Trees in Paradise: A California History


Author: Jared Farmer

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393078027

Category: History

Page: 552

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Traces the history of such iconic Californian vegetation as orange trees, giant redwoods, and palm trees, including the impact the vegetation had on the people living and working in the state.

Trees of Paradise and Pillars of the World

The Serial Stelae Cycle of "18-Rabbit–God K," King of Copan


Author: Elizabeth A. Newsome

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292788029

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

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Assemblies of rectangular stone pillars, or stelae, fill the plazas and courts of ancient Maya cities throughout the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and western Honduras. Mute testimony to state rituals that linked the king's power to rule with the rhythms and renewal of time, the stelae document the ritual acts of rulers who sacrificed, danced, and experienced visionary ecstasy in connection with celebrations marking the end of major calendrical cycles. The kings' portraits are carved in relief on the main surfaces of the stones, deifying them as incarnations of the mythical trees of life. Based on a thorough analysis of the imagery and inscriptions of seven stelae erected in the Great Plaza at Copan, Honduras, by the Classic Period ruler "18-Rabbit-God K," this ambitious study argues that stelae were erected not only to support a ruler's temporal claims to power but more importantly to express the fundamental connection in Maya worldview between rulership and the cosmology inherent in their vision of cyclical time. After an overview of the archaeology and history of Copan and the reign and monuments of "18-Rabbit-God K," Elizabeth Newsome interprets the iconography and inscriptions on the stelae, illustrating the way they fulfilled a coordinated vision of the king's ceremonial role in Copan's period-ending rites. She also links their imagery to key Maya concepts about the origin of the universe, expressed in the cosmologies and mythic lore of ancient and living Maya peoples.

A Tree in Paradise


Author: James R. Varner

Publisher: LifeRich Publishing

ISBN: 1489703802

Category: Fiction

Page: 48

View: 2676

This world we live in is not at peace. We experience the result of greed, the desire to control others, wars, and rumors of war. From my travels, I realize that most people would like to just live their lives in peace and comfort, have a meaningful existence, support their family, love and be loved, and see their children grow to be happy and healthy. The answer to a peaceful world with personal peace and harmony is to take a journey into your inner soul. Discover who you really are—and that we are all branches on the same tree of life.

Trees in Paradise

The Botanical Conquest of California


Author: Jared Farmer

Publisher: Heyday Books

ISBN: 9781597143929

Category: History

Page: 592

View: 3868

California now has more trees than at any time since the late Pleistocene. This green landscape, however, is not the work of nature. It's the work of history.

Two Dissertations:

The First on the Tree of Life in Paradise, with Some Observations on the Creation and Fall of Man; the Second on the Oblations of Cain and Abel..


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Bible

Page: 254

View: 2902

The Mighty Tree of the Universe

God reveals the mysteries of creation to men


Author: Isaac Antwi

Publisher: Booktango

ISBN: 1468951270

Category: Religion

Page: 1

View: 8167

Do you know that the Universe, made up of Planets, Stars, Galaxies, Galactic Clusters, Super Galactic Clusters, and a common Center is a Mighty Tree planted on the shores of the God of Creation? This was the revelation made by two English speaking Angels to the author of this book in Ghana starting from 1983. In this book, Scientists are going to know what God says about the origin of the Universe, nuclear fusion in the Stars, evolution of man and the species, the misunderstood and unknown dark-energy and dark-matter of the Universe, cloning of the species, man's position in the awesome Universe, etc. At the same time Christians are also treated to the origin of Angels and demons, the purpose of the calling of man into the Kingdom of God, etc. For the first time in the annals of mankind, therefore, the God of Creation is making known to men the bridge that links the material Universe to His spiritual Kingdom, and the corridor between Science and Religion. THE MIGHTY TREE OF THE UNIVERSE has a content that is a must-read for all mankind at this age of enlightenment!

The Trail of Three Trees

From Paradise to the Promised Land


Author: Janet White

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1512762881

Category: Religion

Page: 246

View: 3873

Follow the biblical trail from Adam to Moses in the shade of the tree of life. Discover how Gods original plan unfolds through dreams, name meanings, and prophecy. Every person must choose a patheither by following the scarlet cord of blood or the black chain of sin. Learn why the Bible is one book with many unifying themes and how the Pentateuch (first five books) lays the foundation for the rest of scripture. Find how the familiar stories are connected to one another and to the whole, as well as pointing to the Messiah the fulfillment of Gods purpose to dwell among his people. The tree of life is like a pair of bookends, appearing first in Genesis and ending in Revelation. The trail that connects them provides a fascinating adventure for the person who wants a deeper understanding of spiritual truths. The book includes questions for reflection and discussion.

Paradise Lost

Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, Comus, and Arcades. Poems on Several Occasions


Author: John Milton

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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Inventing the Christmas Tree


Author: Bernd Brunner

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300188862

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 1388

A colorfully decorated Christmas tree, lit with twinkling lights, provokes awe and delight. We understand the lighted tree as a central symbol of the Christmas season, but what are the roots of the tradition? Who first thought to bedeck a tree, to bring it inside? How and where did the local activity grow into a widespread tradition, and how has the Christmas tree traveled across time and continents? Bernd Brunner's brief history—enriched by a selection of delightful and unusual historical illustrations—spans many centuries and cultures to illuminate the mysteries of the Christmas tree and its enduring hold on the human imagination. DIVTracing various European traditions from the Middle Ages forward, Brunner finds that only in the nineteenth century did Christmas trees become common in European family homes. In North America, the imported custom soon fascinated, though some found the tree not quite compatible with a Puritan mindset. Brunner explores how the Christmas tree entered mainstream American culture and how in recent times it has become globally popular. He introduces Jacqueline Kennedy's Nutcracker Tree in the White House, trees used to celebrate the New Year in Turkey, and the world's most expensive Christmas tree, erected in Abu Dhabi. The author also considers the place of the artificial tree and the ecological dimensions of the Christmas tree trade. A book rich with anecdote and insight, Inventing the Christmas Tree will enchant a wide audience./div

Genesi Ad Litteram


Author: Augustin (saint).),Saint Augustine (Bishop of Hippo.)

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809103270

Category: Bible

Page: 352

View: 3207

North American Cornucopia

Top 100 Indigenous Food Plants


Author: Ernest Small

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1466585943

Category: Science

Page: 793

View: 2586

Many North American plants have characteristics that are especially promising for creating varieties needed to expand food production, and there are excellent prospects of generating new economically competitive crops from these natives. The inadequacy of current crops to meet the food demands of the world’s huge, growing population makes the potential of indigenous North American food plants even more significant. These plants can also generate crops that are more compatible with the ecology of the world, and many also have inherent health benefits. Presenting detailed scholarship, a thoroughly accessible style, and numerous entertaining anecdotes, North American Cornucopia: Top 100 Indigenous Food Plants is a full-color book dedicated to the most important 100 native food plants of North America north of Mexico that have achieved commercial success or have substantial market potential. The introductory chapter reviews the historical development of North American indigenous crops and factors bearing on their future economic success. The rest of the book consists of 100 chapters, each dedicated to a particular crop. The book employs a user-friendly chapter format that presents the material in sections offering in-depth coverage of each plant. The first section of each chapter provides information on the scientific and English names of the plants, followed by a section on the geography and ecology of the wild forms, accompanied by a map showing the North American distribution. A section entitled "Plant Portrait" comprises a basic description of the plant, its history, and its economic and social importance. This is followed by "Culinary Portrait," concerned with food uses and culinary vocabulary. The chapters then provide an analysis of the economic future of each crop, discuss notable and interesting scientific or technological observations and accomplishments, and present extensive references.

The Gnostic Bible

Revised and Expanded Edition


Author: Willis Barnstone,Marvin Meyer

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9780834824140

Category: Religion

Page: 896

View: 9622

Gnosticism was a wide-ranging religious movement of the first millennium CE—with earlier antecedents and later flourishings—whose adherents sought salvation through knowledge and personal religious experience. Gnostic writings offer striking perspectives on both early Christian and non-Christian thought. For example, some gnostic texts suggest that god should be celebrated as both mother and father, and that self-knowledge is the supreme path to the divine. Only in the past fifty years has it become clear how far the gnostic influence spread in ancient and medieval religions—and what a marvelous body of scriptures it produced. The selections gathered here, in poetic, readable translation, represent Jewish, Christian, Hermetic, Mandaean, Manichaean, Islamic, and Cathar expressions of gnostic spirituality. Their regions of origin include Egypt, the Greco-Roman world, the Middle East, Syria, Iraq, China, and France. Also included are introductions, notes, an extensive glossary, and a wealth of suggestions for further reading.

Saving Paradise

How Christianity Traded Love of this World for Crucifixion and Empire


Author: Rita Nakashima Brock,Rebecca Ann Parker

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807067505

Category: Art

Page: 552

View: 5352

A fascinating new lens on the history of Christianity asks how its early vision of beauty evolved into a vision of torture, restoring the idea of paradise to its rightful place at the center of Christian thought.

The Sacred Tree


Author: John BENTLEY (Author of “The Divine Logos.”.)

Publisher: N.A



Page: 23

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Buddhist Psalms (Annotated Edition)


Author: Lily Allen Beck

Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag

ISBN: 3849621901


Page: 79

View: 4064

This is the extended and annotated edition including * an extensive annotation of more than 10.000 words about the history and basics of Buddhism, written by Thomas William Rhys Davids With the Buddhist faith there came the germ of the belief that the Gautama Buddha in his own grandeur bore witness to One Greater—the Amitabha or Amida Buddha—that One who in boundless Light abideth, life of the Universe, without colour, without form, the Lover of man, his Protector and Refuge. He may, He must be worshipped, for in Him are all the essential attributes of Deity, and He, the Saviour of mankind, has prepared a pure land of peace for his servants, beyond the storms of life and death. This belief eventually crystallised and became a dogma in the faith of the Pure Land, known in Japan as Jōdo Shinshu, a faith held by the majority of the Japanese people. It is a belief which has spread also in Eastern Siberia, many parts of China, Hawaii, and, in fact, where-ever the Japanese race has spread. And the man who stated this belief for all time was Shinran Shōnin, author of the Psalms here presented.

Buddhist Psalms


Author: S. Yamabe,L. Adams Beck

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465573097


Page: N.A

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It is a singular fact that though many of the earlier Buddhist Scriptures have been translated by competent scholars, comparatively little attention has been paid to later Buddhist devotional writings, and this although the developments of Buddhism in China and Japan give them the deepest interest as reflecting the spiritual mind of those two great countries. They cannot, however, be understood without some knowledge of the faith which passed so entirely into their life that in its growth it lost some of its own infant traits and took on others, rooted, no doubt, in the beginnings in India, but expanded and changed as the features of the child may be forgotten in the face of the man and yet perpetuate the unbroken succession of heredity. It is especially true that Japan cannot be understood without some knowledge of the Buddhism of the Greater Vehicle (as the developed form is called), for it was the influence that moulded her youth as a nation, that shaped her aspirations, and was the inspiration of her art, not only in the written word, but in every art and higher handicraftsman-ship that makes her what she is. Whatever centuries may pass or the future hold in store for her, Japan can never lose the stamp of Buddhism in her outer or her spiritual life.

Sawdust and Soul

A Conversation about Woodworking and Spirituality


Author: William J. Everett,John W. de Gruchy

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877379

Category: Religion

Page: 104

View: 2643

An American ethicist and a South African theologian reflect on their work with wood and how it has helped them find creativity and meaning in experiences of both loss and transformation. Through their friendship, correspondence, and work together they have developed a rich narrative about the way this craftwork has shaped their relationships with family, friends, and their natural environment. Their conversation invites both craftspeople and religious seekers to join them on a spiritual journey toward fresh insight and inspiration.

Paradise in Texas


Author: Curtis Glenn Jacobson

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1618977016

Category: Drama

Page: 118

View: 8644

The novel Paradise in Texas takes place in Port Aransas, a small coastal town on a barrier island in the Texas coastal band. The wild dolphins in the area are the focus of the Anderson family, which includes Jacob, Michelle, and Wendy, who research the behaviors and habitats of the dolphins. Jacob is a professor at a local marine institute and also works on a grant from the National Marine Fisheries Service. He is supported by Michelle from their home office, while Wendy attends high school and contributes to their dolphin research. Port Aransas is a quiet town where everyone knows each other. One day a live, pregnant dolphin is stranded on the beach. This brings down angels, who begin to visit and intervene, insuring the destinies of those involved, both human and animal. But nothing disrupts the peaceful town more than the arrival of an international smuggler, who plans to steal away the wild dolphins for financial gain in the thriving black market. Get ready for a daring pursuit on the high seas. Curtis Glenn Jacobson is also the author of Walking Through the Park, The Plight of Dolphins: When Humans Get In the Way, Heaven by the Sea, and Old Friends Remembered, as well as a collection of short stories called Dog Tales. He is a contributing columnist for The Smithville Times and has conducted field research in non-point source pollution for the city of Austin, Texas. Jacobson was accepted into the Space Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and has attended Austin Community College, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Florida A&M and the University of Texas at Austin.