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by Melinda Worth PophamGRACE PERIOD tells the story of the barrage of painful life events--above all, the nightmare of her teenage daughter's intractable depression--that led Popham to leave home, at age fifty-six, for Yale Divinity School., not in pursuit of late-call ordination to the ministry, but quite simply to study God. What she discovered, though, was was that, for her, encountering God happened beyond an Ivy League Seminary. It came from encounters with off-leash dogs, a shining meadow, and fierce loneliness.... more
by Anne K. RossAlthough one child in 68 is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, psychologist Anne Ross is stunned when she learns her son has Asperger’s Syndrome. The diagnosis propels her more deeply into her life’s work with children on the spectrum. Her compelling and lyrical story of raising—and launching—her son is one of anguish as well as joy, and what she learns along the way will help other families who are living this perplexing, remarkable, and humbling journey of parenthood.
by Erin ScullionAbout the Book Why this book? My fine, handsome son Fionn! I hope this book will give you some insight into what you’re made of and where you come from. Of course you’re made of you. But you’re also made of me, your father, our parents and their parents. If we drew a drop of blood from everyone connected to yours, and started them out as dots along a line...I wonder how far that line would go? If nothing else, the stories, poems, letters and essays you read here will tell you ... more
by Camille CusumanoEat, Dance, Love shows what happens to body & soul when unbridled passion meets imagination. This collection of travel stories and personal essays traces the author's burgeoning love of Argentine tango from accidental tanguera to living abroad in South America frequenting Buenos Aires' steamy dance halls and learning a thing or two about life and love, as well as enjoying Argentina's favored folk dance, el tango.
by Camille Cusumano
Wilderness Begins at Home, Travels With My Big Sicilian Family is a collection of 20 stories spanning more than 20 years. The author takes the reader deep inside urban or back country wilds and the wilderness of a big family.
by Ken AlbertsenThe term 'CIA Brat' is derived from the term, 'army brat.' The connection, in this case is the author's father, an immigrant who started with America's OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during WWII as liaison with the Danish Underground, and stayed on as OSS transformed to become the CIA. The mention of 'drugs,' in the subtitle is in the context of recreational drugs used in the late 1960's, because that was when the author was in his late teens and enmeshed in being a hippie. The term, 'nutzo... more
by Pamela SkjolsvikWoody Allen once said, “I am not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” For most of my life, that was my mantra. Almost everyone with a pulse fears death, but not everyone fears life. With crippling social anxiety, I feared both. But after an accidental call to a funeral home during my mid-life crisis trip to grad school, I reluctantly embarked on a journey to explore professions that dealt with death in order to come to terms with my own mortality. The result of this q... more
by Curt ErlerWelcome to Chicago's Southside L. Curt Erler comes from a large, hardworking family and in his autobiography, Southside Kid; he pays homage to strong family values, a simpler time at the tail end of WWII. The author recalls his childhood growing up on Chicago's Southside. The family gathering around Mom's Philco radio listening to Glenn Miller and Frankie Laine. There's dancing and drag racing on the East Side. It's all here, baseball, movie matinees at the Avalon Theater, young love and Friday ... more
by Glenn MaynardStrapped into an American Dreamcaptures America by whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. Glenn Maynard brings this journey to all of the armchair travelers who will love this adrenaline rush. One week following his wedding, Glenn and his wife quit their jobs, sold their cars, and set out to find America. This book details how they were able to realize this dream, and then introduces the unique people they met and places they visited along the... more
by Nicole DelacroixDiscovering secrets is titillating. Everyone wants to peek under the covers, be a fly on the bedroom wall, or read someone’s diary. The juicier the secret, the more people want to know it, and sex is the most taboo of all subjects. It’s human nature to be curious about what everyone else is doing. What do people like about sex? What are their fantasies? How far are they willing to go to please the one they love? These questions and more are explored, where everyday people offer up their most int... more
by J.S. JosephThis is a true story. It’s about several things: A tumultuous marriage, a software start-up, a middle-aged woman, and how she navigates through a period in her life in a not-so-happy marriage to a man with ADD. His blind—but not very effective—endless efforts to make his software business idea a success, even at the risk of losing his marriage, causes long term financial stress and she begins to question his ability to sell anything, let alone perform as a CEO he imagines himself to be. As he ig... more
by Byron LacyCan you imagine the helplessness and fear that a five-year-old would feel when he's first visited by extraterrestrials? How about the look on his parents' faces when he confesses his alien encounter? Chosen: Chronicles of an Alien Abductee is Byron W. Lacy's firsthand account of what modern science insists is only folklore. The first encounters come when he is young—with "little men" entering the room as he hugs his teddy bear. They masquerade as cartoon characters to ease his concern, a danc... more
by Nicole KieferGrowing up being different is hard, especially when there are visible signs to set you apart. When you have a learning disability to boot, and don't even know it, life can become hell. Parents aren't perfect, they make mistakes, most of the time with good intentions. Children can be cruel, and family can sometimes be blind, to the pain of a child. Especially if they hide it well. It can mess up a child, and the ramifications can reach far into adulthood. Read how I grew from that kind of child, ... more
by Rob Radcliffe
12 Simple Steps to Loving Life, by Robert Radcliffe, is a guide toward improving the quality of life; to be more loving, happy and peaceful.
Millions of people worldwide, including Dr. David R. Hawkins, established therapist and author of "Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior," have called the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous the most beneficial self-improvement program in history and finally these Twelve Steps has been adapted for everyone to benefit... more
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by Laurie LovemanWhen you're faced with divorce, getting back into the workforce, raising two teenagers, and taking care of eight horses, it sometimes help to have a sympathetic ear. In my case, the sympathetic ear belonged to my horse, Amigo. Unsympathetic ears belonged to the men of the Shaker Heights, Ohio Fire Department where I spent time researching for a book about the fire service. During the process, I not only rediscovered the person I was before my marriage, I found a new career in the fire service. ... more