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Finding Our Way Home

Author : Myke Johnson
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In this time of ecological crisis, all that is holycalls us into a more intimate partnership with the diverse and beautiful beings of this earth. InFinding Our Way Home, Myke Johnson reflects on her personal journey into such a partnership and offers a guide for others to begin this path. Lyrically expressed, it weaves together lessons from a chamomile flower, a small bird, a copper beech tree, a garden slug, and a forest fern, along with insights from Indigenous philosophy, environmental science, fractal geometry, childhood Catholic mysticism, the prophet Elijah, fairy tales, and permaculture design. This eco-spiritual journey also wrestles with the history of our society's destruction of the natural world, and its roots in the original theft of the land from Indigenous peoples. Exploring the spiritual dimensions of our brokenness, it offers tools to create healing. Finding Our Way Homeis a ceremony to remember our essential unity with all of life."

The Long Way Home

Author : Odell Richardson Jr.
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The Long Way "Home" The Testimony, is a first of its kind from the inner-city streets of Baltimore, Maryland. This narrative, non-fiction story is NOT a glorification of the dispair that plagues many urban districts throughout our country, but it is an informative, intense, detailed, urban centerpiece, that goes against conventional wisdom of what society may believe about the inner-city and many of its occupants. This story bridges a gap many believed could not be. It's a unique approach to the harsh realities of the streets, and to life as a whole. It's a story about change, decisions, and consequences. This is one man's story. It's an urban story about God. This is certainly not a street tale, lacking depth; one without significant meaning or positive goals. This story is about family, trials, perseverance, love, God, life, and its purpose. This read will erase any doubt, and convince all, that anything is possible for anyone. The author assures us all that this is a story told with two main goals in mind; to Glorify God, and to strive for a good future while loving every human being along the way.

Finding Our Way Home

Author : Charlene Baumbich
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When the road home becomes daunting—sometimes a very capable girl on a bicycle can help find the way. “Charming, surprising, familiar, and just downright wonderful.” —Allie Pleiter, author of Yukon Wedding and Bluegrass Blessings When principal ballerina Sasha Davis suffers a career-ending injury at age thirty-eight, she leaves her Boston-based dance company and retreats to the home of her youth in Minnesota. But Sasha’s injuries limit her as much as her mother’s recent death haunts her. Concluding she can’t recover alone, Sasha reluctantly hires a temporary live-in aide. Enter the übercapable Evelyn Burt. As large-boned as Sasha is delicate, Evelyn is her employer’s opposite in every way. Small town to Sasha’s urban chic, outgoing to Sasha’s iciness, and undaunted where Sasha is hopeless, nineteen-year-old Evelyn is newly engaged and sees the world as one big, shiny opportunity. Evelyn soon discovers Sasha needs to heal more than bones. Slowly, as the wounds begin to mend and the tables tilt, the two women form an unlikely alliance and discover the astounding power of even the smallest act done in the name of love. Finding Our Way Home is a story of second chances and lavish grace.

Making Our Way Home

Author : Blair Imani
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A powerful illustrated history of the Great Migration and its sweeping impact on Black and American culture, from Reconstruction to the rise of hip hop. Over the course of six decades, an unprecedented wave of Black Americans left the South and spread across the nation in search of a better life--a migration that sparked stunning demographic and cultural changes in twentieth-century America. Through gripping and accessible historical narrative paired with illustrations, author and activist Blair Imani examines the largely overlooked impact of The Great Migration and how it affected--and continues to affect--Black identity and America as a whole. Making Our Way Home explores issues like voting rights, domestic terrorism, discrimination, and segregation alongside the flourishing of arts and culture, activism, and civil rights. Imani shows how these influences shaped America's workforce and wealth distribution by featuring the stories of notable people and events, relevant data, and family histories. The experiences of prominent figures such as James Baldwin, Fannie Lou Hamer, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcolm X), Ella Baker, and others are woven into the larger historical and cultural narratives of the Great Migration to create a truly singular record of this powerful journey.

The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance

Author : Vida L. Midgelow
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From the dance floor of a tango club to group therapy classes, from ballet to community theatre, improvised dance is everywhere. For some dance artists, improvisation is one of many approaches within the choreographic process. For others, it is a performance form in its own right. And while it has long been practiced, it is only within the last twenty years that dance improvisation has become a topic of critical inquiry. With The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance, dancer, teacher, and editor Vida L. Midgelow provides a cutting-edge volume on dance improvisation in all its facets. Expanding beyond conventional dance frameworks, this handbook looks at the ways that dance improvisation practices reflect our ability to adapt, communicate, and respond to our environment. Throughout the handbook, case studies from a variety of disciplines showcase the role of individual agency and collective relationships in improvisation, not just to dancers but to people of all backgrounds and abilities. In doing so, chapters celebrate all forms of improvisation, and unravel the ways that this kind of movement informs understandings of history, socio-cultural conditions, lived experience, cognition, and technologies.

Dancing My Way Through Hell

Author : Gene Shirley Richey
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Her mother sternly said, "Gene! Stop that tap dancing right now! You're going to dance your way to hell!" The first half of her life surely felt that way - three sexual assaults, two abusive husbands, three children for whom she was the sole provider. Nevertheless, during that same period of her life, Gene and her violin went on a summer tour with young Billy Graham. She was also given a TV contract with the original Hank Williams Band in Montgomery, Alabama, as twin fiddler. DANCING MY WAY THROUGH HELL! focuses on life struggles and a forgiving spirit which was the key to bringing Gene through those experiences in six states from coast to coast and leading her to an amazing future....

Imagine Heaven and Dancing with Jesus

Author : M. M. Haight
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Closed Doors

Author : Staci M Weems
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Mona grew up in Brooklyn, New York, with five siblings. Mona loved her siblings and her mom. She did not know that her mom suffered with an illness that would tear their family apart. Mona later lived with a father and new siblings she barely knew. Mona learned that her father was abusive and had a serious drug problem. Mona and her sister Emma went through hell before they were free. Mona would have to learn to teach herself about life and family hardships. Mona would see many of her dreams closed by doors that opened to more pain. Mona experienced life, love, pain, loss, and spirituality before she at last recognized her purpose.

A New Most Excellent Dancing Master

Author : Joseph Lowe
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In the mid-nineteenth century Joseph Lowe, dancing master of Edinburgh, taught at Queen Victoria's Court, in autumn at Balmoral and Christmas time at Windsor. The Journal is an account of these visits - of Queen Victoria practicing her Scotch steps for the Reel, of Princess Alice who danced a fetching Spanish solo, of Prince Alfred who was talented on the violin, of the Princess who turned her foot inwards while dancing, of the spirited Lady-in-Waiting who begged for extra lessons, of the children's chest expander exercises, and of how many trout Mr. Lowe caught when he took the Prince of Wales fishing. Concerts are held, balls last far into the night; the musical and dance life of the court is glimpsed through a myriad of Lowe's comments (always discreet), and a cheerful family life is portrayed. After the Prince Consort's untimely death, Mr. Lowe no longer attends the court. Archives at Windsor Castle reveal that two of his daughters continued to teach there for a decade but no journal of the period has been traced to the family collection which contains the original Lowe manuscript.

Polynesian Researches During a Residence of Nearly Eight Years in the Society and Sandwich Islands

Author : William Ellis
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Hungarian Dances

Author : Jessica Duchen
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Do you ever wish that you could be someone else? Just step out of your life and wake up as someone new? Karina's life was once mapped out for her -- she was meant to follow in the footsteps of her Hungarian grandmother, a world-famous violinist. Instead, she's a teacher, a mum and wife to Julian, a very English husband who's not always in step with her. But when disaster befalls her best friend, Karina feels forced to question the very foundations of her existence. Encouraged by a chance encounter with a like-minded musician, she begins to delve into her grandmother's Gypsy past, and to discover the secrets of her Hungarian family history. Life will never be the same again. Like most people, Karina isn't sure the life she chose was the right one. But she is willing to take drastic steps to change it.

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Dancing on the Edge

Author : Han Nolan
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The National Book Award-winning novel of a young girl’s coming of age, from the author of Send Me Down a Miracle. Twelve-year-old Miracle McCloy never liked the story of her remarkable birth, but her grandmother Gigi has always loved telling it. An expert in occult magic, Gigi insists that when Miracle was saved from her dead mother’s womb, it was an omen of greatness to come. But how can Miracle become a prodigy like her father when sometimes she feels like she doesn’t even exist? When her father suddenly vanishes without a trace, Miracle’s life starts feeling less miraculous by the day. The only time she feels whole is when she’s dancing—an activity her grandmother strictly forbids. But shortly after her thirteenth birthday, a life-threatening incident puts her whole world in a harsh new light. And though she does not emerge unscathed, Miracle might finally see the truth about her past, her family, and herself. “Extraordinary . . . Nolan does a masterful job of drawing readers into the girl’s mind and of making them care deeply about her chances for the future.” —School Library Journal (starred review) “Elaborately drawn characters that will surprise readers at every turn . . . Compelling.” —Booklist (starred review)

God Gives Joys to Balance Out the Sorrows of Our Lives

Author : Lillian Saksek
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This was originally intended as a legacy for the author's family, but when she found it was encouraging to a much larger audience, she decided to publish. You will laugh, cry, rejoice and find healing as you identify with her honesty, and resiliency through devastating challenges of heartbreak and loss. She encourages us, that even when we can't hold on any longer, God will not let go of us.

The Barn Dance

Author : James F. Twyman
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On November 27, 2005, two men broke into Linda Twyman’s apartment in Evanston, Illinois, and brutally ended her young life. Three and a half years later, guided by a series of visions and dreams, James Twyman was mystically drawn to a barn deep in the Nevada wilderness where Heaven and Earth collide and magic changes lives. If you’ve ever wondered if we really can communicate with our loved ones who have passed to the other side, this book is your answer. If you’ve ever thought that Heaven and Earth never meet, then this story will reveal a world you never imagined . . . a world where love never ends and life goes on forever. Once you pick up this amazing book, you won’t want to put it down, and your life will never be the same.

No Way Home

Author : Carlos Acosta
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Carlos Acosta, the Cuban dancer considered to be one of the world's greatest performers, fearlessly depicts his journey from adolescent troublemaker to international superstar in his captivating memoir, No Way Home. Carlos was just another kid from the slums of Havana; the youngest son of a truck driver and a housewife, he ditched school with his friends and dreamed of becoming Cuba's best soccer player. Exasperated by his son's delinquent behavior, Carlos's father enrolled him in ballet school, subjecting him to grueling days that started at five thirty in the morning and ended long after sunset. The path from student to star was not an easy one. Even as he won dance competitions and wowed critics around the world, Carlos was homesick for Cuba, crippled by loneliness and self-doubt. As he traveled the world, Carlos struggled to overcome popular stereotypes and misconceptions; to maintain a relationship with his family; and, most of all, to find a place he could call home. This impassioned memoir is about more than Carlos's rise to stardom. It is about a young man forced to leave his homeland and loved ones for a life of self-discipline, displacement, and physical hardship. It is also about how the heart and soul of a country can touch the heart and soul of one of its citizens. With candor and humor, Carlos vividly depicts daily life in communist Cuba, his feelings about ballet -- an art form he both lovesand hates -- and his complex relationship with his father. Carlos Acosta makes dance look effortless, but the grace, strength, and charisma we see onstage have come at a cost. Here, in his own words, is the story of the price he paid.

Bagels Come Home

Author : Joan Betty Stuchner
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When eight-year-old Josh and his family adopt an energetic puppy with a big personality and a talent for escaping, everyone is sure that obedience school will teach him good manners. But Bagels turns out to be a bigger handful than anyone predicted. He gets into the laundry, the groceries and the neighbor's koi pond. He even gets expelled from obedience school. Josh and his little sister, Becky, are worried that if Bagels doesn't shape up, their parents will send him back to the shelter. Can Bagels redeem himself before it's too late?

FAIRY TALES AND PIXIE TRAILS

Author : M.C.V. WATSON
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Are fairies just for fairy tales? Do pixies really exist? Follow along as Grandmamma and her sweet grandchildren follow the scent of lavender to Wetopia in Fairy Tales and Pixie Trails, first in the series: Tell Me More Grandmamma—Tell Me More. You may note that Grandmamma” has the French spelling since one of the adventures lands the protagonist in southern France. But, that is not the only place you will travel the time tunnels to. Yes, it’s going to be a fun set of adventures and one-on-one time with your own children, grandchildren or little friends. Read, laugh, sing, imagine—twirl through the time tunnels to places all over the world and dive deeper into a surreal world as each future novella unravels the mysterious utopian secrets of coexisting fairies and pixies. This delightful book series, written for multi-generational audiences, is brought to life by the author’s fine art. www.CatherineWatsonInc.com

The Virginians

Author : William Makepeace Thackeray
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Dancing with the Universe

Author : Jeanne Weikert
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Start living up to your potential by using your life experience and hard-earned knowledge to discover your inner wisdom so that you may better understand your place in the universe. Jeanne Weikert invites you to take action to determine how your life unfolds. By sharing stories from her life, from members of her workshops, and the experiences of those dealing with life threatening illness, she helps you recognize your own wisdom. In this guidebook, youll learn how to make use of all the resources available to you. Examine how family, relationships, spirituality, love, power, and possibility all work together.Become aware of hidden beliefs that you never question or acknowledge; they can exert amazing power over your life. Join Weikert as she illustrates how your inner wisdom lovingly encourages you to become your best self. By appreciating who you are now you are able to envision your future. Take the first step in your own special dance with the universe. Miracle Grow for the soul is what I call it. Donald Kasen, Producer