Description : This Autobiography was written at the insistence of a daughter who was curious about my life . Far from a dreadful childhood' I laughed as I wrote it, - realizing it was ripe with the richness of the ever-cheery Cockney. Born in London opposite the Houses of Parliament I was the last of 16 children. Poverty and war; evacuation; my home destroyed; war work where the first jet engines were flown and refueling in flight invented. Seven brothers, my father, and my husband who'd served aboard RMS Venus on those horrendous Russian Convoys in U-boat-infested waters, all had served King and Country'. My husband never got over living at fever pitch. We emigrated to Canada and New Zealand, finally to California. Settled now in the Santa Clarita Valley with my second husband, I have been a docent for 26 years at the Los Angeles Zoo touring school children; visiting schools to show slides on the plight of endangered animals; reading to children at a local school; attending college classes and ongoing programs at the local Senior Center. Our children and grandchildren live close by; 24 around the Christmas table keeps us all happily connected. Attending Tai Chi classes with my husband, I took up playing the piano four years ago. I keep busy singing with a Senior group, writing stories, knitting and crocheting. Together we have travelled much of the globe. I hope the reader will find parallels of his own. Life is never as bad as we think!
Description : Secrets of Neverwood Book Two The four years since Danny Redmond left Neverwood have been heartbreaking, and past mistakes continue to haunt him, even after he returns home. Together with two foster brothers he barely knows, he plans to turn the decrepit mansion into a welcoming place for runaways once again—the dying wish of their foster mother, Audrey. Danny has nothing to contribute to the restoration, save for a gift for growing things. But his efforts to bring Audrey's beloved gardens back to their former glory are complicated by handsome landscaper Sam Ignatius…and the feelings developing between them, despite their fiery differences of opinion. One voice gives him hope, the only one he's always trusted—Audrey's. Danny comes to care deeply for Sam, but things look bleak when Sam's city councilman father threatens to have Neverwood torn down. Why should Danny have expected the future to be different from his past? All his relationships end in disaster… Three foster brothers are called home to Neverwood, the stately Pacific Northwest mansion of their youth. They have nothing in common but a promise to Audrey, the woman they all called mother… Secrets of Neverwood is a multi-author trilogy; One Door Closes, The Growing Season and The Lost Year can be enjoyed either as a continuity or as standalones. 53,000 words
Description : This particular case study is designed to explore the extent to which a teacher evaluation system is effective. It also addresses the challenge of measuring student achievement gains when the students in question are already at the high end of the scale, a different yet important—problem in an era when many concentrate on “lowhanging fruit” or students “on the bubble” between failure and marginal performance. By presenting a realworld case, various research methods for studying issues raised by the case, and the interchange among scholars engaged in this effort, this volume will allow educational policymakers and practitioners to decide if a proposed approach is compelling and relevant for their settings. Concurrently, a comparison of various research methods addressing a real schoolbased problem provides an important learning tool for the research community, and for those who study and make policy.We also believe that the case study and the research designs will be useful for those with responsibility for framing and funding a research agenda in education that utilizes strong research designs applied to topics that matter to student outcomes at all levels of the U.S. education system and at all levels of pupil performance. And finally, we hope that doctoral programs that seek to prepare the next generation of education researchers will find our approach helpful in their work.
Description : The story is about the growth of a little boy who was introduced to the streets and sex at a very early age. His mother and grandfather were from the South. They were poor financially but rich with love. His mother instilled in him and his siblings to take care of one another. He was very close to his siblings. They took good care of him. At an early age, he was left by his siblings in Indiana with their grandfather, while they were taken to New York by their mother. He survived his environment for three years before he was reunited with his siblings in New York. He looked up to his oldest brother, who guided and taught him that school and hard work can lead them to a better way of life. His brother was an excellent role model. They both worked hard to help their family in any way they could. After he finished college, he joined his older brother in the New York City Department of Correction. They both became ranking officers and retired after twenty years of service. He grew into a strong, positive black man who led his family to that better way of life.
Description : A recent study at Harvard University concluded that the proverbial midlife crisis is largely a myth. The proponents of the study acknowledged, however, that the time of midlife is a period rich with possibility for growth. In Crossing The Soul's River, William Roberts not only suggests but outlines a rite of passage for men who find themselves at this threshold of both danger and opportunity.More than a few calls have been issued for a male rite of passage. For example, James Hollis has noted, As Mircea Eliade, Joseph Campbell, and other observers ... have suggested, our culture has lost the mythic road map which helps locate a person in a larger context. Intertwining theology, psychology, and his own harrowing journey through midlife, Roberts addresses the importance of traversing the soul's river in search of personal growth and the need for guidance through this passage. He then constructs a series of soul tasks to facilitate the rite of passage toward reconciliation with the self.
Description : Shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award 2014 Spectator sport is living, breathing, non-stop theatre for all. Focusing on spectator sports and their accompanying issues, tracing their origins, evolution and impact, inside the lines and beyond the boundary, this book offers a thematic history of professional sport and the ingredients that magnetise millions around the globe. It tells the stories that matter: from the gladiators of Rome to the runners of Rift Valley via the innovator-missionaries of Rugby School; from multi-faceted British exports to the Americanisation of professionalism and the Indianisation of cricket. Rob Steen traces the development of these sports which captivate the turnstile millions and the mouse-clicking masses, addressing their key themes and commonalities, from creation myths to match fixing via race, politics, sexuality and internationalism. Insightful and revelatory, this is an entertaining exploration of spectator sports' intrinsic place in culture and how sport imitates life – and life imitates sport.