Love makes the world go round, or so the old saying goes, and poetry is one way to express that elusive and powerful emotion. All aspects of love are explored in the poems featured in a new book of poetry written by M.D. Brauer, M.D., whether its romantic love or the love one has for a special friend, relative or nature.
The writer has sorted the poems in Poet in Love and Other Tragedies into 16 sections, each featuring a brightly colored title such as tangerine, cobalt, celadon, teal and indigo. Brauer sprinkles some of his poems with pop culture references and others with colorful imagery, drawing on his imagination to weave powerful meditations on feelings and emotions that show the power of love. Readers will find free verse, meter and rhyme that cover topics like taking a daughter to college, an ode to The Good Earth, a girl walking barefoot, and falling in love with a best friends little sister.
The African Woman shares the love one human can feel for another, despite the risks of AIDS, when a visiting worker lovingly paints the patients nails. Fractured Earth reveals the despair that can come when a loved one this time the planet falls ill: And all the arctic ice is melting, and the polar bears lounge in mud where glaciers once inexorably rolled and cracked and broke granite like chestnuts over an ozone fire. The selection The School Teacher highlights one of the most enduring loves when a lonely man hears a phone ring. For a moment he wondered, indulged again, even if it was just a two-second daydream, then picked up the phone. Hi, Mom.
Brauer was born in Takoma Park, Md., but spent the first nine years of his life in Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, returning to the United States in 1966. He served in the Navy on the USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean and earned an elementary education degree from Union College in Lincoln, Neb. After teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Colorado, he decided to become a doctor, earning his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. He subsequently practiced for 16 years in the Shenandoah Valley before moving to the Asheville area in 2008. He has previously been published with a historical novel, Shall Die by the Sword, under the penname T.S. Beckett.
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Poet in Love and Other Tragedies
M.D. Brauer, M.D.
Dog Ear Publishing
With connectivity enabling so many new opportunities within the vehicle in term of smart mobility, TU-Automotive felt it important to highlight the industry newcomer that is currently providing a best in class solution dedicated to smart mobility including traffic, parking, personal mobility services (i.e. car-sharing), etc. The other TU-Automotive Awards categories have been designed to highlight innovation and talent across each of the different verticals of the connected car space including UBI, commercial vehicles and safety.
TU-Automotive, Managing Director, Precksha Saksena-Sood said: With the connected car opening so many different opportunities within urban mobility – we highly encourage new comers to nominate themselves. As an industry it is our responsibly to nurture start-ups as they will pave the way for a truly connected world.
The TU-Automotive Awards
These awards are the most anticipated and revered accolade in the industry. Past winners include Octo Telematics North America, Volvo Car Group, Qoros Automotive, NissanConnect, Xtime, Elektrobit Automotive and many more. Nominations are now open and can be made on the website before Friday March 13th: http://www.tu-auto.com/detroit/awards-index.php
Any company operating in the connected car space can nominate themselves for an award. It is free to enter and nominees are required to submit a simple product outline to qualify for entry. The deadline is March 13th 2015. Finalists will be chosen by an independent panel of judges and announced on Wednesday April 8th 2015.
There are 12 categories that reward every area of the connected car industry. TU-Automotive encourages companies to customize a nomination to suit each award.
NYC-based PIRA Energy Group believes that soft LNG supply status bids up value of tanker capacity. In the U.S., EIA-reported storage draw could be termed positive, if not shockingly bullish. In Europe, with oil prices dropping quickly, the ceiling on spot gas prices will be moving down as well. Specifically, PIRAs analysis of natural gas market fundamentals has revealed the following:
Soft LNG Supply Status Bids Up Value of Tanker Capacity
Downward pressure on tanker rates this year has been ameliorated somewhat in 4Q. An unprecedented need for floating storage, or at the very least slow steaming, has emerged. Supply growth is outpacing demand for LNG despite the market being less than two weeks away from the beginning of winter. Still, spot charter rates for a standard sized 145,000 cubic meter LNG carrier are down by 22% over last December. In particular, spot rates in the Atlantic Basin are trading at a premium to Asia due to the lack of an open arbitrage window to the Asia market.
Bearish December Balances
On the heels of the shockingly bearish update two weeks ago, last weeks EIA-reported storage draw could be termed positive, if not shockingly bullish given expectations centered in the mid-40s. To some degree, the hefty reduction is likely seen as a correction to the prior weeks shortfall, in addition to its unfavorable comparisons to a year ago (92 BCF) and the five-year average (72 BCF).
Summer 2015 NBP and the Real Impact of Lower Brent Prices
With oil prices dropping quickly, the ceiling on spot gas prices will be moving down as well; no more so than during upcoming injection season of 2015. While a legitimate argument could be made that spot prices in the U.K. and Germany can trade above oil-indexed levels for sustained periods during the winter, it is almost impossible to make this argument for spring and summer. The amount of spare production capacity possessed by Russia alone during this injection period almost instantly puts buyers in a position to nominate more contract (oil-indexed) gas if the spot price is trading at a premium to contract during injection season.
NYC-based PIRA Energy Group reports that Turkey adds capacities to meet growing electricity demand needs. In the U.S., given weaker gas prices and the likelihood of a hotter summer, 2015 should be a banner year for gas-fired generation. Specifically, PIRAs analysis of electricity and coal market fundamentals has revealed the following:
Turkey Adds Capacities to Meet Growing Electricity Demand Needs
Turkey is now the only market in Europe to display electricity demand growth (3.4% year-on-year so far in 2014). The recently published official 5-year capacity outlook suggests more imminent commissioning of hydro capacities, together with coal and lignite units. While gas is still largely contributing to meet current fossil fuel needs (especially under the current dry hydro conditions), we will have to wait until 2016 or 2017 for more gas-fired capacity to come online. Gas pricing is also a major uncertainty going forward.
Eastern Grid/ERCOT Market Forecast
Given weaker gas prices and the likelihood of a hotter summer, 2015 should be a banner year for gas-fired generation. The increase in generation from 2014 is projected to be over 12 aGW, outpacing gains in gas-fired capacity, implying higher marginal heat rates in most markets. CY15 prices are weaker across the board reflecting the decline in gas prices. CY16 prices are expected to see slight gains with the exception of New England. Increases reflect a small rebound in gas prices, modest load increases and another round of coal retirements.
Weak Oil Markets Providing Additional Downside for Coal Pricing
A significant drop in oil prices weighed on the wider energy market last week, pulling Cal-15 API#2 (Northwest Europe) prices a tick lower. The impact on API#4 (South Africa) and FOB Newcastle (Australia) prices was somewhat muted due to falling dry bulk freight rates and an optimistic assessment that the coal market will become tighter soon by Glencore at its investor presentation on December 10. PIRA believes that fundamentals remain bloated and that a rebound in coal pricing is not in the cards in the short-term as the supply side seems buoyed by cost reductions.
The information above is part of PIRA Energy Group’s weekly Energy Market Recap – which alerts readers to PIRAs current analysis of energy markets around the world as well as the key economic and political factors driving those markets.
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