Impossible Community:Realizing Communitarian Anarchism John P. Clark
You´re faced with a difficult health condition. You have exhausted medicine´s answers. What do you do? Susannah Meadows tells the real-life stories of seven families who persisted when traditional medicine alone wasn´t enough. Their adventures take us to the outer frontiers of medical science and cutting-edge complementary therapies, as Meadows explores research into the mind´s potential to heal the body, the possible role food may play in reversing disease, the power of agency, perseverance, and hope-and more. When journalist Susannah Meadows noticed her three-year-old son, Shepherd, shying away from soccer practice, she had no idea it was the first sign of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. The diagnosis was the first step of a long journey, physically painful for Shepherd and emotionally wrenching for Susannah and her family. But they pressed on, and using a combination of traditional and complementary medicine they beat the disease, and the odds. Meadows chronicles her own story, and takes you into the lives of other remarkable people, exploring their heartbreaks and triumphs. One boy who has severe food allergies undergoes an unconventional therapy and is soon eating everything. An organic farmer in Washington State tries to solve the puzzle of her daughter´s epileptic seizures. A physician with MS creates her own combination of treatments and goes from a wheelchair to riding a bike again. A child diagnosed with ADHD refuses to take medication and instead improves his life, and the life of his family, after changing his diet. Other families take on rheumatoid arthritis and autistic behaviors. Meadows includes new information about traditional and nontraditional medicine and the latest science on how the health of our gut bacteria is connected to wellness-and how the right foods play a key role in helping this microscopic population thrive. She also talks with scientists who study the traits and circumstances that may make some people keep going when others feel helpless. These researchers are illuminating the psychology of healing-how the mind, and asserting control over your body and health, can play a part in recovery. Fascinating, moving, and profoundly inspiring, The Other Side of Impossible gives us people driven by love, desperation, and astonishing resolve-a community of the defiant who share an extraordinary talent for hope and for fighting the battle for healing in today´s world and tomorrow´s.
You don´t care about who I am, you only care about what I have to say. You want to know whether the content of this book will improve your life and be useful to you. Hence, I have to persuade you that the content of this book will be useful to you and worth your money. Because that is obviously what I want you to do; buy it and follow the advice it gives you. You probably care deeply about various issues in society–homelessness; inequality, climate change–but need additional tools to better understand and more strategically tackle them. You´re ready and willing to learn because you know that merely talking about how awful things are isn´t a very effective way of solving them. You´re also tired of the malicious manner in which every societal issue is politicized, and you hate the toxic bickering between both sides of the political spectrum. You´re desperate for a more level-headed perspective on these issues. That said, you know that social change requires a lot of work, which leads you to believe that your efforts are too small to make a difference. You´re afraid that you´ll fail in achieving this goal, despite your positive intentions. You think that if you can´t succeed in changing one huge existential problem in the world, it´s not worth trying at all. If your contribution doesn´t make a big-picture impact in the world, what´s the point, right? Wrong. Chances are high that you´ve frequently fallen into the following trap: you read an amazing article about an issue in society, become inspired to make a difference… and then lose all that energy a week later, with few results to show for it. Because of these challenges, Community Heroes will focus on community development, rather than global change. Guided by my experience in the nonprofit sector as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, I will help you focus on incremental change in your community, rather than transformational changes to the entire world. Even though you hear people say that there are so many problems in society that you´re powerless to create change, that ´´the system´´ is rigged against us, and that it´s impossible to change it, I can assure you that these are not valid excuses to give up and do nothing to help your community. ´´ But there are no problems in my community! ´´ A painfully common misconception that is caused by people not looking closely enough. No matter how great your community is, it has many problems that need solving. Community Heroes is for a range of audiences. It´s for people that are about to become (or already are) nonprofit professionals, which specifically includes AmeriCorps VISTA members, but is certainly not limited to them. It´s for those that care deeply about social impact, community development, and nonprofit work. Finally, it´s for those of you that don´t necessarily want to change the world but do want to learn how to change your communities. In Community Heroes , you´ll learn why it´s important to: • Suspend your dreams of changing the world and instead strive to be a hero in your own community; • Understand why working on Wall Street might be a more effective way of achieving social impact than working for a nonprofit; • Recognize why your efforts to make a positive impact in society might actually be for selfish, instead of selfless reasons; • Understand the barriers to employment that disenfranchised people face and why they are such powerful impediments to progress; • Break the unfounded stereotypes you might have of the (working) poor in order to serve them more effectively; • And much more!
Modern society is plagued by fragmentation. The various sectors of our communities - businesses, schools, social service organizations, churches, government - do not work together. They exist in their own worlds. As do so many individual citizens, who long for connection but end up marginalized, their gifts overlooked, their potential contributions lost. This disconnection and detachment makes it hard if not impossible to envision a common future and work towards it together. We know what healthy communities look like - there are many success stories out there, and they´ve been described in detail. What Block provides in this inspiring new book is an exploration of the exact way community can emerge from fragmentation: How is community built? How does the transformation occur? What fundamental shifts are involved? He explores a way of thinking about our places that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist and details what each of us can do to make that happen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nick Sullivan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/001031/bk_adbl_001031_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
According to MacArthur Fellowship ´´genius´´ award winner Bill Strickland, a successful life is not something you simply pursue, it is something that you create, moment by moment. It is a realization Strickland first came to when, as a poor kid growing up in a rough neighborhood of Pittsburgh, he encountered a high-school ceramics teacher who took him under his wing and went on to transform his life. Over the past 30 years, Bill Strickland has been transforming the lives of thousands of people through the creation of Manchester Bidwell, a jobs training center and community arts program. Working with corporations, community leaders, and schools, he and his staff strive to give disadvantaged kids and adults the opportunities and tools they need to envision and build a better, brighter future. Strickland believes that every one of us has the potential for remarkable achievement. Every one of us can accomplish the impossible in our lives if given the right inspiration and motivation to do so. We all make ourselves ´´poor´´ in one way or another when we accept that we are not smart enough, experienced enough, or talented enough to accomplish something. Bill Strickland works with the least advantaged among us, and if he can help them achieve the impossible in their lives, think what each of us can do. Through lessons from his own life experiences, and those of countless others who have overcome their circumstances and turned their lives around, Make the Impossible Possible shows how all of us can build on our passions and strengths, dream bigger and set the bar higher, achieve meaningful success and help mentor and inspire the lives of others. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Strickland. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001328/bk_rand_001328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This book is about coping with the crazy people at work. It is a serious book with funny stories. The book has 10 rules of survival. Rule # 1 Crazy People Make You Crazy is the foundation of all of them. The rules allow you to identify and then avoid crazy people and crazy situations. This is not a get rich or get sex or self-help book. This is about getting your life focused on what is truly important. Life is too short and too precious to allow ourselves to be sidetracked by impossible people and the impossible problems they create. That life is short and precious is a truism, but it is a truism that resonates deeply in the hearts of those of us who have dipped our toes into the waters of middle age or beyond. Perhaps the realization comes when we hit a 40th birthday or a 15th wedding anniversary. All of a sudden, life is flying by. What we want at that point more than anything is to pay attention to what matters. We want time for precious things, whatever unique combination of family and friends and hobbies and faith and community brings each of you your unique sense of joy and fulfillment. That is what makes this a genuinely different kind of self-help book. The book is friendly, conversational and entertaining. It is written is to be a quick satisfying listen. That airplane ride to Chicago becomes an entertaining learning experience. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Taverna. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/075009/bk_acx0_075009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
She kept moving forward. She didn´t stop. She didn´t look back. Lily was abducted from outside her high school gates. For eight long years, she´s been locked away from the outside world. During that time she´s changed from a girl into a woman. She´s had a baby. And now she has seized her chance and escaped. Running for her life, with her daughter in her arms, she returns to her family and the life she used to know - to her much-loved twin sister, Abby; her mum; her high school boyfriend - and her freedom. But is it possible to go back? Lily´s perfect life as a teenager doesn´t exist anymore. Since she´s been gone, her family´s lives have changed, too, in ways she never could have imagined. Her return, and the revelation of who took her, will send shock waves through the whole community. Impossible not to listen to in one sitting, Baby Doll is a taut psychological thriller that focuses on family entanglements and the evil that can hide behind a benign facade. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laurence Bouvard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/028009/bk_adbl_028009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Many in the scientific community shun life after death, considering such experiences impossible. Marcel Westerlund is the exception. The Swedish psychiatrist,not only uses hypnotherapy to treat people´s mental illnesses - he uses it to explore their afterlives as well. Despite being a highly controversial approach, his use of hypnotherapy results in some fascinating stories...and is even integrated directly into the sciences. Travel back with a patient as she recounts being a queen of Egypt. Discover how a man finds his own grave, finally allowing him to connect with his spiritual existence and find healing. Read account after account of people who come to grips with their past lives, and use these experiences to find happiness in this life. Pills may curb depression, but Westerlund discovers that delving into people´s past lives provides a healing force that he could never accomplish through regular medicine. He talks candidly about his job as a healer as well as the importance of the spirit in mental recovery. Journey into the soul and learn about not only the existence of past lives but the science behind it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Craig Beck. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/036769/bk_acx0_036769_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Told by Roary, a wry, softhearted Vietnam vet, Inside Moves is an off-beat, exuberant and extremely emotional novel focusing on the bonds of friendship between two men brought together by physical and psychological challenges, and their dreams of creating more meaningful lives for themselves and their friends. Roary, crippled by war, and Jerry, a phenomenal basketball player born with a bum leg, hang out at Max´s bar in San Francisco, a racially mixed watering hole for the disabled community. Against seemingly impossible odds, Roary and Jerry, with lots of help from their friends, set out to realize Jerry´s dream of becoming a pro basketball player.Inside Moves is often classified as a sports novel, but basketball is merely the backdrop to this human comedy of love and sorrow and the healing power of friendship and community.Inside Moves was Todd Walton´s first novel and caused a sensation when published by Doubleday in 1978. A motion picture of Inside Moves was released in 1980, with a screenplay by Barry Levinson and Valerie Curtin and directed by Richard Donner. The movie starred John Savage and launched the acting careers of David Morse, Amy Wright, and Diana Scarwid, who received an Academy Award-nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Louise, the feisty waitress of Max´s.Long unavailable, the movie version of Inside Moves was born again in 2009 with the long-awaited release of the DVD by Lions Gate Entertainment - which has spurred a renewed interest in the novel that inspired the film. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Walton. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/redw/000007/bk_redw_000007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rancher Ciaran O´Connor is one of the best and most successful equine and canine trainers in the Northwest. Finding a date is never hard for him, but unearthing a woman who meets all of his particular expectations and is not too needy herself is more challenging. He is ready to wait for as long as it takes when he spots nurse Katherine Franklin and makes a horse trade to get better acquainted with her. Ciaran soon finds that, just like with his wild or abused animals, he must slowly work at the puzzle of Katie´s past to find the jewel hidden beneath all that manipulation. It will take all the tools in his arsenal to reach his goal. Katie has a reputation with the men in the community; she´s known for being hard to catch and impossible to keep, but Ciaran O´Connor makes her blood run hot. He is honest, protective, a hard worker, and the gentlest man she has ever known. This rancher expects the woman he loves to allow him to take care of her, which includes her obedience when he asks for it...and a red hot bottom when she doesn´t. Ciaran doesn´t need someone like Katie, whose past screams for her to run while her heart begs her to stay. Can Ciaran convince Katherine that his take-charge lifestyle is not only what she needs, but everything she craves? Or is she going to turn away from the future she desires because of the past she has endured? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kimberly Worthy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/071870/bk_acx0_071870_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.