My Cosmic Stroke is a remarkable true story shared by Ashima Kahrs, who at the tender age of twenty-one suffered a debilitating stroke. This narrative explores the personal trials, paralyzing fears, and conversations with death that were a part of the unfolding. Learning to embrace the grace of humility, the mystical gifts of compassion, and the potentials of treatment possibilities are explored. With her training as a speech-language pathologist, Kahrs provides a look at strokes from a medical professional's inside view through a unique blend of storytelling, humor, and humility. Kahrs also explores multiple alternative healing options that continue to enrich the healing process to this day. Lessons in humility and gratitude fill this narrative as deeper understanding unfolds. Divided into four parts entitled "The Wake Up Call," "Unfolding Wisdom," "The Integration Begins," and "Unlimited Potentials," these deeply personal tales bring clarity to a wide range of complex issues as they follow Kahrs's extraordinary-if erratic-journey, and the lessons she gained through gentle guidance and patience. These colorful, yet overwhelming, events encourage her to learn and explore the wisdom afforded her as her ongoing recovery exceeds expectations. In the vein of Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, this book is for health professionals and laymen alike who are curious about the broad range of available options for treating those with neurological issues-and who want to embrace the evolving nature of wellness.
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The astonishing international bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment. On the morning of the 10th December 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. As the damaged left side of her brain - the rational, logical, detail and time-oriented side - swung in an out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realities: the euphoric Nirvana of the intuitive and emotional right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace; and the logical left brain, that realized Jill was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely. In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Taylor brings to light a new perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery that she gained through the intimate experience of awakening her own injured mind. The journey to recovery took eight years for Jill to feel completely healed. Using her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insight gained from her right brain that December morning.
1,000 aphorisms of Cosmic Pessimism (400 pages!) and other Nihilistic essays, outburts, musings, etc. Go ahead. Read them. What's the worst that could happen? Before deciding to compile this book, I read the 14 page book by Eugene Thacker entitled: Cosmic Pessimism. If not for that terrible dissappointment of a book by Eugene Thacker, similarly titled, you would not be reading this now, so I guess, you have his brevity (and my reactionary ANGER) to thank for this immaculate and flawless publication here, which I have called, Cosmic Pessimism. Nihilism. Zen. Eugene Thacker’s book is tiny. I fault him for that. I don’t however, fault him for taking up the aphoristic style, the strategy of hammering the reader with short bursts of aporia, disjunction and bizarre impasse. Jaded little utterances; Questions in response to questions! Inscrutable paradoxes! Brutal condemnations of existence!
Viennese modernism is often described in terms of a fin-de-siècle fascination with the psyche. But this stereotype of the movement as essentially cerebral overlooks a rich cultural history of the body. The Naked Truth, an interdisciplinary tour de force, addresses this lacuna, fundamentally recasting the visual, literary, and performative cultures of Viennese modernism through an innovative focus on the corporeal. Alys X. George explores the modernist focus on the flesh by turning our attention to the second Vienna medical school, which revolutionized the field of anatomy in the 1800s. As she traces the results of this materialist influence across a broad range of cultural forms—exhibitions, literature, portraiture, dance, film, and more—George brings into dialogue a diverse group of historical protagonists, from canonical figures such as Egon Schiele, Arthur Schnitzler, Joseph Roth, and Hugo von Hofmannsthal to long-overlooked ones, including author and doctor Marie Pappenheim, journalist Else Feldmann, and dancers Grete Wiesenthal, Gertrud Bodenwieser, and Hilde Holger. She deftly blends analyses of popular and “high” culture, laying to rest the notion that Viennese modernism was an exclusively male movement. The Naked Truth uncovers the complex interplay of the physical and the aesthetic that shaped modernism and offers a striking new interpretation of this fascinating moment in the history of the West.
It's one giant leap for all boy-kind in Frank Cottrell Boyce's out-of-this-world story: Cosmic. Liam is too big for his boots. And his football strip. And his school blazer. But being super-sized height-wise has its advantages: he's the only eleven-year-old to ever ride the G-force-defying Cosmic rollercoaster – or to be offered the chance to drive a Porsche. Long-legged Liam makes a giant leap for boy-kind by competing with a group of adults for the chance to go into space. Is Liam the best boy for the job? Sometimes being big isn't all about being a grown-up. This edition of Cosmic includes bonus material and discussion questions from Frank Cottrell Boyce and features fantastic cover artwork from Steven Lenton.
Sofie Ryan's charming follow-up to The Whole Cat and Caboodle in the New York Times bestselling Second Chance Cat Mystery series Things have been quiet in the coastal town of North Harbor, Maine, since Sarah Grayson and her rescue cat, Elvis, solved their first murder. Sarah is happy running Second Chance, the shop where she sells lovingly refurbished and repurposed items. But then she gets dragged into a controversy over developing the waterfront. Most of the residents—including Sarah—are for it, but there is one holdout—baker Lily Carter. So when Lily is found murdered in her bakery, it looks like somebody wanted to remove the only obstacle to the development. But Sarah soon discovers that nothing is as simple as it seems. Now, with the help of her cat’s uncanny ability to detect a lie, Sarah is narrowing down the suspects. But can she collar the culprit before the ruthless killer pounces again? From the Paperback edition.
“I will forever cherish the life lessons I learned from Mr. Mitchell. I learned about love, about tragedy, about overcoming setbacks and I learned about myself.” Shannon Suess “I may not remember all the poems we read in AP class, but I will remember the man who taught me a lifelong love for poetry.” Edward M. Shine “The questions you ask are spiritual, they’re real, they manifest themselves in peculiar ways that we may only glimpse once, but ponder for decades.” Andrew Steel “I read the full book in only one day! These stories inspire me to do so much. I can’t thank you enough.” Anthony Fertitta “I love all these stories so much, and their meanings are poignant and relatable.” Brendan Thomas Photos by Cooper Vacheron
In the 277th century, Earth is dead, but mankind survives in colonies scattered across the galaxy. To these new worlds come the Immortals, beings with strange ties to ancient Earth who seem to live forever, who can travel light years in days - and who use their strange powers to control the existence of ordinary mortals. On the planet Pentecost, a small group sets out to find and challenge the Immortals. But in the search they themselves are changed: as Immortals, they discover a new threat, not just to themselves, but to the galaxy itself.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring John Cusack! Mr. Quark is a down-on-his luck pot-smuggler hiding out in the mountains of Colombia with his dog, High Pockets, and a small band of banditos led by the irascible Jose. Only months before, these three and their fearless associates were rolling in millions in cash and high-grade marijuana, eluding prosecution on “ridiculously false” drug and terrorism charges. But times have quickly grown lean, and to liven up their exile, Jose decides to mug a family of American tourists. Among the spoils are physics texts, which launch Mr. Quark on a side-splitting, boisterous adventure north to California, where he confronts the owner of the books with his own theories on relativity, the nature of the universe, and looking for the meaning of life in all the wrong places….