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Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walt Disney World – 2012 Edition

Author: Doug Ingersoll Publisher: Alpha Publishing – 400 pages Book Review by Paiso Jamakar Believe it or not, but the author of this book has been visiting Walt Disney World for over 40 years and has made more than 100 trips there. If you have ever planned a trip to Disney World in (as it is called for short) in Orlando, Florida, it is bewildering. There is so much to see and do and there is just not enough time. It is not just the various combinations of tickets and schedules available. There’s other things to take care of such as your hotel accommodations, restaurants to go to, getting the most from your Disney dining dollars, including character meals, and much, much more. Which places to go to, and which not to because of lack of time? There’s the main theme park Magic Kingdom, of course. But there’s also Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios as some of your other distinct choices. Then there are water parks. There are various hotels, night clubs, golf courses and water parks in the area. Which ones to go to stay at, enjoy at, play at? Is this going to be a family vacation, romantic honeymoon or a business convention trip with some fun on the side? You need to decide ahead what you want to do and what attractions you are going...

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Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Stock Investing

Author: Sarah Young Fisher and Susan Shelly Publisher: Alpha-Penguin Books. 381 pages Book Review by Paiso Jamakar When it comes to stock investing Warren Buffett does it very well. He holds the world’s recording for having the highest return on investment for the longest period of time. There are many investors who have had very high returns in stock investing, even higher than Buffett, for periods of time. But no one has beaten his long-term record. There are many factors that affect long-term returns (which I define as a decade or longer) on stocks, and way more factors that affect short-term returns (one to ten years). My view is that several important factors affect long-term returns on stock investments. Most have to do with the fundamental finances of the company. With short-term investments, I believe returns are affected more by buying behavior, including what may be called “misbehavior.” Warren Buffett takes advantage of buying misbehavior – when traders hammer down a stock’s price (into bargain-basement territory) based on over-reaction to some bad news, but it does not affect the company’s fundamentals. He buys stock in such otherwise good-fundaments companies at what he calls “attractive prices.” Then he holds most of his shares for a long time. He has been quoted as saying that he would hold some of stocks ‘forever.’ Sarah Young Fisher and Susan Shelly have done a...

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Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Small-Space Gardening

Author: Chris McLaughlin Publisher: Alpha – 331 pages Book Review by:  Laxmi Chaandi When you do not have a lot of outdoor space around your house, or if you live in a condo, townhouse or an apartment, how do you plant fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers? And if you have adequate vertical space but very little ground, how do you ensure that your plants grow upwards instead of spreading around the sides horizontally? This is the book you need to approach all your small-space gardening problems and act as your guide. It is written by someone who has more than 30 years of experience on this subject. Chris McLaughlin is not just a gardener; she is an extensive writer on the subject. Chris has authored two other Complete Idiot’s Guides. One is on composting and the other on heirloom vegetables. Chris McLaughlin also writes for two magazines: The Heirloom Gardener and Urban Farm and contributes to www.VegetableGardener.com and www.BlissfullyDomestic.com. Her website is www.ASuburbanFarmer.com This book basically guides you to sow, tend and harvest your own delicious fruits, your healthful vegetables, your herbs to season your food and give it a little zing, and your ornamental plants to give your selected space a little color and liveliness. Obviously, the amount of space you have available will determine what you can plant. But often, people are not aware that some plants...

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Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Quilting Basics

Author: Laura Ehrlich Publisher: Alpha Books – 162 pages Book Review by:  Laxmi Chaandi In this book by Laura Ehrlich, who has taught quilting in craft stores, adult schools and recreation programs for 35 years, you learn what tools and supplies you need; how to choose coordinating fabrics and calculate how much you need of each; tips on making templates; how to piece your blocks; the basics of batting, backing, and basting; and how to design, cut and stitch your quilts, make appliqués and add finishing touches. The book has got photos of finished quilts, as well as lists (with some drawings) of the tools of the trade you’ll need to make the quilts, such as graph paper, hoop, knitting wool, oak tag paper, pencils, pins, poster board, quilting needles, rotary cutter, rubber cement, rulers, seam rippers, sandpaper, scissors, thread, thimbles and other things. To help you get started with ideas on what to quilt, the book has got diagrams of numerous designs for you to choose from, whether you’re going to quilt with your hand only or a sewing machine or both. Like other Idiot’s Guides books, this one is organized into a few parts with a broad outline and subject matter, with each part having chapters pertaining to a portion of the subject matter. This book gives you an overview of its content with five parts. Part...

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Book Review: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition

Author: Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. Publisher: Alpha Publishing – 332 pages Book Review by Paiso Jamakar Like other members of the family of The Complete Idiot’s Guides, this is a well-thought-out, well-organized, and well-written book. In this large book of over 330 pages that is reflective of a wealth of knowledge of the author, plant-based dietitian Julieanna Hever provides important information for the general public as well as special diets created for specific groups of people, such as for children, post-natal moms, senior citizens, overweight or underweight people, those engaged in strenuous sports, or those afflicted with certain ailments, such as cancer or heart disease, for example. This book contains 45 recipes for cooking nutritious plant-based meals, as well one week’s worth of sample menus for you to enjoy. It is delightful that the Foreword to this book was written by Dr. T.Colin Campbell, who along with his son Dr. Thomas Campbell authored the monumental bestseller on the relationship between nutrition and health, The China Study. The book is divided into four main parts. Part 1 explains the various healthful benefits of a plant-based diet. In Part 2, you learn how to live a plant-based life. It tells you of the myths that have been popularized, such as that plant foods cannot adequately fulfill a human body’s protein needs. Part 3 addresses special nutritional needs of specific groups...

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