Water Off a Duck's Back

How to Deal With Frustrating Situations, Awkward, Exasperating Or Manipulative People, And... Keep Smiling!


Author: Jon Lavelle

Publisher: Blue Ice Pub

ISBN: 9780955956409

Category: Self-Help

Page: 303

View: 2514

This newly revised inspirational book will show you how to keep your head while others all around you are losing theirs. Jon Lavelle's recipe for a calmer, more fulfilled, and rewarding life is just what is needed in our hectic and pressured world. Here he shows you how to: -Win more arguments -Deal with workplace bullies, irritating, awkward, and exasperating people -Deal effectively with 'unreasonable' people -Take greater control over how you think about situations and events -Respond to people and circumstances in ways that leave you laughing with tears, not crying! -Spot and then control people who manipulate, use verbal tricks, or play 'mind games' -Deal decisively with people who exaggerate, make unfair judgements, distort facts, spread rumors, or twist things to suit their own ends, and much more You can only go away after reading this with a smile on your face, and a spring in your step.



Author: Victoria de Rijke

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861894899

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 6492

The squat, noisy duck occupies a prominent role in the human cultural imagination, as evidenced by everything from the rubber duck of childhood baths to insurance commercials. With Duck,Victoria de Rijke explores the universality of this quacking bird through the course of human culture and history. From the Eider duck to the Brazilian teal to the familiar mallard, duck species are richly diverse, and de Rijke offers a comprehensive overview of their evolutionary history. She explores the numerous roles that the duck plays in literature, art, and religion—including the Hebrew belief that ducks represent immortality, and the Finnish myth that the universe was hatched from a duck’s egg. The author also highlights the significant role humor has always played in human imaginings of duck life, such as the Topographia Hibernia, a twelfth-century tome contending that ducks originated as growths on tree trunks washed up on a beach. But the book does not neglect the bird’s role in everyday life as well, from food dishes to jokes to beloved animated characters such as Daffy Duck and Donald Duck. Duck is an entertaining account of a bird whose distinctive silhouette is known the world over.

How to be a Pink Flamingo in a Brown Duck Pond

Painting the Sky


Author: Lynn Larson Armstrong

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 1460205669

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 96

View: 6262

Told through a metaphorical language of ducks and flamingos, poetry, business and yoga, How to be a Pink Flamingo in a Brown Duck Pond is a journey that begins with the wind to Nirvana, into the Belly of the Great Whale, through the Rain of Nails, and to the other side of entrepreneurial freedom. This is a flamingo's guide to flying with valuable insight for business leaders and those looking to change the colour of the sky in their world.

Lead Me Not Into Temptation; I Can Find it Myself

Grandma Goes Online


Author: N.A

Publisher: Pumpkin Press

ISBN: 098774271X


Page: 121

View: 3191

Sex in your seventies, a google search, begins this humorous story about senior single relationships. Kayla comes up with the idea that without a partner she is at a disadvantage. She goes online over a one year period in search of a compatible companion in spite of the many self-doubts and second thoughts that arise from a persistent, outspoken inner voice that criticizes her unmercifully. Follow her journey as she meets five potential companions telling about each encounter as it takes place (yes, the author did the research herself). Along the way, she bumps into many surprises and learns a few things about herself as well as online dating. Find out how Kayla turns her mundane existence into a more fulfilling life as she looks forward to the future. The sand in the hourglass may be running out but paradoxically, living for her is gearing up rather than winding down.

City Critters

Wildlife in the Urban Jungle


Author: Nicholas Read

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

ISBN: 1554693942

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 134

View: 2655

Discusses the lives of wild animals that live in a North American urban environment.

Camino Real


Author: Tennessee Williams

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811218061

Category: Drama

Page: 170

View: 6933

In this phantasmagorical play, the Camino Real is a dead end, a police state in a vaguely Latin American country, and an inescapable condition. Characters from history and literature--Don Quixote, Casanova, Camille, Lord Byron--inhabit a place where corruption and indifference have immobilized and nearly destroyed the human spirit. Then, into this netherworld, the archetypal Kilroy arrives--a sailor and all-American guy with "a heart as big as the head of baby." Celebrated American playwright John Guare has written an illuminative Introduction for this edition. Also included are Williams' original Foreword and Afterword to the play, the one-act playTen Blocks on the Camino Real, plus an essay by noted Tennessee Williams scholar Michael Paller.

Orientation: a Journey

Trip Through Europe Asia and Africa


Author: Wallace B. Collins

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595758916

Category: Fiction

Page: 468

View: 5247

Orientation: A Journey is an autobiographical account of a group of African American tourists who traveled on a tour to Europe, Asia and North Africa. The writer inserts fictional situations in the book to enable the reader to view the bareback narrative in relation to, or as a divergence from the autobiographical portions of the book. As a reality, these segments in the book are its core that lends itself to the fiction he creates, which propels the writer's rush of awareness, and bares his accelerated consciousness, enabling him to carry the fictitious segments of the book on a non-liner, narrative, course.

A Place to Call Home


Author: Mary Ellen Stelling,Peter James Stelling

Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 1608449165

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 3621

When Lenore de Quincy's father gives her the key to a bank box containing a fortune in cash and then dies, she realizes she is no longer under constraints to remain unhappily married. She abandons her husband, taking her daughter, Angela, with her from a provincial town in western Pennsylvania to the bright lights of Manhattan. A PLACE TO CALL HOME is a novel inspired by true stories set against the First World War, The Roaring Twenties, and the Great Depression. It centers around two well-to-do families joined by an arranged marriage. The action is seen through Angela's eyes as she struggles with the effects on her life of her parents' divorce, a thing viewed in the 1920's as scandalous and tragic. Her travels between New York City and her father's nurturing family in a coal-belt town near Pittsburgh provide humorous and nostalgic anecdotes about growing up in the America of that era. Mary Ellen Stelling was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1915 and lived in New York, Florida, North Carolina and Texas before settling in 1946 in Atlanta. For five years a feature columnist on the Women's Page of the Atlanta CONSTITUTION, she was a member of the Georgia Poetry Society and the Poetry Society of Texas. During the 1950's and 1960's, her work appeared in poetry journals in almost every state of the Union, and most newspapers of the time which featured verse published her poems. She was the wife of a successful retail executive and a dedicated mother who did all the usual time-consuming things to support her son's activities. Behind the scenes she worked as time allowed to create a richly humorous prose document portraying her childhood experiences. Those sketches written in the 1950's totaling about a hundred pages were the seeds which inspired this book. Mrs. Stelling passed away at the age of 82 in 1998. Peter James Stelling was born in Charlotte, NC, in 1943 and has spent most of his life in Atlanta. A graduate of Washington and Lee University and Grady College of the University of Georgia, he spent four years in advertising in New York before returning home to work for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and for two different firms specializing in Group Incentive Sales Travel and Meeting Planning. One of his most memorable work experiences was serving as road manager for a traveling symphony orchestra during the early years of Robert Shaw's tenure as their Music Director. Now a contentedly retired father of two and grandfather of four, he is grateful for having had the luxury of time to complete this unique family document. He remains an active supporter of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, Trinity Presbyterian Church, and serves on the Board of Governors of the Vinings Club in suburban Atlanta.