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There'll always be an England, but the old place has never been quite the same since the Browns came across a small lost bear in London's Paddington Station. When the neighbor's lawn mower disappears into the branches of a tree; when a small furry face peers frantically out of the screen of the new TV set; when the spotless kitchen at 32 Windsor Gardens becomes a chaos of steam and spilled syrup; when a riot suddenly breaks out in the bargain basement; when a Christmas play imperceptibly takes leave of the script and soars off completely on its own, is it a part of a plot or a National Disaster? No. It's just Paddington at Large. That well-meaning bear with a talent for trouble continues to fill the lives of the Brown family with unexpected adventures, and this book about him--perfect for family reading--will delight the multitude of Paddington fans.
Here he is once more: a familiar sight by now in his floppy wide-brimmed hat, his duffle coat, and leaving in his wake that inevitable trail of marmalade to remind us all that Paddington is back. He has just returned from a visit to darkest Peru where he went to celebrate his Aunt Lucy's birthday at the Home for Retired Bears, and past experience ought to have been enough to warn the Browns that, at 32 Windsor Gardens anyway, the peacefulness of the last few weeks is now a thing of the past. Certainly, Mrs. Brown's exclamation a few days later that they haven't had "a single disaster since he came back from Peru, not one!" proves somewhat premature. For trouble, as well as marmalade, seems to follow Paddington wherever he goes, no matter how helpful he tries to be. Fortunately, his adventures come out fine at the end, though in unexpected ways.
One Christmas Paddington announced he was taking the Brown family to Barkridges store to see Santa Claus. It's very good value," he explained. "Apart from meeting Mr. Claus, there's a sleigh ride through Winter Wonderland and you get to visit his workshop at the North Pole. We might even see where he makes his marmalade." But Santa only has gifts for boys and girls...none for bears and Paddington thinks the North Pole is Broken. He's going home disappointed, but there's still a Merry Christmas in store for Paddington Bear. You can read lots about Paddington Bear because Bookshare has at least eight more books about him.
From the book: That bear is back again, and his attraction for near disaster is as magnetic as ever. It is remarkable how much havoc one gently bred, well-meaning young bear from darkest Peru can cause when an English family adopts him, and in this new book Paddington will not disappoint his host of admirers who share his taste for excitement. Who but Paddington would set out to make a few dumplings for the stew and find himself chased from the kitchen by a something so nasty that only his friend Mr. Gruber could rescue him? Who but Paddington could do so many things wrong so fast with the washing machine and end up with chaos in the laundry? But then, who else could turn so many mistakes into triumphs and so completely captivate the hearts of young and old? Here he is again with another riotous series of adventures, as "highly diverting" (in the words of the Library Journal) as those in A Bear Called Paddington. This book includes picture descriptions. Other book about Paddington are available from Bookshare.
Since the Browns found Paddington on a railway platform and took him home to live with them, there has never been a dull moment at number 32 Windsor Gardens. But as he explained to them at the start, "Things happen to me: I'm that sort of a bear." There's the day his basket on wheels mysteriously disappears when he's out shopping in the market. And the time he locks the Browns' grouchy old neighbor, Mr. Curry, out of his house on Halloween night. However, everyone in the family, including Paddington, agrees that a surprise visit from a long-lost relative is the start of his most exciting adventure ever. For the first time in almost thirty years, everyone's favorite bear from Darkest Peru is starring in a brand-new novel-just in time for the fiftieth anniversary of his first adventure, A Bear Called Paddington.
From the book: He was just a small disheveled bear from Darkest Peru when the Browns found him sitting on the platform at Paddington Station in London, and took him home to live with them. Now four books and many hilarious adventures later, Paddington is still marching triumphantly on, leaving in his trail the debris of a hundred near disasters. In this newest book, he has become more English than ever, trying his hand as a chimney sweep, washing barrels in a marmalade factory, frightening the wits out of the visitors to Madame Tussaud's Wax Work Museum, and even managing to be the hero of an incomprehensible cricket game. But with Paddington around, things often seem to get incomprehensible until the very end when somehow it all manages to turn out for the best. And as the New York Times says, "Whether read aloud to younger children or by the children themselves, there are bound to be gales of laughter for all concerned." Other books about Paddington are available from Bookshare.
Parks and Recreation actor Nick Offerman shares his humorous fulminations on life, manliness, meat, and much more in his first book. Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman; who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking; he runs his own woodshop; Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois. "I grew up literally in the middle of a cornfield"; to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally. It also offers hard-bitten battle strategies in the arenas of manliness, love, style, religion, woodworking, and outdoor recreation, among many other savory entrees. A mix of amusing anecdotes, opinionated lessons and rants, sprinkled with offbeat gaiety, Paddle Your Own Canoe will not only tickle readers pink but may also rouse them to put down their smart phones, study a few sycamore leaves, and maybe even hand craft (and paddle) their own canoes.
Here is the shocking true saga of the Irish-American mob. In Paddy Whacked, bestselling author and organized crime expert T. J. English brings to life nearly two centuries of Irish-American gangsterism, which spawned such unforgettable characters as Mike "King Mike" McDonald, Chicago's subterranean godfather; Big Bill Dwyer, New York's most notorious rumrunner during Prohibition; Mickey Featherstone, troubled Vietnam vet turned Westies gang leader; and James "Whitey" Bulger, the ruthless and untouchable Southie legend. Stretching from the earliest New York and New Orleans street wars through decades of bootlegging scams, union strikes, gang wars, and FBI investigations, Paddy Whacked is a riveting tour de force that restores the Irish American gangster to his rightful preeminent place in our criminal history -- and penetrates to the heart of the American experience.
The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three segments: Confined water dives, knowledge development, and open water dives. Each plays an important role in learning to dive and in meeting the performance objectives you need to qualify as a diver. Knowledge development establishes the principles and basic information all divers need to have fun diving safely. It's divided into five segments that you'll complete primarily on your own time at your convenience using this manual and the PADI Open Water Diver Video. (In some instances you may view or review the video in a classroom setting.) For each segment, your instructor reviews and elaborates on the material, applying what you're learning to your specific needs, interests and the local dive environment. A short quiz confirms that you've picked up the information you need from that section.
"I'm a mystery to myself." With this simple admission, Padre Pio captured the feelings of many who knew him. In his latest work, Renzo Allegri, a journalist and writer, dispels some of this mystery with this unique and very human portrait of Padre Pio. It is a faithful description of an extraordinary person, a book that reads like a good novel. Beatified on May 22, 1999, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) was a Capuchin monk and mystic whose life was marked with miracles and wonders, but who said that his only desire was "to be a poor friar who prays."
As a child, Gina Cascone would hide under her bed, in the closet, and run away from her parents, hoping somehow to escape her worst fear. But she couldn't hide from the awful truth. . . She had to go to Catholic school. Do nuns have legs? Is Original Sin the "starter sin" for novices? Can the rosary be said in under fifteen minutes? These are some of the questionsthat vex young Gina Cascone as she makes her way, grade by grade -- and prayer by prayer -- through the rigors of a Catholic education. All the answers can be found in this hilarious classic of childhood foibles: the traumatic first day of school, the dorky plaid uniform complete withmatching beanie, glow-in-the-dark rosary beads, first confession trauma, proper dashboard decor ("Cadillacs got Jesus; Oldsmobiles got Mary"), and the race to save the most "pagan babies," who weren't lucky enough to be born Catholic and American.
The Pagan Tradition is grounded in mystical and numinous elements existing between matter and spirit. The world over it is called something like "the old religion," or "the elder faith," acknowledging its senior status among religions. It places emphasis on the links between people, their land, and the natural cycles of the seasons.
The Pagan Book of Living and Dying: Practical Rituals, Prayers, Blessings, and Meditations on Crossing Overby Starhawk M. Macha Nightmare The Reclaiming Collective
Rituals and resources for honoring death in the circle of life, that forms the underlying order of the universe, the core of the Pagan belief system.
Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we "dress up" for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries? This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence in the first-ever book to document the full story of modern Christian church practices.
When pregnant, you become the very essence of the Mother Goddess-she who transitions from maiden to mother. Embark on this sacred journey with special guided meditations, affirmations, and rituals. Designed to help you attune to the divine energies of childbearing,Passages: Pagan Pregnancyshows you how to: Prepare spiritually for this extraordinary time Conduct rituals to aide conception, safe pregnancy, and easy delivery Practice responsible magick during these critical nine months Deal with unexpected developments as well as miscarriage The first book of its kind,Pagan Pregnancyis the perfect companion to prepare you to take on the most magnificent-and magickal role of your life. Arin Murphy-Hiscockis the mother of one son. She is the author ofPower Spellcraft for Life, Solitary Wicca for Life, andThe Way of the Green Witch. She is the New Age consultant for Provenance Press, the Series Editor for the Passages series, a High Priestess within the Black Forest Clan, and has been active in the New Age community for more than ten years. She teaches a variety of workshops on topics such as designing rituals, spellcasting, and seasonal celebrations. She lives in Montreal, Canada.
A master chronicler of the African-American experience, Richard Wright brilliantly expanded his literary horizons with Pagan Spain, originally published in 1957. The Spain he visited in the mid-twentieth century was not the romantic locale of song and story, but a place of tragic beauty and dangerous contradictions. The portrait he offers is a blistering, powerful, yet scrupulously honest depiction of a land and people in turmoil, caught in the strangling dual grip of cruel dictatorship and what Wright saw as an undercurrent of primitive faith. An amalgam of expert travel reportage, dramatic monologue, and arresting sociological critique, Pagan Spain serves as a pointed and still-relevant commentary on the grave human dangers of oppression and governmental corruption.
Sandy is determined that his colt will not be shot as his mother had been. With determination, patience, and respect, Sandy trains and befriends a horse that others are convinced will be a man-killer. When a crisis arises, Sandy and Pagan have the chance to save lives and be named heroes--but only if Pagan's isn't the vicious man-killer that others claim he is.
Biography of the famous violinist and composer, including a discography
Ray Blackston presents a tongue-in-cheek look at contemporary culture as seen through the eyes of an unwary pagan screenwriter who writes a hit about the last unbeliever on Earth navigating in a thoroughly Christian world.
Kel fights to maintain the rigorous regimen of a page while confronting the prejudices that come with being a female in a man' s world and coping with a crush on her closest friend, Neal. " Pierce makes Kel sweat for her success through perseverance, hard work, and skill. Readers will appreciate this true example of grrrl power. " -- School Library Journal
A witty round-up of writers' habits that includes all the big names, such as Dickens, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Hemingway. At public events readers always ask writers how they write. The process fascinates them. Now they have a very witty book that ranges around the world and throughout history to answer their questions. All the great writers are here -- Dickens, dashing off his work; Henry James dictating it; Flaubert shouting each word aloud in the garden; Hemingway at work in cafés with his pencil. But pencil or pen, trusty typewriter or computer, they all have their advocates. Not to mention the writers who can only keep the words flowing by writing naked, or while walking or listening to music -- and generally obeying the most bizarre superstitions. On Shakespeare's works: "Fantastic. And it was all done with a feather!" -- Sam Goldwyn. "I write nude, seated on a thick towel, and perhaps with a second towel around me." -- Paul West. "I've never heard of anyone getting plumber's block, or traffic cop's block." -- Allan Gurganus. "I'm a drinker with a writing problem." -- Brendan Behan.
The New York Times's motto is ôAll the News That's Fit to Print. ö But what happens when the news skips print entirely and becomes a tweet? Inspired by the documentary film, ôPage Oneö reveals the pressures affecting news journalism-and the new opportunities to make and report the news online-through the prism of the newsroom at The New York Times during the most tumultuous era for journalism since the printing press was invented.
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