The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness
Author: Marion Woodman
Publisher: Vintage Canada
As we speed towards the next millennium, many of us are taking stock of the presences and absences in our lives. In Dancing in the Flames, Marion Woodman, along with reputed therapist Elinor Dickson, points to the gaping hole in our spiritual fabric. Unlike other cultures and eras, modern Western society has repressed notions of the Divine Feminine, possibly to the detriment of our psyches, our bodies, and even our planet. This landmark book, which draws from art, fables, science and dreams, creates a vista from which to view our imbalances and provides hope for celebration as we turn to embrace a lost aspect of ourselves. From the Trade Paperback edition.
This book examines Lee Smith’s novel-length fiction and its powerful reflection of her personal search for and journey toward spiritual reconciliation. The protagonists of Smith’s novels feel estranged from any sense of feminine sacredness as they struggle for a belief system that offers them hope and validation. Chapters describe how Smith has retrieved in her fiction a source of transformative power—the power of the sexual, maternal, feminine divine—in hopes of creating a new image of the total, sacred female whose sexuality, creativity, spirituality, and maternity can reside comfortably in the bodies of everyday heroines.
Twin Soul Your One True Love. This story is an account of one persons journey in reuniting with his Twin Soul. Along with the story comes the lessons, trials, tribulations, laughters and tears; the spiritual insights gathered along the way. It is hoped that this story will help those who are in a relationship and those who are out of a relationship. Many changes are happening to people today and many people may need help in understanding what is happening to their relationships and why things are happening to them now.
A Rolling Stone Top 10 Best Music Books of the Year “That’s what I’m talking about…Of all these memoirs, Dancing With Myself was the only one that stimulated my envy—made me want to be Billy Idol for five minutes….He’s a genuine romantic, writing in a kind of overheated journalese about his London punk rock roots…and then falling head over heels for America” (James Parker, The New York Times Book Review). An early architect of punk rock’s sound, style, and fury, whose lip-curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into pop’s mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, Billy Idol remains, to this day, a true rock ‘n’ roll icon. Now, in his New York Times bestselling autobiography, Dancing with Myself, Idol delivers an electric, “refreshingly honest” (Daily News, New York) account of his journey to fame—from his early days as front man of the pioneering UK punk band Generation X to the decadent life atop the dance-rock kingdom he ruled—delivered with the same in-your-face attitude and fire his fans have embraced for decades. Beyond adding his uniquely qualified perspective to the story of the evolution of rock, Idol is a brash, lively chronicler of his own career. A survivor’s tale at its heart, this sometimes chilling and always riveting account of one man’s creative drive joining forces with unbridled human desire is unmistakably literary in its character and brave in its sheer willingness to tell. With it, Billy Idol is destined to emerge as one of the great writers among his musical peers. “I am hopelessly divided between the dark and the good, the rebel and the saint, the sex maniac and the monk, the poet and the priest, the demagogue and the populist. Pen to paper, I’ve put it all down, every bit from the heart. I’m going on out a limb here, so watch my back.” —Billy Idol
The pages of this manuscript tell one man’s personal story, exploring the full range of human emotions that are symbolic of the masks of show business and depicting some classic and wonderful tales involving some legendary ladies from the world of entertainment. Through the eyes and heart of Stephen Preston, this lead dancer, singer, and actor makes the reader feel like they were there with Judy Garland at the Palace in New York, the Palladium in London, the Las Vegas stages with Betty Grable, Debbie Reynolds; some off-the-wall, hilarious escapades with Tallulah Bankhead, and an inside look at the social Me of Garland’s daughter, Lisa Minnelli. Mr. Preston, who performed with and became close friends with these major stars, gives you a first-hand look into the moments of joy, laughter, success and, yes, some tears and even failure. Written in a light, candid, and sometimes almost campy kind of style, this is the first time a book has come along that does not gossip about their failed marriages, sex lives or prey upon their human weaknesses! In fact, we see a side of these bigger-than-life performers that, in the past, little has been written or talked about The reader will come along on train and plane trips; be there backstage at Broadway, television, movie, and night club performances. They’ll sit with the Royal Family at the Palladium in London and will party at the Beverly Hills private homes of Hollywood celebrities. And the reader will even witness the final days of Betty Grable’s long, hard battle with cancer. “Dancing in the Rainbow" is a fascinating account of some of the days of their lives, including Stephen Preston’s. Those days are gone and so are some of the people, but the time spent is what can make life on this planet so very interesting and worthwhile! Mr. Preston is retired from show business but is an active business man and lives in Palm Springs, California.
The fourth part of the sensational My Struggle series that has been hailed as ‘perhaps the most significant literary enterprise of our times’ (Guardian) Fresh out of high school, Karl Ove moves to a remote fishing village to work as a teacher. He has no interest in the job itself – or in any other job for that matter, his sole aim is to save money and start writing. All goes well to begin with but as the nights grow longer, his life takes a darker turn. Drinking causes him blackouts, his repeated attempts at losing his virginity end in humiliation, and to his own great distress he develops romantic feelings towards one of his 13-year-old students. And all the while the shadow of his father looms large...
In 1994, in the newly independent state of Uzbekistan, a party of mostly British tourists was a day excursion from the fabled city of Samarkand when their bus was hijacked by Muslim fundamentalists. Unknown to the hijackers, this particular tourist group contained an ex-SAS sergeant the recently retired Jamie Doherty and the rebellious daughter of the British Foreign Minister, already a favourite of the tabloid press back home. Uncertain how to respond to the terrorists' demands, the Uzbekistan government accepted a British offer of assistance: two members of the SAS crack Counter Revolutionary Warfare Wing were dispatched to Samarkand, with instructions to liase with the local ex-KGB unit commanded by Nurhan Ismatulayeva. AN Uzbek whose grandmother had been a pioneer fighter for women's rights in the 1920s, Nurhan feared that women like herself would swiftly become second-class citizens if an Islamic republic were ever declared. The negotiations dragged on, and in the mountain fortress prison Doherty had to call on all his formidable expertise and ingenuity to keep his fellow hostages alive, and to prepare them for a prospective rescue mission. The only force likely to have any chance of successfully penetrating the fortress and liberating the prisoners was a group led by men of the legendary Special Air Service the SAS!