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My Life My Story

By Iris Edith Madden
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  • Publisher : Grosvenor House Publishing
  • Isbn : 1786232308
  • Pages : 280
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Reads : 647
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"Taken into care at two years old along with three of her siblings Iris lived in an immaculate, safe, caring family home for over seven years. Iris and her siblings were then returned to live with the birth parents they didn’t know, into squalor, neglect and abuse. Escaping from this as soon as she could Iris built a life alongside her childhood sweetheart only to suffer a life-threatening illness and then heartbreak due to the betrayal by the person that she had trusted implicitly. Her experiences enabled her to have the strength and determination to rebuild her life once more. "

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  • File Pdf: modern-passings.pdf

Book Summary:

What to do with the dead? In Imperial Japan, as elsewhere in the modernizing world, answering this perennial question meant relying on age-old solutions. Funerals, burials, and other mortuary rites had developed over the centuries with the aim of building continuity in the face of loss. As Japanese coped with the economic, political, and social changes that radically remade their lives in the decades after the Meiji Restoration (1868), they clung to local customs and Buddhist rituals such as sutra readings and incense offerings that for generations had given meaning to death. Yet death, as this highly original study shows, was not impervious to nationalism, capitalism, and the other isms that constituted and still constitute modernity. As Japan changed, so did its handling of the inevitable. Following an overview of the early development of funerary rituals in Japan,Andrew Bernstein demonstrates how diverse premodern practices from different regions and social strata were homogenized with those generated by middle-class city dwellers to create the form of funerary practice dominant today. He describes the controversy over cremation, explaining how and why it became the accepted manner of disposing of the dead. He also explores the conflict-filled process of remaking burial practices, which gave rise, in part, to the suburban "soul parks" now prevalent throughout Japan; the (largely failed) attempt by nativists to replace Buddhist death rites with Shinto ones; and the rise and fall of the funeral procession. In the process, Bernstein shows how today’s "traditional" funeral is in fact an early twentieth-century invention and traces the social and political factors that led to this development. These include a government wanting to separate itself from religion even while propagating State Shinto, the appearance of a new middle class, and new forms of transportation. As these and other developments created new contexts for old rituals, Japanese faced the problem of how to fit them all together. What to do with the dead? is thus a question tied to a still broader one that haunts all societies experiencing rapid change: What to do with the past? Modern Passings is an impressive and far-reaching exploration of Japan’s efforts to solve this puzzle, one that is at the heart of the modern experience.

Invisible Population

By Natacha Aveline-Dubach
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Isbn : 0739171453
  • Pages : 246
  • Category : Social Science
  • Reads : 131
  • File Pdf: invisible-population.pdf

Book Summary:

This book provides new information on funerary practices in East Asia’s largest cities in which spatial constraints and the secularization of lifestyles are driving innovation. It reveals common trends in Japan, China and Korea, and addresses emerging challenges such as urban sustainability and growing social inequities.

Gunman's Song

By Ralph Cotton
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Isbn : 1101626402
  • Pages : 304
  • Category : Fiction
  • Reads : 941
  • File Pdf: gunman-s-song.pdf

Book Summary:

AND THE LAST SHALL BE FAST Lawrence Shaw once got a boost out of being the quickest gun alive. Now he’s partial to telling gunfighter stories rather than living them. But that doesn’t stop every ornery shootist with an itchy trigger finger from trying to pull iron on Fast Larry Shaw…or a group of gamblers from wagering five grand on who will kill him…or a gang of cutthroat saddle tramps from slaying his wife while in search of him. Racked with guilt for not saving his beloved, Shaw vows to shorten the life expectancy of her murderers—and any other hardcase who even thinks of sending hot lead his way.

Friars Club Encyclopedia of Jokes

By Friars Club
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Black Dog & Leventhal
  • Isbn : 1603762051
  • Pages : 512
  • Category : Humor
  • Reads : 640
  • File Pdf: friars-club-encyclopedia-of-jokes.pdf

Book Summary:

Finally in paperback?with lots of brand-new jokes from today's top comedians. What could be funnier than a great joke? How about 2,000 great jokes? In this side?splitting compendium, revised and updated and featuring a new introduction by Drew Carey, members of the world-renowned Friars Club and other comedians provide zingers for every occasion, situation, and taste. Organized alphabetically and by topic, this book is made for browsing, but it's also perfect for finding icebreakers for social occasions, adding a touch of humor to business speeches, and spicing up toasts. Hundreds of the best-known comedians are represented, including Sarah Silverman, Ellen Degeneres, Lewis Black, Ray Romano, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, George Burns, George Carlin, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Phyllis Diller, Bob Hope, Alan King, Richard Lewis, Bob Newhart, Rita Rudner, Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams, and tons more.

Migrants and Cultural Memory

By Mícheál Ó hAodha
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Isbn : 1443811963
  • Pages : 140
  • Category :
  • Reads : 299
  • File Pdf: migrants-and-cultural-memory.pdf

Book Summary:

This volume explores the discourses and representations that have circumvented the image that is the Traveller, the Roma (Gypsy) and migrant “Other”. It is generally acknowledged that the globalisation and mass-media dissemination which characterise the current era have overseen a range of complex socio-cultural forces, many of which have blurred the once-reified borders of the post-Enlightenment, “modern”, nation-state. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of cultural diasporas and “traditionally”- nomadic groups such as Travellers, Roma and other migrant cultures. This book points to the ongoing reconfiguration of once-dominant cultural narratives and explores the manner whereby aspects of the migrant experience are themselves echoed in the increasingly hybrid and diverse discourses that characterise Western countries of the present-day.

50 Greatest Professional Wrestlers of All Time

By Larry Matysik
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Isbn : 1770903054
  • Pages : 320
  • Category : Sports & Recreation
  • Reads : 711
  • File Pdf: 50-greatest-professional-wrestlers-of-all-time.pdf

Book Summary:

No-holds-barred, honest, and objective, this is a definitive look at the greatest pro wrestlers who ever stepped through the ropes. Blending the old and the new and delving into what made these 50 remarkable performers the best in their sport, this guide illustrates their contributions to the massively popular spectacle of the wrestling world. The antidote to the marketing-motivated claims made by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is provided here, sweeping aside the corporate profit motive of listing standouts who can sell DVDs and dolls and instead shooting from the hip, revealing who sincerely belongs among the cream of the crop. The complexity of choosingØ¡nd rankingØ´he 50 finest ever from a strong group of talented candidates also spins a secondary tale about the evolution of pro wrestling and how this unique sport operates. Revealing these starsÒ compelling stories in detail, this collection adds up to an entertaining and enlightening description of a monumental business through the history of its legends.

Political Stages

By Emily Mann
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Isbn : 1476847762
  • Pages : 632
  • Category : Drama
  • Reads : 183
  • File Pdf: political-stages.pdf

Book Summary:

Warning: The plays of ÊPolitical StagesÊ do not make for a quiet evening of theatre. These are the plays which got audiences out of their seats and sometimes out into the streets. Their words and ideas rumbled ominously down the marble hallways of legislatures and challenged even threatened and often changed the thinking of millions. These are the plays which either lit or reflected the fires of those political controversies which blazed across the American Twentieth Century. Individually each is a molotov cocktail tossed onto the stage each a political movement encapsulated in dramatic form. Combined they constitute both a conflagration and a record of American political and theatrical ideology. Never before however have they been collected in one explosive volume. In ÊPolitical StagesÊ they have at last been preserved ever ready to serve at the barricades of subsequent eras. Includes works by Tennessee Williams Emily Mann Clifford Odets Langston Hughes and others.

Readings in Thanatology

By John D. Morgan
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Isbn : 1351860216
  • Pages : 596
  • Category : Psychology
  • Reads : 314
  • File Pdf: readings-in-thanatology.pdf

Book Summary:

A comprehensive book of readings for courses on death and dying at the college or university level. It contains material by such leaders in the field as: Colin Murray Parkes, MD, John Hinton, MD, Kenneth Doka, PhD, Ira R Byock, MD, Ronald K Barrett, PhD, Robert G Stevenson, EdD, Judith M Stillion, PhD.

Equal Chances

By Is Said
  • Format : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Isbn : 9781469195353
  • Pages : 816
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Reads : 546
  • File Pdf: equal-chances.pdf

Book Summary:

I have directed at least 3 plays for Is Said. Hes a dynamic writer and I enjoyed putting his words in motion on stage. His plays that I have directed have included poetry, dance and music which make them very unique in their delivery to the audiences. Is Said has written about very important topics of today including all ages and facets of life. From homelessness, drug abuse, spirituality has been some items his plays have introduced to the community in a very unique way. It was been a pleasure and privilege to put his words and work on stage. Najiyyah Muqtasid-Denham-Actress/Director Equal Chances in a wonderful collection of plays written by Is Said. This book paints a vivid portrait of us all through the authors captivating voice. The combination of words and movement engage and empower us to see ourselves and our world in a different light Tress Augustine - Actress/ Poet Brother Is Said plays reflect the social construct of the ABUSA people (Africans Born in the United States of America). God made us Black and Our world is a New World his poetry and plays are a part of our History now etched in the Spirit of Time. Thanks you my Brother for your gifts and we will keep the Spirit of the ABUSA people alive. Kwodwo Ababio Is Said has brought many wonderful experiences with his many talents, Im glad to have been able to be there and live it firsthand. Is Said has dynamic plays and poetry, and brings storytelling to life. I know this because I am his youngest daughter, living and experiencing life through his eyes. A trip I will never forget. Leah Lyons-Derrett Equal Chances is a collection of truths carved out of the everyday experiences of Is Said. Its a reality thats personal and purposeful at the same time. His life stories depict the hopes, dreams, love, pain and passion of everyday people. He speaks the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. And truth has no ending. Sandee Hemphill-Author Is Said,s play, Equal Chances, work is a force to be reckoned with! Life choices brought to the forefront that make you think & consider your final destination. Olds Folks own, an homage to the elderly, their rich wisdom, knowledge and insight enlightens audiences to never underestimate the power of being a great giver. Cynthia P. Carr-Director I feel that a GOOD book should be able to whisk you away to another world, as well as make you feel that youre part of that world. That is what Bro. Is Saids books do. You find yourself talking out loud to the characters. His plays draw you in, and make you feel that youre in their world! Alanla Jackson