Having served over thirty years in fire departments across three states, Gary R. Ryman brings a unique perspective to the firefighting experience. The son and father of firefighters, Ryman ignites the fire, smoke, blood and fear spanning three generations of the "family business." He recounts his early days in upstate New York learning from his father, the department fire chief. He describes the blazes he battled with a career and volunteer crew in the crowded suburbs of Washington, D.C. He examines the mentoring relationship established with his son as they respond to the calls of a volunteer department in rural Pennsylvania. Overall, Ryman shares both the personal and professional turning points that define a firefighting career.
"This guy caught a lot of fire. Fire Men is a must-read around the firehouse. Gary Ryman is a master storyteller."- Tiger Schmittendorf, RunToTheCurb.com
"As someone who also comes from a multi-generation fire service family, I appreciate how well Gary Ryman captures his family’s dedication and commitment to their fire department and community. Fire service families everywhere will relate to Gary’s stories."- Gary Keith, Vice President of Field Operations, National Fire Protection Association
"From the first page, Ryman hits the nail on the head. He provides a riveting look at the fire service as a whole, and the evolution of the business over the last three decades. Every fire fighter should read this. Old ones to reminisce, young ones to appreciate where we came from."- Fred Bales, CFPS, CFI,
Pennsylvania Senior Fire and Public Safety Instructor & Past Chief, Greenfield Fire Company, Greenfield, PA
"I absolutely loved this book! It's full of adventure and suspense and family and friends and wrapping it all up with a great big bow is the complete dedication these fire fighters have. They truly are a breed apart and this book gives us a look into their extraordinary lives. What a terrific read!"- Hildy Morgan, Executive Director, Wyoming County Cultural Center at the Dietrich Theater, Endless Mountains Writers' Group
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The journey of adoption is beautifully depicted with the comforting imagery of a poppy flower who is welcomed into a garden family. It is a charming story of "seeds" being planted in the perfect place - exactly where they belong. Children and adults will enjoy this simple yet meaningful story and homespun illustrations. The book's loving approach helps children to understand adoption. Andrea Nepa has captured the essence of adoption and family, and has illustrated it beautifully with images and poetry that even a small child can comprehend and enjoy.
"An adoption journey is beautifully depicted with comforting imagery of a poppy flower that is welcomed in a garden family. Children and adults will enjoy the simple yet meaningful story and homespun illustrations." - Stacy Dori, regional director of foster care & adoption services, Friendship House, Scranton, Pennsylvania
“A charming and loving approach to help all children understand adoption. Andrea Nepa has captured the essence of adoption and family, and has illustrated it beautifully with images and poetry that even a small child can comprehend and enjoy. I highly recommend this book for children to share with their parents.” - Steven G. Dubin, Esquire, Adoption Attorney, myownchild.com
“I read this book and really liked it. We personally have eight adopted children and will help about 175 families to adopt children this year.” - Vicki Dalia, safehomesforchildren.org & director of A Birthmother's Choice
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Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."
Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.
The way - to Hollywood, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, the Met - went through Scranton, PA.
If You Can Play Scranton is a theatrical history of America as seen through the famous performers who came to Scranton, Pennsylvania. It discusses performances by the best known actors and actresses of the tragic and comic stage, ethnic performers, vaudevillians, musical comedy, concert, orchestra and band performers from 1871-2010. At the turn of the 20th century, Scranton was one of the most famous try-out towns for legitimate stage productions. The sophisticated taste of its audience, created by extensive exposure to world renown talent, continues to this day.
"From mining's glory days to 'That Championship Season,' who would have known that Scranton was such a national hot-bed for performance and that its stages hosted so many giants? Thanks to Nancy McDonald, we all will! Packed with information, yet always an enjoyable and fascinating read."- Alan Baker, The Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania
"Jack Benny and Mae West, vaudeville and big bands, stage plays and movie stars – to open this treasure of a book is to relive Scranton's entertainment scene from its heyday right up to modern times. With juicy details and magnificent photographs, Nancy McDonald captures a beloved aspect of the city's history."- Cheryl A. Kashuba, local historian & Scranton Times-Tribune columnist
"With incredible detail and occasional whimsy, Nancy McDonald brilliantly chronicles the range and high caliber of artists subjected to the unyielding scrutiny of the unique culture that was – and is – Scranton. Nancy demonstrates, with great pride, how Scranton is a footnote in the history of America’s performing arts."- Dr. Paulette Merchel, retired theater program director, Marywood University
"'If You Can Play Scranton' is a work that anyone who is interested in Scranton's entertainment history MUST read. Nancy McDonald has dedicated a lifetime to researching the topic and her work provides an excellent document of the amazing talent that has appeared here."- Mary Ann Moran Savakinus, director, Lackawanna Historical Society
"I found 'If You Can Play Scranton' to be very informative and interesting. It's a great read for anyone with Pennsylvania roots."- Karl Wegforth, president, Dunmore Historical Society
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During the nineteenth century, Scranton was the face of a rising industrial America, and the city that forged the world views that defined the future of the country.
During the nineteenth century, Scranton was the face of innovation, immigration, industrialization, and a rising America. Scranton was “the electric city” when electricity was the most exciting invention in the world, and a hub of technology and innovation—between 1840 and 1902, the city of Scranton changed from a lazy backwoods community to a modern industrial society with 100,000 residents. During this time, Scranton’s citizens desperately tried to adapt their thinking to keep up with the overwhelming changes around them, and in the process forged the world views that would define the twentieth century. As globalization, technology and immigration transform the United States today, this book revisits how the people the forefront of the industrial revolution moved from chaos to a new order, and how they found meaning within a rapidly changing world.
"My hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania was a cauldron of change and conflict during the period from 1840 to 1900. Patrick Brown's excellent book sheds new light on Scranton's transformation from wilderness to industrial center and the development of our country's earliest labor movements. Perhaps more importantly, it introduces us to the people who drove this process and helps us understand how they thought about their changing world and about themselves."- Robert P. Casey, Jr., U.S. Senator
"As a history buff this is a tremendous read, but as President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO this is an important addition to the literature of the labor industry. If a union leader wants to understand the development of America and our labor movement, this should be required reading. In the microcosm that is Scranton, Pennsylvania, you have the development of America from agricultural village to industrial powerhouse and the turmoil it engendered from the immigrant experience to the growing disparities in income between workers and owners. If you want to see where we've been to understand where we're going, this is a must read." - Rick Bloomingdale, President, Pennsylvania, AFL-CIO
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Spotlighting 10 Catholic churches recently closed in the Diocese of Scranton.
Framing Faith tells the story of the faith of immigrants and their descendants, spotlighting ten Catholic churches in the Diocese of Scranton that were closed due to restructuring. The churches, SACRED HEART, MAYFIELD; ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA, SCRANTON; ST. JOSEPH, SCRANTON; HOLY FAMILY, SCRANTON; ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST, SCRANTON; ST. MARY OF THE ASSUMPTION, SCRANTON; ST. MARY CZESTOCHOWA, SCRANTON; ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, TAYLOR; IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, TAYLOR; AND ST. MICHAEL, OLD FORGE have rich ethnic heritages. They are Polish, Slovak, Italian, German, and Lithuanian parishes with long traditions and deep roots. Each church was founded by immigrant groups who came to the coal fields of the Lackawanna Valley with little more than their faith in God. Their churches served as the center of the community and touchstones of the Old Country. Framing Faith traces their histories from small beginnings through baptisms, weddings and funerals to their final celebrations. Throughout the text are images from each church, visual reminders of what was for many an important part of their lives.
"A well researched and outstandingly illustrated work by author Sarah Piccini and photographer Ivana Pavelka and her students. It is a must for anyone interested in the religious, cultural, and ethnic history of Northeastern Pennsylvania."- Michael D. De Michele, Professor of History, The University of Scranton
"The Anthracite Heritage Museum extends congratulations on the book Framing Faith. The museum, as part of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, is participating in the 2011 History Theme: Penn’s Legacy: Religious and Spiritual Diversity. The theme recognizes Pennsylvania’s rich history of religious freedom and spiritual expression. As part of the theme goals we are happy to engage our partners, and historical organizations such as the Lackawanna Historical Society, by encouraging exhibits, book talks and program. Thank you for your good local history work on this important theme.." - Chester Kulesa, Site Administrator, Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum
"Framing Faith was an amazing project for the ARTS Engage! students to participate in. ARTS Engage! is a program whose mission is to build social skills through the arts by allowing students to create work and work with professional artists. This project allowed students to develop photography skills by working with a high caliber artist such as Ivana Pavelka and the documentation of ethnic churches offered a unique place-based learning experience about our cultural history." - Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, Lackawanna County
"Beauty and light converge on the pages within. The spectacular churches of Northeastern Pennsylvania reflect the importance that immigrants placed, and continue to place, on the worship of God. Framing Faith captures the profound emphasis of a people and their often intimate conversation with their environment in a new land." - Dan Perry, Chief Operating Officer, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority
"As a native son and priest of the Diocese of Scranton, I know full well the centrality and vibrancy of the extraordinary faith of the Catholics whose courageous and dedicated stories are told and preserved in this timely and important commentary. The magnificent edifices they built over the course of the last one hundred years are but further testimony to the faith they lived so well, shared so fully and in which they anchored and launched their noteworthy lives. May we never forget them or their rock solid values of faith, hope and love." - Msgr. Joseph G. Quinn, J.D., J.C.L., Vice President, Fordham University
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Learn how to strengthen your relationship with God by seeing His presence in your daily life.
Many times one sees Roman Catholicism explained using either closely reasoned theology or an appeal to ancient writers of the Church. While both are legitimate approaches, the average reader looking to explore the faith is often left cold. In their collaboration, Why God Matters, Deacon Steven Lumbert and his daughter, Karina Lumbert Fabian, delineate the Catholic Faith as experienced by a pair of average, everyday people like the great majority who make up the 24 percent of Americans who share this religion.
In the stories of this pair, one see both ways people come to Catholicism, by birth (“cradle Catholics”) and by conversion. Their descriptions of their separate paths thankfully lack the religiosity of the all too common "and then a miracle takes place" school of religious experience. Rather than blasts of light, fiery swords, spiritual fistfights, and angelic choirs, theirs is the long religious slog of the everyday. The effort that one must put out each day in the long trek to Heaven.
What is Catholicism really like? One would be hard-put to find a better verbal painting of the faith so many call their own.
"Each chapter gives an open-minded reader a dose of faith as an active element of a normal Christian's life anecdotes that pose real-life challenges recognizable as something you might discuss with a friend or pastor at your church over coffee and doughnuts. Call it comfortable theology."- Elizabeth Rackover, Catholic News Service
"By seeing the ongoing process of becoming holy in ordinary circumstances touched by God, readers are encouraged to be more aware of their faith journey and the ways God speaks to them. The best way to use this book would be on a retreat, coupled with journaling and prayer, taking one chapter a day."- Mary Lynne Rapien, St. Anthony Messenger (AmericanCatholic.org)
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Mike Lamade experienced this collection of bowhunting adventures over a period of almost four decades. Mike will take you along as he stalks a huge bull moose in the Yukon and fights through a blizzard for a record book muley on the Colorado plains. Pope & Young whitetails will fall in Kansas, Illinois and Wyoming, and you'll wait with Mike in a ground blind in South Africa for elusive kudu, gemsbok, and wildebeest. In his 40 years of pursuing big game with his bow, Mike has hunted most of the United States and Canada and traveled to Africa eight times. Most of the stories in this collection have appeared in Bowhunter magazine.
Join Mike on over 20 action-packed bowhunts for whitetail, mule deer, bear, moose, pronghorn, alligator and a wide range of African plains game. It will take your breath away.
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"No baseball summer is as memorable for me as that July when the Dodgers began a winning streak in a suddenly torrid, topsy-turvy National League pennant race."
Fifty years after they played their last baseball game, the Brooklyn Dodgers are still remembered by millions of people. From 1947 to 1956 the Dodgers captured six out of ten National League pennants and they defeated the mighty New York Yankees in the 1955 World Series. The year 1957, however, is recalled mainly for the decision by Dodger president Walter O'Malley to move his team to Los Angeles the following year.
Author John Nordell tells the story of the Dodgers' mid-season surge in the standings during that last year in Brooklyn. Using research from a variety of sources, Nordell recreates the excitement of following the Dodgers and their National League rivals in the daily drama of a five-team pennant race. The author also draws on his own youthful memories of that year and describes the unforgettable thrill of seeing a game at Ebbets Field. The book includes numerous photographs and a concluding chapter that discusses the outcome of the 1957 pennant race, the major factors and personalities involved in the Dodger move west, and the end of an era in baseball.
ISBN:9780976507291 & ISBN:9780979504549
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