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Our Socially Awkward Marriage Stories From An Asperger S Relationship

Author : Tom Peters
ISBN : 0984223037
Genre : Humor
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Through a series of warm and uplifting stories, Tom and Linda Peters take you into the heart of their socially awkward marriage. Tom had long suspected that there was something wrong with him, but despite his best efforts, he could never figure out what it was. With the help of Linda, a writer and investigator who he would later marry, Tom went looking for answers that would explain his quirky way of seeing the world. At the age of 47, he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Raw and personal, this book of essays was first inspired by Tom's challenges with Asperger's Syndrome, but the humorous bite-sized stories apply to any kind of interpersonal communication. The simple solutions that Tom and Linda have discovered - while dressing up a phrenology head or removing a wild opossum from the master bath - have the surprising power to help us learn how to feel more respected, heard and understood in all of our relationships. Introduction Remember that weird kid in the back of the classroom who just couldn't stop talking about astronomy, and would bring up the discovery of Pluto during lessons about the American Civil War? That was me. My name is Tom Peters. I'm a composer and GRAMMY(R)-nominated classical musician now, and I've played music all over the world. I have a wife named Linda, a college-aged son from my first marriage, and eight different types of stringed instruments at home including six ukuleles. In 2011, at the tender age of 47, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. At that time, Asperger's Syndrome was considered a mild form of autism, characterized by an inability to understand how to interact socially. Those of us with Asperger's - or Aspies, as a term of endearment - tend to have few facial expressions and are apt to stare blankly at other people. It's nothing personal; we really can't help it. Aspies are often accused of being "in their own world" and preoccupied with their own thoughts. We are usually clumsy with uncoordinated movements, are socially awkward, have repetitive routines or rituals, and odd speech and language. Which didn't exactly make me a chick magnet. Regardless of an Aspie's age or place in life, relationships are often a challenge. Being unable to understand nonverbal communication or how you relate to the people around you can cause Aspies to blurt out inappropriate remarks and say just plain odd things, usually at exactly the wrong time. But it's not all bad news. The unusual focus and intensity that goes along with this disorder has helped me to hone my skills as a professional double bass player and later, as a composer of silent film scores. On a personal level, I am honest, dependable and straightforward. I love deeply and always try to do my best. I don't play mind games. I don't know how. And now, as a middle-aged adult, I'm in a happy, healthy relationship. My wife, Linda, is a writer who used to work with adults with mental, emotional and developmental disabilities. It was Linda's idea for me to share some anecdotes about what it felt like to be on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. She thought it might help someone to hear me articulate the feelings involved in some of the unique challenges I face. Around the same time, we also started writing articles together about how we were making communication work so well in our Asperger's relationship. This book is a collection of some of those articles and blog posts about our lives. Most of the stories are about being on the spectrum, or about living with someone who is on the spectrum. Almost all the stories take place in the context of our Asperger's relationship and subsequent marriage. We hope that you enjoy reading them!

Rethinking Community Through Transdisciplinary Research

Author : Bettina Jansen
ISBN : 9783030310738
Genre : Social Science
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This book offers the first interdisciplinary survey of community research in the humanities and social sciences to consider such diverse disciplines as philosophy, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, disabilities studies, linguistics, communication studies, and film studies. Bringing together leading international experts, the collection of essays critically maps and explores the state of the art in community research, while also developing future perspectives for a cross-disciplinary rethinking of community. Pursuing such a critical, transdisciplinary approach to community, the book argues, can counteract reductive appropriations of the term ‘community’ and, instead, pave the way for a novel assessment of the concept’s complexity. Since community is, above all, a lived practice that shapes people’s everyday lives, the essays also suggest ways of redoing community; they discuss concrete examples of community practice, thereby bridging the gap between scholars and activists working in the field.

Awakening Prince Charming

Author : Roscelia Dávila
ISBN : 9781664200623
Genre : Religion
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My brothers used to call me “Cinderelli” because I was constantly baking or cleaning when we were growing up. They used to ask, “Where is your Prince Charming?” The long-awaited wedding day came, and after only two years of marriage, I was ready to leave my husband with a newborn in my arms. I could not bear the mental anguish that I was experiencing due to my husband’s belligerent behavior. I was contemplating divorce when a spiritual inspiration revealed to me that my spouse had autism. This personal revelation led my husband and I on a journey of healing, forgiving, and change of heart thanks to the influence of the atonement, the teachings of Jesus Christ, and my background in special education. Awakening Prince Charming: Autism and the Sacrament of Marriage documents my introspective process of faith and critical thinking that enabled my husband and I to keep the vows we made to each other when we said, “I do.” Since my change of heart and approach, I have witnessed the miracle of the power of the Holy Ghost and the love of God awakened my Prince Charming.

The Unveiled Wife

Author : Jennifer Smith
ISBN : 9781496403926
Genre : Religion
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As a young bride, Jennifer Smith couldn’t wait to build her life with the man she adored. She dreamed of closeness, of being fully known and loved by her husband. But the first years of marriage were nothing like she’d imagined. Instead, they were marked by disappointment and pain. Trapped by fear and insecurity, and feeling totally alone, Jennifer cried out to God: What am I doing wrong? Why is this happening to us? It was as if a veil had descended between her and her husband, and between her and God—one that kept her from experiencing the fullness of love. How did Jennifer and her husband survive the painful times? What did they do when they were tempted to call it quits? How did God miraculously step in during the darkest hour to rescue and redeem them, tearing down the veil once and for all? The Unveiled Wife is a real-life love story; one couple’s refreshingly raw, transparent journey touching the deep places in a marriage that only God can reach. If you are feeling disappointment or even despair about your marriage, the heart-cry of this book is: You are not alone. Discover through Jennifer’s story how God can bring you through it all to a place of transformation.

Your Happy Marriage 27 Lessons Learned From 27 Years Of Married Life

Author : Boni Belen
ISBN : 9781664103986
Genre : Self-Help
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Boni and Alice are the co-authors of “Your Happy Marriage: 27 Lessons Learned from 27 Years of Married Life.” They wrote this journal of their married life in their desire to share their poignant and personal experiences, practical insights, and Christian principles for those engaged or already married. Boni and Alice are hopeful that the 27 lessons they share will help provide a renewed impetus as couples navigate through the joyful and rough-and-tumble terrains of that greatest adventure of all human loves called Marriage.

Strip Cultures

Author : The Project on Vegas
ISBN : 9780822375234
Genre : Social Science
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On the Las Vegas Strip, blockbuster casinos burst out of the desert, billboards promise "hot babes," actual hot babes proffer complimentary drinks, and a million happy slot machines ring day and night. It’s loud and excessive, but, as the Project on Vegas demonstrates, the Strip is not a world apart. Combining written critique with more than one hundred photographs by Karen Klugman, Strip Cultures examines the politics of food and water, art and spectacle, entertainment and branding, body and sensory experience. In confronting the ordinary on America’s most famous four-mile stretch of pavement, the authors reveal how the Strip concentrates and magnifies the basic truths and practices of American culture where consumerism is the stuff of life, digital surveillance annuls the right to privacy, and nature—all but destroyed—is refashioned as an element of decor.

An Epilogue For Eleanor

Author : Prudence Thayer
ISBN : 9781434928726
Genre : Fiction
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A faceless man often appears in Eleanor¿s dreams. He passionately engages her, carrying her into worlds unknown, speaking softly and making her feel beautiful inside and out. In her dreams, she is loved. But in everyday life, Eleanor has been wounded by date-rape and the pitfalls of teenage love. In everyday life, the free-spirited Eleanor is also trapped by the perfect ideals of the church¿ trapped by what is ¿right and proper¿ and who is ¿higher.¿ While trying to find solace and peace through doing all the right things, Eleanor lost herself. She married Mr. Wrong twice. She gave her life to the church only to be cast away and labeled unworthy. Throughout it all, the faceless man gives comfort and solace. But Eleanor longs for more than a faceless dream. She longs for more than a church that tosses away people like trash. She longs for more than rolling over in the morning to find the dream gone and the pain of everyday laughing at the end of the bed. And deep down inside, Eleanor wonders what happened to the carefree Eleanor of days gone by. Join Eleanor as she searches for something more than the dream, something more than the emptiness¿ as she searches for happiness.

Sinner Sailor

Author : T. R. Rhoads
ISBN : 9781418461560
Genre : History
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Sinner, Sailor is the autobiographical telling of the author’s navy career from 1945 until 1972, from World War II through Viet Nam. He joined the navy at seventeen seeking adventure and romance; he found both and much more. He went to Korea as a navy hospital corpsman in a marine unit, served at sea aboard a series of aircraft carriers, Boxer, Hancock, and Princeton, in the Pacific, and later as a medical service corps “mustang” officer aboard the carrier Constellation at the time of the Tonkin Gulf incident. Toward the end of that conflict he did a reprise of Korea, ashore in Viet Nam as medical liaison officer with the combined action force of the III Marine Amphibious Force. All battle and no liberty makes for a dull read, so he includes lighter moments of a sailor on liberty in San Diego, Los Angeles, Tijuana, Hong Kong, Osaka, Sasebo, Yokosuka; and of a navy officer in his prime on the loose in San Diego and New York City. Sex, sin, and sailing are not unknown. The author re-creates his experiences using narrative, dialogue, conflict and character as in a novel; telling of events as they happen with the immediacy of happening as it is read: “...Each morning I had to face Mr. Becker, who attempted to counsel me on the principals of leadership. I felt he was trying to change my inner self to him; trying to develop whatever traces of petty tyrant might be hiding in me into a true whipper of men, someone to be feared, an ideal Lange. “You’re going to be Lang’s relief,” he began,” the H Division Police Petty Officer. I need someone who can take charge, and shape up the men... It’ll be your job to make sure everyone in sickbay keeps busy, does their job, and follows orders. Kick ass and take names. Don’t try to make them like you; you’re not in a popularity contest.”... Chapter sixteen. The next day, I went to where she lived when she wasn’t working at the New Black Rose.We talked and joked and then we made love. Afterwards she began to look sad. “Whatsa-matta-you?” I asked. “You Christian?” she asked. I shrugged and said, “I guess so. Why..?” “Why you here, then?” she asked; angry and disillusioned at me and at herself. I was taken aback by her question. I began putting my clothes on. Chapter Sixteen. There are genuine heroes in the book; there are also bureaucrats, time servers, rogues, villains, and scoundrels. Life aboard a ship or ashore with the marines; or liberty in the fleshpots or at home with the family, has rarely been caught so realistically. A good read of the real McCoy.

Missionary Impositions

Author : Hillary K. Crane
ISBN : 9780739177884
Genre : Religion
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This book explores some of the less understood research considerations involved in studying religious populations with a missionary imperative. The essays encompass ethnographic fieldwork in Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, and other populations, addressing such topics as the fluidity of the anthropologist's own religious identity, objectivity versus subjectivity, the issue of reflexivity in ethnography, and the multi-positionality of the researcher.

Contemplating Marriage

Author : Gloria Blanchfield Thomas
ISBN : 1556128177
Genre : Family & Relationships
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This anthology covers key areas of concern in any contemporary consideration of marriage. Chapters include: The Influence of Parents on Our Adult Choice; Our Expectations of Marria Church Tradition; Love, Intimacy, and Sexual Intimacy; The Meaning of Sacramental Marria and more.

Wandering The Wilderness

Author : Ray R. Friesen
ISBN : 9781525560149
Genre : Religion
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Wandering the Wilderness is a guidebook for individuals who are unsure of their path or are questioning the trails they were taught in the past. Author Ray Friesen is a former pastor and at the same time a life long “believing skeptic.” He’s an advocate for “abundant living” and the guideposts that mark it, as outlined by “Wholehearted Living” researcher Dr. Brené Brown (The Gifts of Imperfection). This informs Friesen’s thoughtful submission for a renewed approach to finding meaning in a life informed by the Bible in a time when the relevance of those Ancient Writings is often thrown into question. In Wandering the Wilderness, Friesen has us stop, listen, and learn at thirteen “trail posts” along life’s pilgrimage. In addition to Brown, he draws on the Ancient Writings (Bible) with the help of scholars like Walter Brueggemann, Eugene Peterson, and Peter Enns. All of this is shaped in the context of his personal life experiences, including his journey with cancer and chemotherapy. The result is a book for all who are looking for a path in their own wilderness. He invites the reader to understand that developing a Christian faith and spirituality can help re energize a life at times burdened with difficulty or plagued with aimlessness, even, maybe especially, in this post-modern age. Here is a thoughtful, informed guide for wanderers weary from the journey and skeptics wondering where or if faith still matters. Whether you read it alone or with fellow wanderers and/or skeptics wishing to believe, Wandering the Wilderness has the potential to transform your wandering.

The Undiscovered Country

Author : Mike Nemeth
ISBN : 9781683506980
Genre : Fiction
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Winner of the Beverly Hills Book Award for Southern Fiction: “A precise, elaborate tale that shows just how menacing a family’s history can be” (Kirkus Reviews). When Randle’s mother becomes critically ill he rushes to her bedside to comfort her. As he puts her affairs in order, he expects to face long-suppressed memories and contemptuous siblings, but he does not expect to discover that in her younger years, while he was an unaware child, his mother was a feisty, courageous woman who bravely battled an abusive husband and made fateful decisions for the good of her children. Now she wants nothing more than to die with dignity, with her secrets intact. But Randle learns that her husband was not his birth father, that a wealthy man who is being extorted claims to be his birth father, and his mother hopes to take the secret of his biological father’s true identity to her grave. As he grapples with the implications for his own identity, Randle uncovers a murder no one knew had been committed and struggles to protect the unwitting man who intends to bequeath him millions of dollars. When he unravels his mother’s dark secrets he unlocks his own demons and is left with the agonizing choice between revenge and greed or forgiveness. “An intriguing who-done-it story that critiques antiquated social practices and values while remaining affectionate to its Georgia setting . . . A story centered on an all-around Southern family, complete with all the dying pageantry and tradition of passing generations in a changing South.” —Deep South magazine

When Christian Singles Mingle

Author : Edward J. Beck
ISBN : 9781457508486
Genre : Family & Relationships
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You approach the front door of your first Christian singles group, stomach tied in knots. Then it hits you like a ton of bricks: "Never in my wildest dreams would I have seen this coming this..this..plan B for my life." You sigh then take a deep breath and remind yourself that the Lord brought you through a meandering path in time to be here. Thus, you reluctantly choose to embark willingly on this Christian singles group journey, your new reality. This book points out a baffling trend in Christian singles groups. Simply stated, Christian singles, an ever increasing demographic in their church, populate Christian singles groups but many end up dateless. Moreover, after several years few exit the group with a spouse that they actually met there. The solution to your singleness is quite simple but muddled by secular culture which is ever changing. This book identifies a key missing ingredient that Christian men wish women would re-discover. It's the solution to more dates, marriages and children to fill the pews of your Christian church. Dr. Eddie B. holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology with expertise in protein ion channel electrophysiology and interests in neuroscience. In addition he has taken introductory psychology and sociology courses in college. His favorite class was an advanced level undergraduate biology course cooffered by the psychology department titled "Brain and Behavior" the content of which being self-explanatory. Yet his perspective in this book is based primarily on two sources: 1) answers to questions posed to single Christians and 2) the observed behavior of single Christians in group settings. Since 1993 he has been active in four independent singles groups sponsored by four major Christian churches in the mid-Atlantic region. The unifying theme that he observed in each of these groups inspired this book. Dr Beck's interests outside of science include creative writing on Christian themes, dabbling in original music recordings, science policy, volleyball, swingdancing, choir, swimming in natural bodies of water to name a few.

The Lucidity Of Love

Author : Karen S. Cole
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Now that I'm settled, I must reflect on my past as a happy-go-lucky single. How can I forget the many times I've misled myself into a man's loving arms, and how much I loved every minute of it? Why, I squirm as if caught in a velvet trap...well, I could, but my second husband is standing right behind me and might ask me what I'm sitting on. I loved my first husband, a wonderfully funny Jew whose parents had fled the Holocaust as kids. After a dozen roller-coaster relationships before my first real commitment, he was the only man I ever truly loved (Remerio, don't look over my shoulder!) Anyway, several years and sanity-defying relationships later, I landed in a seat in front of Him 2 in a Certified Nurse Aide class, next to a perking coffee pot. My first husband thought he lucked out marrying his attendant. Gary was dying. I fell in love with his stubborn courage. He was the first person who ever needed me. After he died, I had a tragically brief affair. If I write about everything that happened, it'll make an excellent trashy novel. But Remerio stopped my new single life cold by kicking the back of my chair-HARD! He distracted me from talking to a middle-aged black lady, catching me in the middle of sniffling at her. I had a head cold. I had been "taking it out" on Grace, who was overweight, casting her sidelong glances and sniffing loudly, while considering fetching her a cup of coffee. The pot was brewing close to me. It would've been hard for her to squeeze between the plastic seats. I began getting her coffee. Sometimes I added creamer. I stirred it with the plastic stir sticks. She would ask me to add a sugar packet, please. But our relationship was rudely interrupted by the entrance of Remerio's foot through the back of my plastic chair. Turning around after the "kick-off," I faced a flatly Filipino cold stare. The face, however, reminded me of a Middle-Eastern teacher I'd noticed at Ohio University, back in the 1970s. I gulped, "So how're you doing?" My Mom told me to be friendly to handsome strangers. And then Remerio smiled back. We got married, and near Christmas day three years later we were blessed by our Princess Angela, nut-brown as her Daddy and sporting my chipmunk cheekbones. I guess I'd suggest more single ladies try sniffling at people to see whose attention they attract. If so, it helps if you fetch cups of coffee. It soothes people's tired, ruffled feathers. Be sure and add cream and sugar.

Falling Into Place

Author : Hattie Kauffman
ISBN : 9781441242730
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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From her humble beginnings to the bright lights of network television, Hattie Kauffman weaves a story both heartbreaking and redemptive. Nationally recognized for her high-profile interviews and coverage of disasters and triumphs that affected millions, Kauffman candidly shares the experiences that made her into a perceptive and award-winning newswoman. An inspiring account of the Holy Spirit's transforming power, Kauffman's life is a true testament to God's goodness. Now available in trade paper.

Brain Health And Optimal Engagement For Older Adults

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Awkwardness An Essay

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9781846946042
Genre : Social Science
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Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience.

Way Of The Whale

Author : Linda Peters
ISBN : 0984223088
Genre : Whales
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Imagine feeling loved no matter what. This inspirational tale is filled with profound insights and powerful tips that will change your life forever. In the tradition of The Alchemist and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, this emotionally moving story is packed full of practical wisdom that will help you uncover your most heartfelt desires. What would it be like to feel peaceful during difficult times? What if you could learn to manifest creative solutions to your problems? What if you could see all the ways the Universe was conspiring to help you? By drawing on our fascination with the mysteries of the sea, Award Winning author Linda Peters weaves an inspirational tale of hope and healing for all captive creatures. Part self-help book and part psychological thriller, this story of personal transformation will speak to anyone who has ever felt trapped and alone, and needed some help to find a way out. Let Amazon Bestselling author Linda Peters tell you the story of a rogue killer whale who has just one night to pass down the lessons of his experience to a young orca. Will he be able to impart the wisdom of his ancestors before it's too late? Can he seize an unexpected chance for redemption? This powerful novel is a must-read for fans of David Michie's The Dalai Lama's Cat and Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. If you're a fan of Hay House's spiritual self-help authors, you will love this new addition to the growing field of visionary and metaphysical fiction. Scroll up to the orange button and buy this book now to bring the secrets of Way of the Whale into your own personal journey.

A Z Of Intermarriage

Author : Rabbi Denise Handlarski
ISBN : 9781487506780
Genre : Interfaith marriage
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Most Jewish communities continue to cite intermarriage as the most serious threat to Jewish continuity. Contrary to the view that intermarriage is a crisis for Judaism, The A-Z of Intermarriage reveals that intermarriage can be a force for good in the lives of Jewish families and communities. Written by Rabbi Denise Handlarski, an intermarried rabbi, The A-Z of Intermarriage is part story, part strategy, and all heart, as well as a coming together of religious source material, cultural context, and personal narrative. Fun to read and full of helpful and practical tips and tools for couples and families, this book is the perfect "how-to" manual for living a happy and balanced intermarried life. This book is for people who: - Are intermarried, open to intermarriage, or considering intermarriage - Have family members or friends who are intermarried or entering into an interfaith/intercultural relationship - Are seeking models, guidance, and tips about creating a happy relationship and family - Are interested in points of view about intermarriage and/or Judaism they have never heard or considered - Love "how-to" books - Want to know more about Jewish approaches to life, learning, and love

Women In Anthropology

Author : Maria G Cattell
ISBN : 9781315415680
Genre : Social Science
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The women anthropologists in this book speak frankly about their challenges and successes as they navigated the tensions in their personal and professional lives-- marriage, raising children, caring for families, publishing, conducting research, going into the field, teaching, and mentoring-- during the volatile period when the roles and expectations for women were being constantly reestablished and repositioned.

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