So This Is Life is a wonderfully evocative account of youth that will surely take its place among the classics of Australian childhood. At age seven, after her parents' marriage broke down, Anne Manne travelled with her mother and sisters from Adelaide to the Central Victorian countryside to begin a new life. So This Is Life is not a conventional memoir but a haunting and luminous account told through storiesandmdash;unexpected moments of epiphanyandmdash;where meaning, suddenly and sometimes shockingly, reveals itself. Possessing an astonishingly faithful and vivid memory of the pain, fear and joy of childhood; a sensibility keenly alive to the beauty of the landscape, the fellow-creatureliness of animals and the comedy, tragedy and dignity of the lives of the country folk she grew up among, So This Is Life shows a powerful moral vision being shaped, about the meaning of kindness, and the desolation of grief. It depicts worlds as far apart as the faded gentility of former goldfields wealth, and the patriarchal spivvery of the country racetrack. Full of inconsolable pain but also impish humour, these stories sparkle like gems.
Mataya was an apricot poodle. He was so small, he could fit in your pocket. I would bring him to visit the Elderly people in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Places. Everytime they saw him, their face would melt with love...Mataya brought up memories, feelings of Love and Kindness towards animals. The book is filled with large, delightful photographs taken from many visits over the years. Mataya wore different costumes, hats, and was the Star in numerous funny skits. Each chapter descibes a different Life Celebration, a "party" with Fun and Laughter! Come with me on the Journey that was Mataya''s life story. He shall be remembered now and then, here and there...especially during every Holiday time!
As an old hippie, Jesus freak, I cannot help but question authority. I have done so with established beliefs of major denominations. I compare what denominations teach as sound doctrine and compare them to what the Bible?the sole authority?teaches in reality. For example, hell is accepted and taught as literal fire and eternal torment when Scripture actually reveals something opposite and totally different.
This colection of children's short stories presents some facts of life in ways that kids can understand and with characters form their imagination. The stories each carries a powerful message about some of life's hardest questions and things beyond our control
I don't know what to say. I am simply writing because I can. Writing because that is what I know best. Placing together this arrangement of words in the attempt to make sense of this thing we all call life. I hope as you read through these pages, you will begin to explore what your life looks like to you. What your thoughts would look like written down. What your pages would be filled with. What your novel would mean to you. The metaphors and renditions of this book act to speak for me when my lips could not. Acting to speak to the individual's own interpretation. Acting to speak with the intent of being heard. With the turning of each page, I reluctantly release another piece of myself to the universe. Fearful of the power I have allowed these words to have over me. Fearful of the power you posses to read between the lines of my life. Fearful of the power I no longer have over the matters of my mind. However, my fears are dismissible. Incomparable to the significance of the stories I wish to share. Tales of time to be had and lost, self discovery and appreciation, lust and love, independent and societal perspectives, and submission to the unknown. Will you take a walk with me to encounter So This Is Life?
Fifteen-year-old Maya Stark seems to have it all–fame, fortune, a Beverly Hills lifestyle, and an eighties pop star dad who’s making a comeback. But looks can be deceiving, and on the inside, Maya is miserable. Her parents are divorced, her dad is away on tour, and being biracial, she struggles with her identity. Then, to make matters worse, her mother has returned to using drugs and is quickly depleting their finances. In a plan to become emancipated from her messed-up mom, Maya takes a job on Rodeo Drive. Selling designer clothes compromises Maya’s earth-friendly “green girl” values, but she is desperate. Just when Maya thinks she’s got it all worked out, her life caves in. Her mom “embezzles” Maya’s savings and is later arrested on DUI and cocaine possession charges and is facing jail time. With nowhere to live, Maya is sent to spend the summer with her relatives. In the collision of two very different worlds, Maya must figure out where she fits in–or does she fit in at all? From the Trade Paperback edition.
Life is short. You can, if you work hard and are lucky, get more of almost anything, but you can't get more time. Time only goes one way. The average American has a lifespan of less than 30,000 days. So how you choose to live matters. That's the topic of this book. I don't pretend to have all the answers. I'm still learning every day, and many of the good ideas here I've picked up from other people either directly or by reading. But this is what's worked for me. Like life, this book is short. Many books I read could communicate their ideas in fewer pages. So I've tried to be brief in line with the wise person who noted: "If I'd had more time I would have written a shorter letter". I don't think brevity implies lack of content. The concepts here have improved the quality of my life, and I hope they're useful to you as well. Using these concepts, I have created a life I love. My job doesn't feel like work. I love and respect the people with whom I spend time. And I'm also passionate about my life outside work. I've learned how to create a balance that makes me happy between work and other interests, including my family, friends and exercise. Sadly I think that's rare. And yet, while I know I'm lucky, most people can work towards those goals in their own lives. My interest in making the most of my life began when I was just starting college, but when I was in my mid-thirties a boss I admired died of cancer. He was young. He had a great wife; he had three young children; he had a fantastic career -- he had everything in life. He just didn't have enough time. So, while I'd often thought about how to get the most out of life, the death of someone so young and vital increased my sense of urgency to act on it. One of the things I've always wanted to do was to work for myself. As a result, I left an exciting job at Microsoft in 2001 amidst the Internet bust to found the investing firm I now run. It was hard to do, both financially and emotionally. When I left Microsoft, many people - friends, family, and even some of the press - thought I was deluding myself to start a fund focused on Internet-related companies during a market crash. A press quote from the time said: "Call him a little crazy. Call him a little nuts." I'd never seen that type of coverage before. And, in a sense, the press was right; the business wasn't easy to start. Fortunately, from a vantage point of ten years down the road, it's worked out quite well. A key part of my job is reading and thinking about a broad variety of topics. So writing this book was relatively easy. It's even easier to read. But, like many things in life, actually executing each day on these concepts is extremely difficult. With thanks to Thomas Edison, life is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Even so, I hope you have fun perspiring. Peter Atkins Seattle, WA December, 2010
This is Life is a missing baby mystery and an enchanted Parisian adventure. Hand in hand with lovable heroine Aurélie Renard, you will see life as you've never seen it before, discover the key to great art, witness the true cost of love, and learn how all these things may be controlled by the in-breath of a cormorant. Chock-full of charming characters and hilarious set-pieces this is a hugely enjoyable novel that will make you see life anew.
Cat Crawford just wants to be normal—or at least as normal as a daughter of Hollywood royalty can be. And it looks like fate is granting her wish: she's got an amazing boyfriend, Lucas; her fabulous cousin, Alessandra, living with her; and her dad planning his second marriage to a great future stepmom. That is, until her prodigal mother reveals on national television that she has something important to tell her daughter...causing a media frenzy. Lucas Capelli knows his fate is to be with Cat, and he's worked hard to win her over once and for all. Unfortunately, Lucas has his own issues to deal with, including a scandal that could take him away from the first place he's truly belonged. As secrets are revealed, rumors explode, and the world watches, Cat and Lucas discover it's not fate they have to fight if they want to stay together...this time, it's their own insecurities. Well, and the stalkerazzi. The My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century series is best enjoyed in order. Reading Order: Book #1 My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century Book #2 A Tale of Two Centuries Book #3 My Not So Super Sweet Life
American Library Association Notable Book In the spirit of #1 New York Times bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, a “lovely, touching book” (Alexander McCall Smith) about two estranged brothers who come together when one of them discovers he has a brain tumor and the other emerges as his caretaker. This is the life: Not the one you thought you had yesterday. Or the one that might not be here tomorrow. Just this one. Here and now… This is the story of Louis, who never quite fit in, and of his younger brother, who always tried to tag along. As they got older, they grew apart. And as they got older still, one of them got cancer, and the other became his caretaker. Then they became close again, two brothers on one final journey together, wading through the stuff that’s thicker than water. Told in anecdotes as his brother remembers them, we discover who this cranky, cancerous Louis once was. That before his brain surgery he had a mind that was said to be bigger than the rest of the family’s put together, and that his heart was—and still is—just as big. That it’s hard getting a haircut with a brain tumor, and that it does no good to help your brother memorize a PIN number when he might not be able to remember where the bank is. We learn along with these two brothers how the little stuff is as big as the big stuff, how tragedy and comedy go together, and how necessary it is that they do. Inspired by Shearer’s experiences when his own brother was dying and written with a warm touch that is at once tender and achingly funny, This Is the Life is a moving testimony to both the resilience of the human spirit and the importance of the simpler things in life, like not taking a dying man’s tea kettle away.
This is the memoir of a man who grew up in the inner city. Who had a very lacking upbringing and one day decided to do something about it. It is a cautionary tale of the choices we make. Especially the ones we make for money. This led him to some of the most unexpected places—a life in the streets, in front of cameras in the adult entertainment world and in an eight-by-six cell for numerous years in prison. There are some choices we can walk away from; then there are the ones that stay with us forever. Now he's on a quest to make things right and is back with a message and is paying it forward by using his story as a warning to others. So take stock of the choices you make. Because I wouldn't want you to go through what happened to me! Choose well!
If you love stories of overcoming, then be inspired with this love story. In her new book, Tricia begins the chapters of her life starting as a child growing up in the 80's as she shares her stories and challenges that could have led to a path of lifelong destruction but, God showed up and changed all that. See how you too, can overcome all life has to throw at you when you allow Jesus to step in and take charge. This book is filled with encouragement as you journey through the pages and maybe get a glimpse of your own similarities through her eyes as you recognize some of her struggles and failures, but all along discovering God was there walking this path called life, just waiting for you and I to take hold of His hand reaching out for yours. Let her story give you the hope and reassurance that God is always there! Her vision in writing this book is that women, from all walks of life, will allow the Lord to find a place in their hearts where He is so very welcome and that you would draw ever so close to Him. May you find treasures of blessings when you see your own beautiful brokenness.
At last Betty Friedan herself speaks about her life and career. With the same unsparing frankness that made The Feminine Mystique one of the most influential books of our era, Friedan looks back and tells us what it took -- and what it cost -- to change the world. Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, published in 1963, started the women's movement it sold more than four million copies and was recently named one of the one hundred most important books of the century. In Life So Far, Friedan takes us on an intimate journey through her life -- a lonely childhood in Peoria, Illinois salvation at Smith College her days as a labor reporter for a union newspaper in New York (from which she was dismissed when she became pregnant) unfulfilling and painful years as a suburban housewife finding great joy as a mother and writing The Feminine Mystique, which grew out of a survey of her Smith classmates and started it all. Friedan chronicles the secret underground of women in Washington, D.C., who drafted her in the early 1960s to spearhead an "NAACP" for women, and recounts the courage of many, including some Catholic nuns who played a brave part in those early days of NOW, the National Organization for Women. Friedan's feminist thinking, a philosophy of evolution, is reflected throughout her book. She recognized early that the women's movement would falter if institutions did not change to reflect the new realities of women's lives, and she fought to keep the movement practical and free of extremism, including "man-hating." She describes candidly the movement's political infighting that brought her to the point of legal action and resulted in a long breach with fellow leaders Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug. Friedan is frank about her twenty-two-year marriage to Carl Friedan, an advertising entrepreneur. She writes about the explosive cycle of drinking, arguing, and physical battering she endured and explores her prolonged inability to leave the marriage. (They are now friends and the grandparents of nine.) Friedan was not only pivotal in the founding of NOW, she was also the driving force behind the creation of the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), and the First Women's Bank and Trust Company. She made history by introducing the issue of sex discrimination as an argument against the ratification of a Supreme Court nominee. She convinced the Secretary General of the United Nations to declare 1975 the International Year of the Woman. In this volume, Friedan brings to extraordinary life her bold and contentious leadership in the movement. She lectures, writes, leads think tanks, and organizes women and men to work together in political, legal, and social battles on behalf of women's rights.--From publisher description.
Here are a few things you might (or might not) want to know about J. L.S.C.: J. L.S.C. stands for Jeff rey Lam Shin Cheung He was thirteen years-old when he started writi ng this book He has won several awards (none in modesty, we should add) He enjoys good company His favourite color is blue His favorite past-ti me is living
Womens Courageous Battles These are the stories of women who valiantly fight lifes grueling challenges Life is not only made up of joys and excitement, it is also packed with odds, obstacles and obscurities. During the lowest point of life, we tend to give in to the call of retreat and submission to the power of the unknown dark force. But for some women, this point is something not to be feared. As you flip through the pages of author Jacqueline Prydies So This is What it Feels Like, you will learn about different true stories but of the same theme valiance of women in facing lifes greatest and backbreaking challenges. A compilation of more than thirty true stories contributed by professional speakers, authors, business executives, life coaches, and many in the healing professions, So This is What it Feels Like will take us to the real-life struggles and battles of women, which show the different faces of their life encounters. This books aims to inspire and revolutionize women or give awareness to men that to contend against the multifarious intricacies in life, you must know, understand and trust yourself. There are ambition-driven stories, self-realizations, and survival during the toughest times of the womens lives. Various morals can be drawn from these inspiring stories, which will strengthen the womens belief on themselves that will enable them to achieve their dreams, defeat all impediments, and to face each challenge with nerve and self-trust. These stories will inspire you, will rejuvenate your senses, will invigorate your heart and let the best and the true you to come out and stand against the tests of time a call to endure and hit your goal! The authors of these stories are deeply concerned with helping and touching the lives of many women in a positive manner; to help women attain their own personal success and empowerment without all the struggles and hardships that theyve endured along the way. Their gift to you is their life experience. These are stories that opens hearts and rekindles the spirit. Quite simply, their message is: To Thine Own Self Be True! www.kinesiologyhealthpractice.com.au [email protected]
The Meaning of Life is the transcription of a series of six talks given by Norman Grubb in the early 1970's to Camps Farthest Out, a non-denominational group of Christians seeking to find the deeper truths of God…of themselves…of life...and how to live it. CFO had numerous guest speakers and this was one of several times Norman shared his `knowings' with them. Norman's passion and joy was always to tell every seeker how a perfect God lives in His perfectly created humans. In John 17, Jesus' last prayer before He goes to the Cross, Jesus prays for all of those who will believe in Him…that we might be one even as He and the Father are one. Jesus called the promise of His Cross oneness and unity…Norman spoke of the fulfillment of His promise as our union with Christ. In these talks Norman shows us, step by step, how the Father accomplishes His purposes for each of us. The front cover of this book is a `shadow' of this very truth. It is a picture of Moses' burning bush - a common bush aflame, yet not consumed…a profound image of man aflame with the Living Christ, but remaining fully human! This IS the meaning of life…God living and moving and having His being in and as man…Christ was seen and experienced through the human Jesus two thousand years ago and since Pentecost…Christ, by His Holy Spirit, has come to live again in all who receive Him.
Biography & Autobiography by The Best Day of My Life So Far Senior Storytellers
Author: The Best Day of My Life So Far Senior Storytellers
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In the book's opening testimonial, AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson writes, "The words of these stories bring back the past, but more important than that, they fulfill our common need to be heard, to be listened to, to connect." Featuring 80 inspirational stories from the original Best Day of My Life So Far senior storytelling group, this book will inspire in everyone a love of life and a love of people, and make a great personal keepsake or a thoughtful gift. The Best Day of My Life So Far is a registered 501(c)(3) organization inspired by the friendship between architect Benita Cooper and her grandmother, with groups growing nationwide. Get involved and read more stories at www.bestdayofmylifesofar.org.
Nobel laureate Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? is one of the great science classics of the twentieth century. A distinguished physicist's exploration of the question which lies at the heart of biology, it was written for the layman, but proved one of the spurs to the birth of molecular biology and the subsequent discovery of the structure of DNA. The philosopher Karl Popper hailed it as a 'beautiful and important book' by 'a great man to whom I owe a personal debt for many exciting discussions'. It appears here together with Mind and Matter, his essay investigating a relationship which has eluded and puzzled philosophers since the earliest times. Schrodinger asks what place consciousness occupies in the evolution of life, and what part the state of development of the human mind plays in moral questions. Brought together with these two classics are Schrödinger's autobiographical sketches, published and translated here for the first time. They offer a fascinating fragmentary account of his life as a background to his scientific writings, making this volume a valuable additon to the shelves of scientist and layman alike.