Fifty years of attempts at reforming health care have failed. Not just failed to do what was promised, but actually made conditions worse than they were before. As a result we have a system that is extremely bureaucratic, inefficient, unaccountable, inconvenient, of questionable quality, and enormously expensive.
We need to find a better way, and that involves putting the consumer/patient/taxpayer back in charge of their own resources and enables them to buy services according to their own sense of value.
Fifteen short, accessible essays exploring the most important topics and themes in John Milton's masterpiece, Paradise Lost. The essays invite readers to begin their own independent exploration of the poem by equipping them with useful background knowledge, introducing them to key passages, and acquainting them with the current state of critical debates. Chapters are arranged to mirror the way the poem itself unfolds, offering exactly what readers need as they approach each movement of its grand design. Part I introduces the characters who frame the poem's story and set its plot and theological dynamics in motion. Part II deals with contextual issues raised by the early books, while Part III examines the epic's central and final episodes. The volume concludes with a meditation on the history of the poem's reception and a detailed guide to further reading, offering students and teachers of Milton fresh critical insights and resources for continuing scholarship.
Practical Duct Tape Projects gives you full step-by-step instructions for 21 amazing uses for duct tape.
Learn how to use duct tape to make snowshoes, a wallet, an apron, scratch pads, a hammock, an insulated winter coat, and even a D20 computer server! All projects are written by duct tape experts, and contain pictures for each step so you can learn how to do it yourself. Make it stick!
What's the secret to a life of happiness? "In this delightful book brimming with humorous and poignant passages, radio personality Hugh Hewitt provides the answer. The starting place is generosity, he says, and there are seven gifts that are sure to improve the lives of both giver and receiver: encouragement, energy, enthusiasm, good humor, graciousness, gratitude, and patience. Anyone can give these gifts, but Hewitt shows that some people are particularly well placed to offer them: parents, spouses, family members, friends, teachers, coworkers, and fellow church members. Channeling his skills as a broadcaster, journalist, lawyer, and teacher, Hewitt weaves stories about these seven gifts and seven givers with inspiring and motivating observations to help readers become generous in the ways that matter most.
"The Happiest Life is not simply a delight to read, and not merely a glimpse under the hood of a remarkable man. It’s a map to what Robert Frost once described as the road traveled—the road that leads to a life of meaning and gratitude and joy.” —Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia "Reading this book is the next best thing to sitting down for a long conversation with my friend Hugh Hewitt.” —Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary “Wanna be a happier person? Know anyone else who does? What if this book could actually help with that? Cutting to the chase—it can. And it will." —Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy and 7 Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness
Siempre he pensado que mis monstruos vienen a visitarme a plena luz del día, nunca de noche. Por eso nunca he tenido miedo a la oscuridad, sólo me dan miedo las cosas reales: ponerse enfermo, las inyecciones, el dolor físico... la muerte. Esos son mis monstruos, no los fantasmas ni los vampiros o cualquier otra criatura que pueda esconderse debajo de tu cama. Bueno, supongo que un asesino en serie también podría atacarte por la noche, pero también por el día con la misma facilidad. Pero estaba equivocada. La oscuridad sólo lo empeora. Las peores pesadillas de Mary Hades se hacen realidad cuando a sus diecisiete años sus padres la internan en un hospital psiquiátrico. ¿Cómo puede mejorar si el lugar en el que tiene que hacerlo le da pavor? Su amistad con los demás pacientes (su extravagante compañera de habitación, Lacey; su protector, Mo; y el chico misterioso de ojos verdes, Johnny) hacen que recupere la esperanza… hasta que se da cuenta de que los pacientes del hospital están muriendo sin explicación alguna. Hay algo siniestro que los acecha en los pasillos y sólo Mary puede detenerlo. Sin embargo, cuanto más cerca está de las respuestas a sus preguntas, más peligrosa se vuelve la situación y Mary descubre que la única forma de salir con vida del hospital es enfrentarse a sus propios miedos.
‘Tis the season to be... fired, dumped, and befuddled about the future? Ben Richmond is not having a holly-jolly Christmas. In fact, life has been a wash since a knee injury ended his dream of a baseball career. He's so desperate that when he spies an ad for nude male models, he jumps at it, hoping he can pull off a grand gesture to win back his boyfriend. The only hitch? Photographer Gavin McNally.
He’s demanding, seductive, and wears a pair of tight-fitting black pants like nobody’s business. Ben hasn’t been this attracted to someone in a long time, but is he really ready to call it quits with the ex?
The Velvet Underground, among the most influential bands of all time, are credited with creating a streetwise, pre-punk sensibility that has become inseparable from the popular image of downtown New York. "Discovered" by Andy Warhol in 1966, the VU - with their original line-up of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Mo Tucker - would soon become the house band of the avantgarde, composing songs simultaneously furious in their abrasiveness and beautiful in their pathos, standing in striking contrast to the prevailing flower power of the era. All Yesterdays' Parties gathers for the first time almost all of the published writings contemporary with the band's existence-from sources as mainstream as the New York Times to vanished voices of the counterculture like Oz, Fusion, and Crawdaddy! The book is a revealing snapshot of an era by trailblazing rock writers such as Lester Bangs, Robert Greenfield, and Paul Williams. With photographs, posters, and other visual evocations of the period throughout, All Yesterdays' Parties is an invaluable resource, a trove of lore for anyone interested in the VU, their roots, and legacy.