Composing a Life

Author: Mary Catherine Bateson

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802196314

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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Mary Catherine Bateson has been called "one of the most original and important thinkers of our time" (Deborah Tannen). Grove Press is pleased to reissue Bateson's deeply satisfying treatise on the improvisational lives of five extraordinary women. Using their personal stories as her framework, Dr. Bateson delves into the creative potential of the complex lives we live today, where ambitions are constantly refocused on new goals and possibilities. With balanced sympathy and a candid approach to what makes these women inspiring, examples of the newly fluid movement of adaptation--their relationships with spouses, children, and friends, their ever-evolving work, and their gender--Bateson shows us that life itself is a creative process. "Well-formulated and passionate ... Offers nothing less than a radical rethinking of the concept of achievement." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Fascinating ... A masterwork of rare breadth and particularity." -- The Boston Globe
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Composing a Life

Author: Tim McCracken

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491751096

Category: Fiction

Page: 338

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Christopher Hartley is the chair of the English department at the North Campus of Garden State University-a place he refers to as a "minimum intellectual facility." Recently returned from a medical leave begun after the death of his wife, Holly, sixteen months earlier, he is seeking some measure of peace. As Chris prepares a brand-new course called Music in Literature, he hopes the combination of the two disciplines-a pairing that has always fascinated him-will help him overcome his grief and deal with the estrangement of his daughter, Ivy. Peace, however, is as elusive as music itself. As he deals with his own health problems and the possibility of a new relationship with a much younger colleague, Chris moves through a chaotic and occasionally amusing fugue in which lust, love, self-worth, redemption, and meaning interweave. This complex novel explores how music and literature aid one man as he deals with grief, considers the meaning of life and death, and struggles to come to terms with his own mortality.
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It's All about the Story

Composing a Life in Books

Author: Anne Ayers Koch

Publisher: Luminare Press

ISBN: 9781937303341

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 106

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Composing a Life in Books speaks to everyone who appreciates mystery, detective and romance stories. In a series of twenty-two brief essays, the author reflects on these genres - why they matter, where they come from, how they work, when they help and what makes them relevant to modern life. This book is a tribute to the ability of old fashioned storytelling to sharpen our awareness of the human condition and lessons that are found not only in serious literature, but popular fiction as well.
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Counselling and the Life Course

Author: Léonie Sugarman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761962395

Category: Psychology

Page: 130

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The author introduces counsellors to the concept of the life course as a multidemensional and multidisciplinary framework for thinking about clients' lives within and beyond the counselling setting. It aims to give counsellors an understanding of human development and how it impacts upon their work with clients.
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Composing a Further Life

The Age of Active Wisdom

Author: Mary Catherine Bateson

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307279634

Category: Self-Help

Page: 258

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An exuberant follow-up to Composing a Life evaluates the creative aspects of aging today, relating the experiences of men and women whose lasting health and resources have enabled them to realize a meaningful sense of purpose throughout the second half of life.
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Self Help, Inc.

Makeover Culture in American Life

Author: Micki McGee

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199883688

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Why doesn't self-help help? Cultural critic Micki McGee puts forward this paradoxical question as she looks at a world where the market for self-improvement products--books, audiotapes, and extreme makeovers--is exploding, and there seems to be no end in sight. Rather than seeing narcissism at the root of the self-help craze, as others have contended, McGee shows a nation relying on self-help culture for advice on how to cope in an increasingly volatile and competitive work world. Self-Help, Inc. reveals how makeover culture traps Americans in endless cycles of self-invention and overwork as they struggle to stay ahead of a rapidly restructuring economic order. A lucid and fascinating treatment of the modern obsession with work and self-improvement, this lively book will strike a chord with its acute diagnosis of the self-help trap and its sharp suggestions for how we can address the alienating conditions of modern work and family life.
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Composing Relationships: Communication in Everyday Life

Author: Julia T. Wood,Steve Duck

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1285947770

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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The routine interactions we have day-in, day-out are the ones that most decisively shape our identities and the quality and durability of our relationships. In COMPOSING RELATIONSHIPS: COMMUNICATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE (WITH INFOTRAC) you'll see how relationships grow primarily out of so-called small talk between friends and romantic partners, rituals in families, and commonplace norms in organizations. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
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Hegel's Idea of the Good Life

From Virtue to Freedom, Early Writings and Mature Political Philosophy

Author: Joshua D. Goldstein

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402041914

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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In Hegel’s Idea of the Good Life, Joshua D. Goldstein presents the first book-length study of the development and meaning of Hegel’s account of human flourishing. This volume will be welcomed by philosophers and political theorists seeking to engage with the details of Hegel’s early and mature social thought. By bringing Hegel’s earliest writings into dialogue with his Philosophy of Right, Goldstein argues that Hegel’s mature political philosophy should be understood as a response to his youthful failure to build a sustainable account of the good life upon the foundations of ancient virtue. This study reveals how Hegel’s mature response integrates ancient concerns for the well-ordered life and modern concerns for autonomy in a new, robust conception of selfhood that can be actualized across the full expanse of the modern political community.
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Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process

Liturgical Explorations toward a Realized Baptismal Ecclesiology

Author: Susan Marie Smith

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630878146

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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Most people, even non-Christians, know that Christians gather for worship once a week, and that they are right there to support each other when there is a baptism or a wedding or a funeral. But what about other poignant, vulnerable, or life-changing times? How does the church help people handle changes that in the past, in Christendom, were considered secular? Does the church have a role at retirement when one's ministry changes, or when a family's children leave home and familiar patterns seem to grind to a halt? Is there any rite possible for someone who is called to Christian ministry but not to ordination? Or to someone whose vows are broken in divorce? Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process asserts that baptism marks the beginning of a process of participation in Christ's ministry, so that no part of life can finally be considered secular. Susan Marie Smith shows how every passage, healing, and ministry vocation is holy, and she lays the groundwork needed for every church to create the rituals necessary to lament and celebrate the endings and beginnings that happen in every Christian life.
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Her Life's Work

Conversations with Five New Zealand Women

Author: Deborah Shepard

Publisher: Auckland University Press

ISBN: 1869406982

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 2016

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Merimeri Penfold, Margaret Mahy, Anne Salmond, Gaylene Preston and Jacqueline Fahey have carved out impressive careers - as artists, writers, teachers, filmmakers and thinkers. And all have balanced their successful careers with meaningful personal lives. In Her Life's Work, Deborah Shepard traces five extraordinary life stories through in-depth interviews. Born between 1920 and 1947, these women saw immense changes in New Zealand society through the second half of the twentieth century that directly affected their working and personal lives. The interviews encompass their families, their education and training opportunities, their friends and mentors, their aspirations, their experiences of motherhood and domesticity and the influence of intimate relationships on their creativity. Including photographs by Marti Friedlander and an insightful introduction, Her Life's Work is a candid exploration of the lives and times of these remarkable women.
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