Remembering the past can be like buying a return ticket for a train you aren’t sure you want to board.
Rocking away on her peaceful front porch, Betty Grafton receives sad news which forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life. Surrounded by her family, a captive audience hanging onto her every word, she weaves the tale of how an unlikely and controversial friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her own mistakes, fears, and soul deep heartbreak, Betty shares the hard truth about growing up in the South in the 1960’s.
Though the years have blown by with hurricane force, the ache in her heart feels fresh. The threat of harm still chills her to the core. But the joy of friendship continues to sustain her.
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After being cruelly and brutally dumped by her boyfriend for being overweight, computer programmer Abbie Wright has sworn off of men. The relationship had left her raw and wounded, crushing her already fragile self esteem. The last thing she needs is to work a special project for millionaire client, Ian Campbell. His previous employees call him “the beast” because of his difficult personality and the trials that his employees have to deal with in having him for a boss. Just what Abbie needs…having her spirit crushed by an ogre of a client. It was an assignment she couldn’t turn down…but she dreaded it. Abbie doesn’t know that she is in for a pleasant surprise when Ian turns out to be one of the finest men she has ever known. He nudges his way into her heart, but Abbie has a past and she knows a man like Ian would never want a plus sized woman like her. If she lets him get too close…he will destroy her completely.
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Is the devil real? If not, then who is to blame for the world’s evils?
In Disassembling the Devil, Curuchet contends that we blame the devil, politicians, ethnicities, or religions as convenient scapegoats and thereby greatly limit our long-term survival as a species. She discovers simplicity at the core of humankind’s failings, proposing that all evils originate from two causal proto-evils that must first be disassembled within ourselves before we can effectively tackle our larger problems.
The book paints humanity as teetering at the edge of destructive behaviors, enshrouded in self-created evils like vanity, self-absorption, doubt, corruption, inconsideration, and laziness. The lack of a universal code of ethical behavior couldn’t come at a worse time, given the imminent convergence of new apocalyptic technology challenges on the horizon such as unfettered genetic manipulation, aging cessation, and human-machine integration.