The tale begins on Christmas Eve seven years after the death of Ebenezer Scrooge's business partner Jacob Marley. Scrooge is established within the first stave (chapter) as a greedy and stingy businessman who has no place in his life for kindness, compassion, charity, or benevolence. After being warned by Marley's ghost to change his ways, Scrooge is visited by three additional ghosts "each in its turn" who accompany him to various scenes with the hope of achieving his transformation. The first of the spirits, the Ghost of Christmas Past, takes Scrooge to the scenes of his boyhood and youth which stir the old miser's gentle and tender side by reminding him of a time when he was more innocent. The second spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Present, takes Scrooge to several radically differing scenes (a joy-filled market of people buying the makings of Christmas dinner, the family feast of Scrooge's near-impoverished clerk Bob Cratchit, a miner's cottage, and a lighthouse among other sites) in order to evince from the miser a sense of responsibility for his fellow man. The third spirit, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn and act upon what he has witnessed. Scrooge's own neglected and untended grave is revealed, prompting the miser to aver that he will change his ways in hopes of changing these "shadows of what may be." In the fifth and final stave, Scrooge awakens Christmas morning with joy and love in his heart, then spends the day with his nephew's family after anonymously sending a prize turkey to the Crachit home for Christmas dinner. Scrooge has become a different man overnight, and now treats his fellow men with kindness, generosity, and compassion, gaining a reputation as a man who embodies the spirit of Christmas. The story closes with the narrator confirming the validity, completeness, and permanence of Scrooge's transformation.
From twinkle in your eye to warranty work, this book is your guide to masterfully handling car-buying to get the most for your money. Beat the car salesmen at their own game?--that's a setup. Books by car salesmen are aimed at getting you within their grasp. Like tennis, it's not possible for a beginner to beat them at their game. Instead, step by step directions on how to get the best price by playing your own game-and then make that price stick to the end! How to use your most powerful tool for getting the best price -- your phone. Do you know it's legal to take home all the paperwork and bring it back signed, not do it in their lair? Do you know the biological reason test driving and buying should be done on different days? Books by salesmen won't tell you these things. This book lays out your options for car loans, leasing and car insurance when buying a new-to-you vehicle. Find out the incredibly easy way to save $1500 on a used car-and 6 years later it will make no difference in trade-in value. Think used car-buying is about avoiding the lemons? That's another dealer trick; there are no more lemons. Dealerships perpetuate that myth to scare you out of phoning for a price. An engine designer and mechanic shares why understanding routine maintenance and Incidence of Repair charts are all you need to pick a good vehicle. The last few pages give you the easy way to find a good mechanic.
-- Written with Tony Whitney: host of TV's Inside Track-- Learn the tricks of the trade and industry secrets-- When to wheel and when to dealBuying a car, be it new or used, is an exciting event, but you must be prepared with the right information and an understanding of the tricks of the trade. Wheeling and dealing salespeople, environmental concerns, and the warranty maze are only some of the obstacles waiting to trip up the car buyer. By educating yourself before taking the plunge, you could save thousands of dollars.With checklists, diagrams, and a scorecard to ease decision making, this nontechnical guide is perfect for first-time buyers or anyone planning to buy or lease a car. It also contains helpful hints for those looking to sell a car and get top dollar.
Whether establishing a solo practice, joining a group, or purchasing an existing practice, this comprehensive resource provides in-depth information on the fundamentals of strategic practice management and future planning for the medical practice. It tackles options, challenges, and trends related to business and practice management facing medical practices, and strengthening your position to thrive for many years to come. A valuable educational resource, Starting, Buying, and Owning the Medical Practice outlines the strategic options and alternatives available when determining the most appropriate models and methods for successful stability and growth. Organized in two sections, the first part provides both practical and operational functions of a practice's start-up, including such considerations as legal, financial, and personnel. Part two focuses on practice ownership and structure models that have emerged in the health care industry, including private ownership, physician alignment strategies, and the physician as an employee. Beneficial tools and guidelines help strengthen the physician's current position within the practice regardless of the health care venture they are in or planning for the future. This book provides business insight to questions asked and challenges faced by practices today, as well as how recent trends have impacted physician decision making for future needs. Features include: * Current health care trends -- aids in strengthening the physicians current position or determining the position they are most comfortable in when planning for a successful future * Basic planning guidelines -- assists physicians in understanding fundamentals and organizational alternatives to help make informed decisions to grow their practice's success * Charts and graphs -- provide visual applications that emphasize the principles presented * Easy-to-read format -- geared to a wide range of health care personnel in various envir
When George hears about the annual boxcar derby, there's no way he's going to miss out. George enlists the help of his friend Allie to build the winning boxcar. But the race is starting in just a few hours, and even with the help of Bill's instruction manual, building a car takes a lot of work. It's a race to the race as they try to get all the right car parts in time to enter the competition. This adventure based on the Emmy Award-winning Curious George PBS TV show includes bonus activities to test the effect of gravity and help reinforce the names and functions of different car parts. Find more monkey fun at www.curiousgeorge.com! AGES: 4-8 years AUTHOR: H. A. Rey and his wife, Margret, first introduced the world to the big-hearted, fun-loving troublemaker-hero Curious George in 1941, and young readers have been in love with him ever since. Colour illustrations
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