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|Author||: Paul Andrew Powell|
|Editor||: Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
This collection of philosophical essays by a student of Zen Buddhism synthesizes aspects of Western culture and science with the author’s insights from his Zen practice, revealing understandings into both. The book discusses a wide and provocative range of topics including Zen and The Lord of the Rings trilogy; Zen and artificial intelligence; Zen and the Postmodern condition; Zen and Christian afterlife; Zen and the problematic questions of free will and morality; and Zen and the nature of consciousness, among others. This book is a stimulating and off-beat philosophical tour that will challenge how the reader looks at things.
|Author||: Richard WHITTINGHAM (of New York.)|
|Author||: Sean A O’Reilly|
This is a collection of short narratives of some of my life’s encounters with people, both socially and in sports events. Life cannot exist without food and drink and so naturally, a few stories on bread, cheese and the amber nectar get an airing as well as my favorite pub. Work and play feature greatly in our lives and I have included some of my contributions, hopefully positive ones, from my life’s travails. For most people their pets are very important to their well being so our now deceased, but amazing Silly Billy the cat, gets his own story. The reader can select a story in the order that catchers their interest. Enjoy.
|Author||: Paul James|
|Editor||: Lulu Press, Inc|
Over the past too many decades I’ve been watching the world turn every which way it can and shaking my head in wonder. However, I didn’t just wonder, I wrote a lot of my thoughts down and they were published in a number of different newspapers. Those random thoughts ranged from family life to current affairs and that most easily teased slice of life called ‘work’. My musings are often humorous, it’s hard not to laugh at our neighbors, as Jane Austen remarked two hundred years ago, and progress does often make things worse, as Agatha Christie commented only a hundred years ago. Sometimes, however, my musings weren’t intended to be humorous but even then they were not meant to be unpleasant, there’s enough of that in all the other things you’ll watch and read out there. So, if you’re in the mood for whiling away a very short span of time reading how someone from a different planet (or so I’m often told) sees the world, this short book is where you need to be.
|Author||: Ma Ra|
|Editor||: Partridge Publishing Singapore|
What happens when attraction becomes affection? It is when you see the person, you heave a sigh. It is when you see their smile, your dismal day becomes sunny and bright. It is when you hear their voice, you go uh-oh while your heart dances a do-si-do. It is when you look into their eyes and all of a sudden, thousands of shooting stars flicker and a vibrant moon bow starts illuminating the night sky. And endless thoughts about the person start inhabiting your mind and you can not stop musing. Musing, thats what happens when attraction becomes affection. It is when you still see them, even if you close your eyes. It is when you smile every time you think of them. It is when you dance even to a silent tune. It is when your normal day becomes extraordinary just because you remember them! Now, all your days and nights are occupied with thoughts of them and your journal is filled with your Musings.
|Author||: William Charles Arbaugh|
|Editor||: Trafford Publishing|
It is often said that in polite conversation the topics of religion and politics should be avoided but how long can most of us carry an engaging conversation on the weather? One who is concerned about the directions in which this nation is moving must necessarily discuss controversial topics. Have the labels liberal and conservative outlived their usefulness? Is liberalism truly a bad word? What are conservatives trying to conserve? Is it possible to rise above the din of partisan debate? These brief essays are critical comments on society, politics and religion in which the author avoids the pitfalls of extremism. The author, a minister of the Lutheran Church and with an interest in education, sees danger in extreme positions, religious or political, noting that the "right" produced Mussolini's Fascism and Hitler's Nazism whereas the "left" resulted in Stalinist Communism. Against rigid, absolutist positions as well as spineless relativism, one is reminded of the church mouse who once delivered a pertinent aphorism: "If you stand in the middle of the road, the traffic in two directions will flatten you into road kill" (Essay 10). The point is that controversial topics must not be ignored. Problems of narrowness, for example, have been tackled by the author in Essay 6, which begins with this paragraph: Some years ago an acquaintance who liked to speak in grand terms said to me in all seriousness, "My philosophy is the pursuit of happiness". It was narrow and egocentric but at the time I had no response. However, now, many years later, I have an answer to that unforgotten statement, thanks to a guest at St. James. Last month Dr. William Foege ... [from the Carter Center and Emory University], speaking at St. James, stated that there have been many attempts to define civilization. One of these is happiness, which caused him to wonder whether a three-year-old with a chocolate might be more civilized than the parents.
|Author||: Robert Coward|
|Author||: Oluwole Komolafe|
Oluwole Komolafe reveals what life is like for everyday people in Nigeria and shares observations on traditions throughout the world in this collection of essays. Each essay is a standalone piece of work and can be read as a separate story, but they’re all connected. The various characters you meet show that life in poor communities shares some similarities with more affluent places. In reading the essays, you’ll note how poverty can be inherited and transferred from one generation to another—just like inheriting riches. Poverty can also take various forms— encompassing a lack of knowledge, spiritual awareness, and money. The author also tackles challenging topics such as poverty rooted in societal structure, poverty rooted in environmental development, and what communities sometimes take for granted. He also explores how poverty can cause the masses to engage in dehumanizing professions to earn a living. Join the author as he shares a snapshot of life in Nigeria and the themes that unite us in Musings in Solitude.
|Author||: Larry Blacketer|
|Editor||: WestBow Press|
Many times, ordinary happenings in our lives serve to beautifully illustrate and reveal God’s truths to us. Jesus set the example by using everyday happenings (parables) to illustrate the truths in all His teachings. And if we simply keep our eyes open, we could observe that God is still teaching us in the same manner. We could also be aware that even many well known Scriptures may contain beautiful truths that are often overlooked by the casual student. In this study, a lifelong Bible teacher with an unusual passion for searching out these little hidden lessons, not only by observing and applying everyday happenings to illustrate the meanings of various Scriptures, but also looking at several familiar Scriptures through different lenses in an effort to find additional truths. Herein, he shares some of these little hidden treasures with us.
|Author||: Victoria Connelly|
|Editor||: Allison & Busby|
Hard-up florist Molly Bailey has just won a fortune in the National Lottery. And she wants to get rid of it – fast! Tom Mackenzie is on the verge of losing his job. He needs one hell of a story if he hopes to secure his future in journalism. And his luck may have just come in... With a strong belief that sharing her good fortune is the only way forward, Molly unwittingly becomes the most sought-after person in the country as she distributes her wealth to the masses. With only her terrier pup, Fizz, and her trusty Beetle for company, Molly embarks on the journey of her life. But with Tom hot on her heels, will she succeed before her family and the media catch up with her? And, with Tom leading the pack, would that really be such a bad thing...?