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"So this is how being a grandmother feels...like the sun coming out for the very first time and the grass growing greener on your side of the fence and the sky looking bluer than ever before because Heaven's come closer to Earth." With enchanting illustrations and sweet prose, Chris Shea has created a loving and delightful celebration for grandmothers everywhere. "Grandchildren continue to take us to places our hearts never knew were there."
The warmth and whimsy of Mary Engelbreit's work is even better when shared with a friend-and When a Child Is Born, So Is a Grandmother is the perfect way to spread the joy. When a Child Is Born, So Is a Grandmother makes the perfect gift for the new grandmother or grandma-to-be. Illustrated by the one-and-only Mary Engelbreit and authored by Jan Girando, this book speaks to the very essence of the close bond that grandmothers will forever share with their precious grandchildren. Let Mom and Dad handle the discipline and the scolding and leave grandma to do the cuddling and the holding. One of the most popular pieces of art from America's favorite illustrator is her "When a Child is Born, So Is a Grandmother" image. Featuring that well-known drawing as its centerpiece, this book illustrates the joy and excitement every grandmother feels when their precious grandchild arrives into the world.
In the past, menopause was a 'hidden' taboo topic with so much negativity associated with it. It was seen as a purely physical process linked with degeneration into old age and ill health. However, with woman living longer it has begun to be perceived as a rite of passage into a new way of living and being, linked with more freedom and energy. Menopause itself can still be very debilitating for many women. This book is personal journey into the time of menopause looking at it from a spiritual point of view first and how spirituality can help with physical, mental and emotional symptoms. It seeks to show it as a natural part of life. Personal insights are linked into meditations and mantras to help the reader fully embrace this exciting time of moving into her 'wise woman' time. It helps women take possession of their menopause, rather than the other way round. The author bears her soul with both honesty and humor. A must for any woman nearing menopause and partners who are baffled by the whirlwind of change!
A New York Times bestseller ▪ A Library Journal Best Books of 2015 Pick ▪ A St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Books of 2015 Pick ▪A GoodReads Top Ten Fiction Book of 2015 ▪ A People Magazine Great Read From New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a “heartbreaking…very human novel” (Matthew Thomas, author of We Are Not Ourselves) that does for Huntington’s disease what her debut novel Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s. Joe O’Brien is a forty-three-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s is a lethal neurodegenerative disease with no treatment and no cure, and each of Joe’s four children has a 50 percent chance of inheriting their father’s disease. While watching her potential future in her father’s escalating symptoms, twenty-one-year-old daughter Katie struggles with the questions this test imposes on her young adult life. As Joe’s symptoms worsen and he’s eventually stripped of his badge and more, Joe struggles to maintain hope and a sense of purpose, while Katie and her siblings must find the courage to either live a life “at risk” or learn their fate. Praised for writing that “explores the resilience of the human spirit” (San Francisco Chronicle), Lisa Genova has once again delivered a novel as powerful and unforgettable as the human insights at its core.
Winner of the 2014 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award presented by the Gerontological Society of America Young working mothers are not the only ones who are struggling to balance family life and careers. Many middle-aged American women face this dilemma as they provide routine childcare for their grandchildren while pursuing careers and trying to make ends meet. Employment among middle-aged women is at an all-time high. In the same way that women who reduce employment hours when raising their young children experience reductions in salary, savings, and public and private pensions, the mothers of those same women, as grandmothers, are rearranging hours to take care of their grandchildren, experiencing additional loss of salary and reduced old age pension accumulation. Madonna Harrington Meyer’s Grandmothers at Work, based primarily on 48 in-depth interviews conducted in 2009-2012 with grandmothers who juggle working and minding their grandchildren, explores the strategies of, and impacts on, working grandmothers. While all of the grandmothers in Harrington Meyer’s book are pleased to spend time with their grandchildren, many are readjusting work schedules, using vacation and sick leave time, gutting retirement accounts, and postponing retirement to care for grandchildren. Some simply want to do this; others do it in part because they have more security and flexibility on the job than their daughters do at their relatively new jobs. Many are sequential grandmothers, caring for one grandchild after the other as they are born, in very intensive forms of grandmothering. Some also report that they are putting off retirement out of economic necessity, in part due to the amount of financial help they are providing their grandchildren. Finally, some are also caring for their frail older parents or ailing spouses just as intensively. Most expect to continue feeling the pinch of paid and unpaid work for many years before their retirement. Grandmothers at Work provides a unique perspective on a phenomenon faced by millions of women in America today.
Ciara(CeeCee) is the mail carrier that's more than a mail-lady. She is a friend, a wife, a mistress, a mother, a daughter, a party girl, and alcoholic. You name it Miss CeeCee is in the midst of it. However, her many hats have taken control of her being and she finds herself lost. She gives up on trying to change things and rolls with the punches of life....just getting by hoping one day the lord will take her and she's out of her miserable existence. Yes,CeeCee is/was depressed. After a traumatic experience involving her family she's pushed over the edge. She wants to commit the ultimate sin. CeeCee starts to plot on ending her life. She gathers everything she needs, and evaluates her life past, present with no future. She has some up and down moments as she tries to carry out her plan. Will she really do it? Or, realize that life is bittersweet and she's just caught up in a world of SELF PITY. This is the first novel of the Self Pity series. After walking in CeeCee's shoe's there are other sides of the spectrum. Following novels will include MAMACITA, MYSTERY LADY, and various others characters from this series....Ending with GENERATIONS. The point of this novel is to warn my brothers and sisters that depression does exist, and some people really need help. We must not ignore suicide simply because we as individuals don't believe in it. This is real, and it takes lives everyday
Think about it. In order to be grandmothers we once had to be mothers. After giving birth, we, as the mothers, were responsible for our baby's/child's well being. As grandmothers, on the other hand, we have choices. Our roles are open for interpretation and conscious choices. When I became a grandmother, and even when my daughters-in-law were pregnant, I made a conscious decision to be an involved grandmother, one of the caretakers or a Granny-Nanny. I was sure that helping out and taking care of a baby would be easy like getting back on a bicycle after a twenty-year lapse. Oh, how wrong I was. There are new rules, new products, new findings and plenty of taboos. How did my three children ever survive their hazardous childhoods? Parenting rules have gone through some serious revisions since author Lois Young-Tulin raised her kids. In her helpful guide, The Granny Nanny, Young-Tulin offers a unique opportunity for today's grandmas to hone their skills and learn the twenty principles for successful grandmothering in a modern world.
This book examines the social phenomenon in contemporary urban China where grandparents from either or both paternal and maternal lineage, together with the biological parents, revolve themselves around raising the single child who is commonly referred to as ‘little sun’ This endearing term denotes the high position these single children occupy in their families. The book will explain this 4-2-1 experience both from the perspectives of the multiple caregivers as well as that of the ‘little suns'. It also discusses how socio-economic and political transformations at the macro scale are impacting the intergenerational dynamics within the micro family milieu.
This book is about being alone in our heads. It gives a rare glimpse of what other people feel like: to read it is to reflect on our own experience of being. People hide behind their appearance in order to get by in the world. In this book men and women alike of all ages reach beneath their skin to reveal their inner self. Am I the same person day to day, year to year? Is there an essential core as the layers of life are peeled away? And to what extent do the different stages of life beg different kinds of answers to the question what it feels like to be me? Readers will see how similarly Julie aged 85 and Nina aged 14 address the questions and how the themes thread through all the contributions. Brilliant poems by Dannie Abse and Peter Phillips look back and forwards in their lives. An Israeli artist looks at himself in two photographs. Three commentators give their views: a professional counsellor, a distinguished scientist and Dr Jonathan Miller.
Where Joy Begins is an illustrated, powerful message of hope. World events and the loss of a friend inspired artist and author Chris Shea to create this powerful little book of thoughts she wanted to share with anyone who was finding life difficult. Everyone grieves at one time or another, and we often feel that there is little we can say or do to alleviate the hurt of a loved one. Through her sincere words and simple but moving illustrations, Shea offers a ray of hope and a bit of healing.
“Jennifer Shoals has documented amazing experiences from her inner life, offering us new directions for the human spirit.” —Joan Farnam, Journalist and Art Blogger “An exciting journey into the dimensions of energy beyond the physical realm.” —Margaret Ann Nelson, Zero Balancing Practitioner and Homeopath Grandmother Dreams is a journey of the spirit: Travel through dreams as Jennifer Shoals shares her conversations with Universal Wisdom and Teachers from across the veil. These spiritual guides are encouraging us to evolve into the next layer of conscious reality. They ask us to place our Ego in service to Spirit, create a home for Spirit, and move our attention away from time in favor of space. The requested shift is more than an internal process. It also includes taking action, action with the purpose of moving Spirit and embodying Love — of experiencing and expressing compassion. When we make this shift new ways of being will unfold. We will be moving human experience into the next evolutionary level of development.
In these wonderfully straightforward accounts of what it means to children to be adopted, nineteen boys and girls, from eight to sixteen years old—and from every social background—confide their feelings about this crucial fact of their lives. It is deeply affecting to listen to these children as they reveal their questions, frustrations, difficulties, and joys with an honesty that is immediate, convincing, and stirring. Their generosity will provide solace and strength for thousands of other children who share with them the experience of being adopted—and who will be helped to understand that their own emotions are normal and appropriate.
The author has garnered knowledge through the often difficult and varied years of her life. She has drawn on her experience as wife and mother, to write a book that will help the younger generation. Trial and error have helped her acquire the know-how that every woman needs as she begin life as wife and/or mother. This book is dedicated to the authors granddaughters and, as such, offers down-to-earth advice on relationships, being a mother, raising children, household and cooking tips and recipes, as well as the authors philosophy of life.

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