"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are".
--- Mason Cooley
Summer is typically the time when families take a relaxing vacation to be with one another and to rest and relax from the toils of labor. It is a time to see other parts of one's state or the country, or even to visit other countries. It is truly a time to venture outside of the known and familiar to locations only dreamed about.
Another way to escape the well-known and recognizable is to dive into some good books. There are plenty advertised for summer reading at Amazon.com, Borders, Barnes and Noble and many more book stores. Those are great places to get ideas, but we thought we would make it a little easier for you and suggest some good reads for the summer of '06.
"Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.... You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms."
--- Angela Carter
A few out there to help you to transition from your business to relaxing are books that will help to keep you sharp in your business without taxing your mind too much. We suggest a book by Zig Ziglar titled, Better Than Good. This is a book that helps to recreate the positive attitude you may have lost in only the way that the famous Mr. Zigler can present this topic. Try it for a quick reminder as well as a quick read.
"Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own."
--- Arthur Schopenhauer
Another good read for the summer is a collaboration by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, The Power of Full Engagement. . This is good for those who have been over-stressed by the demands of our industry. You will find it extremely helpful in distinguishing good stress from the bad and how stress in itself is not necessarily a bad thing.
Now, on to more relaxing books where you can get lost and forget your troubles. Some good "beach" reads are Twelve Sharp, by Janet Evanovich. This is a crime caper featuring sassy bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Also, try Dean Koontz, The Husband. , another mystery thriller that starts out with a California gardener, Mitchell Rafferty, gets a call on his cell phone from a stranger saying that Mitch's beloved wife, Holly, has been kidnapped and that he has less than three days to come up with $2 million in cash. Of course, he's warned not to involve the police.
"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man."
--- Francis Bacon
Naturally, you can choose from a list of good books that are out there today. If you are like most of us, you probably have not even read the bestsellers from about five years ago, let alone the ones on the 2006 list, but whatever you do, grab one that will take your mind away from the business for a short time --- especially if you are not able to get away from your area physically, a book helps you to escape mentally.
"Thought reading is like the circulation of the blood. We are all thought readers only we don't pay attention to it."
--- Samuel Butler
If you get too bored, don't forget that this time of the year, (half way through it), is a good time to review your balance sheets and your Profit and Loss Statements. That is, only if you get tired of the pool, and the sun, and the fun!
Lasers: Ready to Buy-What you Really Need to Know
By Diane Bosworth
For those new to laser technology, buying laser equipment can be an intimidating experience. The word laser often conjures images of danger, mystery, impossible learning curves, and high price tags. However, with the user-friendly, increasingly affordable laser engraving equipment of today, nothing could be further from the truth.
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Printing Halftones (Part III): Making Halftone Stencils with Photoreactive Film
By Bill Stephens
Despite the many advantages of using films for halftone work, liquid direct emulsions continue to be very popular and also have a few advantages of their own. Discover the many advantages and disadvantages of halftone stencils.
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