Originally posted on M.S. Fowle:
There aren’t many in this world who hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. This book may very well help others…
Genre(s): Self-Help, Non-Fiction
Description:“Kristin Kula’s story about her aunt’s Cancer that has come back, and how she and her family are coping with the realization that she won’t be making it this time around.”
Get it on Amazon >> http://www.amazon.com/dp/1503041379
About the Author
Kristin Kula was born on December 11th 1996. She spent her first few years of life growing up in Merrionette Park Illinois. But then after repeating first grade, her family moved to Bourbonnais Illinois. Where she currently lives. Kristin’s parents divorced a couple of years after the move, and now Kristin lives with her mom Lois Kula, and her older sister Katie Kula.
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Originally posted on Fortune:
Facebook Inc. [fortune-stock symbol="FB"] is planning a new product aimed at professionals, in an effort to compete with Google Drive, LinkedIn and Microsoft Office (and maybe end the stigma of being seen as nothing more than a distraction at the workplace).
Citing people familiar with the matter, The Financial Times said the new ‘Facebook at Work’ would allow users to chat with colleagues, build catalogs of contacts and collaborate on documents–core functions of LinkedIn and Google Drive.
It said Facebook had begun testing the product with companies as its launch approaches, after more than a year of development.
The company will have some headwinds to work against: many employers ban its social network at the workplace due to concerns about lost productivity. It will also have to persuade corporate customers that it can be trusted with their data, after a series of damaging revelations about its policy towards…
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Nirmala: The Mud Blossom is realistic fiction written by Fiza Pathan, set in the reclamation area of Mumbai, India. When the reader first meets Nirmala, she’s being beaten with a belt by her mother for reading a library copy of a Dickens novel, when she should have been washing dishes. Nirmala is the oldest child in the family, and her parents had placed her in a dustbin when she was a baby. A group of NGO workers discovered the baby and returned her to her family, who thereupon bestowed on her the nickname of Mud Blossom. Nirmala cleans, cooks and tutors her younger brothers, and she dreams of the future when she’ll become a doctor. She’s a good student, especially in mathematics, even if her fellow students and teachers make it obvious that her dirty clothes and unwashed state are offensive.
Fiza Pathan’s realistic novel, Nirmala: The Mud Blossom is a heart-wrenching and powerful indictment of the treatment of women in India. While I’ve read countless articles and reports about the wife-burning and other abusive practices, this novel brought it home to me as never before, and I was in tears as I finished Nirmala’s story. Pathan’s writing is starkly beautiful as we watch the young girl search for trinkets and treasures in the waste and share her finds with the poorer children. Any justifications for such a disparity in treatment based on gender sound hollow at best, and the reader cannot help but share Nirmala’s dismay at the change in her placid and kind husband when she cannot produce a male heir. Nirmala: The Mud Blossom is painful to read, but it carries a stunning and a essential message. It’s most highly recommended.
Review of NIRMALA: The Mud Blossom
by The US Review of Books – reviewed by Anita Lock
“Eye-opening, riveting, and not for the faint of heart, Nirmala: The Mud Blossom is very much a must read for all.”
Nirmala: The Mud Blossom is a harrowing account of one girl’s life in Mumbai, India. While there are a variety of themes befitting minority issues that run throughout Pathan’s short novel, high on that list is survival.
In her fifth book, rising author Fiza Pathan has crafted a story that is more factual than fiction. Based on a fictional character, Nirmala Acharya, Pathan narrates how Nirmala’s life is no different than many Indian girls today. Earmarked as worthless at the time of her birth, Nirmala is an incredibly intelligent girl. Yet since she is not only female, but also the first born in her family, her parents only see her as a burden. According to ancient Indian custom and tradition, boys continue the family name, bring in money to the family when they are old enough to work, and are the recipients of their future wife’s dowries, as well as an image of pride to their mothers for producing sons. Girls, on the contrary, offer to parents “a state worse than barrenness.” Parents fear that their daughters will be raped and pregnant before marriage and that their futures will be riddled with bride burnings and possible widowhood. …
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Review of NIRMALA: The Mud Blossom
“Anyone who reads Pathan’s story will fall in love with her protagonist and will feel sad when the book comes to a close.”
NIRMALA: THE MUD BLOSSOM, by author Fiza Pathan, is the heartbreaking story of a young Indian girl who endures numerous hardships, while living under the regime of abusive parents and a poverty-stricken lifestyle. Pathan successfully brings to life the tale of this strong girl named Nirmala (which translates to mud blossom) as she works to fulfill her goal of achieving an education despite getting frequent beatings from her parents and living in fear of being kicked out of her home.
- See more at: http://indiereader.com/2014/09/nirmala-mud-blossom/
Food for thought. It will save lives.
Originally posted on TIME:
Patients undergoing cardiac arrest are better off being treated right away by ambulatory teams instead of being taken to hospitals, a physician argued in The BMJ on Wednesday.
Cardiac arrest–not to be confused with a heart attack–is an instantaneous loss of heart function. A heart attack is caused by a blockage, whereas cardiac arrest is a malfunction in the heart’s systems. Typically, immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the best treatment, but in his editorial, Jonathan Benger, a professor of emergency care at the University of the West of England, argues that there’s not a lot more a hospital can do, and that preparing a patient for transport only leads to delays in care.
In his opinion, that should stop.
In the U.K. less than 10% of patients with cardiac arrest survive and leave the hospital. In Benger’s argument, first responders should instead do what they can at the scene of…
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