It’s the most wonderful season of all, and for the women of Christmas Lights, it’s a time of magic, good cheer, and, most of all, family.
In this collection, we meet Katherine, Julianna, Adrianna, Cassandra, Victoria, Alexandra, and Isabella—seven women each wishing for their very own Christmas miracle. From Katherine, who is caring for an ailing loved one, to Cassandra, the busy mother of toddlers, and Adrianna, struggling with the difficulties of marriage, to Victoria, who is searching for a love to call her own, these stories perfectly capture the heart and soul of the holiday spirit. As Christmas Eve approaches, each woman strives to remember the reason for the season before coming together in a moving finale that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas.
Full of festive cheer, Christmas Lights is the perfect stocking stuffer for fans of Debbie Macomber and Fannie Flagg—or anyone longing to rediscover the magic of Christmas.
Some centers have become celebrated in the international exhibition circuit and the art market, but there is also an Asia beyond their ambit, and the book throws light upon major and minor, established and emergent geographies of art. Asia’s own internal minorities fracture any unified sense of place, and representing this diversity has become a major challenge for today’s curator.
What is the impact on contemporary art of state power and burgeoning economies, or the persistent stereotypes of Asian craftsmanship, exoticism, and religiosity or the new ones of terrorism and tourist paradise? The book aims to challenge some of these perceptions by viewing modern and contemporary Asian art not as a given field but as a project in flux, constantly under revision via art practice and curatorial interventions.
The Agony and the Ex-to-See\the ag-o-ne and the x-ta-ce\n.: Cosmic law that states your most embarrassing moment will be witnessed by your ex.
Kisstake\kis-tak\n.: The act of being caught swapping saliva with someone other than your girlfriend. Example: With his girlfriend out of town, Alan thinks he's safe to indulge in some illicit tongue-tango with this sassy little thing he's just met in a hole-in-the-wall club. Big kisstake!
Message in a Bottle\mes-ij n a bot-l\n.: The late-night, drunken message you left on his machine.
From the happily married who want to reminisce about their swinging single days, to the devastatingly single who want to be married, to the involved but not committed, BarCode is destined to become your new best friend.
In this delightful book, Christine Pisera Naman, whose son Trevor was born on that fateful day, has gathered together striking black-and-white photos of her child and forty-nine other babies who share the same birthday. Gathered from each of the fifty states in the union, these shining faces give hope to our nation as its citizens reflect on the anniversary of September 11.
With simple eloquence, the author shares two wishes that she has for each little one, such as:I hope that you find good in all people. I hope you catch snowflakes on your tongue. I hope you always have more than you need and share your plenty. I hope you are someone's dream come true.
Through the smiling photos of these precious babies, readers will remember that, even in tragedy, there is always a ray of sunshine. With new life, there is always hope.
A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated the Twin Towers Orphan Fund Charity.
- how mechanical fields close to material or geometrical singularities such as cracks can be determined;
- how failure criteria can be established according to the singularity degrees related to these discontinuities.
Concerning the determination of mechanical fields close to a crack tip, the first part of the book presents most of the traditional methods in order to classify them into two major categories. The first is based on the stress field, such as the Airy function, and the second resolves the problem from functions related to displacement fields. Following this, a new method based on the Hamiltonian system is presented in great detail. Local and energetic approaches to fracture are used in order to determine the fracture parameters such as stress intensity factor and energy release rate.
The second part of the book describes methodologies to establish the critical fracture loads and the crack growth criteria. Singular fields for homogeneous and non-homogeneous problems near crack tips,
v-notches, interfaces, etc. associated with the crack initiation and propagation laws in elastic and elastic-plastic media, allow us to determine the basis of failure criteria.
Each phenomenon studied is dealt with according to its conceptual and theoretical modeling, to its use in the criteria of fracture resistance; and finally to its implementation in terms of feasibility and numerical application.
Part 1: Stress Field Analysis Close to the Crack Tip
2. Review of Continuum Mechanics and the Behavior Laws.
3. Overview of Fracture Mechanics.
4. Fracture Mechanics.
5. Introduction to the Finite Element Analysis of Cracked Structures.
Part 2: Crack Growth Criteria
6. Crack Propagation.
7. Crack Growth Prediction in Elements of Steel Structures Submitted to Fatigue.
8. Potential Use of Crack Propagation Laws in Fatigue Life Design.
The book begins in 1979, when a sheltered child is preparing to make the journey of a lifetime. Naman was only 11 when he joined many friends and relatives in Los Angeles, leaving his parents behind in Iran. Accustomed to wealth, he had to discover a new way of life in crowded American streets. A shy stranger among foreign classmates with whom he could not even communicate, he accepted the difficult challenge of learning a new language and culture.
As Naman’s story unfolds, his parents join him in America, and he must soon divide his time between school and as a part-time employee for his father’s new business. College brings a wealth of opportunities and a series of romantic experiences that both enrich his life and break his heart.
From the delicate relationships cultivated in the world of international commerce to the influential qualities of Hebrew philosophy to the effects of male chauvinism on the human experience, Adam’s Rib steps from one subject to another in an intricate and intriguing dance from which each reader can learn. All the while, Naman’s fascinating experiences serve as a unique background to each genuinely enlightening topic. An exhilarating adventure awaits those who accept this “invitation to reality.”