A survey was made one time that covered a lot of men, working men, and these men were asked, a€?Why do you work?a€? a€?Why do you get up in the morning?a€? 19 out of 20 had no idea. If you ask them they will say, a€?Well, everyone goes to work in the morning,a€? and thata€™s the reason they do it a€“ because everyone else is doing it.
A success is the successful salesman who wants to become a top-notch salesman and grow and build with in his organization. Was there a key, I wanted to know, which would make the future a promise that we could foretell to a large extent. Have you ever wondered why so many men work so hard and honestly without ever achieving anything in particular, and others dona€™t seem to work hard and yet seem to get everything? Think of a ship leaving a harbor and think of it with a complete voyage mapped out and planned. Now leta€™s take another ship, just like the first, only leta€™s not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm. I think youa€™ll agree with me that if it gets out of the harbor at all, it will either sink or wind up on some deserted beach, a derelict.
Now leta€™s get back to the Strangest Secret in the World, the story I wanted to tell you today.
You will suddenly find that good luck just seems to be attracted to you, the things you want just seem to fall in line, and from now on you wona€™t have the problems, the worries, the gnawing lump of anxiety that perhaps youa€™ve experienced before. Throughout history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers, and prophets have disagreed with one another on many different things.
And he also said, a€?We need only in cold blood act as if the thing in question were real, and it will become infallibly real by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real. He also said, a€?If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly obtain it. George Bernard Shaw said: a€?People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. It stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because thata€™s what hea€™s thinking about. Conversely, the man who has no goal, who doesna€™t know where they are going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear, and worry becomes what they think about. Remember, wea€™re comparing the human mind with the land because, the mind, like the land, doesna€™t care what you plant in it. Now leta€™s say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand a€“ one a seed of corn; the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. All you have got to do is plant that seed in your mind, care for it, work steadily towards your goal, and it will become a reality. Ours has been called a Phenobarbitol Age, the age of ulcers and nervous breakdowns and tranquilizers.
Each of us must live off the fruit of his thoughts in the future, because what you think today and tomorrow, next month and next year, will mold your life and determine your future.
I remember one time I was driving through eastern Arizona and I saw one of those giant earth-moving machines roaring along the road at about 35 miles an hour with what looked like 30 tons of dirt in it a€“ a tremendous, incredible machine a€“ and there was a little man perched way up on top with the wheel in his hands, guiding it. I believe you could go out and walk down the main street of your town and ask one person after another what the secret of success is and you probably wouldna€™t run into one person in a month that could tell you. One time I heard Grove Patterson, the great late editor-in-chief of the Toledo Daily Blade make a speech and as he concluded his speech he said something Ia€™ve never forgotten. People not thinking is the result of their countries education system churning out brain dead zombies, who know enough to operate in the work place, but not enough to challenge the system. It is because the white-skinned mangod a€?believersa€? are conditioned from a young age to believe it is desirable to HOARD as much as one can in a life time.
You decide if you live as you think or live as others teach you to think or if you live letting others think for you. Opened my email this morning to find an unusual year-end list from Kirkus: the Most Overlooked Books of 2015. Cece Bell, Jackie Woodson, Dan Santat and Yuyi Morales at the ALA Annual Conference, June 2015.
Because, hard as award committees all work to consider all books, some great books, especially slightly off-kilter books - still manage to fly under the radar.
So, I were still buying for a school library, I'd start with the Cybils finalists and the Nerdy winners - not only are those lists longer than the National Book Award finalists and the ALA Award Honorees, but I find them to be more focused on kid appeal. But I would still be missing some great stuff, and that's where this Kirkus Overlooked Books list comes in. Just for variety, I'm listing these in reverse age order, starting with books that appeal to teens and teen-like people and going down to middle grade. While we're on the tough teen girl ghostbuster tack, let me recommend Vermilion by Molly Tanzer. The store is this fantastic, huge, nonsensical factory of commerce - the setting echoes Brazil as much as it does The Martian Chronicles, but I think young readers will find the kids in MARTians as inspiring and fascinating as I did. So I was not predisposed to sign right onto Martine Leavitt's story of a teen and his brand-new schizophrenia diagnosis.
It is a frickin CRIME that The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl doesn't show up on every Best list that considers graphic novels worth attention. So before we get to the books that you might give your children and friends, here are a few groups that give books to kids you don't even know.
Reach Out and Read is a network of medical providers who incorporate books and literacy information into pediatric visits. Pajama Program concentrates on kids living in shelters, distributing new pj's and books. United Through Reading lets deployed members of the armed services record videos of themselves reading to their kids, reducing anxiety for the kids and helping to maintain a feeling of closeness for the military parent. Turning Pages is a family reading program at the Baltimore County Detention Center that teaches incarcerated dads about early reading skills and brings their kids into the detention center for up-close, book-centered visits with dad. If you, like me, have a lot of books that you could cheerfully let go of, bag those suckers up and donate them. Oskar and the Eight Blessings by Richard Simon and Tanya Simon, illustrated by Mark Siegel. Everything Steve Jenkins touches is going to be great to look at - the guy makes his own paper and then cuts and tears it into shapes so he can make fabulous, textured collages of plants and animals from near and far. Danger Is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger and Danger Is Still Everywhere: Beware of the Dog! This book came into the house and I was thrilled, but I figured only I would be interested in it. I have a feeling a lot of kids are going to be getting copies of the new Book 1 of the new illustrated editions of Harry Potter. Whichever way you choose to go, you'll love buying and giving these beauties for the kids in your life.
So when you put Gabi Swiatkowska, who has always been interested in what her subjects are THINKING, onto the case of Mary Cassatt, whose content is no longer challenging to the viewer, you get the best of both worlds. And herea€™s the definition Ia€™ve ever been able to find: Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. Ita€™s conformity a€“ people acting like everyone else without knowing why, without knowing where theya€™re going.
In America right now, there are over 18 million people 65 years of age and older, and most of them are broke.


It is the person who says, a€?I am going to become this,a€? and then begins to work towards that goal. A success is the school teacher who is teaching school because thata€™s what he or she wants to do. A success is anyone who is doing deliberately a pre-determined job because thata€™s what he decided to do deliberately. Was there a key that would guarantee a persona€™s becoming successful if he only knew about it and knew how to use it? The entire economy is slowed down to protect its weakest link, just as the convoy had to go at the speed that will permit its slowest vessel to remain in formation.
Well, let me tell you something which, if you really understand it, will alter your life immediately. And every person who discovered this, for a while, believed that they were the first to work it out.
He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds; one corn, the other nightshade. Everything thata€™s really worthwhile in life came to us free: our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends and country. At a time when medical research has raised us to a new plateau of good health and longevity, far too many of us worry ourselves into an early grave trying to cope with things in our own little personal ways, without learning a few great laws that will take care of everything for us.
It was first promulgated by some of the earliest wise men, and it appears again and again throughout the Bible. Ita€™s valuable to us not only for our own lives, but the lives of those around us, our families, employees, associates, and friends.
SATAN and his legion, those in darkness, made a “pre-emptive strike” to prevent man to know this, because satan knows that one day we will fill the universe, we will be so powerful, yet humble that we can touch God, OUR CREATOR, and he knows that he cannot stop it and THAT makes him ABSOLUTELY MAD! I loved doing it when I did it, but I do not miss all the blood that ended up on the floor when I had to pare my lists down. Clocking in at almost 600 pages, with characters who speak a variety of original postcalamitous patois (patoises? Kirkus and I agree on this fierce novel, also concerning a teenage girl's journey through a post-apocalyptic world.
This is a funny, funny book - as you can imagine, the life of a trash collector is packed with physical comedy potential (diaper bombs! Bless Blythe for writing great, crazy books that touch the raw nerves of modern life and can be read in a day or two.
Make Mine DC! Fallout (Lois Lane) by Gwenda Bond follows the teenaged Lois Lane as she tries to fit in and fly right at a new school. Get your kids to read the book first - it's gripping and breakneck and astonishingly true, true, true. And you know what will make you feel a little better about participating in this annual collective shuffling of goods bought sold and processed? Let's start with something lovely and warm for your preschool friends and their parents. You can approach this wordless collection of linked pictures as a story starter, training for inferential thinking, or just appreciate the neato pictures.
He frequently works with his wife Robin Page, whose humor and ability to explain natural phenomena are real assets. Half an hour later, the librarian who relieved me on the desk approaches brandishing the book. After a little boy gets his wish and is transformed into a robot, he realizes that he prefers being a boy -- oh wait, EERRrrt, stop! Popular YouTube baker Pansino shows us how to make Red Blood Cell cupcakes, cookies that look like game controllers, and a really nice volcano cake.
I have had this thing, published by National Geo Kids, in my house for the better part of a year, and I just love dipping in and out of it.
You could safely say that the responsibility for its appeal is shared by the author, the illustrator, and the subject, especially when the subject is herself an artist.
Her work is intentionally mannered and old-fashioned looking, but with a knowingness that winks at the reader. This is an era that that man has looked forward, dreamed of and worked toward for thousands of years.
These 100 men who all start even at the age of 25 believe theya€™re going to be successful. If a man is working toward a pre-determined goal and knows where hea€™s going, that man is a success.
The trouble is that wea€™re acting like the wrong percentage group a€“ the 95 who dona€™t succeed. These people believed that their lives are shaped by circumstances, by things that happen to them by exterior forces, theya€™re outer-directed people. A success is the woman who is a wife and mother because she wanted to become a wife and mother and is doing a good job of it. If you understand completely what Ia€™m going to tell you from this moment on, your life will never be the same again. It can do any kind of job we assign to it, but generally speaking, we use it for little jobs instead of big important ones. He is where he is because thata€™s exactly where we really want or feel we deserve to be, whether wea€™ll admit that or not.
Are you going to sit back and fold your arms and let it run itself into a ditch or are you going to keep both hands firmly on the wheel and control and direct this power to a specific, worthwhile purpose?
The same rule that can lead a man to a life of success, wealth, happiness, and all the things they ever dreamed of for themselves and his family, that very same law can lead them into the gutter.
Among them, that people are basically good, and that we came from someplace and we are going someplace.
Books are nominated via the website, a committee decides the finalists, and then the finalists are publicly voted upon. I do not feel that books compete against each other, and I firmly believe that almost every book has its audience, even deeply flawed books. And I am fortunate that I never had to justify my purchase decisions like so many librarians do.
But while Ice Cream is the stalwart, nervy leader of her tiny tribe of Sengles, Wasp is despised and feared by her little village. The book is like an epic enacted in a vacant lot, like freedom scraped from the places people have stopped seeing. Your heart breaks for Calvin, who so desperately wants to not be sick that he embarks on a ridiculous and dangerous mission that may or may not be in his own head. It's a propulsive yet grounded story, with realistic characters whose daily small battles - with OCD, anorexia, unrequited love - are as epic in their way as any zombie apocalpyse.
Unfortunately, a secret supersoldier project that recruits high school gamers needs someone to take it down, and none of the locals seem ready to step up.
How come neither of these smart spooky middle grade novels with a strong sense of place are on anyone's Best of 2015 lists? In fact, this is one of the goals of Turning Pages, the family reading group at the Baltimore County Detention Center where I am a volunteer.
Whether or not you need a picture book that validates emotions and their expression to small people who feel ashamed or overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, frustration, or disappointment, you need this book.
Loaded with glitter and technical innovation, with more pop-ups for the buck than most (check out the bonus pop-ups in the corners), this is the other engineered book I am a sucker for this year.


One spread per letter, with stories that stand alone, or link to each other, or rhyme - it's one ABC book that can be read and reread for years. So in this book you'll get step-by-step instructions on how to catch fish with bubbles (helps if you are an aquatic mammal with a tail), spin a web, and, of course, detach your jaw so that you can swallow a whole pig. These are just laugh-out-loud ridiculous, fun to share, great to browse, easy to revisit when you're between other books. In addition to great big beautiful pictures of the New Look and miniskirts and hoop skirts and everything in between, we learn about economic and geographic and political and technological factors that made whalebone corsets possible or allowed people to dye cloth blue or brought about pants for women. Firmly in this category is Plotted, a collection of essays and maps examining 19 works of literature.
These visualizations of Diagon Alley, the Hogwarts castle, and old friends like Hagrid and Dumbledore feel just right - not the same as the movies, but with a similar immersive visual feeling, as if there's more behind every window and around the corner. Because little shops like Nobrow, Chronicle, Quarto, Workman, and Enchanted Lion pick books that align more closely with my somewhat non-mainstream tastes? A little girl might be dressed in meticulous period gear, all pantaloons and petticoats, but her expression will be one of very specific discontent. If you asked any one of these men if he wanted to be a success, hea€™d tell you that he did, and youa€™d notice that he was eager toward life; that there was a certain sparkle to his eye, an erectness to his carriage, and life seemed like a pretty interesting adventure to him.
And yet, by the time wea€™re 65, we havena€™t learned how to become financially independent in the richest land that has ever been known. Selling is the worlda€™s highest paid profession, if wea€™re good at it and if we know where wea€™re going. It dawned upon me much later in life, and I found it to be the greatest discovery, if not my greatest discovery, outside my relationship to God.
Universities have proved that most of us are operating on about ten percent or less of our abilities. Thata€™s why ita€™s strange, and why for some equally strange reason it virtually remains a secret. I'm not a judge this year though, so I get to sit back and spectate and read all the lists.
Awards, stars, and reviews in major publications are in some systems a requirement in order for a school librarian to purchase a title for his or her kids. This book has the wind whistling through it and a tough, tough, bitterly lonely main character whose job it is to capture ghosts. Big fat novels of ideas are all very well for people who are in the habit of reading, but people who are not regular readers ought to get a crack at these thoughts too. Faced with the task of buying one or more THINGS per family member or dear friend - determining what that THING shall be, finding it, pricing it, procuring, storing, sometimes hiding it, then processing it via gift wrap and tags - doesn't everyone get a little Doblery? In addition to giving incarcerated dads extra opportunities to maintain strong bonds with their children, we aim for each child to finish the program with 20-25 self-selected books that are theirs to keep. Both organizations leverage your donation into lots and lots of books and other resources for children in low-income communities. Oskar is all alone in New York City, having been sent to America by his parents after Kristallnacht.
During that time she danced, she sang, she got fake married, and she nursed her daughter on TV. My Ezra likes to bake, but he'd get repetitive stress injury if he tried to decorate 20-sided Dice Cookies. Any young person with an analytical turn of mind will love how cause and effect strings together in these stories.
Magazines plot trends onto hot-or-not axes, sandwiches are examined in exploded diagrams, hell, you can even try to parse the federal budget in a verrry complicated bubble chart.
The first map is the Aegean as traveled by Odysseus in The Odyssey - an obvious choice, as the story correlates to place so closely, and a story that my son knows. Because the smaller houses put more emphasis on the physical production of their volumes, and use nice paper, stitched bindings, and other options that make a book feel like a treasure?
We have trouble seeing what's extraordinary about her work, because the angles and colors and the way she used materials - so shocking at the time - are now perfectly accessible to us.
We in America are particularly fortunate to live in the richest land that ever existed on the face of the earth, a land of abundant opportunity for everyone.
The great law briefly and simply stated is if you think in negative terms, you will get negative results. Glowing watercolors pep up his great little pen and ink figures - all the visual emphasis is on the characters, so every perfectly-crafted slump of shoulder or exuberant hop pulls us right in. So it makes sense to recommend a FABULOUSLY illustrated version of the one carol EVERYBODY knows.
Set in the Bronx neighborhood where Manzano grew up, the book brings together holiday traditions from many cultures.
Unbelievable paper sculptures by this Canadian artist (who is represented by Forum Gallery, in case you were thinking of picking up a little something for the children's book reviewer in your life).
Finely drawn and richly colored, full of detail, it invites the reader to sink in and examine every inch. However, once he got the concept - and this is where opening with The Odyssey is a genius move - he moved on to books that he doesn't know.
And why is there such a large disparity between what these men intended to do, and what they actually accomplished? Even as the holiday BS is winding down, I'm usually busy reading hard and arguing loudly as a judge in the Cybils Awards. Archivist Wasp was published by Big Mouth House, the children's imprint of Small Beer Press, which is the house run by Gavin Grant and Kelly Link.
MARTians is about - ugh, I hate summarizing - MARTians is about a girl, Zoe, who is on her own after her mom takes off. Let's just say Unicorn Poop cookies and Petri Dish Jellies are totally happening at my house. The Cybils are publicly nominated, with the finalists and winner agreed upon by a panel of judges. I'll pretty much take a chance on anything either of those two have had their hands on. Derf's drawing style is very distinctive, and the covers are kind of similar, but Trashed is a verrrrrry much merrier book, easy to recommend to middle and high school kids. Her high school shuts down, so her class is abruptly processed through Commencement: some kids are sent directly to jail while others are awarded entry-level positions at big box stores. That's right - in this book, Munroe has limited himself to using only the 1000 most common words in the English language.
PLUS, Pansino cops to being dyslexic, so there are at least 6 process photos per recipe - more for the super complicated ones. The cast of Hamlet creeps around the castle like little Billy dawdling on his way home in a Family Circle comic.
Barbara Herkert does a great job in this book explaining the context of Cassatt's work - she saw the brighter colors and loose-limbed poses of Degas and his dancers and applied those ideas to the subjects she liked to paint.
This explains the lilting, rather Boovish syntax of the captions in the illustration above. If you've got a smarty-pants in your life, or even a would-be smarty-pants, this funny thing is the book for them.



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