This is an important collection of eloquent, elegant pieces by one of our most acclaimed contemporary writers.” —Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post Book World “I have decided that the trouble with print is, it never changes its mind ...
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Category: Literary Collections
“I have decided that the trouble with print is, it never changes its mind,” writes Ursula Le Guin in her introduction to Dancing at the Edge of the World. But she has, and here is the record of that change in the decade since the publication of her last nonfiction collection, The Language of the Night. And what a mind — strong, supple, disciplined, playful, ranging over the whole field of its concerns, from modern literature to menopause, from utopian thought to rodeos, with an eloquence, wit, and precision that makes for exhilarating reading.
This is a handbook for anyone aspiring to develop their 21st-century competencies and for any organization hoping to cultivate the persons of tomorrow in its midst.
Author: Graham Leicester
Publisher: Triarchy Press Limited
In his 1969 essay, The World of Tomorrow and the Person of Tomorrow, the psychologist Carl Rogers looked ahead to the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world we inhabit today. He suggested that living in such a world would require a whole new set of competencies - demonstrated already by the 'persons of tomorrow' he saw around him even then. In Dancing at the Edge, Maureen O'Hara and Graham Leicester pick up the thread fifty years on. Drawing on extensive research and their own wide experience, they map the 'powerful times' in which we live, the 21st-century competencies required to thrive in this complexity and how to discover and develop them in practice. They identify: - Three emergencies: real, conceptual and existential - Three potential responses: denial, collapse and transformation - Three literacies: psychological, cultural and epistemic These literacies - or ways of reading the landscape - open the door to our 21st-century competencies, which are innate, relational, and will develop through practice in a supportive organizational or social setting. The picture that emerges is complex but remarkably clear and surprisingly hopeful - even exhilarating. Organizations of every sort from businesses to schools and healthcare, from government bodies to NGOs, can create the conditions, offer the support and provide the context within which engaged, aware, passionate and compassionate people can rise above denial and take on the challenges of today's powerful times. This is a handbook for anyone aspiring to develop their 21st-century competencies and for any organization hoping to cultivate the persons of tomorrow in its midst.
ESTIMATES differ about the proportion of any population operating at each of
these different levels. Nevertheless, a consensus seems to exist among
developmental psychologists that most of us operate at the level of the 'socialized
Author: Maureen O'Hara
Publisher: Triarchy Press
Category: Business & Economics
Maureen O'Hara and Graham Leicester explore the competencies - the ways of being, doing, knowing and organising - that can help us navigate in complex and powerful times. They argue that these competencies are innate and within reach of all of us - given the right setting, plenty of practice and some gentle guidance. But they are seldom seen because they are routinely undervalued in today's culture. That must change, the authors insist, and this book is intended to begin that change.The book is based on the authors' extensive research and their practical experience observing the qualities demonstrated by some of today's most successful cultural, political and business leaders. They write of 'persons of tomorrow' that they have witnessed:"e;We find that people who are thriving in the contemporary world, who give us the sense of having it all together and being able to act effectively and with good spirit in challenging circumstances, have some identifiable characteristics in common... They are the people already among us who inhabit the complex and messy problems of the 21st century in a more expansive way than their colleagues. They do not reduce such problems to the scale of the tools available to them, or hide behind those tools when they know they are partial and inadequate. They are less concerned with 'doing the right thing' according to standard procedure than they are with really doing the right thing in the moment, in specific cases, with the individuals involved at the time. In a disciplined yet engaging way they are always pushing boundaries, including their own. They dance at the edge."e;
Dancing at the Edge of Chaos [ C ] omplex systems have somehow acquired the
ability to bring order and chaos into a special kind of balance . This balance point
-- often called the edge of chaos -- is where the components of a system never ...
In a compelling, inspirational celebration of the human spirit, this intriguing memoir chronicles a young writer's battle with lymphoma, offering an unflinching account of her treatment, her struggle to hang on to life, and her spirit and joy in living in the face of death.
From the bestselling author of The Elegant Gathering of White Snows comes a poignant, outrageous, refreshingly liberating story about one woman whose life takes an unexpected turn.
Author: Kris Radish
From the bestselling author of The Elegant Gathering of White Snows comes a poignant, outrageous, refreshingly liberating story about one woman whose life takes an unexpected turn.... Meg Fratano has just witnessed the unthinkable: her husband of twenty—seven years making love to another woman. In her bed. And all Meg wanted to do was watch. Quietly, secretly, watch. Then she realized her life would never be the same. Meg isn’t sure what she wants, but she knows it’s not what she had. After almost three decades of marriage and two children, she has finally awakened to how unhappy she is. Now, with the help of friends old and new, and even her teenage daughter—a former brat who has blossomed into a startlingly wise young woman—Meg just might break through the chains of everyone’s expectations for her and find the strength to take the first step on her own path. To strip away a lifetime of inhibitions. To dance naked at the edge of dawn...
Dancing at the Edge of the World . New York : Grove , 1989 , 147 — 60 . . » The
Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction « . Dancing at the Edge of the World . New York :
Grove , 1989 , 165 — 70 . - The Dispossessed . 1974 . New York : Avon , 1975 .
Ranita recognized Carrie Bolton as the woman neared the edge of the yard .
Something was wrong . Ranita pressed the code on the security pad at the back
door , opened it , and rushed out to meet her at the edge of the patio . Carrie ,
Author: Laramee Douglas
Publisher: Alligator Tree
The ranch is a world away from the drugs and gangs of Houston, but even on his own turf, John Suarez can't shake the image of the dead child. In the darkness of the bedroom, Ranita Hunter reaches for the phone futilely praying the caller is her husband. Her hello is met by silence, and Ranita is becoming uncomfortably familiar with the caller who never speaks. Murder throws John back into police work and into the company of the woman he spent fifteen years avoiding. But Ranita needs his help, whether she wants it or not. Letters threatening Ranita and her family begin to arrive, and while John races to discover the identity of the stalker, the threat grows to real danger and even running home to Daddy can't save Ranita and her children from the killer."Slick prose, standard situations, and personal tensions; recommended." —Library Journal
As she looked at this woman performing a ritual in front of her with her prayer
sticks and the dancing fire and the song of the women's voices and the drumming
coming somewhere from the shadows around the circle , she honored her .
Author: Lynn V. Andrews
Category: Aged women
In a powerful, sensitively-written book, the bestselling author of the "Medicine Woman" series illuminates the experiences of menopause, showing how this transitional stage can be a special event that brings access to a richer, more fulfilling way of life. 25 illustrations.
Terri was hospitalized when she was thirteen , right after her mother died , and
then again at sixteen for reasons less clear . She was in New York City at the time
, studying at the High School for the Performing Arts and dancing with a small ...
Author: Michael Behrens
Category: Children of divorced parents
Swimming star Dan Shallot begins to understand his competitive motivations and the domineering nature of his father when he meets, and falls in love with, the strange and troubled Terri
And , of course , time moves differently there , so that a day spent dancing with
the fairies can equate to a hundred years in the mundane world . These days we
have our own parallel world : the one we see on television , in advertisements
Author: Mark Williams
WRITING AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE looks at New Zealand literature at a time when it is thriving as never before. For many years a marginal activity in a country where sheep and rugby concentrated the national vision, writing is now generously supported by the government, promoted with festivals, and showered with awards. Writers are made national treasures, their manuscripts acquired by libraries, their lives made the subjects of biographies. When our major writers die the whole nation mourns. This book celebrates the maturity that places writing at the centre rather than the outskirts of national life and marks the coming of age of New Zealand literature. But it also examines and questions the contentious issues about the state of our writing: the power of the creative writing programme, the globalising influence of the publishing industry and international styles, the directions of Maori writing, the place of nationalism in creative activity, the importance of state funding. It marks the broadening of the literary scene with examinations of children's writing and comics. Lively, various, contentious, considered - the essays in this book will deepen and extend the debates about our literary culture, provide considered information for teachers, students and writers, and enrich the production of that literature.
'If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.' -- Derek Bok 'I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.' -- Woody Allen 'Life loves the liver of it' -- Maya Angelou An indispensable and comprehensive reference for writers, speakers, educators, executives, and curious browsers, the Chambers Dictionary of Quotations offers more than 20,000 quotations spanning all historical periods and covering diverse aspects of human experience, from politics and feminism, literature and sex, to nature, notable persons, and more. International in scope and broad in coverage, this compendium gathers together notable quotes -- many of which have never been collected before -- from more than 4,000 sources including such contemporary quotables as Salman Rushdie, Maya Angelou, and Henry Kissinger. Each quote is fully annotated, reliably sourced, and put in context along with concise biographical information on its author. Alphabetically arranged by speaker, and extensively cross-referenced, this easy-to-use reference includes a detailed index that facilitates searches by keyword. Readers can quickly locate a quotation on a particular subject, check a half-remembered line, sample the style and philosophy of an author or simply browse through and savor the accumulated wit and wisdom of the ages. The ultimate source of who said what -- and when they said it.
12 Le Guin , qtd . in Jonathan White , “ Coming Back from the Silence : An
Interview with Ursula Le Guin , ” repr . of excerpt from Talking on the Water ... 24
Le Guin , “ The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction , ” in Dancing at the Edge , 169 .
They packed the bags into the boot , placing the package at the edge - nicely
wedged in so that it would stay in one place . The extra parcel made it difficult to
close the boot , but with some effort , Marcus managed to get it shut . Marcus
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Organized alphabetically by author, A Closer Look is a unique composition reader that features 84 essays by 21 of the most important writers of our time. The focus of the book’s substantial apparatus is on writing itself, the choices writers make in developing expository essays and making arguments.