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New Guide to Help Teach Students about Fire

Educator’s Guide now available for the book, Ancient Fire, Modern Fire

October 2016 — Teachers and homeschool parents now have a new tool for teaching fire safety: Ancient Fire, Modern Fire, a book by Einar Jensen, and the companion Educator’s Guide (PixyJack Press).

Because this book explores human relationships with fire, it offers multiple benefits to multiple audiences. Depending on the grade level of the student, you’ll find resources for enhancing science, social studies, history, geography, economics, comprehensive health, and literacy lessons. The Educator’s Guide includes discussion questions by grade level, a glossary of fire terminology, resources for classroom activities, and a fun crossword puzzle.

“We can’t eliminate fire from our planet. Nor can we fight it,” says author Jensen. “As history has shown, we can’t win a war against wildfire or any other fire for that matter. It’s time to make peace with it. Ancient Fire, Modern Fire is my effort to start negotiating terms for peace and a tool for you to teach your students about fire.”


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Being Prepared for a Natural Disaster Includes Understanding Your Homeowner's Insurance

The biggest reason that half of all homeowners are underinsured is that people have no idea how their insurance will work in a major loss. Take time now to learn how much coverage and what kind of documentation you'll need to collect ... it will make the long road to recovery much less painful to travel down. The best way to do this: get a copy of Surviving Wildfire.

Myth 1: If I suffer a total loss, I’ll automatically get a total payout

You may eventually get a total payout, but it won’t be automatic. You’ll have to document and value your home and everything you lost.

Myth 2: All homeowners’ insurance policies are basically the same

Nope. Homeowners’ policies vary widely. Some provide replacement cost, some only actual value at time of loss. Some don’t cover additional living expenses at all; others have different time and dollar limits. Some require you to rebuild on site; some don’t.


It’s Time to Bring in Your “Bear” Feeders

Bear Expert Offers Springtime Tip: Bring in Your Bird Feeders

April 7, 2016 -- Your bird feeder could lead to the death of a bear whose only “crime” is being smart, industrious and very good at finding food, according to bear expert Linda Masterson. In her new book, Living With Bears Handbook, Masterson explains that bear feeders, more commonly known as bird feeders, are one of the biggest cause of human-bear problems.

A study in New York State showed that more than 80% of human-bear conflicts could be traced back to the bear’s first encounter with a bird feeder. Bird feeders are the ultimate carry-out food for bears: easy to get at and filled with tasty, nutritious natural foods that would take a hungry bear many hours of foraging to find in the wild.


An Eye-Opening and Practical Look at Fire, Our Friend and Foe

New book — Ancient Fire, Modern Fire — Examines Our Relationship with Fire

January 2016 — Fire plays an essential role in our lives, yet understanding and learning to live with this friend and foe has never been easy; stopping fire is a dangerous—and often deadly—pursuit.

In the newly released book, Ancient Fire, Modern Fire, author Einar Jensen presents an eye-opening look at fire and our history of dealing with it. He then gives us the tools for being responsible and prepared—as parents and teachers, as communities and fire service professionals, and as homeowners in the wildland urban interface.

"If we don't change our understanding of fire, our rules of engagement, or our cultural values, we should expect more tragedies and be willing to pay for them in ever-increasing volumes of dollars, blood, sweat and tears," says Einar Jensen. "I'm committed to preventing these tragedies."


Costa Rica's Fascinating History Recorded

Following his popular Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate book, author Jack Ewing delves into a tumultuous yet fascinating history of the south-central Pacific coast of Costa Rica in his second book, Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed.

“History is lost if it’s not written down,” says Ewing. “Over the past decades, I have come to love both this land and the people who inhabit it and felt their history needed to be told. I wrote Tapirs and Jaguars so that others may gain a deeper appreciation of this beautiful place.”

“For Jack’s many fans, the stories recalling episodes of his 45-year, personal evolution from cattle rancher, to emerging naturalist and conservationist, to renowned environmentalist will be equally enlightening and entertaining. This book will appeal to all ages and a wide range of readers—tourists, naturalists, environmentalists, natural history students, local history buffs and anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing the natural Costa Rica that Jack has worked so hard to foster and protect.”
– Dorothy MacKinnon, travel writer; Fodor’s Guide to Costa Rica, Insight Guide to Costa Rica, Tico Times


Why Is Geothermal Such a Smart Investment for Homeowners?

New Book, Geo Power, Demystifies a Superior Heating & Cooling Choice

June 2015 — A new book, Geo Power, gives homeowners, homebuilders and architects what they need to know when considering geothermal heating / cooling, a technology the EPA calls "the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective" space-conditioning system available.

All homes, new or existing, can use ground-source heat pumps (GHPs) to harness nature's free energy for year-round comfort. But understanding how and why heat pumps work, and which system options are best for your situation, can be confusing. Author Don Lloyd tackles this challenge head-on with clear, down-to-earth explanations.

Because homeowners quickly get past the feel-good "green-ness" of any technology and focus on the bottom-line, Lloyd details how this reliable, proven technology saves money year after year in utility bills AND increases the value of the home.


Job Seekers Have a New Book: Careers in Renewable Energy

April 1, 2014 – "Renewable energy is entering a growth era, and the need for well-trained, well-educated workers is growing with it," says Gregory McNamee, author of the newly released book, Careers in Renewable Energy, updated 2nd edition. "For anyone contemplating entering that market or changing careers, the time is right."
     The solar industry, which has grown an astonishing 53 percent since 2010 (according the National Solar Jobs Census 2013), is just one of many clean-energy industries. Energy efficiency, green building, wind energy, hydropower, geothermal, biomass, and green transportation all provide exciting career avenues.


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