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For The Love of Lynn: A Short Autobiography

by Uylanda Dennis

Home should be the safest place for a child. Home should be the place they run to for protection from the outside fears. But what happens when home becomes the place of fear? When you’re too young to comprehend the things happening around you, and they’re too sick for any child to have to endure.

I’ve come to understand that you can learn from just about any one. Perhaps you can learn of good practices in a person that you want to imitate. Or perhaps you can learn of practices or mistakes you hope to never imitate in your life. Either way, you have learned something worthy from every individual that crosses your path in life. Well, what I learned was quite different. I was taught a very valuable life lesson by a three-year old girl by the name of Lynn. This little caramel complexion, dimpled smile, curly hair little girl experienced much in her young life. What could I possibly learn from this young child? Well, why don’t we start from the beginning shall we?



Tycho Brahe: The Life and Legacy of the Legendary Astronomer Who Mentored Johannes Kepler

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes contemporary accounts
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“That the machine of Heaven is not a hard and impervious body full of various real spheres, as up to now has been believed by most people. It will be proved that it extends everywhere, most fluid and simple, and nowhere presents obstacles as was formerly held, the circuits of the Planets being wholly free and without the labour and whirling round of any real spheres at all, being divinely governed under a given law.” – Tycho Brahe

A mystical dwarf jester gifted with the second sight. A pet elk with an incurable addiction to booze. A kidnapping in broad daylight. A daunting dictator who dines with kings and princes in his miniature kingdom. These may seem like characters and elements lifted straight out of a medieval fantasy novel, but they are just a few of the bizarre, fascinating episodes that make up Tycho Brahe’s strange life. Of all the stories, Brahe’s death may be the strangest of all, and it has led to the exhumation of his corpse on multiple occasions, in one case more than 400 years after he died.

As interesting as the stories about Brahe are, chances are he wouldn’t be remembered if not for the important work he did, especially in the realm of astronomy. He lived in an era when the intellectual worldview of most in northern Europe was medieval in nature, influenced mostly by spirituality, mysticism, religion, and metaphysics. Brahe, however, was far-thinking in his outlook, taking advantages of the latest technological ideas and practicing empiricism to revolutionize the field of science. This work eventually led Brahe to cross paths with Johannes Kepler, whose laws on planetary motion would change everything.

Tycho Brahe: The Life and Legacy of the Legendary Astronomer Who Mentored Johannes Kepler examines the life and work that made him one of history’s most important scientists. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about Tycho Brahe like never before.



Joseph Pulitzer: The Life and Legacy of Americaâ??s Most Controversial Publisher

by Charles River Editors

*Includes pictures
*Includes contemporary accounts
*Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading
*Includes a table of contents

“Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest moral factor and force in our public life.” – Joseph Pulitzer

Say the name Pulitzer and the minds of many across the world quickly turn to the famous prizes given for excellence in journalism, literature, and music, but these prizes were named after a man believed to have been tormented by some of the choices he had made during his life. Coming to America as a nearly penniless immigrant, he demonstrated that the young nation could be a land of opportunity, and he earned money and fame largely through hard work. Later, as the owner of one of the most powerful papers in the country, he seemed to develop an almost frenzied need to stay on top, no matter the cost. Writing for the Post-Dispatch in 1997, Harry Levins observed that Pulitzer considered journalism “a serious instrument of civilization, yet in some periods filled his front pages with froth and sensationalism. Sided with the common man, yet lived like the Gilded Age millionaire he was. Waxed indignant at big business and its profit-seeking machinations, yet insisted that his own big business turn a tidy profit.”

Indeed, in an effort to turn a profit, plenty of his contemporaries believed he went way too far. In a battle to sell papers, he played a significant role in the burgeoning industry of “yellow journalism,” and following the Spanish-American War, he often struggled to come to terms with the role he had played in getting America involved in that conflict. As he grew older, he would attempt to step away from that reputation, and in an effort to redeem himself, he bequeathed much of his fortune to organizations that could establish scholarships and even the first school of journalism, teaching future journalists who came after him to do better.

Joseph Pulitzer: The Life and Legacy of America’s Most Controversial Publisher examines the various roles Pulitzer played in American journalism and politics during his life, and how he shaped the industry. Along with pictures depicting important people, places, and events, you will learn about Pulitzer like never before.



Everything is Happening at Once: A Memoir

by Jonathan Marcus

Smart, funny and bracing, this memoir hurls you into an unlikely journey. It reads like fiction, and it’s packed with in-your-brain, in-your-heart stepping stones to a richer, larger life. 

Marcus ushers you inside a semi-secret New Age group called The Work, where he serves as right-hand man to the charismatic leader. Outrageous, kinetic, pan-sexual, and brilliant Jan Cox based his teachings on the mystic, G.I.Gurdjieff. Habit-busting, revelatory “Tasks” couple with both meditation and crazy bacchanalia to facilitate mind expansion and ultimately, enlightenment. And the conflicted Cox spawns shock and consternation as well.

Marcus’ story vivifies the tribal bonds, intellectual rigor and spiritual yearning that unite talented, ambitious people living productive lives. Artfully woven into the narrative are Marcus’ imagined conversations with his wise Jewish immigrant grandfather, which anchor the story with sober counterpoint to the wild and overarching experiences in the Atlanta-based group.

This is an utterly fresh take on the endeavor conscious people pursue in many forms: the age-old desire to transform their lives, challenge the status quo, and the positive effect such personal growth ultimately confers on society.

Read it, and you join a private theosophical society funneling new comprehension of the chaos and wonder of ordinary life, with humor and gratitude. Read it, and you will probably wish you were there, at least some of the time.



The Disappearance of the Yuba County Five: A collection of True Crime

by Jessi Dixon

An anthology of True Crime headlined by the strange disappearance of the Yuba County Five…When Joe Shones left his house on February 24, 1978, he seemed to be in good health. He felt fine, especially for 55, and he’d decided that day to venture up a lonely road through the Plumas National Forest, close to Rogers Cow Camp, to check the weather conditions in the area. He was hoping to come back the next day, this time with his family, to enjoy an outing in the mountains.

However, as Shones forced his little Volkswagen further and further down the snowy trail, the car started fighting back. And when it finally gave in to the mounting snowdrifts, Shones got out of the car and set to work pushing it.

That’s when the pain started – deep in his chest, then radiating outward. Miles and miles from any help, Shones was suffering a heart attack.

Unable to rescue his car from its snowy encasement, Shones climbed back into the driver’s seat and started thinking through his possible next steps. It was then that he noticed headlights coming toward him – two sets, even. The first set of lights, he could tell, were from a pickup truck.

Shones quickly jumped out of the car and headed toward the oncoming vehicle, screaming for help and waving his arms. But no one paid him any attention – later, he said he watched as a group of men, a single woman, and a little baby walked right by. It must have been hours later, he remembered, when he thought he saw flashlights in the trees. He tried calling out again, but – again – got no response.

By the time his car ran out of gas, the excruciating pain in Shones’ chest had receded enough that he felt he could handle the eight mile walk down the snowy road to a lodge he knew would be occupied. On the way, he recalled, he spotted a 1969 Mercury Montego on the side of the road – complete empty. He assumed the vehicle belonged to the people he’d seen passing by hours before.

In that moment, Shones wasn’t too worried about the strange group of people he’d encountered – he was focused on handling an emergency of his own. Later, though, authorities pieced together that it wasn’t Shones’ near-death experience that was the strangest thing to happen that night. Instead, it was the fact that Joe Shones had – in all likelihood – been the last person to see Bill Sterling, Ted Weiher, Jack Madruga, Jack Huett, and Gary Mathias alive.



Montrose

by John Buchan

In a famous letter Keats has expounded life under the similitude of Chambers. There is first the Thoughtless Chamber, when man lives only for sensation; then comes the Chamber of Maiden Thought, when he consciously rejoices in the world of sense, and from this happy illumination acquires insight into the human heart; thence open many doorsâ??”but all dark, all leading to dark passages.” The simile applies not only to individual experience, but to the corporate life of peoples. There come epochs when a nation seems to move from the sun into the twilight, when the free ardour of youth is crippled by hesitations, when the eyes turn inward and instinct gives place to questioning.
Such a period commonly follows an age of confidence and exuberant creation. We can see the shadows beginning to lengthen in the early years of Elizabeth’s successor, and they do not lift till the garish dawn of the Restoration. It is dangerous to generalize about an epoch, but the first half of the seventeenth century has a character so distinct that it is permissible to separate certain elements in its intellectual atmosphere, which affected the minds of all who dwelt in it, whatever their creeds or parties. Whether we study it in the record of its campaigns and parliaments, or in the careers of its protagonists, or in the books of its great writers, three facts are patent in contrast with its predecessor…



A Short Introduction to Cleopatra

by John Lord

It was in this godless, yet brilliant, age that Cleopatra appears upon the stage, having been born sixty-nine years before Christ,–about a century before the new revolutionary religion was proclaimed in Judea. Her father was a Ptolemy, and she succeeded him on the throne of Egypt when quite young,–the last of a famous dynasty that had reigned nearly three hundred years. The Ptolemies, descended from one of Alexander’s generals, reigned in great magnificence at Alexandria, which was the commercial centre of the world, whose ships whitened the Mediterranean,–that great inland lake, as it were, in the centre of the Roman Empire, around whose shores were countless cities and villas and works of art. Alexandria was a city of schools, of libraries and museums, of temples and of palaces, as well as a mart of commerce. Its famous library was the largest in the world, and was the pride of the age and of the empire. Learned men from all countries came to this capital to study science, philosophy, and art. It was virtually a Grecian city, and the language of the leading people was Greek. It was rivalled in provincial magnificence only by Antioch, the seat of the old Syrian civilization, also a Greek capital, so far as the governing classes could make it one. Greece, politically ruined, still sent forth those influences which made her civilization potent in every land.
Cleopatra, the last of the line of Grecian sovereigns in Egypt, was essentially Greek in her features, her language, and her manners. There was nothing African about her, as we understand the term African, except that her complexion may have been darkened by the intermarriage of the Ptolemies; and I have often wondered why so learned and classical a man as Story should have given to this queen, in his famous statue, such thick lips and African features, which no more marked her than Indian features mark the family of the Braganzas on the throne of Brazil. She was not even Coptic, like Athanasius and Saint Augustine. On the ancient coins and medals her features are severely classical…



The Case Of Sheila Garvie

by Judy Hamilton

This tells the story of Sheila Garvie and some of the horrors that her estranged husband put her through.



250 Questions to Ask Your Grandparents

by OneFam

Discover more about your grandparents than you ever thought possible. Learn about your grandparent’s background, how their childhood, teenage and college years were spent, who was an important influence in their life and ultimately how their experiences shaped their life and eventually, your life. Gain a historical insight into how they see their life in today’s world and how it has changed over time.

This book contains over 250 questions to enable you to get to know and document as much as possible about your grandparent’s life. These questions are exciting catalysts to enable you to learn about your grandparent in a fun and engaging manner. This is the perfect keepsake to keep family history alive and share memories between a grandparent and grandchild.

– Prepared by family history professionals
– Over 250 questions to discover new things about your parents
– Document Your Family History
– Access to Free Family Tree



Memoir of Addictions and Spirituality: A Personal Transformation From A Life Of Hedonism And Desire Toward Meditation And Holism (Personal Narrative, Meditation, Memoir, Addictions,)

by Gerard Vandernoot

A true story of an unexpected spiritual awakening.

In the summer of 2015 Gerard put himself through a series of challenges over the course of one month which transformed his life forever. He could no longer see things the same afterwards.

For a majority of his 20’s Gerard struggled with areas of life he desired to improve however the lure of partying would always set him back. Alcohol, weed, and lust were distractions from pursuing his true life purpose and ironically led to his purpose.

Gerard shares some his most intimate stories, thoughts, and behaviors during his early and later 20’s which transformed him into the person he is today. He shares his experiences in the hopes of inspiring others who also struggle overcoming the pursuit of simple and unsatisfying pleasures toward a physically and spiritually healthy lifestyle.



A Spark of Light: Short Stories to Brighten the Darkness

by Zachariah Wilhelm

What do you call that little glimmer of hope you see throughout life? We all catch sight of it from time to time. Sometimes we see it in ourselves. Sometimes we see it in others. And every so often we see it through some experience or revelation that we ourselves have. I chose to call that glimmer of hope a spark of light. In A Spark of Light, you will find an assortment of fictional stories, personal essays, creative nonfiction, and academic papers as Zachariah Wilhelm showcases a masterful knowledge of English and writing. And all throughout, a common thread runs across the pagesâ??that little spark of light.



Lost in the Crowd

by M.J. Santley

M.J. Santley is a ‘nightmare’ of a man whose problems stem half from unlucky twists of fate and half from his own truly, intensely, absurdly inexplicable knack for wandering into trouble – trouble that he generally somehow ends up finding his way out of. In this, his first novel, he travels the world in search of love, the meaning of life, and his drunk and disorderly brother.

Lost in the Crowd is an engaging, humorous, and sometimes poignant autobiographical story that will have you feeling as though you are right there with the author – laughing, crying, and stumbling through all the ups and downs of his amazing, hard-to-believe, often hilarious, crazy, heartwarming journey through life – a journey that recurrently seems to be influenced by mysterious forces beyond his control and understanding.

The book is defined by events that occurred in the author’s life during the two years it was being written. These events bring the book to life and give it a whole new meaning – a meaning that could never have been envisaged when the writing started in October 2015.

It has been described as a brilliantly compelling quirky book of inspiration, coincidence, love, luck, loss, life, chance, opportunism, emotion, comedy, stupidity, amazement, danger, worry, survival, happiness, laughter, and WTF!

See www.litcbook.com to learn more.

Contains original artwork by chrisriversart.com.



Lie & Kill : The True Story of Darci Pierce

by Jessi Dixon

Darci Pierce was an accomplished liar. By the age of 19, she’d managed to convince her boyfriend to marry her and earned her family’s respect by settling down and starting a family – but the pregnancy her new husband, Ray, and family were celebrating was a complete fabrication.

Desperate to keep her husband, Pierce committed herself to the lie. She gained sixty pounds, stuffed her clothing to make her stomach appear larger, and even trained her muscles to move in a way that suggested a baby was growing inside her belly. However, as the months wore on, Pierce couldn’t explain why she hadn’t had the baby yet.

Her family had already thrown her a baby shower, and Ray was excited to get their family started. She told her husband that her doctor planned to induce labour on July 23, 1987, fourteen months after Pierce had first started wearing maternity clothes. When she left the house that day, Pierce knew she wouldn’t be coming back empty handed.

She needed a baby – and she planned to get one.

Even if it meant killing a pregnant woman…



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