An Orchard Invisible

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An Orchard Invisible

An Orchard Invisible

A Natural History of Seeds

  • Author: Jonathan Silvertown
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 0226757803
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 224
  • View: 2299
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The story of seeds, in a nutshell, is a tale of evolution. From the tiny sesame that we sprinkle on our bagels to the forty-five-pound double coconut borne by the coco de mer tree, seeds are a perpetual reminder of the complexity and diversity of life on earth. With An Orchard Invisible, Jonathan Silvertown presents the oft-ignored seed with the natural history it deserves, one nearly as varied and surprising as the earth’s flora itself. Beginning with the evolution of the first seed plant from fernlike ancestors more than 360 million years ago, Silvertown carries his tale through epochs and around the globe. In a clear and engaging style, he delves into the science of seeds: How and why do some lie dormant for years on end? How did seeds evolve? The wide variety of uses that humans have developed for seeds of all sorts also receives a fascinating look, studded with examples, including foods, oils, perfumes, and pharmaceuticals. An able guide with an eye for the unusual, Silvertown is happy to take readers on unexpected—but always interesting—tangents, from Lyme disease to human color vision to the Salem witch trials. But he never lets us forget that the driving force behind the story of seeds—its theme, even—is evolution, with its irrepressible habit of stumbling upon new solutions to the challenges of life. "I have great faith in a seed," Thoreau wrote. "Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders." Written with a scientist’s knowledge and a gardener’s delight, An Orchard Invisible offers those wonders in a package that will be irresistible to science buffs and green thumbs alike.

A Call from the Beyond

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A Call from the Beyond

A Call from the Beyond

A Book Dedicated to You

  • Author: Narinder Bhandari
  • Publisher: Partridge Publishing
  • ISBN: 1482873621
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 208
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A collection of previously written posts, essays, and articles, A Call from the Beyond, by author Narinder Bhandari, addresses the question of the purpose of life, how to find it, and how to achieve it. He discusses the ongoing question of Who am I? Based on his personal experiences, Bhandari explores a host of spiritual questions and topics such as ego, destiny, meditation, self-knowledge, love, consciousness, spiritual energy, and more. He pays tribute to the help and inspiration hes gained from his gurus. A Call from the Beyond includes photographs and seeks to inspire mediation and reflection throughout. This collection of writings offers a spiritual view of a wide variety of topics connected to examining ones purpose in life. Happiness that does not wax and wane... What could be a better Purpose of Life ? And, where do we end ? Becoming aware of the turmoil and strife in ones life, the Seeker began with the Purpose of Life , prayed for the Guru, walked earnestly under the guidance of the Enlightened Master , meditated on the Naam, and... where did he end up? With NO more Goals... the Moment Now itself the Destination, abidance therein. NO Purpose of Life any more . This Moment NOW, the Eternal Moment itself flowering into ordained activity for the remaining days of the Bodys life... winding up the remaining Accounts with all those around him...

A Table in the Wilderness

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A Table in the Wilderness

A Table in the Wilderness

Forty Days of Forgiveness

  • Author: Thom Rock
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1498218261
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 190
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The joyful premise at the heart of this book is that there is a table lavishly spread for all who hunger for forgiveness--the believer, the doubter, and the famished. The book's journey begins and ends with this assertion: not only is there a table of forgiveness set for us in the many wildernesses of life, there is a seat waiting for each and every one of us at that table. What matters is whether we take that seat and, if so, how we behave at the feast. Rooted in the notion of journeying, of setting out each day to discover some new vista along the many paths to the banquet hall of forgiveness, A Table in the Wilderness draws upon the wisdom of multiple religious traditions, as well as non-religious sources, in order to gain perspective on this long misunderstood subject. Readers are just as likely to encounter Dr. Seuss as they are to read the words of Sri Ramakrishna or Saint Augustine along the way. Anyone who has ever been hurt or has hurt another will find this book a helpful guide.

Dinner with Darwin

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Dinner with Darwin

Dinner with Darwin

Food, Drink, and Evolution

  • Author: Jonathan Silvertown
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 022648923X
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 320
  • View: 6213
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What do eggs, flour, and milk have in common? They form the basis of waffles, of course, but these staples of breakfast bounty also share an evolutionary function: eggs, seeds (from which we derive flour by grinding), and milk have each evolved to nourish offspring. Indeed, ponder the genesis of your breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and you’ll soon realize that everything we eat and drink has an evolutionary history. In Dinner with Darwin, join Jonathan Silvertown for a multicourse meal of evolutionary gastronomy, a tantalizing tour of human taste that helps us to understand the origins of our diets and the foods that have been central to them for millennia—from spices to spirits. A delectable concoction of coevolution and cookery, gut microbiomes and microherbs, and both the chicken and its egg, Dinner with Darwin reveals that our shopping lists, recipe cards, and restaurant menus don’t just contain the ingredients for culinary delight. They also tell a fascinating story about natural selection and its influence on our plates—and palates. Digging deeper, Silvertown’s repast includes entrées into GMOs and hybrids, and looks at the science of our sensory interactions with foods and cooking—the sights, aromas, and tastes we experience in our kitchens and dining rooms. As is the wont of any true chef, Silvertown packs his menu with eclectic components, dishing on everything from Charles Darwin’s intestinal maladies to taste bud anatomy and turducken. Our evolutionary relationship with food and drink stretches from the days of cooking cave dwellers to contemporary crêperies and beyond, and Dinner with Darwin serves up scintillating insight into the entire, awesome span. This feast of soup, science, and human society is one to savor. With a wit as dry as a fine pinot noir and a cache of evolutionary knowledge as vast as the most discerning connoisseur’s wine cellar, Silvertown whets our appetites—and leaves us hungry for more.

News from the Invisible World

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News from the Invisible World

News from the Invisible World

Or, Interesting Anecdotes of the Dead. Containing a Particular Survey of the Most Remarkable and Well-authenticated Accounts of Apparitions, Ghosts, Spectres, Dreams and Visions

  • Author: John Tregortha
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Apparitions
  • Page: 451
  • View: 908
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Business Ecology

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Business Ecology

Business Ecology

  • Author: Joseph M Abe,David A. Bassett,Patricia E. Dempsey
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1136013296
  • Category: Business & Economics
  • Page: 256
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Business ecology is a new field that synthesizes centuries of cultural wisdom, a close observation of natural systems, and proven business success strategies, such as strategic planning and total quality management. It emulates nature's systems design to provide a harmonious, relationship-oriented approach that reveals how your organization really works. This book applies these principles to help you integrate profitability, stakeholder relations, and environmental performance ¦ giving your organization the natural edge in emerging ecological economy. Business ecology measures not just financial but overall viability by revealing vital flows and relationships that sustain your business. It is a lens for seeing those intangible elements of your organization's design -- such as core values, value-creation cycles, and innovative thinking ¦ that are essential factors shaping its success. The Business Ecology Network (BEN), founded in 1995, is a catalyst for life-sustaining enterprise. BEN is a learning community for leaders and managers who want to apply a new way of thinking ¦ business ecology ¦ to create new, sustainable opportunities for their businesses and non profit organizations. Visit the BEN web page at http://naturaledge.org.

Monday Morning Musings

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Monday Morning Musings

Monday Morning Musings

Java for the Soul

  • Author: Cindy Vance
  • Publisher: Author House
  • ISBN: 1468573667
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 158
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Monday Morning Musings, Java for the Soul serves up a cup of inspiration and encourages the reader to look beyond the bump and grind of working from 8-5 and shift the focus of making a living to making a life. This collection of reflections shares with the reader the scriptural truths that are nestled in our day-to-day routines and points out the relevance of God’s unchanging word in a fast paced and ever changing 21st century. Each morning begins with renewed mercies and an opportunity to discover those gifts that are woven into our routines while guiding the reader to look for the lesson. This side of heaven we need to understand that contentment is a peaceful place to be and the world that surrounds us is constant affirmation that there is a God and he cares about us. Each morning, arise, live abundantly, live well and live balanced.

The Invisible Line

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The Invisible Line

The Invisible Line

A Secret History of Race in America

  • Author: Daniel J. Sharfstein
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101475803
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 416
  • View: 6587
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"The Invisible Line" shines light on one of the most important, but too often hidden, aspects of American history and culture. Sharfstein's narrative of three families negotiating America's punishing racial terrain is a must read for all who are interested in the construction of race in the United States." --Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello In America, race is a riddle. The stories we tell about our past have calcified into the fiction that we are neatly divided into black or white. It is only with the widespread availability of DNA testing and the boom in genealogical research that the frequency with which individuals and entire families crossed the color line has become clear. In this sweeping history, Daniel J. Sharfstein unravels the stories of three families who represent the complexity of race in America and force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are. The Gibsons were wealthy landowners in the South Carolina backcountry who became white in the 1760s, ascending to the heights of the Southern elite and ultimately to the U.S. Senate. The Spencers were hardscrabble farmers in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, joining an isolated Appalachian community in the 1840s and for the better part of a century hovering on the line between white and black. The Walls were fixtures of the rising black middle class in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., only to give up everything they had fought for to become white at the dawn of the twentieth century. Together, their interwoven and intersecting stories uncover a forgotten America in which the rules of race were something to be believed but not necessarily obeyed. Defining their identities first as people of color and later as whites, these families provide a lens for understanding how people thought about and experienced race and how these ideas and experiences evolved-how the very meaning of black and white changed-over time. Cutting through centuries of myth, amnesia, and poisonous racial politics, The Invisible Line will change the way we talk about race, racism, and civil rights.

The Orchard Keeper

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The Orchard Keeper

The Orchard Keeper

  • Author: Cormac McCarthy
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0330475002
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: N.A
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Set in a small, remote community in rural Tennessee in the years between the two world wars, The Orchard Keeper is an early classic from one of America's finest and most celebrated authors. It tells of John Wesley Rattner, a young boy, and Marion Sylder, an outlaw and bootlegger who, unbeknownst to either of them, has killed the boy's father. Cormac McCarthy's debut novel is a magnificent evocation of an American landscape, and of a lost American time.

The Land & the Orchard of Human Species

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The Land & the Orchard of Human Species

The Land & the Orchard of Human Species

The Book of Life - in - Peace

  • Author: Babajide M. Ola-Buraimo
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 9781456845568
  • Category: Nature
  • Page: 316
  • View: 2018
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The analytical views in this book are not in any way serendipity; rather, they were well thought-out and structured as simply received. Thus arises the need to initiatively look back at the epoch of our existence on Earth as preceded by the following: survival of the fittest, search for food, where to live, sacrifices and rituals to appeal to God, brutalism against one another, religious sect formation, and deforestation due to uncontrollable population increase. Improvisation of wooden houses, trees of concrete, iron, and steel have been initiated, but, in a way, they have continually caused global warming to increase very much, at a gradual pace, as civilization advances through Machine Age/mechanized farming, industrialization, and technological advancements, space exploration, and globalization of industries and corporate organizations. The heat increases at an unusual, unprecedented level due to greenhouse gas emission and thus the assumed greenhouse releases a light-weight carbon dioxide (CO2) gas into the atmosphere, which is speculated to have formed impenetrable blanket. The presence of CO2 is an indicator, pointing to a fact that this gas in question had been released in the past and is presently being discharged uncontrollably. More so, there seems to be no end in sight as the CO2 continues to be sporadically expunged into the atmosphere. The process described above has continued to be expanding through all frontiers with no end in sight, where new neighborhoods are being built, Suburbs margining together as new Castles are evolving block by block, and concrete plazas are enveloping the Earth; so are the vegetative forest of trees are disappearing, causing global warming to increase exponentially. The increase becomes very much intense at an alarming rate in that it has now been considered to be adversely effective when found to be dangerously impacting the essence and every facet of life. Analytical research is hereby required to be conducted by the world’s best researchers and scientists in their respective professional fields. Necessary wisdom of advice has to be forwarded by religious leaders of all known, notable, reliable religious groups or denominations. Leaders and heads of governments of all Nations that control every facet of life, in every part of the globe, must guide and monitor, purposely to do proper checks and balances with intuition, ideology, predictions, and prophecies contained in this book. The Land & the Orchard of Human Species This is to determine the level of damages caused by humanity, thereby putting the Earth’s conditions into a scale of ratio prior to civilization, and, as civilization progresses, i.e., the condition of the Earth from time immemorial as the scientists and archaeologists can determine through lists of records and documentaries. Precisely, from premedieval periods to present days and age, while projecting into the future of the planet Earth in order for us to be just and find peace among ourselves and on Earth. If humanity cannot find peace on Earth, then, we cannot find peace elsewhere because human’s trait is like a shadow that trails behind you when you take a walk in the light. Source of all lives and the means of energy and growth.