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Almost Happy"Almost Happy"

by Dr. Brian Kaplan and Hephzibah KaplanIt's a proven fact: We are healthier and happier when we are laughing. Not only is laughter good for our body, mind and spirit, but it can also help us face the uncomfortable challenge of dealing with our personal difficulties."Almost Happy: Pushing Your Buttons With Reverse Psychology" provides practical and accessible ways to use humor to effect change. Reverse psychology can provoke us to discover, own and enact authentic solutions to many of our issues. Are you ready to read a book that will gently tease you about your issues? Some 114 original buttons and provocative suggestions are offered with a twinkle in the eye and affection in the heart. Purchase at



Worldmaker of Yand-Yildun"Worldmaker of Yand-Yildun"

by Andri E. EliaOn the planet Yand lives a species of winged humanoids. Yanara is a very powerful female wizard. She and her two spouses, her wife Mandolen and her husband Frost, fight a very savage enemy that came at them from space. The three of them defend their planet against genocide, while at the same time raising their very special and unconventional family. Their star, Yildun, is the second star on the tail of Ursa minor, below Polaris.The author is a Ph.D. scientist and an astronomy buff. "I love this beautiful planet. Let's do our best to help it retain its beauty for the generations to come," she says. Purchase at



How to Alleviate Digital Transformation Debt: post-Covid-19"How to Alleviate Digital Transformation Debt: post-Covid-19"

by Dr. Setrag KhoshafianWe are amid a digital revolution with unprecedented innovations. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the requirements for "Digital Transformation." Organizations need to adapt and transform to survive and hopefully thrive.At the core of digitization, there is an underlying principle of "debt." Technical debt "reflects the implied cost of additional rework caused by choosing an easy solution now instead of using a better approach that would take longer." If an organization ignores digital transformation for "easy solutions," the debt accumulates and can have disastrous consequences. What does Digital Transformation mean? What are the opportunities? What are the best practices? What are practical recommendations to alleviate the Digital Transformation Debt? Purchase at


 The Quantum Effect: Mission Covid-19"The Quantum Effect: Mission Covid-19"

by Nicklois LeonardWas the COVID-19 virus man-made, or naturally occurring? Was the virus accidentally or intentionally released? Does Area 51 really exist? This engaging action-adventure reveals how the White House, Department of Defense, CIA and Navy SEALs as well as the Chinese Ministry of Health are all caught in an intricate web of clandestine operations based on the discovery of a new highly advanced time-travel technology.The book explores the origin of the Covid-19 virus and how it was unleashed on society. Follow Commander Maxwell as he leads his team on a high-stakes game of cat and mouse to learn the truth behind the virus once and for all. Purchase at


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)There's no such thing as too much storage space. And that goes double for thoughtfully designed, carefully constructed cabinets, closets, shelves, and other home stowage solutions. "The most successful built-in storage answers a specific need," notes Linda Jovanovich, of the

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r. "It might be micro scale, like a drawer to store and charge electronic devices, or a macro project, such as outfitting an entire mudroom, but its usefulness, durability, and aesthetics will depend on how good the planning, materials, and execution are. Hardwood's versatility, strength, and good looks make it an ideal starting point when considering most home storage problems." Here are six inspiring examples of what Linda is talking about. 1. In-drawer charging stationIn-drawer charging stationSmart phones, tablets, and other personal electronic devices, along with their tangle-prone power cords, are a perennial source of clutter. A dedicated drawer equipped with a charging outlet, as shown in this Chappaqua, New York custom kitchen by Studio Dearborn, gets the gadgets out of the way-and looking great against the blond wood millwork-while they power up. Photograph: Adam Kane Macchia2. Pots and pans drawers and pulloutsPots and pans drawers and pulloutsStudio Dearborn tackles an even bigger problem-how to keep pots, pans, and other culinary equipment close to a cooktop without creating a jumble-in this Sleepy Hollow, New York custom kitchen. A deep center drawer holding bulky saucepans is flanked by a pair of vertical pullouts for smaller utensils and bottles of cooking oil, a practical and elegant solution. Photograph: Adam Kane Macchia3. Kitchen island storageKitchen island storageA custom kitchen in Chicago by 210 Design House featuring Plain & Fancy cabinetry makes exemplary use of the center island's inherent storage possibilities. Open shelves and deep cubbies not only help break up a visually massive piece of solid-walnut furniture but also provide neat pigeonholes for magazines and attractive display space for silverware, ceramics, and wickerwork. Photograph: Tony Soluri Photography4. Under-stair storageUnder-stair storageThe wedge-shape void beneath a staircase is often underutilized real estate in multilevel residences. Specht Architects makes the most of this no-man's-land in a tiny New York loft with a triangle of custom built-in cupboards and drawers. Exquisitely calibrated to use the maximum available space, the storage wall also creates an almost sculptural work of decorative design. Photograph: Taggart Sorensen5. Built-in wine storageBuilt-in wine storageThe space at the top of a staircase can be almost as problematic as the underside. In remodeling an Omaha, Nebraska house, Steven Ginn Architects and designer Marilyn Offut use custom hardwood shelving, cabinets, and wine-storage system to create a welcoming and practical cellar in what otherwise could be a wasted nook. Photograph: Kessler Photography6. Mud room built-insMud room built-insMaking the most of this Denver, Colorado mudroom's generous dimensions, Terra Firma Custom Homes has provided separate alder cubbies for each member of a family. While all share a bench for taking off boots, there are individual under-seat recesses for storing damp footwear, hooks for outdoor clothing, and wire-mesh-fronted lockers for personal items. Photograph: Kimberly Gavin PhotographyVisit


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