “Go to bed,” he’d say.) In private, Don O’Brien’s family life was a far cry from what his fans saw on TV. Little by little we see the corrosion: nightly martinis shared with his wife Betty, an undemonstrative and icy-hearted mother. The neglect. The poisoning of self-esteem. The rigidity demanded by the Catholic church. Competition. Cruelty. All packed into ordinary days and nights as a sensitive girl comes of age.

Anxiety and danger: The children vary in their response to the profound anxiety sown in the offspring of alcoholics. One brother bites his fingers to gangrene. One relentlessly bullies the author, who begins overeating compulsively. One severs all ties with the family. Danger mounts as well on the Montana raft trip, when unusual river conditions swell and speed the waters.

Escalating intensity to excruciating climaxes: As O’Garden’s father becomes more popular, her mother sinks deeper into narcissism and meanness. The author becomes her principal target. The family itself becomes a microcosm of the cultural transformations from the 50s to the 60’s, when authoritarian structures were challenged and discarded by young protestors. Don becomes more reactionary, and his authoritarian fathering begins backfiring. While one son enlists and is sent to Vietnam, another becomes a conscientious objector, bringing emotional firestorms to the family table. The mother is emotionally unreachable. In a parallel time, the wilderness trip grows life-threatening when unpredictable weather strikes. Lives are at risk. Both stories build with escalating intensity to excruciating climaxes, which leave the reader moved and illuminated.

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A Unique Hustle

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Will Castro is the star of Velocity Channel’s Unique Rides. As one of the most popular car customizers in America, his life is a dream journey realized through a business he is passionate about, combined with his working with marquee names in entertainment. His fans flock to his personal appearances, watch him on TV, and follow him on social media. However, inside these pages are his personal stories of struggle and triumph, as well as insights and anecdotes into some of the biggest names in sports, music, and film & TV, including: P. Diddy, Billy Joel, Nick Cannon, Nicki Minaj, Carmelo Anthony, Jason DeRulo, IceT, John Leguizamo, just to name a few. This book gives his fans the access they crave, yet have not seen on his on TV show. While Will is enthusiastic about sharing his personal stories and revealing his truggles, he also wants to bring a “how to” to those readers who love to learn about cars and customization techniques from a professional. This story is told in Will’s “unique” voice, part Lower East Side, part Long Island. It’s the voice of a guy who was determined to grind out a place for himself in the world, no matter the obstacles of poverty, and only a high school education. Even with his success, Will has stayed true to his roots. Castro grew up working class inside the housing projects on the Lower East Side of New York City. He could easily have fallen through the cracks of society like countless others around him. But Will has that special something that’s hard to name; a je ne sais quoi that is equal parts his personality, his intelligence, his talent, and his perseverance. Combining that with the luck of finding himself at the right place at the right time, and this particular equation added up to a solid rip on the brass ring of the American Dream. It wasn’t easy. In fact, for a while it was criminal (which he discusses in the book). Even when Will Castro seemed to be down for the count, he pulled himself up off the mat, shook off the punches, and survived to go the distance. Still, he strives every day to accomplish more. He is an inspiration for fans of all stripes, from projects to penthouses across the United States, and now the globe. Along the way he developed something in his work that’s very hard to do for any artist or craftsperson to accomplish: he formed a signature style. Readers discover that a Unique car creation is unlike any other in the world, built by a singular character at the top of his game.
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Cold Fusion Presents: New Thinking

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#1 Amazon New Release! — ColdFusion − New Thinking About Technology and Science

What can history’s greatest breakthroughs in science and technology teach us about the future?

New Thinking: The world has never been so unstable. Now, more than ever, we need to understand our history, learn from our mistakes and embrace science and technology as we push into the future. In his debut book, New Thinking: The Technology and Science That Transformed Our World, Dagogo Altraide of YouTube's ColdFusion breaks down the history of gamechanger breakthroughs in the world of science and technology that have shaped our modern world and will impact the future.

Disruptive technology and innovation: The Industrial Revolution was the most significant event in human history since the domestication of animals and plants, leading to 50 years of growth and development making the western world almost unrecognizable. Today another revolution is taking place, and at its core is disruptive technology and innovation. It’s clear that the pace of technology is increasing rapidly, and in the past 100 years there has been more change due to disruptive technology than we could have ever imagined. The pace of this disruptive technology revolution is swift, almost exponential, but what’s the story behind it? What were those special moments in time that changed the future forever?

From the steam engine revolution to the electric world of Tesla, the first photograph to the invention of the internet, this book explores the hidden secrets of science and technology to help us understand each gamechanger that has shaped the future.

In New Thinking: The Technology and Science That Transformed Our World you will delight in learning about and appreciate:

  • How a technology can spawn a new technology, and how they influence each other
  • How our modern world came to be
  • Our incredible modern world and potential for the future
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Greek Mythology Explained

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Greek mythology explored like never before

Fans of George R.R Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series and the Game of Thrones TV series will love Greek Mythology Explained, a unique retelling of Greek mythological tales featuring love, betrayal, murder and ruthless ambitions. 

A fascinating take on classical Greek stories: Discover six classic Greek myths in this exciting retelling that paints both famous and lesser well known characters in a whole new light. Follow the likes of Odysseus, Lamia, Bellerophon, Icarus, Medusa and Artemis as their fates are revealed through bloody trials, gut-wrenching betrayals, sinister motives and broken hearts. With an accessible writing style that delves into the thoughts, feelings, desires, and motivations of every character, these mythical figures and their compelling stories will resonate with readers as they are guided through perilous and tragic adventures.

A deeper understanding: Greek Mythology Explained provides an in-depth analysis of each story told as it unravels the greater themes and valuable lessons hidden within each chapter. Readers will gain a deeper insight into the character’s motives and the varying depictions of the original Greek myths.

Readers will:

  • Sail with Odysseus as he navigates through the straits of Messina with a terrifying monster on each side, intent only on killing him and his crew.
  • Witness Lamia’s world turned upside down as she loses her kingdom, her children and her humanity.
  • Journey with Bellerophon as he battles the Chimera and becomes the hero that he was destined to be.
  • Take flight with Icarus and Daedalus as they escape their confinement and the cretan navy.
  • Follow Medusa as she loses faith in the gods and becomes the monster she so adamantly wished to protect her people from.
  • Experience the love between Artemis and Orion, as well as the bitter jealousy it spawns at the core of her brother Apollo.
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How to Ikigai

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Why isn’t every day meaningful for every person? Is it even possible to live each day in meaningful ways? Sure it is. Let me tell you about a tiny, tiny, tiny little island south of Japan where people live their life’s purpose every day. They are happy. They are fulfilled. They are some of the oldest living people in the world. Their secret is ikigai. Ikigai is a concept that comes from Okinawa, Japan. Ikigai is a simple but abstract map for living a meaningful life. It has four directions: 1. Do what you love 2. Do what you’re good at 3. Do what the world needs 4. Do what you can be rewarded for Although these directions seem simple they are deceivingly difficult to do. This book will transform ikigai from its abstract form into a simple practice that is within reach for anyone. The key is to start with part-time ikigai. Examples of ikigai in action are often magical. As a young boy and into his adulthood David Michaels stuttered severely. In clinical terms his stutter was considered the most difficult to treat. But David started to work in a liquor store. Before long his focus turned to one specific section of the sales floor; the scotch section. He learned that each scotch whiskey ever made has unique tasting notes that make it special. David became obsessed with scotch. As he spent more of his days learning about scotch he began to share his knowledge with customers. Like singer Mel Tillis' stutter disappeared when he sang, David noticed that his stutter vanished when he talked to anyone about scotch. David credits his triumph over his stutter to his passion for scotch whiskey. Today he is a renowned whiskey expert and travels the world tasting and purchasing whiskey on behalf of his employer. He feels his life is meaningful because of ikigai. In the 1990's Kevin Kent worked as a sous chef at the famed St. John restaurant under celebrated chef Fergus Henderson. One day in the kitchen Kevin saw another worker using a Japanese carbon steel knife. It was the most beautiful tool / piece of art he had ever seen. Of course he wanted one. But Japanese knives are handmade and expensive. Kevin decided to save up to purchase one for himself. He was hooked by the romance of forged steel honed razor sharp into a blade that made his job a delight. Kevin moved back to Calgary. His passion for Japanese knives followed him. He continued his trade in the kitchen but he brought a few knives back from London to sell to other chefs. Kevin's flare for knife sales was immediate. So he went to work to open a shop that specialized in Japanese knives. He made friendships and connections with important knife makers in Japan. He opened his first store called Knifewear. His ikigai is the usefulness and art of sharpness. Today Kevin owns four Knifewear stores. He is considered the leading expert and supplier of Japanese knives in Canada. Mandy Stobo has a knack for connecting to people through her art. When she was a young single mother she struggled to understand how her art could matter during the social media explosion. She started to grab profile photos of remarkable people online and paint “bad portraits” of them. She’d snap a photo and send them a copy of her painting with the heading “Bad Portrait time!” The recipients started to use their bad portraits as their profile photos. Her popularity and connection to people grew. Today, Mandy will happily paint a bad portrait of anyone who asks. She has a special double ikigai: “To create” and “To delight”

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Innovating Innovation

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Breakthrough Innovation Tools for Successful Leadership

Innovation needs innovation: Innovation is broken. Business leadership and management struggle to find ways to crack through their own corporate politics or bureaucratic silos, to move from defense to offense, to nurture real breakthrough, to drive visionary creativity in ways that add new value to everything they do. In Innovating Innovation, David Morey, one of America’s leading strategic consultants, will teach, coach, and guide you across eleven concrete and pragmatic steps that unlock and drive day-to-day innovation in your business and help you gain a long-term competitive advantage in your marketplace.

Make change and innovation happen: Innovating Innovation synergizes what is best in classic innovation theories with an insurgent strategic model inspired by one of Morey’s first corporate clients, Apple founder Steve Jobs. It shows how to lead innovation that creates the products of visionary genius without the necessity for actual genius. It provides practical tools and guidance on building and leading the teams, working conditions, organizational structures, and cultures of market-made and market-making innovation. It illustrates a roadmap to the disruptive periphery, the organizational margins at which real innovation actually takes place.

Innovation can be taught: Innovating Innovation is a framework to counter failure. It directs you, the reader, to the consumer, the very person who will actually tell you how to innovate the benefits to create a future you can own. This book invites you to “think different,” to become a change leader, to go the “wrong” way to get to the right places. And it shows you how to apply the pragmatic lessons of Agile software development to absolutely everything and to accelerate your leadership career and your company’s success by stepping up from mere evolution to punctuated equilibrium, evolution as breakthrough.

Your business needs unique innovation: You and your business need innovation as never before and unlike anyone else’s. This is lesson number one. And in the space of eleven chapters, Innovating Innovation offers lesson number two: You don’t need to be a genius to deliver the performances, products, and services of innovation at genius levels in the most opportunity-rich and threat-intensive business environment in history. Your management and leadership skills will improve immensely, taking your business to a level of innovation success beyond what it has ever achieved before.

Innovating Innovation is a step-by-step handbook for teaching, and at times even tricking, your organization, your culture, and your company into real-world change. After reading this new battlefield manual for innovation, you will:

  • Learn the Disruptive Periphery Concept and how it can give you the tools to help your business
  • Discover a practical marketing-centric focus applied to innovation
  • Reap the benefits of lessons developed from thirty years of real-world global consulting and training experience

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Reef Smart Guides Barbados

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The definitive guide to SCUBA diving and snorkeling in Barbados. 

For fans of Lonely Planet guides comes an essential SCUBA, snorkel, and surf travel guide.
A great travel gift: The ultimate guide for beach and marine activities in Barbados

Reef Smart Guides Barbados’ detailed descriptions and illustrations of beaches, coral reefs, ship wrecks, and other dive spots are ideal for divers, snorkelers, and surfers. This guidebook will help anyone wanting to make the most of their time on the island and in the water.

Detailed descriptions and map art: Reef Smart Reef Guides Barbados catalogues the beaches, surf spots, and dive and snorkel sites in Barbados. With the help of Reef Smart’s unique 3D-mapping technology, learn all you need to know about the island’s top dive and snorkel sites. These maps provide useful information such as depths, currents, waves, suggested routes, potential hazards, unique structures and species information.

Don’t go diving without it: This indispensable resource will help you plan and execute dives without a hitch. Make sure to pack this guidebook with the rest of your SCUBA gear.

This guidebook provides:

  • The best locations for diving, snorkeling and surfing, and how to access them
  • Detailed 3D maps, graphics and information to help you plan your time in and out of the water
  • Species guide to help you identify and understand the marine creatures you’ll encounter in Barbados
  • And much more!

The comprehensive SCUBA diving book.

 

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Reef Smart Guides Bonaire

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The definitive guide to SCUBA diving and snorkeling in Bonaire

For fans of Lonely Planet guides comes an essential SCUBA, snorkel, and surf travel guide.

A great Caribbean travel book: The ultimate guide for beach and marine activities in Bonaire. The detailed descriptions and illustrations of beaches, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and other dive spots are ideal for divers, snorkelers, kitesurfers and wind surfers. This guidebook will help anyone wanting to make the most of their time on the island and in the water.

Detailed descriptions and map art: Reef Smart catalogues the dive and snorkel sites in Bonaire as well as the beaches, and kitesurfing and wind surfing hotspots. With the help of Reef Smart’s unique 3D-mapping technology, learn all you need to know about the regions' top dive and snorkel sites. These maps provide useful information such as depths, currents, waves, suggested routes, potential hazards, unique structures and species information.

Do not go diving without it: This indispensable resource will help you plan and execute dives without a hitch. Make sure to pack this guidebook with the rest of your SCUBA gear before you visit the shore diving capital of the Caribbean.

This guidebook provides:

  • The best locations for diving, snorkeling, kitesurfing and windsurfing, and how to access them
  • Detailed 3D maps, graphics and information to help you plan your time in and out of the water
  • Species guide to help you identify and understand the marine creatures you will encounter in Bonaire and its surrounding areas

The best and most comprehensive SCUBA diving book since Reef Smart Guides Fort Lauderdale.

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The Boyfriend Book

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In a perfect world, every guy would be a “good guy,” and every guy would have a woman's best interests at heart. Unfortunately, the real world is a dangerous place, particularly when women have to let strangers in. And while some women are pretty decent judges of character, others don't see the train coming until it hits them. Not only does this book serve as a cautionary tale, it also offers an important perspective on modern love and equip women with strategies to effectively change their love life and, most importantly, their inner lives. Before you open this book, ask yourself: Where am I now? What are my struggles, what sort of pain do I carry, what parts of myself have I lost? Then figure out where you want to be. This book will get you there. The possibilities for rebirth and reinvention are endless – but it’s ultimately up to you to make it all happen. This book will help you find a way to go forward that does not involve sideways. Read it slow. Plant the seed. Let it grow. The Boyfriend Book is a gripping collection of short stories, thoughts and poems from Just Mike The Poet. 300 women sat down with Mike, and after three hours, 299 of them agreed that they never wanted a boyfriend again. Find out why.
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The Clutter Connection

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Discover your unique Organizing Personality Type and Strategies for a more productive and clutter-free life.

A new book by the author of Real Life Organizing and Cluttered Mess to Organized Success Workbook 

Fans of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo and The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin will love The Clutter Connection by organization expert Cassandra Aarssen.

An organization book for diverse habits: “You’re not messy, you just organize differently”. The Clutter Connection examines and explains the correlation between brain types and how they directly relate to organization and clutter. Cassandra Aarssen smashes the stereo–type that some people are “naturally messy” and offers readers insight and real-life solutions based on their unique personal organizing style. The Clutter Connection will help you get organized, be more productive and finally understand the why behind your clutter.

Individualized real life organizing: Organizing isn’t one size fits all. Let go of the preconceived and conventional notions of what organization looks like and finally discover what Clutterbug you are. With self-awareness comes happiness, personal growth and lasting change.

The Clutter Connection examines:

  • The four different organizing styles and how they relate to each other
  • How motivation and happiness can be directly affected by our space
  • The “3P’s” - Productivity, procrastination and perfectionism and how they are connected to your unique organizing style
  • How you can finally become clutter-free simply by knowing yourself better

Know your habits and declutter your space

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Purposeful Retirement Workbook & Planner

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A guide to wealth, health, relationships, and purpose during retirement

Includes Worksheets on Finances, Time Management, Health, Self-care, Family, Relationships, Hobbies, Volunteering and much more!

Make plans for the happiest time: Retirement is a new season, a new opportunity, to live purposefully. It’s not an end. You may have quit a job, but you don’t have to quit at life. This is your time to do something meaningful. And this time you get to choose exactly what YOU want to do. Now is the time because now you actually have time. Let’s take that bucket list and get started!

Time-management for retirement: Hyrum Smith, nationally-renowned "Father of Time Management" and co-creator of The Franklin Planner System, is the preeminent expert for using time wisely. The author of the bestselling Purposeful Retirement, Smith’s new book lays out what is essentially a guide to making sure we all take full advantage of the decades we get to enjoy after full-time work.

Everything from money and exercise to hobbies and clubs: Smith sheds light on what he calls the “gifts of retirement,” the opportunity to reclaim your time and spend it exactly the way you want to. This practical handbook covers:

  • Retirement financial planning
  • Health management and exercise advice
  • The importance of clubs, volunteering and social groups in maintaining friendships, relationships, and a social life once you stop going to work every day
  • And much more!

Mindfulness for your later years: How often do you get personal advice from one of the top time management gurus in the world? Here's your chance! Hyrum Smith’s guide to the good life of retirement is invaluable for anyone looking at the post-career years as well as retirees looking for insight into how to manage their retirement years, so that they are joyful and fulfilling. Hyrum Smith’s one-of-a-kind expertise and wise counsel in The Purposeful Retirement Workbook will take you from apprehension to living life and loving it!

Discover simple time management and mindful planning guidance for a joyful and meaningful retirement.

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Twin to Twin

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Twin-to-Twin is one twenty-nine-year-old mother’s harrowing and heartwarming adventure through a high-risk twin pregnancy. But this isn’t only a book about pregnancy. It’s also an inspirational story to which all women can relate, especially when moving forward through any type of adversity. Here’s what happened… One minute Crystal was sitting at a candlelight dinner in Paris with her husband. The next she was back home in Houston, sitting in her Ob-Gyn’s office concerned that she was having a second miscarriage. That wasn’t the news he delivered. Instead, she found out she was pregnant with twins! Since Crystal and her husband Ed already had a two-year-old daughter, Abigail, she couldn’t imagine why mothering twins would be all that different. But, after a family vacation at the beach, she finds out that her twins have a life threatening condition called Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome. That means that Baby B is transfusing blood (disproportionately) to Baby A. Houston, we have a problem! Her OB says that Crystal is too high risk to let out of his sight, so he sends her to the 5th floor of the Houston Medical Center for the duration of her pregnancy. Sitting alone in her hospital bed, Crystal wonders how she is going to pass the next few weeks, away from her husband and precious daughter. She soon finds out as she embarks on an emotional rollercoaster—from late night emergency ultrasounds to hospital baby blessings, sprinkled with comic relief from nurses and hospital staff. Twin-to-Twin is a raw and inspirational story filled with tenderness, vulnerability and humor. It chronicles the wildest, most terrifying and challenging year of Crystal’s life, which is also the most beautiful and eye opening. Her hope is that it will bring strength to other women dealing with their own personal trials and tragedies, so they can also triumph.
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Reef Smart Guides Florida: Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach

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The definitive guide to scuba diving and snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach

For fans of Lonely Planet guides comes an essential scuba, snorkel, and surf travel guide

A great travel gift: The ultimate guide for beach and marine activities in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach. The detailed descriptions and illustrations of beaches, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and other dive spots are ideal for divers, snorkelers and surfers. This guidebook will help anyone wanting to make the most of their time in the city and in the water.

Detailed descriptions and map art: Reef Smart catalogues the beaches, surf spots, and dive and snorkel sites in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County. With the help of Reef Smart’s unique 3D-mapping technology, learn all you need to know about the regions' top dive and snorkel sites. These maps provide useful information such as depths, currents, waves, suggested routes, potential hazards, unique structures and species information.

Don’t go diving without it: This indispensable resource will help you plan and execute dives without a hitch. Make sure to pack this guidebook with the rest of your scuba gear.

This guidebook provides:

  • The best locations for diving, snorkeling and surfing, and how to access them
  • Detailed 3D maps, graphics and information to help you plan your time in and out of the water
  • Species guide to help you identify and understand the marine creatures you’ll encounter in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas
  • And much more!

A comprehensive scuba diving book

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A Pebble for Your Thoughts

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Now more than ever, people are longing for kindness and connection. During these uncertain times, daily news reports focus on disturbing events such as drug addiction, acts of terrorism, gun violence, airplane rage, senseless murders and political bickering. We are being bombarded daily with images that evoke a sense of fear and hostility. The Kindness Rocks Project provides a positive counteraction to all this negativity. The tagline for The Kindness Rocks Project is “one message at just the right time can change your entire day, outlook, life”. Sometimes, all it takes is just one simple positive message to change your perspective and that is what my book aims to do. Through visual photos of inspirational Kindness rocks as chapter prompts, the reader will engage with the rocks inspirational message illustrating a virtue. The chapter will then expand on that message through a lesson, reflection, story or teaching. Since virtues are traits of character that lead to good behavior, each chapter will highlight and focus on one virtue at a time. This will encourage and ignite a collective consciousness around good behavior leading to random acts of kindness. Each chapter will be concise thus making the book a great inspirational gift.

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Cortadito

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AN EXILE AND THE FLAVORS OF HIS NATIVE LAND

In the sprawling Cortadito, Enrique Fernández explores Cuban cuisine through memories of growing up on the pre-revolutionary island.  In his sensual journey through the origin and evolution of staples of Cuban food, Fernández wonders what shapes flavor: is it the soil or the community—whether at home or abroad? As an exile, he affirms, “I will continue to sample the crumbs that fall from [Cuba’s] table and be thankful and resentful at the same time.”

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Films from the Future

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Learn how movies reveal the future of technology

Fans of The Science of InterstellarThe Second Machine Age, and Physics of the Future will love the Films from the Future.

Science, technology, and society: In Films from the Future, former physicist Andrew Maynard threads together his love of science fiction movies with his expertise on emerging technologies to engage, entertain and make you think about the relationship between technology, and society as they discover astounding, transformative advances in science. Through the imagination and creativity of science fiction movies, Maynard introduces readers to the profound capabilities presented by new and emerging technologies, and the complex personal and societal challenges they present.

The future of artificial intelligence and other technologies: Each movie in the book provides the starting point for exploring key technologies and trends, from genetic engineering (Jurassic Park) and brain-enhancing drugs (Limitless), to human augmentation (Ghost in the Shell), and artificial intelligence (Ex Machina). These are woven together with emerging ideas on technological convergence and responsible and ethical innovation, to provide a sweeping perspective on where our technologies are taking us, and how we ensure this is where we want to go.

The enlightening science and philosophies of movies: With each examination of twelve movies, you will take a progressive journey through the fascinating worlds of biological and genetic manipulation, human enhancement and cyber technologies, and nanotechnology. Maynard shows that the fantastical worlds of the movies might not be as impossible as we think. With a focus on hard science, economics, the social implications of technological feats, and the movies that could very well become our real-life future, Films from the Future will be sure to educate and entertain!

Discover the surprising truth behind science fiction movies

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Habits for Success

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One of Brian Benson's specialties is helping people bring balance and centeredness to their lives. He believes that having a balanced life is the first step in creating your dream life and living out your true purpose. The things that keep us in balance​ are the things that help us feel alive, help us feel love, help us feel good about ourselves, and excited about. One has to have a solid foundation or anchor to build upon; to listen to your intuition, create, and manifest. Otherwise, your daily life be off balance and you will be inconsistent and scattered. In Habits for Success, Brian offers a meaningful yet light-hearted approach to finding the balance that we all strive to find in our busy lives. He believes that living a balanced and centered lifestyle combined with a loving acceptance and belief in yourself is key to speeding up the process of attaining and accomplishing all of your goals and dreams. Things ome much easier and flow much more readily when we are in balance. Using his own story, the author shares his journey on how finding more balance in his life has lead to unforeseen abundance in the form of creativity, fulfillment and intuitive guidance. Using tools that helped him personally as well as expanding on his original list, Brian has created a blueprint to help readers everywhere lead a happier, consistent and authentic life. Readers will learn: Why it’s important for you to have balance in your life. Why it’s hard to stay in life balance. 35 different fun, informative and life changing ways to establish balance in your life on an ongoing basis. Techniques on how to identify when you are out of balance and how to counter it.​ How to start living a life of authenticity and true-fulfillment. How you can strengthen your intuitive skills by implementing more life balance into your life. How establishing balance in your life will increase creativity and productivity. That living a more balanced life will lead to healthier relationships with loved ones and friends. That living a more balanced life will lead to increased personal awareness.

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