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Serving as a poetic score to the movement of life, A Melancholy Whirlwind Romance: Movement as Poetry is a poignant collection borne from the deepest depths of the human heart and the highest heights of the human ego. In these tender yet fierce poems, author Julie Godwin documents the struggles that occur between the paradigms of love, loss, grief, joy, faith and doubt. As an expression of both the inherent beauty and inevitable suffering that exists in the world, Julie’s poems will find a home in the hearts of readers who resonate with, and find healing through, words: All those days, a life recovered a life reclaimed a life regifted a life restored. Hope is alive and well in this world. Hope will carry us home.
My Bert Has Alzheimer’s is an intimate, detailed account of a wife’s experience with her husband’s dementia. As Paula de Ronde quickly learned, life for two people — patient and caregiver - is thrown into disarray with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Ambushed by the disease, it is a journey into the unknown, but one that features an abundance of love, hope, and support. There is no shying away from the horror of the disease, but its awfulness doesn’t strip from the experience of the powerful companions that accompany those enduring it — namely, love, laughter, and community. Thrust into the caregiver role for her other half who used to be her equal and best buddy, making all kinds of decisions together, Paula now enters a new world of uncertainty and chaos. There is no roadmap. Instead she learns that the disease is as individual as each person who contracts it. Here is a caregiver’s poignant and revealing story of the mental, physical, and emotional stress of caring for the love of her life, her Bert, as he gives over to his neurological disease. The caregiver’s life is far from easy. Yet fueled by love, which never wanes, each step of the way is handled with grace and the help of care partners. Alzheimer’s steals memories but also gives teaching moments. As the disease progresses Paula learns to be more tolerant, patient, compassionate and accepting of human frailties. Alzheimer’s releases an inner strength. She meets each challenge, finds a solution to each issue that arises, then passes on her new-found knowledge to others. She learns the value of having a support group. Alzheimer’s cements the old adage that laughter is the best medicine. Together she and her Bert become stronger than the disease. With humour, compassion, wisdom, and deep feeling, she describes this slice of their conjoined lives. More than a record of the impact of a disease this is, at its essence, also a love story.
Talon Maximus is deprived of his father and faced with the horror of having his girlfriend Denise taken by Dark Web mob boss Megalodon. All because of a book Talon owns, a book of unnatural power. Where wishes can come true... for the right sacrifice. With no one to help him and nothing left to loose, Talon summons the guardian of the book to aid him in his quest against Megalodon and rescue Denise.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees all the world’s people the right to life, liberty, protection against cruelty and torture, and equal justice before the law. So why, then, is our world so broken? In the Beauty of Their Dreams follows the story of three extraordinary women leaders and long-time friends who use their power to say “enough.” Enough of the abuse and exploitation of the weak and helpless by the rich and powerful. Enough of the ruthless power-mongering that destroys the lives of ordinary people. With the world on the edge of revolutionary change, a shocking act of violence catapults Olivia Newman reluctantly into the role of Prime Minister. There, she is thrown into the bare-knuckle world of macho governing. Her crusading daughter, Sarah, opens her mother’s eyes to the urgent need for change, and a radical plan to put the world’s future into women’s hands. In the Beauty of Their Dreams is a page-turning novel that looks ahead to a woman-led revolution that is much more than just a utopian dream. "In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." – Charles Darwin
When Madeline’s parents died in an accident ten years ago, she was adopted by family friends. The Richardsons are loving, protective, kind—and Werewolves. Having just graduated college, Maddie is excited to spend the summer at the family lakeside cabin. But this year they won’t be alone—they’re hosting the Texas pack. Maddie may be pure human, but she possesses a remarkable trait—she has no scent—and her overprotective brother, Derek, will do anything to keep her safe. So when Matt, the up-and-coming Alpha of the Texas pack, falls for Maddie, things get complicated. Before Maddie and Matt can reconcile their differences, she’s kidnapped by a rogue werewolf who wants her scentless secret. The hunt for Maddie is on—but to be saved, she risks losing everything, and the family must face some hard truths before welcoming a new Were into their pack.