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Award-winning travel writer Christopher P. Baker highlights Cuba's best lesser-known local hotspots, including Finca Manacas (the birthplace of Fidel), Parque Lennon, and Rumba de Salvador's Alley. He also offers fun and creative travel suggestions, such as A Week in Havana; 10 Best Scenic Drives; and Cars, Cigars, and Cabarets. With in-depth information on Havana and complete coverage of the island, Moon Cuba gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
Andrew Beattie provides a cultural guide to Prague, from its history, buildings, illustrious figures, and the modern city.
FOLLOWING THE DOUGHBOY FROM THE HOME FRONT TO THE WESTERN FRONT--AND MAPPING THE MANY MEMORIALS BUILT IN HIS HONOR
Rachel, Max, and their daughter Ellie had the perfect life-until the night Rachel's heart stopped beating. She was thirty-six.Just as her family can't forget her, Rachel can't quite let go of them either. Caught in a place between worlds, Rachel watches helplessly as she begins to fade from their lives.This fresh debut novel touches on the various stages of bereavement, from denial to acceptance. As Max and Ellie work through their grief, Rachel too struggles to come to terms with her death. And as her husband starts to date again, Rachel realizes that one day Max will find love, and that Ellie will have a new mother figure in her life.The Dead Wife's Handbook is a heartwarming and touching book, very commercial in its approach and a compelling read. It will touch a wide readership, and is a perfect read for fans of the bestseller The Lovely Bones.
As seen on the TODAY Show!Homeowners and renters of all means dream of having a beautiful home. With the lingering recession, many of us have less to work with but still long to live in style. Big Design, Small Budget makes luxury an affordable reality. In this DIY home decorating handbook, Helmuth reveals insider tips and her tried-and-tested methods for designing on a budget.In the past year, Helmuth has shared her affordable design advice and step-by-step approaches with millions through live teaching workshops, guest columns, television appearances, and interviews. Now, she has distilled her expertise into this practical guide. The chapters follow her secret design formula and include creating a design budget, mapping out floor plans, selecting a color palette, and accessorizing like a stylist.It's time to start living in the home of your dreams without maxing out your credit cards. Learn how with Helmuth's Big Design, Small Budget!
Drawn directly from Pali, Sanskrit, and Chinese sources, the life story of the Buddha is retold by Thich Nhat Hanh in a style that captures the clarity and serenity of the Buddha's life. This is a gift book, a reference book, and an excellent read, destined to become a classic of religious literature."This is a truly wondrous book-a biography, a compilation of the Buddha's teachings, a social study of ancient India, a work of comparative religion, an epic tale, and a children's story all in one."-Mountain Record"Masterfully written... to read it is to be absorbed into the equanimity of mindfulness. The very rhythm of the words conveys the impression of peace, while telling a powerful story."-New Age Retailer
Defying the social restrictions of 1927, Katherine, a young American doctor, crosses the Ma'rhu River in the obscure tropical country of Takau. Determined to open a clinic in the slums of Am'rha Bo, Katherine wins hearts and defies authorities. She survives an earthquake and gets tangled in a violent revolution. Her soul is awakened and she experiences the revelations of cultural immersion.As The Island Gardens of Takau disclose their secrets, she discovers allies in unlikely guises and a lover whose extravagant idealism finally exceeds her own.Laced with the mythology and color of an ancient culture, Katherine's narrative reveals her slow recognition of the price paid for uncompromising devotion to a noble cause. But, her achievements only clear the way for violence and betrayal. Will the great bridge Kai and Katherine struggle to build unite the shores that the Ma'rhu has kept separate for centuries?
The Wine Seekers' Guide to the Livermore Valley is the first exclusive guide to this little-known wine region, introducing adventurous wine lovers to more than forty wineries, the owners and winemakers, and their superb wines.The Wine Seekers' guides lead you to delight-filled locales where exceptional but perhaps unheralded wines are produced with old-world quality by families eager to share not only their award-winning products but also their harmonious lifestyle and welcoming communities with you.In addition to the in-depth chapters showcasing the wineries, we have included a selection of enticing things to do and see and places to stay while exploring the region, such as a ride on the historic Niles Canyon Wine Train, a memorable dinner at Wente's award-winning restaurant, hiking, biking, visiting the museums and galleries, savoring the concerts and festivals and enjoying the enchanting town and village experiences in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, and Danville. Ask any Livermore Valley winery owner to succinctly state their reason for being in the profession, and I can guarantee you the word "fun" will strategically show up somewhere in their reply.In some ways the Livermore Valley wine industry is not really about wine--it's all about families working side by side, not only growing and nurturing grapes and wine, but along the way strengthening and tightening the bonds of culture and family, and ultimately their sense of community. The largest and oldest continuously operating, family-owned winery in America is Wente, and it is incredible how many younger winery owners sing the praises of the Wente family, and how they went out of their way to help them get established.The Wine Seekers' Guide to the Livermore Valley provides directions, operating hours, and contact information for each winery, a map of the region, recommendations for where to stay, and a detailed restaurant guide.
We face a serious global challenge with over half the world's population living in urban environments -- mostly disconnected from the natural world. This represents a key element of the serious economic, social and environmental crises looming today. Osprey Orielle Lake, a lifelong advocate for the environment and cultural transformation, weaves together history, science, culture, governance, spirituality, and the arts to map out an integrated approach to working in partnership with nature while creating a more just and sustainable future. Lake argues that "a culture or civilization bereft of its connection to nature will not be sustainable -- the decades since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring have clearly shown us this. We will need to reconnect with the rhythms of the natural world in contemporary society to generate inner and outer resilience, and to move through the uncertain times ahead."Lake offers a frank inquiry into a variety of causes leading to our current global peril and also provides a deep well of hope and profound insight. Each chapter poetically emerges from a specific geographical region and, with the lively tone of place-based literature, creates a tapestry composed of personal experiences, nature writing, environmental awareness and cultural criticism. Incorporating historical and contemporary voices from many fields of endeavor, Lake encourages people to understand the legacy of information we already possess.Uprisings delves into a new kinship with nature while acknowledging the treasures of urban life and the unique and valuable stake each person has in resolving critical and timely challenges. Whether you are a parent, an activist, a health care professional, a newcomer to recycling, a politician, a lover of nature writing, an historian, or searching for recovery from apathy or hopelessness, consider this book required reading!
The World is in my Garden: A Journey of Consciousness is based on a simple premise: the private garden is a metaphor for everything that goes on in the macrocosm, including ecological, social, personal and spiritual issues. The authors work the metaphor of the garden in a rich way. This book show us how to connect what seems like a simple personal act, tending a home garden to larger social issues. They guide us through four garden gates: Ecological Consciousness, Social Consciousness, Personal Consciousness, and Spiritual Consciousness.Written with passion, warmth and a deep understanding of the worlds of matter and consciousness, the book teaches us how to live in a balanced way with all of life.
A simple, uplifting telling of the life of Buddha by an award-winning, best-selling author. This is the first account of the Buddha story that does not separate, but blends the elements of history, apochrypha, and the Buddhist tenets into a compelling, page-turning narrative: it establishes Buddha as an exceptional mortal who embodies the search for immortaility and the end of suffering. Not for Buddhist insiders, but for all readers, this tale reaches across time to those with similar yearnings and needs, because all humans wish to elude death.
Robert Masters presents the wisdom of ancient Egypt through the perspective of contemporary research in psychology and religious studies in his profound study of The Goddess Sekhmet: Psycho-Spiritual Exercises of the Fifth Way. The fifth way refers to the Egyptian theory that humans consist of five bodies: the (most subtle) Spiritual Body (Egyptian: Sahu); and, after that, the increasingly less subtle: Magical Body (Khu); Shadow (Haidit); Double (Ka); and Physical Body (Aufu). Also included are Sekhmet's myth, her hundred Sacred Names, as well as her rites of meditation, prayer and exercises in body movement,awareness, mind expansion, imagination and creativity. This book initiates readers into a direct experience of the lost feminine mysteries.
Survivor Helen Colijn's account of her war time experiences is a window into a largely over looked dimension of World War II-the imprisonment of women and children in Southeast Asia by the Japanese and how these prisoners of war responded to their dire circumstances. Held in captivity for nearly four years, more than a third of the women in Helen's camp died of disease or starvation.Yet their courage, faith, resiliency, ingenuity, and camaraderie provide us with enduring lessons on living. Though they had no musical instruments, the women had their voices, and from memory scored classical works for symphony and piano. The music that helped sustain them while in captivity is a lasting and precious gift of these women to a world that has witnessed far too much war.Song of Survival inspired the motion picture Paradise Road, starring Glenn Close and a soundtrack of the movie Paradise Road Soundtrack
We spend lifetimes "looking for" our spiritual path as if it is something lost that we must find - we seek, rather than see that we are always on a spiritual journey.While we can not step off the path, we can certainly get lost and disoriented.Way of the Winding Path offers simple, practical steps for experiencing life as a spiritual pilgrimage, and serves as a map guiding you to find your way with ease, grace, and clarity. Through exploration of the labyrinth as a metaphor for life, one can discover essential skills: * Getting centered * Listening to the voice of God * Remembering who you are * Taking action in divine alignment * Celebrating transitions * Ritualizing everyday actionsThe light for illuminating the path already burns within you. Implementing the lessons from Way of the Winding Path will make your light glow more brightly as you make your unique journey through life.
Grace and Tranquility maps a shared journey down natural paths of ease and calm found in stillness and the world's persistent beauty. Through exquisite nature photography and meditative wisdom, Grace and Tranquility guides readers into a daily practice of peace, even in the midst of conflict and uncertainty.Chapter topics range from "Inside the Living Storm" to "Walking Softly Beyond," and author Eric Alan's explorations include "The Beauty of Doubt,""Aligning with Purpose," and "Intimate with Integrity." Alan approaches relationships with the Earth, people in our lives, and even politics and money with equal candor and clarity.The photography uniquely enriches the words, expanding the readers' understanding of the text.Additionally, Grace and Tranquility is available with the CD of the same title by Gypsy Soul. "Cilette Swann's voice is haunting, and Roman Morykit's musicianship is superb. Their music stirs the soul and moves the spirit."- Monica Rizzo, People MagazineGypsy Soul has been listed as a "TOP PICK / CRITIC'S CHOICE" in 40 publications - LA Times, SF Chronicle, LA Almanac, OC Register, OC Weekly, Pacific Sun. Park Record, Desert Post Weekly, Performing Songwriter, Monterey County Herald, Coast Weekly, Jefferson Monthly, Where Magazine, Medford Tribune, San Francisco Herald, Standard Examiner, SLC Weekly, The Deseret, Bass Player, Ashland Daily Tidings & others.
Exquisite writings on love, marriage, and the spiritual union of souls add a fresh dimension to our understanding of the philosophy of love and the transformation of one's life through its all-encompassing power.
Spirit Brides is classic Gibran with stories that depict life in late nineteenth-century northern Lebanon and serve as Gibran's vehicle for discussing religious and ethical themes. This book is a collection of three short stories, in which Kahlil Gibran portrays his belief in the overwhelming power of love in human nature. In "The Ash of Centuries and the Immortal Flame," Gibran describes a love that unites souls beyond time and social restrictions. "Marta al-Baniyah" expresses Gibran's views on the exploitation of women and the poor. He then makes a cutting commentary on the contrast between the ecclesiastical hierarchy and the simplicity of the teachings of Jesus in his final story, "Yuhanna the Madman."Juan Cole's stunning and lyric translation revives Gibran's passionate stories of spiritual transcendence through love and suffering.
In Broken Wings, Kahlil Gibran uncovers the glory and pain of young love. This loosely autobiographical story is in the tradition of Romeo and Juliet, but with Gibran's characteristic lush Oriental settings and images.A young Kahlil is introduced to Faris Karama, a wealthy and good-hearted merchant of Beirut, and his daughter, Salma. Kahlil and Salma are deeply attracted to one another and continue to meet regularly, with the blessings of Faris Karama. But a powerful priest, Father Ghalib, in order to gain access to the Karama fortune, demands that his son be allowed to marry Salma.Kahlil and Salma find ways to continue meeting in secret, but their love is doomed and Gibran exposes the social and personal hypocrisy that forbids true love to blossom.Broken Wings is a deeply moving love story that explores the spiritual theme of the meaning of human existence in a world that contains profound beauty and love amidst the stains of greed and pains of suffering. Gibran eloquently speaks of the ways of the heart that can be denied, but only with tragic results.Juan Cole's translation captures the magic of Gibran's matchless Arabic prose.
The Storm brings together fourteen short stories and prose poems from Gibran's Arabic writings that exhibit several characteristic Gibran themes: the injustice perpetrated by society against the poor, the weak, and the sincere; nature and its destruction by man; and the purity and innocence of young love.John Walbridge's clear, sensitive, and fluent translation provides us with an inspired and faithful approach to one of the twentieth century's most beloved authors.
The Vision: Reflections on the Way of the Soul brings together Kahlil Gibran's Arabic writings concerned with the spiritual life. In twenty-four meditations, essays, and prose poems, Gibran expounds his unique philosophy of life while discussing such perennial themes as Beauty, Nature, Hidden Realities, Human Unity, Tragedy, Pride, Death, and the Immortality of the Soul.Gibran's religious vision is world-embracing and ecumenical. He read widely and was inspired by Buddhism, Vedanta, American Transcendentalists, and Nietzsche, along with his primary influences of Eastern Christianity, Islam, and the folk traditions of his native Near Eastern culture. His fervent belief in humanity's common heritage and shared destiny has made his writings popular the world over and classics of modern religious literature.Juan Cole's stunning and lyric translation revives Gibran's passionate stories of spiritual transcendence through love and suffering.
Stolen from Gypsies, Noble Smith's outrageously hilarious first novel, involves a stolen Gypsy baby, a tongue-tied accountant, a rich merchant, the merchant's ravishing daughter, magicians, spells, contracts in blood, pirates, transformations, Dim Avengers, döppelgangers, demons, duels, dicksocks, angels, carnal temptations, imprisonment and redemption.If this sounds like Shakespeare meets Monty Python, you are not too far off.A comedic adventure set in the early nineteenth century, this historical comedy that is as absurd and enjoyable as Monty Python's The Holy Grail and Goldman's The Princess Bride.The characters leap off the page in full costume.
The Franciscan Conspiracy is set against the chaotic backdrop of thirteenth-century Italy, a time when the extreme poverty of religious zealots clashed with the burgeoning prosperity of merchants, the monastic orders, and secular prelates.The Franciscan Conspiracy is based on an actual event, the kidnapping and hiding of the remains of Saint Francis of Assisi at the instigation of the head of the Franciscan Order. The burial site was not discovered for 600 years. What Church-threatening secret were they hiding? Only now has The Franciscan Conspiracy finally been revealed. A historical mystery, John Sack researched the biographies written during the forty years following the death of St. Francis as well as the chronicles of the wandering friar Salimbene, who appears in the novel. The crusades and the various Church Councils described in the book refer to historical events. The popes and leaders of the Franciscan Order, as well as most of the friars in the story, are also based on real people.
This collection presents, for the first time in English, a compilation of seven centuries of the mystic hymns of Turkey's rebellious Sufi poets. At the time Rumi was writing in ancient Anatolia, many other great mystics in the region were also composing wild, ecstatic, and controversial poems that were shared among the people as spiritual songs. Many are still played and sung today in sacred dervish ceremonies. Poet Jennifer Ferraro and translator/performer Latif Bolat have organized the poems into insightful themes and also provide concise but essential cultural context that helps us swiftly join the rebels in their reverie. Quarreling with God welcomes us into a spiritual tradition from the Islamic world that bravely challenged orthodox religion and emphasized universal mystic love and tolerance. These songs reach across the ages to awaken your heart to our divine inheritance.
Muslim American women are the subject of endless discussions regarding their role in society, their veils as symbols of oppression or of freedom, their identity, their patriotism, their womanhood. Yet the voices and life experiences of Muslim American women themselves are rarely heard in the loud rhetoric surrounding the question of Muslims in America. Finally, in I Speak for Myself, 40 American women under the age of 40, share their experiences of their lives as Muslim women in America. While their commonality is faith and citizenship, their voices and their messages are very different. Readers of I Speak for Myself are presented with a kaleidoscope of stories, artfully woven together around the central idea of limitlessness and individuality. A common theme linking these intimate self-portraits will be the way each woman uniquely defies labeling, simply by defining for herself what it means to be American and Muslim and female. Each personal story is a contribution to the larger narrative of life stories and life work of a new generation of Muslim women.There are approximately six million Muslims living in the United States and over one billion around the world. While the events of 9/11 certainly engaged Americans with the religion of Islam, many enduring stereotypes continue to belittle the Muslim American experience; this often leads to a monolithic interpretation of Islam. Such a treatment is especially inappropriate when reflecting on the Muslim American identity, which is by far one of the most culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse of any in the Islamic world. Women of the Muslim community in America could be described as both patriots and practitioners (of faith). Their experiences call for a body of literature that reflects how they celebrate and live Islam in distinctive ways.In the wake of the current rising tide of Islamophobia (see Time Magazine, Aug. 30, 2010), I Speak for Myself is a must read for Americans seeking understanding of Islam from young women who were all born in the USA.
The Yin Yoga Book provides an in-depth look at the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga. Clark's fascinating and comprehensive book is divided into three sections:(I) What is Yin Yoga; (II) The Benefits of Yin Yoga, including discussions of anatomy, the energy body, and the heart and mind body; (III) The Practice of Yin Yoga, including illustrated descriptions of 30 yin yoga asanas (poses).Yin Yoga has the same goals and objectives as any other school of yoga; however, it directs the stimulation normally created in the asana portion of the practice deeper than the superficial or muscular tissues (the yang tissues). Yin Yoga generally targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis, and lower spine.Suitable for almost all levels of students, Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles.
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