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    (Volume I)
    Use Greek and Latin root words to quickly build vocabulary and to unlock the secret structure of English. Widely used for homeschooling, SAT prep, and as a language tuneup for writers and people in business.

    Widely used in homeschooling, a significant aid to SAT prep, and a growing resource for writers and people in business who want to tune up their use of language. English from the Roots Up, Volume II presents another one hundred Greek and Latin roots that are widely used in hundreds of frequently used English words. Do you want to give your children a logical grasp of word formation and language structure? Each page of English from the Roots up presents a single Greek or Latin root word along with teaching advice and with a list of English words that are built from this particular root. The author assumes that the student and teacher have no prior knowledge of Greek or Latin. Unlike other systems, English from the Roots Up does not teach a foreign language. It simply asks students to learn root words, the building blocks of larger English words. Armed with their understanding of Greek and Latin roots, students are able to decode English words. High school students find that the training in quick recognition of Greek and Latin roots improves their SAT scores and performance in class. Writers and businessmen and women use English from the Roots up to shake out the cobwebs in their thinking and speaking. Using roots words as the key to meaning, these adults find that their meanings quickly become more precise and their ability to distinguish shades of meaning improves dramatically.

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    (Volumne II)
    Use Greek and Latin root words to quickly build vocabulary and to unlock the secret structure of English. Widely used for homeschooling, SAT prep, and as a language tuneup for writers and people in business.

    Widely used in homeschooling, a significant aid to SAT prep, and a growing resource for writers and people in business who want to tune up their use of language. English from the Roots Up, Volume II presents another one hundred Greek and Latin roots that are widely used in hundreds of frequently used English words. Do you want to give your children a logical grasp of word formation and language structure? Each page of English from the Roots up presents a single Greek or Latin root word along with teaching advice and with a list of English words that are built from this particular root. The author assumes that the student and teacher have no prior knowledge of Greek or Latin. Unlike other systems, English from the Roots Up does not teach a foreign language. It simply asks students to learn root words, the building blocks of larger English words. Armed with their understanding of Greek and Latin roots, students are able to decode English words. Highschool students find that the training in quick recognition of Greek and Latin roots improves their SAT scores and performance in class. Writers and businessmen and women use English from the Roots up to shake out the cobwebs in their thinking and speaking. Using roots words as the key to meaning, these adults find that their meanings quickly become more precise and their ability to distinguish shades of meaning improves dramatically.

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    A dark and edgy look at lives in crisis, striving for peace of mind. Prose that attains the heights of poetry. Visit www.lisateasley.com for a complete list of reviews and critical acclaim.

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    Learning First in Black and White introduces The Design Code Process ®, an idea-generating system developed by Northwest artist and educator, Fred Griffin. Griffin's approach makes it possible for professional graphic designers and illustrators - as well as students and lay artists - to turn out fresh ideas and great designs on deadline.

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    Nietzsche Awakens! is a philosophical work, written entirely in aphorisms. It is an analytical way to trigger readers to think; to negate the “common sense” notions; to re-question the raison d’être of principles and elements; to refuse the “absolutes”; to criticize the epistemology and the methodology of sciences; and to wonder about the ontology of the human being and his teleology. The first part of the book consists of “modifying” Nietzsche’s aphorisms, either to contradict his sayings or to be even more cynical than he is, or to explore new dimensions to his thinking.

    The second part consists of persuading him, to accept the author’s refutation. Indeed, the main concept of the book is to concretize "The Eternal Recurrence." Rather than being influenced by Nietzsche, the author is bringing Nietzsche alive. Rather than saying the author is influenced by Nietzsche, can't we say that the author enables Nietzsche's aphorisms to expand, innovate, and enrich themselves?

    Altering Nietzsche’s aphorisms requires intellectual effort, because they are configured in a way that they are difficult or impossible to break down. Other philosophers are understood from the first reading. But the challenge with Nietzsche is to commensurate the incommensurable. Nietzche's aphorisms tackle problems in human and physical sciences, as well as in art and architecture.

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    [Available Sept 1, 2019]

    Twenty-five paintings by Helen Zughaib accompanied by text based on favorite stories told by her father about life in Syria and Lebanon in the 1930s and during World War II.
     
    Helen's father was born in the Old Quarter of Damascus during Ottoman times, when Le Grande Syrie included the lands that are now demarked  as Syria and Lebanon. His father and mother, first cousins in an arranged marriage, were from the villages of Zahle and Durer Shweir in the Lebanese mountains.

    "Let me tell you a story," Helen's father used to say. What followed were absorbing tales of her father's childhood in Damascus, village life in Lebanon in the late 1930s, amusing relatives, happenings the traditions of in their local Greek Orthodox Church, and major events in her father's young life that lead him to emigrate to the United States in 1946.

    Helen Zughaib is an award-winning artist who has developed a distinctive technique working in gouache and ink. She was born in Beirut and, educated in the Middle East, Paris, and the US. She is currently based in Washington.

    Zughaib uses folkloric elements and a wide variety of other visual references to express the life and outlook of her family, the village community of her father's young adult life, and her position as an international woman with special insight and empathy for the Middle East and its people.

    Critics note the parallels between Zughaib's work as an artist with Arab roots to the art of contemporary "Native, Latin, and African American communities." (Maymanah Farhat)
     
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    Cultural Understanding in the Art of Helen Zughaib (by Maymanah Farhat) 
    www.onefineart.com/articles/helen-zughaib

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    [Available in fall of 2020 in hardcover]

    The guns in Aleppo have fallen silent. At some point, the Syrian civil war of bombs and bullets and the interior war of one ideology against another will come to an end. Then, Syrians of all stripes will look to their common heritage to rebuild their society.

    Aleppo may be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Its ancient Citadel, covered market, and Umayyad mosque are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

    In this "children's book for adults," a long time resident of Aleppo takes a tour of the old quarter and provides historical sketches and photos for those who value what was lost and are eager to see the treasures of Aleppo rebuilt and a vigorous civil society restored.

    (This hardcover has the same content as the paperback version with the title Visit the Old City of Aleppo. The hardcover name was altered to facilitate national distribution.)

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    [Available in fall of 2020 in hardcover]

    The guns in Aleppo have fallen silent. At some point, the Syrian civil war of bombs and bullets and the interior war of one ideology against another will come to an end. Then, Syrians of all stripes will look to their common heritage to rebuild their society.

    Aleppo may be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Its ancient Citadel, covered market, and Umayyad mosque are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

    In this "children's book for adults," a long time resident of Aleppo takes a tour of the old quarter and provides historical sketches and photos for those who value what was lost and are eager to see the treasures of Aleppo rebuilt and a vigorous civil society restored.

    (This hardcover has the same content as the paperback version with the title Visit the Old City of Aleppo. The hardcover name was altered to facilitate national distribution.)

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    In recent years, there has been a strong movement in Latin America for governments to regulate working conditions of child labor. On July 2, 2014, Bolivia passed legislation to allow children to work as young as age 10. This action put Bolivia in violation of the UN Conventions regulating child labor and was strongly condemned by human rights advocacy groups. “In Child Labor – Legalize? Or Outlaw?” The author describes the child labor movement in Latin America and points out the challenge that many children have to work illegally to survive. They do not have the luxury of waiting for a “perfect” solution. Although regulations on the working conditions of child labor can protect child workers by law, it is not an effective solution on the ground. A better policy will be to protect the child workers legally while also providing a “collaborative approach.” The author explores this alternative in her book.

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    Cradle of Intrigue uses postwar Syria as a focal point to tell the story of how Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, and Jordan made Syria their target of conspiratorial plots as they sought to gain influence over Damascus. The book’s narrative challenges the notion of an omnipresent CIA and MI6, giving agency to local actors’ decisions to unseat governments and guide their own foreign policies. The Mosul Revolt, the 1957 October Crisis, and many more subversive schemes originated in Cairo, Baghdad, Ankara, and Amman. Sometimes these plots had American and British assistance or merely their consent, while at other times they plotted these conspiracies despite Washington and London’s fury. In short, not only the US and Great Britain used the coup d’état as a foreign policy tool. Syria, from its birth, became a haven for foreign conspiracy as its regional rivals sought to win influence in the coveted Arab capital of Damascus..

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    Musa Al-Halool is a native of the Syrian city of Raqqa, located on the Euphrates River in the Syrian desert and a few years ago claimed by the Islamic State as the center of their so-called caliphate. Now, the city is ruined, the Islamic state has fled, and Syrians like our author whose family homes have been destroyed are giving thought to the biting ironies of life as they pursue their careers in exile.

    Musa Al-Halool developed these stories based on a sense of embitterment toward the Syrian regime. Now, after his country has fallen from the frying pan of an obtuse and rigidly bureaucratic state into the fire of war, suffering, and mass murder . . . he presents them as the response of one still-sane voice in the midst of madness.

    The collection opens with eight political fables in a chapter titled "Ratstan" . . . or the country of "rats." These fables introduce themes which are picked up and developed in the later stories or simply serve as counterpoint to the longer pieces.

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    Over the last few years on a mountaintop above the Mediterranean: An architect who had lived through the Lebanese Civil War and a day laborer who fled Syria as a refugee slowly created a palace of words. They now offer "Blood & Desire" as a construction of heart, soul, and mind--a necessary first step in rebuilding lives, families, communities, and the inhabited spaces of the Levant. 

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    "Steven Schlesser and his sisters lead a privileged childhood in Portland, Oregon financed by their father's business. Dad had developed an innovative way to provide pre-painted material for use in building the cheapest and most-reviled form of housing in the US, immortalized in plaintive country western tunes and brought before the public in Bill Clinton's most sleazy love affairs. We are talking about trailers also known as mobile homes. (The industry preferred the term "manufactured housing.") 

    After World War II, decent folk took jobs with big corporations that enabled them to qualify for FHA mortgages. They moved into freshly painted two bedroom houses in the suburbs. What about the other half? Seasonal workers, traveling salesmen, low paid factory staff, mothers without a breadwinner, drunks, druggies, failed criminals, perverts--all kinds of losers, outcasts, and hard luck cases moved into urban slums and into even less expensive and less stable neighborhoods: trailer park encampments at the edge of town.

    Steven Schlesser and his two sisters grew up in a good neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. As children, they had two loving parents and never worried about money. Brimming with confidence after graduating from college and law school, Steve joined his father's firm. The two created a juggernaut."

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