Jesse believes that the future will be better. One day, he'll make up for all his mistakes and achieve perfection. That belief had sustained him for most of his sixty-five years. It helped him get through the bad times, those days when the brandy failed to drown the sorrow and shame. When sleep unleashed painful memories that refused to fade. He still has some bad days as he lives out his autumn years in Dublin. But his worst days were in New York in 1976. After that city had nearly crushed him, he'd fled to Dublin, a broken man. But he was determined to rebuild himself, brick by brick, improving day by day. Back in the 1970s, Jesse was a successful young ad man on Madison Avenue. He'd succeeded because he was willing, indeed eager, to do anything to advance his career. He'd endure countless dinner parties where cloaks and daggers dangled behind the wine and cheese. He'd sleep with anyone who could bring him closer to his goals. And he'd punch those who stood in his way. It all seemed like a good plan, right up until the day he brought a pistol to work. For years in those offices and meeting rooms, they all thought they were kings, living it up in their high palaces of power. As it all fell apart for Jesse in 1976, he realised they were all just fumbling in the dimestore. Throughout it all, his wife Clara stood by him. Until he finally pushed her away. She could see he was drowning and tried to reach him, but he just lashed out and ruined the one remaining good thing in his life. And then fled from the wreckage. As the chaos whirled around him, Jesse found some solace in blues songs. He still listens to those songs now that he's settled in Dublin. Some days, he hears Bob Dylan singing about a world that's condemned, a world that needs Blind Willie McTell to sing at its funeral. Other days, it's Fingers Flaherty bawling about a life that's crumbling in his hands. No matter how bad Jesse felt - and he often felt beyond terrible - he knew that at least his life wasn't as fraught as Flaherty's. And now that the storms have long passed, Jesse still often thinks that Flaherty is the only person who understands him. Jesse's life is less volcanic now. Instead of trying to shoot his work colleagues, he simply tries to avoid the domestic squabbles that clatter around him in the apartment building. He enjoys the company of his young neighbour Moses, a relentlessly unhappy cubicle rat lost in the maze of office politics. He learns to tolerate Bill and Tiffany, the volatile couple across the hall whose love for each other is so strong, it threatens to rip them apart. Most important of all, he tries to build a meaningful relationship with Lucy, the widow in the next apartment. As they grow closer together and slowly reveal more of their memories to each other, Jesse feels the uncomfortable presence of the New York ghosts getting stronger. Jesse knows he isn't perfect. He's made many mistakes and will probably make more in the future. Now, with the possibility of contentment finally within his grasp, will he be allowed one final chance to be happy? Or will the ghosts from his past once again refuse to lie down in their graves?
Introduction Science does not have to be a scary thing reserved for people who wear white lab coats and work in sterile looking laboratories. Many scientists do not work in a lab. Some wear their favorite jeans, sneakers, and a T-shirt every day. Science does not have to be complicated by math. The basic concepts of science are as important as the math that is usually used to describe what is happening. Science does not have to involve experiments that damage the Earth or aid in making bigger, more powerful guns and bombs. Environmental scientists perform experiments that help the environment. Medical researchers do work that relieves pain and prolongs life. Science can be fun. If it weren't for science, we wouldn't have TVs, arcade games, ovens, TV dinners, microwaveable popcorn, bicycles, VCRs, elevators, escalators, cars, motorcycles, sewing machines, paper, or computers. Science is something that you can do every day of your life-using objects that you find in your house, in your yard, or at a store. When I was a youngster, I always wanted to know what made things work. I liked to do experiments. There were not many books that explained scientific principles using normal, everyday objects. Later on, as an adult, I wanted to write a few books that would help students perform experiments and have fun, while learning science at home. Sometimes it's a real drag to sit and listen to a teacher explain things. It can be much more fun-and more revealing-to perform these experiments and observations yourself. This book is intended to help you learn about science by performing experiments and making observations with items that you can find in almost any housewares store or housewares department of a large department store. You do not have to buy any of the items described in this book-you can examine them to see how they work while browsing in the store. But if you decide to do this, be sure to handle the merchandise carefully. Do not break or destroy the items or their packaging. To write this book, I went to a number of housewares stores and found many items that utilize scientific principles. Some of these items are so simple that you might not realize that there is a scientific basis to them. After you read this book, you might want to take some friends through one of these stores and ask them if they know why certain things work. Scattered throughout this book you will see a safety symbol. Ask an adult to help you whenever you see this symbol. The symbol indicates that the experiment is a little bit dangerous or difficult. I'd hate to see you get discouraged or hurt while you're learning about science in a housewares store!
At a birthday party, Curious George discovers how hard it is to hit a pinata without being able to see. He sets out on a trek around the city with the help of Charkie, the dog, to explore using his other senses. When he returns to the party, George applies his heightened senses to make a direct hit at the pinata
William Stukeley's 1740 study of Stonehenge stands out among the huge number of books on the subject. Stukeley was a pioneer preservationist. He lamented the callous treatment of the majestic ruins both by tourists and landholders. He coined the term 'trilithon' for the doorway-like arrangement of three stones, now common in the literature about megalithic architecture. Stukeley was one of the first to make accurate drawings of the site. The drawings are included in the text but also as seperate prints at the rear of the book to make research easisr The three dozen illustrations to this book, which show Stonehenge from every angle and document its context in the 18th century landscape, are still used today by scholars. He also did some rudimentary archeology, and describes opening the grave of a warrior princess.
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