Merlyn S Mind

Author: Richard Orndorff
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595481531
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Merlyn S Mind from the Author: Richard Orndorff. Merlyn's Mind completes the original trilogy of segmented story-dreams by the sixth century Merlyn, the Scotsman. The Present, real time story-dream brothers, Robert the poet and Richard the writer, continue their theoretical discussions in real time from May 2007 into late February 2008. The Past, with Grandma's Stories begin with Lady Allowyn and Sir Geoffrey in the sixteenth century and works her way into the twentieth century where Grandma Earth ends her genealogical narratives with the nineteen year olds Robert and Richard Graystone and their future wives, Connie and Cindy Bleacher, at the dining room table celebrating the late FDR's January birthday with their respective parents and grandparents, first in 1960, then again in 1961. Thus, old Grandma completes word-filled human snapshots, fruitfully linking the Graystone and Bleacher generations from 12,000 years ago in the first book to the present, 2008, in the third book. Merlyn's suggestive Future, titled 'Pouch Text,' concludes with all the major characters alive but one. The family group ( a mixture of human beings and their physically and mentally human-like marsupial counterparts from HomePlanets across the Milky Way galaxy) focus on raising seven year old Diplomat, a hybrid of both species and cultures, on Earth.

The Personal Journal Of An Ordinary Person

Author: Katharine Taylor Brennan
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 1770700404
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The Personal Journal Of An Ordinary Person from the Author: Katharine Taylor Brennan. An ordinary person, Katharine Brennan calls herself. An ordinary person perhaps, but with an extraordinary gift for turning the prosaic into poetry, and for distilling the moments of joy in he often painful days. I write from the inside of myself; I save the spoken word for acquaintances. We are privileged to share Katharine’s very personal journal; she teaches us as much about the meaning of courage, and poignantly reminds us of all that life holds. Interspersed with her own writings are brief sayings that appealed to Katharine, words of wit and wisdom from such thinkers as Dolly Parton, George Gurdjieff, William Blake, her mother, her husband, Carl Jung, and a novel called Dudley found lying in the washroom. Losing her sigh, she sees the beauty of life clearly. Confined to a wheelchair and with her leg amputated, her world opens. In facing her approaching death, Katharine finds pleasure in the ordinary; sunrises and summer storms, conversation with friends and strangers, the satisfaction of chores and crafts. Through pain and depression her joie de vivre shines.

The Street Of A Thousand Blossoms

Author: Gail Tsukiyama
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429919098
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The Street Of A Thousand Blossoms from the Author: Gail Tsukiyama. "Just remember," Yoshio said quietly to his grandsons. "Every day of your lives, you must always be sure what you're fighting for." It is Tokyo in 1939. On the Street of a Thousand Blossoms, two orphaned brothers are growing up with their loving grandparents, who inspire them to dream of a future firmly rooted in tradition. The older boy, Hiroshi, shows unusual skill at the national obsession of sumo wrestling, while Kenji is fascinated by the art of creating hard-carved masks for actors in the Noh theater. Across town, a renowned sumo master, Sho Tanaka, lives with his wife and their two young daughters: the delicate, daydreaming Aki and her independent sister, Haru. Life seems full of promise as Kenji begins an informal apprenticeship with the most famous mask-maker in Japan and Hiroshi receives a coveted invitation to train with Tanaka. But then Pearl Harbor changes everything. As the ripples of war spread to both families' quiet neighborhoods, all of the generations must put their dreams on hold---and then find their way in a new Japan. In an exquisitely moving story that spans almost thirty years, Gail Tsukiyama draws us irresistibly into the world of the brothers and the women who love them. It is a world of tradition and change, of heartbreaking loss and surprising hope, and of the impact of events beyond their control on ordinary, decent men and women. Above all, The Street of a Thousand Blossoms is a masterpiece about love and family from a glorious storyteller at the height of her powers.

A Christmas Quest

Author: C. H. Crane
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
ISBN: 1490708065
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A Christmas Quest from the Author: C. H. Crane. Tim is an ordinary boy in an ordinary small town. He's going through the motions of preparing for Christmas along with his know-it-all cousin Natalie and clumsy best friend Stretch. It is finally Christmas vacation! Tim is looking forward to doing all the fun things he enjoys, like tobogganing and having snowball fights. He doesn't want to be bothered decorating the Christmas tree or shoveling snow. He especially thinks he’s too old to write a letter to Santa Claus, even though his parents strongly suggest he should, “Just in case.” Every year Stretch and Tim build a special contraption intended to capture Santa Claus. But Tim doesn't even want to help Stretch build this traditional Santa Trap they design every year! Tim believes that if Santa really existed, they would have surely caught him by now. That is until Alexander, a member of the "Secret Society of Santa's Snowmen," explains that an evil entity, known as the Jester, from history’s past has returned to challenge Santa for control of the Christmas Holiday. Alexander convinces Tim and Stretch that the chairman of this society, Excelsior, needs their help in saving Christmas or else Christmas as they know it would be gone forever! How can Tim and Stretch, two ordinary boys, possibly help in such an important task? That’s when they turn to Tim’s cousin, “Know-it-all” Natalie, for help. Join Tim, Stretch and Natalie, the “Jr. Detective,” in their Quest to save Christmas from the evil Jester. Will the group successfully fight off the immense powers of the Jester? Will Christmas ever be the same again?

In The Event

Author: Deborah Esch
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804732512
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In The Event from the Author: Deborah Esch. Assuming the burden of reading imposed by the correlation of the order of language and the order of events, this book argues that the possibility of reading and writing history is tied to the endurance of traces of the past and their coming to legibility, allegorically, at a given time. Through attentive readings of a range of texts—including theoretical writings, diaries, newspaper reports, and "live" television broadcasts—In the Event elaborates the ways in which allegory disrupts our presumptions of continuity and simultaneity between the image (whatever its medium) and what we take it to represent. The author demonstrates that a theoretical corpus must be understood not merely as a discrete set of arguments, but as work that takes place in time and on which time itself is at work. Against the temptation to regard a text (including a text of philosophical aesthetics or critical linguistics) as explained or defined by a fixed temporal context, this book emphasizes the textual operation of time. This attention to temporality opens the possibility of reading the notoriously difficult and resistant text of television. The book's central chapters analyze the seductions of "live" broadcasting: an incisive account of news coverage of the Gulf War, for example, reveals how the unproblematic articulation of "live" television with the real has its impulse in a broader realist ideology that finds its opportunity in the failure to reflect on the distances of space and time that characterize the medium. The author also explores the very different punctuality of the journal in evocative readings of the diaries of Alice James and Derek Jarman, both "journals of survival" written at the uncertain boundary of life and death. Here, and throughout the book, the readings argue that what we take to be historical events are actually produced, even constituted, by an array of discursive technologies, including language itself.

House Of Darkness House Of Light

Author: Andrea Perron
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1491829885
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House Of Darkness House Of Light from the Author: Andrea Perron. Roger and Carolyn Perron purchased the home of their dreams and eventual nightmares in December of 1970. The Arnold Estate, located just beyond the village of Harrisville, Rhode Island seemed the idyllic setting in which to raise a family. The couple unwittingly moved their five young daughters into the ancient and mysterious farmhouse. Secrets were kept and then revealed within a space shared by mortal and immortal alike. Time suddenly became irrelevant; fractured by spirits making their presence known then dispersing into the ether. The house is a portal to the past and a passage to the future. This is a sacred story of spiritual enlightenment, told some thirty years hence. The family is now somewhat less reticent to divulge a closely-guarded experience. Their odyssey is chronicled by the eldest sibling and is an unabridged account of a supernatural excursion. Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated this haunting in a futile attempt to intervene on their behalf. They consider the Perron family saga to be one of the most compelling and significant of a famously ghost-storied career as paranormal researchers. During a seance gone horribly wrong, they unleashed an unholy hostess; the spirit called Bathsheba; a God-forsaken soul. Perceiving herself to be the mistress of the house, she did not appreciate the competition. Carolyn had long been under siege; overt threats issued in the form of fire…a mother's greatest fear. It transformed the woman in unimaginable ways. After nearly a decade the family left a once beloved home behind though it will never leave them, as each remains haunted by a memory. This tale is an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit on a pathway of discovery: an eternal journey for the living and the dead.

Pasta Punctures Perseverence

Author: Howard Ashton
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1504988094
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Pasta Punctures Perseverence from the Author: Howard Ashton. Why cycle fast when you can cycle slowly, (often very slowly, as dictated by terrain, topography and the weather). Intrepid explorer W.H.Tilman saw the merits of such an attitude when he remarked that “all travel is dull exactly in proportion to its rapidity”. Howard adopted Tilman’s attitude as he adventured, over many years, across the world on two self-propelled wheels, that incredibly efficient machine for personal transport - a bicycle! Born affected by cerebral palsy, it was through the therapeutic effects of much massage and manipulations of his limbs that, by the age of 3, his legs had enough strength to push pedals, if not allowing him to stand and walk! And pushing pedals is what he has been doing almost daily for the past 65 years! From trundling down the garden path on a bright red ‘Gresham Flyer’ trike, his competence and confidence quickly built, as did muscle strength and tone. This simple activity allowed him to overcome the physical limitations which life had imposed upon him. Since those very early days, countless bicycles have carried him tens of thousands of miles. Very short journeys, just down the road to primary school,were gradually extended over the following decades. Pedal power became Howard’s passport to personal freedom. Almost always solo, and camping wild, the range and magnitude of these cycling adventures inexorably expanded, from roaming both Scottish and Irish by-ways, to the high roads (but mostly) back roads of more than sixty countries across the world. Here he shares a selection of the diaries written ‘along the way’, recounting the experiences and interactions which are the, seemingly inevitable, consequence of this ‘slowly and lowly’ method of travel. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to SCOPE, the UK charity supporting those affected by cerebral palsy and their families.

Warrior S Song

Author: Thomas M. Hill
Publisher: Launchpad Press
ISBN: 1450770347
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Warrior S Song from the Author: Thomas M. Hill. College students Parker Shaw and Sam Lukas take a trip to the American Southwest after a series of mysterious happenings.

Astronaut Briefing

Author: Armando
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1365051439
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Astronaut Briefing from the Author: Armando. A piece-of-cake mission for an Astronaut living in the year 2273. Travel through a wormhole at a speed faster than light to a nearby planet 1,423 light years away from Mars. Track down two beasts in my ‘Heli-Jet-Sub,’ pull out my handy-dandy ‘RayGun’ and evaporate the beasts from existence. Return back to Mars and be home for supper with the wife and kids. This would be considered a day’s work for an Astronaut in 2273. Right! Wrong!! Dead Wrong!!!

The Way Of The Willow

Author: Bim Willow
ISBN: 1634436938
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The Way Of The Willow from the Author: Bim Willow. Bim's unique and varied life is reflected in his observations, humor, and the wonder he experiences in every day. This book represents a collection of entries, poems, and thoughts from the journals of his life.