This Old Body: And 99 Other Reasons to Laugh at Life is a book of personal essays on the ridiculousness of aging. It’s clean, it’s clever, it’s anything but cliched. This Old Body speaks to all of us who aren’t what we once were. With such witty titles as, “Where, Oh, Where Has My Little Waist Gone?” and “The World is Round but my Feet are Flat,” Barbara Greenleaf will get you laughing at the everyday humiliations and aggravations that befall people of a certain age. In addition, she treats you to quick takes by other funny people.
Most "diet books" make it sound so easy: do this, do that, lose weight, keep it off, have a fabulous life. The end. But we all know that fitness isn't some story with a tidy ending. It's a journey where the toughest step is the first and the destination seems to be a club where only the genetically blessed, athletically gifted and ferociously disciplined get to be lifetime members.
If only there was a way for the rest of us to make the journey to health and happiness-- to that elusive place where fitness actually "fits in" to our busy schedules and doesn't require spending 12 weeks pretending to be someone we're not.
There is. It's called The Way In by Andrea Marcellus.
But be warned. This method is only for people who want to:
- Lose weight for good without eliminating any of the foods you truly enjoy. (Yes, you read that right.)
- Develop a strong, lean physique without working out like it's the Olympic trials.
- Learn how to be your own personal coach rather than your most dedicated critic.
- Make friends with food again.And the mirror. (Again, yes, you read that right.)
Marcellus -- a fitness expert and life strategist with more than 20 years' experience --brings a holistic approach to the challenges of losing weight and becoming healthier. The opposite of a one-size-fits-all plan, her 5 Life Strategies guide you to determine a course of action that's right for you. The result: an outside that matches the strong, capable person you know you are on the inside. (And maybe you'll also start your own club )
Anna Vocino is back with Eat Happy Too: 160+ NEW delicious grain-free, gluten-free, low carb recipes that are also free of processed sugars. Get back to cooking and retrain your taste buds to love food again. You'll be shocked at how good food can taste! Eat Happy Too has 150 more starters, mains, sides, soups, casseroles, slow cooker AND Instant Pot recipes, plus breakfast and a chapter called make your own, so you can learn how to make sauces and dressings from scratch and not be stuck buying chemical laden versions from the grocery store. There is even a desserts chapter which has some splurge recipes made from the finest ingredients, so that when you have something to celebrate, you can do it with minimal metabolic effect on your body. Half of the recipes have dairy, half are dairy free, and most of the recipes with dairy can be made dairy free for those who want to limit their dairy intake. Diagnosed with celiac disease in 2002, Anna Vocino struggled to manage the effects of autoimmune disease and middle age weight gain while still being able to eat delicious and satisfying foods. In 2012, she started podcasting with Vinnie Tortorich and changed her way of eating to not only be gluten free, but also grain and sugar free.
This book makes breakthrough discoveries in:
· basic physics
· synchronizing the ancient Chinese chronological documents with astronomical phenomena and biblical events like Noah’s flood
· correcting Israel’s calendar only to make breakthrough discoveries in two subjects that are still more profound
· already fulfilled biblical prophecies
· impending biblical prophecies
What's Next? Creativity in the Age of Entertainment details the interconnected causes of the creativity crisis that exists today where a focus on entertainment has confused and compromised our society. Ms. Karlin shares her experiences with creative people and artistic projects, demonstrating how inspiration and imagination coexist across various disciplines. She explores our current Age of Entertainment and how our culture discourages creativity in many fields. The roles of imitation, discipline and cleverness in nurturing creativity skills offer an overview of the creative process. Examples of innovative ideas that led to Grammy Awards and international projects provide a background of program and leadership development. She illustrates her views about the future of arts education and the music business through successful programs around the country. Finally, suggestions are offered to assist creativity development in the arts, philanthropy, business, education and our personal lives toward a new Age of Creativity.
Drawn from her own experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, Melissa Fischer weaves a rich tale set in 1992, Obuasi, a mining boomtown. The gold mine, West Africa Gold, dams the Gyimi River, stagnating the water source of Gyimiso Kakraba, a village of subsistence farmers who refuse to accept a modern world that has forsaken the art of human connection.
The Advocacy portrays with unsparing detail the reality of this era in Ghana's history, as well as this moment in the evolution of the dialogue between indigenous communities and transnational extractive industrialists. Fischer provides a rare and intimate view of a broad cross-section of Ghanaian society and the inner workings of a multinational mining corporation.
The Advocacy's protagonist, Louisa Lehmann, is a gritty and opinionated civil engineer who has returned to Africa from the U.S. to reconcile her past. Louisa exudes pride in her profession, honors her fluid gender, and yields to the greatest lesson of all, taught by the people of Gyimiso Kakraba deep in Ghana's equatorial forest.
Actress Susan Priver began her love affair with the stage as a young ballerina handpicked to attend George Balanchine's School of American Ballet at age 14. But at 17 she blows her chance to become part of the New York City Ballet when she succumbs to a bout of debilitating depression.She eventually restarts her ballet career, dancing with New York's Eglevsky Ballet and the Hannover State Opera, in Germany. But when she's fired by the Cleveland Ballet at age 24, she finds herself overwhelmed with shame, without the strength or confidence to audition for another company. For a dancer, not being employed and not performing, means you don't exist. Susan travels back to her parent's Los Angeles home hoping to get the love and compassion she never got. Instead, she's reminded that she was never good enough. Life becomes a descent into hell. A series of waitressing jobs and bad relationships (including one with a Russian psychologist who has a penchant for shoplifting), ensue. Searching for a self without ballet, Susan unconsciously seeks to feel the pain that ballet dancers must endure on a daily basis. Only after hitting rock bottom does she find the courage to reconnect to her love for the stage. This is her personal story of discovering meaning without the veil of ballet, a story of overcoming and learning how to live in the real world without a tiara.
Still grieving after the physical loss of his beloved spiritual Master, Dr. John-Roger, the author finds renewed purpose connecting with fellow disciples in Satsang around the world. This sequel to Garcia’s best-selling The Love of a Master merges the genres of memoir, travel journal, and practical spirituality how-to guide.
What if a small-time hustler with a shady past finds his dream job, getting paid to keep crooks in business? That’s exactly what happens in 77th and Broadway: A Decade in a World of Crime, when Richie Smooth is hired to help a struggling, conniving LA bail bondsman, who breaks all the rules, salvage his failing business.
This crime noir pulp fiction is set in the mid 70’s through the mid 80’s in South Central Los Angeles prior to the advent of a cocaine epidemic. A superbly crafted plot interweaves a series 25 true-event crime stories into one roller coaster ride entailing an army of unscrupulous characters. Thugs, thieves, hustlers, con men and women, whose very lives illuminate issues of social injustice, corruption, betrayal, power and punishment make up the fabric of individuals coming in and out of the bail bond office, making the story funny, entertaining, raw and gritty. You will meet characters who will make you laugh, some may even make you cry, characters you will love and some you may even hate, all who roll the dice and gamble to come-up big, wind-up in prison, or stretched-out on a cold slab in the coroner’s office, DOA.
"Angel Eyes" is a photographic journey starting from Addis Ababa and continuing through southern Ethiopia as seen through the lens of an African American man.
Photographer Roger Fountain starts in Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, and winds his way through tiny villages, roadside markets, crocodile-infested waters, and colorful bazaars. The images are supported by Fountain's evocative narrative, offering his perspective of the country's magical, seductive, and inspiring people and culture.
When you’ve lost a shoe at the zoo what do you do? First, you enlist some help, and then you go SHOE hunting.
Animals, adventure, and the amusing culprit keep children engaged and entertained all the way to the end of the story, where a charming discovery is made.
Within the visual arts of painting and photography, Martha Ronk finds an undeniable presence lurking: silence. This character slips into pauses, hides between images, and expertly evades the grasp of language. Ronk shows us that what is hidden just off screen in these images might just be the force that gives them power. The poems in Silences seek possibilities of how to form language from a phenomenon that so earnestly resists it. Rather than coax silence out of hiding, Ronk’s poems respond to its mysterious presence through questions and conjecture.
These poems endeavor to give a much-deserved voice to silence, addressing the power of what is not seen. While silence remains perpetually out of reach, Ronk invites us to follow the language that creeps up to its edges. The poems in this collection form an inquiry that moves through the presence of silence and reveals insights into the character of the visual art in which it lives.
This is the first book in a five-volume series that contains Messages given by the Ascended Masters through their Messenger Tatyana N. Mickushina from 2005 through 2016.
During this time the people of Earth have been given the Teaching of the True purpose of the evolution - the aspiration of every soul to the Creator, to union with God, and adherence to the Highest Moral Law that exists in the Universe. This harmonious Unified Teaching also contains Teachings about the distinction between Good and Evil, the Path of Initiation, the change of consciousness, about Love, Karma, Freedom, happiness, nonviolence, about the Community, and many other Teachings.
RECLAIM THE REAL WORTHY YOU: Worthiness is not something that we can learn from others. Rather, it is an awakening that must come from within. Worthiness is our birthright. Each one of us knows deep inside at our core that we are worthy.
So, how do we come to this radical realization?
In To Be Worthy, Charlotte Eléa shares the inspiration, tools, and practices to reclaim your self-worth:
•Break through wounding beliefs and the root causes of your feelings of unworthiness.
•Reclaim what makes you YOU, and integrate new, powerful truths about who you really are.
•Create a new relationship with yourself based in trust, self-love and self-compassion.
•Discover a whole new way of living by following your own inner guidance.
You are invited to come on a journey of self-discovery and revelation; of deep, soul healing that will crack you wide open! Beneath the wounds of “I don’t matter” and “I am never going to be good enough” is a truth about how uniquely worthy and gifted you are. Are you ready to know it?
A book of poetry and prose about the ins and outs of mental health, addiction, self-care, heartache and love. Divided into two phases: the loss, and the re-discovery of oneself.
Patriots is Benjamin Tallmadge's war story, told through his eyes. A determined officer who would not give up on the cause for American independence. A man besieged by betrayal and heart-breaking loss. A spymaster whose ingenuity for doing the impossible earned him Washington's trust. But this is not only Tallmadge's story to tell. His story is shared with his fellow brothers-in-arms, the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons. Conceived to be mounted infantry in lightning quick attacks, they embodied what it meant to be a dragoon in the American Revolution; fearlessly charging the enemy both mounted, dismounted, and even afloat. This is their story.
Treason. Punishable by court martial and death - an action of last resort. That is what the officers of the 2nd Continental Light Dragoons have done. Restless for glory, the gentlemen officers do not see Colonel Elisha Sheldon as their leader and request his resignation. In wake of the officers' actions, Major Benjamin Tallmadge employs a gamble that might cost him his career and the goodwill of his men. Danger looms in the battlefield as the British grow bolder in the year of 1779. Ambushes, near misses and the threat of discovery imperils not only the men of the 2nd Light as they fight in the ravaged countryside of Westchester, New York, but also for Tallmadge's nascent spyring, the Culpers. The hardships and horrors of war threaten to engulf all as they valiantly fight for independence. This is the year of trials.
Naishma, the Travel of a Star was born in 2003 as a theater play for kids. Jonay Roda, had the idea to write a play for his kids to learn about the solar system in a very unique and fun way.
Naishma ... hypnotizes by the extension of the story, a personified description of the solar system, which absorbs and envelopes you from the farthest planets to your destination: the blue planet, Earth.
The book also includes aliens and solves the hypothesis that the sun will be extinguished. A unique reading experience you can enjoy with your kids.
The story starts when Liam wakes up and sees that it’s all dark. At first he calls the SUN, but it doesn’t come so he decides to call another STAR. Answering his wish a new star emerges, NAISHMA and she begins her journey to EARTH. During the trip NAISHMA will visit the rest of the planets of our SOLAR SYSTEM.
I wrote these poems and stories over thirty years: at Rutgers, where I taught in the New Jersey Writing Project, in the Ontario Writing Project, and in Nevada at two community colleges. Different titles and different lengths of time; some in the summer, some not. I had no thought of publishing them, ever. . After I had two strokes in the space of one week, I decided to look again at the poems and the stories. The logic was gone, but the imagination was running wild. I headed to the garage and looked to see what I could find in a file folder. I brought them inside, took them out to see what I had, organized them in sequence (more than a few times ), looked them over again, put them on the computer, and wrote five more poems. The first one was "Eva" and the rest followed, pre-stroke and post-stroke. I shaped these poems and stories myself. I added a word, or words, on the computer, changed the arrangement of the poems/stories, deleted "stuff," or added some different words so that it would seem to me to be "finished." The book as it is now features 16 poems and three short stories, all of which emerge from the author's life. "The poems are of love, humor, anger, grief, and completeness. The short stories are breath-taking tales of people important to the author, deeply honest stories about heartbreak and love."
In a time of war and upheaval in England, their forbidden passion binds them together against all odds. Charlotte Pruitt throws off the norms of Georgian society and discovers her sensual power in the arms of a soldier named James Clarke, whom she has adored from the moment her eyes fell upon him.
He must be, she says, the most favoured by fortune of any gentleman I have yet beheld. This troubled, passionate war hero offers her a world of awakened senses and intimacy beyond anything she's ever imagined in the embrace of her husband, Audley. However, after Audley's murder, James's dreadful madness and a stranger's horrific revenge their fragile world is being threatened. The harrowed couple vow to face these challenges together, but all too soon, Charlotte finds she must summon all her inner strength to fight alone to save her lover and their bastard son.
From the mist-bound northern mountains of England, to sunlit Venice and the flower-scented shores of Lake Como, this epic tale of illicit love and its consequences reaches across gothic Europe, and all the expanse of the human heart.
After Cuba detonates an atomic bomb in the Caribbean, an ever-worsening series of global disasters have authorities and scientists baffled. The world is coming apart, literally. The catastrophe is unstoppable, and Scott DeSantis will do anything to save his wife Linda and their children. But Linda has a secret she has never revealed to anyone. While the world's population is helpless in the face of this escalating Armageddon, Linda sees history repeating itself. To save everything that they love, Linda and Scott must return to the place of her birth and confront the man who once before destroyed a world in his quest for power. The stakes couldn't be higher and the odds against them are a million to one. Fighting ancient armies, a nuclear holocaust and even time itself, the deciding battle for the future of the world will be fought five thousand years in the past, in a place called... Atlantis.
The truth is a lie. Honesty is rebellion. Privacy is deception. Conformity is salvation. Those are the four pillars which hold up an empire that was founded in blood and death and is maintained by the continuous garroting of the human spirit. Martin Black, formerly Karras of the Atlantian Senate and now calling himself Martin Schwartz, did it. His escape into the future just a hair's breadth ahead of the destruction of Atlantis allowed him to create a new world order where he is the undisputed leader. It is into this alternate 21st century world that Linda and Scott are thrown by the Vortex after they escaped from Atlantis. And while the world looks familiar to them, the future is not what it used to be. They are strangers in a dangerous land, relentlessly pursued by Martin Schwartz and his forces who will stop at nothing to get the Book of Vallora which Linda brought into the future. The Book is essential to fulfill Martin's primary ambition, to keep his stranglehold on the world forever. For Linda and Scott it's their last chance to get back home... if they can stay alive. It's impossible to know who can be trusted or who will betray them and one false move will get them killed. Their perilous journey will take them right back to where it all began. The final battle for the future of mankind will once more be fought in a place called... Atlantis.
In the late 1970s, families of color began their transition into neighborhoods distinctly and traditionally new to them. The same was so for Berkeley Hills, a prim community that dwells outside Berkeley, California. It's where three young girls formed a steady friendship that was marked by devotion, trust, promises, secrets, and fire.
Mash Boston, Rhial Curry, and Eila Wynston lived on the same block. In addition to race as their common thread, they shared many qualities that bonded them indefinitely-Mash , the virtuous one; Rhial, characterized as unassuming; and Eila, moderately eccentric. From elementary school to college at the University of Miami, and into adulthood, nothing and no one cleaved their bond. Mash pursued the humanities; Rhial had the aptitude for high-end marketing; and Eila sought an opportunity in city government. With the occasional challenges that come with life, coupled with their similarities and differences, their relationship was virtually invincible until it was time to plan a lavish wedding.
Mash , Rhial, and Eila were tossed into an emotional whirlpool. The events that followed had all the makings for combustion. The biggest challenge was who was to blame. They preferred to empower themselves to resolve this flaring development without the intervention of outsiders.
In Black Cherry, author Henrietta D. Elmore-Smith has created a saga defining the true characteristics of friendship. When those characteristics are tested, who will withstand the trials?
A writer in a purgatory bar, an art collecting housewife who time travels, a movie Production Assistant with stigmata, a codependent AA sponsor, a sex addict, a movie star with issues, a two-time liver transplant recipient and an abusive TV costumer who gets what's coming to her.
All connected to one another but completely and utterly alone.
When does it happen? When do some men shift gears from cool and exciting to . . . well . . . grumpy, crotchety and irksome? Somewhere along the line, these fun-loving, amorous, adventurous men grow increasingly introverted, doggedly set in their ways, staunchly resistant to fashion trends and stubbornly content with how things have always been and therefore, how they should always be.
HIM is a light-hearted dissertation supporting the hypothesis that curmudgeons are extremely complex. They are difficult and challenging but also remarkably generous and selfless. Curmudgeons present a gruff exterior, as evidenced throughout this research project, but the final analyses are surprising. The vast array of traits clearly demonstrate that curmudgeons thoroughly frustrate those around them, but at long last, they ultimately combine to create the wonderful, intricate mosaics that define them as curmudgeons.
Nearly everyone can name at least one curmudgeon whom they know personally. Perhaps he’s a husband, a neighbor, a father, a brother, an uncle, an in-law, a boss, or a co-worker. Curmudgeons are not indigenous to one culture. They are not singular to one race, religion or socio-economic group. They live in every town, city, county, state, country and continent. Indeed, they are everywhere! You may even identify with some of the curmudgeons within these pages! Take a look and . . . enjoy!
"Letters From Bud" is the remarkable, first-hand account of the harrowing air war in Europe as told by WW2 flight navigator and bombardier John "Bud" Brandenburg, in his letters home during the conflict, from 1944-45. With guts, wit and grace, Brandenburg records his experiences with the daring "Koltun crew," which flew 30 missions over Europe. Through numerous strokes of fate, the crew survived a run of missions with the "bloody" 492nd Bomb Group, a unit that endured an 80 percent casualty rate as the men faced down the seemingly unstoppable German Luftwaffe. Brandenburg's letters create a stirring picture of one young man's experiences during the war, as he served with the US Army Air Corps in Europe and then navigated supply runs with the Air Transport Command in the exotic North African and Middle Eastern theaters. Re-edited for publication by his daughter Molly, Bud's witty and often heartbreaking observations of life during the final, epoch-changing days of the war make for an unforgettable and highly adventurous read.
In the final book of The Parker Trilogy, four lives intertwine in a personal yet cosmic battle of good and evil. COMING SOON.
As his Seventeenth year nears its end, David eagerly awaits his life in a society that does not grant legal living status until one turns Eighteen. Despite struggling with the Empirical Scholastic Exam, or ESE, David’s worries are still less than other Potentials who do not share his wealthy economic class. Following the aftermath of this year’s February Closing, the event in which impoverished carriers may choose to contrate (euthanize) a Potential whom fails the ESE, David then begins to reexamine his beliefs about life.
During the night of the February Closing, a selected group of Potentials defy all odds and escape their fated contrations, but their trials are far from over as they must now hold fast to survival in their evasion of the Contration Department and its Chief, Salvador Goode. Consequently, this unfolding event soon captures the entire country's attention, challenging David and its citizens to wrestle with the institutions they have known for so long. Ready the mind and the heart as this novel invites the reader along in search of clarity, answers, and closure from this suspicious society.
“Maybe You Felt It Too” is a collection of journals, prayers, and writings from Justin’s 20’s. He shares about his own journey through a decade of longing for more.
This book is for someone who has ever:
- Felt stuck
- Felt alone
- Felt a deep desire to live a life of meaning and purpose
- Felt confused and frustrated because you don’t know how to make the life you envision a reality
- Felt as though you have God-given potential and greatness that is hidden inside of you
This little book will leave you feeling more hopeful and understood, and compassionate towards yourself and anyone who is still becoming who they were always meant to be.
The town was dying, a casualty of the Southern Pacific's decision to relocate its operations to the south closer to the border. It seemed that the tiny habitat of Prickly Pear, Arizona was doomed until, that is, the Gomez family arrived with their four young daughters and two alcoholic uncles who settle into a nearby migrant camp known as Santa Puto from which they make their way into town and ingratiate themselves among the locals.Set against the backdrop of ill-conceived immigration policies, the town must rely on the family of quirky illegals to revive its fortunes before the INS closes the town forever.
We've all heard the story before: Boy meets girl, girl meets boy. Girl travels the world in her Puffy Red Jacket and boy writes a quirky children's about her, am I right?
The Girl and her Puffy Red Jacket is a children's style book for both the young and young adult readers.
It's about a Chilean girl named Karla who was born to travel. Yet, no matter where she goes, whether its cold the cold mountains of the Rockys or the humid city of Bangkok, she wears her Puffy Red Jacket always. On one of her journeys, she was destined to meet a boy named Mike, who coincidentally wears a Puffy Green Jacket when he travels. Funny how the world can bring to wandering-wanderlusts together.
Whether you're feeling down and need a little life boost to show that love prevails no matter the distance or just a nudge to help you embark on a journey outside your domicile, just remember to always bring your puffy jacket.
Here are deft, appealing poems with a swath of mischief, a dash of humor and ample humanity, perfect for those who still need to be convinced that 1) poetry does not have to be boring; 2) poetry does not have to be incomprehensible; 3) poetry does not have to resemble raw, unskilled spillage of emotions and happenstance. And, further, here are poems for librarians, any librarians, and for those who've ever even met, even seen a librarian. Meet-Noir Librarian.
-Suzanne Lummis author of Open Twenty-Four Hours
Marilyn N. Robertson has a poem in Speechless The Magazine, The Boston Literary Magazine, Chopin with Cherries, A Tribute in Verse, a Poem of the Month for Writers at Work, and a poem in the on-line journal, Capitol and Main. Selected for Poetry in the Windows, a grant project of the Arroyo Arts Collective, she had a poster of her poem up at a business on Figueroa. UCLA Extension featured her in a success-stories series. A poem and accompanying essay appear in the book, Master Class: The Poetry Mystique. Two of her poems appear in Wide Awake, the Poets of Los Angeles.
I Am on My Way to Healing: Two Strokes and a Recovery shares an author's journey along the path from two strokes toward healing and recovery and a renewed sense of hope. With resolve and determination, Robert P. Parker, a retired professor of English Education who had adapted to an array of vocations, tells how he faced a changed life in the wake of those strokes.
After sketching his background, the author tells about his first stroke, what he felt and thought in the midst of the experience, and how his loved ones reacted to the news. Even amidst that life-changing event, he found, especially with the support of Jo, his wife, the courage to live in hope of healing. As he noted, "One day I knew I would be fine again, though it would be a long, long way from the beginning to the 'end.'"
I Am on My Way to Healing: Two Strokes and a Recovery will inspire and encourage anyone who has undergone the life-altering experience of a stroke-or any other extreme change in health. It shares the honest and personal reflections of a man who lived through two strokes and who now makes the title's affirmation: "I am on my way to healing " Whether you have had a stroke, or someone you love and care for did, I Am on My Way to Healing will embolden your hope and your determination to live, looking forward to the day for celebrating a recovery.
The book traces the difficult relationship between Parker and his son Chris, and the years of warfare between father and son combatants; the boy determined to do life his – troubled – way, the father determined that tough love would prevail. Parker and his son had a difficult relationship, starting when Parker’s ex-wife, with whom teenaged Chris was then living, demanded that his father take over. He accepted the boy into his home and informed his drug-using son that he would have to clean up his act. The years that followed were often turbulent: a rebellious teen and a rigid father in play. In time, though, Chris became devoted to his music and a new-found love of sketching. He graduated from high school with a B- average and enrolled at the University of Montana.
Through this experience and his writing, Parker resolved not only his grief, but also came to know himself in a way that had been impossible previously. The words that filled his pages he describes as literally erupting from below the “tunnel of his mind … the heart of inner writing emerg[ing] to the surface.” Perhaps his strokes changed some neural patterns in his brain, a source of spoken words separate from that of written ones. Who knows, he says, he simply accepts. The joy he presents in this book is that of a son growing and becoming, and a father on his own path, growing and becoming as well, merging at last into a peaceful, loving bond of understanding achieved over many years and with many, written, words.
A young pit bull dog new to the neighborhood meets an unlikely friend and learns more than he expected.
What if our life’s legacy was narrowed down to a piece of cloth with a few embroidered lines left behind for others to find? What would you read about my story, and what would I read about yours?
The Green Velvet Christmas Dress is the story of a handmade dress that passes through the lives and hands of more than six different women, each living her story generations from one another. Woven into this storytelling is the appealing hope of Christmas that welcomes all of us to anticipate, reflect, and remember.
Step inside and find your place in the story of The Green Velvet Christmas Dress.
A message to all the big people who influence our little ones
Small Voice Says is intended for our little ones as they enter their pre-school and kindergarten years and continue into their early grade school years. This development period represents a critical span of time when the foundations of conscience begin to develop.
In other words, our kids begin to build their inner small voice that helps them to distinguish between right and wrong - and how they impact others. It starts to feel a little different now when they don't tell the truth or they hurt the feelings of a friend.
While most children will experience the pull and tug of their conscience . . . too few will cultivate the inner reflection skills that are necessary to guide them through all stages of life. It is one of the most important skills that a parent can not only teach but also continue to co-learn with their child.
We catch ourselves from over-correcting our children and instead ask . . . what does your small voice say you should do?
Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son is a memoir born from pain. Page by page, year by year, tender father-son memories of airplane watching transform into nightmarish, turbulent family drama.
Upon the discovery that his father had been the victim of severe elder abuse as his health was rapidly deteriorating, the author finds himself reevaluating the decisions his father made throughout his life. With an unshakable ending, the author's probing dissection of a man he thought he knew reckons with disloyalty, depression, religion and death, leaving no stone unturned.
Through sharp, sometimes hilariously brash analysis, decorated in plane metaphors and imagery, the author expresses his commitment to truth with sincerity and transparency. He reaches for forgiveness, understanding and compromise in the face of absurdity and uncompromising rigidity.
Ultimately, he contemplates a different "flight path" drawn from past lessons. He encourages readers to do the same.
A must-read for sons, fathers and families.
Vestiges of Courage is a collection of personal essays that explores inequities and injustice. Raised between two cultures and two languages, Mireya S. Vela discusses how the systems in her family and in society worked to create an abusive environment that felt crushing, confusing, and hopeless. In her book, Ms. Vela delineates her experience of living through sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. This book is much more than a collection of experiences, though. Ms. Vela wants to know how and why abuse thrived in her family. She digs deep to understand why these things happened and how she survived.
Yet another tattered and timeworn tale of the little guy trying to make his way in the big world, as told through a series of 40 poems that travel the long and yearning distances from 1960s/70s Detroit to 1980s/90s Long Beach, California and passing through the new millennium out into the Mojave Desert.
It is the story of a lifelong battle with doubt, despair, and dissolution in the struggle to sense acutely, think clearly, breathe deeply, and be useful. Along the way the reader will encounter factories, labor, lay-offs, classrooms, late-night readings and writings, cars, motors, wrenches, highways, terrain, binoculars & field notes, words & music, and the biosphere from which it all originally emanated.
My name is Mike Nolan and I want to teach you how to capture that elusive critter called "creative inspiration." What are my credentials? Did I graduate from a prestigious university or paint the Mona Lisa? Nope. I learned about creativity by catching rats and writing newspaper ads for my pest control company. Hey, Leonardo da Vinci, I'd like to see you do that.
Jóie Winnick, RN, has been a nurse for over 30 years. Her area of specialty is hospice care. Her work has expanded to include energy-healing techniques and the practical wisdom of Spiritual Perspective. Prior to her nursing career, Jóie was a medical artist. In this book, she combines her love of art with her experience to create a colorful journey that will uplift and inspire
Michelle Kuei was an 11-year-old student in rural Taiwan when a car running a red light completely altered her life’s trajectory. Through the long and painful process of recovery, Kuei made surprising discoveries about loss, identity, and personal strength--revelations that helped guide her through her journey as an immigrant to the United States. With radical honesty bolstering her storytelling, Kuei shows us how positive transformation can happen when we let go of self-pity, embrace our flaws, and learn to love ourselves.
This book provides you with a glimpse of all the disciplines involved in the new products process. Although I've concentrated on devoting one chapter per topic, these disciplines are interrelated.
Some of the verticals covered in this book are: technology, automotive, cyber security, communication, mobile phones, chemicals, fashion, entertainment, gaming, construction, transportation, food, sex, jewelry, health, energy, sports, alcohol, gangs, banking, insurance, airlines, aircraft, religion, tattoos, and--last but not least--poultry farming. Some more, some less.
The case studies are likewise geographically diverse, and in some examples I underscore the difference between corporate innovation and innovation at a start-up. When the differences between the two are significant, I address both separately.
Book 2 in the "Anaya's World" series.
Things are looking up for Anaya Goode after the deaths of her brother and mother. She is the youngest (and highest paid) executive in Alameda County. She is in an adoring relationship with the love of her life, her natural twists are on point, and she runs a six-minute mile. What else matters?
When Anaya is tasked with leading negotiations for the most significant development agreement in County history, her world unravels. If the antics of inept officials and her micromanaging boss aren't enough to drive Anaya mad, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend Jeff is commissioned as a consultant on the development agreement. Anaya hasn't had contact with Jeff since their messy break-up six years ago.
As negotiations for the development agreement intensify, an internal scandal threatens Anaya's reputation—and her job. Amid bureaucratic indecision and public outrage, Anaya leans on Jeff for support, and unresolved feelings resurface.
As Anaya questions her steady relationship, her extended family's perception of her as Goode matriarch puts her in the middle of every aunt's and cousin's problem. She is tired of serving as supplemental income to her scripture-quoting, ever-pregnant sister, and would love to burn the imaginary pedestal her family has perched her on. Can she see her work and family commitments through and still maintain her love life---and more importantly, her sense of self?
Ripe with witty dialogue and relatable characters, Never Too Soon offers a look into complicated relationships and haunting pasts, and shows the importance of the familial ties that bind.
Little Hands Help is the second book in our Small Voice series. It is intended for our little ones as they enter their pre-school and kindergarten years and continue into their early grade school years.
We soon learn that our young children want to imitate what we are doing. Initially they just want to be more included in family life - but soon that feeling of truly helping creates a new motivation. It can be as simple as letting them wash the carrots at the sink. But when those carrots show up at the dinner table, a powerful sense of accomplishment ensues.
Over time, these little investments in our kids add up. Even the littlest ones can pitch in - deepening the family bond. But beware, sometimes our time-deficient lives can get in the way of letting our children fully participate alongside us.
Here's the deal. Whether a child learns to be helpful as they grow older is mostly influenced by early family life. In other words, when helpfulness is valued and learned at an early age, it becomes part of the child's self-image (I am a helper, I can do this).
Of all the gifts we can bestow on our kids, few would compare to cultivating a natural tendency for helping others
On a colonial village field trip, Mike was attacked by a deranged candle-maker and his "buddy" Trent fled, to his undying shame. As adults, screenwriter Trent runs into professor turned soldier Mike when they stumble upon a preternaturally dead cat in the library. Mike believes there's one sinister force behind this and other strange, inexplicable incidents- and he's taking reluctant Trent along for the investigation. Meanwhile, Trent begins to wonder if Lilith, his alluring and inscrutable new girlfriend, may be demonic herself- or if that's just his paranoid Catholic guilt. Dan Wakefield's Going All The Way meets True Detective, Hellish Beasts is an idiosyncratic, darkly humorous, and introspective Horror Noir. With an insider's appreciation for the Los Angeles landscape, this is a serious examination of the duty of friendship, the burden of guilt, the uncertainty of a devout Catholic in modern dating, and the struggle of leaving your 20s behind.