A blend of history, science, philosophy, and environmentalism, The Tree is an engaging and elegant look at the life of the tree and what modern research tells us about their future. There are redwoods in California that were ancient by the time Columbus first landed, and pines still alive that germinated around the time humans invented writing. There are Douglas firs as tall as skyscrapers, and a banyan tree in Calcutta as big as a football field. From the tallest to the smallest, trees inspire wonder in all of us, and in The Tree, Colin Tudge travels around the world—throughout the United States, the Costa Rican rain forest, Panama and Brazil, India, New Zealand, China, and most of Europe—bringing to life stories and facts about the trees around us: how they grow old, how they eat and reproduce, how they talk to one another (and they do), and why they came to exist in the first place. He considers the pitfalls of being tall; the things that trees produce, from nuts and rubber to wood; and even the complicated debt that we as humans owe them. Tudge takes us to the Amazon in flood, when the water is deep enough to submerge the forest entirely and fish feed on fruit while river dolphins race through the canopy. He explains the “memory” of a tree: how those that have been shaken by wind grow thicker and sturdier, while those attacked by pests grow smaller leaves the following year; and reveals how it is that the same trees found in the United States are also native to China (but not Europe). From tiny saplings to centuries-old redwoods and desert palms, from the backyards of the American heartland to the rain forests of the Amazon and the bamboo forests, Colin Tudge takes the reader on a journey through history and illuminates our ever-present but often ignored companions.
Author: Andrew Solomon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2013-10
Genre: Family & Relationships
The National Book Award-winning author of The Noonday Demon explores the consequences of extreme personal differences between parents and children, describing his own experiences as a gay child of straight parents while evaluating the circumstances of people affected by physical, developmental or cultural factors that divide families. 150,000 first printing.
Author: Israel Regardie
Publisher: Weiser Books
Release Date: 1972-01-01
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
The most comprehensive introduction available to the Golden Dawn system of initiation. An ideal introduction to the numerous complex and obscure mystical writings of Aleister Crowley. Includes practical exercises for developing the will and the imagination.
Author: Roland Edmund Murphy
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date: 2002-01-28
Since 1990 Roland Murphy's Tree of Life has been a standard introduction to the wisdom literature of the Bible. Now The Tree of Life is available in a third edition, complete with a new preface by the author and a special supplement that surveys the latest developments in wisdom research. This superb study thoroughly explores the wisdom writings of the Bible, interpreting this literature in a way that illumines the development of Israel's search for wisdom throughout its tumultuous history. Murphy looks at each wisdom book individually -- Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiasticus, and Wisdom of Solomon -- and adds to them a discussion of wisdom from other parts of the Old Testament. His careful investigations expose the various guises that wisdom adopts -- the "fear of the Lord," moral formation, the universality of human experience, the mysteries of creation, and others.
Author: R. A. Brown
Release Date: 2010-12-22
This book of fiction raises one likely possibility for the immediate future given recent history. It also considers the idea that at some point everyone wonders what is the meaning of all this stuff surrounding us — the earth, the solar system, the universe and time? Is it all meant just for Homo sapiens? This author explores the best answer that science and/or faith can deliver at this moment. It is the answer that you most likely would have arrived at if you had decided to become a scientist as an occupation and a novelist/philosopher as a preoccupation. It starts with what we know about this planet, its flora and fauna including that special species, Homo sapiens, where the metaphor of the vanity of Don Quixote versus the humility and reality of Sancho Panza is used. In this context we can examine ways to enjoy life given a healthy respect for our limitations. It helps explain our cultural successes/failures and helps us come to terms with what we are. It is a thriller novel designed to make the philosophy palatable. As such, it should be entertaining and intellectually satisfying. This 2nd edition is condensed for easy reading. In a word this book is provocative..... I think it’s ideal reading for book clubs because it forces you to think about man’s role in the universe(s) and so much of the middle portion is an ideal source for discussion topics. If you like science, read it. If you dislike science, read it twice. - N. Johnson (Seattle, WA USA) The author insightfully contemplates the essential meaning of human life from a scientist’s point of view while rehearsing the progress of mankind through the historical record by telling the life story of one individual. He points to an inevitable conclusion that is eerily contemporary. - Rev. Ken Snyder (Maui) Brown cooks up a scenario which I first thought as too fantastic; but when I reflect on the present state of the world, and the possible consequences of the proliferation of nuclear arms, the scenario becomes believable and scary. I could relate to much of the story; I will be more vigilant on my next hike in the Cascades.... A very readable yarn. - Ramesh Gangolli (Seattle, WA)
Author: Terry Webb
Publisher: Mary Theresa Webb, Ph.D.
Release Date: 1992-01-01
Although many churches act as sponsors of 12-Step meetings, there is usually little direct connection to the life and spiritual development of the church. This hope-filled book chronicles the history and development of the recovery movement and encourages those involved to move 12-Step meetings from the basement of the church to the sanctuary.
The book is about faith and the resulting outcomes when setbacks are presented in one's life. It particularly describes the past decade; with brief accounts of a woman's childhood, adolescence, and the periods preceding her career with the government. It attempts to convey a positive message on spiritual beliefs, the inner peace associated with such beliefs, with emphasis on the dramatic developments she experienced following her termination of employment with a government agency.
Author: Patricia Riles Wickman
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Release Date: 1999-03-02
In her compelling and controversial arguments, Wickman rejects the myths that erase Native Americans from Florida through the agency of Spaniards and diseases and make the area an empty frontier awaiting American expansion. Through research on both sides of the Atlantic and extensive oral history interviews among the Seminoles of Florida and Oklahoma, Wickman shatters current theories about the origins of the people encountered by the Spaniards and presents, for the first time ever, the Native American perspective. She describes the genesis of the groups known today as Creek, Seminole, and Miccosukee - the Maskoki peoples - and traces their common Mississippian heritage, affirming their claims to continuous habitation of the Southeast and Florida. Her work exposes the rhetoric of conquest and replaces it with the rhetoric of survival.
Author: Henry Gee
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date: 2000-05-01
Nature has published news about the history of life ever since its first issue in 1869, in which T. H. Huxley ("Darwin's bulldog") wrote about Triassic dinosaurs. In recent years, the field has enjoyed a tremendous flowering due to new investigative techniques drawn from cladistics (a revolutionary method for charting evolutionary relationships) and molecular biology. Shaking the Tree brings together nineteen review articles written for Nature over the past decade by many of the major figures in paleontology and evolution, from Stephen Jay Gould to Simon Conway Morris. Each article is brief, accessible, and opinionated, providing "shoot from the hip" accounts of the latest news and debates. Topics covered include major extinction events, homeotic genes and body plans, the origin and evolution of the primates, and reconstructions of phylogenetic trees for a wide variety of groups. The editor, Henry Gee, gives new commentary and updated references. Shaking the Tree is a one-stop resource for engaging overviews of the latest research in the history of life on Earth.
Did you know that you are more closely related to a mushroom than to a daisy? That crocodiles are closer to birds than to lizards? That dinosaurs are still among us? That the terms "fish," "reptiles," and "invertebrates" do not indicate scientific groupings? All this is the result of major changes in classification, whose methods have been totally revisited over the last thirty years. Modern classification, based on phylogeny, no longer places humans at the center of nature. Groups of organisms are no longer defined by their general appearance, but by their different individual characteristics. Phylogeny, therefore, by showing common ancestry, outlines a tree of evolutionary relationships from which one can retrace the history of life. This book diagrams the tree of life according to the most recent methods of classification. By showing how life forms arose and developed and how they are related, The Tree of Life presents a key to the living world in all its dazzling variety.,