Author: Sequoia Schmidt
On what initially began as an impulse, Sequoia Schmidt, a native of New Zealand and avid adventurer decides to purchase a ticket to her homeland with the goal of cycling across the country to reconnect with her roots. Once (somewhat) trained, Sequoia begins her journey and finds that she connects with much more than just the land where she is from. The people she encounters along her way and the flashbacks of her distorted childhood, paired with the aloneness that can only be had on a solo excursion of self-discovery, lead her to understand much more about herself and her strengths than she realized when she began. Through the account of her excursion, Sequoia brings the reader into her own mind on her adventure and connects us with the cathartic sensation that occurs when we let go of our need to be surrounded by things and simply live for a moment with only ourselves.
Author: Greg Foyster
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Greg Foyster quits his job in advertising and decides to live more simply. Looking for inspiration, he and his partner Sophie cycle from Melbourne to Far North Queensland (via Tasmania, naturally) scouting out ideas. Preposterously underprepared, they are propelled by the inspiring and eccentric characters they meet along the way – from a forest activist living up a tree to an 18th-century woodsman and a monk walking barefoot through Queensland. Featuring eye-opening encounters with DIY downshifters and leading figures in sustainability, Changing Gears is a jaunty adventure that explores an important question for the future: can we be happier with less?
Author: Nancy Rogene Sathre-Vogel
Changing Gears is the story of a family on the adventure of a lifetime - riding their bikes from Alaska to Argentina. It's the story of how much we can all do when we put our minds to it and our noses to the grindstone. It's the tale of ordinary people doing the extraordinary. Most of all, Changing Gears will encourage and inspire you to reach for the stars, and will help you see that you - yes, you - can grab hold of your life and steer it in whatever direction you want. Join the Vogel family as they cycle 17,285 miles from Alaska to Argentina.
Author: David Irving, Darl Kolb, Deborah Shepherd
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Rooted in the success stories of real companies, this guide presents a concise outline of the key business principles behind generating growth, profitability, and market penetration. Illustrated throughout with diagrams and exercises, this accessible handbook provides answers to the most critical questions regarding business models, financial drivers, leadership, and team-building. From start-up entrepreneurs and established family businesses to farms and factories, this examination draws on real-life business careers and international research, celebrating the vision, determination, and tenacity of owner-managers. Stressing a healthy balance between professional and personal lives, this analysis is the essential toolkit to conducting small to medium-sized businesses more efficiently.
Author: J. Carlopio
Many change management programmes designed to implement new technology are unsuccessful. The author draws upon a number of perspectives in change management and organisational strategy to show that failure is often not to do with technical factors but because of resistance of the workforce. He presents a new approach to implementing technology based upon the persuasion and commitment of the main stakeholders. Carlopio argues that senior managers should take organisational sensitivities and characteristics into account and build a communication and training and development strategy that will support the implementation of change. In this way, members of an organisation will be encouraged to embrace the new technology and it will become a part of their corporate mindset.
Author: Philip G. Gott
Publisher: SAE International
A highly readable history of the passenger car transmission. From the earliest efforts to the present and beyond, Gott looks at transmission designs which have been novel, interesting, or instructive, with a special focus on those which have a direct lineage to the modern automatic transmission. Num
Author: Nena O'Neill, George O'Neill
Publisher: M Evans & Company
Offers advice on ways of adapting to the rapid pace of change in modern life by choosing a lifestyle that gives personal satisfaction and inner peace
Author: Scot Gardner
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Merrick Hilton's done a runner. His folks think he's studying, but the real world has been calling for years and he can't ignore it any longer. A postie bike, a bedroll and a big sky - that's all he needs. But there's no telling how he'll handle roadkill, stolen oranges and unexpected romance, let alone the rough stuff. And in the real world nothing goes entirely as planned. Thankfully Victor - the old bloke Merrick meets on the road - knows a thing or two about broken bike chains. And broken hearts.
Author: Christopher O'Hanlon
This book gives the reader a rare peak into the world of driving an 18 wheeler across country. The author, a retired State Investigator, goes on a nine month journey and chronicles his experiences of driving a big rig. The book includes the authors experiences, the mistakes he made, recommendations to help new drivers and observations about the industry in general. The information in this book would be extremely helpful to anyone who may be consider entering this industry, currently attending a commercial drivers school or simply entertaining for anyone just curious about what it was like to drive tractor and trailer, from a professional point of view.
Author: Dorthe Nors
Publisher: Graywolf Press
A smart, witty novel of driving lessons and vertigo, short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize Sonja is ready to get on with her life. She’s over forty now, and the Swedish crime novels she translates are losing their fascination. She sees a masseuse, tries to reconnect with her sister, and is finally learning to drive. But under the overbearing gaze of her driving instructor, Sonja is unable to shift gears for herself. And her vertigo, which she has always carefully hidden, has begun to manifest at the worst possible moments. Sonja hoped her move to Copenhagen years ago would have left rural Jutland in the rearview mirror. Yet she keeps remembering the dramatic landscapes of her childhood—the endless sky, the whooper swans, the rye fields—and longs to go back. But how can she return to a place that she no longer recognizes? And how can she escape the alienating streets of Copenhagen? In Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Dorthe Nors brings her distinctive blend of style, humor, and insight to a poignant journey of one woman in search of herself when there’s no one to ask for directions.
Author: Meg Medina
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Thoughtful, strong-willed sixth-grader Merci Suarez navigates difficult changes with friends, family, and everyone in between in a resonant new novel from Meg Medina. Merci Suarez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don’t have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci’s school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna’s jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci’s grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately — forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she’s left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school. In a coming-of-age tale full of humor and wisdom, award-winning author Meg Medina gets to the heart of the confusion and constant change that defines middle school — and the steadfast connection that defines family.
Author: Louis Grivetti
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Changing Gears is the journal of a research-travel odyssey undertaken in eastern Greece and western Turkey during summer, 1984. Fieldwork was conducted on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Limnos, and Chios and along the adjacent Turkish coast from the Dardanelles south to Kusadasi as well as a challenging journey from the village of Troezen through the mountainous Peloponnesus of southeastern Greece to Athens, a route traveled by the Greek hero, Theseus. Included are illustrations and descriptions of ancient Argos, Athens, Corinth, Eleusis, Epidaurus, Isthmia, Marathon, Megara, Mycenae, Tiryns, and Troezen in Greece; and Ephesus, Pergamum, Sardis, Smyrna, and Troy in Turkey.