From the Sunshine Coast of South Africa to a remote ashram in India, Colvin and her husband have traveled around the world, visiting sixty–two countries and providing literacy training in twenty–six developing countries. The founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc., which later merged with other organizations to become ProLiteracy, Colvin was invited by universities, religious organizations, and the International Executive Service Corporation to share her skills in native language literacy and English as a second language training. Along the way, Colvin met people from all walks of life—a holy man in India, a banned leader and a revolutionary in the apartheid system of South Africa, lepers in India and Madagascar, Chinese Communists who truly "serve the people," and survivors of Pol Pot’s Cambodia. In a richly varied and exciting career, Colvin’s most rewarding adventures were connecting with individuals from vastly different backgrounds and experiences, learning about their cultures and traditions, and discovering the many similarities all people share. Believing education is the key to facilitating communication and understanding among people around the world, Colvin, a lifelong learner herself, has dedicated her life to teaching others.
The founder of Literacy Volunteers of America, Inc. describes the people she met and connected with around the world as she provided literacy training in 26 developing countries, describing their cultures, traditions, backgrounds and experiences and finding similarities with her own.
Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different, let North Carolina Off the Beaten Path show you the Tar Heel State you never knew existed. Hop aboard a train and ride the rails on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Discover the past and hunt for artifacts at the Aurora Fossil Museum. Follow the fresco trail and admire the work of renowned local artist Ben Long. So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.
New Mexico Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, New Mexico Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of New Mexico that other guidebooks just don't offer.
Advance Praise for A Happy Journey We could all do with a little Larry in our lives. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. May you relish every word as I did. Dr. Martha Lee, Clinical Sexologist, Eros Coaching, Singapore The stories he shares are all around us; they are in everyone we meet and interact with. Larry's true gift isn't the great friend he is or the fine example of an American that he is, but rather the storyteller, traveler, and humanist. Captain Kurt Hummeldorf, DC, USN, Manassas, Virginia Larry's book is provocative and captivating reading. He has an unusual power of observation, a love for people, and an enthusiasm for adventure. Jacqueline Delaverdac DeMent, Kalamazoo, Michigan Part travelogue, part geography and history lesson, and all mixed with subtle humor, A Happy Journey captures the experiences of author Larry Welch. An expatriate living in Singapore and Thailand who traveled to many countries, Welch narrates tales about real people who seem to be a degree removed from the ordinary. The fifty-three vignettes, first appearing in his electronic column, On the run , reflect humanity's rich diversity from entertaining ghosts to riding camels to monkeys begging for peanuts on a hotel balcony in Malaysia.
Nebraska Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Nebraska Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Nebraska that other guidebooks just don't offer.
Author: James O'Rear
Release Date: 2007-03-01
James O'Rear brings to the marketplace some of his favorite images collected from his travels around the world. Locations featured include Alaska, the Azores, China and Venice with subjects ranging from flowers to fireworks, aviation to auroras! Included with each full-color photograph is information about locations, events and equipment used in their creation.
Author: Ben Hewitt
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Release Date: 2014-09-09
Genre: Family & Relationships
In this most personal of his books to date, Ben Hewitt shows us how small, mindful decisions about day-to-day life can lead to greater awareness of the world in our backyards and beyond. In telling the story of his sons’ unconventional education in the fields and forests surrounding his family’s northern Vermont farm, he demonstrates that the sparks of learning are all around us, just waiting to be discovered. No matter where we live, Home Grown reminds us that learning at any age is a lifelong process, and that the best education is never confined to a classroom. Hewitt’s story will inspire you to reclaim passion, curiosity, and creativity, not only for your children, but for yourself.
Aladdin’s Lamp is the fascinating story of how ancient Greek philosophy and science began in the sixth century B.C. and, during the next millennium, spread across the Greco-Roman world, producing the remarkable discoveries and theories of Thales, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Galen, Ptolemy, and many others. John Freely explains how, as the Dark Ages shrouded Europe, scholars in medieval Baghdad translated the works of these Greek thinkers into Arabic, spreading their ideas throughout the Islamic world from Central Asia to Spain, with many Muslim scientists, most notably Avicenna, Alhazen, and Averroës, adding their own interpretations to the philosophy and science they had inherited. Freely goes on to show how, beginning in the twelfth century, these texts by Islamic scholars were then translated from Arabic into Latin, sparking the emergence of modern science at the dawn of the Renaissance, which climaxed in the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Conflict economies cannot be approached in isolation but must instead be contextualised socially and historically. These economies did not emerge in vacuum, but are part and parcel of the history of people and place. This book explores the informal and illicit extraction and trade of minerals and other types of natural resources that takes place in the 'borderlands' during periods of conflict. This type of extraction and marketing, often referred to as ‘conflict trade’ depends on a weak state, and works alongside the structures of the state and its officials. The book emphasises that conflicts do not start as competition over natural resources and in turn suggests that the integration of the extraction and marketing of natural resources only starts once fighting is well under way. Boas argues that although economic agendas are an integral part of African conflicts, the desire to accumulate is not the only motivation. Thus, in order to present a more comprehensive analysis of conflict we need to take into account political, cultural, and historical factors, in addition to the economic dimensions of conflict. This book will be of very strong interest to students and scholars of political economy, conflict studies, international relations and development.
This is a must-have for any woman traveler, and a great gift for young women just heading out to see the world. It is packed with funny, instructive, and inspiring advice, including how to stay healthy, how to thwart unwelcome advances, how to avoid “travel budget killers,” and much more. This revised and expanded 4rd Edition incorporates numerous new anecdotes, tips, and wisdom on a variety of relevant topics, including: First Time Travel; Solo Travel; Women’s Online Travel Community; Health and Safety; Traveling with Children; Resources for older women travelers, and much more.
Author: Gaurav Bhalla
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2010-11-02
Genre: Business & Economics
Today’s consumers are more knowledgeable, networked, and vocal. For them consumption is not merely an act of buying products and services, but an expression of their creative potential. Consequently, they are demanding a say and a voice in how companies conceive, develop, and deliver value to them. It is not surprising, therefore, to hear that a large number of companies are transforming how they innovate—not only in terms of developing new products and services, but in how they are created, delivered, and supported to customers. Open Innovation thinking, where companies collaborate with suppliers, distributors, and customers to co-create unique value, is fast replacing traditional thinking that viewed innovation as a proprietary activity and marketing as a static, one-way broadcast. However, while there is significant advocacy and buy-in for collaborating with customers, there is little guidance for companies on how to undertake the journey from applause and appreciation to execution. Only reading about others’ success stories – Nike, Hallmark, P&G, Mozilla, etc. – is not sufficient for helping a company develop a blueprint for themselves. In Customer Driven Innovation, strategy and branding consultant Gaurav Bhalla presents a concrete framework to help companies systematically and effectively design and implement collaborative innovation programs with their customers that can be applied in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer contexts. The authors describe how today’s technologies allow companies to create dynamic dialogues with their customers through shared networks, virtual marketing techniques, and blogs to develop deeper relationships that reinforce brand loyalty and ultimately drive growth. They challenge traditional approaches to market research that measure "customer satisfaction" from a rear-window perspective, and help companies and their customers look forward instead.P>
For travelers looking to avoid crowd, this guide will help them discover the unique 'must-see' attractions of the Peach State. Go beyond the usual tourist attractions to discover such hidden treasures as the Monastery of the Holy Ghost, the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum, and Fat Man's Forest. Whatever you do when you get to Georgia, get off the interstate-and make sure you have this book with you! (5 1/2' X 8 1/2', 224 pages, index, illustrations, maps, lists)
Southern California Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience––if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Southern California Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Southern California that other guidebooks just don't offer.
Author: George Melnyk
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
Release Date: 2009-10-22
Genre: Performing Arts
The Young, the Restless, and the Dead captures the spirit of Canadian filmmakers through interviews with the most accomplished and dynamic of yesterday’s, today’s, and tomorrow’s film greats. Funny, provocative, and enlightening, the filmmakers reflect on their careers and explore with the interviewers the issues that challenge them. This book features an interview with a late director (Jean-Claude Lauzon) whose work is recognized in the canon as outstanding; interviews with filmmakers who are accomplished in their fields and have to their credit a sizeable body of work (Blake Corbet, Andrew Currie, Brent Carlson, Guy Maddin, Lynne Stopkewich, Anne Wheeler, Gary Burns, and Mina Shum); and an interview with a young director new to the field (Michael Dowse). Together these players in the Canadian film scene capture the energy, success, and tribulations of a fascinating cultural industry. The Young, the Restless, and the Dead is the first volume in a series of interviews with key cultural creators in the field of cinema. It seeks to bring to a wide audience the insights and emotions, the trials and achievements of significant figures in Canadian film. George Melnyk talks about The Young, the Restless, and the Dead with Eric Volmers of the Calgary Herald. Read the interview online.