Re­ally big fam­ily

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - READS - Com­piled by ROUWEN LIN

ON the out­side, they look like a reg­u­lar fam­ily: he runs his own busi­ness and coaches base­ball. She drives a mini­van and can’t live with­out her Black­berry. The kids at­tend pub­lic schools and take mu­sic lessons. The thing is, the adults are po­lyg­a­mists. Joe, Alina and Vicki were mar­ried on the same day; Va­lerie, Vicki’s twin sis­ter, joined the fam­ily later. They have 24 kids be­tween them. This is a riv­et­ing mem­oir in which the Darg­ers ex­plain why they chose this path and why they be­lieve it should be an ac­cepted life­style. What do you do when life knocks you down? How do you achieve seren­ity in the midst of chaos? How do you turn ob­sta­cles into op­por­tu­ni­ties? This book pro­vides tips and strate­gies on how to sur­vive a tough world. It dis­cusses how to trans­form your way of think­ing, take ac­tion and grab the bull by the horns, live the way you’ve al­ways wanted to and cre­ate a new and ex­cit­ing fu­ture. Af­ter her hus­band of al­most 40 years died sud­denly of a heart at­tack in 2003, nov­el­ist and lit­er­ary jour­nal­ist Joan Did­ion wrote about the loss in The Year Of Mag­i­cal Think­ing, which be­came a best­seller in 2005 – and in that same year, Did­ion lost her only daugh­ter, Quin­tana Roo, aged just 39, to sep­tic shock. In this, the sixth year since that tragedy, Did­ion once again turns to words to try to ex­press her pain. Blue Nights is an ac­count not only of Quin­tana’s life and death, but also Did­ion’s ex­pe­ri­ence of loss and age­ing. banned in China. His works have landed him in jail be­fore. From his time spent with a vi­brant Chris­tian com­mu­nity in sec­u­lar China, Liao doc­u­ments the un­told sto­ries of be­liev­ers and their strug­gle against a to­tal­i­tar­ian govern­ment. It in­cludes the tale of a sur­geon who gave up a lu­cra­tive post to treat vil­lagers for free, and a 100-yearold nun who was beaten, starved and has done decades of phys­i­cal labour. This book is trans­lated by trans­la­tor-writer Wen­guang Huang. How do you do it all – raise a fam­ily, spend time with friends, man­age a com­pany, de­velop your mind and be fit, healthy and bal­anced, all at the same time? This is a prac­ti­cal guide to a life­style change. The sys­tem in­cludes scor­ing points for dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, so you can chart and change the way you lead your life. Be­fore you know it, a pat­tern of sen­si­ble eat­ing habits, ex­er­cise and re­lax­ation will be­come part of you. tor of consumer mar­ket­ing and brand man­age­ment at Google, turned up for a job in­ter­view, lit­tle did he imag­ine that he was go­ing to spend the next few years in an un­con­ven­tional work­place. The early signs were there: he was in­ter­viewed by a young man dressed in roller hockey gear and bounc­ing on a white ball. This book cap­tures what it’s like to be part of the com­pany as it grew from a hand­ful of em­ploy­ees to tens of thou­sands. Are rules re­ally meant to be bro­ken?

Ac­cord­ing to this author, the cor­rect way is to learn how to bend the rules, not break them. The most valu­able as­set of an or­gan­i­sa­tion is its peo­ple.

And these em­ploy­ees should be taught how to act fast, make quick de­ci­sions in favour of cus­tomers, and bend rules to keep them happy.

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