Renny is your average teenager. He's tall, lanky, and an easy target for the neighborhood bully. But things quickly change when his parents buy him a not-so-average dog. Entering "Ernie's Pet Shack" was an experience Renny would not soon forget, nor could he guess the adventure that awaited him once he took his dog, Lou home. The two were about to embark on a quest that would change the world as Renny knew it.
Ruby D.A.R.E.Born of two dragons but raised in a lab, Ruby has lived a life of quiet regulation, waiting until the project proposed decades earlier can be started. When Dimensional Arrest, Retrieval and Extraction gets underway, her innate ability to jump dimensions puts her on the front lines with her sisters, retrieving people from earth whose travel is tearing their home world apart. Meeting one of her own kind is a shock. He offers her a life without walls, in the sun, and wind in her hair. What dragon could resist?
Topaz has been enjoying the small freedoms that each assignment for retrieval has given her. When confronted by deadly insects that have already killed her targets, she has to choose running for her life or finishing her job. She is assisted by another dragon who offers her an option for her time off. Dragons, kidnapping, giant bugs, poisons and meeting a sister she thought dead make for quite the short layover for an active D.A.R.E. agent.
Raised for one purpose, Emerald is pulled between two facts. One, she doesn't want to live in a lab forever, and two, her sisters are disappearing into the dimensions they have worked in. When she meets two males of her kind, she has to make a choice and doesn't even hesitate. Her choice has to release her to win her, a conflict he has to wrestle with while she returns to the lab.
Opalite has struggled to keep her self-contained while she travels and retrieves lost humans. Meeting up with a shackled dragon male has upset her attempts to keep her life under her control. When her association with him gets the attention of her handlers, the humans charge her with manhandling one of their own. Defending herself would be hard enough with one witness on her side, but alone against the humans, what chance does she have?
Instead of going back to Earth after one of her targets shoots her with a poison-tipped dart, Sapphire takes her mother's advice and seeks out the greatest healer their people have. When five males arrive to convince her that Galen is not the right dragon for her, will Sapphire run for cover or will she fight alongside the dragon who saved her life and preserved her freedom to choose.
This book is for anyone who is or has been interested in the commitment of foster parenting. I would first like to commend you on your passion to mold the life of a young person who may have not been dealt a fair hand. Whether you are a long-time foster parent with decades of experience under your belt, or are just curious about the possibility of taking on this internally rewarding cause, we are all connected in the pursuit of something far greater than ourselves. Your interest in this type of work reveals that you already have the first and greatest key to your success: compassion. This choice will cause you to live outside of your own little world and you will forever be changed. If you love what you're doing and you allow that same love to flood the lives of those who have never experienced it, you will never be forgotten. Your love will live forever; this I guarantee you.What many don't know is that my mother was a flight risk foster child who bounced around from home to home. She passed through and went AWOL from where I have worked for the past five years. This closeness to the heart is what ultimately inspired me to develop my passion and choose this work. My passion is now a testament to the redeeming power of a life forever changed by Mr. Hackett and foster parents like you. My mother never had a birthday or knew a home she didn't run from until you bridged the gap and made her feel loved. Your dedication reached further into generations than you ever could have imagined. It's time your commitment is recognized as I eagerly await the days grown children and their children return to me on solid ground. It is my intent and life's purpose to pass on what has and continues to work for me. I seek to help others achieve success to an even greater degree than myself. I owe it to you real life super-heroes to let this out and be 100% authentic in the struggles. Lastly, this is for the countless youth who have changed my life for the better. To those who revealed in me things I didn't know about myself. To those who created growth and love inside my heart that will never pass away. I will tell them what it is your fellow brothers and sisters have cried out in need for. I will reveal to them the treasure in you. For all of this, I am eternally grateful.
This book provides Seniors and people who are aging into their mature years, with some very effective, scientifically based exercise techniques and combines them into a workout routine, which can be performed at home, or in an assisted living facility. This exercise book for aging men and women has a well-rounded workout, which will increase strength throughout all of your major muscle groups...FAST. Having spent a quarter-century studying and applying strength techniques to Athletes, recreational enthusiasts and military personnel, the techniques in this routine are the fastest methods, known to man, to regain and develop strength in certain muscle groups. Members of the U. S. Navy SEALS and other elite members of the Armed Forces currently use modified versions of some of these exercises, when deployed, due to their limited access to exercise equipment. I designed this routine specifically for Seniors, not only for its effectiveness but also for the same reason of possible, limited access to exercise equipment. Seniors and even men & women over 50 are "aging-in-place" now more than ever before and with the routine in this book, they can now strengthen all of the major muscle groups in the body, get daily exercise and noticeable improvements from this routine without having to purchase any exercise or fitness equipment. This is one the most effective exercise books for the aging because it condenses certain revolutionary training principles into a book, for seniors and aging individuals and allows them to use these exercise methods in the privacy of their own home. Exercise is even more important for aging seniors due to the loss of muscle mass, decreasing bone density and other physical limitations among many of them. "Aging gracefully" includes a daily plan of some type of exercise activity, eating healthy meals and following a low-stress lifestyle. It is said that people who follow these principles live a more-fulfilled life and aging seniors are no exception to this rule. Exercise has been proven to lower stress, increase muscle tissue, fight depression, obesity and a host of other health problems. Regular exercise is crucial to improve the quality of life among today's aging seniors. Senior men and women now have the knowledge and "tools" to perform a full-body workout at home, which has zero impact on their joints and minimizes the risk of injury, by emphasizing slow and controlled exercise movements.
Public services have been a target for reform in Western-style democracies for more than three decades. This volume documents and examines the case of School Business Managers (SBMs) as an example of a growing but scarcely-acknowledged phenomenon: the government-backed creation of new 'professions' within the public sector for groups of support workers not formally recognised as such.
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