Nothing lifts the veil of youthful dreams like motherhood. "Life at the Bottom" takes gentle aim at that time in a woman's life when societal expectations collide with the realities of raising children. Linda diNorcia's "Life at the Bottom" is a series of articles based on real situations, seen through the eyes of a humourist.
Author: Jonathan S. Tanny
Release Date: 2011-07-12
Life at the Bottom of Babylonian Society is a study of the population dynamics, family structure, and legal status of publicly-controlled servile workers in Kassite Babylonia. It compares some of the demographic aspects proper to this group with other intensively studied past populations, such as Roman Egypt, Medieval Tuscany, and American slave plantations. It suggests that families, especially those headed by single mothers, acted as a counter measure against population reduction (flight and death) and as a means for the state to control this labor force. The work marks a step forward in the use of quantitative measures in conjunction with cuneiform sources to achieve a better understanding of the social and economic forces that affected ancient Near Eastern populations.
Have you ever set goals and had a plan of action on how you were going to reach those goals? Do you have big dreams that you have envisioned since childhood? We all have certain things in life that we long for. Ordinarily, one should plan and prepare for the future that he or she desires. However, life doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes our dreams are either shattered or put on hold. We may have to face the unexpected or things that are far beyond our control. In this book, When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned, you will learn some important truths about the plans and purposes God has for your life. You will learn such key points as: - where your life begins - setting goals and making plans - how God interrupts your plans - developing character through the school of life - the meaning of true success - discovering a life redefined and fulfilled Ozell Adkins writes like a life coach and teaches like a Bible professor. His book serves as a guide that will teach you how to deal with life’s disappointments from a biblical point of view. When you have finished reading When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned, you may well discover your true destiny and purpose for being on Earth.
A virtuoso performance from a literary talent who crafts a vividly drawn history of an imaginary country. In this stylistic tour de force, Stephen Marche creates the entire culture of a place called Sanjania—its national symbols, political movements, folk heroes, a group of writers dubbed "fictioneers," a national airline called Sanjair, and a rich literary history. This richly detailed story takes you to an island nation whose English-speaking citizens draw upon the English, American, Australian, and Canadian literary traditions. Marche has compiled this brilliant anthology, guiding the reader from the rough-and-tumble pamphlets of 1870s Sanjania to the extraordinary longing of the writings of the Sanjanian Diaspora. These works develop into a Rashomon-like story, introducing us to illustrious Sanjanian figures such as the repentant prostitute Pigeon Blackhat and the magically talented couple Caesar and Endurance. The result is a vibrant evocation of a country—from the birth pangs of its first settlers and their hardy vernacular to its revolutionary years and all the way to the present.
Author: Subhadra Mitra Channa
Publisher: SAGE Publications India
Release Date: 2013-05-30
Genre: Social Science
Life as a Dalit looks at caste society from the point of view of the Dalits, focusing on their worldview, emotions, and critical appraisal of their own position and of the higher groups. It is a volume based on the critical perspectives provided by scholars who have turned around the more acclaimed and accepted theories of caste society privileging the Brahmanical and textual interpretations of caste. It shows that those at the bottom have their own interpretations and follow a rationality that is tutored by their own life conditions and not what is fed to them from the top. These views from the bottom are indicative of the way in which the oppressed live their lives, make critical judgments, and also stage protests, both symbolic and based on real violence against the oppressive system. The focus is more experiential and based on ground-level data-based chapters. It foregrounds the fact that history is created from the bottom of society as well as from the top and those at the bottom are their own agents and well aware of their subject positions.
Face at the Bottom of the World and Other Poems is a collection of Japanese poetry by master poet, Hagiwara Sakutaro. Hagiwara Sakutaro (1886-1942) is generally recognized in Japan as the best poet to have emerged since contact was re-established with the outside world. His work represents the astonishing achievement in the poetic field of General Meiji endeavor to blend "Western learning with the Japanese spirit." He and perhaps he alone, have successfully combined the lyric intensity characteristic of the short forms of traditional Japanese poetry with the freedom of length, form and rhythm which characterizes the poetry of the West. In him East and West, despite Kipling's dictum, have indeed met; and from him the future poets of both traditions have much to learn. For all the startling beauty and originality of his work, Hagiwara remains a poet of the dark. Shiveringly sensitive to loveliness in all its million modes, he finds it not only in its familiar haunts but even in such unexpected subjects as rotten calm or the dead body of an alcoholic. A man intensely aware that the sun, that symbol of Japan, rises as much to cast shadows as to give light.
Author: Juliet Merrifield
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Release Date: 1997
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
Unlike many books about adult literacy, which focus on abstract concepts related to test scores, this volume develops an understanding of literacy through the engaging life stories of twelve adults from diverse backgrounds living in the United States. In the process of coming to know these adults, we learn, contrary to commonly held assumptions and beliefs about literacy, that adults with limited literacy skills work hard and long, make limited use of public resources, can use technology when shown, and have pride and self-respect. In addition to all of the scientific information and policy implications yielded by this research study, this is foremost a compelling story of human struggle and survival. Readers will find themselves caring about these adults, feeling angry about their underemployment and their pain, and excited about their triumphs.
Author: Jeremy Jackson
Release Date: 2003-07-01
"Refreshing...Reminds us that whether we run, play football, sing or write, we need to find the joy in what we do."—Chicago Sun-Times In eighth grade Kevin Schuler is a popular kid with a decent, if not stellar, record on the track. Yet after fate takes him off a bus that crashes and kills his fellow students, including his girlfriend, Kevin inexplicably becomes a track phenomenon. Separated from his memory and distanced from his own life, he effortlessly smashes records and gains national attention, until he finds that he can no more remain apart from himself than he can from the ground beneath his feet.
This semi-autobiographical debut novel chronicles the life of Alex, born in Siberia in 1950, and his dreams of becoming a writer and of meeting Annie, his distant American cousin. As a child, Alex observes a group of foreign tourists do something that non-drunk Soviet adults seldom do: they laugh. Alex yearns to become one of them—a free and happy foreigner. Those aspirations quickly fade as Alex begins to encounter the absurdities and constraints of living in a society where conformity is institutionalized. Hilarious and sometimes sobering, the book’s short chapters chronicle making it through the army, mastering the English language, sex, and meeting the girl of his dreams. In 1980, Alex and his young family finally get the chance to move to America. There he realizes that he is finally a foreigner—not the happy foreigner of his dream, but an alien. Ultimately, Alex finds his own place in the world, despite the fact that having the right “to vote for an elephant or an ass” does not necessarily guarantee self-fulfillment.