In this provocative book, the acclaimed author of Holy Days, Lis Harris, offers a fascinating look at the institution of marriage: how it is changing, what it may yet become. Rules of Engagement follows the trials and triumphs of four very real couples: upper-class Sarah and Eaton, whose 1950s marriage has been transformed in the wake of feminism; working-class Mike and Claire, who have struggled through multiple separations and reconciliations in their common-law marriage; middle-class African-Americans Carlita and Samuel, striving to succeed with their two young children in an often hostile world; and middle-aged Neal and Vera, idealists whose relationship has survived an experiment with "open marriage." From these four couples, Harris draws invaluable lessons about relationships in general and about the unique nature of American marriage, an institution that continues to thrive in an ever-changing world because of our willingness to experiment with and reinvent it.
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Preparing for the wedding day requires a lot of hard work: booking the reception place, choosing the flowers, and a million and one other practical tasks. But spending some time preparing for married life itself is even more important. This short, user-friendly manual is designed to encourage engaged couples to discuss their views and expectations of what marriage is all about, and to come to a better understanding of each other's way of seeing things. It also looks at key issues - including attitudes to money, work, having children, relationships with the in-laws - and helps couples to begin to work through some of these issues in advance of the big day, to identify potential areas of tension and to set in place good principles for their married life together.
“Richly detailed fiction…storytelling in the grand classic tradition.”—The New York Times “Fascinating and impeccably written . . . should delight old fans and new readers.”—Chicago Tribune “Triumphant.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) When Lord Lammermoor plunges to his death from Westminster Bridge before a dozen witnesses, his death is ruled a suicide. But his fatal leap coincides with the arrival of Dr. Goldsworthy—a student of the famous Dr. Anton Mesmer and his research into animal magnetism. Sir John’s suspicions grow when he learns that Goldsworthy’s patron in London is none other than the beautiful Lady Lammermoor. And the deeper Jeremy investigates the Lammermoor family, the more suspects he discovers who stand to gain from Lord Lammermoor’s death. “A wonderful series.”—The Washington Post Book World Bruce Alexander was the pseudonym for Bruce Cook. He died in 2003 having completed most of Rules of Engagement and left notes on how the rest of the story unfolded. John Shannon, author of the highly praised Jack Liffey series, most recently Terminal Island, completed the novel with Bruce’s wife, J. Aller Cook.
Esmay Suiza, one of Fleet's most gifted young officers, and Brun Meager, daughter of the Speaker of the Grand Council, have a lot in common - they're both bright, brave, likeable and adventurous. But far from becoming the best of friends, a string of misunderstandings leads to a very public argument, and their enmity is soon the talk of Copper Mountain training base. When Brun falls into the hands of a fanatical religious militia movement Esmay finds herself in disgrace, suspected of conniving in Brun's abduction. Far from hating her, however, Esmay understands Brun better than anyone else, and knows that she has the best chance of coming up with a plan to save her. But will anyone in Fleet listen long enough to give her a second chance? RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is the fifth volume of The Serrano Legacy, an action-packed science fiction series from this highly acclaimed author. More information on this book and others can be found on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk
Blackwater, Abu Ghraib and other scandals in Iraq were presaged by the murderous Operation Iron Triangle in May 2006 when US soldiers were ordered to kill all Iraqis of military age. The soldiers were imprisoned; the officer was merely reprimanded. Mestrovic details the American leadershipOCOs fake commitment to the Geneva Conventions and the rule of law, fake due process for defendants, fake goals of promoting democracy, and compulsion to repeat our errors in Vietnam. The Blackwater scandal involved killing unarmed Iraqis in accordance with rules of engagement that were apparently similar to the case analyzed in these pages."
Avoid becoming a #PRFail with a solid social media strategy Social Media Rules of Engagement guides you in the development of a bullet-proof social media strategy. You can manage any crisis effectively by having a plan before you actually need one—and by understanding and influencing your audience with military precision. This original, engaging, and informative text with case studies from the coalface offers you the tools you need to avoid scandal and media crises, and to learn how to leverage social media, big data, and influence in your communications strategies. Social media has established itself as a critical part of any external communications strategy—but the very nature of social media leads to crises that organisations are not always prepared to face. To execute an effective social media strategy, you need to build influence, while leveraging the data that supports a targeted approach. This innovative guide focuses on how to create a holistic social media strategy, and how to defend your organization from social media crisis. Develop a risk management strategy that protects your social media interactions around the clock Avoid common mistakes by reading case studies of business faux pas—and learning exactly what not to do in a crisis Cultivate influence both in the boardroom and on the information battlefield by defining your story and knowing your audience segments Leverage digital interactivity features to enrich the content in the book Social Media Rules of Engagement is an integral resource to guide your social strategy toward success.
In all of the roles Chad Hennings has been privileged to play in life he has seen that the persistent "go-it-alone" myth in our society traps men from connecting in a meaningful way with other men. In fact, men in our society are emotionally disconnected from each other and from God. In this book Chad wants to share the lessons he has learned that will make a difference in men's lives and tear down the walls that separate men from each other and their true selves. This book will offer men a plan for a new approach to life that stresses: Crafting character and vision for ones self Healing the troubled past Developing a work ethic Commiting to self-care Finding fulfillment Living with spirituality Making a strategic life plan Serving the family Male bonding Developing an understanding of money Community service Redefining success
OK, so you've already awakened in your hospital room without the use of your legs, arms, or maybe a limb was amputated and you no longer have a limb altogether. You have healed from your injuries, completed your intensive program of rehabilitation, modified your home to accommodate your condition, and met with your vocational rehabilitation counselor to discuss your future. The question is, "What now?" The reason I say that is because that is exactly the same process I went through. During my rehabilitation, I was asked many times what modifications I would need to implement at my job so I could continue on with my duties. The question I should have been asked is if I desired to return to my previous duties. I appreciate the military's and the VA's efforts to provide funding for veterans to attend school, and there are many programs available. However, I was a veteran who served prior to September 11, 2001, and I had already used my GI Bill over ten years ago, and my injuries were not considered service connected. I had to seek out other avenues. As I was discussing my predicament with my kinesiotherapist (KT), he mentioned a program called Swim with Mike. I did some research and found out some incredible information. In 1981, Mike Nyeholt, a three-time all-American USC swimmer, became paralyzed in a motorcycle accident. A fund-raiser was organized in order to provide Mike with a specially equipped van for his transportation. There was an excess of funds raised, so at Mike's suggestion, the remainder of the funds was distributed to other disabled individuals who were attempting to return to school. The following year, Mike's teammate Ron Orr (now the senior associate athletic director at USC) created "Swim with Mike" where Mike Nyeholt returned to the campus to swim laps in order to continue to raise money for disabled people attempting to return to school. Now, Mike swims laps at various locations over the country, including Hawaii, and has, to date, over five hundred participants. "To not be able to play the sport you love can be devastating, but my friend Ron Orr started Swim with Mike' to prove there is a support system to moving on, especially when it comes to education," said Nyeholt. I further learned that although this program is funded from USC, there are only seven students enrolled at USC while there are forty-two students enrolled at universities and colleges throughout the United States. In order to qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must have participated in an organized sports program at the high school or collegiate level and suffered an illness or injury that results in a life-limiting physical disability. The applicant must also meet the attending university's admission requirements and maintain a 2.5 GPA while enrolled in the program. After learning about this program, I decided to apply. I am proud to announce that I will be attending USC in the fall of 2012, and without the assistance of Swim with Mike, I am not sure that this would be possible. My life has opened in ways that I could have never even dreamed of since the day I was discharged from the hospital. I remember feeling so alone. Then I learned there were people before me who had suffered and overcome similar accidents and illnesses, and they had paved a path for me to follow, if only I could overcome my paralyzing fear and venture upon it. And now, two years later, it is I inviting you to venture out; realize life is not over and that a new beginning awaits if you are ready to move forward. All you need to do is discover your new passion, discuss with your counselor the appropriate major needed to fulfill it, request an application from USC or your desired university or college, download an application from www.swimwithmike.org, and start on the path toward your new life. And maybe one day, you too will "swim with Mike." So you see or hopefully will soon see that your life is not over. In fact, it is just beginning. You stil
Army Special Forces sniper Sergeant Travis Stone had traveled the globe serving his country. From the front lines of Afghanistan to the jungles of Colombia and on to the wastelands of Africa, he had seen it all. Leaving the Army, he heads west on his Harley to out run the demons from his past. But the past isn’t shed as easily as a uniform, and there are innocent people that only his training and talents can save. The woman that may hold the key to his future happiness becomes entwined in a terror plot that’s right off of today’s headlines.