Attention is a most precious gift. It brings meaning, connection and happiness to our lives. Studies suggest attention spans are declining, distraction is growing, and we’re more concerned than ever about losing the ability to perform the simple but crucial act of paying attention. It’s one of the greatest concerns for current and future generations. When you harness the power of attention, life changes in surprising ways: relationships deepen, experiences become more meaningful and things unfold with greater harmony. Your attention is fragile and, by taking care of it in a few simple ways, it will reward you with the vibrancy of a full life. If you want to be more present, live more fully and experience the magic of life … take one moment, please.
"Who would have believed that a simple, working man in a small village in Scotland would have been disabled or even murdered by the outrageous corruption, lies and demonic activity of American politicians and biotech industries? I would not have believed it. Not for the sake of trying to get a good night's sleep. That's too big a price to pay". I had a good life, a simple life, a very happy family life. A momentary lapse of reason changed all that for ever. Two capsules of Source Naturals L- Tryptophan changed that forever. I believe this book to be the first of its kind, a day by day account from a sufferer of a disease caused by the genetic tampering of a naturally harmless substance. This is a first-hand narrative on living with the horrors of Eosinophilia Myalgia Syndrome and an expose into the dangers of genetic engineering and modification inherent in corrupt US government policy decisions favoring biotech industry profits above and beyond the health of citizens. It is a strong warning of what may be to come for many others unless the madness which is genetic engineering of our foodstuffs is brought to its festering knees forever.
Of late, religion seems to be everywhere, suffusing U.S. politics and popular culture and acting as both a unifying and a divisive force. This collection of manifestos, Supreme Court decisions, congressional testimonies, speeches, articles, book excerpts, pastoral letters, interviews, song lyrics, memoirs, and poems reflects the vitality, diversity, and changing nature of religious belief and practice in American public and private life over the last half century. Encompassing a range of perspectives, this book illustrates the ways in which individuals from all along the religious and political spectrum have engaged religion and viewed it as a crucial aspect of society. The anthology begins with documents that reflect the close relationship of religion, especially mainline Protestantism, to essential ideas undergirding Cold War America. Covering both the center and the margins of American religious life, this volume devotes extended attention to how issues of politics, race, gender, and sexuality have influenced the religious mainstream. A series of documents reflects the role of religion and theology in the civil rights, feminist, and gay rights movements as well as in conservative responses. Issues regarding religion and contemporary American culture are explored in documents about the rise of the evangelical movement and the religious right; the impact of "new" (post-1965) immigrant communities on the religious landscape; the popularity of alternative, New Age, and non-Western beliefs; and the relationship between religion and popular culture. The editors conclude with selections exploring major themes of American religious life at the millennium, including both conservative and New Age millennialism, as well as excerpts that speculate on the future of religion in the United States. The documents are grouped by theme into nine chapters and arranged chronologically therein. Each chapter features an extensive introduction providing context for and analysis of the critical issues raised by the primary sources.
August 31st, 2008. I was alone, celebrating my twenty seventh birthday in my parents bedroom, high on a couple of Tramal sachets and a dozen Rivotril pills, looking at some old photos, photos of when I was a child, and thats when I initiated the most intriguing conversation, with myself, my miniature, barely two year-old self, in the picture I was holding, that led me, for the first time, to be truly convinced that I am sick, that I need to change if I want to continue living... A complex kid, an addicted man, a beautifully dreadful journeyI decided to write.
For Lydia Pisani, life is not easy. Raising any two small children alone in this day and age is challenging at best; add into the mix her children, and every day becomes a lesson in self-control. Angela is seven years old going on twenty-five. When she zaps one of her "Get real, Mom" looks, Lydia has to wonder if Angela should rightfully be the mother, and Lydia the child. And then there's three-year-old Markie. Talk about a one-child tornado. He rips through a room, leaving an undeniable path of devastation. Angela undergoes a tonsillectomy and Lydia brings her home to recover, hoping for a day of bonding. Unfortunately, Angela sleeps on the couch all afternoon. When it's time to pick Markie up from day care, Lydia is faced with a decision: awaken the patient to drag her along, or leave her sleeping peacefully. What turns out to be her momentary lapse in judgment changes the fabric of her life for a long time to come.
Sudden changes, opportunities, or revelations have always carried a special significance in Western culture, from the Greek and later the Christian kairos to Evangelical experiences of conversion. This fascinating book explores the ways in which England, under the influence of industrializing forces and increased precision in assessing the passing of time, attached importance to moments, events that compress great significance into small units of time. Sue Zemka questions the importance that modernity invests in momentary events, from religion to aesthetics and philosophy. She argues for a strain in Victorian and early modern novels critical of the values the age invested in moments of time, and suggests that such novels also offer a correction to contemporary culture and criticism, with its emphasis on the momentary event as an agency of change.
Two people with totally different backgrounds—she’s a shy, sexy loaner and he’s an outgoing, handsome player with questionable means—are now working for a short time at an advertising agency, with nothing in common but the office building downtown and being in the same city at the same time and whose lives become entangled in theft, control, violence, passion, betrayal, submission, and finally, murder. Curiosity and greed can get the best of anyone if they let it. It only takes one momentary lapse in reasoning to change your life completely. Is there a point when you give up or give in to reason? Or should you?
Today one hears harrowing stories in Uganda about how hard it has become for rural families to get their children and especially daughters, through the primary school years successfully. It would appear that there are enormous difficulties in getting children to master the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, let alone to learn and apply the basics of personal hygiene, an acceptable work ethic and respect for individuals and institutions. In a spirit of wishing to demonstrate how some rural parents used to pursue and accomplish successfully an education for their children, this book tells the story of how Ntaanya negotiated her 12-year passage through various home and modern schools in a rural village in 1950s. All the stories in this short book are based on actual events spanning a twelve year period generally corresponding to the period when I was growing up in a rural village. The book attempts to show that perhaps the modern school is paying far too much attention to the mechanics of school learning and in the processes it is eroding the complementary work of a variety of traditional learning agencies that in the past, not only provided a child with their first mental and practical curriculum but also greatly supported and consolidated the skills taught in the modern school. While the book does not deal directly with the curriculum of the modern school, it pays a great deal of attention to describing what a young girl learned from the cultural and home environment right from very early childhood. Starting with the processes of naming a girl child, the foundational lessons for a childs identity were laid. Sometimes the lessons were accidental as when Muzeeyi and Mugabis baby daughter ends up receiving a name Ntaanya meaning trouble - when the woman from whom she must inherit the name is already in trouble and has been ostracized by her family, and therefore can never be a positive role model for Ntaanya. Muzeeyi is made aware of this when she introduces Ntaanya to Nasedde, Muzeeyis father-in-law. At other times the lessons are subtle and not actually meant for the child. For example, weaning a toddler would seem like a simple and straightforward matter but it is not so for Muzeeyi who had previously suffered nine miscarriages before Ntaanya came along. The village matriarch and respected traditional birth attendant Zakuzza sees clearly a future problem a child that gets spoilt by an over protective mother and her foster children that are eager to please. Zakuzza speaks her mind and Muzeeyi and Mugabi must obey a village elder. They take action immediately by removing Ntaanya from their home to her maternal grandmothers residence located some fifteen miles away, where a well functioning weaning school has been operating for many years. The wisdom and psychology of weaning away from home is amply demonstrated by Digondas handling of Ntaanya. Digonda knows that the first step of removing the breast as the focal locus of getting a child spoilt has been achieved by distance. Therefore, Digonda continues to provide Ntaanya with all the other elements of any childs expectations as the center of attention. Yet during this period, Digonda ensures that Ntaanya starts on her learning to shape her character, to consolidate her identity and to learn to participate in all the chores and activities that support a thriving household and its industry, including learning to fetch water and preparing herbal medicines, which is Digondas specialization. Importantly Ntaanyas need to play is neither ignored nor taken for granted. As a matter of fact it is emphasized but in a very practical way where Ntaanya learns how to make her own dolls and play cows with the assistance of Digonda and older children in the household. In addition, Ntaanya goes out exploring with the other older children including participating in the harvesting ter
A forbidden love? Ginny has come to Manhattan expecting to find the father she never knew. Instead she finds Jake Vanbrugh—his son! Jake is the most arresting man, and when Ginny discovers the instant attraction is mutual, she knows she's in deep trouble. Somehow she has to keep her true identity a secret until Jake leads her to the man she's come to see. But will Ginny be able to control her forbidden feelings for Jake—and keep his avid attentions at bay? It seems impossible and also imperative—but then, Ginny doesn't know the whole truth about Jake….