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Steven Spielberg's Oscar winning, epic, World War 2 drama is set against the backdrop of the Normandy landings. A squad of American soldiers, led by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks), receive top-level instructions to undertake an unusual mission: to rescue Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), whose three brothers have all been killed in action. As the soldiers forge deeper into enemy territory, they begin to question the sense of risking life and limb for the sake of one man.
Russell Crowe takes the lead role in this award-winning biopic based on the life of the groundbreaking mathematician and paranoid schizophrenic John Nash. Arriving at Princeton in 1947, Nash resolves to make an important new contribution to his field and begins developing his insights into game theory. After this work proves a great success, Nash moves to MIT, where he dates and then marries his student Alicia (Jennifer Connelly). However, it's not long before the mathematician begins to receive visits from a shady secret service agent (Ed Harris) who wants him to do some important work for the government. Academy Awards were won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress (Connelly).
A resource of mathematics activities which cover every mathematics common core state standard from Kindergarten through grade three, this guide is structured on stories from well known children's books. The authors, two professors of mathematics education and an award winning writer/poet, have found that the integration of good children's literature into mathematics lessons engages and motivates young students.
Sci-fi thriller starring Denzel Washington. When a ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families is blown up in New Orleans, Federal Agent Doug Carlin (Washington) is brought in to help with the investigation. He becomes attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit that uses spacefolding technology to look back a little over four days into the past. While tracking down the bomber Carlin gets an idea in his head: could they use the device to actually travel back in time and not only prevent the bombing but also the murder of a local woman whose truck was used in the atrocity?
The author Adam Goldberg strains to understand his relationship with his father. As he reviews their history during a phone conversation with him, he experiences an epiphany that illumines his vision of his dad. Rather than compounding his father's failures, Adam's enlightened awareness enables him to recognize and appreciate his father's attributes. This intuition multiplied and led to inspired observations about truths to be found in common life challenges and answers to such questions as, "What do you get out of not enjoying your work?" And, "Does it make you happy to think that way?" These expanded reflections, and an examination of the circumstances and situations that provoked them, compelled the writing of this book. The author tells us, "I quit a great job to write this book." We should all be glad that he did. BEST DAY EVER is a practical and inspirational life story that surveys signal moments in life. Together, we consider responses guaranteed to increase happiness and personal growth. Adam confirms, "We know the truth when we see it." Interestingly, BEST DAY EVER was written for both self and others. Adam's Pop, beloved step-father and "Worker Guy" in the Work chapter, observed, "Adam, this book is for you." So, together, the author and the reader grasp and gather nuggets to live a happy, balanced and productive life. "It all starts with you. No, not you, me." Author Adam Goldberg enjoyed his young life in Santa Cruz where he garnered every athletic award available. He was gifted with smooth moves and great sports sense. Many a fan looked forward to watching him perform on field and court. Adam's hopes for a professional athletic career ended at San Jose State where he experienced a severe shoulder injury, but he continued to enjoy sports passionately with friends and associates. Adam's associates become friends. Uplifting encouragement to others is Adam's true gift. Adam began selling autos. When he learned he could double his wages in the RV field, he swiftly changed positions and began what became his life-long career. He quickly became sales manager, usually supervising salesmen 10 years his senior. Wherever he worked, sales climbed, virtually doubling every year. It didn't take long for this news to spread. Job offers arrived. He was so admired and loved by his fellow workers that, when he left one position, all 22 of his sales people interviewed for the new job to go with him. Adam had a sales vision. While his career was managing recreational vehicle sales, his profession was coaching his team. He has a remarkable ability to inspire and encourage others. On the job, the sales personnel motivate and support one another as they greet their customers with true personal interest. Here is what Adam says about Leadership - one of the very interesting chapters in Best Day Ever: The Leader has an innate ability to see what needs to be done and a spiritual quality that rouses others to see what they see and want to go with their vision. Adam took timeout from his work to write this book. When finished, he returned to the motorhome business where he is employed by McMahon's Motor Home Dealership in Palm Springs, California. Adam, his wife Tara and daughter Bazil live in Rancho Mirage, California.
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