Homebase is the coming of age story of Rainsford Chan in 1950s and '60s California. Rainsford is a fourth-generation Chinese American named after the town where his great-grandfather worked during the gold rush. Orphaned at fifteen, he attempts to claim America as his homebase, and his personal history is interwoven with dreams, stories, and letters of his family's life in America. Moving through time and place, the story allows the reader to discover the past as Rainsford does, to see the world through his eyes, and to learn the truth about the Chinese American experience.
Homeless and runaway teens are becoming a huge part of the underground population in the U.S. According to research, "The National Runaway Switchboard estimates that on any given night there are approximately 1.3 million homeless youths living on the streets, in abandoned buildings, with friends or with strangers." (Homeless and Runaway Youth, 2013, NCSL) Some of these children runaway from violent and unstable home environments thinking that things will be better when they are on their own. Many of these children and teens leave home and find themselves in situations far more dangerous than their home life. In fact, some of them never make it home again or must endure unthinkable pain at the hands of predators. This is the reality for Jessica, Quintika, Justin, and Tommy. Each of them runaway from home with intentions of being successful on their own. They each have big dreams and high hopes that their lives will be better when they get away from their parents and their rules. However, they all quickly find out that the grass is rarely greener on the other side as they come face-to-face with Abaddon, The Devil. Now they must find the strength to defeat the devil, escape hell, and heal their Tortured Souls..... A Long Way from HOME!!!
Jake Stevens loves the first day of summer vacation. He expects a free day full of fun. Instead he faces challenges he never dreamed of. His dad loses his job. His best friend since kindergarten starts acting strangely. His discovery in the alley behind the pool hall makes things even more uncertain. Will his dad find another job? Will his best friend Sophie Taylor like him ever again? Will he tell the truth about his discovery in the alley? Will Robert Higgins find his lost puppy and will he forgive Jake? Will Jake take his Grandpa Arlo's advice? Will Garth find a home?
In a dream state, and on the wings of angels, the reader takes a virtual journey across the land and around the globe. Innocent rendezvous with humans and nature reveal lessons and evoke enlightening revelations. Spirituality and religion are explored through their uniting and divisive elements. Our personal roles in the universe, as they relate to the interconnectedness of all things, are examined and celebrated. The poetic read is accompanied by twenty photographs taken by the author. "An inspiring, thought provoking, spiritual inquiry. A book that honors the earth and all of the earth's inhabitants...to be read and heard again and again." -Joan Barry, Motivational Speaker, Author, Educator "A wonderful and enlightened prose, reminiscent of Joseph Campbell. A brilliant reduction of the human experience." -Chad Montoure, Historian
No matter how severe your ear ache is, this book will end the suffering and help you regain your overall health and balance.
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