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Chapter 8: “A Most Horrible State of Affairs”

David Johnson University of North Texas Press PDF

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“A Most Horrible State of Affairs”

Holmes’ contention that Moses Baird was “a man of large connexions [sic]” was an understatement.1 This succinct phrase underscores the next phase of the feud as it escalated out of control. Baird was very popular in both Burnet and Llano Counties, and the brothers were connected by marriage, friendship, and business to a number of large families in the area who in turn had ties to others. These alliances provided a small army of fighting men, many of whom would have sought vengeance even had John Baird not. Prior to this, the feud had been a private vendetta, but it had now escalated into a full scale war. The opportunities for peace were gone.

The Baird family originated in Ireland, their grandfather William

Baird having settled in Missouri. One of his sons, Hartshorn, married “Arminty Eten” there on August 11, 1846.2 Census data indicates that Hartshorn “Beard” [sic: Baird], age twenty-eight was born in Missouri. Living in the household were his wife, Areminthy, age twenty-four, born in Tennessee, and two sons: John R., age three and Moses B., age one. Both of the brothers are noted as born in

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7. Putting It All Together

Aaron Reed O'Reilly Media ePub

All right, you've built a solid design and you have the start of what could become a pretty cool game. Again, the concept of the game is that a player will control one sprite and try to avoid hitting the chasing sprites as they fly across the screen, while trying to catch the evading sprites. Now you need to add some scoring and some game logic and do some other fine-tuning to get your game to where you want it.

The first thing you'll do in this chapter is add some scoring to your game. The first step when you're writing a game and you start to look at scoring is to decide what events will trigger a change in score. Sometimes scores will change if a weapon of some kind hits the player. At other times, you'll change the score when the player hits something herself. Still other times, you'll want to change the score when the user accomplishes something (i.e., answers a question, solves a puzzle, etc.).

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4. Customer Care

Finger, Lutz O'Reilly Media ePub

Within the customer support industry, both social media and big data have been among the most current trends in effectively taking care of customers. Tools in this area hold the promise of automating routine customer responses, improving visibility of customer opinions, and enabling customers to interact with one another as a community. At a deeper level, they signal a sea change in how much of a voice customers have within the business community.

Like other areas that have gone social, customer care is a field where the hype and promise of social media may never be matched by reality. At the same time, it has become a key part of the reality of serving customers, for companies of all sizes. However, similar to what we discussed in Chapter2, social media can be used in two ways: it can be a method of reaching out to customersa new channel for interactionor all that data can be leveraged in a complete different context. In this chapter, we look at the more operational questions, like if you use social media as a channel, why should you do this and what kind of metrics should you observe to serve your customers better? This chapter is not meant to be an in-depth guide on how to set up a social media customer care center. The challenges of such a task are more operational than technical. It is meant to look at the operational metrics and data around social-enabled customer care. In Chapter5, we will look more into what else we might do with customer care data beyond pure operational actions.

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CHAPTER SEVEN. NFP: Not Your Grandmother’s Rhythm Method

Angela Phd Franks Pauline Books and Media ePub

The couples who have shared their stories are witnesses to what Natural Family Planning (NFP) did for their marriages. If you are thinking, “NFP is just Catholic birth control,” well, you are not the only one. Most people think that NFP is an exception to the Church’s prohibition of contraception, that it is the only acceptable contraceptive method. But that is incorrect. NFP is not contraception at all; it is a different species altogether. Nor is it the rhythm method.

In order to understand what NFP is not, we have to understand what it is. NFP tracks a woman’s signs of fertility, which are caused by the changing hormone levels that precede and follow the release of an egg every month. Bill Cosby had a comedy routine that perfectly expressed the reality of cyclical female fertility. The routine went something like this: “The man, he’s constant. [Slobbering noises.] The woman, she’s fickle. ‘C’mere, c’mere, c’mere! Go’way, go’way, go ’way!’”1 Cosby was alluding to women’s emotional states, but he inadvertently summarized the biological reality as well: as long as a man’s reproductive system is healthy, he is always fertile. He is constant. The woman is sometimes fertile, sometimes not. So NFP doesn’t bother with the man but pays attention to the woman and her daily signs of fertility. In contrast, rhythm relies on a calendar: a woman who menstruates in the first week of the month should avoid sex in the third week of the month. But most women do not have a perfect twenty-eight-day cycle. NFP does not make assumptions about the future but rather judges whether or not a woman is fertile today.

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17. Thank you, Tom

Karnac Books ePub

Eva Albert

The day before I was asked if I would contribute with these words, I had for the first time in twenty years been interviewed while being observed by a reflecting team, and I felt I was back where it all started. Maybe it is not correct to use the word “started”. Let me say that I felt back in a setting where my interest in people, their lives and stories had been cultivated in a most inspiring and nourishing way.

Where and when and by whom was this? The answer is Tromsø in the 1970s, and the creator and cultivator was Tom Andersen, professor in psychiatry.

The university had opened in 1972. The medical school started in 1973, and I began studying in 1974. I would not say that Tom was like a father to us—that sounds too patronizing. Let me say that he was like a charming, unpredictable uncle or older brother. In the beginning he was a bit frightening—I did not always understand why he laughed, and probably I did not always understand what he meant either. But as we got to know him through interaction groups, lectures, seeing him with patients and families, and going through the course in muscle tension and respiration where the legendary physiotherapist Aadel Bülow-Hansen appeared, I understood that this was a rare, vivid, broadminded, and serious man. His respectful and open way of listening (and talking) to all kinds of people was an eye-opener. The way he intervened in families with conflicts and problems could, at first glance, seem mysterious, but it was never condescending. He taught by doing, not by telling us what to do. His respectful attitude is what I remember most, and I hope this has left its stamp on my way of communicating with patients and their families as well.

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