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It’s not easy to speak about death in our culture. As children of revolution, we think of our country as young, energetic, and future oriented. Our ideals of progress and vigor seem contradicted by the concept of death. But the silence about death in America is a lost opportunity for people to find insight and support in walking “that lonesome valley.”
In Befriending Death, over 100 writers respond, in one page each, to one question: In the face of death, how do you find meaning and fulfillment in life? Penned from people from a variety of backgrounds, the essays take death seriously and openly and discuss how the authors find meaning in life. This chance for a rare sharing of views on a truly profound subject has attracted commentators who are deeply religious and those who are not religious, noted authors and people who have never published a word, people celebrated by the world and people ignored by the world. As they are all equal in their mortality, they are equal in striving for an authentic existence and an honest description of what for them constitutes fulfillment.
While each essay in Befriending Death is unique, together they present a tapestry of courage, struggle, and insight. At a time when we are often overwhelmed by the eagerness of people to provide their opinions on politics and sports, here is a rare opportunity to hear people share their most profound views on life and death.
Don Feeney has seen it all. As a diplomat working for the United States, he served in embassies and consulates around the world. As an air force officer, he had some daring exploits of varying levels of sanity and sophistication. He’s lived, worked, and played in more than fifty countries on five continents. In his memoir Gathering No Moss, Feeney recalls his three-decade trip down the wild, weird, and surprising journeys of his life. A somewhat reluctant traveler, he conveys the heavy burden of loneliness on the road while driven by the search for meaning, spirituality, and love. His life has been one of thought-provoking questions, highly charged emotional situations, and brushes with both greatness and tragedy. He’s been an airman, an officer, an instructor, a commander, an administrator, a trainer, a consular officer, a manager, and a diplomat. He’s sold paintings on a street corner, washed dishes, worked in a paper mill, flipped hamburgers, painted houses, and tended bar. He smoked pot, drank too much, and fell in (and out) of love (including four marriages). He went AWOL, was shot at three times, survived a brain aneurysm, and beat colon cancer. His mantra—“The more you know, the more you don’t know sh*t” or TMYKTMYDKS—reminds us all that the human mind will never let you understand the human mind.
Praise for Welcome to College! From your college ID to your digital identity, the next four years will strongly define your life. This book will help you decide how you want that definition to read. —Eric Stoller, Inside Higher Ed Dayna has a simple yet effective way of teaching success. From orientation to graduation, you will find 101 success principles in this book no student should be without. —Rick Sherréll, Pro Speakers Bureau: College Speakers and Trainers It is no secret that heading off to college can be both exciting and terrifying. From registering for classes to making new friends to learning to think independently, it all can seem overwhelming to anyone leaving home for the first time. Welcome to College! shares valuable, down-to-earth wisdom for any young adult interested in embracing every aspect of college and ultimately leading a happy, successful, and full life.
It is 1972 when Step Bronstad, a twenty-one-year-old from a Pacific Northwest logging town, finds himself in the throes of a country at war with North Vietnam. After he makes the decision to enlist in the Marines, Step has no idea his life is about to take a different and sudden turn.
When Step is suddenly pulled out of a military health examination and into a meeting in a stark back room, he is confronted by two CIA officers who seem to know entirely too much about his criminal past. Leaving Step with few options, the agents broker a top-secret deal: In exchange for his service running covert and dangerous antiterrorist errands for the CIA, Step avoids military service and potential prison time. As his missions lead him from America to England and eventually Germany, Step meets up with Gus Randall and George Holcomb, experienced CIA officers who soon place him in the middle of the Israeli hostage crisis at the Munich Olympic Games and in Turkey where he must combat Islamic terrorists.
Errand Runner is the gripping tale of a young CIA recruit’s perilous journey across the world as he sacrifices all he knows to fulfill contract obligations that change not only his life, but also the course of history.
“Do what you want”—it feels so good to hear these words. All your defenses drop and your heart begins to dream. If only for a brief moment, you relax into the infinite possibilities that spring to mind from these four little words. Could you really give yourself permission to do what you want? Taking the reins of your own life can be thrilling, confusing, and for many, frighteningly revealing.
Author Bree Swain offers a raw and voyeuristic look at her journey through the rocky terrain of her own assumptions and fears and into her own heart of unbridled joy, clarity, and unconditional love. For those who desire to follow this path to their own happiness, this guide will serve as a wise and authentic companion.
Each chapter invites you to go inward simply by asking yourself some questions. If you choose to take this invitation, what you discover will be uniquely yours and priceless. Do What You Want is the anthem of your own awakening—the cry of your heart that has been bound by rules and fear.
Allow the permission of Do What You Want to guide you on your entire journey. Only you hold your deepest truth.
Co. E was part of Symon’s Regiment, 1st Regiment, and commanded by Angus Morrison, recently Ordinary of our county. They went by rail from Thomasville to the sand walled artillery fort on the Great Ogeechee, protecting a vital railroad bridge, just upriver, from federal gunboats. Under the higher command of Gen. Lafayette McLaws and the post command of Major Anderson of nearby Lebanon Plantation, they faced Sherman’s huge well armed forces who needed to punch through to obtain supplies from the federal fleet. Co. E had 47 men on duty when Sherman’s much larger force attacked late on Dec. 13, 1864.
HeartStar is a powerful and illuminating metaphysical journey with themes that transcend our physical world.
The forces of darkness are pitched against Emma Cameron, a spirit of the element of Air that has taken human form. Emma, however, is unaware of her ability to access other dimensions of time and space, for the moon conspired with the enemy and stole her cosmic memory at birth. Under the watchful eye of the mysterious Trevelyan, her journey of spiritual awakening encompasses great perils and tests, exposing the fragilities of her human mind.
Will she re-discover her memory in time to save the Earth and all green and growing things? Or will her human fears, doubts and desires, sacrifice her to the darkness, and condemn the world to death?
The wilderness can be unforgiving and dangerous, yet fill our souls with awe and wonder. It can overwhelm us with beauty and stun us with fear, lift our spirits to the highest highs and send us crashing to the floor of creation. The wilderness is a classroom where we learn to survive, thrive and sometimes die.
At some point in our lives, we have all been lost in a wilderness of some kind—whether literal or metaphorical—without any direction on how to find our way back home. Some have faced survival decisions in community disasters or personal trauma. Some have been lost in work, wandered in careers and professions. Some have been lost in relationships, crippling addictions, health challenges, or grief.
Scott Hammond, a volunteer search and rescuer, knows that people who have been lost—in the wilderness, in the workplace, or in life—can teach us how to go beyond survival and thrive, regardless of the nature of our personal wildernesses. Through his experience rescuing others and real-life stories, Hammond provides valuable lessons designed to help those who are lost. These narratives communicate that small things matter, that no one is ever lost alone, and that movement creates opportunity.
Being lost is not a geographic problem, but a mental and spiritual problem. Lost people may be deprived of the basics of food, water, and shelter, but they are first deprived of meaning. Restoring that meaning is the first step toward hope, and hope is the beacon that leads you home.
Road Trippin is a peek behind the curtain of a comedian on the road, making strangers laugh while trying to deal with his demons…female fans. In this book, Jeff Hodge, a veteran stand-up comic, talks about his road experiences; events that “civilians” could never truly imagine. However, as Jeff takes his readers on this journey of fun and laughter, one begins to wonder; do the highs outweigh the lows? Does the fun top the danger? And what does it all mean when the stage lights are turned off and the next city waits?
Road Trippin examines and answers these questions as we track Jeff from his middle class, Caribbean Island upbringing to America where his dreams of performing were realized along with the adulation of female fans everywhere. But all the girls in the world can’t seem to fill the loneliness he carries with him, moving from town to town bringing the life to the party, but secretly wishing for that one special lady that he can truly call his own.
In April of 1944, during the last year of World War II and two months before the D-day landings at Normandy, Paul N. Frenkel was a fourteen-year-old living happily with his family in the rural Transylvanian town of Hadad, Hungary. Suddenly, without explanation or justification, the family was rounded up with other Hungarian Jews, confined in a factory yard, and then herded into cattle cars and shipped off to Auschwitz.
In Life Reclaimed, Frenkel narrates the story of his life—his prewar idyllic childhood in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, his survival in four Nazi camps as a young teenager, the loss of his parents and most of his relatives in Nazi hell, his daring escape from the death march out of Berga-Elster Camp, and his ultimate success as an entrepreneurial business executive and devoted family man in America.
A story of endurance, courage, and hope, Life Reclaimed represents Frenkel’s determined ongoing efforts to come to grips with his Word War II experience—why his family and the other Hungarian Jews failed to realize their dire peril from the Nazis; why their Transylvanian neighbors and friends actively collaborated with the Nazis or passively abandoned their Jewish colleagues to arrest, enslavement, and death; and why this dark past continues to haunt his life and burden his thoughts.
Finally!! A preschool program for the 1 and 2 year old!!
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The curriculum presented in this book is designed for toddler’s ages 1-2 years of age. Children ages 2-3 years old may also benefit from this curriculum; depending on their knowledge of the material presented. A Time for Preschool is split into sections depicting each day of the week and provides a focus for a particular subject on each day. The book begins with a note to the parents, a list of quick tips, and then an overview of the curriculum. Each section provides an objective page, a ‘how to’ section and a checklist that is relevant to that particular subject. Additional material is included at the end of the book that provides age appropriate games to play, arts and crafts and optional materials to purchase or make.
In this memoir, popular game show host and personal development expert Todd Newton invites you to listen to Hollywood tales, his philosophies on achieving true happiness, and wisdom from the ones who inspired him to live each day with a “full speed ahead” mentality.
Todd reflects back to his early days as a top-rated radio disc jockey and shares insights on his road to becoming a father, celebrity interviewer, TV host, international keynote speaker, humanitarian, and even a stage hypnotist. The man often referred to “America’s Life Coach” reveals the keys to achieving a fulfilling life and enjoying a career in show business that currently spans over two decades.
"Todd is a man who has become successful by taking advantage of all of his talents. Read his thought-provoking book and be inspired to capitalize on all of your own abilities.“
Bob Barker, legendary host of The Price Is Right
“Truth is where you find it, and I love that a game show host lays out more truth than the pope and Dalai Lama put together, and that’s damning with faint praise. Todd lays real truth down for you, and he’s funnier than the pope … even without the hat!”
Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller
“Life in the Bonus Round is all heart. If I had Todd’s looks I would’ve been far more successful.”
Chuck Woolery, game show host
“I’ve known Todd for many years. He speaks on living your best life and becoming the best possible version of yourself.”
Debbie Gibson, entertainer and philanthropist
So much energy is focused on what’s wrong with our public schools and how to fix them that we often lose sight of the extraordinary work occurring in our schools every day, thanks to millions of caring, dedicated professional educators who work hard to ensure every student reaches their potential.
In Hello! My Name is Public School and I Have an Image Problem, authors and teachers Leslie Milder and Jane Braddock provide a solution for educators who wish to strengthen public confidence in their public schools. They share commonsense techniques on how schools and their employees can establish themselves as ambassadors who convey a positive message. This book enunciates a step-by-step approach to challenging the unjust criticism and accusations of failure by directing the energies of those who work in our schools to step up as ambassadors for America’s public schools and the children they serve.
The authors underscore the power of professional unity and its profoundly positive impact on the profession, and why a culture of brotherhood is an essential element of any successful organization. The forces that weaken public trust and confidence in public education are discussed at length, as well as strategies for restoring public pride, hope, optimism, and confidence in our public schools and in those who dedicate their lives to educating our youth.
The following book was translated and published in English: Ewa Kurek, YOUR LIFE IS WORTH MINE - How Polish Nuns Saved Hundreds of Jewish Children in German-Occupied Poland, foreword by Prof. Jan Karski, New York 1998. She has also contributed articles in English that were published in Polin (Oxford: Institute for Polish Jewish Studies), Embracing the Other (New York University Press) and From Shtetl to Socialism (LondonWashington). Her research on the subject of Polish-Jewish relations in World War II in Poland has been presented at several international academic congresses, including Yad Vashem, Jerusalem (1988), Princeton University (1993), and Columbia University (2007).
In the book POLISH-JEWISH RELATIONS 1939-1945; BEYOND THE LIMITS OF SOLIDARITY, Ewa Kurek reconstructs the wartime history based almost exclusively on Jewish sources. Like in her other books, Ewa Kurek has the courage to raise important questions and the courage to search for equally important answers.
PRIORITIES: Choosing an Ideal Life is the true story about the difference one person can make in other people’s lives by sharing the promise of a strong relationship with God. On the surface, it is the story of a rich man who lived his life considering that the treasure in his life was money—until a fateful confrontation at a gas station with Jean d’Or makes him wonder how he can change his life for the better.
The story begins simply enough. Both Jean d’Or and James are heading for the same gas pump, but James cuts the other man off . Rather than start a scene, Jean d’Or waits his turn. As James is getting back into his vehicle, unbeknownst to him, an envelope containing $20,000 falls under his car, and he drives away. Jean d’Or picks it up, realizes what it contains, and chases after James. When they finally meet, James is once again rude, wondering why this person has followed him. When he discovers the reason, he contritely offers Jean d’Or a reward, which is refused on the basis that he is a Christian. Intrigued, James asks if they can meet again. What happens next is an inspiring story of the difference that God can make in our lives.
PRIORITIES: Choosing an Ideal Life is a powerful story of God, friendship, and the power that faith can bring to all who believe.