A Branch From The Lightning Tree

Author: Martin Shaw
ISBN: 9781935952015
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A BRANCH FROM THE LIGHTNING TREE is centered around several key elements: 1. It features four texts and commentaries ? Welsh, Russian, Siberian and Norwegian myths that explore the process of leaving what is considered safe and predictable and journeying out into wild, uncertain areas of nature and the psyche in search of new insights. The four stories have at their center a man, woman, and adolescent. 2. A narrative of why the author gave up a large musical publishing deal with Warner Brothers to spend four years living in a tent in the wilds and over a decade facilitating wilderness rites-of-passage for others. 3. Shaw's eloquent insistence that without a renewed attention to myth and the initiation process we are only partially equipped to reestablish a complementary relationship with the living world. 4. The core of these stories are paradoxical in nature, far from the clumsily perceived ?hero' myths, and point towards Trickster, or Coyote, as a way of existing in a world ambivalent to the insights of what you could call traditional knowledge. A BRANCH FROM THE LIGHTNING TREE is unique in the field of myth and ritual in several ways: 1. It carries an ?in-the-field' narrative of several hundred men and women who have gone out into wild places to fast for four days and nights. Not in the Amazon, or in Mongolia, but in a place that is indigenous to them, that grounds the experience in the wider context of their lives, rather than a one-off event that can be hard to reconnect with. This is part of a growing mood to get to the bones of initiatory experience, rather than the cultural affectations. The stories illustrate both the grandeur and struggle of this often subtle process. 2. Unlike many of the big mythological sellers (i.e Bly's IRON JOHN or Pinkola Estes WOMEN WHO RUN WITH WOLVES), A BRANCH FROM THE LIGHTNING TREE is not a gender piece, but focuses on both men and women's movement into wildness as part of the bigger awareness of climate change and ecology. It presents the old stories as keys into any debate on these issues, that the ability to think metaphorically/mythologically loosens the grip of literalness, and can ?re-enchant' our perspectives. 3. As a wilderness teacher Shaw has noticed that the real point of crisis that is emerging is the return to community, rather than the time out in the wild. This is turning of rites-of-passage on its head: Shaw reasons that the rites-of-passage process requires three stages following an initial Call to the Soul: (i) Going out of the Village, and the severance from ordinary life and the stepping into the image-laden language of myth, story, ritual; (ii) Into the Forest, baring the soul to extraordinary forces, receiving the sacred wound, bonding with the living world; (iii) And Back Again, return to community, the performance of identity, and the confirmation in and of the Soul. A BRANCH FROM THE LIGHTNING TREE invokes Robert Graves work on the White Goddess, and the Crow poems of Ted Hughes-it is a combination of practical knowledge, imaginative insight and passionate storytelling that gives Shaw's book its persuasiveness and power. At times incantatory, at times novelistic and poetic, he writes as someone who has been to these places, undergone these trials and tested himself at the extremes of lived experience.

Flash Professional Cs5 And Flash Catalyst Cs5 For Dummies

Author: Ellen Finkelstein
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470646721
Size: 12,18 MB
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A full-color guide for getting rewarding results with Flash CS5! Flash is used in the creation of web animation, games, media rich websites, presentations, and more. Adobe's Flash CS5 product has been divided into three separate products custom-tailored for different audiences, and this book covers the Professional product; the traditional animation/media serving tool; and Catalyst, the web/interface design tool. This book provides a fun and friendly full-color guide to Flash and all it can do to add some flair to your site. Walks you through both Professional and Catalyst as well as the traditional Flash animation tool Offers guidance for getting acquainted with the interface; creating images, objects, text, and layers for animation; and working with symbols and buttons Introduces using Flash for online publishing and mobile designs Addresses how to turn existing images into interactive sites or interfaces with Catalyst Offers helpful tips on troubleshooting and best practices for creating interactive websites Using the knowledge you gain from Flash CS5 Professional & Flash CS5 Catalyst For Dummies, you’ll quickly prove that you are not a flash in the pan!

The Forest In Folklore And Mythology

Author: Alexander Porteous
Editor: Courier Corporation
ISBN: 0486120325
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Fascinating compendium of facts, folklore, superstitions, myths, and anecdotes about trees and the forest. Forest customs, sacred groves, mythical forest creatures, tree worship, and much more.

The Champions

Author: Eldot
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479780413
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"I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it." - Celia, As You Like It, Act II scene iv Camp Walker is like the idyllic Forest of Arden--a place away, where the characters can focus on essential matters of the heart while they play. They discover who they are and what they need; they are enabled to return to the regular world with problems solved, lessons learned, and skills readied for facing the challenges of life. the Champions is the last part in the five book Scrapbook series. It explores the world through the eyes of a young gay boy. His needs and desires are looked at honestly, with a sense of humor--and without debilitating present day prejudice at the controls. Julian has established himself as a leader and gained the respect that he has sought for so long. He discovers that it is wise to go slowly. Unknown to him, his experienced competition stumbles in haste, and fails; he comes closer to achieving his original objective than either he--or Mark--realize. Surrounded by hundreds of scouts, all working to get ahead, Julian finds a way to shine. His artistic ability grows by leaps. His insight into human nature makes his friendship valuable and helpful to others. Story lines begun earlier are resolved, along with a few late developments. These last three days at camp are even more fun. the busload of boys returns home with much achieved; two weeks of hard work has been full of fun and discovery. Are there no "lived happily thereafter" endings in a gay boy's coming of age story? of course there are. They're just kept secret. Otherwise, the happy part gets destroyed. That's the way it is in real life. Real life stories carry baggage--questions about factual detail tend to upstage and distract the reader. Key story and thematic elements often get lost. If the story contains intimacies, scandalmongers cluster and buzz about like fruit flies, and the important issues get drowned out by the din. These negative forces have been pushed aside for this telling of the story. Julian's Private Scrapbook employs the fiction writer's toolkit in place of documentary literalness. "Charming and humorous, the novel successfully ends the series... told from a gay perspective, this is a wonderful look at boys transitioning between childhood and adulthood." --BlueInk Review Troop Nine Victorious Six first places and the relay! Ten Honor Ribbons Best troop for the fourth year. * Julian makes a new lifelong friend. * Danny's short water polo career ends well; on Friday he is discovered by Tony--instant electricity. * Tom and Nick help Freddy's Shooting Gallery end with a special treat. * There is secret night action as well. On Thursday, Geoff appears at Mark's cabin door just before midnight. On Friday, Tony arrives at Danny's tent after lights out. * Friday is graduation. Tom organizes the last day competitions. Julian presents his oversize portraits to Leonard and Sarge. * Saturday: morning is the relay races, afternoon the awards, packing up to leave. During the last camp assembly, Leonard gets a special lesson in art appreciation from Geoff. the long ride home is busy... especially the hour after dark. * Julian's goal for camp remains unachieved--or does it? What are the prospects for the future? What has happened at home?

The Mysterious World Of Eddy Shade

Author: Steffan Becker
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1479742791
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Eddy Shade was your average police detective. That is until one evening he witnesses a mans bizarre murder. Despite the mans death being dismissed as natural causes Eddy decides to pursue the case anyways. A decision that will forever change his life. Eddy will learn that monsters and magic are not only real, but are everywhere, and that perhaps one of the most dangerous of all may be the very thing he is looking for.

Animal Paradise

Author: Keith McCloy
Editor: epubli
ISBN: 3737538263
Size: 16,50 MB
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All of humanity is well aware of the events that took place in the twentieth century; the monumental destructiveness of industrialised war; the threat of nuclear holocaust; political upheaval on a grand scale; economic extravagance and then financial meltdown; the ravages of disease; expanding economic horizons; the capacity of tele-communications to both convey and to ram home inequalities and the global connectedness coming from the computer and the internet. It has confused many, alienated some, beaten down others and liberated many more. Yet the twentieth century is just a prelude to what is coming in this century. Climate change, as it starts to bite, will introduce monumental and frightening changes in the weather; it will see some states fail as they shatter before the pressures of disease, resource depletion and food shortages, aggression by others trying to survive and it will introduce global migrations such as have never been seen in recorded history. The events coming at us with climate change are going to dwarf those that took place in the twentieth century. This book is a satirical look at how domesticated animals, those that are dependent on us, may manage to deal with climate change if they are left to their own devices. It is a warning that we do not have much time, if any, to start to address the issue of climate change.

The Guest Cat

Author: Takashi Hiraide
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811221512
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A wonderful sui generis novel about a visiting cat who brings joy into a couple’s life in Tokyo A bestseller in France and winner of Japan’s Kiyama Shohei Literary Award, The Guest Cat, by the acclaimed poet Takashi Hiraide, is a subtly moving and exceptionally beautiful novel about the transient nature of life and idiosyncratic but deeply felt ways of living. A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo; they work at home, freelance copy-editing; they no longer have very much to say to one another. But one day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen. It leaves, but the next day comes again, and then again and again. Soon they are buying treats for the cat and enjoying talks about the animal and all its little ways. Life suddenly seems to have more promise for the husband and wife — the days have more light and color. The novel brims with new small joys and many moments of staggering poetic beauty, but then something happens…. As Kenzaburo Oe has remarked, Takashi Hiraide’s work "really shines." His poetry, which is remarkably cross-hatched with beauty, has been acclaimed here for "its seemingly endless string of shape-shifting objects and experiences,whose splintering effect is enacted via a unique combination of speed and minutiae."

Transforming Societies After Political Violence

Author: Brandon Hamber
Editor: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9780387894270
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Paraphrasing Descartes, we may say that one method is to take the reader into your conf idence by explaining to him how you arrived at your discovery; the other is to bully him into accepting a conclusion by parading a series of propositions which he must accept and which lead to it. The first method allows the reader to re-think your own thoughts in their natural order. It is an autobiographical style. Writing in this style, you include, not what you had for breakfast on the day of your discovery, but any significant consideration which helped you arrive at your idea. In particular, you say what your aim was – what problems you were trying to solve and what you hoped from a solution of them. The other style suppresses all this. It is didactic and intimidating. J. W. N. Watkins, Confession is Good for Ideas (Watkins, 1963, pp. 667–668) I began writing this book over 12 years ago. It was started in the midst of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). It is an exploration of what I have learned from the process. During the TRC, I was working at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in South Africa, primarily with people who testified before the Commission, but also on a range of research and policy initiatives in the area that is now called ‘transitional justice’. I have written about the TRC process extensively.

The Lightning Flash

Author: Ceanna Long
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469113589
Size: 11,96 MB
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Book Summary Dawn and her father Azael have always lived a normal life just like everyone else. But when Dawns father is kidnapped, Dawn is forced to look for her family, knowing that theyre the key to finding her father alive. The problem is, she has no clue who her family is, but with her new friend Demitri, anything is possible. Now they are headed across the world in search of the one that Dawn has treasured her whole life!

Lightning Year 4 Short Stories Heros

Author: Pearson Education
Editor: Ginn
ISBN: 9780602307905
Size: 17,95 MB
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Lightning provides: 32 books with 3 levels of differentiation per book; whole texts that provide NLS genre coverage; linked themes across fiction, non-fiction and the wider curriculum; focussed teaching support for each book including comprehension and writing activities; and a teaching and practice CD that provides opportunities for ICT.