The Art of Not Falling Apart

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The Art of Not Falling Apart

The Art of Not Falling Apart

New Statesman Books of the Year 2018

  • Author: Christina Patterson
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 178649275X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 352
  • View: 5868
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New Statesman's Best Books of the Year, 2018 Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year, 2018 We plan, as the old proverb says, and God laughs. But most of us don't find it all that funny when things go wrong. Most of us want love, a nice home, good work, and happy children. Many of us grew up with parents who made these things look relatively easy and assumed we would get them, too. So what do you do if you don't? What do you do when you feel you've messed it all up and your friends seem to be doing just fine? For Christina Patterson, it was her job as a journalist that kept her going through the ups and downs of life. And then she lost that, too. Dreaming of revenge and irritated by self-help books, she decided to do the kind of interviews she had never done before. The resulting conversations are surprising, touching and often funny. There's Ken, the first person to be publicly fired from a FTSE-100 board. There's Winston, who fell through a ceiling onto a purple coffin. There's Louise, whose baby was seriously ill, but who still worried about being fat. And through it all, there's Christina, eating far too many crisps as she tries to pick up the pieces of her life. The Art of Not Falling Apart is a joyous, moving and sometimes shockingly honest celebration of life as an adventure, one where you ditch your expectations, raise a glass and prepare for a rocky ride.

The Art of Falling

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The Art of Falling

The Art of Falling

  • Author: Kim Moore
  • Publisher: Seren
  • ISBN: 1781722390
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 72
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“The poems of The Art of Falling are fearless. There are more good poems filling Kim Moore’s first collection than many poets will produce in a lifetime.” – Alison Brackenbury “This accessibility (in topic or theme) is due not to their simplicity but Moore’s deftness as a poet. Form and language collaborate to give her work an enviable ease, flooring the reader fast with adroit humour and drama, making the reading experience both nimble and jarring as we move from the lightness of a trumpet lesson to the darkness of endured abuse in a violent relationship. Moore’s is an exciting and full first collection.” – Laura Tansley “Take a long, deep breath when reaching for Kim Moore’s first full collection, The Art of Falling, because you’ll be tumbling with her from the first page onwards through her intoxicating verse.’ – Matthew Stewart “Kim Moore's The Art of Falling (Seren) was just a joy - a tough, tender book packed with a variety of forms and emotional clout.... This is one of those rare books that I feel I could give to any non-poetry reader with the aim of converting them to poetry's undeniable charms.” – Sarah Westcott “I find her approach, her language, her emotion, her intensity and her originality compelling. I try here to outline here a few of the reasons why I think it’s particularly impressive. I do so not only because of my own enthusiasm for the book, but because I think it represents the kind of poetry we all should be aiming to write.” – Noel Williams Kim Moore, in her lively debut poetry collection, The Art of Falling, sets out her stall in the opening poems, firmly in the North amongst ‘My People’: “who swear without knowing they are swearing... scaffolders and plasterers and shoemakers and carers...”. ‘A Psalm for the Scaffolders’ is a hymn for her father’s profession. The title poem riffs on the many sorts of falling “so close to failing or to falter or to fill”. The poet’s voice is direct, rhythmic, compelling. These are poems that confront the reader, steeped in realism, they are not designed to soothe or beguile. They are not designed with careful overlays of irony and although frequently clever, they are not pretentious but vigorously alive and often quite funny. In the first section there is: a visit to a Hartley street spiritualist, a train trip from Barrow to Sheffield, a Tuesday at Wetherspoons. The author’s experience as a peripatetic brass teacher sparks several poems. The lives of others also feature throughout, including a quietly devastating central sequence, ‘How I Abandoned My Body To His Keeping’: is the story of a woman embroiled in a relationship marked by coercion and violence. These are close-to-the-bone pieces, harrowing and exact. The final section includes beautifully imagined character portraits of John Lennon and Wallace Hartley (the violinist on the Titanic), as well as Jazz trumpeter Chet Baker and the poet Shelley and other poems on: suffragettes, a tattoo inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, and a poetic letter addressed to a ‘Dear Mr Gove’.

The Art of Living & Dying Well

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The Art of Living & Dying Well

The Art of Living & Dying Well

How to Extract the Nectar from Both Faces

  • Author: Peter Roche de Coppens
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1469175789
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 133
  • View: 801
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To live well one must be able to die well and vice versa. Life and death are two faces of the same coin but with a fundamental transformation when one moves from the spiritual dimension to the physical and back to the spiritual. Actually, there is but one thing: Life without beginning and without ending but with two expressions, one on the spiritual plane and the other on the material plane. Today, in the West we find a great paradox: we have made enormous progress at the material, technological level but not at the human and psychological level. One aspect of this paradox is that we do not die well! We are afraid of death, we deny it and seek to postpone it for as long as possible at an enormous human and economic cost. The spiritual tradition always had very substantial cognitive and practical contributions to make to our understanding of life, death, and life after death. The basic objective of this book is to present these contributions and help us die with more dignity and less fear. In fact, this work was written to help you live and die without fear, anxiety, guilt, blame or frustration with an appreciation and gratitude for all our human experiences which include birth, life and death.

The Art of Being Yourself

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The Art of Being Yourself

The Art of Being Yourself

Or ... How to Overcome What You've Become

  • Author: Sam Webber
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 0595486215
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 76
  • View: 6840
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The Art of Being Yourself was written with a purpose. The author was struggling with some personal issues and began writing as a means to understand what was happening and also to learn how to change his situation. The result of his frustrations is a realistic approach to self examination and change.The author offers insight on how your life can get off course and what steps can be taken to redirect your path. Often times, for no apparent reason, life can suddenly seem overwhelming; alternate ways of dealing with this pressure is provided.The honest and straightforward manner in which difficult topics are addressed is easy to identify with and easy to understand. The author speaks not only from experience but also from the heart. The fresh approach to tackling tough subjects is what makes The Art of Being Yourself so appealing.

The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453

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The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453

The Art of the Byzantine Empire 312-1453

Sources and Documents

  • Author: Cyril A. Mango,Medieval Academy of America
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 9780802066275
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 272
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Originally published by Prentice-Hall, 1972.

The Art of Disappearing

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The Art of Disappearing

The Art of Disappearing

Buddha's Path to Lasting Joy

  • Author: Brahm
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0861718615
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 160
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Whether mere bumps in the road or genuine crises, we live in a world of unwanted events that no willpower can prevent. In The Art of Disappearing, Ajahn Brahm helps us learn to abandon the headwind of false expectations and follow instead the Buddha's path of understanding. Releasing our attachment to past and future, to self and other, we can directly experience the natural state of serenity underlying all our thoughts and discover the bliss of the present moment. In that space, we learn what it is to disappear. Ajahn Brahm, an unparalleled guide to the bliss of meditation, makes the journey as fun as it is rewarding. The Art of Disappearing, comprised of a series of teachings Ajahn Brahm gave to the monks of Bodhinyana Monastery, where he serves as abbot, offers a unique glimpse into the mind of one of contemporary Buddhism's most engaging figures.

The Art of Insight

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The Art of Insight

The Art of Insight

How to Have More Aha! Moments

  • Author: Charles F. Kiefer,Malcolm Constable
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • ISBN: 1609948114
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 192
  • View: 5637
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Inspiration Whenever You Need It We have all experienced it: the jolt of an insight arriving like a thunderclap, unexpectedly and without warning. But what if insights could be accessed more reliably? Drawing on years of research, reflection, and experiences with colleagues, friends, and clients, Charles Kiefer and Malcolm Constable present a thorough, pragmatic approach for dependably generating fresh thoughts and perspectives. Guided by their user-friendly practices and helpful exercises (both in the book and online at www.TAOI-Online-Learning.com), you'll develop your own personal approach to cultivating a mindset where insights come so readily that new or long-standing problems are solved with confidence and ease. “Creating insights isn't a magical process-this book provides a practical framework for generating insights for yourself and your organization. We've used many of these techniques with our innovation teams and they work.” -Wayne Delker, Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Vice President, The Clorox Company “Conventional wisdom holds insights to be elusive and mysterious. Kiefer and Constable turn conventional wisdom on its head with this marvelous addition to the libraries of all those devoted to improving the quality of their thinking.” -Len Schlesinger, President, Babson College, and former Vice Chairman, Limited Brands “In my forty-five years in business, I have found insights to be invaluable in strategy formulation and vital in forming best-in-class products and services. This book provides a simple road map of how to achieve such insights.” -Dick Kovacevich, retired Chairman and CEO, Wells Fargo & Company

The Dao of Doug: the Art of Driving a Bus or Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: a Bus Drivers Perspective

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The Dao of Doug: the Art of Driving a Bus or Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: a Bus Drivers Perspective

The Dao of Doug: the Art of Driving a Bus or Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: a Bus Drivers Perspective

  • Author: Douglas Meriwether
  • Publisher: Balboa Press
  • ISBN: 145256650X
  • Category: Transportation
  • Page: 206
  • View: 5390
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There is much to know about being a bus driver. It takes about thirty-five days to train a new employee. But as Doug points out, some skills come through experience that takes years to develop. This book contains material needed to choose your style on how to pass by the fare box and how to maintain Zen when the bus is full. “The Dao of things cannot be complete without the Dao of driving a bus. I’d ride with Doug all the way to the Himalayas just to listen to the art of his wisdom.” - David Biddle, author of Implosions of America — A Story Collection “Nice read. I like the mix of situational context and life lessons.” - Chad Upham, graduate, Art Center College of Design

Children of the Resolution

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Children of the Resolution

Children of the Resolution

  • Author: Gary William Murning
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1446650200
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 270
  • View: 8081
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It was a time of change and new ideologies, a vision of a more inclusive, fairer future... a time that was destined to shape the lives of many, and fail more than a mere handful. Viewed retrospectively through the eyes of the now adult Carl Grantham, Children of the Resolution is a story of a child poised between two worlds. Thrown into the revolutionary world of integrated education in 1970s England, the physically disabled Carl finds himself torn between what he expects of himself and what his changing environment will allow. At heart, a coming-of-age story -- Children of the Resolution explores the intricacies of friendship and loss, the subtle fears of childhood and the far less subtle fears of adulthoods possibly never realised. -- "Children of the Resolution is more than a novel, it is a commentary on the work of educationalists, practitioners and politicians who see education through their own eyes and experiences and not those of the real participants, our young people." Phil Willis MP.

The Dao of Doug 2: the Art of Driving a Bus

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The Dao of Doug 2: the Art of Driving a Bus

The Dao of Doug 2: the Art of Driving a Bus

Keeping Zen in San Francisco Transit: a Line Trainer's Guide

  • Author: Douglas Meriwether
  • Publisher: Balboa Press
  • ISBN: 1452522812
  • Category: Transportation
  • Page: 196
  • View: 5472
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“Do you have a car?” “Yes, I do, and you’re sitting in it! Today’s car number is 5481. I get a new car everyday, and I can hold up to fifty people at once! I get to take you where you want to go and get paid to do it. I don’t have to worry about parking, because it is free. I don’t have to pay for gas because this car uses free city hydroelectric power. I have a camera to send a bill to someone blocking my parking space. If there is any trouble, help can be here in three minutes. I sold my truck when I moved here and I haven’t had to pay for tires, batteries, gas, parking, or insurance. My employer is my insurance company. The money is coming in, not going out. I am kind of like the ultimate in ride share, without any carbon emission!”