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My Sabbaticals At Grandmothers

Author : Gregory J. Bednar
ISBN : 9781435711792
Genre : Humor
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A first person account of the memoirs of an adult centering around visits to his grandmothers house as a child. The location is a small mining town in western Pennsylvania in the mid to late 1950's. Life lessons are learned, bumps bruises and injuries are acquired, personalities are forged, and the boundries between right and wrong are established.

Sabbatical For Love

Author : J. K. Vandyke
ISBN : 9781456853341
Genre : Fiction
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Speaking Of Teaching

Author : Avraham Cohen
ISBN : 9789460917875
Genre : Education
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Teaching is a richly multifaceted endeavor. It isn’t always easy to know just where we should focus our thinking and our dialogue. In Speaking of Teaching, six educators talk about their inner selves. They bring the inside out for their own self-exploration. And they bring the inside out for us to view and learn from. They also question the boundaries between the inner and the outer and whether existence can be dichotomized in this way. Gary Poole, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia, 3M Teaching Fellow. The authors of this collection explore the many ways to remain present in the midst of the trifling but perpetual swirl of events, thoughts, distractions, and how they, as they are at, what T. S. Eliot called, the still point of the turning world, find profound meaning in their work as educators. A deeply moving collection that allowed me too, while reading it, to rediscover that still point without which there would be no dance, and there is only the dance. Gerda Wever, PhD, editor and publisher, The Write Room Press

Staring At The Park

Author : Jane Speedy
ISBN : 9781315419756
Genre : Psychology
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Winner of the 2016 ICQI Outstanding Qualitative Book Award Acclaimed qualitative scholar Jane Speedy’s world was upended completely after suffering a severe stroke when only in her late 50s. After returning home from the hospital, Speedy took to her iPad to write and draw as a way of making sense of her experience and to aid her recovery. The stunning, fragmented, poetic text and images comprising Staring at the Park depict the events of this difficult journey. It provides an alternative model of engaging the self in a research project in an evocative and artistic way. This highly original book: -uses the seemingly ordinary motif of the park opposite the author’s house as the catalyst for a wildly creative autoethnography;-includes three narratives of the author’s experience of staring at the park—an imagined murder mystery in the park, a realist ethnography of the park, and the life story (both imagined and real) of her facing her illness and recovery; -offers readers a poetic and performative inquiry into the author’s new reality.


Author : Alice Levine
ISBN : 9781483695990
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A family memoir

A Land Twice Promised

Author : Noa Baum
ISBN : 9781944822095
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An Israeli woman writes about growing up amid war and ancestral trauma and later building a friendship with a Palestinian woman in America. Israeli storyteller Noa Baum grew up in Jerusalem in the shadow of the ancestral traumas of the holocaust and ongoing wars. Stories of the past and fear of annihilation in the wars of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s shaped her perceptions and identity. In America, she met a Palestinian woman who had grown up under Israeli Occupation, and as they shared memories of war years in Jerusalem, an unlikely friendship blossomed. A Land Twice Promised delves into the heart of one of the world’s most enduring and complex conflicts. Baum’s deeply personal memoir recounts her journey from girlhood in post-Holocaust Israel to her adult encounter with “the other.” With honesty, compassion, and humor, she captures the drama of a nation at war and her discovery of humanity in the enemy. Winner of the 2017 Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award, among others, this compelling memoir demonstrates the transformative power of art and challenges each reader to take the first step toward peace. Praise for A Land Twice Promised “A penetrating, introspective memoir that mines the depths of the chasm between the Israeli and Palestinian experiences, the torment of family loss and conflict, and the therapy of storytelling as a cleansing art. You will not think in the same way at the end of this captivating book as you did at the beginning.” —David K. Shipler, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land

Grandmothers At Work

Author : Madonna Harrington Meyer
ISBN : 9780814729236
Genre : Business & Economics
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While all of the grandmothers in Harrington Meyer's book are pleased to spend time with their grandchildren, many are readjusting work schedules, using vacation and sick leave time, gutting retirement accounts, and postponing retirement to care for grandchildren. Some simply want to do this; others do it in part because they have more security and flexibility on the job than their daughters do at their relatively new jobs. Many are sequential grandmothers, caring for one grandchild after the other as they are born, in very intensive forms of grandmothering. Some also report that they are putting off retirement out of economic necessity, in part due to the amount of financial help they are providing their grandchildren. Finally, some are also caring for their frail older parents or ailing spouses just as intensively. Most expect to continue feeling the pinch of paid and unpaid work for many years before their retirement.

Searching For Life

Author : Rita Arditti
ISBN : 9780520215702
Genre : History
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"An acute and impassioned observer, Rita Arditti describes Argentina's 'dirty war' years and the heroic struggle of a group of Argentine grandmothers who set out, against all odds, to trace the whereabouts of their disappeared children and grandchildren. Admirably comprehensive, Searching for Life reminds us how ordinary citizens can stand up to tyranny and prevail. Even today, the evidence collected by this tenacious group of detectives has led to the arrest of one of the military junta leaders, General Jorge Videla. The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo are truly the unsung heroes of our time."—E ric Stover, Director, Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley "The power of RIta Arditti's Searching for Life lies in its thorough, incontrovertible information, and the irrefutable condition of historical truths. Her book is living, faithful and incorruptible monument that protects us against the dangers of forgetting. Her account is an indispensable weapon for those of us who have been protagonists, and as a way to awaken those who were spectators and those who have opted for the comforts of blindness."—Alicia Kozameh, author of Steps Under Water

Daddy Long Legs

Author : John Price
ISBN : 9780834828919
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Price appears to have thrown in the towel. He has spent the last year struggling to support his family, neglecting to spend time with his wife and children, and becoming increasingly cynical about the degraded state of the natural world around him. After a heart-attack scare, however, his wife demands that he start appreciating all the "good things" in his life: their mouse-infested old house, their hopelessly overgrown yard, and most of all, the joys and humiliations of parenthood. In his quest to become a better father, Price faces many unexpected challenges—like understanding his grandmother’s decision to die, and supporting his nature-loving sons’ decision to make their home a "no-kill zone" for all living creatures. Still he finds the second chance he was looking for—to save himself and, perhaps, his small corner of an imperfect yet still beautiful world.

The Love Book

Author : Nina Solomon
ISBN : 9781617753374
Genre : Fiction
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“Fans of Sarah Dessen and Mary Kay Andrews will enjoy this grown-up Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, a story of risk, reward, loss, and love” (Booklist). A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week and a New York Post Required Reading Pick It all starts when four unsuspecting women, on a singles’ bike trip through Normandy, discover a mysterious red book about love. But did they discover it—or did the book bring them together? Somehow the possibly magical Love Book will insinuate itself into Emily’s, Beatrice’s, Max’s, and Cathy’s lives, which so far haven’t turned out exactly the way society, their families, or they themselves have planned. Along the way, they’ll be nudged, cajoled, inspired—perhaps even “guided”—in spite of themselves to discover love, fulfillment, and the true nature of being a soul mate. “The Love Book should come with a warning: Do not begin unless you can afford to finish it—today. I could not, and did not, put it down. A contemporary Jane Austen, Nina Solomon has written a smart and funny book about what it’s like to be a woman, no longer young but not yet old and still single, looking for love in all the wrong places, only to find life. I laughed out loud so often I was downright downcast when I reached the last page and had to give up the good company of these wonderful characters.” —Beverly Donofrio, author of Astonished: A Story of Healing and Finding Grace “Happy endings abound in this novel about the power of love and friendship.” —Kirkus Reviews “A compelling mix of story lines . . . Plenty of good banter and characterization.” —Publishers Weekly

Practicing Imperfection

Author : Charles T. Dupree
ISBN : 9781498298711
Genre : Religion
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To know life is to look at it honestly. Practicing Imperfection is a candid exploration of one person's move from being addicted to praise and perfection to becoming more comfortable in his own skin. Through humor and a healthy dose of sarcasm, Practicing Imperfection shares the journey of Episcopal priest Charles Dupree in developing a consistent, sustainable, meditation practice. Dupree describes how the ancient practice of meditation can bring about a healthier, happier, more awakened existence, and what, for him, has been a healing balm in a busy world and demanding vocation. Drawing from childhood experiences, a recent sabbatical, and the experiences of serving as a parish priest, Dupree examines some of life's larger questions. As an Episcopal priest, he is clearly religious, but also whole-heartedly spiritual. Uniting those seemingly conflicted qualities, he helps us see that we are all looking for the same thing: freedom from that which no longer serves us. In our modern world, it is difficult to carve out the space to examine what is going on in our lives and minds; meditation is a way to create that space. This is a book for people who want to be released from the pressures of being better, smarter, or more successful, and those who want to lighten up and be a fuller participant in life.

Storytellingintheglobalage Thereisnoplanetb

Author : Boje David M
ISBN : 9781786346711
Genre : Business & Economics
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Can the fall of globalization told through true storytelling save humanity from its own extinction? The Sixth Extinction has begun and there is no Planet B. To prevent further damage to the earth's ecosystem, this book proposes a new 'Globalization Praxis' that focuses on nine planetary boundaries. This praxis is called 'true storytelling'. True storytelling is an ethical praxis, a methodology, and an antenarrative process of strategy.Storytelling in the Global Age provides a new approach while uncovering ten myths of globalization. Each myth explores three storytelling layers, which are: narrative-counternarrative, Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK) living story, and antenarrative layers beneath. This book is useful for professionals and students within this field.

Why Jazz Happened

Author : Marc Myers
ISBN : 9780520305519
Genre : History
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Why Jazz Happened is the first comprehensive social history of jazz. It provides an intimate and compelling look at the many forces that shaped this most American of art forms and the many influences that gave rise to jazz's post-war styles. Rich with the voices of musicians, producers, promoters, and others on the scene during the decades following World War II, this book views jazz's evolution through the prism of technological advances, social transformations, changes in the law, economic trends, and much more. In an absorbing narrative enlivened by the commentary of key personalities, Marc Myers describes the myriad of events and trends that affected the music's evolution, among them, the American Federation of Musicians strike in the early 1940s, changes in radio and concert-promotion, the introduction of the long-playing record, the suburbanization of Los Angeles, the Civil Rights movement, the "British invasion" and the rise of electronic instruments. This groundbreaking book deepens our appreciation of this music by identifying many of the developments outside of jazz itself that contributed most to its texture, complexity, and growth.

After God ??

Author : Alan V. Gordon
ISBN : 9781499020212
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Rudi Roth, a young professor of philosophy at the University of Vienna, began his lifelong passion of envisioning a post-theistic world centuries into the future when the Abrahamic religions had largely died out, to be replaced by a universal belief system in which the role of traditional religious beliefs had become increasingly irrelevant, having been overshadowed by natural humanist beliefs, which he termed Mega-Humanism. For Rudi Roth, his Mega-Humanism was a type of eschatology without the traditional God, from which the transcendence of man prevailed. This book outlines the humanistic belief system as presented by the grandfather of Professor Roth in his research on his grandfather’s doctorate thesis. It is his hope that a reading of this book will convince everyone of the need for a realistic sectarian philosophy that will eventually be adopted as a universal belief system.

Leaders Who Last

Author : Margaret J. Marcuson
ISBN : 9781596270954
Genre : Religion
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Author, speaker, and pastor Margaret Marcuson, a student of Edwin Friedman and national consultant and coach to church leaders, introduces “sustainable ministry” for clergy and church leaders, helping them rediscover inner resources for proactive, not rea

Anti Feminism In The Academy

Author : Veve Clark
ISBN : 9781317959076
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Contending that the anti-feminist backlash in the academy is part of the broader "politically correct" rhetoric, this collection of writers, academics and activists is a much-needed response to the assault on feminist thinkers and critics in the academy today.

The Bishop S Secret

Author : Alton Nielsen
ISBN : 9780595288021
Genre : Fiction
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When Pastor Jonathan Larsen and his wife, Kim, find their faith and marriage tested by anonymous threats, stressful careers, and a laborious adoption process, they cry, pray and fight their way to a deeper level of trust and commitment. When he's elected bishop, a thirteen-year-old secret eats a hole in his soul. His passion for transparency contends with an equal desire not to hurt his family and admirers by admitting the long-ago deception. Struggling to apply forgiveness to himself in the same way he proclaims it to others, he is thwarted by his father's admonitions and the high expectations placed on church leaders. A seductive sister-in-law, a jealous colleague, and two clergy charged with sexual misconduct distract the bishop from his commitment to confess to Kim and church authorities. When the troubled bishop makes his decision, even he is surprised at the revelations that emerge. As you accompany these characters, you will travel to violence-ridden Liberia, rain soaked heights above Waimea Canyon on Kauai, and through the maze of freeways in Southern California. Together with them, religious or not, you will experience the challenge of living with integrity, compassion, and joy in a diverse and demanding twenty-first century culture.

Fashioned By Fire From Bitter To Better

Author : Leigh Bivens
ISBN : 9781365265464
Genre : Religion
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Fashioned by Fire is a book that encourages women to rid themselves of the root of bitterness which leads to the spirit of unforgiveness. Author, Leigh Bivens shares her own personal journey of finally letting go of past hurts, pains, and disappointments by the application of God's Word and forgiveness.

My Life S Adventures

Author : Bernard Tinker
ISBN : 9781546216582
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book deals with situations of living through the German occupation of Norway from 1940, including shortages of food and heat, all under a threatening occupation by the Hitlerite German Army. My father was imprisoned in Germany for five years while we survived without his strength and abilities. At eleven years old, I escaped imprisonment or death when caught by a German soldier in the wrong place. The story moves to a totally different environment in Nigeria, with another culture that was about to be changed by the removal of British control. This gives a picture of the beginning of large changes. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended the liberation ceremony in Benin. This book also includes a number of images of the life of the African and English cultures. This includes the problems of living with noxious tropical diseases and pests. Bernard returned to Britain to continue work and studies but, unfortunately, developed a serious disease, cerebral vasculitis, that they did not think he would survive. Fortunately, he has and is still active.

The Devlin Witch

Author : Walsh, Bernadette
Genre : Fiction
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The Devlin magic can bring your heart’s desire - but at what cost? Mary Devlin accepted her fate years ago, to serve Slanaitheoir, the powerful demon and lord of the mountain who saved her ancestors from the Irish Famine. Like generations of Devlin witches before her, the hauntingly beautiful woman submitted to His every caress, His every humiliation. But when His lordship threatened her family, Mary broke the agreement with the vengeful demon and now Mary and her progeny must pay the price. Mary and each succeeding Devlin witch — fiery Orla, fragile Fiona, pragmatic Annie and seductive Rita — will try and best Slanaitheoir in a battle of wills and magic. But the seductive demon can satisfy a witch as no human lover can. Each Devlin witch must decide — when part of her still yearns for His touch and love, can she fight him and win?

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