Relates a story in which a young girl is able to overcome a physical condition in a unique way, imparting the lesson that by changing their attitude, children can control--not be controlled by--what is bothering them.
Frank Blanchard lives on a houseboat, has a great job, and is in love with an unattainable woman. Frank and his neighbors are about to have their lives turned upside down by the opening of a fertilizer plant which will mean a pending relocation of their houseboats so the harbor can be dredged and a dock built. A humorous book filled with observations about life both on and off the river.
Tornado warnings were posted in Canton, Ohio, on the night of author Cherie Kirby Hill Wren's birth in 1943. The storm was just a normal occurrence, but she can't help think it was a precursor of her life to come. In "Speed Bumps and Angels, " Wren recaps the storms and speed bumps she has experienced in her life: nearly drowning when she was just two years old; being hit by a car; getting jilted, twice; running away from home and marrying a man who was abusive and ultimately tried to kill her; developing type 2 diabetes; being diagnosed with benign essential blepharospasm; having her mitral and aortic valves replaced; gaining a pacemaker; and enduring pulmonary hypertension. In this memoir, Wren shows how these bumps served their purpose. First, they slowed her down so she didn't run out of control. Second, they gave her a little jolt, sometimes back to reality. Third, they kept her from getting too complacent. She shows that by conquering challenges, we grow and learn. We are here for a purpose, and by living each day to the fullest we can, knowingly or unknowingly, accomplish that purpose.
Shape up your English with thousands of idioms Whether you are a learner of English who is having difficulty understanding expressions in everyday speech or a native speaker who wants to expand your written or spoken range, you need a comprehensive reference for idioms, common phrases, and sayings of American English. McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary shows you the ropes of English and helps you: Expand your English-speaking abilities with these 14,000-plus expressions, proverbs, and common sayings, listed alphabetically Use American idioms correctly by following the many helpful examples Easily find the right phrase by one of its key words Some examples of the colorful English language, as spoken by Americans: at peace relaxed and happy every trick in the book every deceptive method known Johnny-on-the-spot someone who is in the right place at the right time make a killing to have a great success, especially in making money nine-to-five job a job with normal daytime hours scream bloody murder to complain bitterly take a powder to leave; to leave town
A Guide to Coping with a Loved One's Terminal Illness
Author: Barbara Okun
Category: Family & Relationships
When someone you love receives a terminal diagnosis, the whole family is suddenly faced with a prolonged crisis. While medical advances have given us the gift of extending life, meaning that a loved one could survive months or even years before dying, it has also changed the way we grieve. Published in collaboration with Harvard Health Publications, Saying Goodbye guides you through this complex journey, offering hope and healing for those who may be "living with death" for an extended period of time.
Ohamadike Onwuchekwa is a successful man and the managing director of an international engineering company. He lives happily with his wife and twin girls in cosmopolitan Lagos. His family is sheltered, sophisticated and upper crust. His wife has complete trust in him and believes that he has no skeletons in his cupboard. However, Ohamadike was not born rich and responsible. He was once a mischievous village boy with a knack for getting into trouble and wiggling his way out of it. His native intelligence and quick thinking had kept him one step away from trouble. Bumps of Life chronicles his path to adulthood woven in twists and hilarious intricacies. Ohamadikes father wants him and his twin brother to receive formal education and goes ahead to enroll them at the village school. On the first day in school, Ohamadike escapes severe punishment form his teacher by share wit but he devices a way to avoid going to school. His plans backfire when hes teacher and other children pay him an unexpected visit at home and find him playing truancy on top of a tree. He is publicly humiliated and that begins the transformational process for him. Ohamadikes favourite time is when he is out playing with his friends and peers in the village. He is the smallest among his peers but the object of Odinbus bulling tendencies. However what he lacked in statue, he made up in articulation and quick thinking. He was nick named the wind because he was light on his feet. His mouth was only at rest when he slept. Ohamadikes uncle, Chief Ifediegwu, is very affluent and lives in the city. He comes home to celebrate the coronation of his eight year old son as an Ozo a prestigious chieftaincy title despite the fact that his younger brother lives in poverty. Ohamadike makes friends with his cousin Obindiora, who later invites him to holiday at his home in the city. It would be Ohamdikes very first time of leaving the village. The life changing experience he is exposed to changes his mindset and he begins to aspire and dream of a more affluent life outside his village. Unfortunately, his dream seems truncated when his father dies after a protracted illness. Chief Ifediegwus house is burgled and he blames the incidence on Ohamadike and his brother. He throws them into jail but is forced to release them when the Onwuchekwa kindred pressurize him and threaten to ostracize him from the community. Chief Ifediegwu becomes angry and wants nothing to do with Ohamadike and his family anymore. Things take a downwards plunge when his twin brother is rusticated from school and leaves the village entirely. His mothers health deteriorates and he flunks his final examination. Angela his love interest betrays him. To drown his sorrow, broken heart and disappointments, Ohamadike resorts to a riotous life and decadent behavior. Odinbu, the village bully and Ohamadikes arch rival seems to progress. Unknown to the villages, he burgles Chief Ifediegwus house and leaves the village entirely. He believes that he has discovered his destiny as a successful criminal early enough and embraces it. In his base in Benin, he embarks on a series of robberies which sees his gang members killed and some incarcerated. Odinbu flees and returns to the village to hide and re-strategize. In a show of his ill gotten wealth, Odinbu throws a house warming party for the house he built for his mother. He gets into a brawl with Ohamadike and things begin to unravel. Ohamadike discovers who actually burgled his Uncles house and eventually reconciles with his Uncle who also has also gone through personal pains and financial loss. With the help of his friend, Ohamadike retraces his steps and comes to the understanding that he is the architect of his own destiny. With the assistance of Ohamadike, Odinbu is caught and punished for the crimes he committed. Ohamadike eventually wins a scholarship to s
An Empirical Approach to the Translation of Allusions
Author: Ritva Leppihalme
Publisher: Multilingual Matters Limited
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This book discusses culture bumps, meaning puzzling or impenetrable wordings which are the result of literal translations of allusions, and how to deal with a culture-specific, source-text allusion in such a way that readers of the target text can understand the function and meaning of the allusive passage.
Since first appearing in 1998, Garner's Modern American Usage has established itself as the preeminent guide to the effective use of the English language. Brimming with witty, erudite essays on troublesome words and phrases, GMAU authoritatively shows how to avoid the countless pitfalls that await unwary writers and speakers whether the issues relate to grammar, punctuation, word choice, or pronunciation. An exciting new feature of this third edition is Garner's Language-Change Index, which registers where each disputed usage in modern English falls on a five-stage continuum from nonacceptability (to the language community as a whole) to acceptability, giving the book a consistent standard throughout. GMAU is the first usage guide ever to incorporate such a language-change index. The judgments are based both on Garner's own original research in linguistic corpora and on his analysis of hundreds of earlier studies. Another first in this edition is the panel of critical readers: 120-plus commentators who have helped Garner reassess and update the text, so that every page has been improved. Bryan A. Garner is a writer, grammarian, lexicographer, teacher, and lawyer. He has written professionally about English usage for more than 28 years, and his work has achieved widespread renown. David Foster Wallace proclaimed that Bryan Garner is a genius and William Safire called the book excellent. In fact, due to the strength of his work on GMAU, Garner was the grammarian asked to write the grammar-and-usage chapter for the venerable Chicago Manual of Style. His advice on language matters is second to none.
11 Lessons to Understand the Quiet Urges of Your Soul
Author: Saje Dyer
Publisher: Sounds True
The daughters of beloved teacher Wayne Dyer share their ever-evolving understanding of their father’s timeless teachings. To his millions of fans around the world, Dr. Wayne Dyer was the beloved “Father of Motivation,” but to Serena and Saje and their six siblings,k he was simply “Dad.” When he died suddenly in 2015, the sisters were blindsided by grief and felt unprepared to navigate life’s challenges and conflicts without his guidance. The experience launched them on an adventure from loss to understanding as they came to realize and metabolize their father’s teachings with a new urgency, intimacy, and power as they applied them to their lives. As their journey unfolded, they realized their father’s wisdom—“The Knowing”—was embedded in their DNA . . . as it is for all of us. “We didn’t discover the Knowing,” write the authors. “We simply returned to it.” In The Knowing Saje and Serena share how they recommitted to the teachings of their father and, in doing so, created their own evolution of his principles that they teach today. They share the 11 lessons that cracked them open and sparked their own spiritual journey—including insights on death, coincidences, embracing silence, receiving and accepting messages from spirit, and much more. The Knowing is a book for seekers young and old, for fans of Wayne Dyer’s work and newcomers alike. Here is a profound and loving guide to lead you back—in crisis, in joy, or in this present moment—to the wellspring of wisdom that always dwells within.
Sometimes only a mother's love can help end the pain
Author: Kay Gilderdale
Publisher: Random House
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Watching her child die is the hardest thing a mother can ever do. But for Kay Gilderdale, saying a final goodbye to her only daughter Lynn was exceptionally painful: she'd played a part in her death. Lynn was just 14 when she was struck down by the crippling disease ME, leaving her paralysed and in constant agony. Over the next 17 years, she became desperate to escape her miserable existence, even begging her mum to help her die. So, one night, when Kay found Lynn attempting suicide, she was forced to make an impossible decision. Continue watching her child suffer or help her end the pain? Eventually, fighting her every instinct, Kay helped her precious daughter take a fatal overdose. But while Lynn was finally free, her mother faced a fresh agony - a possible lifetime behind bars. The highly controversial trial that followed opened a fierce public debate on assisted suicide. Is it murder or mercy? Here, in her heartbreaking story, Kay reveals the harrowing truth behind the headlines and the desperate lengths a mother will go to for the love of a child.
In 1997, James Cameron's "Titanic", became the first motion picture to earn a billion dollars worldwide. These essays ask the question: What made "Titanic" such a popular movie? Why has this film become a cultural and film phenomenon? What makes it so fascinating to the film-going public?
"A bilingual, bidirectional guide to Spanish and American English with extensive coverage of Latin-American Spanish. More than 80,000 entries and 100,000 translations. Includes introductory sections in both Spanish and English. Abundant word-use examples."