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Remodeling Project without Sacrificing Quality
"Exceptionally well written, organized and presented... a comprehensive and thoroughly 'user friendly' instructional guide and manual that is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, and community library Home Design, Remodeling & Construction collections. Midwest Book Review
Please watch my interview on the nationally syndicated news and entertainment show the Daily Flash (11/8/21) and the book's video trailer below
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ISBN # 978-0-9709734-4-3
or remodeling a home can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it can also
be a stressful and daunting challenge. Organized to cover all the major phases
of construction and renovation, this book is complete with over one hundred
actual construction and renovation photographs, checklists, financing options,
builder insights, industry secrets, design ideas, and other valuable information
to help homeowners save a fortune while completing their project on time, within
budget, and with less stress.
"It’s no surprise the addition’s newer masonry matches the original brickwork perfectly. Second-generation homeowner Joe Oswald is a remodeling expert and author of “The Homeowner’s Guide to Contracting, Building, and Remodeling.” He’s also a local historian. Cheryl Lockhart, a Beverly resident since 1998, had already purchased Oswald’s book. Touring Oswald’s home gave her the chance to see his advice put into practice. “When you see the craftsmanship here and the detail, you really become more interested in maintaining homes and preserving their history,” she said." Chicago Tribune Daily Southtown, 9/26/21
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A glacier from the last ice age, Potawatomi Indians, fur traders, railroads, prominent architects, large historic homes, a real Irish castle, bitter annexation battles and the challenges of racial integration are all part of the history of this Southwest Side neighborhood known as "The Village in the City." After the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, the Beverly Hills/Morgan Park community developed as a "country retreat" for Chicago's social and economic elite. Since then, the Ridge Historic District has become one the largest urban historic districts in the nation with over 120 historically and architecturally significant structures. Located just 20 minutes from downtown and boasting of tree-lined streets, mansions sitting atop rolling hills, and the largest average home and lot sizes in the city, this community remains one of the highest socio-economic neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area. In fact, Beverly was recently ranked the third wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago in terms of median income. Despite the neighborhood's beautiful mansions and unique history, the community remains quietly tucked away in an area of the city many people are not familiar with, making it one of Chicago's best kept secrets.
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Chicago's Beverly/Morgan Park
Published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series, this book is currently available at major bookstores throughout Chicago as well as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
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A good vocabulary is the key to success in school and the professional world, especially in today’s competitive, fast-paced, global society. With study after study showing the correlation between an extensive vocabulary and higher socio-economic status, the need for a strong vocabulary has never been more important. With core subject-area vocabulary and advanced reading vocabulary, this book is perfect to prepare for school-based exams as well as the SAT,® ACT,® and GRE.® In addition, this book contains economics and personal finance vocabulary, resume-building vocabulary, Greek and Latin Roots, common Latin expressions, and commonly misused words. Written by a teacher with over twenty years of experience in teaching history, reading, writing, and standardized test prep, this book contains over 2,000 words and activities to help students, adults, and English language learners master important vocabulary. Whether it’s getting into a good college, landing that dream job, getting a promotion, or just being a more-informed person, Vocabulary for Champions can help you unlock your potential, give you an edge over the competition, and be a champion in whatever you set your sights upon.
"Expertly organized and presented... making it ideal for use with middle school students, high schoolers, and adults." Midwest Book Review
Here are quotes from BookLife's review of Vocabulary for Champions:
"Longtime teacher Oswald assembles a genuinely useful and enjoyable vocabulary-building guide."
"Teens and adults at all stages of life can benefit from this well-constructed workbook for learning mid-level English vocabulary."
"This breezy, fast-moving, guide can help anyone looking to build their word power."
"To avoid overwhelming the reader with heaps of words, Oswald builds in short quizzes at regular intervals, ensuring the lessons are absorbed and the reader can recognize words in context."
"Oswald keeps the guide fresh with fun techniques such as crosswords puzzles and word searches."
"By the time the reader reaches the general vocabulary section, the rhythm created by Oswald's method makes it simple to approach new words..."
"The finance section is especially useful, as Oswald digs into terms related to mortgages, assets, and savings plans, educating readers on basic financial literacy as well as vocabulary."
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A Teacher's Guide to United States History, Volume I: Reproducible Activities and Lesson for Teaching the Age of Exploration to the Progressive Movement
This book is intended for teachers of United States history and contains dozens of ready-to-use reproducible activities and lesson plans for teaching the Age of Exploration through the Progressive Movement. Written by a teacher, for teachers, the student-centered activities in this book are creative yet challenging, are classroom-tested, and represent years of teaching students of diverse ability levels. Teachers will find graphic organizers, quizzes, tests, writing assignments, cooperative learning activities, lecture notes, map activities, and project-based lessons. The lesson plans are detailed yet adaptable and are sure to save teachers countless hours developing lessons from scratch. Additionally, the activities in this book are aligned to the new Common Core Standards and Indicators for Literacy in the Social Sciences as well as the ACT-created College Readiness Standards.