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I feel that this is a unique book of poetry, because it takes the reader on a journey of the Heroic Poet Errant. Like a wandering knight, the Poet falls into the pits of despair, crawls out, and gains a truer, more affirmed sense of Self. Spin The Wheel was written at a time when I believed that life was "suffering." As stated in the "Four Noble Truths" of the Buddhist Dharma, the truth of "Dukha" is that life is anxious, unsatisfactory and suffering. I sought refuge in the Three Jewels to bring my spirit mental clarity and centeredness in a world full of drama. The process of writing this poetic story began my path to salvation. And now I am ready to share it with you.Writing this story allowed for the exploration of enlightened thinking and the examination of our human drama. This fostered my appreciation that we are all divine and that we are all connected, spiritually and physically. We are all one upon Earth - together.I hope this book finds you when you can use it the most. Let the journey begin.
Born on November 5th 1850 in Johnstown, Wisconsin, Ella Wheeler was the youngest of four children. She began to write as a child and by the time she graduated was already well known as a poet throughout Wisconsin. Regarded more as a popular poet than a literary poet her most famous work 'Solitude' reflects on a train journey she made where giving comfort to a distressed fellow traveller she wrote how the others grief imposed itself for a time on her 'Laugh and the world laughs with you, Weep and you weep alone'. It was published in 1883 and was immensely popular. The following year, 1884, she married Robert Wilcox. They lived for a time in New York before moving to Connecticut. Their only child, a son, died shortly after birth. Here we publish one of her many poetry books, the classic Maurine, that so endeared her to her audience. Ella died of breast cancer on October 30th, 1919.
As Four Thousand Hooks opens, an Alaskan fishing schooner is sinking. It is the summer of 1972, and the sixteen-year-old narrator is at the helm. Backtracking from the gripping prologue, Dean Adams describes how he came to be a crew member on theGrant and weaves a tale of adventure that reads like a novel--with drama, conflict, and resonant portrayals of halibut fishing, his ragtag shipmates, maritime Alaska, and the ambiguities of family life.
At sea, the Grant's crew teach Dean the daily tasks of baiting thousands of longline hooks and handling the catch, and on shore they lead him through the seedy bars and guilty pleasures of Kodiak. Exhausted by twenty-hour workdays and awed by the ocean's raw power, he observes examples of human courage and vulnerability and emerges with a deeper knowledge of himself and the world.
Four Thousand Hooks is both an absorbing adventure story and a rich ethnography of a way of life and work that has sustained Northwest families for generations. This coming of age story will appeal to readers including young adults and anyone interested in ocean adventures, commercial fishing, maritime life, and the Northwest coast.
A best-seller when it was published over a century ago, Frances Willard's thoughtful meditation on liberating qualities of learning to ride a bicycle has charmed and engaged readers for over one hundred years. Originally written in 1895 when the author was at the height of her power as the president of the national Women's Christian Temperance Union (whose membership totaled over 200,000 at the time), "Wheel Within a Wheel" is more than just a poetic presentation of Willard's personal experience learning to ride a bicycle. She understood cycling's potential for women as a literal and figurative gateway to greater independence, confidence, and mobility.
Indeed, Willard's determination to ride despite the fetters of age, heavy skirts, and social expectations is inspiring. Her prose is enchanting, touching, and humorous at times, masterfully blending personal anecdotes with profound but gentle ruminations on American culture, women's suffrage, and social progress. Wheel within a Wheel is a delightful and perennially relevant little classic, proudly back in print for a new era.
About the Author
Frances Willard (1839-1898) is known globally for her prominent social reform work. As an activist she tackled a wide range of issues including, temperance, women's suffrage and education, worker's rights, and prison reform. She was a high profile member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union and served as the organization's president from 1879 until her death in 1898. During her tenure as president she also founded the World WCTU, the first international women's advocacy group. A powerful and prolific writer, teacher, and women's rights advocate, any fair assessment of her life's work places Willard among the most seminal figures in the battle for the emancipation of women.
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