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Senior Moments

Author : Willard Spiegelman
ISBN : 9780374712990
Genre : Self-Help
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A moving collection of essays on aging and happiness Drawing on more than six decades' worth of lessons from his storied career as a writer and professor, Willard Spiegelman reflects with candid humor and sophistication on growing old. Senior Moments is a series of discrete essays that, when taken together, constitute the life of a man who, despite Western cultural notions of aging as something to be denied, overcome, and resisted, has continued to relish the simplest of pleasures: reading, looking at art, talking, and indulging in occasional fits of nostalgia while also welcoming what inevitably lies ahead. Spiegelman's expertly crafted book considers, with wisdom and elegance, how to be alert to the joys that brim from unexpected places even as death draws near. Senior Moments is a foray into the felicity and follies that age brings; a consideration of how and what one reads or rereads in late adulthood; the eagerness for, and disappointment in, long-awaited reunions, at which the past comes alive in the present. A clear-eyed book of memories, written in eight searching and courageously honest essays, Senior Moments is guaranteed to stimulate, stir, and restore.
Category: Self-Help

Too Hot To Handel Lp

Author : Sheri Cobb South
ISBN : 1410496023
Genre : Fiction
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"The fifth installment of the series finds Bow Street Runner John Pickett incognito as a gentleman attending Drury Lane Theatre, where a rash of jewel thefts has taken place. Pickett s magistrate, Mr. Colquhoun, suggests an aristocratic female companion might prevent him from making any glaring faux pas. But the only lady of Pickett s acquaintance is Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, to whom he is accidentally married and with whom he is hopelessly in love. Then the theatre catches fire, and Pickett and Julia must escape their box via a harrowing descent down a makeshift rope. When Pickett is struck in the head and rendered unconscious, it is up to Julia to nurse him back to health and discover his attacker and the jewel thief as well. " "
Category: Fiction

Seven Pleasures

Author : Willard Spiegelman
ISBN : 0374239304
Genre : Literary Collections
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A cultural exploration of the search for attainable happiness evaluates its plausibility outside of religious and pharmacological arenas, in essays that identify seven activities that can contribute to a sense of well-being.
Category: Literary Collections

Jiggery Pokery Semicentennial

Author : Daniel Groves
ISBN : 1904130887
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A compendium of double-dactyls, a form of short, humorous poems, published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Anthony Hecht and John Holander's Jiggery-Pokery: A Compendium of Double Dactyls. Greg Williamson teaches at Johns Hopkins.
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God Save Texas

Author : Lawrence Wright
ISBN : 9780525520115
Genre : History
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With humor and the biting insight of a native, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Looming Tower explores the history, culture, and politics of Texas, while holding the stereotypes up for rigorous scrutiny. God Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state in the heart of Trumpland that hasn't elected a Democrat to a statewide office in more than twenty years; but it is also a state in which minorities already form a majority (including the largest number of Muslims). The cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king but Texas now leads California in technology exports. The Texas economic model of low taxes and minimal regulation has produced extraordinary growth but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. And Wright's profound portrait of the state not only reflects our country back as it is, but as it was and as it might be.
Category: History

The Power Of Moments

Author : Chip Heath
ISBN : 9781501147760
Genre : Business & Economics
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The New York Times bestselling authors of Switch and Made to Stick explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us and elevate us and change us—and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work. While human lives are endlessly variable, our most memorable positive moments are dominated by four elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. If we embrace these elements, we can conjure more moments that matter. What if a teacher could design a lesson that he knew his students would remember twenty years later? What if a manager knew how to create an experience that would delight customers? What if you had a better sense of how to create memories that matter for your children? This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth. Readers discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and forty-five minutes later, they leave as best friends. (What happens in that time?) Or the tale of the world’s youngest female billionaire, who credits her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner table. (What was that simple question?) Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.
Category: Business & Economics

Goodbye Columbus

Author : Philip Roth
ISBN : 9780679748267
Genre : Fiction
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A Radcliffe undergraduate and a Newark public library employee engage in a summer romance
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Age In Place Keep Mom And Dad Safe Keep You Sane

Author : Lynda G. Shrager
ISBN : 1945188189
Genre : Architecture
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A practical step-by-step, room-by-room guide to simple modifications that can help seniors make their homes safer and easier to navigate, this reference offers readers clear and practical solutions. Author Lynda Shrager is a registered, national board certified occupational therapist, a master's level social worker and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) with more than thirty-seven years' experience in the field of geriatrics and more than thirteen years working with seniors in their homes. It is this mix of qualification and experience that makes her an expert in adapting the environment to increase patient safety and independence. This book is designed to help seniors and their caregivers address these new challenges together to make life at home safer, more manageable and less stressful for all. Features include: * Room-by-room walk through to evaluate and modify safety of the home * Photographs of modifications from patients' homes * Recommendations for the best home medical equipment * Where to obtain services and additional helpful resources * Check list for the reader to complete their own room by room walk through with a quick and easy guide to making each space safe and manageable * "Hacks for Health and Home" at the end of each chapter with occupational therapy tips * Vital Documents Guide for easy retrieval of important papers in case of an emergency
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Looking Back

Author : Joyce Maynard
ISBN : 9781453261286
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A special anniversary edition of Joyce Maynard’s groundbreaking memoir about coming of age in one of America’s most defining decades Joyce Maynard was eighteen years old when her 1972 New York Times Magazine cover story catapulted her to national prominence. Published one year later, Looking Back is her remarkable follow-up—part memoir, part cultural history, and part social critique. She wrote about diving under her desk for air-raid practice during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and catching the first glimpse (on the cover of Life magazine) of a human fetus in utero. Extraordinarily frank, sincere, and opinionated, Maynard seemed unafraid to take on any subject—including herself. But as she reveals in a poignant and candid new foreword, she carefully kept her inner life off the page. She didn’t write about her difficult relationship with her mother, or her father’s alcoholism, or the fact that her best friend at college had struggled with the knowledge that he was gay. And she did not mention the most important part of her life at the time she was writing this book: her relationship with reclusive author J. D. Salinger, who read and corrected every page, even as he condemned her for writing it. In this special anniversary edition, Maynard’s candid introductory reflections on the girl behind the girl who wrote Looking Back lend a new dimension to this iconic analysis of a generation. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Joyce Maynard including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Dharma Of The Princess Bride

Author : Ethan Nichtern
ISBN : 9780865477766
Genre : Humor
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An engagingly contemporary approach to Buddhism—through the lens of an iconic film and its memorable characters Humorous yet spiritually rigorous, drawing from pop culture and from personal experience, The Dharma of “The Princess Bride” teaches us how to understand and navigate our most important personal relationships from a twenty-first-century Buddhist perspective. Friendship. Romance. Family. These are the three areas Ethan Nichtern delves into, taking as departure points the indelible characters—Westley, Fezzik, Vizzini, Count Rugen, Princess Buttercup, and others from Rob Reiner’s perennially popular film—as he also draws lessons from his own life and his work as a meditation teacher. Nicthern devotes the first section of the book to exploring the dynamics of friendship. Why do people become friends? What can we learn from the sufferings of Inigo Montoya and Fezzik? Next, he leads us through all the phases of illusion and disillusion we encounter in our romantic pursuits, providing a healthy dose of lightheartedness along the way by sharing his own Princess Buttercup List and the vicissitudes of his dating life as he ponders how we idealize and objectify romantic love. Finally, Nichtern draws upon the demands of his own family history and the film’s character the Grandson to explore the dynamics of “the last frontier of awakening,” a reference to his teacher Chogyam Trungpa’s claim that it’s possible to be enlightened everywhere except around your family. With The Dharma of “The Princess Bride” in hand, we can set out on the path to contemporary Buddhist enlightenment with the most important relationships in our lives. Table of Contents: Introduction: Fairy Tales, the Real World, and True Love Part I THE DHARMA OF FRIENDSHIP 1. Mercenaries or Besties: What Are Friends For? 2. The Bad Guys: Out There vs. In Here 3. Find Your Inner Fezzik: The Practice of Friendship Part II THE DHARMA OF ROMANCE 4. There Is No Buttercup 5. Lost on the High Seas: Emptiness and Dating 6. Basic Goodness: How the Farmboy Was Finally Reborn 7. As You Wish, Part I: The Practice of Partnership Part III THE DHARMA OF FAMILY 8. All Sentient Beings Have Been Grandpa 9. Fred Savage Is a Jerk, and I Am Fred Savage: Gratitude for Your Lineage 10. As You Wish, Part II: The Practice of Family Conclusion: Have Fun Storming the Castle Appendix: Seven-Step Loving-Kindness (Metta or Maitri) Practice in 20-25 Minutes Notes Acknowledgments
Category: Humor