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California, 1972 There was so much arguing going on that June between Rox, Mom and Dad that even with my bedroom door closed, I had very little solitude. During that stormy time, the rink was my only source of tranquility. You see, in my family we were all skaters—ice skaters. Each of us had been competing since we were eight, respectively. It was the last week of school—sis and I had just gotten home when I first heard the news flash. I had just plopped down on my bed worn out from ice skating practice when I flipped the radio on and heard the disc-jockey announce, “Local teen found dead this morning up at Rose Hill Cemetery—more after this commercial break.” I ran out of my room when the disc-jockey said it was a teen from Rox’s school. Heading toward Rox’s bedroom, barely meeting up, she nervously hollered out, “Jilli, did you just hear the news over the radio about the boy up at Rose Hill?” “Yes,” I answered. We both stood there in the living room, stunned! Later that night my family tuned into the local news, as I’m sure many other families did in our town of Cowell in Northern California. They said it had been thirty years since the last murder—where the boy was found. “Oh my God, he’s that girl’s brother!” Rox blurted out, pointing at the TV set. Earlier that year, we’d all been overjoyed when my brother Luke accomplished his goal in skating, and won a Silver Medal in the 1972 Winter Olympic Games held in Sapporo, Japan. Upon his return we celebrated his success with a party. One of the girls who had a crush on Luke introduced her brother to him. “Are you saying the boy in the news was here at Luke’s party?” Mom said in a surprised hush. “Yup,” Rox confirmed. “Weird, huh?” Mom just shook her head indicating she had no words to express how bad she felt for the boy and his family. We all stared into the TV set. “. . . while the police search for possible suspects.” The newscaster broke-in, “Coming up next—more protests on the Vietnam War.”
This is a coloring book for kids of all ages: The main character in the book is a young girl who has a great style fashion clothing and she is down to earth.
A Jar of Summer And Other Poems is a collection of poems that was written when Barbara found her inspiration to write when she moved to Martha’s Vineyard and became a member of the Oak Bluffs Library Thursday Writing Group.
Lucas Gillette recruited his 18 year old grandson, Mark, to accompany him on a search of a lifetime. His mother, Ruth Hayes, had left her family in Colorado, when she was just a teenager, to live with her grandparents in NY while she finished school, but for some unknown reason, she'd never returned. No one in New York knew of this family connection to Hayes, Colorado until Ruth had finally told her husband, as he lay on his death bed, that she could have family living out West. Although Lucas had tried, he'd learned very little before his mother's death, but he's determined now to find out if there could still be relatives in this small Colorado town. Their summer adventure took them across Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, and then south in Wyoming, and Colorado until they reached their destination just west of Pueblo, Colorado. Finding relatives was exciting and more wonderful than they'd ever expected. A wedding, a romance for Mark, and many other experiences of fun and surprises filled their days and evenings.The family was united and all was well at the Haven of Rest Ranch.
We may reminisce about a first baby doll at Christmas or a Radio Flyer wagon long awaited. Recalling precious moments of youth, and the love held within them, is food for our souls. Such precious moments often escape us. Before Summer’s End recalls a time and place in history that has escaped many of us. It was a time when being young meant carefree summers, running in the rain, and discovering the unknown. Within this story lie the innocence of youth, the true importance of family, and the way that little things in life hold true meaning. Excitement fills the air while we wander through a summer day near the end of harvest time. We romp in the yard, chasing away the ducks as we search for gold. We watch a stray cat being squirted with milk and roll over in laughter until our bellies hurt. In the front yard, a rope swing patiently waits to take our breath away as it glides through the breeze. We remember the time when being young was easy and carefree. Before Summer’s End reminds us of days past, when the pace of life was slower and one could savor its joy, feel its purity, and hold tightly to its truth. It was a time when children stood on a strong foundation that was built out of everyday, ordinary moments.
It was the start of the seven weeks of the school summer holidays and two young brothers Drew and Jack along with their best friend James went exploring a small cave close to where they lived in the small village of Llanvil with their father Michael. What they found in that cave would take them on an adventure that would change their lives for ever. From sheep rustlers to black dragons, events that had been set in motion many generations before would test the courage and resolve of the three young boys and their families. They started by wishing for a dog and got a lot more than they ever bargained for. With Drew the young wannabe leader, the ever hungry steadfast Jack and James the friend every boy should have read how they cope with everything that is thrust upon their young shoulders in ‘ Dragog and the seven weeks of summer’.
Can the past ever change the future? Sixteen year-old Drew Michaels’ reluctant vacation to the shore and Ocean Heights turns into an amazing adventure as he mysteriously awakens into the start of a journey that will take him back to 1965 and a father he never knew. Mysticism and destiny weave an unforgettable journey for Drew across the backdrop of Maryland’s beaches and boardwalks. Twists and turns abound, unexpected love and friendships form, but the mystery of Drew’s presence remains, only to be revealed in a dramatic ending that spans the ages.
I have no arms to perform my task.
I hide behind a human mask.
Because I have but darkness for face,
my only tool is the human race.
It takes very little to make them do evil,
It's so simple to make them fear.
I love to frighten, I love to scare,
I'm a cold winter's dream,
A Midsummer's Nightmare
The book “Hello, Summer!” is for children and about children. The feelings, thoughts, and wishes of kids in the book as they interact with nature are revealed to the reader in series of poems related to the seasons of the year.
This book is especially loved by three to seven year-olds who enjoy recognizing themselves in the poems’ heroes.
A Summer in Tuscany is read with a warm smile. Funny, informative, thoughtful, the book takes you to the heart of the Italian countryside and into the lives of Tuscany's most charming characters.
Readers who harbor a dream to 'live Italian' for a few weeks or for a few months will find the book invaluable. Go on an odyssey with a budding American opera star and her 'entourage,' (her family) to rent a villa in Tuscany and a palace in Spoleto. Pack light; you'll travel in a stick shift Fiat (a.k.a. Fix It Again, Tony).
Sit back on the terrace of a Tuscan villa overlooking the vineyards, olive trees, and medieval town. Go along to the Prada outlet and to an accidental dinner dance given by the local Communist party. Visit a famous Antinori vineyard and meet the vineyard owner. Wander through streets made for handcarts, wind your way through the white roads of Chianti, experience the world's most luxurious spa and Lucca's famous market, where an entire shop sells only horse meat; steaks, ground, chops.
Pack drip-dry clothes. Italy hangs its wash out to dry. Struggle with buying Italian detergent and then wrestle with the Italian washing machine. Watch a Perugina prostitute pose. Shop Deruta, home of the famous Italian majolica. Learn how to make a truffled omelet and how to saut squash blossoms so that the flowers open on your plate. Encounter a shadowy band of gypsies, a ring of pickpockets. Go to the young Diva's first night opera performance, a dinner with Tony Blair, lunch at Maria de' Medici's.
Along the way, the reader will learn enough Italian to bargain in the local open air markets where English is not spoken, to order in a ristorante where no English translations are available, to taste the best wine at the degustatione where the winemaker will give you a special deal on a case of Chianti merely because you know how to say 'degustatione' (day-goo-staht-see-OH-nay). Make yourself clearly understood by the gimlet-eyed Italian barber as he sharpens his strop! The Italian language and pronunciations are inserted seamlessly in the text.
Summer in Italy, from the comfort of your chair. Once you've finished the last page, you'll want to start reading again from the first page. Travelers will want to take many of the pages of A Summer in Tuscany along to Italy. Many excellent photographs.
-- ML Ford