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Our Bucket List Journal for Couples (Printable Version)

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Publisher : Sheba Blake Publishing Corp.

Number of Pages : 103

Category : Self-Help

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Book Summary: Our Bucket List for Couples is the perfect bucket list journal! Why You'll Love This Book: • Create unique bucket list goals you want to accomplish together. More specifically, there is an activity section for couples to brainstorm before choosing their bucket list items together. • Journal your bucket list adventure memories together. • Bucket list ideas for couples. • Bucket List Journaling pages to write your bucket list experiences. • Printable version for printing at home. • A nice sized format (8.5"x11") to print. This bucket list journal makes a great engagement, relationship anniversary, bridal shower, Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays, holidays, or wedding gift for your friends and family. Easy to carry - this journal is the perfect size for traveling.

Cancer Wasn’T on My Bucket List! a Personal Journal

Author : Bree Kayson

ISBN10 : 1504364104

Publisher : Balboa Press

Number of Pages : 178

Category : Health & Fitness

Viewed : 1941

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Book Summary: Have you ever had a defining moment that changed the course of your life? Within these pages, Bree Kayson recounts the tragedy of losing her mother at a young age. She talks about the challenge to find her way and discover self-worth. Bree shares what it was like to work on cruise ships, and divulges reckless adventures. This revealing, moving memoir is a voyeuristic glimpse into a breast cancer diagnosis. The raw excerpts of Brees personal journal will take you there. Although sprinkled with tear-jerking moments, her story is ultimately one of hope and inspiration. Its about stepping into your own power and overcoming unexpected obstacles. The message speaks not only to someone facing cancer; it resonates with anyone going through a difficult experience.

Libido Tsunami

Author : Cate Burns

ISBN10 : 0996325514

Publisher : Savant Books & Publications

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: Libido Tsunami is a collection of 40 short stories exploring human tragedy, drama, vulnerability and adventure. In them, Burns salutes the droll in life through humor. The stories are grouped into four topics: A Flood of Family, Male Amazements, The Unknown Hawaii, and The Life Divine. From surviving complicated relationships to embracing Aloha and saving wild chickens, this work has something for everyone.

DIY Bucket List

Author : Molly Burford

ISBN10 : 1507215622

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Number of Pages : 176

Category : Self-Help

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Book Summary: Do everything you’ve ever dreamed of—big or small—and start living your best life today with this personalized bucket list planner so you never miss out on the important things in life again. Life is short—and we never know what’s going to happen tomorrow, next month, or next year. Now is the perfect time to identify and plan for all the things you’ve been meaning to do—whether it’s spending more time with your grandmother, attending a concert by your favorite band, or climbing Mount Everest. But many of us press the pause button on our dreams because we don’t know where to start when it comes to accomplishing them. DIY Bucket List is here to help! DIY Bucket List helps you determine which experiences you don’t want to miss in your life and gives you the prompts and tools to plan your adventures, however modest or grand. Inside the planning journal you will find: -Brainstorming prompts to help you discover your values and interests -Checklists for movies, plays, books, achievements, and experiences you don’t want to miss -Planning pages to help you plot your own big life adventures with space to reflect on your experiences afterwards turning this book into a keepsake of all you have accomplished So don’t spend another minute dreaming about what you’re going to “someday” and start working on a plan to make those dreams into reality!

A Boy and His Horn: The Personal Journal & Memoirs of

Author : Duane Howard

ISBN10 : 1483496198

Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: It would appear from the title of this book, “A Boy and His Horn,” to be a fictional novel if it wasn’t for the fact that his story is true, every word of it! There was a confirmed possibility that this “boy” and his horn would have never been born if it wasn’t for his dear mother’s new found Christian faith and her public conversion in 1933. Though much of this book is based on a historical journal and autobiography, it is Duane's strong conviction that God had a purpose for his life, as he believes He has for all of us, and feels compelled to share his story. Duane continues to feel blessed with God’s gracious gift and talent he discovered in his very early childhood. This God given gift has since become his lifelong passion. It has continued to nourish his spirit.

The Carriage Journal

Author : Jill Ryder

ISBN10 :

Publisher : Carriage Assoc. of America

Number of Pages : 64

Category : History

Viewed : 455

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Book Summary: A Carriage Restoratiofromn Shop in Andalusia [ the story of Carruajes Alba} by KEN WHEELING Horse Clothing reprinted from MOSEMAN'S ILLUSTRATED GUIDE Americans in Australia (driving a Cobb & Co. coach} by GLORIA AUSTIN

The Bible Bucket List

Author : Paul Kacsur

ISBN10 : 1644583046

Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.

Number of Pages : 110

Category : Religion

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Book Summary: People get excited discussing bucket lists. It's fun to plan out-of-the-ordinary events or travels. Obviously, a bucket list contains special things we'd like to accomplish before we are gone. Hence the term "bucket list" because we want to do this or that before we kick the bucket. That's okay, but how often do we think about something we'd like to do to please the Lord before we're gone? Maybe this thing is a Christian discipline or something we've read about in the Bible that one of our favorite characters did. Wherever this desire or idea comes from, we know our time is limited. If we are going to do something outstanding and memorable before we are gone, wouldn't it be fitting to dedicate some of these actions to the Lord? This book contains suggestions or ideas of things that will be of interest to Christians. Some are relatively easy. Others will require more energy and even intense prayer on our part. Some of the things mentioned should have been done long ago. One thing is certain, whatever we do to please the Lord will affect us and have more impact on others than things we do just for ourselves. This is because people usually don't think along these lines. As we observe the world around us with all sorts of ideas of what makes life worthwhile, Christians should lead the way by our actions. Only things done for the kingdom of God have any lasting impact after we are gone from this short life. We can say anything about any subject, but what we do and for what reason are what matters. Let these ideas be used for meditation and contemplation, especially as we consider how little time we have left. Christians should have a bucket list, and you will get good ideas here. This may be just the thing to motivate you to do something more for the glory of God and your relationship with Him. It is our prayer that this book does just that. Start planning you Bible bucket list now. You will shock your friends! Good things like these, the sort of things we do unto the Lord and for His glory, won't just happen. We must make them happen. It's getting later than you think. To God be all the glory!

Gizelle's Bucket List

Author : Lauren Fern Watt

ISBN10 : 150112367X

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Number of Pages : 256

Category : Pets

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Book Summary: The epic adventure of a 160-pound English Mastiff and the twentysomething girl who grew up alongside her—“as much a story about growing up as about letting go of things that cannot be changed…and a reminder of the profound healing connection that can exist between humans and the pets they love” (Kirkus Reviews). When Lauren Fern Watt moved to New York after college, she took her 160-pound English Mastiff, Gizelle, with her. And though it wasn’t easy, she managed to find a dog-friendly (albeit tiny) apartment in the middle of it all—Times Square. Gizelle was there for Lauren’s first job, her mother’s struggle with addiction, her New York romances, and the ups and downs of becoming an adult in the big city. But when Gizelle got sick, Lauren realized her best friend might not be such a constant after all, and she designed an epic bucket list to make the absolute most of the time they had left. Bursting with charm, Gizelle’s Bucket List is “an inspirational, uplifting experience that will leave you feeling that anything is possible. For anyone who has had a pet; who has loved and lost; who has hoped for the future, this is an enchanting story of an unlikely journey that will stay with you for a long time” (Elle, UK).

Essays on Consciousness: Towards a New Paradigm

Author : Ingrid Fredriksson

ISBN10 : 1982208120

Publisher : Balboa Press

Number of Pages : 342

Category : Science

Viewed : 1779

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Book Summary: Essays on Consciousness: Towards a New Paradigm is Ingrid Fredriksson ́s third book on consciousness and includzes famous coauthors from all over the world—Deepak Chopra ́s coauthor Menas C. Kafatos on The Mysteries of Consciousness, as well as Elizabeth A. Raucher, Russell Targ, and Dr. Amit Goswami, to name a few. Olle Johansson, PhD (Sweden), writes in this book about understanding adverse health effects of artificial electromagnetic fields. Is rocket science needed or just common sense? This is a very important question these days. Eve Isham will talk on “Save Free Will from Science,” and Rupert Sheldrake, PhD (England), will talk on “The Extended Mind.” “Millennial Science,” “The Imminent Age of Discovery’s Conscious Technologies” is Richard L. Amoro ́s. These are interesting chapters in this book. Carl Johan Calleman, PhD (Mexico), writes about “The Origin and History of the Human Mind,” and Attila Grandpierre, PhD (Hungary), writes “All Is One: The One, the Universe, and Consciousness.” Gerard J. F. Blommestijn, PhD (Netherlands), has “A Theory on the Relation between Quantum Mechanical Reduction Process and Consciousness.” “Direct Experience: The Open Door to Realize Limitless Consciousness” is Klaus Stüben’s, PhD (Germany), interesting chapter. Anita Westlund has “Finding of a Big Chakra Involving the Cheops Pyramid of Giza.” It is built on the Fibonacci series of holy numbers. It is a circle quadrature in the very soil matter of the globe. “Music and Consciousness” is Alexander Graur ́s fabulous chapter, and “Can Consciousness Influence Our Epigenetics and Can Epigenetic Influence Our Consciousness” is Ingrid Fredriksson ́s part on our day’s new paradigm. The book is fascinating, highly educational, and informative—a must-have!

Sarah Jane's Travel Memoirs Series Boxset

Author : Sarah Jane Butfield

ISBN10 :

Publisher : Rukia Publishing

Number of Pages : 490

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 1908

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Book Summary: Glass Half Full: Our Australian Adventure Find out what it takes to keep the Glass Half Full, as challenging life events including grief, loss, PTSD and devastating floods, test this expat step-family to their limits. After enduring divorce and numerous child custody battles, Sarah Jane knew that a fresh start in Australia was their only chance of future happiness and that as a family they were making the right decisions. Living the Australian dream in Alice Springs was everything they hoped for until life-changing events started to test the foundations of this resilient family. Using every ounce of positivity they could muster they struggled on and just as they thought the worst was over Mother Nature intervened and washed away the roots to their new life during the Brisbane floods of 2011. This story lets you experience Australian life with an inspirational woman and her courageous family, as they struggle to survive challenging life events and keep their dreams alive. Life is never without its challenges, but how many life-changing events can one family endure before they reach breaking point? Find out in this heart wrenching and touching true story. Two Dogs and a Suitcase: Clueless in Charente Follows the French exploits of Sarah Jane and her family as they endeavour to rebuild their lives in another new country, after spending four and half years in Australia. The title says it all: literally what they have and where they are, but that's only part of the story. Their goal was to focus positively on the present and to start a new, optimistic chapter back in Europe nearer to the children, leaving the dark clouds of the challenges they faced in Australia as a distant memory. Share their experiences as they arrive in rural South West France portrayed through Sarah Jane’s reflections, thoughts and observations about her family and their new French lifestyle. Follow Sarah Jane’s tentative steps into a writing career as they start renovating a rustic cottage while managing the ups and downs of family life. Once again, Sarah Jane will make you laugh and cry as she endeavours to live life to the fullest with a generous helping of positive spin thrown in for good measure. Our Frugal Summer in Charente: An Expat’s Kitchen Garden Journal Meet Sarah Jane, a woman with a reputation for culinary catastrophe who tries to keep her family fed in challenging circumstances in rural France. Frugal living was not part of the plan when they arrived from Australia to undertake the renovation of a quaint cottage in the Charente. However, when life throws them a curve-ball the challenge was set. How would they survive in France with very little money and two Australian cattle dogs. The answer came in the form of 5 chickens, 4 ducks, a vegetable garden and hedgerow foraging! The frugal plan was to save money by any means possible, to enable any money they could earn to be invested into continuing the renovation of the cottage. In true ‘Good Life’ style Sarah Jane attacks this challenge head on by keeping some small livestock and converting a garden, that resembled a meadow, into a French ‘potager’ or kitchen garden.The French tradition of using produce from their ‘potagers’ is renowned for enabling families to create meals that are healthy, cost effective and simple. There are 31 recipes for a variety of food and drinks, included in a month by month account, of how they transformed a neglected garden into a frugal yet productive expat kitchen garden.

The Heart Between Us

Author : Lindsay Harrel

ISBN10 : 0718075714

Publisher : Thomas Nelson

Number of Pages : 336

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: “Lindsay Harrel has penned a charming story that is sure to touch the hearts of her readers. Through the stories of Megan and her sister Crystal, readers get a glimpse of adventure, restoration, conquered fears, and realized dreams. Lindsay will no doubt win readers with this heartfelt story.” —Lauren K. Denton, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Hideaway and Hurricane Season, on The Heart Between Us From award-winning author Lindsay Harrel comes a powerful story of adventure, healing, and learning how to live life to the fullest. Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide and living with her parents in her small Minnesota hometown, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks. When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship. As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most. “A sweet story of sisterhood, familial bonds, sacrificial love, and finding your own identity amidst the storms of life. Poignant with tender moments, as well as laughter, The Heart Between Us is a touching novel that is sure to please.” —Catherine West, author of Where Hope Begins “I love this story of facing our fears. Harrel pens a clever, well-written love story between two sisters, the men in their lives and the dreams of a heart donor. Life is more f letting than we know, and this timeless story reminds us to love well.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author, on The Heart Between Us “The Heart Between Us is an absolute gem of a story. The intriguing premise drew me in from the start, but it was the authentic characters and their relatable struggles that kept me reading. I especially loved getting to travel vicariously through Megan and Crystal! A heart-tugging, not-to-be-missed book from an author who belongs on your keeper shelf.” —Melissa Tagg, author of the Walker Family series

A Civil War Correspondent in New Orleans

Author : Albert Gaius Hills

ISBN10 : 147660018X

Publisher : McFarland

Number of Pages : 204

Category : History

Viewed : 1911

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Book Summary: This book contains the transcribed journals and reports of a war correspondent for the Boston Journal covering the campaign that captured New Orleans in 1862. Hills’ journals begin in November 1861 and describe the Union preparations for the main assault and subsequent move up the Mississippi river, the attack on forts Jackson and St. Phillip, and his impression of the captured city. His observations from Union vessels in the Gulf Squadron as he covered the war in the Gulf are also included. His articles for the Boston Journal have herein been set near timely journal entries along with other notes to help the reader understand the context of what was going on in the war at the same time. A narrative of Hills’ life using available records and family documents is included.

A Lifetime of Genesis

Author : Henry A. Zoob

ISBN10 : 1498295061

Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers

Number of Pages : 210

Category : Religion

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Book Summary: For many readers of the Bible, there are two major obstacles to the enjoyment of scripture: comprehension and relevancy. In A Lifetime of Genesis, Rabbi Zoob seeks to help the reader overcome these obstacles. In clear, logical prose, Rabbi Zoob explains the course of the Covenant of Abraham in Genesis and how each major player--Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, and Leah--has an impact on the development and continuity of the Covenant of Abraham. He solves the relevancy problem by sharing stories from his life that are connected to the patriarchal and matriarchal events and themes in each previous chapter. For example, following an analysis of the challenge of infertility that Abraham and Sarah faced, he tells the story of how he and his wife Barbara struggled through thirteen years of childlessness. And after the chapter on how Jacob wrestled with the angel and the many challenges in his life, Rabbi Zoob recalls his sibling struggles with his brother and his wrestling with seasonal depression. Rabbi Zoob hopes that his use of this midrashic process to discover personal insights will encourage the reader to do the same.

The Ultimate Retirement Bucket List

Author : Sarah Billington

ISBN10 : 1646040503

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Number of Pages : 192

Category : Self-Help

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Book Summary: Make the most of retirement with this guided, interactive bucket list packed full of ideas and prompts that will help you fill your days with meaningful, budget-friendly memory-making activities—a perfect retirement gift for new retirees! Retirement can be daunting—how can you make your time as meaningful as possible? Now is the perfect opportunity to focus on YOU and what’s important. Featuring 101 fun suggestions to build your hobbies, deepen your relationships, and enjoy some hard-earned leisure time, this book has something for everyone. Ideas you’ll find inside include: creativity-sparking class suggestions inspiration to reconnect with old friends brain-boosting challenges delicious and healthy cooking exciting new reading recommendations You’ll also find handy tracking sheets for staying on top of your medications, setting smart goals, and building new, positive habits. Your third act can be your best act yet!

The Bucket List

Author : Georgia Clark

ISBN10 : 1501173049

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Number of Pages : 352

Category : Fiction

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Book Summary: “Emotional, hilarious, and thought-provoking.” —People “Witty, sexy.” —Los Angeles Times #1 Cosmopolitan Best New Books of Summer PureWow Best Reads of Summer From the author of the critically acclaimed “lively and engrossing parable for women of all generations” (Harper’s Bazaar) The Regulars­, comes a deeply funny and thoughtful tale of a young woman who embarks on an unforgettable bucket list adventure. Twenty-five-old Lacey Whitman is blindsided when she’s diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene mutation: the “breast cancer” gene. Her high hereditary risk forces a decision: increased surveillance or the more radical step of a preventative double mastectomy. Lacey doesn't want to lose her breasts. For one, she’s juggling two career paths. Secondly, small-town Lacey’s not so in touch with her sexuality: she doesn’t want to sacrifice her breasts before she’s had the chance to give them their hey-day. To help her make her choice, she (and her friends) creates a “boob bucket list”: everything she wants do with and for her boobs before a possible surgery. This kicks off a year of sensual exploration and sexual entertainment for the quick-witted Lacey Whitman. The Bucket List cleverly and compassionately explores Lacey’s relationship to her body and her future. Both are things Lacey thought she could control through hard work and sacrifice. But the future, it turns out, is more complicated than she could ever imagine. Featuring the pitch-perfect “compulsively delicious” (Redbook) prose of The Regulars, The Bucket List is perfect for fans of Amy Poeppel and Sophie Kinsella.

Creative Love

Author : Jeremy Roloff,Audrey Roloff

ISBN10 : 0310451981

Publisher : Zondervan

Number of Pages : 208

Category : Religion

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Book Summary: An essential follow-up to their New York Times bestselling book, A Love Letter Life, Jeremy and Audrey Roloff introduce Creative Love, a timeless relationship book for couples that offers practical advice for creating a fun, fulfilling, and forever love story. You may know the Roloffs from the television show Little People, Big World, their Behind the Scenes podcast, or following their growing family online. The Roloffs are passionate about encouraging healthy, life-giving relationships. They share relationship advice from a place of humility as they continually learn what it means to love one another creatively, intentionally, and faithfully, while pursuing a godly marriage. Focusing on dating and marriage through the lens of faith and creativity, Creative Love provides insights on the following topics: Communicating in ways that grow your love Adventuring together in every season Preventing and resolving conflict in creative ways Making traditions and commemorating meaningful moments Giving unique gifts that say, "I see you" Establishing values and dreaming together Pursing God's design for love and marriage And more! Whether you are beginning a new dating relationship, are recently engaged, or have been married for decades, Creative Love is inspiring for any stage of a romantic relationship. This book: Shares the Roloffs' honest struggles, best relationship practices, and steps to making an unbreakable bond Provides a "Get Creative" challenge in each chapter to help you put the ideas into action Features a beautiful, romantic design and stunning photography, including some never-seen-before photos from the Roloffs' personal collection Includes conversation starters and idea lists for going on dates, giving gifts, and celebrating special moments Has a presentation page to make gift-giving easy Is a perfect gift for yourself--or your boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse--for Valentine's Day, engagement parties, weddings, or anniversaries Join the Roloffs as they share real-life stories that invite you into meaningful conversations, love-strengthening practices, and creative ways to live the love story you'd want read back to you one day!

Last Lunch

Author : William (Bill) Funnemark

ISBN10 : 1977214401

Publisher : Outskirts Press

Number of Pages : 241

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 1905

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Book Summary: “My head is spinning. I think I’m going to be sick. I think I need to go to the hospital, but I’m so dizzy I don’t think I can walk.” The last words my wife spoke to me before she slipped into a coma, never to wake up. It began as a wonderful vacation with friends but turned into a nightmare. A nightmare that changed my life in a way no one could have foreseen. Death has a way doing that. The experts try to help you in the aftermath but each of us go through the grieving process in our own way. My path to recovery is unique to me. Your path will be unique to you. No one can prepare you for this kind of journey, you must make your own path. I have read what some of the experts have to say and some of their advice was helpful. Some of their advice just didn’t help at all. “Last Lunch” is my story of what it is like to lose your best friend, your wife, your lover, the mother of your children, and then pick up the pieces and go on living. It is a story of my faith in God and the love of family and friends. It’s a story that has no ending. One day I just stopped writing.

F*ck the Bucket List for the Adventurer

Author : Ayelet Baron

ISBN10 : 1647042496

Publisher : Bublish, Inc.

Number of Pages : N.A

Category : Self-Help

Viewed : 1979

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Book Summary: At a certain point in your journey, you may not know where you’re headed but you become more curious and courageous to experience life and all it has to offer. Your heart knows when you’re ready to take the first few steps. And once you do, nothing will ever be the same. No one can do this work for you; it’s your job to become fully aware that you are standing at a juncture of possibilities. Are you entertaining thoughts about a healthier direction in your life? Are you ready to experiment and try things on to see what actually fits you? Through all of the knowing and unknowing, the visible and invisible, facts and mystery, loss and gain, sanity, and insanity of it all—you are here. Trekking into the unknown takes courage because it forces you to realize how much you don’t really know. F*ck the Bucket List inspires you to ask questions, dig deep, and create your own meaning. The story starts and ends at your own pace. This isn’t just another self-help book, spiritual book, or memoir—it’s an experience, beyond categories and labels, that asks each of us to tap into the universal wisdom that says we can live our lives our own way. This book is for anyone who is ready to question everything, and simply say f*ck it—or whatever words you choose to use—when something in life no longer serves you. Are you ready to discover the wonder of you (Book 1, for the Soul), trek into the unknown (Book 2, for the Adventurer), and trust your heart (Book 3, for the Health Conscious)?

The BFF Bucket List

Author : Dee Romito

ISBN10 : 1481446444

Publisher : Simon and Schuster

Number of Pages : 240

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: When best friends Skylar and Ella begin to drift apart, they try to fix their friendship by creating the ultimate BFF Summer Bucket List in this funny and heartfelt M!X novel. Ella and Skyler have been best friends since kindergarten—so close that people smoosh their names together like they’re the same person: EllaandSkyler. SkylerandElla. But Ella notices the little ways she and Skyler have been slowly drifting apart. And she's determined to fix things with a fun project she's sure will bring them closer together—The BFF Bucket List. Skyler is totally on board. The girls must complete each task on the list together: things like facing their fears, hosting a fancy dinner party, and the biggest of them all—speaking actual words to their respective crushes before the end of summer. But as new friends, epic opportunities, and super-cute boys enter the picture, the challenges on the list aren’t the only ones they face. And with each girl hiding a big secret that could threaten their entire friendship, will the list—and their BFF status—go bust?

Special Duties Pilot

Author : John M Billings

ISBN10 : 1526786273

Publisher : Air World

Number of Pages : 248

Category : Biography & Autobiography

Viewed : 580

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Book Summary: If there was ever a man who was born to fly, it is John M. Billings. He took his first plane ride in 1926, began taking piloting lessons in 1938, and joined the US Army Air Force in July 1942. After training he was assigned to fly Consolidated B-24 Liberator long-range bombers. He joined the 825th Bombardment Squadron of the 484th Bombardment Group. After flying fifteen daylight strategic bombing missions, Billings was selected for assignment to the 885th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) (Special). As its designation suggests, the 885th was no regular bombing unit. The 885th specialized in flying top secret, low-altitude missions at night in support of the clandestine operations of the OSS and the Special Operations Executive. The unit’s covert missions included parachuting OSS and SOE agents and supplies deep inside German territory. The most eventful and dangerous of Billings’ thirty-nine secret missions with the 885th was his assignment in February 1945 to clandestinely insert a three-man OSS team, code-named Greenup, into Austria. The drop zone selected for the Greenup insertion was located on a glacier in a valley surrounded by mountains in the middle of the snow-covered Alps. Billings and his crew finally found the weather in the Alps clear enough to spot the drop zone, slip their unwieldy B-24 between the mountain peaks and descend to an altitude just a few hundred feet above the moonlit snow. On Billings’ signal, the OSS agents parachuted right on target. The insertion of this OSS team was the inspiration for the feature film Inglorious Bastards. However, Brad Pitt’s vengeful character was far removed from the leader of the Greenup team, Fred Mayer, who achieved success by infiltrating enemy ranks to gain vital intelligence. After the war, John Billings flew with Trans World Airlines and Eastern Airlines. He also flew more than 300 ‘Angel Flight’ airlift missions which involve the specialized aerial transportation of critically ill medical patients. This is one man’s story of a remarkable lifetime of flying, both in peace and in war.