Many years ago, strong hands planted a tiny tree into the ground. Throughout the years, the tree grew and grew and became a wondrous sight. Its many branches offered shade in the summer and provided a home to birds and shelter to animals. It became known as the family tree with its branches representing each person in the family. One night a strong wind tore a branch from the family tree. The loving hands that planted the tree helped ease the feeling of loss by coming up with a creative plan for the broken branch. A picture book for all ages, The Family Tree shares an inspiring promise of hope in the aftermath of a storm.
In times past those suffering from cyclical dementia were frequently referred to as suffering from "lunar madness". The book's title, Storms on the Sea of Tranquility is an allusion to that practice. The Sea of Tranquility is of course a geographical feature of our moon. Ironically, those suffering from lunar madness frequently lived a pattern of near normal tranquility that was interrupted cyclically by angry storms of manic madness or deep depression. The book follows the life of a young lady, one Mae Bailey as she struggles with an untreated mental illness. Her family, like most families of the 1950's feared the stigma that a mentally ill family member might bring upon them. They failed to acknowledge her disease and instead covered up her irrational behavior in her manic cycles and the deep depression that also often followed. Ultimately, Mae ends up deserted by both of the men who have fathered her children. Alone and very troubled she and her children enter the welfare system. As she slides deeper into alcoholism, prostitution and a life plagued by mental illness she loses her children to foster care. The book follows the journey that her children travel as they go through the foster care system. It chronicles the difficulties for both the foster children and their foster parents as they travel the difficult path of foster care. The story tells of the heart wrenching separation of the children as two of them are adopted and the other left to survive in the system until he is grown. The book celebrates those more noble among us who reach out to intervene in the life of those most vulnerable among us, foster children. Although fictionalized, the experiences of the book are real life experiences, experienced by the author.
A story of a boys rise from poverty and the people who inspired him and helped him along the way to achieve his goals. A perspective of the life of a person indebted to the contributions and associations of family, friends, and teachers.
Passing the Baton of Light is the unique and unusual story of one woman who went from wearing the robes of a stripper to those of a respected member of the clergy. This is a book about God’s light and the lure of Hollywood’s spotlight. Beverly Powers’ past reads like fiction, but her credentials speak for themselves. From three Elvis Presley movies, to dozens of Red Skelton Shows, to portraying herself in Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn, Beverly’s life is a world of dichotomies. Passing the Baton of Light is a story of a family tree filled with rotten fruit, thorns and weeds: the abuse; betrayals; choices… and the consequences. This book is filled with tell-all accounts of how one woman fought to bring light to herself and the darkened world she was born into. This is a true story of miracles; of love between two teenagers who grow old together; a mother who struggles to save her prodigal son; and a praying grandmother who refused to let Satan have his way with her family; and the Heavenly Father who loved them all. Explore and learn with Beverly as she stumbles into her future not knowing where she is headed. Beverly’s life brings dignity to the meaning of God’s grace.
Belize is a little paradise in the Caribbean's. Growing up in the mid sixties and seventies it was underdeveloped and not well know. It is remembered with fond memories of my life and times spent with my family, extended family, friends and acquaints. My heritage is mixed with white, black and Mayan Indian which is not uncommon for Belize as it is a melting pot for diverse ethnicity and mixed culture. People from many different parts of the world call Belize home. Go back in time with me as I share a much different way of living life, from the way we prepared and cook our food, getting immunized, transportation, attending school, to growing up in the country in a large family with no running water, electricity nor plumbing, farming, religion, celebrating holidays and many more fascinating facts. Growing up third world nothing was done the short or easy way. Most of our foods was served from farm to table and although I did not know it then, our food was also grown organically. For the first seventeen years of my life I lived in Belize (formally know as British Honduras) A peaceful and democratic country, Belize is a jewel with lush rainforest, Mayan monuments, mountains, pristine beaches and among many other attractions Belize boasts the second largest unbroken barrier reef in the world, the magnificent Blue Hole that attracts scuba divers from around the globe and the only designated Jaguar preserve in the world. I am honored to share these experiences with you.
Every Witch needs a little corner of the world to tend. Deepen your connection to the earth and watch your magickal skills blossom. Ellen Dugan presents a variety of ways to honor and work with the plant kingdom in this charming hands-on guide to green magick and spirituality. Designed to enhance any tradition or style of the Craft, this handy herbal reference provides the physical description, folklore, magickal qualities, and spellwork correspondences for a wealth of flowers, trees, and herbs, and features forty-seven botanical drawings. Conjuring a Garden with Heart Green Witchery in the City Wildflowers and Witchery Magick of the Hedgerows The Magick and Folklore of Trees Gothic Herbs and Forbidden Plants Herbs and Plants of the Sabbats Herbs of the Stars Magickal Herbalism "The conversational tone of Garden Witch's Herbal is a refreshing change from other garden-variety horticulture books and makes Dugan's herbal entertaining as well as informative." —New Age Retailer
Tsunamis, Storm Surges, Rogue Waves, and Our Quest to Predict Disasters
Author: Bruce Parker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
The Power of the Sea describes our struggle to understand the physics of the sea, so we can use that knowledge to predict when the sea will unleash its fury against us. In a wide-sweeping narrative spanning much of human history, Bruce Parker, former chief scientist of the National Ocean Service, interweaves thrilling and often moving stories of unpredicted natural disaster with an accessible account of scientific discovery. The result is a compelling scientific journey, from ancient man's first crude tide predictions to today's advanced early warning ability based on the Global Ocean Observing System. It is a journey still underway, as we search for ways to predict tsunamis and rogue waves and critical aspects of El Niño and climate change caused by global warming.