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A Gift of Leadership By Class of 1965 USCGA
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Eighty five essays on leadership experience and philosophy written by members of the Class of 1965, U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Experiences range across many activities in military, business,... More > government and non-profit organizations. Many of the essays focus on introducing leadership to teenagers. Includes reading and learning resource listings relating to leadership.< Less
Paradox Bob's Praddlings By Robert Ira Riddle
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History,sonnets, poems, and "praddling" about childhood, teaching, ranch life, and war.
The Best of Trent By Trent Loos, Teresa Platt
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An insightful collection reflecting the values of rural America, The Best of Trent movingly expresses the hopes and fears of those living and working in rural America. If you love animals, if you... More > love the countryside, you'll love The Best of Trent.< Less
Bill Tapp - Cattle King By Toni Tapp Coutts
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The story of a Territory legend and pioneer cattleman Bill Tapp. A man with a big hat, a big heart and a big dream
The Woman Who Saved An Island By Jane Fishman
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As more and more coastline is lost to rapacious commercialization and outrageous governmental taxes, we have someone like Sandy West, now 101 years old, who put her family fortune into keeping... More > Ossabaw Island wild and free of development when many wanted to buy it to build resorts and gated communities. Read about her fights with the state of Georgia to preserve this pristine barrier island, some 15 miles from Savannah, Georgia. Learn how her parents, moneyed people from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, bought the island in 1924. See why Sandy decided to share it with artists, writers, musicians, philosophers and, yes, astronomers. Enjoy all this through the observations of a writer who over the years has become Sandy’s friend and advocate. Jane Fishman has had full access to the humor, perspicacity and integrity of Sandy West and to the beauty of the island. The color version of “The Woman Who Saved an Island” includes 50 breath-taking photographs and encaustic renderings by artists Betsy Cain and Carmela Aliffi.< Less
The Unordained Priest By Dr. Daniel Keilman
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The Unordained Priest is a memoir of the life and lessons learned from Daniel Keilman. As a child in Dyer, Indiana, Keilman takes the reader through his exploits in his neighborhood, his school,... More > his church as he readied to become a priest. Although Keilman may never have been fully ordained, the reader learns the many ways that Keilman has fulfilled the mission of priesthood, serving his fellow human as a teacher, principal, and educational administrator at the state level, in addition to his role as husband, father, and friend. Told with a sense of humor, a conversational style, and an insatiable excitement for life despite life altering events early in his life, Keilman's story is an inspiration to all who read his stories and lessons. This book is essential reading for those who know Keilman, and those who look to learn more about his life, and even more about their own.< Less
Growing Up With Raleigh: Smedes York Memoirs and Reflections of a Native Son, Conversations with John Sharpe By John Sharpe
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Smedes was once asked as a child what did you want to be? His answer: “I wanted to be part of our family business after attending college. I also wanted to attend and play basketball for North... More > Carolina State University.” He did both. Smedes grew up with Raleigh. He saw the city evolve from a small state capital with legislative and educational institutions to the vibrant metropolitan community that it is today. The Smedeses and the Yorks put their mark on the community through education and construction. And Smedes followed their example. In these conversations he gives us his perspective on what they gave him as well as what the community gave in return. Growing up in Raleigh in the 1940s and ’50s, he also reflects on how foreign the sensibilities of those years are to us today.< Less
Heart Murmurs By Sharon Dobie
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Do your doctors share what they have learned from you? Likely not! With little precedent for physicians to open up about the impact their patients have on their personal development, Heart Murmurs:... More > What Patients Teach Their Doctors breaks tradition with a collection of stories by author and editor Sharon Dobie M.D. and 35 other physicians. Aware for years that her patients taught her at least as much as she gave them, Dr. Dobie’s acknowledgement of this reciprocity led to this project. Grouped thematically, the stories encourage health care providers to think about their relationships with patients and through that reflection, to know themselves more deeply. They also take all readers from the specific to universal messages, asking all of us to see how we are changed within all relationships, doctor-patient or otherwise. These humanizing tales draw us back to basics: relationships matter for us all.< Less
My First 65 Years By Ellen M. Levy
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Many of Ellen’s intimate, playful stories will make you laugh. Her natural exuberance and fascination with life is contagious. She rivaled her grandmother’s catering career with a love of... More > cooking, fine foods, and gluttony. Her “Brownie” camera pictures led her collecting enough photographs to fill this book (and many others.) Stories of her love of travel will make you want to hop on a plane. Her passions (chocolate, sex, cats, the arts, etc.) may become your temptations. Even her most painful experiences - the deaths of her beloved aunt and brother, her infertility, and the loss of her business gave her strength. Ellen’s unique perspective will encourage you to value your own precious memories. Ellen M. Levy, B.S., M.A., C.A.G.S., grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. She has worked in non-profit management for over 30 years. This is her first full-length book.< Less
A Priest Forever: The Life and Times of Father Robert F. McNamara By Ann K. Maloney
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A Priest Forever: The Life and Times of Father Robert McNamara draws together research, insights from family, parishioners, and colleagues, and original writings to fashion a portrait of Father... More > Robert Francis McNamara, a Roman Catholic priest who served the church’s Rochester Diocese. Ann K. Maloney draws together material from a variety of sources to present the life and times of a man whom Rochester’s Bishop Matthew H. Clark called “an extraordinary man.” In a time in the church’s history when deep doubts about the clergy lead many to question the trustworthiness of the church itself, A Priest Forever tells how one man—a faithful servant of God—carried out both his calling to priestly service and his immersion in the life of his wider community.< Less
The Best Day of My Life So Far By The Best Day of My Life So Far Senior Storytellers
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In the book's opening testimonial, AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson writes, “The words of these stories bring back the past, but more important than that, they fulfill our common... More > need to be heard, to be listened to, to connect.” Featuring 80 inspirational stories from the original Best Day of My Life So Far senior storytelling group, this book will inspire in everyone a love of life and a love of people, and make a great personal keepsake or a thoughtful gift. The Best Day of My Life So Far is a registered 501(c)(3) organization inspired by the friendship between architect Benita Cooper and her grandmother, with groups growing nationwide. Get involved and read more stories at www.bestdayofmylifesofar.org.< Less
Helen Jean Stories By Helen Ledford
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Helen F. Ledford tells stories about growing up on a teeming Caswell County, North Carolina farm in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s with her Mama Allie Farthing, a passel of siblings, and the Lord only... More > knows how many dogs, cats, ducks, and other beasts. A nostalgic look into slower times well remembered, Helen's prose, poetry, and pictures invite warm contemplation of an era gone by.< Less
Mr. C - A Portrait of Santa By Carol A. Walker
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This book is a collection of stories from Mr. C. as he played Santa Claus in the City of Morris, Illinois and surrounding areas for over 40 years.
Today is My Favorite Day and Right Now Is My Favorite Time: The Autobiography of James E. McEachern By Jim McEachern
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Success or failure is too often tied to abstract principles without practical application. The autobiography of James E. McEachern presents in “high definition” his story attempting to... More > bridge that gap. His life story continually emphasizes the relationship of faith, personal growth, and effort to success. In Today is My Favorite Day, you will learn the principles for transforming dreams into reality. You will also learn how goal setting in all areas of life can bring about the future you desire. This isn’t the power of “magical thinking” but the power of goals and sustained effort over a life-time toward a predetermined end. It was Jim’s greatest hope that by telling his story others would understand the secrets of his success and from this realize their own possibilities for succeeding in life.< Less
Soldiers' Stories By David Stutzman
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These stories are from members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force & Coast Guard and some foreign sources. Many are first hand accounts, some by family members and some from gatherings of... More > veterans. These stories are told by veterans from the American Civil War to current conflicts. Some are lighthearted, some are told after many tears over many years and others are almost unbelievable. All stories are told to share real life experiences and to give the reader an up-close and personal view of how it really was.< Less
Joy Through the Pain By Gloria L. Mills Battle
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This story is about the fun memories and love I have for my Mom. It’s the pain of knowing that my Mother has Dementia. Sometimes life can bring us so much Joy and Pain. It’s how you... More > embrace the pain to get you to the joy in our life. I pray that this book touches the hearts of those who are going through some of the same experiences that I’m going through.< Less
Under the Influence of Tall Trees By Nancy Woods
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In this collection of true stories, Nancy Wilbur Woods describes the humorous side of life in the Pacific Northwest.
Backroads and Barefoot By Mary Green
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Life leaves us with so many questions. Why did I go through that? What was the purpose? Why is life so unfair? We can get so caught up on asking the questions that we never hear the answers. I looked... More > back at my life and realized I wasted a lot of time traveling back roads looking for answers. Answer's that could only be found in Jesus, answer's He was providing along my journey I just couldn't hear Him. I allowed the darkness of those back roads to completely consume me. Today, I have come off those roads and I found all the answer's I will ever need in Jesus. That is why I want to "bare" all and share with you how Jesus can change your circumstances and take you off the back roads of life and onto His Devine Path.< Less
A Prairie Girl’s Life: The Story of The Reverend Edna Lenora Perry By Edna L. Perry, Keith C. Perry
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From Edna’s childhood wearing a flour sack dress while living in a leaky barn to breaking ground in a small mid-west city, outdoor education and the ministry, this story chronicles a determined... More > Canadian prairie pioneer through defining 20th century world events. The following excerpt is from the dedication of her street, Edna Perry Way: “If you grew up in Transcona between the 1950s and 1980s you likely will know the name Edna Perry”.< Less
2014 HARTLEY FAMILY BOOK By Kenneth Brown & Barbara (Hartley) Wilbert
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This book is dedicated to the lives and descendant families of Ira & Mintia (Gunnels) Hartley of Douglas County in the southern Missouri Ozarks. In 1910, Ira Hartley and Mintia Gunnels married... More > in western Douglas County, a few miles west of the county seat of Ava. The first part of the book focuses on the couple’s marriage, parents and siblings. The reader should note that this is not a traditional family history book that attempts to trace a family back as far as possible. Instead this is called a “family book’ that starts with the lives of Ira & Mintia and traces their descendants forward to the present time. While it tells the reader about Ira and Mintia’s, the book focuses even more on their four children and their 20 grandchildren. This book is printed in color because many of its over 400 hundred photos are in color. We hope members of our Hartley family and many more who have an interest in Douglas County and the Hartley and Gunnels lines will enjoy it.< Less
Lessons from My Sister By Margaret Guttshall
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Chapbook with two stories from the interesting life of Margaret Guttshall.
Only the Faces Change (A High School Odyssey) By Herb Williams
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Only the Faces Change is a humorous, touching story of teachers, both good and bad, of students searching for truth in education and in their personal lives, and of failed bureaucratic attempts to... More > improve the system. Herb Williams encourages students to speak for themselves through discussions and notes (Dear Herbies) from a coffee can; satirizes directives from principals, counselors, attendance supervisors, and parents; solicits contributions from colleagues (From the Campus Inn); incorporates the latest rumors from one who knows them all (The Ear With an Attitude); and integrates satirical columns from his newspaper days (Fiction and Fact from the Almanac). For over fifteen years, Herb Williams wrote a humor column, titled “Life and Times,” published in three different newspapers in Norwalk, Cerritos, and Redlands, California. This is his third book in addition to his travel memoir, North to Alaska with a No-Account Cat and his “how to” booklet, Easy Writing Across the Curriculum or Anywhere Else.< Less
Gia Tộc Nguyễn Văn Nho - Nguyễn Thị Trợ By Con Cháu Nguyễn Văn Nho
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Quyển sách nầy sẽ giúp con cháu tìm về nguồn gốc của mình. Hiểu rõ hơn về các bậc cha... More > mẹ, ông bà, chú, bác, cô, dì đã có công sinh thành và góp bàn tay vun đắp cho tương lai của mình. Quyển sách nầy cũng phần nào phản ảnh lòng mến thương của anh chị em dành cho nhau từ thưở bé, lúc chung sống trong một mái nhà cho tới ngày thành gia thất và chia tay nhau đi khắp bốn phương, như đàn chim rời tổ ấm khi đã đủ lông cánh. Những người đã khuất bóng cũng được nhắc nhở với lòng trìu mến tri ân của con cháu và anh chị em.< Less
There is No Heroin in Heaven By Mary Margaret McKenna
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SUMMARY: This book is the memoires of a mothers 10 year struggle with her sons struggle with heroin addiction. It is the raw truth of what happens to a family as they descend into the depths of... More > hell. Names and location have been changed to protect what remains of her family.< Less
Go Beyond By Jean Hartley
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I got polio in 1941 at age eight before the Sabine and Salk miracles. Today I use an electric scooter and deal with a variety of post polio symptoms (PPS). This book is mainly about post polio... More > because it has been my life's companion. Disability can have both humorous and light-hearted perspective as well as include serious research data. There is a balance between the serious downside of limitations and the exciting upside of pursuing a full life. I have experienced both sides. I hold a similar worldview with others who are limited in mobility. When it comes to struggling with our scooter or wheelchair in a small toilet stall or forgetting to recharge our batteries-we are really just one tribe.< Less