Coming Out to Play

Author: Robbie Rogers,Eric Marcus

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698168054

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

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The first openly gay professional athlete in North America tells the story of his landmark decision to come out of the closet and how he changed the playing field of professional sports forever. “Rogers made history.” —Sports Illustrated Robbie Rogers knows better than most that keeping secrets can crush you. But for much of his life Robbie lived in paralyzing fear that sharing his big secret would cost him the love of his family and his career as a professional soccer player. So he never told anyone what was destroying his soul, both on and off the field. While the world around Robbie was changing with breathtaking speed, he knew that for a gay man playing a professional team sport it might as well be 1958. He could be a professional soccer player. Or he could be an out gay man. He couldn’t do both. Then last year, at the age of twenty-five and after nearly stepping away from a brilliant career—one that included an NCAA Championship, winning the MLS Cup, and competing in the Olympics—he chose to tell the truth. But instead of facing the rejection he feared, he was embraced—by his family, by his teammates, and his fans. In Coming Out to Play, Robbie takes readers on his incredible journey from terrified teenager to a trailblazing out and proud professional soccer player for the L.A. Galaxy, who has embraced his new identity as a role model and champion for those still struggling with the secrets that keep them from living their dreams.

When the Pixies Come Out to Play

Author: Lois Carey

Publisher: Fisher King Press

ISBN: 1926975111

Category: Psychology

Page: 282

View: 5442


A collection of essays and articles written over a 30 year span by a seasoned sandplay therapist. When Pixies Come Out to Play: A Play Therapy Primer is the work of a true master of the craft of sandplay therapy informed by Jungian theory and the pioneering work of Dora Kallf with whom Lois Carey studied. Woven into the exquisite tapestry of this lovely book is history and theory of the method, rich case material told in a warm and moving voice which reflects the extraordinary empathy of this remarkable sandplay and play therapist . . . A wealth of information packed into a highly readable book that just like the author herself will be a cherished gift to us all for a long time to come. —David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., ABPP, RPT-S Clinical Director "The metaphor that comes to mind as I read this book is that of the aboriginal painting—a large canvas of lots of varied sized and colored dots which represents a map of the territory. This book provides an extensive map of the territory, that is Play Therapy, Child Therapy and sand play as it applies to children, with a particular Jungian slant. I would recommend this to practitioners and students who can learn from its wisdom." —Aideen Taylor de Faoite, author of Narrative Play Therapy: Theory and Practice. "When Pixies Come Out to Play is a wonderful book for any clinician who uses creative mediums in their therapeutic work. It is a book that provides a back drop to understanding art therapy, play therapy and sandplay from a Jungian perspective. It provides a history and theoretical framework to create context and a lens to view the work through." —Majella Ryan, Biodynamic and Integrative Psychotherapist, Child Psychotherapist.

Are You Coming out Today?

Author: Darrell Weston

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462853579

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 132

View: 5432


Ever wondered what it was like for a child before the advent of modern technology? Way before instant messaging, phones, the internet and the ever so great TV we have nowadays? Did the kids of yesterday race home to play on the computer or check out a known social networking site? Did they text message each other to let them know where to meet up? They spoke to each other; they used their imagination and played. They made use of the school holidays, knowing that around the corner adulthood was looming. A weekend was for the sole purpose of a bike ride. Read the book for a funny take on yesterday, mixed with some tips on the activities and games of way back when.

Coming Out to Play

Author: Robbie Rogers,Eric Marcus

Publisher: Robson Press

ISBN: 9781849547208

Category: Gay athletes

Page: 288

View: 5607


When Robbie Rogers stepped out onto the field as a winger for the LA Galaxy in May last year, he made history as the first openly gay man to play in a major US professional sport. Just a few months earlier Robbie came out, only the second footballer in Britain to do so, and decided to quit football for good. Coming out to Play describes Robbie's experiences as a closeted gay man in the rampantly heterosexual world of professional football, his decision to come out and leave behind the sport he loved, and his subsequent decision to return to football and sign for the Galaxy. Robbie knew he wanted to be a professional soccer from the age of four and knew he was gay from the age of 13. He kept the latter completely hidden until he was 25 because he considered those two realities irreconcilable. In the sport he loved faggot was the locker room insult of choice so for 12 years he practiced self-deception, and the pain of keeping up the ruse nearly broke him. Through what should've been some of the happiest moments of his life, including signing with Leeds United in 2012, Robbie was miserable. The more he succeeded, the more he realized he could never truly be happy pretending to be somebody he wasn't. Finally, in February 2013, in a blog post that received global attention, he came out to the world. Robbie's memoir tells the story of the torturous but ultimately happy and groundbreaking path he trod.

Coming Out to the Streets

Author: Brandon Andrew Robinson

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 0520299264

Category: Social Science

Page: 249

View: 7088


Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth are disproportionately represented in the U.S. youth homelessness population. In Coming Out to the Streets, Brandon Andrew Robinson examines their lives. Based on interviews and ethnographic fieldwork in central Texas, Coming Out to the Streets looks into the LGBTQ youth's lives before they experience homelessness—within their families, schools, and other institutions—and later when they navigate the streets, deal with police, and access shelters and other services. Through this documentation, Brandon Andrew Robinson shows how poverty and racial inequality shape the ways that the LGBTQ youth negotiate their gender and sexuality before and while they are experiencing homelessness. To address LGBTQ youth homelessness, Robinson contends that solutions must move beyond blaming families for rejecting their child. In highlighting the voices of the LGBTQ youth, Robinson calls for queer and trans liberation through systemic change.

Andrew Strauss: Coming into Play - My Life in Test Cricket

Author: Andrew Strauss

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444709127

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 8547


On May 21, 2004, playing against New Zealand, Andrew Strauss wrote his name into the record books when he became only the fourth batsman to score a century at Lord's on his Test debut. He made 112 in the first innings and was only denied a historical second hundred when he was run out on 83 by Nasser Hussain. England went on to beat New Zealand 3-0 before returning to headquarters to welcome the West Indies, Strauss scoring 137 as the hosts laid the foundations for another whitewash. He then raised the bar again when touring the country of his birth, making three centuries in England's first win in South Africa in 40 years. This sensational start to his international career has ensured that he has been celebrated as a world-class opening batsman, and was voted Wisden's Cricketer of the Year 2005. In THE STORY SO FAR, Andrew Strauss looks back on his early cricketing days and astounding first year in Test cricket, and gives the inside story on what it is like to be part of an incredible England side fighting to overtake Australia as the number one cricketing nation. THE STORY SO FAR also includes his personal story of how England beat Australia in the 2005 Ashes Series, in which he played a major part.

How to Live. What To Do.

Author: Josh Cohen

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473561256

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

View: 6394


What can Alice in Wonderland teach us about childhood? Could reading Conversations with Friends guide us through first love? Does Esther Greenwood’s glittering success and subsequent collapse in The Bell Jar help us understand ambition? And, finally, what can we learn about death from Virginia Woolf? Literature matters. Not only does it provide escapism and entertainment, but it also holds a mirror up to our lives to show us aspects of ourselves we may not have seen or understood. From jealousy to grief, fierce love to deep hatred, our inner lives become both stranger and more familiar when we explore them through fiction. Josh Cohen, a psychoanalyst and Professor of Modern Literary Theory, delves deep into the inner lives of the most memorable and vivid characters in literature. His analysis of figures such as Jay Gatsby and Mrs Dalloway offers insights into the greatest questions about the human experience, ones that we can all learn from. He walks us through the different stages of existence, from childhood to old age, showing that literature is much more than a refuge from the banality and rigour of everyday life – through the experiences of its characters, it can show us ways to be wiser, more open and more self-aware.

Weird Relationship Concepts

Author: Abhishek Singh

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 1645877124

Category: Self-Help

Page: 260

View: 1125


Acknowledge the unpredictability of life. Life can’t be controlled; we can only manage it in the best possible way. Never take things for granted. When you are happy, enjoy each and every bit of it while it lasts. And when you are down with nowhere to go, just hang on. Time is something that always keeps changing, and it will change whether you want it to or not. Always remember what you want from life and never alter your aspirations with changing circumstances, or else you will be running around your entire life and end up with nothing. Opportunities will come your way, they always do; you need to be prepared for them. A confused mind will never let you do that, but a clear and focused mind will. However, when life starts playing its tricks on us, we often tend to lose the plot. Stay focused, be patient, accept reality, remain hopeful and be prepared to lose, as you just can’t win unless life wants you to. And if you are one of those lucky ones, make sure you make the most and enjoy each and every bit of it.

Bear Awareness

Author: Brahm

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 161429271X

Category: Religion

Page: 176

View: 9026


The bestselling author of Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? and one of the world’s most beloved Buddhist monks answers meditators’ questions. In Bear Awareness English monk Ajahn Brahm answers actual questions from his meditation students––questions you may have had as well. While most mindfulness meditation teachers praise the benefits of bare awareness, he teaches bear awareness. He helps us make friends with the scary things that come up on the cushion, and he knows how to lift the mood with a well-placed stuffed teddy––or a well-timed pun. The intimacy of the question-and-answer format provides a fresh experience of learning from a master meditator. Whether he is urging readers to fly Buddha Air (sit back and relax on your way to nirvana), giving tips for dealing with panic attacks or depression, or extolling the bliss of meditation that is better than sex, he gives us permission to enjoy our lives and our practice.

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome - My Daughter is Not Naughty

Author: Jane Alison Sherwin

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1784500852

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 328

View: 3110


Jane Alison Sherwin's honest and uplifting account provides insight into the challenges of bringing up a child with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA). After years of misdiagnosis, Jane's daughter, Mollie, was diagnosed with PDA at the age of seven, and we follow her experiences pre and post diagnosis to age 10 as she attends school, interacts with the outside world and approaches adolescence. Throughout, Jane provides commentary on her daughter's behaviour and the impact it has on her family, explaining the 'why' of PDA traits, including the need for control, meltdowns, obsessive behaviour and sensory issues. She reveals the strategies that have worked for Mollie and provides essential advice and information on obtaining a diagnosis and raising awareness of PDA. The book also includes an interview with Mollie. Full of advice and support, and with a focus on understanding the child and how he or she sees the world, this book will be of immeasurable value to the parents and families of children with PDA as well as the professionals working with them, particularly teachers and teaching assistants, SEN co-ordinators, psychologists, outreach workers and social workers.