“Everything outside of you is meaningless...for in my short life, I had traveled across the world, cavorting with some of the most beautiful women – none of which has born my child or will accompany me in the afterlife. Meaningless. Prior to my imprisonment, I was enslaved to worldly desires and misused my talents, never fully enjoying or understanding the prosperity of those days. Meaningless. For what good is it to desire a happy prosperous life if you will not conduct yourself in a manner to enjoy it? It's like giving life to an infant child that you will never love and support. Meaningless. What good is it to go in search of schemes that will only remove you from your loved ones – meaningless. Everything is meaningless, if it does not stand the test of time...” In his (memoir) My Life and My Charms, Vernon through his life, allows readers an intimate portrait of a young man using his and how this lead him to excess and incarceration and redemption.
Survival, Extinction, and Conservation in a Desert World
Author: Christopher Norment
Publisher: UNC Press Books
Along a tiny spring in a narrow canyon near Death Valley, seemingly against all odds, an Inyo Mountain slender salamander makes its home. "The desert," writes conservation biologist Christopher Norment, "is defined by the absence of water, and yet in the desert there is water enough, if you live properly." Relicts of a Beautiful Sea explores the existence of rare, unexpected, and sublime desert creatures such as the black toad and four pupfishes unique to the desert West. All are anomalies: amphibians and fish, dependent upon aquatic habitats, yet living in one of the driest places on earth, where precipitation averages less than four inches per year. In this climate of extremes, beset by conflicts over water rights, each species illustrates the work of natural selection and the importance of conservation. This is also a story of persistence--for as much as ten million years--amid the changing landscape of western North America. By telling the story of these creatures, Norment illustrates the beauty of evolution and explores ethical and practical issues of conservation: what is a four-inch-long salamander worth, hidden away in the heat-blasted canyons of the Inyo Mountains, and what would the cost of its extinction be? What is any lonely and besieged species worth, and why should we care?
One Son's Escape from the Snares of Abuse and Devotion
Author: Gregg Tyler Milligan
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A Beautiful World is the story of a small boy who escapes the physical, emotional, and sexual abuse of a vicious mother - only to find his love for her and the effects of his past will ever remain. A Beautiful World details the truth of millions of abused; they must escape to survive, but breaking away will tear them apart.A Beautiful World reaches out to each and every person facing adversity - letting them know they are not alone. The book was intentionally written not only for the abused, but for all of us who refuse to give up in a weary and sometimes beautiful world. Most of us on this great big planet stand alone against all odds, shoeless with cracked knuckles, biting our busted lips as the tears tumble and roll down our dirty cheeks. Few rise above all the decadence done unto them. Those blessed few leave a great influence of a better day filled with clean hope and blossoming opportunities. We are all capable of leaving this mark - no matter what we've been through.Break the cycle, so that we may save one another.
This is a special edition release of my Reflections Poetry Series. The experience of life in its ups and downs can be inspirational if you are inclined to see it that way. Poetry is not the lost art some think it is. I relish the reading of poetry for the beautiful expression of true soul and spirit that it is and so I have contributed through my work, the musings of my own heart, soul and spirit. I see things often in terms of a poetic theme with infinite depth and endless meaning. I view life from the eyes of an inspired spiritual and artistic poet from my greatest moments of elation to my darkest moments of despair. But I know that these life lessons that stem from our inspiration, those things that call to our souls are important. They matter.
In the 1940s outside Glenrock, Wyoming, Julie Bruns knew she would have to work hard if she expected to make her living on a homestead. At the end of a long, hard day, her tired muscles would ache, but Julie would persevere—for she was truly a pioneer. In her posthumous memoir, Bruns shares a fascinating description of day-to-day life in the wilds of Wyoming as she changed history forever and became one of the state’s few female homesteaders. Bruns tells how she overcame her initial fears and embarked on a new venture with a strong determination and an honest heart. After deciding to file a homestead, Bruns details how she selected a site along a tiny creek and began constructing a cabin out of green-cut, peeled logs. The days were filled with hard work, and the nights were frightening as owls hooted and coyotes yapped. But Bruns persisted—building much of her furniture, exploring the land around her house, and getting to know her neighbors. I Live in a Beautiful World shares the inspiring story of how Julie Bruns became a homesteader through resolve, courage, and, most importantly, the unyielding desire to make her dream come true.
Fountain world is an ancient world; it is highly developed and primitive at the same time. But it is a dying world. This is where Ronni ends up. He is kidnapped and abandoned on this world. The only way to get back home is find the person who brought him there. But the man who brought him here is playing a game with him. The world and civilization itself is under attack by a shadowy group. The names and intent of this group are unknowns. But as he learns more about this world, he falls in love with this world. And he vows to help and support these people and its world
Although higher mathematics is beautiful, natural and interconnected, to the uninitiated it can feel like an arbitrary mass of disconnected technical definitions, symbols, theorems and methods. An intellectual gulf needs to be crossed before a true, deep appreciation of mathematics can develop. This book bridges this mathematical gap. It focuses on the process of discovery as much as the content, leading the reader to a clear, intuitive understanding of how and why mathematics exists in the way it does.The narrative does not evolve along traditional subject lines: each topic develops from its simplest, intuitive starting point; complexity develops naturally via questions and extensions. Throughout, the book includes levels of explanation, discussion and passion rarely seen in traditional textbooks. The choice of material is similarly rich, ranging from number theory and the nature of mathematical thought to quantum mechanics and the history of mathematics. It rounds off with a selection of thought-provoking and stimulating exercises for the reader.
Bloodline spans a thousand years of murder, sex, suicide and insanity,balanced by faith, family loyalty, pacifism and pilgrimage. It follows a family from the Middle Ages in Holland to the Twentieth Century in Oklahoma. The family chooses a unique faith--Anabaptist-Mennonite--and for that reason they are hounded across Europe by the political and religious establishment. The historical details have been carefully researched, however most of the characters are fictionalized. Each character is a storyteller speaking in the first person. Dialogue is written without quotation marks and identification of the persons speaking must be determined from the words spoken.