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He was the only man Cara Justice had ever loved. The father of her child. The soldier she believed dead. Now he was back, older, yet just as ruggedly handsome as he'd been years ago, when they'd said goodbye. Passion drove them together again, though duty tore them apart. For he had one final battle, and he would either fight to the death - or return home a hero, ready to claim his woman once and for all.
Magic and meows meet in the first enchanting Witch's Cat mystery! Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky gray cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spellbook full of trouble. Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms, and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But despite their gifts, the witches can't prevent every wicked deed in town.... Soon, the mystery surrounding Alistair's former owner, who died under unusual circumstances, grows when another local turns up dead. Armed with magic, friends, and the charmed cat who adopted her more than the other way around, Annabelle sets out to paw through the evidence and uncover a killer.
FAMILIAR TROUBLEHank Dalton couldn't resist a damsel in distress-and beautiful city-slicker-turned-rancher Stephanie Chisholm certainly fit the bill. She'd come home to Pecos, Texas, to settle her aunt and uncle's ranch estate, but when she learned their deaths were no accident, she became the next target. Unable to deny the protective instincts she aroused, Hank vowed to keep Stephanie safe day...and night. But could joining forces with a familiar black feline help him and Stephanie find the killer before the killer caught them?
Trees are our largest and most conspicuous plants, a dominant part of nearly every landscape. Learning to identify trees will not only add to your appreciation of the American countryside, but will also serve as a good introduction to other aspects of nature, since trees usually have a great influence on the kinds of birds, wildflowers, mammals, and other wildlife in an area.
Fear Familiar--Meet the coolest feline detective to ever take on mystery, mayhem and matchmaking! Follow her. In the midst of an undercover operation, Dan Carson should never have listened to a seeming message from--a cat! But when a beautiful, secretive woman vanished frmo the Valentine charity event he'd sponsored, Dan sensed she was in danger.... Strength. Power. Passion. Impressions raced thrugh Celeste Levert as she stared into Dan's deep blue eyes. He'd saved her from an attacker--dare she accept his offer of protection? Dan would gurd Celeste with his life--but what she wanted was his heart. And if he learned the truth about her, that was one thing he would never offer....
From the author of the international best seller House of Leaves and National Book Award-nominated Only Revolutions comes a monumental new novel as dazzling as it is riveting. <P><P> The Familiar (Volume 1) ranges from Mexico to Southeast Asia, from Venice, Italy, to Venice, California, with nine lives hanging in the balance, each called upon to make a terrifying choice. They include a therapist-in-training grappling with daughters as demanding as her patients; an ambitious East L. A. gang member contracted for violence; two scientists in Marfa, Texas, on the run from an organization powerful beyond imagining; plus a recovering addict in Singapore summoned at midnight by a desperate billionaire; and a programmer near Silicon Beach whose game engine might unleash consequences far exceeding the entertainment he intends. <P> At the very heart, though, is a twelve-year-old girl named Xanther who one rainy day in May sets out with her father to get a dog, only to end up trying to save a creature as fragile as it is dangerous... which will change not only her life and the lives of those she has yet to encounter, but this world, too--or at least the world we think we know and the future we take for granted.
I took on this case when a beautiful, headstrong photographer accidentally blew the cover of a federally protected witness. In stepped rogue cop Lucas West, and the two were in for a high-noon duel with some scary killers. But whose paw really steered the getaway car?Amazed me to see the bipeds fighting their instincts to care for each other. Why couldn't they see what really matters in life? It's not like they have nine of them!
In frank, funny, touching, and often surprising interviews, children from fourteen different families talk about how they identify themselves as a family.
Few things are more likely to cause heartache to devout parents than seeing their child leave the faith. And it seems, from media portrayals, that this is happening more and more frequently. But is religious change between generations common? How does religion get passed down from one generation to the next? Why do some families maintain one faith while others do not? What factors are likely to push people away from their childhood faith? What role does the particular faith play? The family? The wider society? Does atheism get passed down as well? In Families and Faith, Vern Bengtson seeks to answer these questions and more by drawing on an extraordinary study, conducted over more than four decades, of more than 350 families composed of more than 2400 people whose lives span more than a century: the oldest was born in 1881, the youngest in 1988. Bengtson argues that a child is actually more likely to remain within the fold than to leave it, and, more surprisingly, that parents' influence has remained relatively stable since the early 1970s. Even the nonreligious, in fact, are much more likely to be following their parents than rebelling against them. And while outside social forces play a role, the most important factor in whether a child keeps the faith is the presence of a strong fatherly bond. Armed with this unprecedented data, Bengtson offers remarkable insight into American religion over the course of several decades.
No other book in the field today so fully combines vivid clinical examples, specific details of technique, and mature perspectives on both effectively functioning families and those seeking therapy. The views and strategies of a master clinician are presented here in such clear and precise form that readers can proceed directly from the book with comparisons and modifications to suit their own styles and working situations. Dr. Minuchin presents six chapter-length transcripts of actual family sessions-two devoted to ordinary families who are meeting their problems with relative success; four concerned with families seeking help. Accompanying each transcript is the author's running interpretation of what is taking place, laying particular stress on the therapist's tactics and maneuvers. These lively sessions are interpreted in a brilliant theoretical analysis of why families develop problems and what it takes to set them right. The author constructs a model of an effectively functioning family and defines the boundaries around its different subsystems, whether parental, spouse, or sibling. He discusses ways in which families adapt to stress from within and without, as they seek to survive and grow. Dr. Minuchin describes methods of diagnosing or "mapping" problems of the troubled family and determining appropriate therapeutic goals and strategies. Different situations, such as the extended family, the family with a parental child, and the family in transition through death or divorce, are examined. Finally, the author explores the dynamics of change, examining the variety of restructuring operations that can be employed to challenge a family and to change its basic patterns.
This book examines, through a multi-disciplinary lens, the possibilities offered by relationships and family forms that challenge the nuclear family ideal, and some of the arguments that recommend or disqualify these as legitimate units in our societies. That children should be conceived naturally, born to and raised by their two young, heterosexual, married to each other, genetic parents; that this relationship between parents is also the ideal relationship between romantic or sexual partners; and that romance and sexual intimacy ought to be at the core of our closest personal relationships - all these elements converge towards the ideal of the nuclear family. The authors consider a range of relationship and family structures that depart from this ideal: polyamory and polygamy, single and polyparenting, parenting by gay and lesbian couples, as well as families created through assisted human reproduction.
A book about the lives of 17 families around the country, some with step relationships, divorce, gay parents, foster siblings, and other diverse components.
Commonly used text for discussions in classrooms regarding family stress. The topics apply in all life situations and allow you to see families in a whole new light.
When a family member is diagnosed with cancer or faces challenges from living with a disability, the impact reverberates throughout the family, leaving no one untouched. How should a clinician help the parents of a child who is critically ill? How can a marital relationship be skewed and a child's well-being compromised when a parent becomes permanently disabled-and how can a clinician best intervene in such cases? In presenting his clinically powerful Family Systems Illness Model, John Rolland addresses these and other vital questions of importance to families in which there is a member with a major illness or disability. Rolland's integrative treatment model is based on his experience with more than five hundred families, first as Founding Director of the Center for Illness in Families while at Yale University and currently at the University of Chicago. He applies it to a broad range of disorders that affect adults and children over the entire course of the life cycle. Richly illustrated with varied case examples, Families, Illness, and Disability is unique in describing this comprehensive model and in providing a highly practical guide to effective intervention. Through a normative, preventive lens, the book's useful framework shows how the biopsychosocial demands of different illness and disabilities create particular strains on the family, how the stages of an illness affect the family, how family legacies of loss and illness shape their coping responses, and how family belief systems play a crucial role in the ability to manage health and illness. Practitioners will learn how to help families live well despite physical limitations and the uncertainties of threatened loss, how to encourage empowering rather than shame-based illness narratives, how to rewrite rigid caregiving scripts, how to encourage intimacy and maximize autonomy for all family members. With its superb integration of individual and family modalities, this outstanding book is ideal for all health and mental health professionals and students who work with illness, disability, and loss in a wide variety of clinical settings.
This text provides an overview of the role of educational professionals in the lives of families of children with autism.
Families of Virtue reads a range of thinkers and scientists, from ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers to contemporary feminist ethicists and attachment theorists, to articulate the critical role of the parent-child relationship in the moral development of infants and children. Arguing that philosophy can support our best empirical findings to shape effective policy, this book seeks to strengthen families, help raise happier children, and successfully address current moral problems.Early Confucian philosophers argue that the general ethical sensibilities we develop during infancy and early childhood form the basis for nearly every virtue and that the parent-child relationship is the primary context within which this growth occurs. Joining these views with scientific work on early childhood, the text shows how an extensive body of research in Western psychology can bolster and renew the theoretical underpinnings of Confucian thought. Confucian philosophers can therefore help promote positive social and political change in our time, particularly in such surprising areas as paid parental leave, breastfeeding initiatives, marriage counseling, and family therapy.
The best-known authors in the field of family and professional collaboration, this practical text instructs teachers, education professionals, and families on how to empower, collaborate, and advocate for children with special needs and how everyone involved can form lasting partnerships for the betterment of the children they live for and serve. The book has always been strong in its depiction of family systems theory, the history and current status of policy, and the principles of partnership and their application by teachers and other professionals, as well as the plethora of practical advice given to help educators find true ways to apply these principles on the job. The inclusion of authentic stories and genuine depictions of special needs people and their families only deepens the authenticity and richness of the narrative, and adds a unique and touching human element to the subject at hand. Backed by the most recent research and evidence-based practices, the authors have brought all citations and references in this edition up to date (2009). This new edition features: more families and their unique stories, including a Marine Corps family, and a single-parent family; more coverage of secondary students, and an overall broader range of disabilities; more cultural diversity and examples of families from different ethnic backgrounds; and the book now portrays a family's entire lifespan.
Families: A Sociological Perspective successfully connects to students' personal lives while showing how sociologists understand and explain families. It is not only informative in terms of current sociological knowledge of families, but meaningful in terms of contemporary family debates and applicable to students' own family experiences. "What Does it All Mean?", "Going Global", and "See for Yourself" sections appear throughout the text allowing students to think and actively "do" sociology like sociologists to explore theoretical concepts to better understand their own family lives as well as those of others.
Glencoe'sFamilies Todayprovides students with the information and skills they need to function well within their current family structure, while preparing them to develop their own strong families in the future. This revised text emphasizes acting responsibly, using values when setting goals and making decisions, building character and lifelong learning of relationship skills. Families Todayhelps teachers support the goals ofNCLBandPerkins legislationby providing point-of-use academic integration applications and real-world relevance to improve students' overall academic performance.
"Families Today" is a proven tool in helping educators meet society's call for strong families. It helps teens understand and strengthen family ties now and in their future. "Families Today" covers the FCS National Standards for family courses as well as interpersonal relationships courses through a range of topics.
Christmas is a time for family and there's no better way of helping your family enjoy the Christmas spirit than by taking time each night to explore the annual Familius Christmas Anthology. Filled with stories, poems, recipes, and activities to make Christmas time enjoyable, this collection is literally stuffed with feel-good content and activities that will bring your family together. The stories include such favorites as the The Gift of Magi by O'Henry to the moving The Child Who Had Everything But. . . by John Kendrick Bangs. The anthology also includes favorite poems like "Long Ago" by Christina Rossetti and, of course, "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" among many others. And delicious family favorite recipes provide an invitation to spend time at the family table, whether you're enjoying Spiced Sugar Cookie Truffles or a simple pot of White Hot Chocolate. And don't forget to round out your Christmas holiday with family activities like building Graham Cracker Cottages or playing Jack Frost Tag. The Familius Christmas Anthology is a fantastic way of enjoying this wonderful holiday and making sure your family enjoys it, together.
Christmas is a time for family and there's no better way of helping your family enjoy the Christmas spirit than by taking time each night to explore the annual Familius Christmas Anthology. This year's anthology is focused on traditions around the world, filled with stories, poems, recipes, and activities to make Christmas time enjoyable. This timeless collection is literally stuffed with feel-good content and activities that will bring your family together.
In this wise, beguiling, beautiful novel set in the era of the Civil War, an award-winning playwright and author paints a haunting portrait of a woman named Always, born a slave, and four generations of her African-American family.From the Trade Paperback edition.
"We are a family," Alexander told his children. "And the loyalty of the family must come before everything and everyone else. For if we honor that commitment, we will never be vanquished -- but if we falter in that loyalty, we will all be condemned."
This is a novel about growing up in the turmoil of China during the first half of the twentieth century.