When Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan visited Yosemite National Park, they both called out Fredrick Law Olmsted as a major influence and inspiration for their documentary film, "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." To celebrate Mr. Olmsted and his contributions to our National Parks, the Yosemite Conservancy, in partnership with Heyday Books, has reprinted "Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove: A Preliminary Report, 1865" with a new foreword by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns. This seminal book is a must read for anyone interested in the National Parks and our public lands. The first eloquent expression of the need for conservation in 1865 is found in this remarkable and prescient report by Frederick Law Olmsted. No statement since has been so cogent or powerful. Pristine natural landscapes, Olmsted observed, provide people with "refreshing rest and re-invigoration." They are good -- perhaps essential -- for the soul. Which is why, he noted, that from time immemorial they have most often become the exclusive domain of any society's most privileged classes, "a monopoly, in a very peculiar manner, of a very few, very rich people." Olmsted believed a great democracy had a greater obligation: "to provide means of protection for all its citizens in the pursuit of happiness." That meant, he argued, that "the establishment by government of great public grounds for the free enjoyment of the people ...is thus justified and enforced as a political duty." Olmsted gave additional reasons for creating public parks, including that they are undeniably good for the local, state, and national economy because of the tourist business they engender. His report also included practical advice about building roads and shelters, as well as instituting regulations to zealously protect the "dignity of the scenery." All of his points are as pertinent today as they were when he first read them to his fellow Yosemite commissioners nearly 150 years ago. But in deliberately borrowing from our nation's founding document, which proclaims that the "pursuit of happiness" is among the inalienable rights of every human being, and in attaching that notion to why Yosemite (or any other future park) should not be allowed to become "a rich man's park," Olmsted infused the national park idea with its most enduring principle."
Change The Way You FeelYou Can Choose to Be HappyA Guide to Shameless Happiness is a concise booklet that clearly outlines practical suggestions and easy-to-follow steps showing you how to lead an ethical, rewarding, and joyous life that is guided by compassion and reason.Based on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), the message of A Guide to Shameless Happiness is that you don't have to be miserable. Shameless happiness is a commitment you make yourself to refuse to be miserable, while unapologetically and unreservedly making yourself happy at every opportunity.
Here's What This Book Can Do for YouIf you're fighting anxiety or depression, trying to beat an addiction, or simply want to lose weight, the key to success is learning to think differently. Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a practical, sensible, and effective approach that will help you master your thoughts and think constructively, allowing you to reach your goals and find happiness sooner. Written in plain English, A Guide to Shameless Happiness shows you the easiest and fastest way to get started.You'll learn how to use your reasoning powers to achieve personal happiness and reach your long-term and short-term goals. You'll learn the number one, psychotherapeutic technique - used by psychologists and therapists all over the world - so you can react to events in a rational and realistic manner. You can use the methods described in A Guide to Shameless Happiness to overcome a range of common problems and to help yourself in a variety of areas personal growth, including worry, anger, fear, unassertiveness, guilt, depression, weight control, and self-motivation.
Alexi's King [Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Futuristic Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, HEA] Running for their lives from their angry wolf pack, Alexi and his three best friends stumble into a cave in the forbidden forest. Hungry, soaked to the bone, and frightened, they wander deep into the earth. What they find shocks them. Alexi and his friends walk through a glowing door to find themselves in a world of plush green grass and sunny skies, something they haven't witnessed in a very long time. But when they are surrounded by a pride of lion shifters, Alexi wonders if walking through that door was the smartest move. Especially when Lansing, the king of the pride, tells the wolf shifters they are four thousand years into the future, and nothing but lion shifters rule the earth. And the king has special plans for Alexi, plans that make Alexi wonder if he's stepped into a dream or a nightmare. Not all of the lions are happy that the wolves have arrived in their world. One in particular plans to kill the wolves, along with the king. Can Lansing stop the culprit from taking Alexi's life, or will his pride feel Lansing's mighty roar when Alexi is targeted for death? ** Craving a Lion [Siren Everlasting Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Futuristic Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, HEA] Fjord is a lion shifter and pretty content with life. His only complication is Katron, the largest of the wolf shifters. The man is so sour that Fjord wants to drown the man in the lake. He has never met a more irritating person in his life. Katron knows that not all want the wolf shifters in their throwback village. He has even seen a few of the lion shifters sneer at him. Of course, it could always be his winning personality that makes the lions dislike him. But the one who thinks himself better than the rest is Fjord, brother to the king and a royal pain in the ass. When Lansing sends Fjord and Katron on a mission to the outer perimeters, he warns Fjord and Katron not to kill each other. That isn't an easy request. But they soon find themselves in enemy territory, and Katron is taken prisoner. Can Katron get away in time to save Fjord, if he is still alive, and can he come to terms with the strong attraction he has for the king's brother, an attraction that he has been denying since first setting eyes on the sexy lion shifter? ** A Siren Erotic Romance
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