In this book, The Rev. Patricia Budd Kepler celebrates the life of Miranda, the dog she and her husband shared in retirement. As she writes poignantly about Miranda’s last days and death, she tells stories about Miranda’s sixteen years of life and her profound influence in their lives. Ms. Kepler’s grieving Miranda’s loss provides the counterpoint to her gratitude for the life the two shared. Miranda was her angel dog. The life lessons she learns from Miranda lead to fresh reflections about God. Patricia Kepler invites readers to connect with the lives and deaths of their own pets, and with the love people share with them. This book is about love and connection, the mystery of death, and the wonder of ever-more life.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc (AKA) is an organization of service, scholarship, and sisterhood built around the premise of making life better for all mankind. The Sorority was the brainchild of a courageous African American college educated woman, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle. Forging ahead with the strength of her belief and desire that the college experience should provide a meaningful and purposeful road map that positively impacts the community, Soror Lyde sought out like-minded women that shared in the manifestation of her vision. In 1908, their efforts led to the establishment of AKA on the campus of Howard University.
This is a book of buttons from a revolutionary, dramatic period of accelerated social change, the last half of the Twentieth Century. Interspersed with movements and causes are chapters about ordinary life in motion. The author takes us on a journey toward human rights, justice, and peace, connecting past and present as they move into the future. The book takes us from a small town in Pennsylvania, to Boston, to the Middle East. Reflections are written from the faith perspective of a Presbyterian minister deeply engaged in and influenced by ecumenical and interfaith ties. For those who lived through this period, this book will bring back memories. For those too young to remember, this book will give you insight into your past. For both young and old, Kepler’s writing urges us to recognize the life and work of all those who believed in human rights and just peace as we design the future. She also invites us to celebrate just plain life in all of its variety and wonder.
One fall day, I found myself in the car holding on to a squirmy, very adorable puppy. We were taking her home. From the moment we picked her up, she became my mentor, teaching me life lessons without ever trying. She loved the world and all of us. She became a wonderful traveler, and over time, she became socialized. She taught me patience, got me through some rough times, showed me how to be playful, and strengthened me spiritually. I began to record some of our experiences together. Those reflections became this book. The book ends with her first birthday and our celebration of Dog who opened insights to God.
Traditional ways of dividing work by gender are disappearing and new ways of ordering our lives are emerging. Today, women and men engage in various forms of work in the course of a lifetime: work for pay, housework, family care-taking work, volunteer work. Our expansion of work roles holds great promise for our personal development, the well-being of families, and the health of society. We can weave together all forms of work, with determination and imagination, as we open doors for future generations. Our attitudes, values, and world views are changing along with our working patterns. Old ideal images, now limiting and harmful, are losing their power. Opportunities for theological reformation emerge based on a new understanding of human nature, just love, and the order of society. We live in an accelerating time of great change and great consequence. This is a book for such a time.
Students of the new millennium meet a tough adversary when they go up against Mrs. Priscilla Bird, a veteran teacher practicing her craft in northern Alberta, Canada. She struggles with parents, students, and administrators during a time when self-entitlement rules. Mrs. Bird helps and confronts students with all types of problems. There is Greg, whose loyalty to his father is getting in the way of overcoming an addiction to drugs. Mary and Frank endure daily abuse at the hands of their peers, and their lives may even be in danger. Others at the school also are doing their best to help students navigate their way through a tough and confusing world. Mr. Lloyd, a counselor, is troubled that he cant seem to help Greg, but he somehow manages to keep other students in school who would otherwise slip through the cracks. Take a close, comical, and realistic look at a Catholic school system and discover why dedicated people at a revered institution dont always have all the answers in Hell Hounds of High School.
A practical, authoritative reference guide to more than 50 medicinal plants that offer natural, safe ways to optimize your brain health. Expert authors and mother-daughter team Elaine and Nicolette Perry have mastered an ever-growing body of scientific research (some of which they themselves pioneered) on how medicinal plants can help you sleep soundly, reduce stress, improve your memory, and simply feel better—in body and mind. Organized to easily steer you toward the best remedies for your individual needs, Your Brain on Plants presents: Calming Balms Cognition Boosters Blues Busters Sleep Promoters Pain Relievers Extra Energizers Mind-Altering Plants Plant Panaceas Within each of these ...