Alternatives To The Throwaway Society
Author: Tim Cooper
Publisher: CRC Press
Category: Business & Economics
The present economic system requires us to consume and throw away more and more goods. Yet often it's our desire, and the best interests of the environment, for these goods to last. The contributors to this book, who comprise many of the most significant international thinkers in the field, explore how longer lasting products could offer enhanced value while reducing environmental impacts. If we created fewer but better quality products, looked after them carefully and invested more in repair, renovation and upgrading, would this direct our economy onto a more sustainable course? The solution sounds simple, yet it requires a seismic shift in how we think, whether as producers or consumers, and our voracious appetite for novelty. The complex range of issues associated with product life-spans demands a multidisciplinary approach. The book covers historical context, design, engineering, marketing, law, government policy, consumer behaviour and systems of provision. It addresses the whole range of consumer durables - vehicles, kitchen appliances, audio-visual equipment and other domestic products, furniture and floor coverings, hardware, garden tools, clothing, household textiles, recreational goods and DIY goods - as well as the re-use of packaging. Longer Lasting Products provides policy makers, those involved in product design, manufacturing and marketing, and all of us as consumers, with clear and compelling guidance as to how we can move away from a throwaway culture towards an economy sustained by more durable goods.
Author: Ting-Xing Ye
Publisher: Seal Books
Category: Juvenile Fiction
A dramatic and moving YA novel by Ting-xing Ye, the internationally acclaimed author of A Leaf in the Bitter Wind, working with her husband, William Bell, author of the award-winning novels for young adults Forbidden City, Zack, and Stones. . Throwaway Daughter tells the dramatic and moving story of Grace Dong-mei Parker, a typical Canadian teenager until the day she witnesses the Tiananmen massacre on television. Horrified, she sets out to explore her Chinese ancestry, only to discover that she was one of the thousands of infant girls abandoned in China since the introduction of the one-child policy, strictly enforced by the Communist government. But Grace was one of the lucky ones, adopted as a baby by a loving Canadian couple. With the encouragement of her adoptive parents, she studies Chinese and travels back to China in search of her birth mother. She manages to locate the village where she was born, but at first no one is willing to help her. However, Grace never gives up and, finally, she is reunited with her birth mother, discovering through this emotional bond the truth of what happened to her almost twenty years before. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Danger in Paradise
Author: Peter Opack
Publisher: Savage Press
Category: Literary Collections
Duluthian Peter Opack knows of what he writes. Jobless and homeless once, Opack researched America's past and examines the future of our great country. Opack discusses "Used to be America" and asks the questions, "Is it right to throw people and their jobs away?" "What dangers lurk in America's future? A Minnesota state jobs counselor, Opack tells it like it is.
Concussion Crisis From Pee Wee Football to the NFL
Author: Gay Culverhouse
Publisher: Behler Publications
The NFL insists players know they're playing a dangerous game, but players never see the deteriorated mental capacities of their former heroes. Throwaway Players is former Tampa Bay Buccaneers president Gay Culverhouse’s story of the broken bodies and lost souls of the men who have left the locker room and what remains after the cheering subsides. Focused on making money rather than the well-being of their players, this is the dark side of football the NFL doesn't want fans to see. Additionally, high schools, colleges, and independent sports organizations have little oversight when choosing player’s equipment. This breeds a new generation of kids suffering from multiple concussions and damaged lives. Throwaway Players offers guidance to parents navigating the world of competitive sports as well as advocacy and resources for athletes often left in the dark about appropriate procedures for treating injuries, especially head traumas. Throwaway Players is essential reading for any parent, athlete, and sports fan. Gay Culverhouse testified before Congress on football head injuries and successfully changed the policy of including an independent neurologist on the sidelines of every NFL game. Gay's work with former players has appeared in The New York Times, Sarasota Herald Tribune, St. Petersburg Times, The Tampa Tribune, Time magazine, and many more. She has appeared on several radio shows, including PBS and ESPN, and is featured in three documentaries that are in post-production (with CNN, ESPN, and an independent filmmaker). In November 2009 Gay formed The Gay Culverhouse Players’ Outreach Program, Inc., a nonprofit organization to further the work nationally for retired players.
Author: Peggy Case Aldhizer
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
I cannot even now say how many nights I lay in bed and hugged my pillow to me, burying my face in it, and cried and whispered, Mommy, Mommy or Daddy, Daddy, where are you? I would pray that somehow they could hear me. Sometimes even as young as I was, I felt so desperate, so alone, and I knew Mom and Dad would never come for us. I would lie in my bed in the darkness at night and pray so hard, and I felt that not even God heard me anymore. ---------- There were so many different homes we were in, and we were so young. We became little throwaways, little sheep. Sometimes we were able to stay with our father but only for a very short time. Whenever Dad could not pay for our board, he was in jail, or sick, we were moved again and again. Always obliging and quiet, learning quickly that crying and begging and clinging to Dad did not help us. We had our times to laugh as children, who even in the worst of their situations can do, and our time to weep as we did all too often. Thank God we had each other, two little sisters against the world that at times seemed too big and scary and extremely uncertain.
The Lost Art of Buying for Life
Author: Tara Button
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
A revolutionary guide to the art of mindful buying that will teach you how to resist cheaply made goods and make smart, fulfilling purchases that last a lifetime. With the whole world trying to convince us to spend our way to happiness, we’ve been left cluttered, stressed, and unfulfilled. Tara Button, founder of BuyMeOnce, is at the forefront of the global movement to change the way we shop and live forever. Tara advocates a life of mindful buying that celebrates what lasts, giving you exercises that help you curb impulses, ignore trends, and discover your true style. Once a shopaholic herself, her groundbreaking mindful curation method reveals the amazing benefits of buying for life and will help you: • Spot the tricks that make you overspend • De-clutter your home • Find the products that serve you best • Rediscover the art of keeping and caring for things • Find happiness, success, and self-worth, beyond buying
Author: Sarah Lowe
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Annie was her family's dark secret. Her life began on a storeroom floor amongst the chaos and extreme poverty of World War II. Her ongoing problem of having one leg shorter than the other was helped when, unknown to her parents, she sought help at a children's clinic, where she was provided a built-up boot to help her walk. She was eight years old when her father took away her innocence and subjected her to horrific cruelty. Savagely beaten and thrown down a railway embankment, she was left in the winter cold to die on the railway tracks. Annie survived, only to be place in a convent. She not only had to face her demons, but find her identity when she became a Throwaway Child. Through sheer willpower and inner strength, Annie was determined to fight for her freedom by unleashing her parents' terrible secret. Sarah Lowe grew up in Birkenhead, England, and now calls Australia home. This is her first book. "My late husband, Jack, motivated me into finishing this book because he said I needed to rid the demons I have kept hidden inside of me for far too long." Publisher's website: http: //sbpra.com/SarahLowe
Author: Jo Ann Yolanda Hernández
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Category: Abused women
Even after entering the foster care system, Jewel is the one who takes care of her mother and, shutting herself off from the vulnerability of closeness to others, is unaware of the positive influence she has on those around her.
Part I: Lindorny Part Ii: the Quest Requested
Author: Elinor Busby
Publisher: Author House
Lindorny should have been the crown princess of Linnina, but became ineligible when her foot broke and didnt heal properly. She was sent away, to be brought up by a woman who had no one else to love. Lindorny knew nothing of her parentage until the queen sent for her, after a prophecy stated that the countrys peril from Wildland could be averted if a royal Linnine and a royal Andran retrieved three magical objects from Wildland before Midsummer. Lindorny, Prince Bevishandar, the wizard, Tirlangir, and their friends go into Wildland, but one quest leads to another!
The Ugly Truth about American Garbage
Author: Jeff Dondero
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
The US leads the world in many ways, including the amount of waste we produce. Although we constitute less than 5 percent of the world’s population, we use up to 30 percent of the world’s resources, and per capita we generate the most trash. Throwaway Nation illuminates the problem and suggests ways we can mitigate this environmental disaster.
Author: Kristine Scarrow
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Since she was thirteen years old, Andy Burton has learned about survival at Haywood House, a group home for girls. Now almost eighteen, Andy must find a new home. Can she build a life for herself and find happiness?
The Myths and Barriers that Keep Men from Being the Fathers They Want to be
Author: Ross D. Parke,Armin A. Brott
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Family & Relationships
Argues that the largely negative portrayal of fathers in mass media is both inaccurate and harmful, and offer proposals for change
Author: Lynn Lowry
This is a group of short stories, some are a little funny, some are scary true stories and some are fiction that are real page turners. A few are true animal stories about the animals that pass through my life and the adventures that happen, all are fun to read and will leave you wanting more.
I Didn't Understand Why My Husband Cried Himself to Sleep Every Night - Then the Truth Came Out
Author: Alix Chapel
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In 1997, Alix Chapel's world was to change forever when her husband Billy suffered a mental breakdown. After ten years of marriage, Billy's breakdown forced him - and Alex - to face up to the truth of his tormented childhood.Unbeknown to Alix, Billy had been living with a terrible burden: he was ruthlessly and shockingly abused as a child, and he had carried the mental scars into adulthood. When it all became too much for him, Alix, his devoted and loving wife, stood by him and helped him to work through the pain and begin the healing.
Author: Michael Moreci
Publisher: Forge Books
THROWAWAY [throh-uh-wey] – Noun - An agent who is considered expendable. Mark Strain had it all: beautiful wife, a baby on the way, and a skyrocketing career as a D.C. lobbyist. But when Mark is violently abducted from his home by masked men, everything he knows is turned upside down. They say Mark committed treason. They say he's a traitor to the United States. They say he's a spy. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Author: Heather Huffman
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Jessie Jones is living the life--except for the fact that she earns it by working the streets. She's been under pimp Spence's thumb for fourteen years, and she isn't looking for change. That is, until undercover cop Gabe walks into her life and offers her something she's never had before: a love, a future, a home. But even if Jessie could walk away from Spence, there are darker forces of evil who want her to stay put, or worse, dead. In this romantic suspense, author Heather Huffman delivers an adventure from the vibrant streets of St. Louis to the caves of the Ozarks as Jessie discovers whether she can love another, whether she can love herself, and whether any of it is enough. Don't miss Heather Huffman's other books: "Suddenly a Spy," "Jailbird," "Ties That Bind," "Ring of Fire," "Tumbleweed," "Devil in Disguise," "Roses in Ecuador," "Fool's Game," "Waiting for You," "The Vance Davis Dossier," and "Finding Broken Arrow"!
Author: Jon Keys
Garrett escaped the death threat from his family, but the Texas Panhandle is where he may be at the end of any hope. After being thrown out by his parents, Garrett’s planned escape ended when the last of his money landed him in a tiny West Texas town with no more resources than a backpack with his entire worldly goods and the change in his pocket. He huddles behind a dumpster to avoid the broiling noonday heat. As the sun moves below its apex, one of the workers from the convenience store tosses a few bags of food past its prime into the dumpster and Garrett is soon surrounded by the scent. His hunger overcomes his caution and Garrett takes advantage of a distraction to slip into the trash and snag the food. Garrett finds himself threatened by a group of locals when he discovers the bags hold more than stale burritos. Trevor, the manager of the regional farmers’ co-op, rescues him before he goes to jail. A day later, after a hot shower, fresh clothes and a full stomach, Garrett is excited to have a possible solution to his problem. When pieces disappear from an unusual collection of jewelry, Garrett and Trevor team up to find the actual thief.
Author: Ronald B. Flowers
Category: Social Science
According to reports of the World Health Organization, the prostitution of women and children is increasing dramatically throughout the world. The problem is particularly acute in the lower socioeconomic sectors of the population, including teen runaways, drug addicts, and victims of abuse. This survey focuses first on defining prostitution and then on the motivations of those who became prostitutes. In Part II the overall scope of the problem is examined, along with the various subcultures (e.g., street walkers and call girls) and the prevalence of drugs, crime and victimization. Part III covers teenage prostitution and the issues of child sexual abuse. Part IV details other dimensions of the sex trade industry, such as pornography, male prostitutes, customers, laws, and the effects of decriminalization and legalization. Female prostitution outside the United States is discussed in Part V.
Why Canada Is As Close To Utopia As It Gets
Author: Joseph Heath
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Category: Social Science
In this fascinating account of what makes Canada such a successful society, Joseph Heath celebrates the much-maligned value of efficiency and asks some searching questions about the forces that threaten to undermine our quality of life. Canada is an efficient society, much more efficient than our neighbour to the south, where personal liberty takes precedence over collective well-being. This is one of the reasons, Heath argues, that the United Nations Annual Human Development Report consistently ranks Canada as the best place in the world to live. But this efficiency is under siege. Can we resist the allure of short-sighted tax cuts? Can we maintain our quality of life in the face of relentless pressure to increase our productivity - both at work and at home? This is a profound and important look at how government and business conspire to improve our lives - and at the dramatic changes that will decide our social and economic future.