The Wishing Year

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The Wishing Year

The Wishing Year

A House, a Man, My Soul A Memoir of Fulfilled Desire

  • Author: Noelle Oxenhandler
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1588367134
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 304
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One New Year’s Day, Noelle Oxenhandler took stock of her life and found that she was alone after a long marriage, seemingly doomed to perpetual house rental and separated from the spiritual community that once had sustained her. With little left to lose, she launched a year’s experiment in desire, forcing herself to take the plunge and try the path of Putting It Out There. It wasn’t easy. A skeptic at heart, and a practicing Buddhist as well, Oxenhandler had grown up with a strong aversion to mixing spiritual and earthly matters. Still, she suspended her doubts and went for it all: a new love, a healed soul, and the 2RBD/1.5 BA of her dreams. Thus began her initiation into the art of wishing brazenly. In this charming, compelling, and ultimately joyful book, Oxenhandler records a journey that is at once comic and poignant, light and dark, earthy and spiritual. Along the way she wonders: Does wishing have power? Is there danger in wishing? Are some wishes more worthy than others? And what about the ancient link between suffering and desire? To answer her questions, she delves into the history of wishing, from the rain dance and deer song of primeval magic to modern beliefs about mind over matter, prosperity consciousness, and the law of attraction. As the months go by, Oxenhandler is humbled to discover the courage it takes to make a wish and thus open oneself to the unknown. She is surprised when her experiment expands to include other people and other places in ways she never imagined. But most of all, she is amazed to find that there is, indeed, both power and danger in the act of wishing. For soon her wishes begin to come true–in ways that meet, subvert, and overflow her expectations. And what started as a year’s dare turns into a way of life. A delightfully candid memoir, unfettered, poetic, and ripe with discovery, Oxenhandler’s journey into the art and soul of wishing will inspire even the most skeptical reader to search the skies for the next shooting star. Praise for THE WISHING YEAR "This is a wonderful book, full of wisdom gleaned from a year of Noelle Oxenhandler's daring to embrace what she had previously denied herself--her own personal wishes. I highly recommend The Wishing Year for anyone wanting to learn more about what life has to offer when we pay attention to our heart's desires." –Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big Life "Do you want to know how wishes come true? Then read The Wishing Year. It's a book that beautifully illuminates the art and mystery of wishing--and it does so in a way that is inspiring, funny, serious, honest, heartfelt, and irresistibly readable." –Jack Kornfield, author of After the Ecstasy, the Laundry "The Wishing Year is an elegant exploration of the way thought shapes reality. Writing with great personal honesty and candor, Noelle Oxenhandler's exhilarating prose takes us deep into the pain and glory of being human." –Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Open to Desire “Oxenhandler's new book makes it okay to be a smart, sophisticated grow-up who also believes in magic. She dives beneath the new age veneer and deconstructs how wishes really come true.” –Susan Piver, author of How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life From the Hardcover edition.

The Wishing-cap Papers

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The Wishing-cap Papers

The Wishing-cap Papers

  • Author: Leigh Hunt
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: English essays
  • Page: 455
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The Wishing Tree

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The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree

  • Author: Roseanne Thong
  • Publisher: Shens Books & Supplies
  • ISBN: 9781885008268
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 32
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Every New Year, Ming and his grandmother visit the Wishing Tree, and every year his wish comes true- until he makes his most important wish of all.

Analyzing Christmas in Film

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Analyzing Christmas in Film

Analyzing Christmas in Film

Santa to the Supernatural

  • Author: Lauren Rosewarne
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • ISBN: 1498541828
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 558
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Film plays a vital role in the celebration of Christmas. For decades, it has taught audiences about what the celebration of the season looks like – from the decorations to the costumes and to the expected snowy weather – as well as mirrors our own festivities back to us. Films like It’s a Wonderful Life and Home Alone have come to play key roles in real-life domestic celebrations: watching such titles has become, for many families, every bit as important as tree-trimming and leaving cookies out for Santa. These films have exported the American take on the holiday far and wide and helped us conjure an image of the perfect holiday. Rather than settling the ‘what is a Christmas film?’ debate – indeed, Die Hard and Lethal Weapon are discussed within – Analyzing Christmas in Film: Santa to the Supernatural focuses on the how Christmas is presented on the deluge of occasions when it appears. While most Christmas films are secular, religion makes many cameos, appearing through Nativity references, storylines involving spiritual rebirth, the framing of Santa as a Christ-like figure and the all-importance of family, be it the Holy family or just those gathered around the dining table. Also explored are popular narratives involving battles with stress and melancholy, single parents and Christmas martyrs, visits from ghosts and angels, big cities and small towns, break-ups and make-ups and the ticking clock of mortality. Nearly 1000 films are analyzed in this volume to determine what the portrayal of Christmas reveals about culture, society and faith as well as sex roles, consumerism, aesthetics and aspiration.

The Wishing Hill

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The Wishing Hill

The Wishing Hill

A Novel

  • Author: Holly Robinson
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 110158971X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 400
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What if everything you knew about your life was wrong? Years ago, Juliet Clark gave up her life in California to follow the man she loved to Mexico and pursue her dream of being an artist. Now her marriage is over, and she’s alone, selling watercolors to tourists on the Puerto Vallarta boardwalk. When her brother asks her to come home to wintery New England and care for their ailing mother, a flamboyant actress with a storied past, Juliet goes reluctantly. She and her self-absorbed mother have always clashed. Plus, nobody back home knows about her divorce—or the fact that she’s pregnant and her ex-husband is not the father. Juliet intends to get her mother back on her feet and return to Mexico fast, but nothing goes as planned. Instead she meets a man who makes her question every choice and reawakens her spirit, even as she is being drawn into a long-running feud between her mother and a reclusive neighbor. Little does she know that these relationships hold the key to shocking secrets about her family and herself that have been hiding in plain sight.… CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDED

Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well (Aunt Dimity Mysteries, Book 19)

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Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well (Aunt Dimity Mysteries, Book 19)

Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well (Aunt Dimity Mysteries, Book 19)

A delightful Cotswold mystery

  • Author: Nancy Atherton
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • ISBN: 1472216296
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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Be careful what you wish for... Cosy crime lovers' favourite paranormal sleuth is back in her nineteenth otherworldly adventure, Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well, from acclaimed author Nancy Atherton. Perfect for fans of M. C. Beaton and Ann Granger. 'One of Aunt Dimity's most suspenseful mysteries. Loyal fans will be thrilled by every new revelation' - Kirkus Reviews When a young Australian named Jack MacBride arrives in Finch to wrap up his late uncle's affairs, heads turn in the sleepy Cotswold village. But when Lori Shepherd volunteers to help Jack clear out his uncle's overgrown garden, they discover something even more surprising. Tossing a coin into the garden's own well, Lori makes a wish, and is later baffled to find it seems to have come true. Word spreads, and the villagers turn out in droves to make wishes of their own. But one person's wish can be another's worst nightmare and the village is soon thrown into chaos. Lori resolves to find out what's really going on. Is handsome Jack somehow tricking his neighbours? Or are they fooling themselves? With Aunt Dimity's otherworldly help, Lori will discover that the truth is more marvellous than she could have ever imagined. What readers are saying about the Aunt Dimity Mysteries: 'Charming escapism' 'Simply the best and most beautiful cosy series in the world' 'These books are just pure, glorious entertainment'

The Wishing Stone

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The Wishing Stone

The Wishing Stone

  • Author: Christopher Pike
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1481410857
  • Category: Juvenile Fiction
  • Page: 128
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Be very, very careful what you wish for in this ninth book in the Spooksville series New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike. While hiking in the woods near Spooksville, Adam and his friends find a cube-shaped stone. It is clear, like a crystal, and seems to shine with colored light. To their surprise, they discover that if they hold it and make a wish for something, the wish will come true! They call it the Wishing Stone. And they love it. Until they discover that there is a price to be paid for each wish…and that the price can be deadly.

The Wishing Tree

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The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Musicals
  • Page: 22
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The Wishing Bones

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The Wishing Bones

The Wishing Bones

  • Author: Jalina Mhyana
  • Publisher: Pudding House Publications
  • ISBN: 9781589984660
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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The Wishing Tree

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The Wishing Tree

The Wishing Tree

  • Author: Erin Sinclair
  • Publisher: Devine Destinies
  • ISBN: 1554872073
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: N.A
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A plain family heirloomãa Christmas tree crafted of chiseled gold laced with sparkling crystals known as The Wishing Treeãhas been passed down to the women of the Miller family for generations. Legend has it if a heartfelt wish for true love is made on the tree, one's soul mate will be brought to them by mysterious happenstance. 1958. Simone Miller, top fashion model for the Astor Modeling Agency, is on a break between assignments and decides to meet with her family at their cabin in Vermont for the winter holidays. Joyful times are had by all for the entire week leading to Christmas Day where she inherits the ornament and all the possibilities the gift represents. 1983. Genevieve Jensen mourns the loss of her fianc_ who died in a car accident two months prior to the holiday gathering of the Miller clan. At the insistence of her parents, she arrives at the Miller cabin, finds solace and comfort in their established traditions and begins to smile again, sharing in the love and laughter of her close knit family. 2008. Fiona Landis, top notch interior designer, barely makes it to the Miller family cabin to share in the holiday festivities. On Christmas morning Fiona's high-end sensibilities are put to the test when The Wishing Tree appears beside her, calling to the jaded young woman to make her wish. Will Fiona break the cycle and reject The Wishing Tree? Or will she too succumb to the time honored tradition the women of the Miller clan have shared for well over a century?