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The Bieler family's vast collection of wartime letters and photographs tell intimate, firsthand stories of five young brothers and their parents. In Onward, Dear Boys, Philippe Bieler skilfully weaves together his own voice with those of his grandparents, his father, and his uncles into a story of war, immigration, and family life. Settling in the province of Quebec, then divided into French-speaking Catholics and English-speaking Anglicans, was a struggle for these devout, francophone Calvinists, but with the unexpected declaration of war in 1914 came an even greater challenge. In 1915 three of the five Bieler boys volunteered with the Princess Patricia Regiment, and in 1916 the fourth son followed. The eldest, Jean, became an assistant to Colonel Birkett, commander of the McGill-financed Canadian Hospital in Boulogne, and the second-eldest, Etienne, was promoted to lieutenant of an artillery brigade. The other two were privates who fought in battles including Sanctuary Wood, the Somme, Vimy, and Passchendaele, and in 1917, the fourth son, Philippe, died at the front. Upon their return to civilian life, the surviving brothers became leaders in government, science, and the arts : the eldest as Deputy Finance Director of the League of Nations, the second as a colleague of Sir Ernest Rutherford in the research of the atom, and the third as President of the Federation of Canadian Artists. The youngest, Jacques, who was too young to go to war, was an instigator of the CCF party, a precursor to the NDP. Enlivened by a wealth of family archival material, Onward, Dear Boys is a poignant story of the experiences of war and its impact on a family of new Canadians during the first decades of the twentieth century.
Longtime counselor James Greteman weaves tales of married couples at various stages of their relationships with insightful descriptions and analyses of the experience. Acting as both a preparation book and a resource for "young couples", this work has a deep Christian resonance that cuts across the borders of all denominations.
"A valuable book for the busy parent. Karen Joslin knows how to use both love and power in parenting, and presents easily understood solutions to common problems." GLENN AUSTIN, M.D., F.A.A.P. Former President, American Academy of Pediatrics Parenting expert and mother Karen Renshaw Joslin provides concrete age-specific solutions to more than 140 child misbehaviors. With this reassuring guide, alphabetically organized for easy access, you can: look up the problem and immediately pinpoint the case, learn specfically what to do, according to your child's age, know the exact words to say with actual dialogue examples, and more.
In Kalamazoo and Southwest Michigan: Golden Memories, author Lee Griffin illustrates the importance of cultivating the memories of generations past, and looking positively toward the future as one grows older. The book contains the voices of prominent community members who reside in Kalamazoo and the surrounding areas, including Portage, Richland, Gull Lake, Galesburg, Augusta, Hickory Corners, Lawton, Allegan, and Marshall. Their contributions to the region's growth are varied, from a local mailman to a former college president. These extraordinary citizens are representative of men and women everywhere, and whose recollections span the globe. Included in these extensive interviews are first-hand accounts of the flu epidemic of 1912 and its effects on the Kalamazoo area, vivid memories of an African-American boy growing up on a plantation, and the moving story of a man‚s emigration from China and his test of bravery as he made his way to Kalamazoo, where he became a distinguished staff member of Kalamazoo College.
And so you’ve reached that time in life when you’re stating to pick investments over adventure, clean over scenic, comfortable over intense; when, even though in your heart of hearts you’re only seventeen, the rest of you is (how did it happen?) forty. The wise and witty lady of It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty is here to get you through these forty-ish years with poems that reflect our common shared experience. So let her help you take a look at that decade of sagging kneecaps and college reunions and fantasies of love in the afternoon: at Maoist kids, cholesterol counts, adult-education courses and other atrocities—which somehow just don’t hurt so much when you laugh. A marvelous book filled with insight and warmth, How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities is Judith Viorst at her best.