Use Your Words

A Writing Guide for Mothers

Author: Kate Hopper

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1936740222

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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USE YOUR WORDS introduces the art of creative nonfiction to women who want to give written expression to their lives as mothers. Written by award-winning teacher and writer, Kate Hopper, this book will help women find the heart of their writing, learn to use motherhood as a lens through which to write the world, and turn their motherhood stories into art. Each chapter of USE YOUR WORDS focuses on an element of craft and contains a lecture, a published essay, and writing exercises that will serve as jumping-off points for the readers’ own writing. Chapter topics include: the importance of using concrete details, an overview of creative nonfiction as a genre, character development, voice, humor, tense and writing the “hard stuff,” reflection and back-story, structure, revision, and publishing. The content of each lecture is aligned with the essay/poem in that chapter to help readers more easily grasp the elements of craft being discussed. Together the chapters provide a unique opportunity for mother writers to learn and grow as writers. USE YOUR WORDS takes the approach that creative writing can be taught, and this underscores each chapter. When students learn to read like writers, to notice how a piece is put together, and to question the choices a writer makes, they begin to think like writers. When they learn to ground their writing in concrete, sensory details and begin to understand how to create believable characters and realistic dialogue, their own writing improves. USE YOUR WORDS reflects Kate’s style as a teacher, guiding the reader in a straightforward, nurturing, and passionate voice. As one student noted in a class evaluation: “Kate is a born writer and teacher, and her enthusiasm for essays about motherhood and for teaching the nuts and bolts of writing so that ordinary mothers have the tools to write their stories is a gift to the world. She is raising the value of motherhood in our society as she helps mothers build their confidence and strengthen their game as writers.”
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Tender Hooks

Poems

Author: Beth Ann Fennelly

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393058628

Category: Poetry

Page: 119

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Beth Ann Fennelly is fearless in delineating the joys, absorptions, and—yes—jealousies of new motherhood. Having studied motherhood "as if for an exam," reality proved "wilder and deeper and funnier" than anything she'd anticipated.Tender Hooks is Fennelly's spirited exploration of parenting, with all its contradictions and complexities.
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Bluewords Greening

Author: Christine Stewart-Nuñez

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997666618

Category: Poetry

Page: 100

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Bluewords Greening is a book about motherhood--love and family and fear and failure and mini-ninjas. We observe a mother's bewildering experiences with her son as the poems detail his diagnosis with a rare form of epilepsy and the "bluewords" that result from his aphasia. The speaker is in deep conversation with the son's frustrated and often surprisingly beautiful lexicon; she's also in conversation with the work of contemporary visual artists and the craft of printmaking and the twelfth-century visionary, St. Hildegard. Stewart-NuNez's music and skilled syntax and stubborn insistence on the beauty of the world--even as the poems explore the heartbreak of recurrent miscarriage--keep the reader rapt and grateful and illuminated. Bluewords Greening is a marvelous book. --Beth Ann Fennelly, Great With Child: Letters to a Young Mother
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Letters to a Young Poet

Author: Rainer Maria Rilke

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141960477

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 160

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Originally written to a young man considering a career in the German military, Rainer Maria Rilke's beautiful letters explore a huge range of subjects delicately and with a passionate sensitivity. The recipient, Franz Kappus, began to send his poetry to the 27-year-old Rilke when a student, seeking advice. Their correspondence lasted from 1902 to 1908, and Kappus collated and published the ten letters after Rilke's death. The letters contain insights which are as profound today as when they were written, touching on sexuality, love, creativity and other aspects of the human condition. The book is perenially and hugely influential in the US, where it enjoys the accolade of being Lady Gaga's favourite book.
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NCV, Mom's Bible, eBook

God's Wisdom for Mothers

Author: Bobbie Wolgemuth

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 1418562262

Category: Bibles

Page: 1504

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Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers gives women an awareness of just how precious and vital they are in God’s plan for the family. Available in the New Century Version and drawing on solid Bible teaching, it encourages women at every stage of life to strengthen their relationship with God. A perfect gift for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or whenever it’s time to say “thank you” to a special mom. Includes these special sections: Book Introductions: historical, emotional, and spiritual context for each Bible book Walking In...: ways that are pleasing to God Our God Is...: discovering who God is and what He does, based on His words and actions Godly Character: exhibiting godly qualities in daily living Passing It On: creating a legacy of faith to inspire the next generation Moms in the Bible: lessons from some of the Bible's most famous mothers Insights: short, practical thoughts on Bible passages from a mom's perspective Wonderful Counselor: issues facing moms from the perspective of a Christian therapist Questions Kids Ask: answering the tough questions about God, the Bible, and Christian life First Touch Verses: verses to mull over throughout the day Topical Index
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A Parcel of Ribbons : Letters of the 18th Century Lee Family in London and Jamaica

Author: Anne M Powers

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1105809749

Category: History

Page: 374

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Set among the sugar plantations of Jamaica and the balls and masquerades of Georgian London the story is told by the Lee family in their own words. In 1749 thirteen year-old Robert Cooper Lee sailed to Jamaica taking a parcel of ribbons for sale. When his family was left all but penniless, Robert and his brothers forged new lives in Jamaica, fathered children with women who were the descendants of slaves and supported their sister left behind in England. Robert returned to London with his family in 1771. A prominent attorney, respected throughout Jamaica and among the West Indian lobby in London, he had built a fortune that enabled his children to mix with royalty. This remarkable collection of letters tells a story of triumph against adversity, of a family that suffered sickness, bankruptcy, sudden death, a clandestine marriage and an elopement. Through it all the bonds of family endured.
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C. S. Lewis' Letters to Children

Author: Clive Staples Lewis

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684823721

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Contains the text of letters that the famed author wrote to children, as he shared his feelings about school, writing, and animals, among other topics, and demonstrated his deep understanding of young people. Reprint.
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Clara Schumann

The Artist and the Woman

Author: Nancy B. Reich

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801468299

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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This absorbing and award-winning biography tells the story of the tragedies and triumphs of Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896), a musician of remarkable achievements. At once artist, composer, editor, teacher, wife, and mother of eight children, she was an important force in the musical world of her time. To show how Schumann surmounted the obstacles facing female artists in the nineteenth century, Nancy B. Reich has drawn on previously unexplored primary sources: unpublished diaries, letters, and family papers, as well as concert programs. Going beyond the familiar legends of the Schumann literature, she applies the tools of musicological scholarship and the insights of psychology to provide a new, full-scale portrait. The book is divided into two parts. In Part One, Reich follows Clara Schumann's life from her early years as a child prodigy through her marriage to Robert Schumann and into the forty years after his death, when she established and maintained an extraordinary European career while supporting and supervising a household and seven children. Part Two covers four major themes in Schumann's life: her relationship with Johannes Brahms and other friends and contemporaries; her creative work; her life on the concert stage; and her success as a teacher. Throughout, excerpts from diaries and letters in Reich's own translations clear up misconceptions about her life and achievements and her partnership with Robert Schumann. Highlighting aspects of Clara Schumann's personality and character that have been neglected by earlier biographers, this candid and eminently readable account adds appreciably to our understanding of a fascinating artist and woman. For this revised edition, Reich has added several photographs and updated the text to include recent discoveries. She has also prepared a Catalogue of Works that includes all of Clara Schumann's known published and unpublished compositions and works she edited, as well as descriptions of the autographs, the first editions, the modern editions, and recent literature on each piece. The Catalogue also notes Schumann's performances of her own music and provides pertinent quotations from letters, diaries, and contemporary reviews.
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Moral letters to Lucilius

Author: Seneca, Lucius Annaeus

Publisher: Aegitas

ISBN: 5000643488

Category: Philosophy

Page: 262

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The Epistulae morales ad Lucilium (English: Moral Epistles to Lucilius) is a collection of 124 letters which were written by Seneca the Younger at the end of his life. They are addressed to Lucilius, the then procurator of Sicily, although he is known only through Seneca's writings. In these letters, Seneca gives Lucilius tips on how to become a more devoted Stoic. Lucilius was, at that time, the Governor of Sicily, although he is known only through Seneca's writings. Selected from the Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium, these letters illustrate the upright ideals admired by the Stoics and extol the good way of life as seen from their standpoint They also reveal how far in advance of his time were many of Seneca's ideas - his disgust at the shows in the arena or his criticism of the harsh treatment of slaves. Philosophical in tone and written in the 'pointed' style of the Latin Silver Age these 'essays in disguise' were clearly aimed by Seneca at posterity.
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