Little Croc wants a pet. But his mum and dad have other news - they are expecting a baby. And when Baby Doris arrives, Little Croc decides she is the most annoying little sister EVER. A warm and witty picture book by the creator of THE BRILLIANT WORLD OF TOM GATES and winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
A happy OMalley family of five sisters, one brother, father and mother, lived in a row house in Philadelphia. The smallest, youngest, and favorite of was Doris. However, her life changed dramatically at age eleven, and her family and others were devastated. We were heading to the mall when I realized she was not moving an ambulance was called and at first we didnt know what happened to my little sister. Finally the diagnosis of nephritis was made, Doris was put on penicillin for one year, but this horrible disease struck again. Soon it was evident that Doris lonely, challenging journey was beginning. Prayer, confidence, and a mothers love brought Doris to a healing. The determined girl then took matters into her own hands. First, off to school for her elementary certificate then a high school diploma. With some financial support from my husband and me, she graduated as a licensed vocational nurse. At age 47, Doris proudly received her diploma, with perfect attendance, and went out into the world beaming and independent. Tragically, endometrial cancer crept into the single girls life spreading to full blown cancer. Read this remarkable, inspiring story of loss, faith, and the fighting spirit of Doris OMalley.
Biography & Autobiography by Sandra Campagnac-Carney
Short stories of Anglo-Burmese and others who bore the brunt of abandonment during WWII, as the British, unprepared for the onslaught of the Japanese abandoned them in WWII Burma. Facing unimaginable hardship, they faced the woes of war, many of them dying without any help.
One survivor tells of the fire bombing of Dresden. Another recounts the pervasive fear of marauding Russian and Czech bandits raping and killing. Children recall fathers who were only photographs and mothers who were saviors and heroes. These are typical in the stories collected in "The War of Our Childhood: Memories of World War II." For this book Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a childhood refugee himself after the fall of Nazi Germany, interviewed twenty-seven men and women who as children--by chance and sheer resilience--survived Allied bombs, invading armies, hunger, and chaos. Our eyes carried no hate, only recognition of what was, Samuel writes of his childhood. Peace was an abstraction. The world we Kinder knew nearly always had the word war appended to it. Samuel''s heartfelt narratives from these innocent survivors are invariably riveting and often terrifying. Each engrossing story has perilous and tragic moments--school children in Leuna who are sent home during an air raid but are strafed as moving targets; fathers who exist only as distant figures, returning to their families long after the war--or not at all; mothers who are raped and tortured; families who are forced into a seemingly endless relocation that replicates the terrors of war itself. In capturing such experiences from nearly every region of Germany and involving people of every socio-economic class, this is a collection of unique memories, but each account contributes to a cumulative understanding of the war that is more personal than strategic surveys and histories. For Samuel and the survivors he interviewed, agony and fright were part of everyday life, just as were play, wondrous experience, and above all perseverance. My focus, Samuel writes, is on the astounding ability of a generation of German children to emerge from debilitating circumstances as sane and productive human beings. Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, a retired colonel in the U. S. Air Force, is the author of "German Boy: A Refugee''s Story" and "I Always Wanted to Fly: America''s Cold War Airmen," both published by University Press of Mississippi. He lives in Fairfax, Va.
An explanation of how Peruvian migrants maintain meaningful social relations across borders. In this engaging volume, Ulla D. Berg examines the conditions under which Peruvians of rural and working-class origins leave the central highlands to migrate to the United States. Migrants often create new portrayals of themselves to overcome the class and racial biases that they had faced in their home country, as well as to control the images they share of themselves with others back home. Migrant videos, for example, which document migrants’ lives for family back home, are often sanitized to avoid causing worry. By exploring the ways in which migration is mediated between the Peruvian Andes and the United States, this book makes a major contribution to understanding technology’s role in fostering new forms of migrant sociality and subjectivity. It focuses on the forms of sociality and belonging that these mediations enable, adding to important anthropological debates about affect, subjectivity, and sociality in today’s mobile world. It also makes significant contributions to studies of inequality in Latin America, showcasing the intersection of transnational mobility with structures and processes of exclusion in both national and global contexts. A key resource for understanding the experiences of racialized and indigenous migrant populations, Mobile Selves demonstrates the critical role that ethnography can play in transdisciplinary migration studies and exemplifies what comparative migration studies stand to gain from anthropological analysis and ethnographic methodologies.
Six years ago my mother requested that I should write a story about how things were when we all were young. The experiences we had and endured along the way while making memories that would last a lifetime. The things that we often sat around talking about on so many occasions and would laugh so hard we would be in tears. My mother felt that other people would enjoy some of our fondest memories from my childhood as she did her best to raise her children as a single parent most of the time. My family felt it was a blessing to be able to look back and laugh about it all, what my mother referred to as the "good old days". There are some stories you would not believe, but they a true some are funny and some are sad. My mother passed away on Thanksgiving day of 2006 so I am really trying to keep a promise that I made to her and keep our fondest and most cherished memories from my childhood and share it with the world. That is what my mother wanted me to do, I really hope you enjoy "Before We Get Old" (the good old days).
ABOUT THE BOOK This is a fascinating love story, steeped in the spiritual commitment and abiding conviction of two partners who obeyed the Lord by stepping out in faith to answer His call. Their story begins in a small Pennsylvanian coal region town and a poor, working farm in Georgia and continues to their extraordinary meeting, journey into love and move to ministry in Europe and the United States. Though they felt they were unlikely prospects for the service to which they were called, this story of their live clearly illustrates that when God chooses the weak, He receives the glory. ENDORSEMENTS "This is the autobiography of a good and decent man. It ranges from Bill Kinzie's Huck Finn childhood in Pennsylvania and his finding faith and a vocation through a lifetime of Christian missionary activity beside a lovely and effervescent wife. It is a truly touching and heart-rending love story." Charles Monaghan, former editor of the Washington Post Book World. Readers will find herein a personal story of one man's dedication to the leading of his Savior. In his Call to Ministry Bill Kinzie takes us out of ourselves and into the Mission Field where he gave his life, with Evelyn his 'light' to whatever it was God needed of him next. As the experiences and challenges mount, it is only through prayer that this man of mission is able to fulfill his passion for Christ. No task is too humble, no sorrow too great. His help comes from God. Boundless energy leaps from these pages and causes one to reflect on what yet is God calling us to accomplish. Rev. Joanne Montgomery Link
A timely, evocative account of a reporter's reckoning with her homeland's volatile past Growing up in the coastal city of Barranquilla, Colombia, Silvana Paternostro indulged in the typical concerns of a privileged young girl: friendships and parties, school and family. But soon it became apparent that life in Colombia would not go on as usual. Strange planes appeared overhead, the harbingers of the marijuana drug trade that would explode into cocaine wars over the next decade, and soon after, a disputed election would lead to demonstrations and kidnappings targeting the affluent landed elite—including Paternostro's family. A revolution was brewing, and the social inequalities reflected in her life would boil over into the most violent, most protracted, and most misunderstood civil war of our time. In My Colombian War, Paternostro journeys back to the place where her family and her closest friends still live, weaving authentic experience into a history of this ongoing conflict. Through interviews she allows us to witness the treacherous war zone that Colombia has become, projected on the daily lives of its citizens. Paternostro's book is a stunning, comprehensive narrative of Colombia's past and present.
Christmas, 1958: Elvis is on the radio, Ike is in the White House, the Lord is in his holy temple . but there is no peace in Mt. Jefferson. In a small town where everybody seems to know everybody, there are still a few secrets. Three families find they are connected in ways they never suspected: an angry teen, a dying man, a lonely wife, a daughter in trouble . just ordinary people, muddling their way through ordinary challenges. Illness. Marriage. Bad decisions. Friendship. Faith. Forgiveness. Spanning three generations, O Little Town is a tender tale of love and redemption . and a lonely gravesite where roses mysteriously appear every Christmas. It will touch your heart.