Birds Art Life

Author: Kyo Maclear

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0385687532

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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A seminal work, Birds Art Life recounts Maclear's year-long adventure of discovering inspiration in the intricacies of birds, bird-searching and bird-watching in a big city. The natural world has played muse to generations of poets, writers and artists alike, inspiring them to step away from their work, even for a short while, and observe its rhythmic phenomena. From the pastoral evocations of Wordsworth to Sylvia Plath's fascination with bees, to Monet's artistic renderings of his residential gardens, observing nature has influenced many a creative mind. When Kyo Maclear encounters a Toronto musician whose side hobby has taken him into the world of birding, curiosity drives Maclear to join him. What follows is a year-long journey of two artists tracking the minutiae of birds, chasing these oft-ignored small, soaring creatures through the bustle of an urban environment. At once a philosophical meditation and an observational diary, Birds Art Life ponders the nature of creativity and the quest for a good and meaningful life, all the while celebrating the creative and liberating effects of keeping your eyes and ears wide open, and exploring what happens when you apply the core lessons of birding to other aspects of life. Moving from the granular to the grand, Maclear imparts a deeply profound lesson in learning to see the significance in all the small things in the world—especially those we take for granted in the noise of the cityscape. In one sense, this is a book about disconnection—how our passions can buckle under the demands and emotions of daily life—and about reconnection: how the act of seeking passion and beauty in small ways can lead us to discover our most satisfying life. On a deeper level, it takes up questions of how we are shaped and nurtured by our parallel passions, and how we might come to cherish both the world's pristine natural places and the blemished urban spaces where most of us live. Beautiful, moving, and maybe just a touch zany, Birds Art Life is a gentle reminder to stop and listen to the birdsong every once in a while.

Growing Sideways in Twenty-first Century British Culture

Author: Anne Malewski

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9027258406

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 229

View: 7553


This volume examines changing boundaries between childhood and adulthood in British society and culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century − where these age boundaries are widely debated, policed, and contested − to investigate alternatives to conventional ideas of growing up. Building on observations, especially in children’s literature criticism, that human growth is shaped by a grand narrative that privileges adulthood, and on terminologies of non-normative growth, particularly in queer theory, this monograph develops growing sideways as a concept that queers this grand narrative by destabilising childhood and adulthood, and the boundaries between them. The concept is refined through close readings of twenty-first century British children’s literature, television series, film, and participatory events, troubling age boundaries via specific strategies in three conceptual areas: appearance, play, and space. Exploring power structures around age and gender, this monograph traces growing sideways as a distinct and important alternative discourse of human growth.

Life, Death, and After

Author: Jack M. Hilliard

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 1609573935

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 150

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Life, Death, and After Why a Biblical Perspective? By: Jack M. Hilliard Have you ever wondered why you are here? What life is really about? When and how you will die? What happens after death? All these questions are important. Throughout generations all people have asked these questions. Our life could end at any moment without notice. The end of this world as we know it may be near. If that did happen would you be ready to face death? This book will explain what we should be doing today to prepare for this event. It will also explain what God says happens after death. We will explain why the Bible is without error and how we can trust its truths about life, death, and all other subjects. Life is not a promise it is a gift. Each of us will face death. Are you ready? Jack M. Hilliard received his BS and MBA from California Coast University. He is the Author of "Understanding Revelation" ISBN 978-1-60791-055-8 hardback, and ISBN 978-1-60266-650-4 paperback, published by Xulon Press in 2007 and 2008. Jack has been a student of the Bible since his salvation experience in 1978. He has served God by teaching Sunday school for over twenty years, teaching teachers, serving as Chairman of the Deacons, Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, etc. Jack retired in 2005 after serving 35 years in the utility industry, where he held positions of leadership as he served as General Manager of a Utility, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the: Tennessee Valley Municipal Gas Association, Alabama Natural Gas Association, American Public Gas Association, Electric Cities of Alabama, and APGA Research Foundation, Inc. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Gas Research Institute and Gas Technology Institute.

Life, Death & Magic

Author: Robyn J. Maxwell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 256

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Provides an evocative overview of the region's ancestral arts and culture, from prehistoric times to the twenty first century. Prolifically illustrated with works of art drawn from museums around the world and the National Gallery of Australia's exceptional collection of Southeast Asian art.

The Brontës in the World of the Arts

Author: Sandra Hagan,Juliette Wells

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754657521

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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This interdisciplinary collection presents new research on the Brontës' intense and varied relationship to the wider world of the arts. With essays by scholars who represent the fields of literary studies, music, art, theatre studies, and material culture, the volume brings together the strongest current research and suggests areas for future work on the Brontës and their cultural contexts.