My Ántonia is a novel published in 1918 by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best works. It is the final book of her "prairie trilogy" of novels, preceded by O Pioneers! and The Song of the Lark.
The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, Ántonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th century. Both the pioneers who first break the prairie sod for farming, as well as of the harsh but fertile land itself, feature in this American novel. The first year in the very new place leaves strong impressions in both children, affecting them lifelong.
This novel is considered Cather's first masterpiece. Cather was praised for bringing the American West to life and making it personally interesting.
LAST summer I happened to be crossing the plains of Iowa in a season of intense heat, and it was my good fortune to have for a traveling companion James Quayle Burden—Jim Burden, as we still call him in the West. He and I are old friends—we grew up together in the same Nebraska town—and we had much to say to each other. While the train flashed through never-ending miles of ripe wheat, by country towns and bright-flowered pastures and oak groves wilting in the sun, we sat in the observation car, where the woodwork was hot to the touch and red dust lay deep over everything. The dust and heat, the burning wind, reminded us of many things. We were talking about what it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vegetation, in the color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests; blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet-iron. We agreed that no one who had not grown up in a little prairie town could know anything about it. It was a kind of freemasonry, we said.
Although Jim Burden and I both live in New York, and are old friends, I do not see much of him there. He is legal counsel for one of the great Western railways, and is sometimes away from his New York office for weeks together. That is one reason why we do not often meet. Another is that I do not like his wife.
Beat Your Sugar Addiction Once and for All
Sugar is an addictive substance, just like caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. Eating too much sugar can have serious, long-term consequences for your health and your appearance. The Sugar Detox for Beginners will give you the tools you need to seize control of your sugar intake. A sugar detox diet is the most effective way to remove sugar from your system and break the dangerous cycle of unhealthy sugar cravings. With The Sugar Detox Diet, you will get over 75 delicious sugar detox recipes to help you feel more energetic and clear-headed than ever before.
Sugar Detox for Beginners will help you start an effective sugar detox today, with:
77 delicious and nutritious recipes for an easy sugar detox, including Almond Pancakes, Lemony Hummus, Tuna Salad, and Salmon Teriyaki
A complete 21-day sugar detox plan when you want to gradually remove sugar from your diet
3-day sugar detox plan for when you want to get rid of sugar quickly
The science behind sugar addiction
10 tips to beat sugar cravings
Sugar Detox for Beginners will help you reduce your sugar intake without depriving you of the delicious, feel-good foods that you love.
As climate change and development pressures overwhelm the environment, our emotional relationships with Earth are also in crisis. Pessimism and distress are overwhelming people the world over. In this maelstrom of emotion, solastalgia, the homesickness you have when you are still at home, has become, writes Glenn A. Albrecht, one of the defining emotions of the twenty-first century.Earth Emotions examines our positive and negative Earth emotions. It explains the author's concept of solastalgia and other well-known eco-emotions such as biophilia and topophilia. Albrecht introduces us to the many new words needed to describe the full range of our emotional responses to the emergent state of the world. We need this creation of a hopeful vocabulary of positive emotions, argues Albrecht, so that we can extract ourselves out of environmental desolation and reignite our millennia-old biophilia—love of life—for our home planet. To do so, he proposes a dramatic change from the current human-dominated Anthropocene era to one that will be founded, materially, ethically, politically, and spiritually on the revolution in thinking being delivered by contemporary symbiotic science. Albrecht names this period the Symbiocene.With the current and coming generations, "Generation Symbiocene," Albrecht sees reason for optimism. The battle between the forces of destruction and the forces of creation will be won by Generation Symbiocene, and Earth Emotions presents an ethical and emotional odyssey for that victory.
Some people believe they are absolutely typical of their sun sign, while others see little of themselves in the descriptions given in most astrology books.Written for beginners as well as astrology students, this informative volume explains why one sun sign can include many different personalities. There are many possible astrological reasons for the diversification within each sign, but this book demonstrates two main factors that are easy for a complete beginner in astrology to understand and to use: decans and dwads. The system presented here is simple and effective and does not require learning the complexities of chart interpretation.Each sign of the zodiac can be divided into three sections called decans, and each decan can be divided into four dwads. These divisions can lead to many variations in personalities of people born under a specific sign, including those between twins. Determine your decan and dwad on the easy-to-use tables provided, then see what their interpretations say about your life. Find out how to progress your sun sign to check out trends and events for any year of your life. After you've evaluated yourself, you can enjoy doing the same for your family and friends.Although perfect for beginners, the simplicity of this approach makes it a handy tool for working astrologers and includes information on gender, elements, and qualities and how they relate to the sun sign.
There's a lot to know when it comes to taking care of yourself and your home - often it takes years of experience to accumulate all this knowledge. In this handy little book, Wendy Hobson offers you a shortcut by compiling all the little tidbits that no one teaches you at school. There are so many tried and tested tricks to make your life simpler, easier, and more enjoyable. You'll find essential advice on everything from de-cluttering, laundry, gardening, and recycling to dietary advice, mindfulness, DIY, and how to cut costs and save cash.
Stephanie's interviewees form a roll call of America's most prominent commentators on sex: legendary feminists Betty Dodson and Susie Bright, former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, the porn actress turned sex educator Annie Sprinkle, Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe and many more.The politics of female pleasure have figured prominently in the public conversation lately, from OMGyes.com to the the rise of female-friendly porn. Widespread review and feature coverage is expected.For fans of Future Sex by Emily Witt, Isabel Losada’s Sensation, Esther Perel’s Mating in Captivity.
This course is for anyone who would like to gain more clairty in their life and to increase their overall well-being and happiness. it does not require any previous knowledge of mindfulness or meditation, nor does it exclude those of you who do have such knowledge.
Mindfulness IS The Power of NOW.
It is the art of staying with what's happening now and seeing it with clarity and focus.
We cannot regret what's happened in the past or worry about what's going to happen in the future when we're in the present.
Jon Kabat Zinn describes mindfulness as the art of paying attention, on purpose, without judgement, to the present moment.
It is the development of a life philosophy of "We are where we are. It is what it is. Now, how can we make it (even) better?"
It is the development of compassion and kindness towards yourself and others.
Mindfulness is not just meditation, it is a way of life that brings enjoyment, fulfillment and happiness.
24symbols is a digital reading service without limits. In exchange for a small monthly fee you can download and read all of the books offered in our catalogue on any device (mobile, tablet, e-reader with web navigator or PC). Our catalogue includes more than 1 million books in several languages. This subscription can be terminated at any time in the section "Subscription".