A Promising Life

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Author: Emily Arnold Mccully

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 1338043889

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 304

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For as long as he can remember, Jean Baptiste Charbonneau has been told that a promising future lies ahead of him. After all, his mother is the great Sacagawea, who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition of discovery. And thanks to his mother, Baptiste's life changes forever when Captain Clark offers him an education in the bustling new city of St. Louis. There, his mother charges him to "learn everything" - reading, writing, languages, mathematics. His life becomes a whirl of new experiences: lessons, duels, dances, elections. He makes friends and undertakes unexpected journeys to far-off places. But he also witnesses the injustices Clark, as a US agent for Indian Affairs, forces upon the Osage, the Arikara, the Mandan, and so many others. He sees the effect of what some call "progress" on the land and on the people who have lived there for generations. And he must choose what path he will take and what place he will have in a rapidly changing society.

Only a Promise of Happiness

The Place of Beauty in a World of Art

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Author: Alexander Nehamas

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691148651

Category: Art

Page: 186

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Neither art nor philosophy was kind to beauty during the twentieth century. Much modern art disdains beauty, and many philosophers deeply suspect that beauty merely paints over or distracts us from horrors. Intellectuals consigned the passions of beauty to the margins, replacing them with the anemic and rarefied alternative, "aesthetic pleasure." In Only a Promise of Happiness, Alexander Nehamas reclaims beauty from its critics. He seeks to restore its place in art, to reestablish the connections among art, beauty, and desire, and to show that the values of art, independently of their moral worth, are equally crucial to the rest of life. Nehamas makes his case with characteristic grace, sensitivity, and philosophical depth, supporting his arguments with searching studies of art and literature, high and low, from Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and Manet's Olympia to television. Throughout, the discussion of artworks is generously illustrated. Beauty, Nehamas concludes, may depend on appearance, but this does not make it superficial. The perception of beauty manifests a hope that life would be better if the object of beauty were part of it. This hope can shape and direct our lives for better or worse. We may discover misery in pursuit of beauty, or find that beauty offers no more than a tantalizing promise of happiness. But if beauty is always dangerous, it is also a pressing human concern that we must seek to understand, and not suppress.

Permission to Play

How Teens Can Build a Life That Is Fun, Fulfilling, And Promising

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Author: Joe Fingerhut

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0983080070

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

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Do you fear leading a boring adult life, settling for a conventional job with no real happiness? Joe Fingerhut feared the same thing, but he did something others don’t do: He made his life extraordinary. He followed his heart, despite his parents’ objections, and pursued his own dreams. And he ultimately got his parents’ blessing! Thirty countries. Six continents. Eight Years. One dream life. That’s Joe’s story. This book is required reading for any teen who feels uncertain about their future and is about to embark on “the rest of their life.” Joe shows you how your next steps can launch you on the path to build an adult life that is far better than you can imagine, while respecting your parents and their points of view. Joe not only provides a blueprint for following your dreams, he also injects you with powerful fuel, so you can blast through the excuses that hold you back and build a life that is fun, fulfilling, and promising. Intro by Patrick Combs: You know what’s really hard? Making yourself into who you want to be. Making your life into what you want it to be. These things are really hard because you have to start with where you’re at and where you’re at is never the easy starting place. Starting takes guts. It takes courage. It takes nerve. It takes real audacity to declare to the world you’re going to become what you dream and then go for it. Real audacity. And a touch of crazy. The good kind of crazy. The kind of crazy that shapes amazing lives. Joe Fingerhut is that kind of person. He’s done it. He’s been though it. He’s gotten the T-shirt. He’s learned the power of dreaming. The magic of starting. The necessity of falling down. The all-importance of getting back up again and forging on. But no need to be impressed with Joe’s accomplishments. They’re not why you should trust him on the pages of this book. Who cares what Joe’s accomplished? Joe accomplished his dreams not yours. Instead, give applause to how many times Joe has fallen, failed, crashed, burned, wiped out, screwed up, suffered, persisted and overcome all in pursuit of his biggest dreams, because that’s what gives Joe the depth to share real wisdom with you. Joe speaks around the world not because people invite him to. He speaks around the world because he dreamed of doing so and then gutted it out for years, at his desk mostly, doing whatever he could to become an international speaker. What makes Joe tick is something important for you and every human being to value. Joe values his family and Joe values his dreams, his life is a reflection of these two values for sure. But underneath both of those values is something even more fundamental to Joe. Joe values life. There is always something that drives each of us do what we do in life. Regrettably too many people are driven by desires to be comfortable, safe or rich and these people are chained to very boring lives. Joe doesn’t place a lot of value on safety, comfort or money like most people. At the heart of Joe’s life is a value for life itself because as you’ll read in this book, Joe learned a young age, through a very painful loss, that life is precious and can be extinguished at any moment. You hold in your hand an excellent manual on how to really live while you’re alive, how to fill the pages of your own life story with play, joy, love, adventure, friendship, excitement, achievement, excellence and fulfillment. Read every page of this book. But more importantly, do as Joe did, be so crazy as to make yourself into who you want to be. Be so audacious as to make your life into how you dream it. Why? Because you can. Because your life depends on it.

Bone Dance

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Author: Martha Brooks

Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd

ISBN: 0888993366

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 179

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When her father wills her a cabin on land in rural Manitoba, Alexandra meets a young man who shares her Indian heritage and her experience of being haunted by spirits. Reprint.

Everyday Utopias

The Conceptual Life of Promising Spaces

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Author: Davina Cooper

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822377152

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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Everyday utopias enact conventional activities in unusual ways. Instead of dreaming about a better world, participants seek to create it. As such, their activities provide vibrant and stimulating contexts for considering the terms of social life, of how we live together and are governed. Weaving conceptual theorizing together with social analysis, Davina Cooper examines utopian projects as seemingly diverse as a feminist bathhouse, state equality initiatives, community trading networks, and a democratic school where students and staff collaborate in governing. She draws from firsthand observations and interviews with participants to argue that utopian projects have the potential to revitalize progressive politics through the ways their innovative practices incite us to rethink mainstream concepts including property, markets, care, touch, and equality. This is no straightforward story of success, however, but instead a tale of the challenges concepts face as they move between being imagined, actualized, hoped for, and struggled over. As dreaming drives new practices and practices drive new dreams, everyday utopias reveal how hard work, feeling, ethical dilemmas, and sometimes, failure, bring concepts to life.

Lorenzo's Secret Mission

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Author: Lila Guzmán,Rick Guzmán

Publisher: Arte Publico Press

ISBN: 9781558856554

Category: United States

Page: 162

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In 1776, fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Bannister leaves Texas and his father's new grave to carry a letter to the Virginia grandfather he has never known, and becomes involved with the struggle of the American Continental Army and its Spanish supporters.

Creating An Atmosphere For The Promises Of God

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Author: Melba K Wiggins

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1490861904

Category: Religion

Page: 114

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Only God has the power to bring about changes in your life. The power of change is already within you, because He lives on the inside of you. But you want to change yourself and not allow Him to do His job. What is normal to a believer is always going to be abnormal to the world. Learn how to increase your ability to create the atmosphere for the promises of God in your life and the lives of those whom you love and come in daily contact with. As a Christian, you have the responsibility of establishing the atmosphere stronger than anybody else that has no relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. What makes you different from everybody else is that you have the Holy Spirit dwelling on the inside of you. Who gives you the power to create a stronger atmosphere? You already have what it takes to affect the atmosphere. In order to take back what the devil has taken away from you .You are to start first by taking back your atmosphere for the promises of God.

At Home with the Templetons

A Novel

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Author: Monica McInerney

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0345518640

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 1887

When the Templeton family takes up residence in an imposing and long-empty manor in the countryside of Victoria, Australia, the locals begin to buzz with gossip. The seven Templetons moved from England and seem unusual, peculiar even—especially when they begin to lead tours through the stately home while dressed in period costume. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbors, single mother Nina Donovan and her son, Tom. Though they try to keep their distance from the often shocking Templeton dramas, Nina and Tom find their lives unexpectedly entwined with this enigmatic family, much to the delight of Gracie, the youngest Templeton daughter. Then one day, a tragedy tears them all apart. In the grand estate, the stage is set for years of betrayal and heartbreak, love and affection, to be revealed—and, perhaps, resolved—as the Templetons try to make amends. At Home with the Templetons is Monica McInerney’s best book yet—a captivating and moving story that spans two decades, illuminating the perils and pleasures of love, friendship, and family. Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more. RandomHouseReadersCircle.com BONUS: This edition contains excerpts from Monica McInerney's Lola's Secret, The Faraday Girls, Family Baggage, The Alphabet Sisters, Greetings from Somewhere Else, and Upside Down Inside Out.

Family Life Illustrated for Women

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Author: Ronnie Floyd

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780892215836

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 90

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In this dynamic new series from Dr. Ronnie Floyd, parents and kids have access to invaluable information for surviving problems inside and outside the home. A fresh and innovative guide to getting your family back on track, the series will help in refocusing on what should be the most important priorities in your life. Special features include: Study questions in each book for reflection and to aid small group study. Study guide that works for all 6 books that also includes an audio CD from Fr. Floyd with answers and insights for each book. Other titles in the series are Family Life Illustrated for Men, Marriage, Teens, Finances, and Parents.

Race, Education, and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizens

Counterstories and Counterspaces

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Author: John R. Chaney,Joni Schwartz

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498540910

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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This timely, readable text offers an authoritative and balanced analysis of how racially driven policies in America impact post release education as a leading pathway to social reintegration. Compelling research findings from an assemblage of college faculty, seasoned administrators, and criminal justice professionals are interwoven with first-person narratives from formerly incarcerated individuals. This book takes full advantage of its interdisciplinary mixture of voices and positionality to build its argument upon a three-part framework from Critical Race Theory (CRT). It convincingly utilizes the tools of academic research, counterstories, and counterspaces to make a persuasive case that the intersection of race, the criminal justice system, and education represent one of the greatest civil rights issues of our time. Part 1, “Context, Critical Race Theory and College Re-Entry,” explores the historical and current dynamics of these uniquely American intersections while linking Critical Race Theory with the field of re-entry and offering serious analysis of post incarceration and education initiatives. Interest convergence, white privilege, and writing from returning citizens as a way of “coming to voice” are also explored in this section. Part 2, “Counterstories,” offers case, comparative case, and phenomenological studies that include embedded quotations with first-person narratives contributed from formerly incarcerated students and graduates. This section also includes an honest and gripping analytic auto-ethnography from the book’s co-editor who readily reveals his experiences as both a faculty member and formerly incarcerated individual. Other highlighted topics include the issues of stigma, overcoming obstacles in the classroom, and the unique problems for returning citizens when acclimating to college culture. Combining qualitative research and descriptions of successful programs Part 3,“Counterspaces,” explores the dynamics of creating places within programs and classrooms that support physical, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual engagement for and with the formerly incarcerated through learner-centered, culturally sensitive, and racially explicit pedagogy. This book is designed to be a most welcome addition to any serious academic discussion focusing upon institutionalized racism and education’s use as a tool in reversing the mass incarceration of people of color in America.

The Life and Times of a Black Southern Doctor

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Author: Gwendolyn Hoff

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1469190192

Category: Fiction

Page: 382

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The Life and Times of a Black Southern Doctor, or LATOBSD as it will be referred to from here on in this condensation, is a saga of life in the panhandle of Florida from 1896 to 1956 and a bit beyond. Doctor Alpha Omega Campbell was an actual practicing physician in and around Tallahassee between 1913 and 1956. In 1956, at the age of 67, A.O. Campbell was convicted of manslaughter in the death of a Jacksonville mother of two, after allegedly performing a criminal abortion that eventually results in her dying. On in years and eyeing semi-retirement, he is sent Floridas hardest prison for four of his remaining years. LATOBSD begins 1 years into the doctors incarceration at the time of his dear wifes funeral. Maggie Lou Campbell did not do well with her husband hundreds of miles away. She has been watching their empire of wealth and real estate crumble around her, spurred on by numerous jealous conspirators who position themselves like sharks around a school of hapless fish. It is from that point backward, I transport the reader back in time, before Maggie Lou was conceived by her multi-racial mother with the help of one of Leon Countys most respected grocers and back when Alfrey (A.O.) Campbells family was beholding to a deep-rooted plantation owner; some called it slavery in the post emancipation south. From this time forward, I undertake the task of fictionalizing a seemingly unmeasurable share of people and events. Most of this recounting of the doctors affairs is true to history, used as a guidepost for the seventy-some year story line. There are many people amongst the ensemble that closely resemble many of those that truly did exist, back when the delineation between black and white was beginning to show signs of gray. Yet as close as the Campbells pushed that line towards equality, a stronger force bludgeoned them back where they belonged. As tempting as it was to make this biographical, I could not. Case in point, the considerable liberty taken, especially as it applies to the more famous characters I have inserted in this moderately loosely-tied account of what really happened. If you think historical fiction is tough, staying true to events, multiply that by two and you have a biography; there will always be someone who says: That isnt the way it happened.. So as we traipse our way into the wonderful world of fiction. Consider this list of names and events (In order of their appearance): I. The Spanish-American War II. 25th President: William McKinley III. The Galveston Hurricane1900 IV. 26th President: Theodore Roosevelt V. George Eastman (sister Judith) VI. Suffragette: Emmeline Pankhurst VII. The San Francisco Earthquake1906 VIII. Playwright: Sir James Barrie IX. World War I X. Mary PickfordEarly Hollywood XI. The Pacific Clipper Flying BoatsPanAm XII. Roswell, New Mexico: Area 51 Whoowah Nellie. What does any of this have to do with a black Southern doctor you ask? That is what makes history fun, even if much of this stuff did not come down quite the way I write it. I promise to dedicate the 20th chapter to the process of sorting the beef from the bull; the inconsistencies you all will gladly point out while reading along as the decades peel away. The bottom line is that LATOBSD is not just about the doctor.

God's Gift of Life

A Lenten Study Based on the Revised Common Lectionary

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Author: Nan Duerling,Larry F. Beman

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 142677463X

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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The study for Lent in the Scriptures for the Church Seasons series is based upon the Revised Common Lectionary scriptures for the church year, a three-year cycle that includes readings from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles. The study will help Christians understand, appreciate, and participate in meaningful reflection during Lent and in joyous celebration on Easter. The Leader Guide, written by Nan Duerling, is combined with the Student Book allowing more flexibility for leading the study.

Words of a Lifetime

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Author: T. L. Daniel

Publisher: Tony Daniel

ISBN: 1434836835

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 142

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WORDS OF A LIFETIME THE FEELINGS OF LOVE, ROMANCE, HATE, SORROW, JOY, HEART BREAK, HOPES AND DREAMS ARE ALL CAPTURED WITHIN THIS PASSIONATELY WRITTEN COLLECTION OF WORKS... BY T.L. DANIEL

Death by Cyanide

The Murder of Dr. Autumn Klein

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Author: Paula Reed Ward

Publisher: University Press of New England

ISBN: 1611689996

Category: True Crime

Page: 248

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At just forty-one years old, Dr. Autumn Klein, a neurologist specializing in seizure disorders in pregnant women, had already been named chief of women's neurology at Pittsburgh's largest health system. More than just successful in her field, Dr. Klein was beloved - by her patients, colleagues, family, and friends. She collapsed suddenly on April 17, 2013, writhing in agony on her kitchen floor, and died three days later. The police said her husband, Dr. Robert Ferrante, twenty-three years Klein's senior, killed her through cyanide poisoning. Though Ferrante left a clear trail of circumstantial evidence, Klein's death from cyanide might have been overlooked if not for the investigators who were able to use Ferrante's computer, statements from the staff at his lab, and his own seemingly odd actions at the hospital during his wife's treatment to piece together what appeared to be a long-term plan to end his wife's life. In Death by Cyanide, Paula Reed Ward, reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, describes the murder investigation and the trial in this sensational case, taking us from the poisoning and the medical staff's heroic measures to save Klein's life to the investigation of Ferrante and the emotion and drama inside the courtroom.

John 3:16

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Author: Nancy Moser

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 141432054X

Category: Fiction

Page: 410

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After the loss of his wife, Roman Paulson's life revolves around his son, Billy. As Billy's football coach begins encroaching on Roman's relationship with his son--especially when he brings God into Billy's life--Roman starts to fear he'll lose Billy forever. Nothing could prepare Roman for what is about to happen.

The Promise of a Pencil

How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change

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Author: Adam Braun,Carlye Adler

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476730628

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 254

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The author describes how he left a lucrative business consulting job to found the nonprofit Pencils of Promise, an organization responsible for building schools for the poor in developing countries around the world and which recently completed its two hundredth school.