This is a book about the advice I've read, mainly on the bus, on how to become a bit happier, calmer, kinder, and wiser, and how to get a slightly different perspective on life. I'm aiming this advice mostly at my children, and I've written this book with them in mind... but it’s helpful for anyone! I cover the wisdom of the Taoists, Zen Buddhists and Stoics and then some modern psychology, before I move on to some practical advice to increase your happiness based on the philosophies, books and articles that I’ve read. The BUS route is an abbreviation of: be here now, understanding empathy and compassion, and shrink desires. The book title is a happy coincidence, isn’t it? Throughout history we’ve had to deal with fear, anxiety, dissatisfaction, uncertainty, stress and lack of control. Our age is no different. I offer ways to cope, which includes: being more aware of life in the present moment, being more compassionate to yourself and others, looking at things more positively or realistically, looking at the big picture, and finding ways to manage your wants. This is a light-hearted look at how to be a little happier on the metaphorical bus journey of life, no matter what bumps in the road you’ll find.
The Happy Little School Bus is about all the people involved in taking care of a small sized school bus. From the driver to the guard dog and friendly cat that stay at the Knorr St. Depot. This book mentions the different jobs involved in maintaining a school bus and the people that really care about the work they do for the school bus, giving the bus a proud and happy feeling because so many people are involved in caring for the little school bus just like in a family.
Travel Happy, Budget Low informs you how to travel economically in planes, trains, and buses, how to find inexpensive meals, and how to book inexpensive hotel rooms or stay for free with locals. With more than 200 tips and 160 website resources, Travel Happy, Budget Low covers the topics of frequent flyer mile tricks, health/safety, expenditures, packing, passports/visas, preparation, customs and more. Budget travel does not mean you will spend weeks on rickety old buses with no ventilation or spend the night in run-down hostels. You will realize that you too can see Paris, The Great Wall of China, the Vienna Opera, and other great sites without breaking the bank. Enrich yourself culturally without being rich! Advance Praise for Travel Happy, Budget Low Susanna has written a digestible, yet comprehensive, guide to help travelers save money, be comfortable, journey light and stay happy in the process! -Beth Whitman, author of the Wanderlust and Lipstick guides for women travelers "Susanna is able to combine her personal experience to give the reader some essentials in seeing the world on a budget. This book will enable many folks to see more of the world for less." -Albert Yu, Group Sales Manager, Four Seasons Silicon Valley A practical read and must have for any budget conscious traveler. Share in Susanna s experiences and learn from her mistakes to become a savvy globetrotter. This book is for both beginners and experienced travelers, with a wealth of tips and resources covering all areas of travel. -Kristine Ng, co-founder of Esplora, an online resource and social networking site for women travelers I found Ms. Zaraysky s book an invaluable source for an independent traveler. It is very useful, up to the point and very functional. I wish I knew some of the tips that I found in this book during my earlier travels. -Leon Gendin, 27 years of travel, visited 63 countries, lived in 12 countries. Do you feel grounded by high priced airline tickets, lousy exchange rates, and luxury hotels? Susanna Zaraysky, the quintessential budget globetrotter shows you how to travel well without breaking your budget. A must read for would-be world travelers! -Prof. Lois Lorentzen, University of San Francisco "An excellent book. For the tourist it is useful since it helps in knowing on what to plan, and for a seasoned traveler it is a checklist. The most wonderful part that I see is - it brings together all the tiny little details, that every traveler would have experienced in various trips, under one umbrella." -Dilip Menon, Traveled in 12 countries, lived in five"
This is not a guidebook, though I hope it gives the reader some ideas on places worth seeing, accommodation worth considering, and decent restaurants worth dining in. It does not normally give a list of possible places to stay (only places I have experienced myself being included), but at the end of each chapter, there will be a Practicalities page containing the following: 1 Useful websites on places, maps, and transport. In general, sites relevant to more than one chapter will be found the first time they are relevant and are referenced in later chapters. 2 Accommodation on these pages will be only where I have stayed. I go for cheaper places when I travel alone, although I nearly always choose en-suite rooms as I got older, and moderately cheap when I went with Pam. In general, absence of comment means it is OK, bearing this in mind. 3 Restaurants are only mentioned on these pages if they are particularly good, either absolutely or in terms of value for moneyor if definitely not recommended. 4 Must-sees appear in the chapters themselves but will be summarised on these pages. The index is based on my historic fury at finding pages, only to get a totally uninformative mention of the place in passing. Text (normal print) references are meant to show the first or only page with information about the place. Those planning holidays may find it more helpful to go immediately to pages shown in italic print, where they will often find helpful URLs. I have checked all the multitude of URLs in this book in February 2012, inserting a lot of new ones in place of dead sites. Occasionally my comments on a site may be a bit dodgy now, but there are some great sites here. Im not sure how I overcame temptation to spend ages just looking at some!
As the new school year begins, Happy Hazel and Jolly Jim are excited to start a new year of adventures as school bus drivers in Treetown. Happy Hazel and Jolly Jim take pride in their jobs and always do their best for the kids on their buses. They take their jobs seriously and expect the kids on their buses to always be respectful and kind. When Happy Hazel and Jolly Jim make the trip to the school bus garage to pick up their buses, they are in for a surprise. A new student will begin riding the bus on the first day of school. Happy Hazel wants to make sure that the new student feels welcome, accepted, and safe.
An orphaned young woman must decide whether to follow her head or her heart in June Francis’s absorbing new Liverpool saga. 1961. Nineteen-year-old Lucia Brookes and her five younger siblings are facing their first Christmas alone since their parents were killed in a car crash. Once, Lucia had dreamed of meeting a man who would love, cherish and provide for her. Now she has lost hope because what man would want to take her on with all her responsibilities? Everything changes when Tim Murphy enters the Liverpool coffee bar where Lucia works, looking for a room to rent. Although she knows of Tim’s troubled past and his recent spell in prison, Lucia can’t help being charmed by the lovable rogue. Ignoring the warnings from her family and friends, she accepts Tim’s offer of a date. But has Tim really changed his ways ... and will his shady past catch up with him?
“Sleek, sexy, slyly funny.” —Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter A “bracingly strong” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) collection brimming with savage Southern charm, Always Happy Hour propels Mary Miller to new heights. Claustrophobic and lonesome, acerbic and magnetic, her characters seek understanding in the most unlikely places—a dilapidated foster home where love is a liability, a trailer park laden with a history of bad decisions, and the empty corners of a dream home bought after a bitter divorce. “Full of wit, bite, and the boundless intelligence of their author” (Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds), these stories evoke the particular gritty comfort found in bad habits as hope turns to dust, and they prove yet again Miller’s essential role in American fiction.
Who is truly happy? Doesn't it often seem as if the world is filled with people who aren't? We see them every day--the unsatisfied, the critical, the grouchy. It makes us wonder: What would it take to make people truly happy? In an often unhappy, confusing world, when it's hard to be certain which path leads to true happiness, it's good to know one source will share the truth: God's Word. In LIFE'S SIMPLE GUIDE TO HAPPINESS, readers will see what God has to say about making decisions, discern His plan and purpose, and find joy along the way. Discovering the inspiration and encouragement to meet each day with a smile has never been so simple.
“Lee’s novel explores what it means to be a part of something, whether it's a family or a culture...truly memorable.”—Booklist (starred review) When Hua Wu arrives in New York City, her life seems destined to resemble that of countless immigrants before her. She spends her hectic days in a restaurant in Chinatown, and her lonesome nights in a noisy, crowded tenement, yearning for those she left behind. But one day in a park in the West Village, Hua meets Jane Templeton and her daughter, Lily, a two-year-old adopted from China. Eager to expose Lily to the language and culture of her birth country, Jane hires Hua to be her nanny. Hua soon finds herself in a world far removed from the cramped streets of Chinatown or her grandmother’s home in Fuzhou. Jane, a museum curator of Asian art, and her husband, a theater critic, are cultured and successful. They pull Hua into their circle of family and friends until she is deeply attached to Lily and their way of life. But when cracks show in the family’s perfect façade, what will Hua do to protect the little girl who reminds her so much of her own past? A beautiful and revelatory novel, Happy Family is the promising debut of a perceptive and graceful writer.
*** THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR *** When the honeymoon is over, real life begins... Newly married Debbie is at her wits' end about her and Bryan's mounting debts, but there's no way he's going to stop living the high life and become a stay-at-home husband. Meanwhile, Debbie's dad has just found out his workaholic second wife, Aimee, is pregnant. He couldn't be happier, but she's horrified. Is their marriage going to last? Debbie's mum, Connie, has met a gorgeous new man and is all set to make a life of her own. But her family need her more than ever to sort out all their problems. Will she put her family first, as always, or can she walk away and finally make a fresh start? Will anyone be happy ever after? What readers are saying about Patricia Scanlan’s novels: 'Utterly magical and wonderful ... warmth and compassion shine through' MARIAN KEYES 'Like being enfolded in a hug from the great writer herself: warm, comforting and full of love' CATHY KELLY 'There can be little doubt that Patricia Scanlan is the prolific queen of contemporary Irish popular fiction' Sunday Times ''There is a heartbreaking authenticity in her observations' Irish Times 'The ultimate comfort read' Glamour 'A bright, sunny read in which these lives interweave with unexpected results' Sunday Express S magazine
If you've been enjoying her latest novels Sail Away and Nice Work (If You Can Get It), do not miss Celia Imrie's fantastic original memoir The Happy Hoofer. 'I've always been wilful ... I've always been stubborn and always determined.' One of our best-loved actresses, Celia Imrie would rather have been a dancer. As a child she planned to join the Royal Ballet and marry Rudolf Nureyev. Now she has become one of our finest and funniest performers, on stage, TV and screen - adored for her roles in Acorn Antiques and Dinnerladies, as well as films including Calendar Girls and Nanny McPhee. In her hugely entertaining autobiography, Celia Imrie recounts a life hurtling (not always intentionally) into adventures both on stage and off. Whether it's finding herself on stage with half the scenery stuck to her cardigan, or being kidnapped on her way to location. Somehow she emerges from the chaos that can lie in her wake almost unscathed. Acting, she admits, is a mad, chaotic profession and it is her refreshing honesty, sense of mischief, fun and almost unruffled determination in the face of it all that makes this autobiography a never-ending delight.