The renowned science fiction storyteller recalls his own story, from his youth in Depression-era Brooklyn and his early fascination with pulp magazines to his eventual pioneering of the seminal "Foundation" series.
It’s Been a Good Life, Dad!—My Son’s Struggle with Cystic Fibrosis portrays a young man—Kevin Hendon—who lived his eighteen years with cystic fibrosis ever present. The author, Jerry E. Hendon, tells the story of his son’s life in the first part of this biography. He presents the disease’s harsh truths and the severe limits—and of medicine’s ability to respond to the disease’s challenges. With equal clarity, though, he reveals the energy and determination his son showed in the face of his diagnosis. In the second part of It’s Been a Good Life, Dad!, Kevin’s poetry takes center stage. He shares his feelings of isolation and frustration. He ruminates on love, lust, and romance. He expresses his observations about friends and school. He reflects on the place of religion and family in his life. The final two sections of the book sample the recollections of people who knew Kevin and share the abiding influences of Kevin’s spirit in the wider community of those his life has touched. Whether you have cystic fibrosis or know someone who lives with this disease, you might find yourself turning the pages of this portrayal and feeling the temptation to echo the author’s despair when he said, “What a miserable life!” But in the face of this disease and in response to such tugs to give in to despair, Kevin’s responds, “Oh, no. It’s been a good life .... It’s been a good life.”
This book tells the story of a young woman who grew up in a poor, single parent home, surrounded by drugs, violence, and welfare recipients. K'Dee was known to be smart, academically, but the question was: Did she have common sense? K'Dee has always aspired to have the finer things; however, life had a different plan. At a young age, she ran from her problems until she built up the courage to face them head on with prayer, perseverance, and persistence. If you want to know how she survived the pain, hurt, and agony of an abusive marriage, managed a family while moving ten times in one year, overcame depression, coped with the death of her mother, battled her own illness, and conquered love, while chasing her dreams...it's all here! Through it all, people wondered how she could wear a smile on her face, dress like a millionaire, and still be thankful to God. Through all that K'Dee was challenged with, she came out on the other side of life with self-esteem, expectations and standards as high as Mount Everest. This humorous, yet serious self-examination of K'Dee's life is no exception To The hard work she produces.
NOW UPDATED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit ‘You Really Got Me’. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs. But Ray’s journey from working-class Muswell Hill to the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame was tumultuous in the extreme, featuring breakdowns, bitter lawsuits, spectacular punch-ups and a ban from entering the USA. His relationship with his brother Dave is surely the most ferocious and abusive in music history. Based on countless interviews conducted over several decades, this richly detailed and revelatory biography presents the most frank and intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.
Seal the deal with a kiss. Zoe Larkin is facing the biggest career opportunity of her life, and she’s not going to let Jase Garrett ruin it for her. The infuriatingly sexy owner of the Rusty Wire, the hottest honky-tonk saloon in Barringer’s Pass, flat-out refuses to sell his bar and its surrounding land to her employer, the Alpine Sky ski resort. If Zoe can convince the stubborn cowboy to change his mind, she’ll not only impress her rich, handsome boss, but maybe—just maybe—people in town will finally start to take her seriously. When the Rusty Wire becomes the repeated target of violent intimidation tactics, though, the spunky redhead’s meticulous to-do lists and conservative blazers are no defense against her wild child reputation. The only person who understands what it takes to forget the past is standing between her and the future. But is it the future she wants? Or will Jase’s electric kiss ignite a fire in her heart for the life she truly desires?
In the small town of Harrison City, Pennsylvania, Jim Shirley began his life surrounded by family and community members. It didn¿t matter that they didn¿t have electricity, used a galvanized steel washtub for bathing, and had an outhouse for other necessities. A loving and caring mother, older siblings, and a home built of love were the stepping stones to a self made man. As Jim grows older, he learns what he wants to do in life, how to create a family of his own, and how to draw the most out of what life has to offer a person. After becoming a licensed funeral director in 1959, he was employed in the Pittsburgh area. Later, he purchased a home under unusual circumstances in North Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania. As a budding funeral director he inadvertently became a community leader in the Lions International organization and, presented his speaking skills, he showed us what it means to bring a new meaning to life and enjoy every moment of it with the same wondrous awe we had as children.
Presents a selection of cartoons from the strip's earliest collections, as well as entirely new cartoons, accompanied by the author's commentary and photographs from her own life.
Sissy, the narrator of this haunting family drama, was eight when her father committed suicide. The family hid its shame and never talked about his death, especially to the children, who were more involved than anyone knew. As Sissy matured, she struggled with phobias, nightmares, and recurring dreams. Slowly she came to realize she had played a part in his death, but could not remember how. Determined to discover the truth, she began an astonishing pursuit that lasted many years. Psychological counseling brought some pieces of memory to light, but she knew more was buried in inaccessible parts of her mind. She researched birth and death records. She questioned those still living who could tell her more about his death. Her mother, who knew more than anybody, was an inventive liar who shed blame like a dog shakes off water. Her mother's sister and her mother's oldest friend each had their own versions of the story. How much of what they say can Sissy believe? After years of piecing together fragments of this tormenting puzzle, she underwent therapy for trauma amnesia to pry out the last buried memories. A horrifying story emerged, but it brought an understanding long overdue.
Widely regarded as the one essential book for every science fiction fan, The Year's Best Science Fiction (Winner of the 2002 Locus Award for Best Anthology) continues to uphold its standard of excellence with more than two dozen stories representing the previous year's best SF writing. This year's volume includes Ian R. MacLeod, Nancy Kress, Greg Egan, Maureen F. McHugh, Robert Reed, Paul McAuley, Michael Swanwick, Robert Silverberg, Charles Stross, John Kessel, Gregory Benford and many other talented authors of SF, as well as thorough summations of the year and a recommended reading list.
Get to know thirty-one amazing women who have taken the Fit Mom for Life Challenge, dropped up to a hundred pounds—and kept it off! Are you ready to look twenty years younger? Have a flat stomach again? Take your husband’s breath away each time he sees you? Bring sexy back into being a mom? Melt the muffin top? Fit into your skinny jeans and still have room left over? Be a mom that your kids are proud of? In this book you will discover: One exercise that can make your stomach 2–4 inches smaller within two weeks The workout that can burn off far more fat than doing boring cardio How to burn fat 24 hours a day How to eat like a linebacker and have a metabolism of a hummingbird How to change your thoughts to produce lasting results Dustin Maher, a self-proclaimed “Mama’s Boy” who has given his life to serving moms and helping them look and feel their best, asks “Who is taking care of you?”—and shows why moms must start putting themselves first in order to be there for the ones they love.
SpongeBob SquarePants and Philosophy introduces fans of SpongeBob SquarePants to some of the great thinkers and questions in philosophy. The essays can be shared by young and old alike, kindling new interest in philosophy and life’s big questions. What keeps SpongeBob “reeling in” major audiences on a daily basis is that underneath the lighthearted and whimsical exterior are the seeds of philosophical discussions about identity and the self, our obligations toward others, benefits and tensions of the individual in community, principles of the marketplace and environmental ethics, and questions of just how exactly Jack Kahuna Laguna can build a fire at the bottom of the ocean. (Okay, so perhaps we don’t have an answer for that last one, but maybe if you look into that fire long enough the answer will be revealed.) The book begins with a section exploration of the major characters of the series. For instance, chapter 1 uses the philosophies of Aristotle to demonstrate why SpongeBob, more than any other character in the series, is defined by a life of well-being and flourishing. Chapter two provides an assessment of SpongeBob’s best friend, Patrick Star.
RUSH TO VICTORY is the story of a young man and woman caught up in WWII. This is a story based on submarine warfare in the Pacific. Most of the characters are fictitious, but the action and other events are based on historical facts. Read and learn about the sacrifices made and the achievments of our nation within a four-year period. You will see how our great nation pulled together and how important the family was to these fighting men and women. There is adventure and romance set in a historical time in our Nation's history. Meet Jim, Mac, Janet, Linda, and the other interesting characters in this book.
Midnight’s Court is a tender and whimsical story about an outdoor cat becoming best friends with an indoor cat. Midnight lives outdoors under the shed with his Mama and Aunt. Willow lives indoors with The People, Ray and Mary. The story unfolds with each cat trying to understand what it’s like to live indoors or outdoors, while their worlds are separated by a sliding glass door. As Midnight grows up he faces some difficult choices during his adventures. He has to cope with some unforeseen circumstances and unwanted surprises as new characters are introduced to his Court.
This memoir describes what it was like growing up as the youngest member of a large, boisterous Irish-American family in Massachusetts during the 1940s and 1950s. The author also tells about his experiences as a young naval officer during the Cuban Missile Crisis, his work in international communicable disease control as a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service, and later teaching and research involvement at several universities in the development and application of computer-based individualized instruction, and emerging K-12 classroom technologies.
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By combining conceptual analysis with an emphasis on procedures and mechanisms of implementation, this text provides an overview of human rights. After briefly examining the history of human rights, the author analyses the intellectual framework that forms the basis of their legitimacy.
A thoroughly enthralling book that proves the truth of the adage, "with age comes wisdom" Based on video recorded interviews and extensive surveys of more than 500 Centenarians, this unforgettable book brings you into a world few human beings have ever known. What must it be like to have lived an entire century—and not just any century, but one of the most fertile, productive, cataclysmic, revolutionary hundred-year periods in the history of the human race? Imagine having navigated all of life's personal milestones against the backdrop of the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Space Age, the Digital Age, and 9/11; what stories you would have to tell! In their own words, and with no small measure of good humor, these remarkable men and women tell their stories and share their insights on life, business, making it and losing it, great sorrow and joy—and having lived to tell the tale. Distills the wisdom and wit of 500 centenarians into six sections covering the passage of time, career, money, time management, secrets of longevity, and capturing and sharing wisdom Full of timeless advice, like "Money cannot make you, but it can break you," with anecdotes about savings, debt, and investing for the long-run—the really, really long run Based on over 500 taped interviews and extensive questionnaire surveys developed and conducted by noted experts Steve Franklin and Lynn Peters Adler

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