Her father did not return home after the war and when he did, he was verbally and physically abusive.
No regular schooling, few friends, fewer enrichment opportunities. Is it any wonder, then, that Hilde chose unstable young men as husbands? She bore four girls and tried her best to raise them in a safe and healthy environment, but the stain of poverty, fear, and heartache remained.
She turned her pain and sorrow into an energy and determination that sustained her and the girls throughout her life, overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. Both Peggy and Hilde were survivors. Pen Women continue to reap the benefits of her talents: She is the national poetry editor.
She poignantly and memorably explores the changing seasons of earth, the winds that blow through our minds, and the fires that burn in our hearts.
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In this volume, Morris creates paths that beckon us to move through woods, water, and fields to arrive at tender places where we can remember our dead and acknowledge our losses. She gazes without flinching at the realities of aging, and we feel her dismay, her undisguised longing for what was and will not be again. These poems are about seekers of beauty, poetry, freedom, legacies unexplored, and second chances.
This is not a collection that will end up in a trunk or be left on a shelf in the book exchange. You will revisit these poems when you revisit your own sacred places, when you meditate and muse upon your own private mindscapes of earth, wind and fire. Buxton knew novelist and essayist Styron well — he was her cousin and writing mentor.
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Hold it like this. Buxton skillfully adds humor to this serious work. How ironic and disconcerting for Styron that the mother he loved dearly and the stepmother he hated intensely both died from cancer. She employs these proficiencies throughout the book as readers ponder whether Sty will be able to be his own person in the midst of frequent disgust and condemnation from Elizabeth, as well as pressure at school, where a nonathletic student feels ashamed as classmates, teachers, and administrators repeatedly celebrate excellence in sports.
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Sinister evil struggled to undo the dreams and hopes of early Atlanta visionaries but good won out, which is always my hope. Filled with vivid and memorable characters, and replete with historically and socially accurate details, it is a panoramic novel ideal for lovers of Southern fiction and for anyone who enjoys a well-spun, exciting, colorful tale.
Author: Florence St. In the MeToo culture, in which women give voice to their abuse, Florence St. She tells a painful truth: Narcissistic sociopaths, devoid of moral responsibility and conscience, dominate trusting, empathetic women by sweeping them off their feet. They keep women off balance via random verbal attacks, manipulation, moments of affection, and emotional withdrawal.
At first, sexual intimacy is great, but then nonexistent. He crosses boundaries.
He guilts her into bankrolling grandiose schemes. If he repays her, it covers but a fraction of his debt. Sometimes he re-borrows the repayment the same day. If she refuses to cooperate, he threatens to leave her. The suspense comes from not knowing if she can — or will —untangle herself. The hardest part of letting go is accepting that nothing had been real. The title of this book is most appropriate. This book should inspire other Pen Women branches to create their own anthologies. The project was accomplished very successfully in this lovely, full-color, softbound book. As I read it from cover to cover, I felt connected to each of these Pen Women.
I learned about their early history and how they are associated as writers and artists with their community. Each chapter opened the door to new experiences, some painful and some hopeful. I felt the strength of the women as they met and faced what life brought to them. As the pages were turned, I took the time to appreciate the beautiful and inspiring art.
The poetry will educate and illuminate your minds. The depth of the thoughts will draw you into another time and space. You will see pictures in your own minds and feel linked to their stories. Book available through Mary Gardner via email to mlgardner37 yahoo.
Her two older sisters are left behind in the village of Saidnaya, Syria, while Nadra, her parents, and her younger siblings journey to their new home. They settle in a community of Christian Syrians in Hedley, West Virginia, and open a confectionery shop. Nadra is a gifted cook, and the descriptions of Syrian foods and cooking are rich and sensual. At the tender age of 16, Nadra is forced to marry the man her parents have chosen for her and become a wife and soon, a mother.
The years pass. This book is a love story as well. Older than Nadra by several years, he adores his wife, even as she challenges him. Their relationship is strained by family, economic depression, war, and burdens from the past. Nadra wonders if their marriage can survive.
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The author, Rose Ann Kalister, is a friend and colleague of mine. Over the past several years, I have listened as she read portions of her work and watched as she meticulously conducted research and included accurate details of early 20th-century Hedley, West Virginia. I expected the book to be good, but my expectations have been exceeded. In our nation of immigrants, it is a story that speaks to us all. Wield, a wife and the mother of four children, was working as a physician in a hospital in England when depression first invaded her life.
What followed would be seven years of self-injury that included burning herself, head banging, and cutting — always with the goal of ending her misery. She was hospitalized frequently and for months at a time, with home visits made possible at times when she appeared more stable. Cathy Wield shares her remarkable story of triumph over depression via narrative and diary entries.
After years of therapy and many, many medications, all seemed hopeless. Even the medical professionals were considering giving up hope of recovery. This incredible story of struggle, pain, and anguish addresses the stigma surrounding mental health issues and the humiliation of being a doctor who is ill.
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Because of this book, changes to mental health care began happening in England. Authors: Myra F. Neither a textbook nor a handbook, it is an exchange of emails between two women ages 93 and 80 describing their experiences and expressing their thoughts and opinions on the concerns and challenges they confronted in the process of aging. Their observations and insights contradict and disprove many myths and assumptions widely believed about the aging population.
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The book would be useful not only to seniors as they age, but to their families and friends, to psychologists and other therapists who work with older adults, to administrators and professional staff in independent and assisted living facilities, and to those contemplating their own futures after traditional retirement age. I strongly recommend this very readable and highly enlightening book!
How do you read poetry? Or do you open the book at random, letting serendipity guide you? This book is its own special journey. Deceptively naturalistic. Will the itch linger? Throughout the collection, life is pondered with the same wonderment.