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CHAPTER ONE Beauty and destruction

Eigen, Michael Karnac Books PDF




Beauty and destruction

[A meditation bell sounds to call attention to the beginning of the meeting.]

t’s my pleasure to welcome you. I’m James Ogilvie and on behalf of the Contemplative Studies Project of the New York University

Postdoctoral Program I want to welcome you for the ongoing bell that rings and rings and rings from Mike Eigen. Some of you saw the announcement that Mike was promising an adventure today. Mine started on the way down, finding my way through the bike tour the city scheduled, and thinking about the caesura of Sixth Avenue that could not be crossed. So it has got me in a very receptive mood and

I’m sure we’re in for a real treat today. So without taking anymore time I just want to welcome you and thank Mike again for being here with us today.” [Applause]


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I don’t know how many of you have played with meditation bells, but, you know, after it seems to stop, it is still going on. Before our

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High Rise

Amy Walsh C&T Publishing ePub

by Janine Burke, 75″ × 91½″

FINISHED QUILT: 75″ × 91½″

The lines and geometry of buildings are aesthetically pleasing to me. They intrigue me at night when random lights are on inside but the shadows of the night wrap themselves around the outside. I chose this darker palette to emulate that warm, shadowy feel. I hope you enjoy the simple piecing of this quilt and hope you, too, come to look at buildings with a different eye.

The following yardage makes a twin-size quilt. Refer to the High Rise chart (page 54) for alternate sizes and yardage requirements.

Assorted prints: 35 strips 3½″ × 42″ or 3½ yards total

Dark print: 3½ yards for the background

Binding: ¾ yard

Backing: 5¾ yards

Batting: 85″ × 102″

From the assorted prints, cut:

35 strips 3½″ × 42″

From the background, cut:

2 strips 4¼″ × 42″

Cut each 4¼″ strip into:

6 rectangles 4¼″ × 9½″ (for the top and bottom of columns 2, 4, and 6)

55 strips 2″ × 42″

Cut only 1 strip into:

4 rectangles 2″ × 9½″ (for the pieces on the bottom of columns 1, 3, 5, and 7)

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Eidelsztein, Alfredo Karnac Books ePub

Today we shall resume our elaboration of the notion of the drive. We shall also return to its articulation with the concept of perversion, as you seemed particularly interested in it. This, however, is not unusual: perversion is always an interesting theme. At this point, there exists a fantasy: that the perverse enjoys (jouit). Departing from Seminar 11 we are going to put into question the idea—neurotic idea par excellence—that the perverse subject enjoys. We shall see that nobody else is as limited, regarding jouissance, by the fantasme, as the perverse subject is.

Last class we said (following Lacan) that the subject is “headless” in the drive. “Headless subjectivity” means that, in the drive, the subject is not yet placed. Let us stop for a moment in this “yet”. It is a complex notion which Lacan studied and to which he even dedicated the title of his seminar: Encore.1 What is Lacan trying to tell us through this “yet”? It is by no means an evolutionary or developmental notion, it is not “not yet, maybe later”.

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Chapter 5: The Practice of Responding

Kloster, Teresa Wedding Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so is he.”


Once you have mastered extreme listening skills, you are ready to move on to the next practice in the Anytime Coaching model, the practice of responding. When you respond to someone, you deliberately consider what words or questions will move the conversation forward, encourage learning, and create the desired results. As an anytime coach, you will want to learn how to redirect dead-end conversations as well as to expand your repertoire of productive conversation tools.

Partner to—and one outcome of—extreme listening skills is good responding skills. The best responses reflect careful consideration of others’ statements and an intention to move the conversation forward in a positive direction. Anytime Coaching conversations are like a fluid dance between two partners, listening and responding. Because Anytime Coaching conversations are purposeful and intentional, they require thoughtful and proactive responses as well as the deliberate avoidance of unhelpful comments and questions.

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CHAPTER FIVE: Management’s fear of market demands: a psychodynamic exploration

Karnac Books ePub

James Dalgleish and Susan Long

This chapter examines a social dynamic whereby managers and executives experience the Market (meaning here the international financial market) as a confusing and punishing object. This being so, a further defensive process is set up whereby the phantasy of a rational and knowable market is established. Moreover, this phantasy then allows for a special relationship-in-the-mind with the market. Many problems and tensions arise within the enterprise when this phantasy holds sway.

The idea of the Market is commonplace despite its being quite astonishing. It is astonishing in the sense that we can think there is a substantive unity even in quite circumscribed markets. It is astounding insofar as the idea of a complex and dynamically changing system as an international market becomes reified with human and measurable characteristics. Even more astounding is the way in which this reified entity becomes an object endowed with characteristics of volition, intent, emotion, cognitive capacity, and power.

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1 Mr. Scary

Jason L Brown Quarry Books ePub

Charles Baxter

for Richard Bausch

THERE WAS SOME SORT OF commotion at the end of the check-out line. Words had been exchanged, and now two men, one tall and wide-shouldered, the other squat and beefy, were squaring off against each other and raising their voices. Their shoes squeaked on the linoleum. The short one, who had hair from his back sprouting up underneath his shirt collar, was saying a four-letter word. The other man, the tall one, shook his head angrily and raised his fist. An elderly security guard was rushing toward them. He didn’t seem up to the task, Estelle thought. He was just a minimum-wage retiree they had hired for show.

“Good God,” Estelle said to her grandson. “There’s going to be a fistfight.”

The boy didn’t glance up from his phone gadget. He held it in his palm and was rapidly clicking the letters. “They’re just zombies,” the boy said quietly and dismissively after a glance.

“Well, how do you know that?” the grandmother asked, trying for conversation. “I’ve never met a zombie.” The men seemed to have calmed down a bit. They were just rumbling at each other now.

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Storefront Loans: Pawnshops, Payday Loans, and Tax Refund Lenders

Karger, Howard Jacob Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
–James A. Baldwin

All of us need cash at one time or another, and the cost of raising it depends on who’s asking for it. For creditworthy consumers, cash is secured through bank lines of credit, overdraft protection, signature or home equity loans, or credit card cash withdrawals. For those with compromised credit, the essential condition for raising cash is a “no-credit-check” transaction, which translates into a high-interest predatory loan.66

Collateral-based cash loans serve the same purpose for the poor as bank overdrafts or credit card cash advances do for the middle class. Namely, they provide cash for an emergency or when income is temporarily insufficient to make ends meet. Cash loans fall into two categories: (1) unsecured or promissory loans and (2) secured collateral-based loans. With an unsecured loan (such as a credit card, a signature loan, or a bank overdraft), the borrower promises to repay the lender, and no collateral is required. With secured loans, the borrower provides the lender with collateral (either property or a check) worth at least as much as the loan. The poor and severely credit-challenged are generally eligible only for collateral-based or secured loans requiring the temporary loss of property or guarantees such as postdated checks. Interest rates (sometimes called “fees”) on these loans are extremely high.

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Harris, Patricia FrommerMedia ePub

A bullfighter in Sevilla.

One of the few things that the French and English used to agree on was that “Europe ends at the Pyrenees.” Those mountains kept Spain in splendid isolation, where it developed along its own path. Consequently, Spain has evolved customs, art, architecture, and even cuisine that owe as much to Islamic North Africa as to its onetime sister provinces of the Roman Empire. The country does not look like, sound like, or even taste like the rest of Europe, and nowhere else is quite as rich or demanding. When you go to Spain, you must surrender to Spain.

You must accept the rhythms of daily life—so unlike the rest of Europe—and think nothing of going to dinner after 10pm and then closing down the flamenco bar after the 3am final set. You must spend the evening in a seafront promenade, walking and talking and nodding at the other walkers and talkers. You must elbow your way to the bar, pointing at the tapas to order, and having your fill. For that matter, you must resolve to eat something new every day that you would otherwise spurn: blood sausage, roasted suckling pig, squid in its own ink. In many places, shops and museums close in the heat of the afternoon, and you must be patient and while away the hours with lunch in a cool, shady courtyard. Do all that, and you will be ready for everything Spain will throw at you.

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23. See the Magnificent in the Minimal

Manz, Charles C. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


When life gives us much less than we wanted or expected, it is easy to get discouraged. We exercise and eat well for weeks and lose far fewer pounds and inches than we had hoped for. We work very hard for many days on a project and only one or two people notice and thank us rather than the multitude we thought would be singing our praises. On such occasions it is easy to lose sight of success and to feel that life has failed us.

But life does not have to give us all we want and expect and rarely does. The key is to learn how to see the possibilities and value in what we do receive and have, even the smallest things. Of all the lines ever written, among my favorite are these by William Blake:


To see a world in a grain of sand
and a heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and eternity in an hour.

These lines imply a whole new way to live; a way in which every apparent disappointing failure glows with a bright and beautiful possibility within. For an expanded artistic view of this idea, consider the following poem inspired by Blake’s words.

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1. Building Your CSR Business Strategy

McElhaney, Kellie Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub


Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

—Sun Tzu

In honor of Earth Month, Wal-Mart launched its first-ever in-store maga-logue (kind of a cross between a magazine and a catalogue), which aimed to inform its customers—roughly 200 million of them in a month—on actions they could take, while shopping at Wal-Mart, to help the planet. This was great business strategy not only for Wal-Mart in promoting the greenness of its own brand but also for General Electric, Procter & Gamble, Horizon Organic, and Clorox—all of whose environmentally friendly products are given premium promotional space in the maga-logue, not to mention premium in-store shelf space.

As we have already seen, CSR is quickly gaining corporate mindshare— an increasing number of companies in almost every industry are adopting CSR principles and initiating CSR programs. The realization that companies can and should play an important role in their communities—and across the nation and around the world—while making a profit is quite a step up from the old belief that the sole purpose of companies is to increase value for shareholders.

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Alice Jones

Akhtar, Salman Karnac Books ePub

Alice Jones’s books are: The Knot, which won the Beatrice Hawley Award in 1992, Extreme Directions (The fifty four moves of Tai Chi Sword), published by Omnidawn Press in 2002, and Gorgeous Mourning, published by Apogee Press in 2004. She has also published two chapbooks, Anatomy and Isthmus. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Orion, Denver Quarterly, Zyzzyva, and in anthologies including Best American Poetry of 1994; Blood and Bone: Poems by Doctors; Appetite: Food as Metaphor, Verse and Universe: Poems about Science, and Orpheus and Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology. Awards include fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and the National Endowment for the Arts, the First Annual Narrative Magazine Poetry Prize, and the Lyric Poetry Award and Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America. She practices in Berkeley, CA, and is a Personal and Supervising Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California and the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis.

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Chapter 7: Engagement Culture Schoolwide

McNeece, Alexander Solution Tree Press PDF

CHAPTER 7E N G A G E M E N T C U LT U R ESCHOOLWIDEEarlier chapters focus on grades preK–12 teachers. This chapter supports teachers and administrators, since principals and district leaders have a broader reach and can do much to establish schoolwide culture. Systematic changes precede culture changes. You can lead the steps to systematic change.Here, I will explain why staff may resist change, so you can get buy-in. Then, I will walk you through the steps you’ll need to take to create a culture of engagement in a school at large.Resistance to ChangeWhy would anyone ever fight against developing high levels of student engagement?The short answer is that our school culture is deeply engrained and difficult to change(Muhammad, 2018). There might be pushback when your team decides on what strategies to implement to increase engagement. It is important to know why some educators push back and to help them understand their feelings of resistance and why they should join together as a team to implement new strategies in the classroom.

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38: Aphids Infesting Potato in Kenya




Aphids Infesting Potato in Kenya

H.K. Were,1* F.M. Olubayo,2 J. Kabira,3 J. Aura2 and L. Torrance4

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kakamega, Kenya;


University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya; 3Kenya Agricultural and

Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Limuru, Kenya;


The James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK


Aphid-transmitted viruses probably cause greater economic loss in potato production than all other insect-related damage. Some 40 virus species are known to infect potato, and of these 13 are aphid transmitted. Monitoring of aphid populations in potato fields is therefore essential to determine areas with low aphid occurrence suitable for seed potato production and the right time for haulm destruction.

While plenty of information on such areas is available in traditional seed-potato-producing countries of America and Europe, there is none available for Kenya. The current study determined the best locations for seed potato multiplication by monitoring aphids (from May 2009 to March 2010) in major potato-producing areas of Kenya. Two methods, yellow water traps (YWTs) and leaf-aphid counts, were utilized. Ten aphid species, Aphis gossypii (Glover), Aphis fabae (Scopoli), Aulacorthum solani

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5. Fort Worth’s “Forgotten” Builders (Women and Ethnic Minorities)

Selcer, Richard F. Texas State Historical Assn Press ePub



LIKE THE REST OF THE NATION, Fort Worth’s early history was dominated by white males of Anglo-Saxon heritage. Until very recently such men continued to hold the reins of economic and political power firmly in their neatly manicured hands. Times have changed, but they still deserve to be honored for their accomplishments even while we criticize their narrow, often bigoted behavior toward their fellow citizens.

At the beginning of the 1870s, when Fort Worth was poised to become a “city,” nearly three in ten persons in the West was foreign-born.1 Fort Worth, it is reasonable to assume, was no different than most other Western communities. Locally, the most prominent ethnic minorities were the Germans and the Irish. Two of the chief landmarks in town were Herman Kussatz’ Bismarck Saloon and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, and Maifest, Oktoberfest, and St. Patrick’s Day rivaled the Fourth of July in their local popularity. St. Patrick’s Day every March was highlighted by a grand march through downtown, and Maifest and Oktoberfest were three-day extravaganzas of races, fireworks, and military drills, patronized by thousands of non-Irish and non-German citizens who simply enjoyed a good time.2 In the days before the N.A.A.C.P. and La Raza Unida, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Sons of Hermann protected the interests and provided a cultural outlet for Irish and Germans respectively. While those groups would experience some prejudice, their assimilation pains were as nothing to those experienced by nonwhite groups.

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chapter seven Grounded in Vision for the Long Haul

Stout, Linda Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it. We must learn to see the world anew.


Anyone who has worked for social change for a few years (or, like me, for decades) has heard stories like the one I told about the nuclear freeze campaign in the preface: important groups and movements with many dedicated people working for them passionately become smaller and less effective—or disappear—over the long haul. Actually, most of the leaders go on to work in new or different groups or on different issues. But wouldn’t it be great to have organizations that continue to thrive and grow in capacity to support social change as our movements swell and start to achieve our dreams? I believe that we need cultural shifts about power and a positive focus, broad and specific cultivation of visionary leadership, and strategies for facing setbacks in order to build strong groups that help us reach our collective visions.

In chapter 5, I discussed how shifts in culture and consciousness are a critical way of making change. We also need cultural shifts in how we think about power and how we learn from past experiences. These shifts could strengthen many groups working for change.

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