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In her inspiring book, Love in Every Stitch: Stories of Knitting and Healing, master knitter, teacher, and widely published knitwear designer Lee Gant shares real-life stories about the power of knitting. As an employee of three different yarn stores, a teacher of countless knitting classes, and a volunteer with at-risk youth, Lee has had the opportunity to gather diverse stories. The stories Lee shares about herself and fellow knitters from around the world illustrate how each stitch and purl can comfort and calm, heal and renew. A suicidal teenager crochets through pregnancy. A dying woman finds comfort in the company of knitters. A woman finds the courage to face her estranged parents. A woman going blind realizes she can still knit -- and experience life. And Lee's life, riddled with more than just anxiety, has at last become stable and productive. This book includes stories of women, men, and teens who have experienced profound change and enlightenment through knitting and crochet.
Getting Laid: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Chickens, Gardening and Preserving — with Over 100 Recipes!by Barb Webb
Sustainable living boasts no boundaries. You don't need massive amounts of acreage or even a fenced-in backyard. We may not be 100 percent sustainable in our lifestyle, but we can become better in-tune with our environment and conscientious of our actions. Like all aspects of life, it's about balance, finding ways to live a greener, cleaner life within the parameters of your current lifestyle. Top blogger for country living, Rural Mom, shows us the (actually very easy) way to live a sustainable lifestyle without making ourselves crazy in the process. Why does even Jennifer Aniston raise chickens in the Hollywood Hills? Easy answer, it is extremely cool to raise you own hens. Eat the organic eggs and lie back on feather beds from your own brood. And what about you? Author Barb Webb believes there's a farm girl in all of us and she helps you find yours! What initially drew you to the idea of raising chickens, organic gardening and incorporating more sustainable living practices into your lifestyle? Are you interested in saving money, eating a more healthy diet, being on trend, going more "green," or saving the planet one plant at a time? Whatever the reason, the good new is all of the above motivators are real, tangible end-results of sustainable living. SUSTAINABLE LIVING IS... a) reducing your carbon footprint b) eating organic and "living off the land" c) living in harmony with the earth d) using resources efficiently and investing in renewable resources e) creating a better future for the next generation f) protecting and nurturing our natural resources g) eliminating waste and recycling h) actively pursuing a balanced and simplistic lifestyle i) spending money and resources in a frugal way j) our economy, social structure and natural environment working in agreement for the betterment of the world Sustainable living has many definitions and interpretations that have developed over time. In its basic definition, the Merriam Webster Dictionary defines sustainable as "able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed," and living as "full of life or vigor." In a nutshell - as sustainable living agents, we are ultimately defenders, maintainers and supporter of life! Our mission is of the utmost importance to ourselves, our environment and our future generations. Our mission is also easy. In fact, it takes less than five minutes to incorporate one sustainable living practice into your life right now but the effect of your action may have an ever-lasting positive impact for the world.
In this book of poems and prayers for the planet, you find not only beautiful prose written by modern writers and from ancient cultures but illuminating passages and reflections on the condition of the planet, and humans' place here. In Earth Blessings, Cotner and her contributors, many of whom are award-winning writers, contemplate every aspect of the environment, from grasslands to ocean, desert, and mountains, with gorgeous meditations on the world around us, how we are nurtured by nature, and the vital role as stewards of the earth. Earth Blessings fosters environmental awareness and insight, and it inspires individuals to view the Earth as sacred and cherish it as they explore writings about the relationship of humankind and the environment. The selections in the book remind readers of the necessity for sharing and conservation. The overriding intention of Earth Blessings is to create an ecological celebration of inspiring poems, interfaith prayers, and spiritual prose. By nature of the spiritual focus of Earth Blessings, the selections energize readers to recognize and embrace environmental stewardship.
Dead White Guys is a timely defense of the great books, arriving in the middle of a national debate about the fate of these books in high schools and universities around the country. Burriesci shows how the great books can enrich our lives as individuals, as citizens, and in our careers. Extending the argument first made by Anna Quinndlen's on the act of reading itself, How Reading Changed My Life," ("It is like the rubbing of two sticks together to make a fire, the act of reading, an improbable pedestrian task that leads to heat and light,) Burriesci reminds us all of the enormous impact reading has on our lives. After his daughter was born prematurely in 2010, Burriesci set out to write a book about 26 Great Books, from Plato to Karl Marx, and how their lessons have applied to his life. As someone who has spent a long and successful career advocating for great literature, Burriesci defends the great books in this series of tender and candid letters, rich in personal experience and full of humor. Matt Burriesci is a national literary leader, serving as Executive Director of both PEN/Faulkner, which bestows the largest peer-juried prize for fiction
Cousineau's wanderlust has driven him to visit nearly 100 countries as a backpacker, documentary filmmaker, travel writer, photographer, and art and literary tour leader. For him, travel gives us what his mentor Joseph Campbell called "the key to the realm of the muses." As author of the best-selling travel book The Art of Pilgrimage, Cousineau continues to crisscross the world as a travel writer, filmmaker, and host of Global Spirit. The Book of Roads: Travel Stories from Michigan to Marrakech is the culmination of a lifetime of travel experiences, from the steel factories of Detroit to headhunting villages in the Philippines, the war-torn villages in the Balkans to the river roads of Canada once traversed by his voyageur ancestors. His rhapsodic travel stories place him in the league of fellow travelers who are also masterful writers, such as Pico Iyer, Jack Kerouac, Jan Morris, and Beryl Markham.
Celebrating life's special moments are what birthdays are all about- and these occasions are made all the more special with time spend with your bff's. Reeda Josephs, the creator and CWO (Chief Wit Officer) of the Wright Card Company has gathered adorable, sweet, sassy and oh-so-funny gal pals and gaggles having a giggle and celebrating the bonds of friendship. From fab 50's to the swinging 60's, these vintage vixens jump of the page and into your heart. Reeda has an eye for rare images and these Birthday Girls are her finest collection ever paired with great good humor that is best shared with your friends. As Reeda herself says, 'Friendship is not a big thing, it is a million little things.' Birthday Girls celebrates the bonds of true friendship with laughter and a lot of love!
Do you want to feel better about what you eat? Do you want to feel better all day long? Truly healthy food is not only better tasting, it is far less expensive and can change your mental outlook on life. Author Karen Wang Diggs has lived in Hong Kong, mainland China and the United States and brings a wealth of this food knowledge, village wisdom and secrets to healthy living from her travels as well as the hard science of nutrition. As a chef, nutritionist and cooking instructor, Diggs has helped hundreds overcome eating issues and arrive at a food lifestyle that has them smiling again. From dealing with diabetes to smart and safe approaches to weight-loss and even working with cancer patients to find foods that give them a new lease on life, Diggs' savvy, know-how and food smarts are all packed into the clean cuisine of Happy Foods.
Happiness is around every corner but everyone once in a while, we need a map or a pointers on how to find it. This book is just such a guide with 26 chapters filled with ideas and inspiration. Joy unites all people and words are often how we best express our joy. Happiness A-Z is the perfect collection of power thoughts and insightful quotes that expresses some of the best ways to "get happy." From exploring the excitement of being fully "Alive" to the adventure of exploring the world's most "Zestful" experiences, this collection of quotes takes you through the most important ABC's of life. One thing the world's wisdom traditions all agree is that all states of "higher being" are not attained by stumbling around an unmarked road to "blisstown" but as result of doing inner work and self development. Bliss means connecting with your true self more deeply and arriving at a place of ease and awareness. 'If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
The nurturing words gathered here offer the courage to move toward recovery and healing and to summon faith and grace in the midst of pain to anyone who is ill, as well as to their families and friends. Wise and compassionate, this uplifting volume encourages readers to find solace in simplicity, take comfort in ritual, and welcome the healing touch of a loved one's warm embrace. A thoughtful and lasting bouquet of good wishes, culled from a wide variety of sources and traditions, provides the inspiration and confidence to be still, live in wonder, celebrate triumphs, reclaim dreams, give thanks, and get well.
Author and business leader David Mezzapelle, author of 2013's best-selling Contagious Optimism, is on a mission to get people to "power their lives with the positive." He has worked with top influencers, business people, and others and observed that each one of these folks had a few things in common -- they overcame obstacles, looked forward instead of backwards, made mistakes and learned from them, and, most of all, they stayed positive no matter what. In this silver linings playbook, readers can learn the secrets to living a life filled with joy, abundance, forward momentum, and contagious optimism. Learning these ten habits can jumpstart your life in the same day! The excellent advice, inspiring stories, suggested actions, and insights from David Mezzapelle and his contributors will help readers become unstoppable optimists.
In the hurly burly of this busy world, simple kindness and goodness can get left behind in the rush to be first in line, at the top of the corporate ladder and have the most "likes." But, what does it all mean at the end of the day? Isn't being a good person and making real contributions to the world more important than anything else? Author Brenda Knight, part of the team who made the world a better place with "Random Acts of Kindness" as well as a little more thankful with The Grateful Table," writes "At the end of life, I feel sure having lots of money, fancy cars and real estate is not nearly as important as how much love you gave to the world." This realization was the inspiration for Be a Good In the World, a book of "good days" filled with ideas for making a difference.
What do Madonna, Martha Stewart, John Lennon, Ellen DeGeneres, Ben Franklin, Ronald Reagan, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, and Johnny Cash have in common? Each is (or was) a list maker. These successful people, along with CEOs and successful entrepreneurs, all use lists to keep track of their ideas, thoughts, and tasks. Finding enough hours in the day to get everything accomplished and allow for some downtime can be a struggle. It's no wonder so many of us are stressed, overextended, and exhausted. More than half of all American employees feel overwhelmed, according to a study by the nonprofit Family and Work Institute. For the 54 percent of us who feel like we're chasing our own tails, Listful Thinking is here to prove that it doesn't have to be that way. You can still find time to relax, read a good book, and do the things you love. Listful Thinking is the book that will give readers their lives back with indispensible tips on saving time, getting organized, improving productivity, saving money, and reducing stress.
The Whole-Hearted Life is the culmination of Susyn Reeve's lifelong work. Comprised of 365 days of change-your-life ideas to try a few minutes each day, this is a guide to a life of contentment and community, where you give and receive love, including the oft-missing piece of self-love and compassion. Reeve, who apprenticed under Don Miguel Ruiz for years, is a scholar of the human soul and is on a mission to help everyone live a whole-hearted life, one of inner serenity, esteem toward self, shared joy and limitless love. Reeve's warm and wise encouragement offers readers 52 week's worth of ways to pray, play, and passionately pursue a life lived utterly and fully from the heart. Reeve's new book is a step-by-step and day-by-day guide to wholehearted living mapped out over a year's time. Readers can undertake the program for all 52 weeks of the year or dip into the rich resource Reeve has provided and sample the offerings for a great sense of the fullness of life. This book will help you learn how to: Eliminate gossip Seize the moment--be here now Go on a media diet Listen to and follow the still small voice Use your feelings as your guide Detach and let go Write your obituary
Peg Conley has been an artist all her life but, like many of us, took a long detour into the working world where she was a "corporate sales queen" in Seattle with a lot of success and a happy, busy family. Art became the thing she did on vacations, weekends and when she could carve time out of her busy life. Something gnawed at her, a nagging feeling that life might hold something else for her in the midst of it all. Then came the big "aha" moment--Peg heard a still small voice inside: "Imagine the life you want to live, then live it. It's that simple!" Her family encouraged Peg to pursue her passion. Despite a great deal of fear, Peg Conley did the thing she thought she could not do and dropped her big job, big house and big life and moved to San Francisco to start a business based on her artisan stationery. From a handful of handpainted cards, calendars and posters, her company Words & Watercolors was born and has been inspiring people, winning awards and raking in the sales ever since. Peg's intention with her work is to inspire and her art and writing all speak to life's great truths and those aha moments for which we all need reminders. What do you "imagine" your Ideal Life to be? It may take some time for it to unveil itself. You will need to have an idea of what it is you are looking to create. Spend some time in contemplation. For some that means a quiet meditation where images might come to you. For others, you might write about something you've always had a longing to create, or a dream that seemed far away and not attainable yet it doesn't go away. The dream nudges at you, asking you to pay attention. Where words work for some people, pictures work for others. You may want to create a vision board. Gather your old magazines and begin ripping out the pictures that appeal to you, or draw your own images. Your Ideal Life will come alive via the images that resonate with you. Don't hesitate to pick up a pen, pencil or crayons even and fill the blank pages with doodles of any kind. Do you still think of becoming a nurse? Don't be disheartened, go online and research classes you can take at your local college to start the process. As someone once said, if you don't start now, 5 years from now you still will be where you are but if you begin with baby steps, in 5 years you could be in a completely different place! So ask yourself the question: "What does the life I long to live look like?" Imagine it! Draw it, write it, collage it and just plain dream it. Believe you can have it and then go about creating it as you take daily steps towards becoming an enhanced version of yourself! All successful people are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
The Grateful Life is a guide to discovering - and realizing - one's dreams though a positive attitude. Through years of research and practice, authors Nina Lesowitz and Mary Beth Sammons have discovered that grateful living can transform lives. Grateful people are happier people. They are healthier and less stressed. They report much higher levels of satisfaction with their relationships, and are less likely to credit "luck" with the good fortune of others. This book contains inspiring stories about those who practice gratitude as a spiritual practice to rise out of adversity to new life, and it will also show how grateful living is central to the good life and to attracting abundance. Filled with motivational quotes, resources and exercises, The Grateful Life will help people on their journey to create the life they've always wanted. Taking the concept of Living Life as a Thank You to the next level, The Grateful Life includes absorbing and transformative stories from the frontlines of real people, who unveil the secret to achieving success - big and small in life.
In economics, money illusion refers to the tendency of people to think of currency in nominal, rather than real, terms. In other words, the numerical/face value (nominal value) of money is mistaken for its purchasing power (real value). This is false, as modern fiat currencies have no inherent value and their real value is derived from their ability to be exchanged for goods and used for payment of taxes. The term was coined by John Maynard Keynes in the early twentieth century. Almost every one is subject to the "Money Illusion" in respect to his own country's currency. This seems to him to be stationary while the money of other countries seems to change. It may seem strange but it is true that we see the rise or fall of foreign money better than we see that of our own.-IRVING FISHER
In The Wars of the Jews Flavius Josephus gives us valuable insight into the first Jewish Roman War and the rebellions that followed thereafter. Josephus having been an agent for both sides of the conflict provides us with a perspective of this conflict that no one else could have. Here is an important historical document.
Hunger and sleepless nights had knobbed his cheekbones and honed his chin to a sharp point. An almost visible air clung to him, a hot aura that seemed to result from veins full of lava and eyeballs spilling out a heat that could not be held within him. He had the face every transie had, the face of a man who was either burning with fever or who had seen a vision.
A shipwreck; a deserted island; a single family, wondering if they can survive. Rich in suspense and surprises, The Swiss Family Robinson entices young readers to come along on a wonderful adventure, where each moment brings a new thrill. Featuring amazingly resourceful characters and a wondrous landscape bursting with exotic wildlife and plants, it's an irresistible tale of ingenuity.
Take two parts of Beelzebub, two of Israfel, one of Monte Cristo, one of Cyrano, mix violently, season with mystery and you have Mr. Solon Aquila. He is tall, gaunt, sprightly in manner, bitter in expression, and when he laughs his dark eyes turn into wounds. His occupation is unknown. He is wealthy without visible means of support. He is seen everywhere and understood nowhere.
The man was from the world beyond the ridges, and his carefully tailored clothing looked strangely out of place in the mountain wilderness. His form stooped a little in the shoulders, perhaps with weariness, but he carried himself with the unconscious air of one long used to a position of conspicuous power and influence; and, while his well-kept hair and beard were strongly touched with white, the brown, clear lighted eyes, that looked from under their shaggy brows, told of an intellect unclouded by the shadows of many years. The people of the Ozarks called him The Shepherd of The Hills and only he can heal a division in the community that no one else is even aware of.
The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne's crowning achievement, a masterpiece that has stood the time. Hester a young woman whose husband has been lost at sea becomes pregnant by another man. Though the Puritan community in which she lives demands to know the name of the father she steadfastly refuses to name him. Hawthorne explores hypocrisy, quiet dignity, and redemption in this land mark novel. A must read.
I was fourteen then. I was sitting in the car waiting for Dad to come out of the hospital. . . She was hanging out of a window on the second floor of a near ell of the hospital. Her hair was dank and stringy, her eyes had mud in them, and her teeth were beautiful. She was naked, at least to the waist. She was saying "Mister!" and she was saying it to me. The Perfect Host is a dark and chilling story of madness and possession. Theodore Sturgeon was one of the most influential genre authors of his time and this surprising story will show you why.
The Haunted Woman is a tense, atmospheric novel that questions the nature of reality. Isbel Loment is leading an ordinary, if uneventful, existence. She is engaged to a rather boring man and is just passing through her own life. Everything changes when she and her fiancé rent a remote house in Sussex. In the house Isbel discovers rooms that appear to exist in different realities from her own. Her discoveries in this house will change both her life and her destiny forever . David Lindsay was author of A Voyage to Arcturus, and is considered to be one of the great British fantasy authors. His work forms a bridge from George MacDonald to authors such as C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, who both greatly admired Lindsay's work.
He was a scientist spurned by the scientific establishment. His theories and accomplishments ridiculed. But what if he wasn't wrong? What if everything he claimed was correct? What if he decided to turn this amazing scientific breakthrough against mankind to destroy it for ridiculing him?
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