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11. Who Tells the Tale?

Sarah Diane Sasson Indiana University Press ePub


Who Tells the Tale?

Struggles over the leadership and direction of a new religious movement are stored in competing narratives. Where does the story begin? Who are the essential actors? What texts are sacred? How such questions are answered determines the shape of the narrative and interprets the movement. Telling the story of the Theosophical movement is particularly challenging because there is little agreement on essential issues. The status of Helena Blavatsky is contested. There are only a few principles that all members accept, and there is no canon of authoritative texts. The role of the Tibetan Masters and the value of their communications remain highly controversial. Yet, even among those who doubt the existence of the Mahatmas, their letters, especially those written during Blavatsky’s lifetime, retain special significance. In the first decades of the twentieth century there was no consensus about whether the Mahatma letters should be made public; but their recipients nevertheless wielded extraordinary influence on how the early days of the Theosophical Society would be remembered.

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77. Fit Body = Fit Brain

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

Physically active adults have higher concentration skills, which may help maintain memory and combat dementia. A study by researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine found that sedentary lifestyles directly contribute to the decline in cognitive abilities and quality of sleep as we age.

In this study, men and women ages sixty-seven to eighty-six, who were functionally independent, participated in a two-week study involving a regimen of thirty minutes of mild physical activity, thirty minutes of social interaction, and a final thirty minutes of mild to moderate physical activity. Sessions began with warm-up stretching and mild to moderate physical activity (walking or stationary upper- and lower-body exercises). The final period of mild to moderate physical activity included rapid walking, calisthenics, or dancing. A ten-minute cool-down concluded the ninety-minute regimen.

At the end of the two-week period, all of the participants demonstrated a 4 to 6 percent improvement in cognitive performance, and improved sleep quality (including deeper sleep and fewer awakenings).

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43. Hormone Health: Human Growth Hormone

Klatz M.D. D.O., Ronald Basic Health Publications ePub

Starting at age twenty or so, the body’s level of human growth hormone (HGH) begins to decline, so that by the time we are age sixty-five, many of us have little or no HGH. The decline of HGH is accompanied by many of the miseries we associate with aging, from saggy skin to a potbelly, to a lack of vitality.

You can increase your HGH level naturally, through exercise. HGH seems to be released in response to particularly intense and strenuous activity. Weight lifting or resistance exercise, two or three times a week, is particularly effective. Include strenuous lifting (loads you can lift only six times), as well as lower body workouts (such as leg lifts, for at least half your workout time). Of course, check with your doctor before undertaking any strenuous exercise.

Numerous clinical studies have shown that HGH can help men and women gain lean body mass, lose fat mass, and improve markers of heart health. A number of additional studies have found that restoring HGH levels to that of a more youthful state can help people with quality of life, maintain their independence, and reduce the number of visits to the doctor or hospital.

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Chapter 13 – Law Libraries/Libraries

Jorge Antonio Renaud The University of North Texas Press ePub


general and law libraries

All TDCJ units provide inmates access to both a general library and to a legal library. However, access to the general library is considered a privilege that can be revoked for disciplinary infractions. On the other hand, every inmate in TDCJ—whether in solitary confinement, in the lowest levels of administrative segregation, or in transit—will be able to either visit the legal, or law, library or have legal materials brought to him. The courts have held that TDCJ cannot deny any meaningful access to the courts, and the system, in my opinion, has done a decent job of fulfilling that mandate.

While access to the legal libraries is pretty uniform throughout the system, there is a wide gap between what access is allowed by the different units to their general libraries. The libraries are attached to the unit educational departments and are usually supervised by librarians with free-world training and staffed by TDCJ officers with a few convict clerks to perform the checking in and out of books, updating card catalogues, etc. Access to the library itself is dictated by security. As security on the different units is dictated by the attitude of the wardens and higher-ranking officers, one unit may be more accommodating of inmates who desire to use the library, while others may consider it an unnecessary privilege and a security headache. So, one unit may offer each inmate two hours weekly in the library, while another may leave the library open all evening to any inmate who is otherwise unoccupied. One unit may call inmates from separate living quarters on a sporadic basis, or only call thirty inmates at a time, and then allow them to stay only fifteen minutes at a time, hardly enough time to browse, much less read a newspaper or magazine.

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The Taylors and the Suttons—Texas Pioneers

Chuck Parsons University of North Texas Press PDF

chapter one

The Taylors and the Suttons—

Texas Pioneers

“Mrs. Susan Taylor. . . . and her husband, the late Pitkin

Taylor, were among the earliest settlers of the county, and were exposed to many dangers from the frequent incursions of Indians in those early days.”

—Cuero Star, October 30, 1885


uring the tumultuous days following the Civil War,

Reconstruction and its aftermath, and into the decade of the 1870s, some considered the Taylors as outlaws, but although several were fugitives from the law, the Taylors in truth were Texas pioneers. Grassroots historian C. L. “Doc”

Sonnichsen depicted them accurately as “a large tribe” living in DeWitt County. He described the sons and grandsons of patri­ arch Josiah Taylor Sr. as “American pioneers,” men who “had small opportunity to acquire refinement and culture, but they were much respected by Indian war parties who had occa­sion to test their shooting ability.” The Taylors “did not have the reputation of being interested in other people’s cattle when such distinction was rare.” They were without a doubt “clannish and quick to resent a wrong to any member of the tribe.” Fur­ ther, Sonnichsen says, the Taylors “were Southern to the core and too high-spirited to stay out of trouble with the Yankee army of occupation after the surrender.”1 What Doc Sonnichsen

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Ibiza Town

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

The heart and soul of the island, this Unesco-listed World Heritage site is spectacular to look at, a shopaholic's dream and a hedonist's paradise. Ibiza Town's boutiques and bars attract a unique blend of characters, and in the summer months it becomes one of the world's greatest catwalks, as fashionistas and clubbers strut around its warren of whitewashed lanes.

MStart the day in a cafe on Plaça des Parc or Vara de Rey with the quintessential Ibiza breakfast: a coffee and a tostada (toasted baguette, smeared with ripe tomato). Visit Casa Broner and then head up into historic Dalt Vila, pausing to visit its museums, ramparts, Catedral and viewpoints.

RIn the afternoon stroll over to the Botafoc marina for a dose of yacht envy before lunching by the shore at either Organic Market or nearby Bar Flotante. Then find a patch of sand on Talamanca beach and loaf away the rest of the afternoon.

NIbiza Town at night is something to behold. First browse the Port Area, dipping in and out of boutiques. Dine at S'Escalinata or Locals Only, then stroll along the spectacular harbourfront, pausing to admire the club parades from a table at The Rock. Take a walk on the wild side on Carrer de la Verge, home to Ibiza's gay village and myriad funky shops. Finally it's off to Pacha to get your groove on.

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A Fast Parameter Setting Strategy for Particle Swarm Optimization and Its Application in Urban Water Distribution Network Optimal Design

Hamid R. Arabnia, Ray R. Hashemi, George Jandieri, Ashu M. G. Solo, and Fernando G. Tinetti CSREA Press PDF

Int'l Conf. Genetic and Evolutionary Methods | GEM'13 |


A Fast Parameter Setting Strategy for Particle

Swarm Optimization and Its Application in Urban

Water Distribution Network Optimal Design

Xuewei Q�� , Khaled Rashee�� , Ke L�� , Walter Potte� �

1. College of Engineering, University of Georgia, Athens, 30602, USA

2. Department of Computer Science, University of Georgia, Athens, 30602, USA

3. Institute of Artificial Intelligence, University of Georgia, Athens, 30602, USA

Abstract-Parameter setting is very essential for the application of particle swarm optimization (PSO), especially the acceleration coefficients. In this paper, we propose a fast estimation strategy of optimal parameter setting for PSO, in which an estimation distribution algorithm (EDA) is used to co-evolve the acceleration coefficients (�� and��� ). The proposed algorithm is validated on two numerical optimization problems and then applied to the urban water distribution network optimization problem.

The experimental results show that both of these two parameters converge to a fixed value respectively and the achieved values for �� and �� are consistent as the results of parameter tuning.PSO with the estimated optimal parameters could achieve the best solution on benchmark example and also outperform other methods in terms of reliability and efficiency.

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Steven K. Madsen Utah State University Press ePub

Dr. John S. Newberry apparently made the following condensed record from the expedition diary he kept in the field. The original unabridged version is now lost to history, and only a microfilm copy of his condensed work can be found. Newberry inadvertently inserted into the abridged diary a number of quotation marks, which indicate that he was quoting himself. He penned much of his diary in telegraphic style and often wrote in incomplete sentences. But he included more elaborately crafted excerpts from his original diary in Macomb’s published report.

The entries from Newberry’s abridged diary, when added to the experiences recorded by Charles H. Dimmock and John N. Macomb, confirm the historical account of the survey. And they add minor details to give us a more complete picture of the expedition. Positions of dates and spacing of entries has been made consistent.

From the National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Recd at 78 Winder’s Building on 11th July 1861. JNM

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54. Develop Meaningful Friendships at Work

Jim Donovan New World Library ePub

Depending on the size of the company you work for, your job can provide you with the opportunity to develop meaningful friendships. As a matter of fact, a high percentage of married couples met at work, and numerous lifelong friendships began in the workplace.

A word of caution here. Being in a romantic relationship with a coworker can be a recipe for disaster — not to mention that in many workplaces fraternizing among employees is a violation of company policy and may be cause for dismissal, so proceed carefully. While your place of employment, especially if it’s a very large company, can be a great place to meet your special someone, it can also create problems if things don’t work out. Seeing someone daily with whom you were involved and having to work with him or her can be awkward, so you may want to think twice before getting involved at work. Of course, the larger the company, the less problematic romantic entanglements at work are.

Romance aside, your workplace is an ideal environment for developing lasting friendships. You have an opportunity to meet people and get to know them in a nonthreatening setting. Because you work together, you already have common ground on which to build. And you will encounter people with whom you share common interests. Socializing with these people is a natural outgrowth of your common interests.

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Thom Hartmann Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub
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46. Constipation

Mindell R.P.H. Ph.D., Earl Basic Health Publications ePub

Constipationuncomfortable, infrequent bowel movementscan be either an acute or a chronic condition. The causes of acute constipation can include taking prescription drugs, recent inactivity, or a change in dietary habits. Chronic constipation can be caused by any number of conditions, but is most often due to a lack of dietary fiber. Constipation responds well to nutritional supplements and moderate lifestyle changes. See also DIGESTIVE DISORDERS.


•  Magnesium: 250500 mg daily.

•  Probiotics: one to three capsules or one tablespoon of refrigerated liquid probiotics, up to three times daily before meals; or acidophilus: one to three (multi-billion count) capsules before meals.

•  Vitamin C: 5001,000 mg daily.


•  Aloe vera juice: one tablespoon twice daily.

•  Cascara sagrada: as directed on label.

•  Flaxseed oil (refrigerated): one teaspoon of the oil; or 500 mg, one to three times daily (as capsules).

•  Psyllium: as directed on label.

•  Senna: as directed on label.


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Chapter Eleven - Furious with Love—Some Reflections on the Sexuality of a Little Girl

Ester Palerm Mari Karnac Books ePub


Furious with love—some reflections on the sexuality of a little girl*

Majlis Winberg Salomonsson

Our sexuality, love, libido, and our aggression, hate, destrudo, follow us like a red thread throughout our life. What is it that makes sexuality so interesting? It is not particularly effective, economic, or labour-saving. And yet, we devote ourselves to it to a great extent. Sexuality is always present in our minds. We seek it for pleasure, closeness, and confirmation. On a deeper level we may use it to heal a trauma, to charge inner objects with vitality, and strengthen self-affirmation.

What is sexuality then? Where does it emerge? Is it in coitus? Is it in adolescence, in adult life, or already in infancy? Freud suggests that sexuality develops out of non-sexual needs from early on.

Infantile sexuality

Freud wrote:

At a time at which the first beginnings of sexual satisfaction are still linked with the taking of nourishment, the sexual instinct has a sexual object outside the infant's own body in the shape of his mother's breast…There are thus good reasons why a child's sucking at his mother's breast has become the prototype of every relation of love. The finding of an object is in fact a refinding of it. (1905, p. 222)

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Chapter 12. Winter Play

Salley Mavor C&T Publishing ePub

Make a winter scene come to life with this flurry of dolls. Bundled in their warm wool felt jackets, mittens, and snow pants, they are eager to play outside in the chilly weather. Jack Frost beams as they ski, sled, and skate on the wintry snow and ice.

For more specific directions, see these sections:

Basic Materials for Most Dolls

Faces, clothing, and accessories: See Making Wee Folk and Fairies.


Doll Stand


jack frost

Jack Frost (3˝ doll)

Additional Materials

Makes 1 Jack Frost doll.

1 standard 3˝ doll armature

1 unvarnished 16mm wooden bead for head

Wool/silk thread for hair

Metallic thread

½˝ snowflake button for walking stick

Chenille stem 3mm in diameter for walking stick

1˝ metal washer for doll stand (optional)


Walking Stick

See Canes and Ski Poles for steps to make the walking stick.

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45. The Non-Euclidean Geometry

Charles S. Peirce Indiana University Press PDF


The Non-Euclidean Geometry

11 February 1892

The Nation

Geometrical Researches on the Theory of Parallels. By

Nicholaus Lobatchewsky. Translated from the original by

George Bruce Halsted, A.M., Ph.D., ex-Fellow of Princeton

College and Johns Hopkins University, Professor of Mathematics in the University of Texas. Austin: University of Texas. 1891.

Lobachevski’s little book, Geometrische Untersuchungen, marks an epoch in the history of thought, that of the overthrow of the axioms of geometry. The philosophical consequences of this are undoubtedly momentous, and there are thinkers who hold that it must lead to a new conception of nature, less mechanical than that which has guided the steps of science since Newton’s discovery. The book has been published many years,—in fact, the essence of it was set forth before 1830; so long does it take a pure idea to make its way, unbacked by any interest more aggressive than the love of truth. In this case, the idea is lucid, easy, and convincing. Nobody with enough mathematical capacity to be able to understand the first book of geometry need fear the least difficulty in mastering Lobachevski’s tract; and really it is high time that every thinking man and woman should know what is in it.

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48 - None of the Party Leaders is Offering us Charisma

Coline Covington Karnac Books ePub

Clegg comes closest, but we're too self-interested to accept his vision

When Gordon Brown took over from Tony Blair as prime minister and leader of the Labour Party in 2007, there were many who welcomed the prospect of a “real” figure becoming PM, in contrast to what they saw as the artifice and charisma of the Blair years.

Brown did not put on a media face or appear to make false promises. It was Brown's “realness”, along with his Calvinist principles, that was meant to restore faith in the Labour Party and accountability within government.

But a series of blunders—culminating in “Bigot-gate”—and rumours about his character traits have tarnished Brown. He has become only too “real”, it seems, and while some may still regard him with sympathy, many are asking—as the opinion polls make clear—whether this is the kind of behaviour we want in a prime minister.

In other words, was the sort of charisma offered by Tony Blair such a bad thing, after all?

In 1956, an American television show called To Tell the Truth made its debut, and it remained one of the most popular shows for more than a decade. Three panellists played the part of someone who had an extraordinary job or an unusual experience. Two panellists were imposters and the third was the real person. Four celebrities were given the job of trying to catch out who were the imposters through a series of questions. The imposters were allowed to lie, but the real person was sworn to tell the truth. At the end of the show, the real contestant was asked to stand up. Surprisingly, the contestant the celebrities voted for was more often than not one of the imposters. The clear message was that the power of illusion is stronger than reality.

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