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In October 2003, I became a victim of traumatic brain injury. That's when I was hit and dragged by a pickup truck while riding a Big Wheel trike at a friend's party. Emergency brain surgery saved my life, but I lost a portion of the back part of my brain. At the age of ten, I had to learn how to breathe, swallow, talk, eat, stand, sit, walk-everything- all over again.
Traumatic brain injury is one of the leading causes of disability among children, yet, because of the complexity of the brain, experts still have much to learn about how to treat TBI. In When the Lights Go Out, I describe my therapies-what's worked, what hasn't, and why-and share how I learned to cope with the emotional and psychological challenges. In the process, I have discovered the critical roles that faith in God, love of family, the healing power of friends, and the inherent goodness of people all played in my ability to triumph over overwhelming odds. I have also learned that a horrific accident has given me an amazing gift. When the Lights Go Out is an expression of that gift.
"People speak glibly about life changing moments. Some truly qualify. You propose marriage and are accepted. You hear, 'You're hired' or 'You're fired' and your future shifts instantly. The doctor says 'malignant' (or something else life-changing) and everything is different. But anyone who has ever lived through it will tell you: It is profoundly shattering to learn, in one instant, that everything you thought was true about a loved one (my words: or perhaps your own life) is actually a lie. (Your entire world is turned upside down - what you thought about yourself, and what gave meaning to your life). The world rocks on its axis; when it is finally steady again, you are in a strange place that resembles, but is totally unlike the place you were in just a moment earlier."- Diana B Henriques from 'Wizard of Lies; Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust'A story of renewal and transformation: a transformation of heart. Eternal truths. True or not?? Possibly! Hope for a new beginning - one not divided by the past but with hope for the future. In a phrase, A NEW HEART. "I'm gonna write till I drop!"For a bit of "wacky" humour click on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoMMonty Python on novel writing *DEDICATIONFor Gareth and Sean, you "guys" are the greatest joy in my life... and yes, you too M for producing them.FOR MY DEARLY BELOVED SONS "Watching children growis like threatening the ivy to climb the garden wall.You wait for it to happenyou hurry it along with love.But still you're disappointedat giving someone life enoughto walk off on your ownand not be carried in your arms. You never turn your back - not once,and yet one day they've grown apart or taller. It's all the same.Polly put the kettle on, we'll all have tea.Giving love to childrenhas made us older overnight. - Rod McKune."I love you in the very special way that I've written about in these pages." #A TRUE story of renewal and transformation: a transformation of heart. Eternal truths. Hope for a new beginning - one not divided by the past but with hope for the future. In a phrase, A NEW HEART. "To all of us who believe love rules, stand up and let it shine." *About the AuthorWriters challenge themselves and their readers in new ways, They find new niches. I want to continually test my own writing "limits", the "boundaries of my imagination." *And whenever c came to a cross roads in his life about which path to take, he meditated and prayed and followed the voice within, the indwelling Holy Spirit. What would Jesus do (WWJD) in this situation? Then he usually followed, not his mind (logic), but his heart, as well as the highest thought, the highest possible choice. So c chose to write about the road less travelled, the path of the pursuit of PEACE. Through attempting in some small way to break down barriers and divisions between peoples, one mind, one heart, one tiny step at a time. And every great journey starts with a single small step.Solet the story begin... # #PROLOGUEA TALE OF TWO CITIESIt was a beautiful spring day in September in the year 1988, the sky overhead a clear blue with not a cloud in sight. Desperately trying to find some answers to what was happening in their life, the middle-aged couple had just come from the neurologist in Perth, Western Australia. Shattered , they walked out of the 2nd floor building back to the bright red new Holden company car parked in busy Mill Point Road overlooking the shimmering Swan river. Feeling so alone in a new country, they felt shattered at hearing the news, not knowing where their lives were headed. Traumatized they didn't know where to turn... or what to do next... just devoid of hope
You are holding a collection of stories, the aim of this collection is to equip and inspire you to make a positive impact in your own community, through relationships and creative initiatives.
In this material, you will read about Dave and Will who developed gardens on wasteland in inner city London council estates, encouraging residents to be part of the process of renewal and creativity by growing plants and vegetables. Will hosts community harvest feasts, bringing together local residents to eat their own locally-grown produce. Andy in his 20s, started a lunch club for isolated elderly people, rallying his student friends to help serve homemade meals in a borrowed church hall. Pauline responded to a news bulletin about the lack of housing for refugees and asylum seekers, by setting up homes across North London to provide safe housing. Annie set up regular meals in her church building for homeless people and rough sleepers. Mark started a football club for local lads from an estate in London, most of whom were from extremely difficult backgrounds and not in education or employment. Countless others have weeded gardens for families referred by social services, mentored children in foster care and painted a wall in a refuge. Abroad, Mick and Ruby moved into an inner city slum community in the heart of Manilla for 9 years with their young children.
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Almost forty years after publication, this much-loved classic is as popular as ever. Ingenious die-cut holes bring this well-known nursery rhyme to life, and Pam Adams' illustrations lend humour and vibrancy to the proceedings.
Twisted Delights: A Thrilling Short Story Anthology is a strange collection of ten short stories which include a homicidal hairdresser, a doomed werewolf love tale & an unforgettable meeting with the devil.
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