Sometimes the only way through darkness is to return to where it began. Marianne Stokes fled England at seventeen, spiraling into the manic depression that would become her shadow. She left behind secrets, memories, and tragedy: one teen dead, and her first love, Gabriel, badly injured. Three decades later she s finally found peace in the North Carolina recording studio she runs with her husband, Darius, and her almost-daughter, Jade until another fatality propels her back across the ocean to confront the long-buried past. In her picturesque childhood village, the first person she meets is the last person she wants to see again: Gabriel. Now the village vicar, he takes her in without question, and ripples of "what if" reverberate through both their hearts. As Marianne s mind unravels, Jade and Darius track her down. Tempers clash when everyone tries to help, but only by finding the courage to face her illness can Marianne heal herself and her offbeat family."
Their minds modified by the Machines, the Hartmann siblings see worlds differently than others do. Gary looks to a future where his A.I. girlfriend, Henge, can live with him. Faustina looks to her friend Tracy, whom she calls a goddess, whose soul has been lost in the internet for a decade, for a new kind of life. A half-generation on in post-Breakup America, they, along with their family and friends in the city-state of Knoxville, try to make their way forward. Social and technological unknowns may hinder them, but beyond those, the worlds they seek are threatened by a madman's nuclear fire and a politician's intrigue.[Picking up ten years after the breathless conclusion of "Echoes of Family Lost," this new novel of Machine Civilization follows the relationship of human Gary Hartmann and his machine fianc�e Henge. While centered around, them the book is broken into two parts: the desire of a human to leave our world and pass completely into the 'net and the desire of an AI to cross in the opposite direction.]
March 3, 1778 ... marks the tragic death of Thomas Harbert (Sr). In the mid-1760's -Thomas, an early frontiersman and pioneer - and his wife Isabelle - left the English Colony of New Jersey and moved their young family westward... eventually settling in the District of West Augusta, Virginia. On what is now known as Ten-Mile Creek, in the Jones' Run Community, Harrison County, WV - Gomas and an enterprising group of settlers constructed the Harbert Blockhouse as a defense against the many harsh elements of this newly-opened AppalachianWilderness. On this fateful date - as some children were playing nearby - they noted the approach of some Shawnee warriors who were known to be about avenging the death of their mighty Shawnee chieftain, Keigh-tugh-qua, or "the Cornstalk."Gey subsequently attacked the barnlike structure of Fort Harbert, and in the ensuing battleGomas was killed while grappling with a Shawnee warrior who had forced himself into the Fort. In addition to the tragic death of Gomas and his young daughter Celia, four other adults were wounded; and six or seven children in the yard were killed or taken prisoners. One indian was killed, and two badly wounded. Surviving Gomas were his wife Isabelle and Fve sons: Samuel Harbert (18), Edward (15), William (13), Gomas Jr. (10), and John (9). Brian C. Harbert lives on HarbertMountain Road in rural Alexander County, North Carolina, with his wife Alice and extended family. He has three children: David, Rachel & Ryan who are all grown. He is an R.N. at a local hospital in the Critical Care Unit. His interest in genealogy was kindled by the work began by his grandfather, Hallie Lafayette Harbert who wrote a booklet entitled: "History of the Descendants of Noah J. Harbert..". [Hallie's grandfather]. Having begun with the information in his grandfather's work, he began "surFng the web" and stumbled upon several very helpful sites. He has compiled a family database of over 7,000 names! He keeps hoping he'll get Fnished at some point, but as of this time, he sees no end in sight! David Harbert was born in Morgantown, WV; near Decker's Creek whereGomas Harbert made his Frst home inWV. David and his wife Linda live in LumberportWV. He has a set of twins Tim and Cathy who are grown and have their own families. He grew up on Jones Run about 4 miles from the location of the Harbert Blockhouse. David's father, Max is the person responsible for David's interest in the Harbert Family history. His father is a treasure trove of information about the Harbert's who lived around Lumberport. David's lifelong dream has been to put the family history down on paper so others can learn about the amazing people who have and still do make up the Harbert Family.
The love and warmth from home and family during Dieter¿s early years still reverberate in his thoughts and dreams, enveloping him like a patchwork of memories. They are the foundation on which he wishes to build his own life with Jean and their children. However there are challenges along the way. Having to leave Papua New Guinea in a hurry and start life in a new country with dramatic shifts in culture and climatic conditions is not easy for Dieter. Gaining a welcoming family helps amid the trials of finding accommodation and employment so that he can fulfil his responsibility to his beloved Jean and their growing family. An extended visit to New Zealand from his mother and three half brothers induces angst at a time when Dieter is working long hours and their second daughter Lisa is born. His old anxieties return. Eventually his family returns to Australia and Dieter feels in control of his life once more.The long awaited son Christopher arrives to complete the family and Dieter is overjoyed, seeking to become a good father for his children that he never experienced ¿ building a playground for them, teaching them to help in the garden, participating in fun times as well as going on family excursions and holidays. Disaster strikes when Dieter is made redundant with no recompense at a time and age when it seems impossible for him to gain another position. Anxiety and depression threaten him. Together Jean and Dieter seek a solution to stay in their recently purchased home, support their three teenagers and find meaningful occupations for the family to survive. What will the future hold?
Reconsiders mostly German narratives from around 1800 to recover echoes of a queer messianic that still resonate today. Queer theory has focused heavily on North American and contemporary contexts, but in this book Richard O. Block helps to expand that reach. Deftly combining the two main currents of recent queer theory, the asocial and the reparative, he reconsiders mostly German narratives from around 1800, while relating his findings to recent texts such as A Lover’s Discourse and Brokeback Mountain. He offers novel readings of well-known texts by Shelley, Kleist, and Goethe, arguing that this early writing serves as a creative font for much of the subsequent work in sexology. These texts also provide echoes of a kind of love overlooked or suppressed in favor of a politics of appeasement or one intended to make queers model citizens. This book charts the unexplored possibilities for queer love in an attempt to map a future for gay politics in the age of homonormativity. “Compelling and highly original, this book offers a major intervention into queer theory, while at the same time performing stunning feats of literary and film criticism. This is a work of first-rate intelligence, style, and critical and theoretical precision.” — John David Rhodes, University of Cambridge