Haley dedicates this story, “To the memory of all those whose courage, daring, and self-sacrifice made the Underground Railroad possible.”
It’s almostHaley dedicates this story, “To the memory of all those whose courage, daring, and self-sacrifice made the Underground Railroad possible.”
It’s almost as if I were leaning over his shoulder as he conducted his family research…So many questions come up when we find the shortest blurbs on what person was where and when. This short story appears to have bubbled up out of a few names and places, and Haley was the fortunate scribe watching it unfold in his imagination. How much of this was anything close to reality? That’s where this story ends and so many others begin…
What might happen if an old-school Southern lad rubbed shoulders with those damned do-gooder Yankees on the hallowed ground of Princeton U? And what if some of their experience starts to rub off on him? Add to that the turbulent period of youth to manhood, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a crisis. How could anyone remain unchanged through an intense trial of spiritual and moral dilemma?
This could easily be a trite made-for-TV movie, as the characters seem very typecast, yet Haley masterfully creates a comfortable discomfort that draws us close enough to consider our own integrity. What ideals do you consider worth fighting for? What ideals would you be willing to die for? Not every author can pull that off so gracefully. ...more
A guided tour through ‹‹La cité radieuse›› and expo on the Marseille docks last year were far more enlightening than this book. Le Corbusier clearly iA guided tour through ‹‹La cité radieuse›› and expo on the Marseille docks last year were far more enlightening than this book. Le Corbusier clearly intended to express himself to his students, but without the marvelous visuals of his works and models, these transcribed words fall flat....more
The kind of ancestors you have is not as important as the ones your children have. Noticing that the modern American puts excessive pressure on earlyThe kind of ancestors you have is not as important as the ones your children have. Noticing that the modern American puts excessive pressure on early-childhood success (in other parts of the world, as well), and families spend less time together than previous generations, Fisher contrasts these destructive trends with the Amish—one of the strongest and most stable family systems in America. The Amish seem to be doing something right, and as the introduction states, “there is much we can learn from these gentle people about raising our families well: To help prioritize what’s truly important, to simplify decision making, to slow down as a family, to safeguard time together, and when age-appropriate, to let go. Amish Values for Your Family invites you into Amish farmhouses for a hearty meal, to explore the topic of rearing children who are in the world but not of it.”
Contents: Acknowledgements, Introduction: The Disappearing Childhood Section One: Children are Loved but Not Adored (The Rabbit Hutch, The Mud Hole, Workshop Raising, Family Vacations, Too Much Money, Christmas Day, Bill Coleman and a Quilt, Mothers-in-Law, The Christmas Bird Count) Section Two: Great Expectations (August Pies, Laundry Day, How to Make a Marriage Last, A Teacher’s Viewpoint, Snow Day!, Little Boys and Eggs, The Do-Over Boys, The Girdle, Amish in the City, Read Read Read) Interlude: A Year in an Amish Family Section Three: Daily Bread (God Doesn’t Make Mistakes, Gas Thieves, Sitting on the Front Bench, Calvin and Goliath, Widow Maker, Northern Lights, A Rare Bird, Seventy Times Seven, The Miracle of the Neighbor) Section Four: Letting Go (Bear!, Chain Saws and Worries, Pastimes, A Dog’s Life, Chuck and Henry and Two Eagles, Rumspringa, Singing to Cora, Wedding Season, An Early Good-bye, A Circle of Life) Epilogue: An Evening of Trivial Pursuit with the Amish, Recommended Reading, Notes
Each are vignettes into various aspects of Amish life. Fisher points out that, interviewing her (both currently and formerly) Amish friends, she asked, “What made your childhood so special?” Their responses helped her to define this simple—not simplistic—lifestyle. And each includes an “In their own words…” current snippets from The Budget, a countrywide Amish weekly published in Sugarcreek, Ohio, since 1890. But these are not mere voyeuristic glimpses into a forgotten way of living. Fisher invites us to consider how her reader might incorporate simple changes that can greatly affect life choices. The Amish Proverbs in each lesson are amusing, yet thought-provoking…and sweet nostalgia from my own childhood church bulletins. The layout is plain and simple, and the A5 size is rather like a Bible study, perhaps hinting at the meditative nature of its contents. I found the typeset a bit small, so it wasn’t very easy to read by lamplight. No, but really, it could do for a starker contrast between paper and letters. The gray “In their own words…” boxes were very hard to read after sunset. Naturally, this book is more suited to those who want more of God in their lives, but even for those who wonder why we care, this is a respectful documentation of our humanity. Who doesn’t want more love and honor in his life? Here’s a good place to start. ...more
Ghosts, Vampires, and Werewolves: Eerie Tales from Transylvania Spariosu, Mihai I. and Benedek, Dezsö; illustrations by Kubinyi, Laszlo. New York: OrchaGhosts, Vampires, and Werewolves: Eerie Tales from Transylvania Spariosu, Mihai I. and Benedek, Dezsö; illustrations by Kubinyi, Laszlo. New York: Orchard Books, 1994 ISBN 0-531-06860-9
Contents: Acknowledgements, Introduction Part One: Ghosts, Vampires, and Werewolves (The White Cross, The Forest, The Bitang, The Jealous Vampire, Special Delivery) Part Two: Haunted Treasures (The Three Partners, The Gypsy Fiddlers, The Female Snake, The Six-Fingered Hand, The Red Rose, The Ancient Fortress) Part Three: Eerie Fairy Tales (The Dark Stranger, The Red Emperor’s Son, The Wheel of Fire, The Wicked Queen, The Stone Statue) About the Stories, Further Reading
North Americans imagine Transylvania as the eerie home of vampires and werewolves. Who hasn’t heard of Count Dracula? Bram Stoker’s infamous character was based on the 15th century Wallachian prince, a.k.a. Vlad the Impaler, who it seems was not a vampire, after all. But the tradition of storytelling runs deep, and Spariosu and Benedek do well to keep that alive. What better reward for a day of hard work with the family than a hot meal and a good story to round out the evening? We can’t change the fact that my parents’ generation and mine turn to the TV for our entertainment, but we can honor those who’ve gone before by reviving their tales.
This book helped me to have the Best Halloween Ever, all alone on a dark and stormy night. (Yes, it really was!) I absolutely despise horror movies. They leave nothing to the imagination, and wallow in gore. Who needs that? I much prefer the visuals drawn up in my own mind, brought to life by great writing. These words summoned up long forgotten people and places from my childhood. The Pennsylvania Dutch have some great stories, too, and are well worth recalling.
…Which is probably why my favorite part of this book is the “About” section…Mihai’s great-aunt was a mined her own gold?! This is just one hint that both men have an endless treasure chest of great stories tucked away. I hope they can be persuaded to record their own memoires!
My copy was bought for a small price on amazon, and although the dust jacket is a tad faded and worn, the hardbound edition is in excellent condition. It has a sturdy binding and stitching. The type is large and the paper is thick—it would be very happy in a library. (I don’t understand why children’s books have larger font when their eyes are so much better than my well-read ones…unless if this is designed for grandparents reading aloud? Oh, that’s awesome!)
Mihai I. Spariosu was born and grew up in Romaia. Since emigrating to the United States, he has taught at several universities. He is now a professor of comparative literature at the University of Georgia. He has written or edited several books, including a collection of stories for children published in Romania. He lives near Athens, Georgia.
Dezsö Benedek currently directs a University of Georgia program in Tokyo (or he did in 1994). His academic work in cultural anthropology and comparative literature has taken him all over the world since he left Romania. His most extensive project involved several years studying the Yami, who preserve a “Stone Age” lifestyle on the small island off Taiwan.
Laszlo Kubinyi’s family’s roots in a province of Hungary bordering on the Transylvanian Mountains were a source of inspiration for this book. Prior to this one, he illustrated Come Go with Me. He lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.
A sweet and lovely, opinionated gardener's dodderings on his must-haves and how to prepare them from soil to table. The photos make me want to get outA sweet and lovely, opinionated gardener's dodderings on his must-haves and how to prepare them from soil to table. The photos make me want to get out there and mulch my rows. Or better yet, assign Fergus to do it for me....more
I'm a bit disappointed that my expectations failed me on this one, although I'm not sure why. What more can be said about gathering other people's junI'm a bit disappointed that my expectations failed me on this one, although I'm not sure why. What more can be said about gathering other people's junk and creating new lives and calling them 'art?' Maybe, "Why am I not doing this, too?" Isn't it obvious? Copying is lame. So what then is my response? The question is too open-ended...
A brief and interesting read from the early days of self-help psychology. The field has grown and grown-up over the last 30 years, so this book is somA brief and interesting read from the early days of self-help psychology. The field has grown and grown-up over the last 30 years, so this book is somewhat outdated. Nevertheless, Heimler's wisdom is timeless.
If anything, the bizarre cover design is a gem! ...more
If you want to read about the life of Montaigne, best stick to his autobiographical musings straight from the horse's mouth as it were: his "essays".
BIf you want to read about the life of Montaigne, best stick to his autobiographical musings straight from the horse's mouth as it were: his "essays".
But if you really want to know all about his life, and EVERYTHING that was going on around him, putting his observations into historic context, this is The Book!
Ms. Bakewell presents Montaigne's life and times as a time traveler. I have to agree with the superlatives slathered on the cover (MARVELLOUS, SUPERB, EXQUISITE) for the extent of research and smooth presentation. For entertainment purposes, I'd rate this a 3-star, but the overflowing fascination of the author for her subject earns her a bushel of stars....more
I truly appreciated Courtney's preemptive honoring. All of his words, memories, homages, exposés, observations are written with positive intent. Who kI truly appreciated Courtney's preemptive honoring. All of his words, memories, homages, exposés, observations are written with positive intent. Who knows what went on in his head when these moments transpired, but as an afterthought, he credits each player with making their own informed choices—most atypical to the majority of travel-writing (memoirs of anglophones in France, for example). Courtney has an endearing way of presenting this particular culture clash. We are not right or wrong, but different. No matter what our background, each of us has a lot to learn about life in the Kingdom. If that Kingdom is built on love, then what can we make of our opportunities for practicing that kind of love?
Chapeaux for the paragraph on correct dress! (Pg. 67) "I was still new in Iraq at the time, and I had not yet acquired a gentlemanly comportment or learned that most of America has lost its sense of occasion. All around us nowadays, men and women alike dress as though they could not be bothered to care. The people of Iraq, however, whom I once regarded as uncivilized and in need of my help, taught me that the way I dress says a great deal about my father and my grandfather before him; about my regard for my wife and kids and their standing in society; and about what I think of the company I keep, its value, and the effort it is worth to me."
It is quite fascinating to consider that amount of time and experience that went into this short book. We are all players, in one way or another, in this tangled web of life, and here's one small window into a much larger story. This is why I need an eternity in heaven! Imagine hearing every person's part in the drama--wonderful!...more
5-stars for research, but as I've not even heard of most of these old-farmers' tales, I can't say it's earned a place on the garden shelf. Feed the so5-stars for research, but as I've not even heard of most of these old-farmers' tales, I can't say it's earned a place on the garden shelf. Feed the soil not the plant has been the most successful piece of growing advice, and doesn't take too many words...matter of fact, I should be working the earth, not sitting on my butt......more
Refreshingly wonderful. Hi, my name is Apryl, and I guess I'm a writer. Thank-you, Anne, for showing me the truth of my addiction, and how much more fRefreshingly wonderful. Hi, my name is Apryl, and I guess I'm a writer. Thank-you, Anne, for showing me the truth of my addiction, and how much more freeing it is to admit that carrying a journal is no greater sin than a package of cigarettes. (I can't smoke & write at the same time, nor could I afford 2 habits, so no complaints.) This book has done a number on my attitude, and boy look out, I'm getting cocky. Cheers!...more
I'm quite impressed by this labor of love on the part of John Edmondson. His interest in research and 19th-century life are evident as he ties DickensI'm quite impressed by this labor of love on the part of John Edmondson. His interest in research and 19th-century life are evident as he ties Dickens' French experiences into a cohesive whole.
Why only 3-stars then? Only because I've read most of these snippets in their entirety, and find that's the way I prefer to read Mr. Dickens. If I were a student of British lit or pre-industrial France, then this is a 5-star collection....more
An incredibly comprehensive, well-organized overview of the elements of converting a congregation to a living, breathing Christ-following community. IAn incredibly comprehensive, well-organized overview of the elements of converting a congregation to a living, breathing Christ-following community. I recognized (and preferred) reading the many books from which Hirsch draws his research. Probably due to the amazing way the Spirit has of speaking to my soul through books at the right time and place.
But this is a book to read in fellowship, and preferably under the leadership someone already familiar with this missional method. Unfortunately, one thing I've found myself struggling with while reading this is that it brings to mind the period when some returned from a conference covering this book. As a result, I couldn't shake the sense that I became a 'project' not a person. Ah well, that's part of the nature of embracing change: three steps forward, two steps back. We each make a choice to walk together in grace. ...more
I enjoy a good mystery story, and I appreciate an old yellowed copy of something that was current at the time (thereby placing it in its own "historicI enjoy a good mystery story, and I appreciate an old yellowed copy of something that was current at the time (thereby placing it in its own "historical setting" today.)
Recovering, aging lawyer is back in the game, and struggling to keep up. Can he remain standing, or will he stumble and fall even further? Will he save a young life...before it's too late?
Great premise, somewhat realistically quirky characters and mob bullies, but sadly nyuhh....more