Description : Designated a Doody's Core Title! "The authors have created a book that comfortably combines substantial research findings with readable, practical guidelines for assessment and intervention in the real-world practice of social work. This authoritatively researched, well-written volume will appeal to the multiple disciplines involved in assisting dementia patients and their families. It will also be useful for academic health care collections...Highly recommended."--Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries Understanding the role of dementia caregivers in different ethnic and cultural contexts is one of the most important skills that social workers should master. This comprehensive volume provides practical guidance for social work professionals who work with Black and Latino families living with the daily challenges of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. It is grounded in the interpretation and meaning of dementia in Black and Latino cultural heritages, and based on both a solid theoretical framework and the substantial research and clinical expertise of the authors. Detailed, step-by-step guidelines to assessment and intervention in ethnic-specific situations provide useful strategies that go beyond generic solutions. The text presents an overview of the epidemiology and clinical course of dementia with a focus on those forms of the disease most common to Blacks and Latinos. It addresses family care and role responsibilities in ethnic families and their theoretical, ethnic, and cultural foundations. Self-efficacy and cognitive behavioral problem-solving theories are discussed as modalities of choice. The text also considers financial and service delivery trends and use of technology, and provides detailed forms, documents, and dementia care resources. Numerous case studies will help readers to quickly put information into the context of real-world situations. Key Features: Provides concrete, targeted interventions for assisting ethnic family caregivers in confronting day-to-day issues Explains how and why self-efficacy and cognitive behavioral problem-solving theories are particularly useful for social work with ethnic family caregivers Offers detailed, step-by-step guidelines to assessment and intervention Includes problem-solving forms, documents, and additional dementia care resources Contains vivid supporting case studies in each chapter
Description : After 17 years of marriage, three beautiful children, and a full-time ministry, it became harder and harder for me to be involved in the day-to-day aspects of full-time ministry. I began to seek alternative ways to continue to reach out to women without being physically at church, and at my husband's prompting, I begin writing a blog called "It's all about Him". These posts are not big miraculous happenings, but are words of encouragement and strength highlighting simple, everyday life lessons, some funny, some scary, some serious, but all real and fulfilling. Through these simple experiences, I have learned that life is what you make it. This book was literally pushed into existence by the women who have been extraordinarily blessed by the blog. Hopefully, you will laugh a little, relate a little, and at the end of the day, come to realize that it's really all about Him.
Description : A unique and gloriously nostalgic account of one eventful year in the fire service for readers who loved books such as CALL THE MIDWIFE and TRUST ME, I'M A VET. Nothing about the county fire service was quite what Malcolm expected when he joined the watch in Shrewsbury. As the newest member of the service he was first in line when swans terrorised the high street - and when a flock of owls got stuck on the roof of his local pub. Eighteen years old and more than ready to rush into burning buildings to save fair damsels in distress, young Malcolm soon realised he was more likely to be jumping into slurry pits and rivers to rescue any number of unfortunate animals. But for all the embarrassing situations Malcolm found himself in there were heart-stopping dramas too - and tragic farm and house fires. As he learns on the job and begins to win the respect of the old-timers, Malcolm starts to feel that maybe, one day, he just might make it as a fireman. But first he has to catch the eye of the smiley secretary in the office opposite the station ... Funny, moving and gloriously nostalgic, All Fired Up paints a unique portrait of rural Britain - and shows just how surprising a fireman's life can be.
Description : In a small Pacific Northwest town we meet a young man who has shot dead his best friend with a gun. The novel deals with the repercussions of this tragedy: the anguish, regret, despair and bittersweet romance. Typical of Brautigan's singular style, So the Wind Won't Blow it all Away is a beautifully written, brooding novel. Its autobiographical prose is a fitting epitaph to this complex, contradictory and often misunderstood writer.
Description : To chase, to embrace, and to savor the deepest passions of her heart, a quirky carpenters daughter builds her social work career - and fills the emptiness she has long known - by captivating the love of her life - Carolyn. But Jordan Mathews success is short-lived, as her career evolves into an outrageous battle of office politics, where no good deed seems to go unpunished - and where only the power of love survives. A vibrant and playful celebration of gay pride, Building It All From Scraps is a campy fiction that blends love, relationships, friendships and family, with an understanding of gay culture and history. Set at the Jersey Shore in the 1970s and 1980s, the story shares the transformation of a shy and ambiguous girl to a professional gay woman, and pits wants vs. expectations, needs vs. loyalties, in this comical construction of lifes loves, and the quest to find true meaning. The author includes a variety of articles about prominent social issues and especially, those affecting gay people - at the end of the book. These condensed, professional, yet easy-to-understand articles form a reference section that serves as a political history and social commentary for gay people everywhere. But you dont need to use the reference section to enjoy this amusing story about life, and love, fulfilled. A tale that revels in the clash of the sexual revolution, balancing disco community and true love with family life and working class values, Building It All from Scraps is a humorous and solidifying testimonial to all gay people, an educational and informative book for all human service workers, and a great piece of philosophical entertainment for those who are neither. And it lets us know, at the end of the day, that we are all the same.
Description : The 1970s were both successful and tragic for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They won five NL Eastern Division crowns and the 1971 World Championship, but lost the great Roberto Clemente in a plane crash and pitcher Bob Moose in a car accident during this time. By the end of the 1970s, the Pirates were a good team but no longer considered favorites to win a World Series. Thanks to a fantastic finish in 1978, the Pittsburghers gained new hope for the 1979 season. As intriguing as the season was, it wasn’t until the evening of August 25th that the Pirate fans really started to believe “it” could happen. The history of that magical ball club is covered here, from how the 1979 world champion team was built, to a thorough look at the season and post season, to how “The Family” finally fell. Also included are biographical sketches of all players who appeared on the team’s roster that year and a section of complete statistics.
Description : Focusing on Jennie Gerhardt, a poor young girl in Columbus, Ohio, Theodore Dreiser's novel depicts her inadvertently defying a host of conventions-of class, gender, family, and religion. Over a quarter of a century she is repeatedly victimized by circumstance, temperament, and most particularly the fact of her sex. Yet the triumph of the book lies in her incorrigibly loving nature. Cast out by society as well as by her family, she none the less fosters a far deeper understanding of relationships than anyone else. It is no surprise that she was her author's favourite heroine.
Description : Ernest Weinraub, Ernst Weinraub, Ernst Weintraub - three slightly different versions of the same name, the same man. Each incarnation of Weintraub/Weinraub inhabits a slightly different version of our world: Ernest Weinraub lives in a maddeningly overcrowded New York, a hellish near-future world where sanity and life are imperiled by a nightmare of pollution, overpopulation and manic power games played by the six despotic men who rule Earth; Ernst Weinraub is a poet and an intellectual who lives in a decadent world in which America has never been colonized, Europe and Asia are crumbling, and Africa has only one populated city, a world where drink, drugs and sex reduce human being to little more than animals and a man feels himself being sucked under with all the others; Ernst Weintraub, an idealistic revolutionary, lives in a world in which the Allies lost the First World War to "Jermany" and people are forced into a terror-ridden underground existence as tyranny rides roughshod over man and civilization.The single factor uniting these startlingly different worlds is Weinraub/Weintraub. But even he is molded and distorted, it would appear, by the various environments and societies, and his problems seem entirely different in each of the three worlds. Yet, as the book progresses, both he and the reader learn that neither time nor place matters - every person must sooner or later make certain basic decisions.RELATIVES is a novel about personality and about duty, chiefly one's duty to the state. The Weinraub/Weintraub variations are carefully orchestrated so that each tells the same story while presenting vastly varying reasons for a single outcome. Once having experienced these three powerful visions of an individual's interaction with society, one is compelled to consider, and reconsider, the foundations of moral and social responsibility.
Description : After the death of his best friend, Shane Dunphy runs away from his life working at a special needs crèche, and attempts to avoid his child protection instincts. However, when a part time journalism job in rural Ireland leads him to a family in desperate need of intervention, and a young girl crying out for protection, Shane cannot stand idly by and watch...Little Emma Blaney lives with her three siblings in an ancient farmhouse, with a life that is like something from another time - no running water, no electricity, and no contact with the outside world. Whilst covering a land dispute between Emma's father Tom and his powerful brother Gerry, Shane discovers that there is a lot more wrong with the family than just a feud. The children are filthy, nervous and and undernourished. In order to protect Emma and her siblings, Shane finds himself at loggerheads with the church, local government, big business, property developers and industrial farmers. But Shane must discover the truth about the Girl from Yesterday, before it is too late, even if it will cost him his new life...
Description : Don Kerr • www.donkerr.com Jane Roberts’ SETH books taught us that we create our reality through our beliefs. Richard Bach’s books showed us that space and time are illusions which we create and which then reflect back to us, usually surprising us along the way! Written by a practicing architect who enjoys seeing how things go together, this book explores many areas of wonderment: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? Where does it all lead? Is this reincarnation stuff for real? And what, for Heaven’s sake, does “time is an illusion” mean to our time-obsessed generations? Can anyone help us understand any of this? And then there are ghosts, the light at the end of the tunnel, near-death experiences, possession, ouija boards, astral travel.... A lot of stuff to consider, or be repelled by. Asked by a confused young woman in the New Age section of a bookstore in Montréal if the author had any idea where a beginner should start reading “to avoid the garbage”, he suggested several titles in which he had confidence, but realized that there really was nothing on any shelves at that time like HOW IT ALL WORKS which could pull all the strings together into a lifeline. What was needed was something that could give one an overview of the related thinking of the streams—psychic theorems, unexplained observations and experiences, odd practices, the speculations of theoretical physics–which would avoid nonsensical invention. And it would have to be daring, because we live in a society and culture where we have been brought up to believe a large number of things “on faith” which simply don’t hold up to thoughtful examination. And that can be daunting. There was a time when owning this book would have had you imprisoned. It was clever of you to incarnate in a historic period when you can enjoy this speculation without looking over your shoulder! This book will try to answer your questions, will look at what we know so far, what the implications are of that knowledge, and how we can adjust our lives so that they better fit our dreams. And we can. Simple illustrations show ways to visualize several of the concepts. Written with a lively sense of humor, the text will challenge your programming, but will gently guide you to a place where you will know that life’s challenges have purpose and meaning, and nothing is hidden from you in a neutral Universe that somehow cares. You just have to take off your blinders. Life is adventuresome, and it is us who make it appear any way we wish. Choose well.