These exceptional people possess a range of intellectual, social and emotional gifts in fields such as mathematics, the arts, music and spirituality. Through their particular abilities, they were often confronted with extra emotional challenges, such as over-anxious and pushy parents, teacher put-downs, social trip-wires, boredom and bullying in school and conflicting life choices. Their stories illustrate how seemingly innocuous events could have devastating life-long consequences, and confront the reader with intriguing questions such as: Does having a brilliant mind help when you are ethnically different or suffering serious depression? How does a world-class pianist cope when repetitive strain injury strikes, or a young financier when he hits his first million? What is the emotional impact of grade-skipping?
Joan Freeman’s insights into the twists and turns of these lives are fascinating and deeply moving. She shows us that while fate has a part to play, so does a personal outlook which can see and grab a fleeting chance, overcome great odds, and put in the necessary hard work to lift childhood prodigy to greatness. Readers will identify with many of the intriguing aspects of these people’s lives, and perhaps learn something about themselves too.
Covering a time span of 35 years, the author takes us on a fascinating view of some of the worlds most exotic locations: the wilds of the Amazonian jungles, the clove plantations of Zanzibar, the pandemic of AIDS in western Africa, the old slave factories of Goree Island off the coast of Senegal, crossing the Andes by train, chewing qat in Yemen, and chatting with haratines in the worlds most secluded country, Mauritania. But more mundane travel experiences are not neglected. Taking your kids to California by car, traveling on Amtrak, living in the Deep South, and even an account of the authors first real trip, a hilarious venture with his parents to California in a 55 Plymouth, are all included.
Arranged chronologically, the book takes us step-by-step to ever more venturesome trips. Starting with the first venture outside the United States, the author covers his initial trip to England where he ends up being unable to understand the language, subsisting on Cadbury chocolate bars, and touring Scotland with a busload of Englishmen. From this humble beginning, the reader is transported to the Holy Land, where his brother declares war on the Baptists in his travel group, to the delightful account of surviving taking his two teenager sons to California on a one-month car trip, and later, taking those same teenagers to Morocco to knock the provincialism out of them.
Usually traveling with his sardonic but delightful wife, his beguiling, but intolerant, brother, his curious sons, or with groups of bumbling college professors, the author consistently manages to capture not only the unique character of the country visited, but the charm and wisdom of its people. Most importantly, the author consistently makes clear that traveling is a lot of fun and humor is a worldwide commodity easily exchanged. Whether its a green-eyed half-breed Greenlander complaining about the weather, an Inca descendent racing a tired old school bus in Peru, a Japanese bride planning her wedding in Prince Edward Island, or a black football player struggling through Mississippi State, Dr. Rawson finds humor, caring, and compassion among all. Youll love this witty, insightful, and certainly upbeat book!
The ugliness of the Great Depression - the chronic unemployment, the hunger, the feelings of worthlessness, the poor health, the absolute despair - is the setting for the first part of the story as Ozarkians struggle to survive and retain human dignity in the process. Neighbors help each other simply because they know they may be the next to need help; employment is shared because it is dignifying; self-reliance is given the highest priority; but schooling and learning is never neglected. On the contrary - it is given new importance as the way out of this mess.
World War II eventually effects even this remote little town in the Ozarks. The unemployment crises ends, but the town sacrifices its best to the Armed Services; its minerals are exploited callously without environmental regard; and new prejudices emerge, with are damaging to all.
The end of the War brings much greater material prosperity, but the old social order is rapidly collapsing. Rigid racial segregation becomes untenable, families are moving to new opportunities, and technology threatens many social institutions which once seemed to serve so well.
Within this background, the author relates those childhood experiences that shaped him as an adult. Each family member, each neighbor, each job, each institution, each friend - all molded his character and all taught him valuable lessons for dealing with both personal and professional life.
This is a collection of parables, It is not an autobiography. It is not a book of nostalgia. It is not a history of the Depression or World War II. It is not a history of Webb City. It is a series of tales - teaching tales - that show how sometimes seemingly small incidents in a childs life can change them forever. It also clearly demonstrates that we are always affecting others by what we do - especially children!
The parables cover altruism, avarice, selflessness, sharing, sacrifice, giving, self-centeredness, devotion, loyalty, concern, patriotism, love of learning, poverty, poor health, unemployment, racial and religious prejudice, insensitivity, callousness, religious beliefs, greed, and quite a few other human foibles and strengths.
This book, part of the Tales of the Ozarks series, contains material from some events of Webb City over 50 years ago, including references to actual places, people, and events, it must be read as a work of reimagined memory, which is, as we all know, a form of fiction. Certain historical facts, sequencing of events, peoples motives and intents, and even dialogue may not be accurate.
A companion CD of these tales and others, entitled Tales of the Ozarks will soon be available.
From the moment you discovered you were going to be a mom, you envisioned spending each day with your kids, guiding, teaching, and loving them. But diapers, wipes, shoes, and braces are expensive! Though it may feel impossible to manage on one income, Erin Odom is here to show you that, through God's grace, staying at home with your kids isn't just doable; it's doable while living the good life. Your kids are young only once—you don't have to miss out just because money is tight.
Erin shares 100 tips, tricks, and simple ways that she has provided the good life on a budget for her family—and you can do the same!
You Can Stay Home with Your Kids! explores topics like:making and sticking to a budgetside income ideasinexpensive ways to do birthday partieseducational and enrichment activities for little ones that won't break the bankdate ideas and other ways to connect with your spouse without spending a lotplanning for holidaysand much more!
Experience the freedom, flexibility, and joy that come with being a hands-on mom and spending every day guiding, enjoying, and nurturing your kids while still providing a lifestyle you can be proud of.