Politics, manners, humor, sexuality, wealth, even our definitions of success are periodically renegotiated based on the new values society chooses to use as a lens to judge what is acceptable. Are these new values randomly chosen or is there a pattern? Pendulum chronicles the stuttering history of western society; that endless back-and-forth swing between one excess and another, always reminded of what we left behind.
Many know Kimberly Williams-Paisley as the bride in the popular Steve Martin remakes of the Father of the Bride movies, the calculating Peggy Kenter on Nashville, or the wife of country megastar Brad Paisley. But in 2014, Williams-Paisley revealed a tragic secret: Her mother had been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia called primary progressive aphasia at the age of 61.
"Wish I had this book sooner"
Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. But his preeminence is more than just extraordinary athletic ability: The lessons of his life - such as focus, passion, hard work, perseverance, and accountability - have shaped him into one of the most revered celebrities of the 20th century. In this inspiring audiobook Pat Williams, motivational speaker and senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic, reveals Jordan's method for living a life of greatness that we can all incorporate into our lives.
"Be a champion like Mike"
Becoming a knight has changed the Weasel very little. Galen Pathwarden is still reluctant to adventure, still out to save his own skin at virtually any cost. But when his brother Brithelm vanishes mysteriously, Galen sets aside his better judgment and embarks on a quest that leads under the earth, deep into a conspiracy of darkness, and to the end of his courage. Galen returns to imperiled Solamnia in this exciting sequel to the top-selling Weasel's Luck, also by Michael Williams, the bard of the DragonLance Saga.
Contributors to the latest book in the Guys Read series present a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories perfect for sharing around the campfire, listening to under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends' pants off.
Although Raistlin and Caramon urge him not to go, Sturm Brightblade attends an annual Solamnic ceremony that is interrupted by...a stranger, taunting challenge. Clues from the past. Death. Once he accepts a mysterious gauntlet, young Sturm must make a dangerous journey with some curious friends, rescue a fair if querulous maid, defeat a traitor knight, and learn the secret fate of his long-lost father. He must also learn the meaning of honor.
Galen Pathwarden, known unaffectionately as "the Weasel", would give anything to stay clear of adventure, danger, or heroism. But that is before young Galen is pitch-forked into the center of a centuries-old curse, one family blood-feud too many, and a knightly tournament unto death. Together, Galen, the great Solamnic Knight, Sir Bayard Brightblade, and a non-too-bright centaur Agion must overcome the schemes and traps of a sinister illusionist known only as the Scorpion.
It's just another long, hot summer - until Derek Cliver and his friends join an exciting new mail-order club. The Terror Club allows Derek and his friends to create their own monsters. And it gives them the opportunity to "dispose" of those they despise most. But the game turns terrifyingly real when the monsters they create come to life - and actually murder their rivals. Now, as the body count rises, Derek and his friends must somehow undo what they've done ... before they become the next victims!
In the seven decades since the darkest moments of the Second World War it seems every tenebrous corner of the conflict has been laid bare, prodded and examined from every perspective of military and social history. But there is a story that has hitherto been largely overlooked. It is a tale of quiet heroism, a story of ordinary people who fought, with enormous self-sacrifice, not with tanks and guns, but with elbow grease and determination. It is the story of the British railways...
Sometimes you come across a lofty railway viaduct marooned in the middle of a remote country landscape. Or a crumbling platform from some once-bustling junction buried under the buddleia. If you are lucky you might be able to follow some rusting tracks or explore an old tunnel leading to...well, who knows where? Listen hard. Is that the wind in the undergrowth? Or the spectre of a train from a golden era of the past panting up the embankment?
Michael Williams has spent the past year travelling along the fascinating rail byways of Britain for this new collection of journeys. Here is the 'train to the end of the world' running for more than four splendid hours through lake, loch and moorland from Inverness to Wick, the most northerly town in Britain. He discovers a perfect country branch line in London’s commuterland, and travels on one of the slowest services in the land along the shores of the lovely Dovey estuary to the far west of Wales. Here is a unique travel companion celebrating the treasures of our railway heritage....
Tonight on the program, Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
We conclude with actor Michael Kenneth Williams on his latest role in HBO’s "The Night Of."
"Shootings Further Divide a Nation Torn over Race" is from the July 08, 2016, U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Timothy Williams and Michael Wines and narrated by Corey M. Snow.
Bran Hatten is big, mean and unpredictable. He'll pound any guy that crosses his path, and he's a complete jerk to girls who spurn his affections. Tess Ryan and her friends are looking for options, even those the mysterious new girl at Pembrook High might offer. Charisse Bienville lives in the old dark house at the edge of town, and she's hinted that she commands powerful magical forces. Tess and her friends join Charisse in a ritual to end Bran's reign of terror, but they don't count on what might come afterward.