A master craftsman, Don Lark could fix everything except what mattered, his own soul. After tragedy claimed the one thing he loved, he began looking for dilapidated houses to buy, renovate, and resell at a profit--giving these empty shells the second chance at life he denied himself.
Then in a quiet Southern town, Lark finds his biggest challenge: a squalid yet sturdy mansion that has suffered decades of abuse at the hands of greedy landlords and transient tenants. While two charming old neighbor ladies ply him with delicious cooking, they offer dire warnings about the house's evil past. But there is something about this building that pushes Lark on, even as its enchantments grow increasingly ominous. Will finishing the house offer Lark redemption, or unleash the darkest forces of damnation upon him?
This international bestseller tells the bittersweet story of one family, one home, and the surprising arc of one woman's life, from the poverty of her youth, to the intense love and painful losses of her adult years. Braiding together the past and present, Every Home Needs a Balcony relays the life story of a young Jewish girl, the child of Romanian immigrants, who lives with her family in the poverty-stricken heart of 1950s Haifa, Israel. Eight-year-old Rina, her older sister, and her parents inhabit a cramped apartment with a narrow balcony that becomes an intimate, shared stage on which the joys and dramas of the building's daily life are played out.
Every parent, at some point, is faced with the need for some type of child care. Whether it's hiring a nanny, leaving your child in the care of a family member or friend, or enrolling them in a child care setting. With more than twenty years of experience in various arenas of child care, Traci Sanders shares her knowledge of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of environment to allow parents to make an informed decision about where to place their child for care. In this book she reveals: *All the options for child care explaining the benefits and drawbacks of each one. *The three most important S's in choosing a child care setting. *What type of daily schedule a parent should expect their child to have from birth to twelve years and includes suggestions for age-appropriate toys, materials, and activities. *The top twenty questions a parent should ask ANY caregiver when interviewing. *The top twenty things child care providers wish parents knew. *Strategies to make the right decision for the location and price of your child care setting. *Ways to build a relationship with your child care provider to ensure your child's needs are met and your concerns are addressed. *How to ease the transition for you and your child into a new care setting. Making the decision to leave your child in someone else's care is never an easy one but with the strategies and tips found in this book, you can at least make an informed decision. Take back your power as a parent and make the RIGHT choice for your child.
In clear, easy-to-grasp language, the author covers many of the topics that you will need to know in order to launch and run a successful business venture.
Your Home is your sanctuary, your own special place and escape from the world - at least it should be
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