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A Franciscan Odyssey – by Father Lucjan Krolikowski. True story about a Franciscan priest arrested during WW II and sent to Siberia. After the war, he adopted 150 children whose parents died in Siberia, brought them to Canada, placed them in homes and helped in bringing them up and he later officiated at their weddings and baptized their children.
Colours of Fire – This is a biography of a Polish nurse, Hanna Chrzanowska (1902-1973) by Dr. Gosia Brykczynska. Hanna has been beatified and on her way to full sainthood (the first lay nurse to achieve such an honor) in the Catholic Church. Hanna worked in Poland in community nursing but had to struggle to continue her excellent work under German occupation in WW II and then under the communists after WW II. Hanna is a fitting model for today's generation of nurses and healthcare workers.
Windows to Heaven– by Georget Kontos Photos. Biography of America's first female iconographer, Shirley S. Kontos (1949 - 1991). From a young age, Shirley seemed destined to follow the journey of a famous artist. Her studies earned her degrees from the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. Her artistic talents brought her acclaim and recognition which led to an invitation to exhibit at the prestigious Whitney Museum in New York. She was well on her way to fame in the art world. However, a mysterious encounter with an angelic stranger changes the direction of her life.
This heavenly messenger reveals the journey of a heavenly calling. He shares with dreams of her life that she had not expressed to anyone. She is to become famous, but not in the artistic field she believes. She is to embark upon a spiritual journey to overcome her shortcomings and faults, and to acquire knowledge and skill in an artistic field which transcends the earthly and opens “Windows To Heaven."
Finally, she would arrive at the pinnacle of success. Before this successful moment, someone who had been very evil to her would capture her attention. If she ignored this person and turned her back in unforgiveness, all she had gained would be lost. The fascinating details of this spiritual journey are revealed in this previously untold story.
Computer Number Bases – Printed Text with Audio CD
"1 + 1 = 10 Computer Number Bases" was originally published by Williamsville Publishing Company as part of their popular computer math series – printed texts with audio cassettes – available today on CD with printed text – from www.wrparks.com. The version listed here has been republished as a printed text with an audio CD by Hershey Books and available on Amazon along with "An Introduction to Boolean Algebra and Switching Circuits," "Sets, Numbers and Flowcharts," and "Introduction to Logic."
This text contributes to STEM-based instruction. STEM is an acronym that includes education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science. These areas of knowledge help students learn to communicate better in mathematics and computer science using sets, numbers, logic and flowcharts and displaying information in various ways.
"Computer Number Bases" was submitted for review in "The Mathematics Teacher" and received praise - "The development is well done." This four-volume computer math series is published in the United States by Hershey Books – www.wrparks.com and available from Amazon. The text presents basic concepts in simplified personalized form often used in online PI (Programmed Instruction) Internet-based courses. ABOUT THE BOOK: "Computer Number Bases" covers Base Ten (Decimal), Base Two (Binary), Base Eight (Octal) and Base 16 (Hexadecimal). These four number systems are important to gain insight into how computer systems operate internally. Questions are listed in exercises at the end of each section and the answer key is conveniently located after each exercise. This book is part of the "Computer Mathematics Series." The four titles in the series give an excellent introduction to computer math and provide a firm foundation for beginners to study more advanced topics in computer mathematics.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: William Parks, B.S., M.S., Ed.M., taught secondary level mathematics in private and public high schools in New York for five years. He taught community college mathematics and computer science for 25 years in New York, Tennessee, Maryland and Arizona. He was a computer science degree program developer at four colleges: SUNY Colleges at Buffalo and Fredonia, Elon University and D'Youville College. He was the technical editor for "Personal Computing" and "PC AI" magazines.
1 + 1 = 1 An Introduction to Boolean Algebraand Switching Circuits – This text by William R. Parks was taken from an audio-visual Computer Math Series which was reviewed in The Mathematics Teacher and received praise, "the development is well done."
Introduction to Logic – The author of "Introduction to Logic" and other titles in the Computer Math series is William R. Parks, B.S., M.S., Ed.M., curriculum designer for the computer science degree programs at three colleges in the SUNY system and instructor of mathematics and computer courses at three high schools, three community colleges and four four-year colleges. He taught at SUNY colleges in Fredonia & Buffalo, NY, Niagara County Community College, NY, Cecil Community College, MD, Elon University, NC, Walters State Community College, TN, D'Youville College, NY and Mesa Community College, AZ. He was the technical editor for "Personal Computing" and "PC AI" magazines.
Sets, Numbers and Flowcharts– This text is part of the programmed instruction computer math series that includes: "Computer Number Bases," "Boolean Algebra and Switching Circuits," and "Introduction to Logic" available at Amazon.com The author, William R. Parks, B.S., M.S., Ed.M., taught secondary level mathematics in private and public high schools in New York for five years. He taught community college mathematics and computer science for 25 years in New York, Tennessee, Maryland and Arizona. He was a computer science degree program developer at four colleges: SUNY Colleges at Buffalo and Fredonia, Elon University and D'Youville College. He was the technical editor for "Personal Computing" and "PC AI" magazines.
This text contributes to STEM-based instruction. STEM is an acronym that includes education in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science. These areas of knowledge help students learn to communicate better in mathematics and computer science using sets, numbers, logic and flowcharts and displaying the information in many ways. This text covers the fundamental concepts of sets, numbers and flowcharts used in data processing and computer applications in a simple and easy to understand format.
We utilize a modified form of programmed instruction (PI) in this presentation. Small bits of information are presented in each frame before advancing to the next frame. Exercises are listed after several frames, followed by an answer key. We also use example problems with an immediate presentation of the solution given right after the problem. The immediate answer feedback approach to a problem is important when learning new concepts. The exercises serve the same purpose. Answers are given right after each set of exercises. Sets and numbers go hand and hand with learning basic concepts of flowcharting.
The mathematics of set theory is used to explain the basic principles of flowcharting for data processing applications. A flow chart is a diagram that shows various types of boxes connected with lines and arrows which show the steps being taken and decisions being made within a computer or data processing application. Flow charts are prepared before programs are written. Flowcharts may also be used in business reports to explain workflows. They are often used to communicate decision steps and procedures effectively.
Computer Number Bases – Printed text (without the CD) covers Base Ten (Decimal), Base Two (Binary), Base Eight (Octal) and Base 16 (hexadecimal). An understanding of these four number systems is important to gain insight into how computer systems operate internally.
Program Your Calculator – Dr. Gerald Rising and Dr. Deborah Moore-Russo, of the University at Buffalo and Dr. Eileen Schoaff of Buffalo State College wrote "Program Your Calculator," to give a basic introduction to programming with the TI-84 calculator through a series of interesting examples.
Program Your Calculator (Large print)
Letters to a Young Math Teacher – by Dr. Gerald Rising. "An excellent book for beginning math teachers." – Greg A. Baugher, Mercer University, Georgia.
Beginning Algebra– The text by William R. parks presents basic concepts in simplified personalized form often used in online PI (Programmed Instruction) Internet-based courses.
Introduction to Gambling Theory – Know the odds – This text covers the fundamental concepts of probability and gambling theory in a simple and easy to understand format. Nature Series:
Birder's Break –A birdwatcher for 80 years, the author, Dr. Gerry Rising, brings that experience to informal essays which will appeal to all levels of bird and nature enthusiasts.
Birds and Birdwatchers – This book contains many of the informal essays written by Dr. Gerry Rising during his 25-year tenure as a weekly Nature Watch Columnist for the Buffalo News.
The Nature Watch Collection Book One – Professor Rising seeks to communicate to his readers his own involvement with and love of nature. He has explored the out-of-doors through hiking, canoeing and biking. At age 85, he rode his motor scooter on a camping trip around Lake Michigan, completing his similar "circumnavigations" of all the Great Lakes. Rising lives with his wife Doris in Amherst, New York, a Buffalo suburb. He has two children, four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
The Nature Watch Collection Book One (Color Edition)
The Nature Watch Collection Book Two by Gerry Rising
The Nature Watch Collection Book Two (Color Edition)
Earth, God's Garden – By Donna Lewis. This book is an uplifting prayerful experience. It teaches young people and adults how to appreciate the beautiful manifestations of nature and life on earth utilizing excellent large colorful photographs with unique camera angles.
Handbook for Piano Practice – by Victoria B. Stearns. This book is an excellent companion and guide to piano practice, for both students, whether amateur or aspiring music major and a reference for teachers as well: the principles of good playing are the same for everyone.
The Calico Caterpillar –By Donna Lewis. A professional graphic arts designer stated that "The Calico Caterpillar" book is "Amazing!" He said, "The illustrations in this book are wonderfully beautiful and inventive! A thoroughly enjoyable visual feast for the eyes! I could go on picking out many details that make the images and their sequencing so terrific. The book is so well done that it is hard to find areas that could be improved."
Animal Alphabet: Fun Facts – Illustrated fun facts about animals that will both educate and entertain children.
Animal Tails– by Donna Lewis. This is a lively illustrated rhyming book that will delight children with guessing games. A teacher said, "This 'tale of tails' will be added to her school library for young readers as well as for those who may have reading challenges. She said her English language learners will benefit from the vivid description and animal vocabulary."
Choices – by Donna Lewis. Choices is a make-believe beautifully illustrated story about birds choosing the colors of their feathers written and illustrated by Donna Lewis and Doris Rapp, authors of another children's book about birds, "Peppi Puffin to the Rescue."
Time to Fly by Donna Lewis. Millie Wingler, M.A., Ed. Early Childhood Elementary Education stated, "This book will delight my preschool and kindergarten students.
Jonah The Reluctant Prophet – By Donna Lewis. This is a colorfully illustrated Bible story about Jonah and the whale written for children.
Peppi Puffin to the Rescue –By Donna Lewis. This illustrated book by Donna Lewis is for young readers. Peppi is a happy Atlantic puffin who comes to the rescue of an Atlantic whale who got tangled in a fisherman's net.
We Remember the Day of President Kennedy's Assassination – by Barbara O'Shea. One of many testimonies by retired nurse's aide Marjorie Meyers: "It was Friday, November 22, 1963. I was living in Alden, New York and had no plans for that day. It was going to be a nice relaxing day. I seated myself comfortably in my front room in time to watch the motorcade of our president on television from Dallas, Texas." "All of a sudden, I saw our president, John F. Kennedy slumped over in the back seat of an open convertible car in which he was riding. He was seated next to his wife, Jackie who jumped up in panic. I was so confused and shocked by what I was watching. I couldn't help but cry as the news unfolded. I didn't want to believe our president had been assassinated. This kind of thing couldn’t happen to us."
Made in America – by Professor Robert A. Wozniak. A resource guide for American made residential and non-residential products, materials and methods. As stated by Andes Lewendel, "If every builder bought just 5% more U.S. made materials, they would create 220,000 American jobs right now."
Prayers from the Heart – By Sherry Tarlton. This is a tender, heartwarming devotional with inspiring scriptures and true stories. It is a living witness of what God can do if given a chance. You will find encouragement on each page to seek God above all else.
The Joyful Cook's Guide To Heavenly Greek Cuisine – by Georget Kontos Photos. Book reviewer, Dr. Maria Secaras wrote, "I love the recipes in this book! Even though I work long days, I want to prepare delicious meals for my family and entertain friends. These recipes are quick and easy to make."
The Field and Importance of Political Economy and The Payment of Labor – Political economist, Albert S. Bolles, writes clearly about economic principles because his views are not influenced by pecuniary interests. This book is Part One in our Classic Reprint Series in Economics and contains Chapters I and II of "Chapters in Political Economy" by Albert S. Bolles.
The following poem To the Class of 2004 by James Huran is reproduced with permission of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Alumni Association. It appeared on the copyright page of a new book published in 2017, Chautauqua's Heart – A History of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle by Mary Lee Talbot. This CLSC history is of great interest to the Alumni Association. To secure a copy of this excellent 265-page book, one can contact the Chautauqua Bookstore ( chq.org ), or if on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution during the summer, seek out Alumni Hall.
To the Class of 2004
A book that from the mind did spring
Was thought to be a wondrous thing!
And so it Was! For on its page
Dwelt words of wisdom from the sage,
With powers the seeking mind to sway
And the outcome of the day,
By raising questions, posing answers,
Inspiring music, art, and dancers!
The years roll by; the river flows,
You read great books; your wisdom grows.
We're proud of you! For now, you'll be
Alumni of CLSC!
-- James Huron
CLSC Alumni Association President, 2004-05
The poem was written by Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska who is a modern day saint and will become the first lay nurse canonized a saint. The poem was translated and read by Dr. Gosia Brykczynska, a retired nurse from London, England. Dr. Brykczynska authored a biography of Hanna, "Colours of Fire," published by William R. Parks, www.wrparks.com The book is available on Amazon. This video was produced by William R. Parks using a hand held iPhone for both the audio and visual recording.
Birds and Birdwatchers: Paperback $10.95; Kindle eBook: $3.95 ISBN/EAN13:153716001X / 9781537160016 Library of Congress Control Number: 2016913715 Page Count: 268 US Trade Size: 6" x 9” Language: English Color: Black and White
Other nature books by Dr. Rising available at Amazon.com: Birder's Break, The Nature Watch Collection - Books One & Two Book for Birdwatchers Who Wish to Go Beyond Field Identification
Hershey, PA – William R. Parks is proud to announce the publication of Gerry Rising’s latest book, “Birds and Birdwatchers.” Dr. Rising, a nationally recognized educator and writer, is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at the University at Buffalo.
This miscellany of essays has something for everyone: birding neophyte to a professional ornithologist. The Table of Contents suggests how wide-ranging the subjects are: from Audubon and Wilson to Peterson and Sibley, from Baghdad to Buffalo via Mexico, from gnatcatchers to snowy owls and from sumac storehouses to wind turbines. But the real gems reside within the essays themselves: Ben Franklin's letter about the turkey and the eagle, the British fleet confronting a loon, a raven outsmarting the author, an assortment of names for bird groups. Read an essay selected at random and you will surely find something of special interest.
A recreational birdwatcher for 80 years, Rising brings that experience to the informal essays in this book, many of which appeared during his 25-year tenure as weekly “Nature Watch” columnist for the Buffalo News. He also served as editor of the New York State ornithological journal, The Kingbird, and contributed species accounts to Bull's Birds of New York.
Rising has said that this book is one he wished he had over his lifetime as a birdwatcher and he believes that, once you delve into it, you will feel rewarded. Publisher Bill Parks adds, “Rarely will you find this range of information in a single resource.”