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Hello Y'all. My path in life was not a choice for me to make. I was set on a journey as a gay youth, at the age of 14 in the late 1970's. The battles with my family, organized religion, anti gay conversion therapy, homelessness as a minor, mental illness, as well as government and institutionalized discrimination have made me the man I am today. Surviving brutal hate crimes, trying to live, love, and have my piece of the American Dream. I hope to inspire other with my life's story. Big Hug's Y'all Fifi
What happens when small town bigotry meets big city progressiveness? Trans-Trap! Trans-Trap is the latest work by Ms. Fifi Frost. Fifi won the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award for her riveting memoir, Rusted Rhinestones. Trans-Trap is not your usual coming of age story. Meet Jamie and Chris, two teens attending Chicken Foot High School, in Chicken Foot, La. They learn first hand how a rumor can destroy lives. We learn just how far some will go to keep a lie alive. Jamie learns that he will never fit in, as he is set on a path to self-discovery while facing what seems to be impossible odds along the way. From white supremacist to crooked law enforcement. With a plot ripped straight from today's headlines and a storyline worthy of the silver screen. Trans-Trap will take the reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions, wondering what will happen with each page turn. Follow each character, some you will love, some not. Written with humor and compassion, Trans-Trap is sure to be a story you will not soon forget. Adult themes, and language earns this story a trigger warning and is not for children.
We are mighty, little one, and we are brave; it will not always be so easy to find, but it will be there. Know this many years from now, you will learn to love yourself again, and it will be the most painful experience and worthwhile time. Just breathe and know that it ends it will end by the time you're fifteen. I will write that letter later. I also know that a lot of my words are probably too large or too forward thinking for us at six, so I just wanted to say this and this alone to you for now WE BECOME A SUPERHERO Brian (US) What would you say to yourself after suffering years of sexual, physical, and mental abuse? If you could write a letter or novel telling yourself to keep calm and survive, would you? This is one man's truth and voice lending to the cause of survival.
Wise Blood, Flannery O'Connor's first novel, is the story of Hazel Motes who, released from the armed services, returns to the evangelical Deep South. There he begins a private battle against the religiosity of the community and in particular against Asa Hawkes, the 'blind' preacher, and his degenerate fifteen-year-old daughter. In desperation Hazel founds his own religion, 'The Church without Christ', and this extraordinary narrative moves towards its savage and macabre resolution. 'A literary talent that has about it the uniqueness of greatness.' Sunday Telegraph 'No other major American writer of our century has constructed a fictional world so energetically and forthrightly charged by religious investigation.' The New Yorker 'A genius.' New York Times
A handmade card can express personal sentiments like nothing else, and card makers will find this 288-page collection invaluable for its wide variety of inspiration and ideas. It offers more than 500 of the best card projects from the editors of Paper Crafts¨ magazine and its Card Creations special issues, plus 20 brand-new cards. This irresistible card-making resource will help all through the year, including major holidays, traditional family milestones for all ages, and special occasions. There are cards full of impressive techniques, and quick and easy varieties for last-minute designs. Over 350 can be completed in 5 steps or less. Paper crafters can create to their heart's content!
When the Dust Settled is the true story of a young child's struggle to survive in the world, despite enduring many terrible circumstances. When this child was just three years old, his father abandoned him, his siblings, and his mother. Over the next fifteen years, this young boy was endured physical and emotional abuse from both of his parents. This boy found himself "between a rock and a hard place" for over a decade of his life. Despite the evil that was inflicted upon him, this story shows the power of the human spirit and the will to survive, no matter the circumstances. This book also shows the power of God's purpose for each life He created, even if you find yourself in between a rock and a hard place.
A captivating new book from Wade Davis--award-winning, bestselling author and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for more than a decade-- that brings vividly to life the story of the great Río Magdalena, illuminating Colombia's complex past, present, and future Travelers often become enchanted with the first country that captures their hearts and gives them license to be free. For Wade Davis, it was Colombia. Now in a masterful new book, the bestselling author tells of his travels on the mighty Magdalena, the river that made possible the nation. Along the way, he finds a people who have overcome years of conflict precisely because of their character, informed by an enduring spirit of place, and a deep love of a land that is home to the greatest ecological and geographical diversity on the planet. Only in Colombia can a traveler wash ashore in a coastal desert, follow waterways through wetlands as wide as the sky, ascend narrow tracks through dense tropical forests, and reach verdant Andean valleys rising to soaring ice-clad summits. This rugged and impossible geography finds its perfect coefficient in the topography of the Colombian spirit: restive, potent, at times placid and calm, in moments explosive and wild. Both a corridor of commerce and a fountain of culture, the wellspring of Colombian music, literature, poetry and prayer, the Magdalena has served in dark times as the graveyard of the nation. And yet, always, it returns as a river of life. At once an absorbing adventure and an inspiring tale of hope and redemption, Magdalena gives us a rare, kaleidoscopic picture of a nation on the verge of a new period of peace. Braiding together memoir, history, and journalism, Wade Davis tells the story of the country's most magnificent river, and in doing so, tells the epic story of Colombia.
If telling this story can bring the darkness of these types of institutions into the light, we need to share it so the abuse can stop... -Ryjin Pearson, Filmmaker What would you do if you were held captive behind an electrical barbed wire, 12-foot fence without due process? At the age of 16, Jeneen Miller was prosecuted without a fair trial for telling a family-kept secret about a wrongdoing that was perpetrated by the hands of her uncle. After bravely coming forth to her family, they were not open to the truth. Jeneen's justifiable rage was wrongfully mistaken by her parents when they assumed she was experimenting with drugs and alcohol. In 1988, Jeneen's parents used trickery to achieve the ultimate betrayal. Instead of the therapy they promised Jeneen, they turned her over to a prison camp in spite of her self-discipline, excellent academics and responsible behavior. Trapped in Ramona, California without any communication, she was completely cut off from her soul mate. Letters, phone calls and visitors were forbidden. Pastors and staff justified their actions of isolation as a means of extinguishing the evil out of her and other inmates. This tough love program persecuted girls in the name of God while denying their constitutional rights. While going through this so-called war behind the gates of hell, the only person who kept her grounded was her one true love, Drake McCallister. This is an account of Jeneen's battle to redeem herself after being abused by her family and Victory Christian Academy. Unfortunately, the horrific reality is that these programs still exist today.
"Congratulations: It's a lesbian." Maybe it would have been easier for Sandra McCay if the news had been broken at her daughter Lila's birth. She might even have responded with a wisecrack: "Oy vey, my daughter's gay?" After all she and her husband were open-minded, modern parents and Sandra was brought up on a diet of Jewish humour. Seventeen years later Lila announced to her parents that she was gay and Sandra's open- mindedness and wisecracking dried up. Her relationships with her daughter, husband, son and herself were about to be severely tested. Oy Vey, My Daughter's Gay is Sandra's humorous memoir of her family's big gay rollercoaster ride, from the mind numbing lows of fear, confusion and indignation to the soaring heights of laughter, love and joy. The family's bumpy ride may be over, but for Lila, almost twenty years after coming out, it continues. As a lesbian, albeit one living in the Western world, Lila still faces challenges - though there can also be occasional perks. Sandra provides the reader with fascinating insights into how Lila being gay still impacts on her daughter and herself today.
In 1923 Chicago, seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody rebels against her upcoming society wedding by visiting a speakeasy, while her Pennsylvania cousin, Clara, hides similar tastes and her best friend, Lorraine, makes plans of her own.