Cathleen Miller

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Cathleen Miller is a nonfiction writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her latest work is Champion of Choice, the biography of UN leader Nafis Sadik (University of Nebraska Press 2013).

An American by birth, Miller has traveled around the globe to write her books telling the stories of people and places. She has interviewed diplomats and heads of state on five continents, patients in an Addis Ababa hospital, rape camp survivors in Kosovo, and midwives in the mountains of East Timor. Her work sometimes places her in strange circumstances, for example cruising St. Petersburg in a Winnebago to interview prostitutes, and running down a Brazilian mountain at midnight fleeing bandits. Miller’s biography of Nafis Sadik, Champion of Choice, is
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Midwives on Motorbikes

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On a July evening Ofelia was awakened by a strange man knocking at her door. She threw on some clothes, grabbed her bag, pulled on her white helmet, then hopped on a motorbike to shoot off into the night. She was headed to his house, although the stranger did not go with her. The woman wound up the treacherous hairpin turns of Fahi-Ten Mountain, avoiding the hazard...

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West Winds Centennial by Kelly A. Harrison
"This is a collection of short stories written by the members of the California Writers Club. I bought it from a local coffee shop expecting the book to be kitschy mass of prose, but it blew my expectations through the roof! Each story is a gem and..." Read more of this review »
The Birdhouse Chronicles by Cathleen Miller
"Southern girl feel throughout this fun adventurous story. The Skye in June"
The Birdhouse Chronicles by Cathleen Miller
"Part memoir, part travelogue, part nature writing--an intimate first-person narrative of returning to a realer simpler life.

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To the Golden Shore by Courtney Anderson
“There were two worlds, two lives, for each person: this one--brief, narrow, finite; and the hereafter-- eternal, limitless, infinite. Fame, to mean anything, should go with one into the next world, where one could enjoy it perpetually.”
Courtney Anderson
Now and Then... by Gil Scott-Heron
“Because I always feel like running
Not away, because there is no such place
Because if there was, I would have found it by now
Because it's easier to run,
Easier than staying and finding out you're the only one who didn't run
Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described,
As in "the long run"
Or as in having "given someone a run for his money"
Or as in "running out of time"
Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will never be cause for that
Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover
Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it
Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear
Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from,
Not without showing the fear as I see it now
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer
Because of you and because of that nice
That you quietly,
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Gil Scott-Heron
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“Oscar Wilde said: "Biography lends to death a new terror." Well, memoir adds that same promise to parenting.”
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Reading with Style: 20.3 Illumination and Night Glare 41 35 Jan 15, 2017 02:36PM  
“We must be courageous in speaking out on the issues that concern us:
We must not bend under the weight of spurious arguments
invoking culture or traditional values.
No value worth the name supports the oppression
and enslavement of women.
The function of culture and tradition is to provide
a framework for human well-being.
If they are used against us, we will reject them, and move on. We will not allow ourselves to be silenced.”
Nafis Sadik

“Because I always feel like running
Not away, because there is no such place
Because if there was, I would have found it by now
Because it's easier to run,
Easier than staying and finding out you're the only one who didn't run
Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described,
As in "the long run"
Or as in having "given someone a run for his money"
Or as in "running out of time"
Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will never be cause for that
Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover
Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it
Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear
Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from,
Not without showing the fear as I see it now
Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer
Because of you and because of that nice
That you quietly, quickly be causing
And because you're going to see me run soon and because you're going to know why I'm running then
You'll know then
Because I'm not going to tell you now”
Gil Scott-Heron, Now and Then...

“There were two worlds, two lives, for each person: this one--brief, narrow, finite; and the hereafter-- eternal, limitless, infinite. Fame, to mean anything, should go with one into the next world, where one could enjoy it perpetually.”
Courtney Anderson, To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson




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