Review written by Jon Patch with 3.5 out of 4 paws
Universal Pictures, Focus Features and Fade to Black Productions present a 117 minute, R rated, Drama, Thriller, directed and screenplay by Tom Ford, based on the novel “Tony and Susan” by Austin Wright with a theater release date of November 23, 2016.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird! is NOW ON SALE
Hair-raising photos, incredible stories and mind-blowing
facts that only Ripley’s Believe It or Not! can deliver
ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2016) - The key to getting teens, tweens and reluctant readers to devour a book may be to hand them a copy of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird! The new book in the bestselling series from Ripley Publishing is NOW ON SALE!
The book is a mind-blowing collection of fantastic, fun and even freaky stories from around the world. Sections include Animals, Pop Culture, Feats, Art, Food and Beyond Belief. What they all have in common is that they’re all true and handpicked by Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – the authority on all things unusual and incredible!
Here are some of the stories that await readers when they Unlock the Weird!
- Read about one man’s attempt to take a break from reality, spending three days climbing the Swiss Alps on all fours as a goat!
- Soar on jetpacks above the deserts of Dubai with breathtaking aerial imagery.
- Meet Birdman Ted Richards who had his ears removed and his face and eyeballs tattooed to look like his pet parrots!
- Savor the flavor of sheep dung spitting, an Irish event that is just as unappetizing as it sounds!
- See double with Twin Strangers’ Niamh Geaney, who has found multiple doppelgängers that look exactly like her!
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Unlock the Weird! is available through all
major booksellers and makes a great holiday gift.
“From octopus wrestling to a 67 inch peacock made entirely out of neon drinking straws, this book has some very peculiar stories that will keep kids and adults turning the pages.” - Feathered Quill Reviews
“Profusely illustrated and thoroughly 'reader friendly' in tone, commentary, organization and presentation, "Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Unlock the Weird!" will prove to be an ideal and enduringly appreciated addition to school and community library collections, and is unreservedly recommended for the personal reading lists of the legions of Ripley's Believe It Or Not! fans.” – Midwest Book Reviews
MARS Considers Imminent Human Life on the Red Planet:
By award-winning journalist Leonard David, with foreword by Ron Howard
WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2016)—Right now, plans are being put in place and procedures honed to get humans to Mars.
MARS: Our Future on the Red Planet (National Geographic Books; on sale Oct. 25; ISBN 978-1-4262-1758-6; 304 pages; $30) considers the imminent settlement of humans on Mars. Backed by extensive research and written by award-wining journalist Leonard David—who has covered space for 50 years and was co-author of Mission to Mars with Buzz Aldrin—the book is part of a major National Geographic Mars initiative* this fall, including a documentary in partnership with Ron Howard, whose foreword opens the book.
So, what is life on Mars going to take?
- A parachute the size of the Rose Bowl will be necessary to land a crew on Mars from the spacecraft in which they travel.
- Mars has the largest volcanoes and deepest canyons in the known solar system, and anyone on the surface of the planet is exposed to lethal levels of radiation.
- Earth is far: two years away and that’s when the window of return is open.
There’s a whole lot we don’t yet know and MARS takes those crucial questions head-on:
- Researchers posit the “Earth Out of View” phenomenon as one example of potential psychological effects. Unlike astronauts who often report awe and insight when viewing Earth from space, people on Mars may not see the earth in their night sky at all.
- The toll of a two-year journey through space, let alone life on a new planet, will have drastic physical effects on every human being living under those conditions. Astronaut Scott Kelly recently spent a year in space and grew over an inch!
- Immediately upon landing, we will need to make changes to Mars if we are to survive. The ethics of altering the ecosystem of yet another planet is no small question.
In MARS, David investigates the red planet as never before, introducing Mars not merely as backdrop to swashbuckling science fiction but as they very real setting of humanity’s next home.
*National Geographicwill extend the MARS experience in an unprecedented cross-platform experience with a six-part documentary series on the National Geographic Channel in November, digital companion prequel “Before MARS” that will launch prior to premiere, a digital virtual-reality experience at MakeMarsHome.com and a MARS Experience installation in New York this October. MARS will be the November cover story of National Geographic Magazine; will be featured in a National Geographic Kids book, MARS: The Red Planet,” on sale Sept. 27; kids media and educational materials; a touring NG Live speakers series; and ongoing Mars coverage on nationalgeographic.com.
About Leonard David
Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for over 50 years. He frequently contributes to the website Space.com as their “Space Insider Columnist” and is the coauthor of Buzz Aldrin’s Mission to Mars. In 2015, he became the first recipient of the American Astronautical Society’s (AAS) “Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History” in the category of journalism, and in 2010 he received the National Space Club Press Award.
About Ron Howard
Ron Howard has made a lifelong career in television and film, winning numerous accolades and awards as actor, director and producer. He is co-chair with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, which has recently partnered with National Geographic on Breakthrough as well as Red Planet.
About National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic Studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM
How House Cats Tamed Us And Took Over The World
“ Eminently readable and gently funny, Tucker's blend of pop science and social commentary will appeal to cat lovers as well as a broad general audience with an interest in natural history.”
—Library Journal STARRED Review
“Dig deep into the history, biology, and science of house cats in this charming, highly informative read that explains how cats came to rule.”—B&N Reads
“Fascinating… Cat lovers, keep watching those cute cat videos online, but back it up with this very serious look at what makes Tabby tick.”—Booklist
“A thoughtful look at the illogical human love of felines.”
“[An] intriguing history… Read this entertaining book and you will be convinced that house cats are ‘the most transformative invaders the world has ever seen.’”—Kirkus Reviews
“By turns funny and disturbing, The Lion in the Living Room is full of surprises. Like all the best non-fiction, it will make you think twice about the world around you.”– Elizabeth Kolbert, bestselling author of THE SIXTH EXTINCTION
“I recommend this book for cat lovers, cat haters, and anyone curious to learn how these mysterious creatures crept out of the Fertile Crescent and clawed their way into our hearts. I’ll never look at my own fluffy killing machine in quite the same way again.” –Mara Grunbaum, author of WTF, EVOLUTION?!
*Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers Selection*
Cats are incredible creatures: they can live anywhere and can eat anything. They can tweak their sleeping schedules and social lives. They outnumber dogs, 3 to 1 worldwide. But unlike dogs (or most any other domesticated animal) cats offer humans no practical benefits. Still they rule our bedrooms, our stoops, back alleys and deserted Artic islands. We feed them, stroke them, clean their litter box. But how did this creature acquire such stature?
Abigail Tucker tell us why: THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World (Simon & Schuster; 10/18/16; $26.00) is a lively adventure through history, natural science, and pop culture in search of how cats conquered the world, the Internet, and our hearts. She visits scientists and cat obsessive to mine the science and subculture of the housecat. She travels to La Brea tar pits to learn about the ancient ancestors: sabretooths, and giant cave lions. She visits a veterinarian, who is breeding leopard-cat hybrids in her basement. She attends a modern cat fancy (the Best in Show for cats) and investigates what a matchless killer does…with endless time indoors.
Tucker herself is the owner of Cheeto, a huge orange feline who once drove away a cat sitter because he so aggressively chased her in pursuit of food. Make no mistake, your sweet pet is a predator; and cats actually drive extinctions, particularly within island ecosystems.
Witty, intelligent, and always curious, Tucker shows how these tiny creatures have used their relationship with humans to become one of the most powerful animals on the planet. The appropriate reaction to a cuddly kitten, it seems, might not beawwbut awe.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Abigail Tucker is a correspondent forSmithsonianmagazine, where she has covered a wide range of topics from vampire anthropology to bioluminescent marine life to the archaeology of ancient beer. Her work has been featured in the Best America Science and Nature Writing series and recognized by the National Academy of Sciences. Tucker lives in Connecticut. The Lion in the Living Room is her first book.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
By Abigail Tucker
Published by Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
AMERICA’S TOP FELINE BEHAVIOR EXPERT
AND BESTSELLING AUTHOR
ANSWERS THE 150 MOST BAFFLING QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR CAT
CATWISE: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions
Praise for CATWISE:
“Cats are like pieces of art that grace your home and throw up on your laptop, but how we love them, and nobody knows the ways of the mysterious feline any better than Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you are holding this book, be prepared to learn more about cats then you ever could have imagined.”
—Cat owner Joseph S. Bonsall,
Member of the American music group
The Oak Ridge Boys
“…to strengthen our bond with our precious feline friends, Pam’s advice is simply the best. As a proud pet parent of three cats, our home is full of purrs, meows, and love thanks to Pam’s wisdom and training methods.”
—Robin Ganzert, PhD, president and CEO,
American Humane Society
Why do cats always sit on your newspaper or your child’s homework? Why do cats lick your hair? Isn’t it cruel to keep a cat indoors? These are just a few of the puzzles Pam Johnson-Bennett solves in CATWISE: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions (A Penguin Paperback Original; On sale: October 18; $18.00; 9780143129561) the definitive guide to every question you’ve had about your cat―all one-hundred and fifty of them.
In CATWISE Johnson-Bennett explains with insight and experience why cats do what they do, and where they do it, and how we can get them to stop. CATWISE will help you to solve your cat’s behavioral problem, prevent problems from the beginning in the first place, or simply improve the relationship you already have with your cat. Using her trademark approach, “think like a cat,” Pam shows you how to understand all those seemingly inexplicable habits and sudden shifts of mood.
Here is a sample of some topics covered in CATWISE:
- What should we do the first night we bring our new cat home?
- Can I train a cat?
- How do I give my cat a pill?
- How do I train a cat to use its litter box?
- What if my cat stops using the litter box?
- Why does my cat come up only to my friends who are allergic to cats?
- How do I prepare a cat for the arrival of a new baby?
- What’s the best way to introduce dogs and cats?
Pam’s thirty years of observing and advising all inform this idea-filled volume that spans litter boxes to cat trees, declawing to sock-chewing. Organized thematically by topic and question, this authoritative, comprehensive resource offers proven methods to solve your cat’s behavior problems (or head them off before they start) so that you can focus on creating a happy and safe home for all its inhabitants.
About the Author:
Pam Johnson-Bennett is one of the most popular and sought-after cat behavior experts in the world. She is the author of seven award-winning books on cat behavior, including Think Like a Cat, Hiss and Tell, Starting from Scratch, and Cat vs. Cat. She has a private cat-consulting practice in Nashville, appears on Animal Planet UK and Canada, and lectures on cat behavior at veterinary and animal welfare conferences around the world. She’s been featured on CNN, Fox News Channel, CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox & Friends, Animal Planet Radio, and many more shows. Print profiles includeWall Street Journal, The New York Times, Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Womans World, Newsweek, Prevention, USA Today, Family Circle, Complete Woman, Newsday, Chicago Tribune, USA Weekend, Washington Post, andParade. She was VP of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and founded the IAABC Cat Division. Pam served on the American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training. She lives in Nashville, TN. To learn more visit http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/
CATWISE: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions
by Pam Johnson-Bennett
A Penguin Paperback Original ▪ $18.00 ▪ On-sale date: October 18, 2016 ▪ ISBN:9780143129561
Also available as an e-book
Penguin Random House (http://global.penguinrandomhouse.com/) is the world’s most global trade book publisher. It was formed on July 1, 2013, upon the completion of an agreement between Bertelsmann and Pearson to merge their respective trade publishing companies, Random House and Penguin, with the parent companies owning 53% and 47%, respectively. Penguin Random House comprises the adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction print and digital trade book publishing businesses of Penguin and Random House in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India and South Africa, and Penguin’s trade publishing activity in Asia and Brazil; DK worldwide; and Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial’s Spanish-language companies in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, and Chile. Penguin Random House employs more than 10,000 people globally across almost 250 editorially and creatively independent imprints and publishing houses that collectively publish more than 15,000 new titles annually. Its publishing lists include more than 70 Nobel Prize laureates and hundreds of the world’s most widely read authors.
In January 2015 Amy Goldwasser and her partner Peter Arkle launched a humble Kickstarter campaign to realize their dream of publishing a book that spotlighted how black cats, including their own Mimi Goldsparkle, were distinctively different, despite looking similar to the casual observer. The campaign was an overwhelming success, exceeding its financial goal and garnering accolades from media outlets around the world. Now, Chronicle Books brings All Black Cats Are Not Alike to cat-lovers of all sorts.
The book’s appeal is simple: a pitch-perfect, giftable illustrated book that proves its assertion by diving whiskers-first into the unique personality, charisma, and character of 50 real all-black cats. From Alfie, who “has no tolerance for wet humans or being ignored,” to Sashi, who “enjoys freeze-dried chicken by candlelight and full-on body rubs,” each cat comes to life through a lovingly hand-drawn portrait and quick-witted profile. Delightfully quirky and utterly charming, this motley crew of black cats will win over anyone with a dry sense of humor.
About the Authors
Amy Goldwasser and Peter Arkle share a home, an office (Studio Goldsparkle) and two cats in New York. Amy is an editor and writer from Detroit. Peter is an illustrator and Scottish.
Black Cat Day is October 27th!
About Chronicle Books
One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children’s titles. Chronicle Books’ objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that’s instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit www.chroniclebooks.com.
Woof A Book of Happiness for Dog Lovers by
Gorgeous photography and memorable quotes combine to create the ultimate gift for dog lovers. Dogs have a way of making our lives feel complete. They're there for us through good times and bad, with their wholehearted engagement in life a lesson to us all on living in the moment.
Woof: A book of happiness for dog lovers is a compendium of delightful quotes that capture the essence of our affection for these wonderful animals. Some are by famous people (Aldous Huxley, Mark Twain, Charles M. Schulz, Milan Kundera, G.K. Chesterton), others not; some are philosophical, others light-hearted - all are memorable. Accompanied by beautiful photography, and presented in a high-quality gift format, this is a collection of quotes to treasure.
A Book of Happiness
For Dog Lovers
Edited by Anouska Jones
Dogs have a way of making our lives feel complete.
They’re there for us through good times and bad,
with their wholehearted engagement in life a lesson
to us all on living in the moment. Woof: A Book of
Happiness for Dog Lovers is a compendium of
delightful quotes that capture the essence of our
affection for these wonderful animals. Some are by famous people (Huxley, Mark Twain,
Charles M. Schulz, Milan Kundera, G.K. Chesterton), others not; some are philosophical,
others light-hearted — all are memorable. Accompanied by beautiful photography, and
presented in a high-quality gift format, this is a collection of quotes to treasure.
ABOUT THE EDITOR
Anouska Jones is a dog-loving book editor and
publisher, who has worked in publishing for over
twenty years. She compiled the quotes from a
range of sources, in between teaching her two
new puppies to behave nicely in her office.
A Book of Happiness for Dog Lovers
Edited by Anouska Jones
$19.99 US $25.99 CA Hardcover 160 pages
Publication Date: Oct. 14, 2016
Distributed by QDS
400 First Avenue North,
Minneapolis, MN 55401
"If you love your dog, this is the most important book you'll ever read.” —Jane Velez-Mitchell, New York Times–bestselling author, Editor, JaneUnChained.com
What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over?
And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas
By Patti Lawson
Recipient of the Maxwell Award for Dog Humor Book of the year (Dog Writer’s Association) for her first book,
The Dog Diet.
Ten years ago, the term “animal law” hardly existed: it wasn’t used by lawyers, judges, courts, or even animal rights associations. Today, animal law is well-recognized, with both the American and Canadian bar associations devoting full chapters to the subject. If you are one of the 56.7 million American households with at least one dog, how can you be sure that you know all the laws that apply to your furry family members?
What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over? (Skyhorse Publishing; September 2016; 978-1-5107-1153-2; $24.99) is a witty, informative, and no-nonsense look at the everyday situations and issues—and their legal consequences—that affect dogs and their owners. Dished up with a good deal of humor, heart, and pragmatic counsel, every chapter covers a different issue that dogs and their pet parents may face at some time.
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Author Patti Lawson presents these issues conversationally—not couched in legalese—so every pet parent, grandparent, or sibling will know what to expect. With real-life stories and real court cases, this book covers topics people rarely think to ask about or research—until it’s too late:
Fighting city hall when a dog runs afoul of the law
The rights of pet parents to take their dogs on public transportation
Providing for a canine companion after an owner’s death
Keeping custody of their pet should they divorce or separate
Confiscation of a pet by a humane officer if they violate a city ordinance
Housing rights and those of their dog
This is the go-to guide for keeping your pooch out of the pound and you out of court. Not to mention, it’s just plain fun to read!
About the Author
Patti Lawson is an award-winning author, lawyer, newspaper columnist, and public speaker. Patti’s first book, The Dog Diet: What My Dog Taught Me About Shedding Pounds, Licking Stress, and Getting a New Leash on Life, won the Dog Writer’s Association of America Maxwell Award for Dog Humor Book. In 2012, Patti was awarded the AKC Responsible Pet Ownership Public Service Award. She lives in Elkview, West Virginia, with her dogs Sadie and Rusty.
What Happens to Rover When the Marriage is Over?
And Other Doggone Legal Dilemmas
By Patti Lawson
Skyhorse Publishing hardcover
September 2016 978-1-5107-1153-2 ǀ $24.99
MODERN DOG PARENTING
Raising Your Dog or Puppy to be a Loving Member of Your Family
By Sarah Hodgson
"A must-read for a family who's getting their first dog. Lots of practical information on positive methods of training."—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation "Modern Dog Parenting is groundbreaking, effective, compassionate, and fun. The overriding message? Learning shouldn’t be scary. It can be edutainment! Dogs look to us to teach, not bully them. It’s more than okay to love a dog like a child and view yourself as their parent—I do—everyone should! I’m excited to find another voice that inspires love, consideration, and respect for pets and their people."—Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian", New York Times bestselling author, and syndicated pet columnist
Sarah Hodgson is an accredited dog trainer with close to 30 years of experience who is well known for the “For Dummies” books on training. Her upcoming book, MODERN DOG PARENTING: Raising Your Dog or Puppy to Be a Loving Member of Your Family (St. Martin’s Griffin; On-Sale September 6) is a fun and accessible manual for all dog parents who want to train their dog with a focus on parenting, rather than dominating.
Dogs are very similar to humans in many ways – they are able to learn up to 250 words, count up to 5, and imitate human behaviors –so it make sense to treat these intelligent creatures a bit more like children. Hodgson’s family-oriented training methods and gentle style are all the rage right now, with many owners preferring to view their pet as a member of the family. In the vein of The Art of Raising a Puppy, she offers tips on everyday training topics, from choosing the right dog for your lifestyle to living with the pooch day by day. Sarah Hodgson rejects dominance-based training and gets astonishing results with a blend of wit, compassion, energy and proven skills. She communicates instructions clearly, directs behavior compassionately, and rewards success lavishly. Her students—both two- and four-legged—feel valued, confident, connected, and smart. She’s the dog mommy everyone wishes they had.
Sarah Hodgson has worked with several celebrity clients, including Chevy Chase, Katie Couric, Glenn Close, and Susan Sarandon, and her platform only continues to grow. She is a weekly HuffPo blogger and has appeared as a guest expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, The Animal Planet and more.
Including a foreword by bestselling author and well-known dog behaviorist Stanley Coren, MODERN DOG PARENTING will show readers that yes, you can love your dog and live with him too.
MODERN DOG PARENTING by Sarah Hodgson
Published by St. Martin’s Griffin; On-Sale September 6, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781250095541 | Price: $16.99 | Format: Trade Paperback
About the Author
A 30-year dog training veteran, Sarah Hodgson is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant with the IAABC, and her positive training methods are endorsed by the American Veterinarian Medical Association, the American Humane Society, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior among others. She is a Huffington Post blogger and author of twelve dog training books.
For more information about Sarah Hodgson and Modern Dog Parenting please visit, WhenDogsTalk.com | @WhenDogsTalk
For more information, or to set up an interview with the author, please contact:
Praise for Modern Dog Parenting
"A must-read for a family who's getting their first dog. Lots of practical information on positive methods of training."
—Temple Grandin, author of Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation "Modern Dog Parenting is groundbreaking, effective, compassionate, and fun. The overriding message? Learning shouldn’t be scary. It can be edutainment! Dogs look to us to teach, not bully them. It’s more than okay to love a dog like a child and view yourself as their parent—I do—everyone should! I’m excited to find another voice that inspires love, consideration, and respect for pets and their people." —Dr. Marty Becker, "America's Veterinarian", New York Times bestselling author, and syndicated pet columnist "Sarah Hodgson has written a wonderful primer for new dog or puppy owners. The book will also help current dog owners appreciate and understand their dog better and interact most favorably with their furry friend. Think Dogs 101 and you’re right on track with what this book will mean to those who strive for a better relationship with their dog and want to create a friend for life. I give it two paws up!"
—Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and author of Pets on the Couch "A must-read for all dog parents, whether first timers or seasoned. It is a valuable resource for veterinarians as well, many of whom, sometimes myself included, fall short when it comes to solving our patient’s behavior problems. This book has already been a big help to me with my 'not always so perfect' canine crew. Thank you Sarah!"
—Jeff Werber, DVM, nationally-recognized TV and radio host and Veterinarian to the Stars
Offers Cat Influenced Lessons on How to Live a Joyful and Inspired Life,
In Brand New Book
Purrs of Wisdom: Enlightenment, Feline Style
“Ingrid King brings us closer to understanding the everyday reality of cats and, finally, what we can learn about our own lives through better appreciating theirs.” – Jackson Galaxy, Host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell”
- The Benefits of Stretching;
- 7 Habits of Happy Cats and Humans;
- The Value of Doing Nothing;
- How to be Content;
- When Work Becomes Play;
- Take Time for Yourself;
- Random Acts of Kindness; and
- Accepting What Is.