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text 2017-08-29 13:48
Shed Conventional Energy Sources for Effective Solar Energy Systems

It is common knowledge that our planet’s natural resources are being depleted at an astonishing, record-setting pace and that the consequences of this usage will affect humankind for generations to come. While archaeologists have discovered evidence of household usage of coal in China dating back to 3490 BC, it was not until the Industrial Revolution that our dependency on fossil fuels—and petroleum, in particular—really began. Since that time, non-renewable energy sources have become the norm and necessary for consumption by the world’s surging population.


Petroleum oil is the most common energy source on which Americans rely to carry out their daily routines. Because of our complete and dangerous dependence on this source and its non-renewability, scientists and engineers have been researching alternative energy forms and made many important developments and inventions in this exciting sector. People everywhere are embracing a clean energy revolution and Solar Meridian energy is one thriving component of this shift.


Solar energy is a 100% natural source and, because it emanates from the sun, we forever have a clean, constant, inexpensive, safe and endless supply. An increasing number of companies are now specializing in solar energy around the country and offering a wide variety of products and services to help consumers convert to a greener lifestyle.


Solar technology and energy can help end our dependence on fossil fuels and alleviate much of our planet’s escalating energy crisis. Solar panels are the primary components used in harnessing solar energy and converting it into a usable thermal or electrical charge. These panels are available in a variety of sizes and currently enable owners to power lights, electronic devices, appliances and much more.


Major benefits of using Idaho solar energy are:


Maintenance: Solar energy systems have very low—and often no—maintenance.


Environmentally Responsible: This is a completely sustainable, renewable and clean source of energy.


Cost: Instead of relying on expensive fuel or traditional forms of electricity for powering our lives, solar energy only requires a one-time equipment installation and municipalities and utility companies commonly offer attractive rebates and other incentives to offset this expense. Furthermore, the sun provides a limitless supply of free energy following installation!


Energy Independence: The use of solar energy reduces our dependence on fossil fuels and other finite natural resources, a majority of which are imported from foreign—and often volatile and unfriendly—countries.


If you are interested in living a greener lifestyle by switching to a sustainable energy source, look no further than Evengreen Technology. Evengreen Technology is a US-owned and –based company specializing in innovative solar technology and comprehensive energy services. Its team of dedicated experts provides important services such as energy optimization planning, electrical analysis, consulting and engineering, web-based monitoring of residential and commercial energy consumption, hands-on project management and more.


Evengreen Technology proudly offers a broad range of energy solutions including renewable power generation, advanced monitoring, engineering and development of energy-saving projects, risk management and long-term energy targeting. It provides customers with an array of financing options to facilitate the implementation of energy-saving solutions.


About Evengreen Technology


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review 2017-08-01 17:09
“Idaho” by Emily Ruskovich
Idaho: A Novel - Emily Ruskovich

The title says, "Idaho - A Novel". I think the last bit is an assertion of intent meant to guide people like me who reach the end of the book knowing that I'd read something wonderful but not really being able to label it.


Each chapter in "Idaho" is a work of art. Emily Ruskovich can write in a way that makes you fully aware of how a particular person is experiencing something that is vivid and immediate but also ladened with context and possibility.


At one point she even helped me see inside the head of a blood hound on a search, head down, ears and folds of skin dampening all other stimuli except the hundreds of scents that contain the one scent I am looking for.


It seemed to me, that for much of the novel, I had become that blood hound and that each chapter was a scrap of fabric, soaked in sorrow, confusion, regret, guilt, love and, occasionally hope, that I would bend over and sniff at until I had extracted every scent of emotion and traced the trails of circumstance, intent, memory and consequence that connect the chapters and the people in them.


It is an intense, absorbing experience that speaks to my senses and my emotions but, by itself, does not satisfy my need for a narrative leading to some form of release. The nonlinear nature of this narrative, the emphasis on moments of being and intense but bounded insights into a person, meant that reading "Idaho" felt more like experiencing other people's lives than it did reading a novel with a beginning, a middle and an end. I was given lots of hard, emotionally taxing questions but I was offered only the inference of answers, much as I am in real life.


There is a narrative. It is triggered by an act of violence that changes the lives of almost all of the characters in the book. Revealing this narrative in a non-linear way is not done to enhance the tension or to build to a great reveal, but to show that we are not the events that we live through. They can harm us or help us but the self we bring to each moment is what shapes the outcome of an event.


I'm sorry if that sounds obscure. Emily Ruskovich would never say anything so clumsily as that. It is merely me, trying to find meaning in what I was reading.


In "Idaho" I spent time seeing the world through the eyes of many people: May, a six year old girl living an isolated rural life in which her most intense relationship is with June, her older sister, whom she simultaneously loves and resents; Elizabeth, spending her life in prison for murder and trying to allow herself friendship and perhaps even love; Jenny, a woman who is trying to abnegate her right to anything she desires but who cannot stop herself from offering something of herself to others; Wade, a man who has survived tragedy and guilt and love but who is losing himself with each memory that slips out of reach; and Anne, who falls lives a life of sorrow-filled love that she does not feel entitled to cut herself free from.


I will remember these people for a long time. I will remember their joys and their pain and their ability to survive as long as they are remembered by someone, even if it is only themselves. I will remember the mountain they lived on and how its wildness and isolation and unforgiving winters shaped them like wind eroding sandstone.


Yet I still struggle with "Idaho" as "a novel". Probably this says more about my expectations than about Emily Ruskovich's writing but it changed my experience of the book. If "Idaho" had been a collection of short stories, I'd have gone, "How wonderful. This is like reading Alice Munro" but it was labelled a novel so I found myself expecting more connection.


The best example of what I mean is a character in this book, a young man who loses his leg through an accident in high school, who's experiences and thoughts are beautifully described but who seems to have only the most tangential connection to the other people in the book. I invested my imagination in him. I didn't like him but I began to understand him. Yet I couldn't make him fit and my inability to do so distracted and annoyed me.


I strongly recommend this book, novel or not. The writing is simply wonderful. The experiences are harrowing but in a way that made me more empathetic than horrified.

I am astonished that this is Emily Ruskovich's debut novel. I look forward to reading everything else that she writes.


I listened to the audiobook version of "Idaho" which is read with consummate skill by Justine Eyre. She helped my hound dog follow the scent trails in this book much more easily and with more passion than I had only read the text.


I've included below an extract of her performance and a short interview where she talks about her experience in narrating "Idaho"


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text 2017-04-30 12:10
Library Haul
Idaho: A Novel - Emily Ruskovich
The Breakdown - B. A. Paris
All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel - Elan Mastai
The Good People - Hannah Kent
Method 15/33 - Shannon Kirk

Ok, so I have to admit that I am (more than) a little late to the party but I recently discovered Booktube. Embarrassing I agree but there we are, it is out. Anyway, looking at people book hauls I came across the above books and thought they sounded quite interesting. I was horrified to find that our library has raised its reservation fees but nevertheless 3 were reserved and as usual all came in at the same time. So there you have it, I have a busy month ahead of me, it's a good job I've got 2 weeks off!

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review 2017-04-06 17:36
Yellowstone Country by David Skernick
Yellowstone Country: Idaho, Wyoming & Montana (Lost on Gray Roads) - David Skernick

Absolutely stunning photographs in this book. Makes you want to pack your hiking gear and leave now for Yellowstone. I love all the pictures in this book. Three of my favorite are Sunset at Antelope Pass, Yellowstone Lake in September, and Castle Geyser where the geyser is blowing, the sun is shining, and their is a huge rainbow.  I am stunned at all the wildlife pictures as well. David Skernick has done a fabulous job taking these breathtaking pictures. They are so crisp and clear you almost feel like you are there instead of looking at a book. 


I love photography books. I get to see things I will probably never to get experience in person. I can also see the area and add it to my list of dream trips. After looking through this book Yellowstone is definitely on my list now.


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-02-18 18:51
Idaho-loved it!
Idaho: A Novel - Emily Ruskovich

I absolutely loved this novel. This new inspiring author has captured my attention and I loved the way her words came across the page. I almost abandoned this novel as the first few pages left me wondering why I had chosen this novel to begin with. This story itself is not an easy, fun read but it consists of layers, history and damaged lives that never lie still. The more that I read of this novel, the more I settled into it and a calmness came over me. A calmness. I thought it was crazy just how smoothing this novel was considering the subject matter that I was consuming. It was the author, she was amazing. As I read, the characters realizing the fate that awaited them, Emily’s words of prose were there, a comfort for me.


It’s life on the Ponderosa, Wade and Jenny living with their two young children May and June. They were gathering wood, chopping and stacking it, putting it into the back of their pickup truck, it was a wonderful day. Jenny admits to what happens next. Their wonderful day ends in tragedy. Before nightfall, both of their children would be gone. It’s horrible that things turn out this way but this nightmare is far from over as it will haunt Wade and Jenny forever. Reading the journey that these two individuals take after this day was emotional and profound. It wasn’t just their lives that were effected but others they came into connect with. We also journey back in time to the days when this family lived on the homestead, reading about their time spent together as a family before the one event that shattered their lives. This showed just how they felt about one another and how one event can shatter a dream. I can’t wait to see what else Emily writes.


“How quickly someone else’s life can enter through the cracks we don’t know are there until this foreign thing is inside of us. We are more porous than we know.”

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