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review 2020-06-01 23:23
Moto and Me
Moto and Me: My Year as a Wildcat's Foster Mom - Suzi Eszterhas

 Suzi Eszterhas  is a wildlife photographer on the Masai Mara Preserve in Kenya. Suzi is asked if she would like to foster an serval kitten that was brought in by a tourist group after a fire. Suzi readily accepts and takes on the additional role of wildlife rehabilitator to Moto, the serval.  As Moto's adopted mother, Suzi must learn how to care for Moto and teach him how to be a serval in the wild, just like Moto's real mom would have done so he can go back to the wild once more.  

Moto and me is a fun and informative inside look at wildlife rehabilitation and the life of a serval.  This nonfiction book is aimed at children aged 5-10.  The pictures were all very cute and obviously amazing, taken by Suzi herself.  They documented Moto's life with her from kittenhood to an adult cat and give readers a chance to see Moto learning how to be a Serval as well as techniques that Suzi used in Moto's rehabilitation.  Along with this are great lessons about African animals, life cycles and the importance of leaving wildlife in the wild.  
This book was received for free in return for an honest review. 
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review 2020-05-23 13:40
Year of Wonders ★★★★★
Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks

I came to this book by an NPR article discussing pandemic lit. It's a fictionalized tale of the real English town that, struck by plague in 1665, chose to sacrifice themselves by quarantining the town in hopes of preventing the spread of disease to their neighbors.


At least, that's the framework for the story, but the real story is its characters and how they respond to the crisis, how they endure or find strength or break as they lose their neighbors and loved ones. How for some, it's business and opportunism as usual as they use legal means to take a valuable mine from an orphaned child because her dead father can no longer work it or defend it, or price-gouging for grave-digging services when the church graveyard is full and there is a shortage of able-bodied men. How the taverns are always full and the fearful mob inevitably looks for witches to burn. 


But it's also the story of neighbors looking out for each other, of a mother rising above the grief of her lost children to care for the dying and deliver the new babies when the doctors flee the town, of the religious leaders look past their fundamental differences to provide leadership to people in need, how a pastor and his wife work tirelessly to minister to the whole town, good or evil of spirit, deserving and undeserving. 


There are some odd twists at the end that surprised and angered and disappointed me, but overall the story had me fascinated throughout. 


Audiobook via Overdrive, and I strongly recommend you do NOT do this one on audio, because it's read by the author who may be a very good writer but is a terrible narrator, and yet I was so engaged with the story that even her droning voice couldn't put me off.  

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text 2020-05-22 18:00
#FridayReads--May 22, 2020
I See You - Clare Mackintosh
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver,Steven L. Hopp,Camille Kingsolver,Richard A. Houser

Hope that everyone is going into Memorial Day weekend (US BL) with a pile of books at the ready. 


It's pouring cats and dogs here and it looks like it will do so through the weekend. I plan on socially distancing throughout the rest of this month and June no matter that states are re-opening.


Stay safe you guys.


Friday Reads are these two books:


I See You



Cover image for Animal, Vegetable, Miracle



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text 2020-05-18 15:09
Year of Wonders - 33%
Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks

The narrator is terrible, but the story is very good in spite of it. I'm not sure who she is, because it's uncredited. Maybe it's read by the author? 

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text 2020-05-07 13:50
What is the best accounting outsourcing model for your business?

Are you planning to outsource your accounts and books to an accounting outsourcing firm to make easy for your business growth? We all know how tedious work it is to work continuously on the accounts to smoothly run the business. But does it help when you get no time to spend on your client for growing your business? Modern business owners are partnering with outsourced accounting firms because they offer an agile solution that provides a “one-stop solution” for all bookkeeping, accounting, and tax-related services.


It's no secret that business owners have a myriad of choices when it comes to bookkeeping and accounting services. At the best - you are looking for the Outsourced accounting who can match your strategic finance needs, yet flexible enough to work with your small business budget. Before moving to types of the model you can choose, you must check out the checklist before hiring an accounting outsourcing firm so you must be aware that the firm you will land up can handle all your work smoothly with your growing business.


If you have planned to gain access to outsourcing accounting, you must be aware of the models most accounting outsourced companies provide.  Choosing the right model of accounting can make your business bloom.  Either it is a small business or a large one, the art of accounting and strategy will be always required to go in the right direction with advisers who have expertise in their industry. Different Accounting Engagement Model can be a competitive advantage for businesses with a twist of technology-infused in it. AcoBloom International believes that the client must have an accounting model according to their needs. It's not a time to stick to one model idea. The concept of growth is the change for betterment.


FTE Model (Full time equivalent)

Full-time equivalent (FTE) model serves our clients’ business requirements with ease. In this model, an FTE is dedicated to a and, in which, the FTE works only for the client.


Benefits of choosing this model:

  • Economical than Hourly model
  • Faster turnaround  time
  • No Inhouse facility required
  • Managed solution and check
  • Offers more control


Hourly Model

In this model, Clients are charged as per the number of hours consumed by them. This model is best for those clients who have lesser/ad-hoc volume of work and not sure of the amount of work they shall outsource.


  • Benefits of Choosing this model:
  • Good for small budgets
  • Works well with a small amount of work
  • Dedicated staff



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When it comes to hiring an outsourced accounting firm, Many questions and doubts are acceptable to rise. If you feel perplexed and not sure what model works for you, why not take a free trial and see what is best for your business.

Source: www.acobloom.com/how-we-work/engagement-models
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