Author: Harry Oliver
Release Date: 2011-01-04
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Let's "cut to the chase" and "make no bones about it"-this book will have you "pleased as punch." Sowing your wild oats, throwing in the towel, painting the town red...Harry Oliver reveals the fascinating stories behind these and other strange turns of phrase steeped in the weird and wonderful history and traditions of everyday life. From quirky terms to street and city names and more, this book answers the questions you never thought to ask. ? What ancient empire coined the phrase "green with envy"? ? Who was the first person to "get someone's goat"? ? Which writer first penned, "I'll eat my hat!"
Take a look at life from behind the beverage cart. “They asked me to be groomed, be kind, and show up on time; it was too much pressure.” “It was like being a waitress, only I was hurtling through space and wound up in Paris.” “I thought it would be funny to climb into the overhead bin. How did I know the President of the United States would be on the flight that day?” Where flight attendant Marsha Marks goes, funny things happen, and she tells them all in this hilarious and insightful chronicle of her career as a naive flight attendant and a struggling author. From missed flights to missing uniforms, miracle babies to indecipherable southern accents, Flying by the Seat of My Pants is a laugh-out-loud reminder of what is important and what keeps us steady through the turbulence of life. From the Trade Paperback edition.
There are times in your life when you start to wonder what it's all about. With me, I already had plans to up sticks and go, and when one of my neighbours died in a fire, I decided that was it... a new life in New Zealand beckoned. And so began my adventure. It's funny how things work out... how one thing leads to another... and before I knew it, I was broke, stoned and flying by the seat of my pants around that lush green country on the far side of the world.
Author: James R. Mori
Release Date: 2008-02-26
WHAT IS THE FORCE That drove them on foot across the land bridge from Asia to the New World long before recorded history? That keeps Joshua Warden on the wagon train headed to the California gold fields after losing so much? That is found in a shovel full of prairie soil-demanding that Amos Krebbs put down roots? That directs Stephano Romano's return to the sea? That moved Harry Krebbs from the Kansas prairie and focuses his eyes and those of his astronaut son, Alan, on the far horizon and beyond? That keeps the feet of industrialist Gilbert Krebbs and Congressman Bobby Dobbson firmly planted in the center? That drives a Monarch butterfly across a thousand miles of desert and mountains to a tiny spot on the California coast, where she has never been, but where she must return? That guides the sleek gray fish and the badly wounded Steve Romano to seek refuge in the Sea of Cortez? That fuels William Henry Stitt and his great grandson in their unending quest for knowledge? WHAT IS THE FORCE?
Author: Julian R. Pace
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Release Date: 2007
Glimpses through the experiences of a taxi driver into the incredible diversity of the human phenomenon, everything form the weird and the violent to the most loving and inspiring- and sometimes all of them together.
After an uncontrollable engine fire, Duke Hyde, a pilot for Tropicargo, an air cargo company based in the Caribbean, is forced to ditch his plane before risking exploding amid air. After he and his passenger are rescued, commercial divers find the aircraft laying intact on the ocean floor, but without its cargo of $9 million in US dollars currency. A fascinating and unpredictable novel, which will also give you a glimpse at the world of air cargo in the Caribbean and its antique DC-3 and Beech 18 (Twin Beech) aircraft. With a writing style labeled as graphic and universal, Enzo Bravo is bringing us Tropicargo, the flight of the Twin Beech driver, and with it what is left of an aviation era in the region.
Air Force wife Ellie Avery is so good at organizing she's turned pro. But when a fellow military wife turns up dead, Ellie tackles a different type of case--murder. . . Ellie Avery balances motherhood, marriage, and her own business--Everything in Its Place--with cheerful efficiency. A maestro of organization, she sees her life as an easy checklist that does not include the untimely death of Penny Follette. Unlike the police, Ellie isn't convinced Penny's death was suicide. But it's an uphill battle getting the officials to take her seriously. Then another spouse is strangled, and someone tries to poison an outspoken female Air Force pilot. Poking about in closets and peeking through drawers, Ellie hopes to find the common thread tying the crimes together. With her husband Mitch about to be deployed in the "sandbox" (that's the Mideast for us civvies), she wants some quality time with her significant other. As the schedule tightens and the mystery heightens, Ellie's out to prove that home is not for killers! *Filled with Ellie Avery's Great Organizing Tips* "Plenty of action and lots of suspects and clues. . .this is a mystery with a 'mommy lit' flavor. A fun read."--Armchair Interviews "Thoroughly entertaining. The author's smooth, succinct writing style enables the plot to flow effortlessly until its captivating conclusion." --Romantic Times (four stars)
From raising a family and teaching school to co-starring in movies with Albert Brooks and Jack Lemmon, Art Frankel has led an amazing lifeand come through it all with humor, wisdom, and more than a few lessons learned. He built and sailed his own boat to Hawaii, and he survived a raging wildfire that reduced his home to cinders. He lived through the Great Depression and World War II. He has been a soldier, a student, a teacher, a salesman, an actor, and a traveler. A self-help book in the form of a poignant and amusing memoir, Flew by the Seat of My Pants: A Few Crashes, No Casualties is the inspirational, motivational story of a regular guy who, with determination, persistence, the support of his beloved wife, Shirley, and a healthy dose of dumb luck, accomplished things that most people only dream of. His story is funny, moving, and packed with keen insights and practical words of wisdom that anyone can use to turn their own dreams into reality.
Author: F. Paul Wilson
Publisher: Forge Books
Release Date: 2010-07-20
Suddenly, a family physician can heal any illness with a simple touch After a dozen years of practicing medicine as a family physician, Dr. Alan Bulmer discovers one day that he can cure any illness with the mere touch of his hand. At first his scientific nature refuses to accept what is happening to him, but there is no rational explanation to be found. So Alan gives himself over to this mysterious power, reveling in the ability to cure the incurable, to give hope to the hopeless—for one hour each day. Although he tries to hide his power, word inevitably leaks out, and soon Alan's life begins to unravel. His marriage and his practice crumble. Only rich, beautiful, enigmatic Sylvia Nash stands by him. And standing with her is Ba, her Vietnamese gardener, who once witnessed a power such as Dr. Bulmer's in his homeland, where it is called Dat-tay-vao. And the Dat-tay-vao always comes with a price. Help arrives from an unexpected quarter—Senator James McCready offers the use of his family's medical foundation to investigate Alan's supposed power. If it truly exists, he will back Alan with the full weight of the Foundation's international reputation. Feeling that he has reached bottom and that things can only get better, Alan accepts McCready's offer. But he has only begun to pay. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
Author: Beverly Gray
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2003-03-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Ron Howard: From Mayberry to the Moon... and Beyond, the first full-length biography of Ron Howard, takes an in-depth look at the Oklahoma boy who gained national fame as a child star, then grew up to be one of Hollywood's most admired directors. Although many show biz kids founder as they approach adulthood, Ron Howard had the advantage of brains, common sense, and two down-to-earth parents who kept him from having an inflated view of his own accomplishments. He also had a longstanding goal: to trade the glare of the spotlight for a quieter but equally creative life behind the camera. This biography tracks his career from 1960, when he debuted as six-year-old Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show through 2002, when he accepted his Academy Award® as Best Director for A Beautiful Mind. Author Beverly Gray, an entertainment industry veteran, has spoken to teachers, friends, and professional colleagues from all phases of Howard's career. She has also combed the archives to gain further insight into this very private man whose accomplishments have brought pleasure to so many.
Tina is a self-professed ball-faced optimist and a full-fledged extrovert. She has overcome a life of adversity with her tenacious desire to succeed. Walk with her as she conquers one hardship after another by continuously taking the bull by the horns and defeating odds set before her. She will capture your imagination while she recounts memories about adventures she took as early as four years old. Saturate yourself with her vivacious personality, speed, and infectious zest for life. You will scratch your head in wonder and admiration at how she overcomes a suicide attempt, an early pregnancy, and shotgun marriage, ensued by the tragic loss of her husband and then later her very mind. Walk with her as she fakes it until she makes it through an uncanny ability to self-correct and overcome depression, guilt, and self-loathing. Being the open book she is and determined to be a good role model to her four children, she decides to write her memoirs. Seven years later, Surviving Me: An Outsider’s Story is born. Now feeling totally relaxed in her own skin, she boasts an awesome family life and exciting marriage. “My hope is that my book will encourage all who suffer to pull their own socks up and push on to what is most desired, a happy heart and healthy mind.” Giggle and weep as she recounts hair-raising adventures and disheartening losses in her typical uplifting style.