In The Small Heart of Things, Julian Hoffman intimately examines the myriad ways in which connections to the natural world can be deepened through an equality of perception, whether it's a caterpillar carrying its house of leaves, transhumant shepherds ranging high mountain pastures, a quail taking cover on an empty steppe, or a Turkmen family emigrating from Afghanistan to Istanbul. The narrative spans the common—and often contested—ground that supports human and natural communities alike, seeking the unsung stories that sustain us. Guided by the belief of Rainer Maria Rilke that “everything beckons us to perceive it,” Hoffman explores the area around the Prespa Lakes, the first transboundary park in the Balkans, shared by Greece, Albania, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From there he travels widely to regions rarely written about, exploring the idea that home is wherever we happen to be if we accord that place our close and patient attention. The Small Heart of Things is a book about looking and listening. It incorporates travel and natural history writing that interweaves human stories with those of wild creatures. Distinguished by Hoffman's belief that through awareness, curiosity, and openness we have the potential to forge abiding relationships with a range of places, it illuminates how these many connections can teach us to be at home in the world.
Returning home from college to her grandfather's prosperous Carolina vineyard, Mavis Black discovers a growing emotional distance from her eccentric Southern family--her dreamy mother, blacksheep uncle, and powerful grandfather, Punk
These poems some raw some not are from observation of life its self. There are poems of what a child can remember and carry, survival of a child and of life and loss and last but not least love. It is written for the young and the old. To give hope to all that no matter what hand you are dealt, you will survive with hope, courage and heart. Always follow your heart, it is where your soul lies
A follow up to "Stephen King on the Big Screen" (2009), this title looks at the much-neglected subject of the best-selling author's work in television, examining what it is about King's fiction that makes it particularly suitable for the small screen. It examines what makes a written or visual text successful at evoking fear
Simple Ways to Nuture and Strengthen Your Relationships While Avoiding the Habits that Break Down Your Loving Connection
Author: Richard Carlson
Publisher: Hachette UK
Richard Carlson has helped millions of readers to reduce the stress in their everyday lives, with their families and in their jobs. Now he shows readers how to apply his immensely popular and helpful philosophy to one of the most difficult aspects of life - the romantic relationship. While depression, heartache, anger, and insecurity are widely associated with romantic love, the concept of stress is rarely identified as a problem. In one hundred brief, beautifully written essays, Richard Carlson shows readers how not to overreact to a loved one's criticism, how to appreciate your spouse in new ways, how to get past old angers, and many other ways to improve and increase the joy and pleasure that can and should be a part of any partnership.
When Patrick Grant meets Ella, he seizes the opportunity of a new life with her. He imagines the future with his beautiful second wife by his side: the years ahead filled with all that is bright and promising. When Ella gives birth to Daniel, Patrick’s happiness is complete. A son at last. Patrick adores Daniel: a golden child, talented, artistic, loving. And then, when Daniel is fourteen, tragedy strikes. Without warning, Patrick and Ella’s world is shattered beyond repair and Patrick is forced to re-evaluate everything: his own life, his role as husband and father, all his previous assumptions about family. Together with Ella, he is forced to embark on a voyage of discovery. He must confront uncomfortable truths about himself and about the privileged world he and his wife inhabit. This is the story of a family torn apart by conflict, suspicion and loss. It is also a story, ultimately, of redemption and forgiveness – and the strength of severely-tested family bonds.
With their calm and reassuring advice Richard and Kris Carlson show teenagers how not to stress out about homework, peer pressures, dating, parents, and other potentially difficult areas. Topics include: * Be creative in your rebellion * Start a mutual listening club * Notice your parents doing things right * Be okay with your bad hair day * Turn down the drama meter * Don't sweat the futureWith their calm and reassuring advice Richard and Kris Carlson show teenagers how not to stress out about homework, peer pressures, dating, parents, and other potentially difficult areas. Topics include: * Be creative in your rebellion * Start a mutual listening club * Notice your parents doing things right * Be okay with your bad hair day * Turn down the drama meter * Don't sweat the future
Most people don't expect you to understand what we're going to tell you in this book. And even if you understand, they don't expect you to care. And even if you care, they don't expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it, they don't expect it to last. We do. – Alex and Brett A generation stands on the brink of a "rebelution" Do Hard Things is the Harris twins' revolutionary message in its purest and most compelling form, giving readers a tangible glimpse of what is possible for teens who actively resist cultural lies that limit their potential. Combating the idea of adolescence as a vacation from responsibility, the authors weave together biblical insights, history, and modern examples to redefine the teen years as the launching pad of life. Then they map out five powerful ways teens can respond for personal and social change. Written by teens for teens, Do Hard Things is packed with humorous personal anecdotes, practical examples, and stories of real-life rebelutionaries in action. This rallying cry from the heart of an already-happening teen revolution challenges a generation to lay claim to a brighter future, starting today. Now includes: --A new introduction from the authors, “Looking Back, Looking Ahead” --Questions (and Stories) To Get You Started --A list of 100 Hard Things to help inspire you --A study guide for personal or group use