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Genre(s): Action & Adventure | Science Fiction & Fantasy
“I love you,” he murmured as the wisps of light returned to his body.
What he didn’t say was that his love came with a heavy price and life was never going to be the same again.
Twenty six year old Ana Martin has a past she is trying to forget. When she meets Gabriel, she believes that she can finally leave her troubles behind her. But Gabriel has a secret…
He may look human and be born of this world, but he is from an ancient race of empathic beings known as the Siis, a race that evolved millennia ago to a state of consciousness yet still take solid form to hide among us.
When the homeless start dying at an abandoned Tannery, the police chalk it up to suicides. Ana knows different. The Siis have a secret, a past mistake they would rather forget, one that puts Ana in more danger than she can ever comprehend.
Before long, she becomes a target for the Fae, once innocent children changed by the Siis thousands of years before. They are able to intensify and feed off the negative emotions of their prey, and are filled with malicious intent that has no bounds.
Can Ana survive the world of the Siis? More importantly, can she do it with her mind still intact?
Night of the Fae is the first book in the Ana Martin series, which follows Ana as she is drawn into the secret world of the Siis, an ancient race of empathic beings torn apart by war, treachery and the consequences of past actions. The second book in the series, THE HIDDEN LIGHT, is available on Kindle now.
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He crept towards me. A face of an innocent child, but with a smile of a beast, filled with sharpened teeth that glistened in the moonlight. His eyes narrowed. So much malice, so much need for death, not a glimmer of the child he had once been. The engraved dagger glinted in the moonlight, giving the silent promise of pain and torture. His voice cut through the air, harsh with venom, filled with centuries of bitterness, ‘You killed Sheah!’
Review: “Not often do I read a book that makes me feel like I actually became a part of it. When I can feel what the characters are feeling…well that is a book written by someone that can write. This is a book built in the present time, and shows how other “beings” live among us and the dangers that one woman faces as she becomes more involved in their world. The characters are well developed and the story grabs you immediately. It is creepy, emotional, and edgy. The best part? It is something new. I didn’t feel like I’ve read this story before, like I do with many others in this genre. I would definitely recommend this book.” Amber . B (Freelance Editor)
Genre(s): Gardening & Horticulture | Hobbies & Home
“The easy solution to the problem of organic waste disposal and soil enrichment with out spending a lot of money”
This new organic gardening guide breaks down the various composting styles and their methods of usage to provide just the essentials to the new gardener. This report will have you on your way to that bountiful harvest that will help feed you and your family while adding beautiful foliage to your home and outdoor areas.
You will be introduced to the following subjects:
Introducing compost bins, piles and tumblers. (which one is right for you and your location)
How to save money by constructing your own.
How to balance nitrogen and carbon rich materials without a calculator or scale.
Vermicomposting (worm farming) in your home. (don’t worry, the little critters will not invade your home)
Bokashi Composting which allows the composting of all organic kitchen waste, including meat, fish, dairy and pet feces.
How to keep your compost bins and piles trouble free and what to do if a problem does arise.
How to make or collect and use compost, worm and Bokashi tea. (liquid gold)
Mr. O’Halloron provides his readers with a thorough and informative guide of materials and creative, but time tested, techniques and procedures that lead the reader to an efficient and rewarding gardening experience. His description of personal experiences and research will guide you through all of the steps of the commonly used basics and explore various additional methods of indoor and outdoor compost gardening.
This guide is the source you need whether you are a rural, suburban, urban or a boat dwelling resident and have a field, garden or use container growing. In it you will find a method of composting tailored for your needs.
Are you a love-stricken dog with a girlfriend who does not appreciate your zest for life and desire to chase fire trucks? OK, perhaps you are not a dog. Let’s even assume you have no desire to chase various fire engines, no matter how hard it is to imagine – they are red, after all. The question remains – if you are in love but your significant other does not appreciate you for who you are, what are you to do? First things first, obviously:
★Keep your pants on. If you don’t wear pants, disregard.★
After that, get a solid advice from someone who knows all there’s to know about love. This story is a powerful testament of eternal love that can overcome all obstacles. Nah, just kidding.
This is a story about an energetic, enthusiastic, and slightly eccentric funny dog named Baron.
In this book you will also find a collection of other humorous stories that have enough funny jokes to fill two full-sized humor novels, if anyone still writes those anymore. The stories are driven by the dialog and interaction between the characters, in the best comic traditions of Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Izzard, and even vaudeville stylings of Red Skelton.
Newly edited, formatted, and expanded version:
✔ As a rule, trolls are a peace-loving people who do not wish to go to war. How to convince those peacenik hippies to take up arms and join your righteous struggle.
✔ Space pirate-infested asteroids are not a problem for our heroic Space Rabbit. He is a natural-born problem solver of the impatient variety.
✔ Baron gets his own radio show. This is downright irresponsible, if you ask me.
✔ A possible romantic situation hilariously turns into a pursuit of a grand conspiracy. Well, when in Paris…
✔ Making a deal with the Devil. The pros, cons, and amusing consequences.
P.S. Just a fair warning before you buy this book – “Literary fiction” it is not. These stories are designed to be upbeat and funny. And some even have dogs in them. In other words – it’s entertainment.
Genre(s): Comics & Graphic Novels | Teen & Young Adult
“With enjoyable characters, a clever plot, and a fast pace, this book could bring a smile to anyone’s lips.” –Gabbi Calabrese, Book Breather One Girl. One Accident. One Incredible Superhero. Cassidy Jones is your typical fourteen-year-old– that is, until a seemingly harmless accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist turns her world upside down.
Discovering incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses that defy logic, Cassidy embarks on an action-packed adventure that has her fighting for answers…and for her very life.
Other books in the Top Rated Superhero series for young adults, Cassidy Jones Adventures:
Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift, Book TwoCassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant, Book Three Please note that the Cassidy Jones Adventures series is Superhero Fiction and not graphic novels or comic books.
Genre(s): Science Fiction & Fantasy | Historical
Avalon has long been considered the traditional place of Arthur’s burial. But what if that place was actually named after someone? As an infant, Avalon is stripped of beauty so that all that remains are her dramatic green eyes. She is taught from birth that Arthur is her destiny. Out of curiosity she watches him in the magical waters of the lake and finds it impossible not to fall in love–and yet he is the king. She has nothing to offer but a pure heart. And so with the future of Camelot at stake, Arthur turns his attention toward the politically strategic Princess Guinevere and makes her his queen. In this exciting retelling of Camelot, Arthur struggles against the forces of evil until he reigns supreme, only to discover that his closest friend, Lancelot, is having an affair with his wife. Upon discovery, Camelot is forced to the brink of destruction. It’s then that Arthur realizes what a fool he has been. Broken and alone, shamed before the entire kingdom, Avalon comes back into his life. With her he finds the kind of passion that he has so long sought. Raised in the shadows, subservient to the Lady of the Lake, Avalon rises above it all to become the true queen of Camelot. She is the forgotten queen … and the sole bearer of Arthur’s heart. Full of unexpected twists and turns, action, suspense, treachery, and deceit, “The Forgotten Queen” will tear at your heartstrings until the very satisfying ending.
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Genre(s): Christian Books & Bibles, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality, Fiction, Historical, Religious Fiction, Christianity, Christian Fiction, Fantasy
A thousand years have passed since Adam and Eve were cast from the Garden of Eden. Their descendants have multiplied and spread across the face of the planet. In recent times rumours have begun to spread regarding a strange race of beings, the Nephilim, said to be the giant offspring of unholy alliances between the fallen sons of God and women of great beauty.
Life in Thalan’s tiny, seaside village seems a world away from such events until the day servants of a Nephilim king arrive looking for him. Could it be that seventeen year-old Thalan holds the key to the downfall of these powerful giants? And what is the significance of the ancient prophecy about the seed of Eve crushing the serpent’s head? The answers lie in a quest to find the legendary Garden of Eden and the fabled Tree of Life that stands in its midst. But can Thalan and his brother survive the hostile journey to the other side of the world to find out?
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Genre(s): Business & Investing, Skills, Communications, Running Meetings & Presentations, Education & Reference, Words, Language & Grammar, Public Speaking, Meetings & Presentations
M agic of Impromptu Speaking is a comprehensive, step-by-step system for creating highly effective speeches in under 30 seconds. It is based on research of the most powerful techniques used by winners of impromptu speaking contests, politicians, actors and successful presenters. The book is entertaining to read, has plenty of examples and covers the most effective tools not only from the world of impromptu speaking but also from acting, stand-up comedy, applied psychology and creative thinking.
Once you master the system, you will grow immensely as an impromptu public speaker, become a better storyteller in a circle of friends and be more creative in everyday life. Your audience members will think that what you do on stage after such short preparation is pure magic and will recall some of your speeches many years later.
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Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Action & Adventure, Chick-Lit, Domestic Life, Family Life
B arely two weeks after the end of school, eleven-year-old Evan Mace has his summer of exploration interrupted by a colorful group of senior citizens from Indiana who come to visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Along with his best friends, Mica Habber and Charu Roundtree, Evan has been tapped to spend a week as a helper for this unique cast of characters which includes: Tank and Tootsie Rogers, Bugle M. Spray (“Bug”), Neal Nozeworthy, Ms. Polly Poutway, and others. Thrown into this mix is the community bully whose supreme purpose is to make life miserable for Evan and his friends.
Evan, Mica, and Charu are still trying to come to grips with a magic stick which responds to Evan’s wishes. In this Stickboy adventure, THE STICK helps foil a bank robbery, assists in catching a thief who is preying on visitors to the Park, and helps Evan contend with his unrelenting enemy, Moose Meckel.
Once again, the Hickory Creek Cove community springs to life in ways that are both funny and mysterious. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for another thrilling ride!
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Genre(s): History, Africa, East Africa, Literature & Fiction
T hree boys embark on a difficult mission to rescue their best friend from slavery.
In this award winning story, Edgar is on his way home to visit his mother after finishing high school exams, when his bus is ambushed by the rebels belonging to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Along with other passengers, most of whom are students, Edgar is abducted and taken to the LRA headquarters deep in the mountains of southern Sudan. He finds himself caught up in a nightmare he never imagined possible. His life is changed forever.
Edgar’s friends learn of his fate and embark on a very challenging and unpredictable rescue mission full of twists and turns. Can they find the strength to continue the difficult search? Can Edgar’s faith sustain him long enough to escape the hell he is in? Find out in this compelling narrative about a young man and his faithful friends whose story will remain with you for quite some time.
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Genre(s): Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design, Flowers, Gardening & Horticulture
C reating and maintaining a garden can be a lot of work, but the tips in this book will help you to embrace all aspects of gardening. Feed your soul and indulge your senses with this weekly guide to the best garden ever.
Find helpful ideas for planning, implementing and creating a garden you will love.
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Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Contemporary, Paranormal & Urban
S ometimes the ugliest monsters come in the prettiest packages…
Victoria Frank is the picture of teen perfection – she’s talented, witty, and ruthless – but being queen of tiny Geneva, NY isn’t enough. Tired of merely designing the perfect outfit, she sets out to design the perfect person. But by the time she realizes beauty is only skin deep, she’s already unleashed her monster on the world. Now it’s a race against time to stop the vile creature from destroying her life, and she has to do it in the most evil place of all – high school.
After ditching her horrifying creation in L.A., all Victoria wants is the perfect senior year, but it becomes impossible when the dreaded beast shows up in her own backyard. Armed with a new body, a new attitude and a new name, M turns the school hierarchy on its head. But when M suffers the embarrassment of a lifetime and sets her sights on revenge, our queen bee finds herself pitted in a cat fight to the death where kid sisters, boyfriends and tiaras are all fair game. It’s a twist on Frankenstein unlike any before, with an ending so explosive it’ll leave your bowels quaking.
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Genre(s): Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design, By Technique, Gardening & Horticulture, Techniques
W e’ve all admired our neighbor’s gorgeous gardens filled with flowering perennials and longed to recreate their beauty in our own back yard. But if we’re being honest, when it comes to gardening, most of us have no idea where to begin. Additionally, in these economic times, who can afford to hire an expert to come in and do the job for us? That said, regular folks all across North America and Europe are returning to the soil, shovels in hand. With the help of this book, there is absolutely no need to fly blind into the world of green thumbs, perennials, and herbs. The name–Garden Guide: A No Nonsense, No PhD Guide to Great Gardens with Hand-Holding How To’s for Beginners and Straightforward Instruction for Advanced Gardeners–truly says it all. Indeed, this book is the hand-holding garden guide that will walk even the most timid novice right through the gardening process from beginning to end.
In addition to straight forward, practical advice in everyday language, you will love the stories and anecdotes Olver shares from her fifteen years of backyard, organic gardening adventures. Easy and entertaining, you‘ll probably read this book in one sitting, but you’ll reference it for years to come. The beauty of Garden Guide is that Olver divides her advice into two sections: Beginning Gardeners and Advanced Gardeners. No matter what your skill level, there are simple explanations, tips, and tricks that will walk you through every aspect of the garden process. Garden Guide features details such as:
• Everything you need to know about location, from sunlight to drainage to selecting just the right spot
• How to understand soil types, how to amend and condition them
• pH levels and soil testing broken down in simple terms
• Step by Step guide for planning your PERFECT garden no matter where the location
• Fertilizing made manageable with explanations for all those numbers and organic alternatives
• Composting broken down so you can start immediately
• Pests obliterated with loads of organic suggestions
• The basics of garden maintenance from deadheading to dividing perennials
• Loads of helpful website suggestions for purchasing plants online, getting ideas, locating county extension offices, perennial databases and so much more.
• Gardening terms are defined in language you will both understand and remember
If you have time to read only one book on gardening, this is the book to choose. Short enough not to feel like an encyclopedia and just long enough to wet your gardening appetite, Olver has woven basic garden science and practical ideas for everyday people into each page. With her warm, inviting, no-nonsense instruction, you will be amazed how simple and doable gardening really is. Not only will it thoroughly educate you in basic gardening, Garden Guide will send you well on your way toward beautiful perennials gardens and leave you inspired and hungry to begin planting in your own patch of earth.
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Genre(s): Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Science & Math, Science for Kids, Literary, Education
I n this wildly entertaining and informative comic book, our hero, Mr. Tompkins meets Albert Einstein and explores such mysteries as gravity and the speed of light. Here’s a chance to learn something and have fun while you’re at it.
“The Adventures of Mr. Tompkins” is based on the popular “Mr. Tompkins” book series by the legendary scientist and author, George Gamow. Gamow’ s breadth of knowledge was astounding. He originated the Big Bang theory of the Universe, did groundbreaking work on radioactivity and helped decipher the genetic code. Now, renowned inventor and scientist, R. Igor Gamow has teamed up with talented comic book illustrator, Scorpio Steele, to bring Mr. Tompkins to life in a comic book series.
Along with Isaac Asimov, Gamow is regarded as one of the greatest science popularizers of all time. He wrote books on how the atom works; radioactivity; electromagnetism; the nature of light; and how scientists understand space, time, and motion. However, he’s best known for his classic series of books featuring the lovable character, Mr. Tompkins.
“The idea of this comic book is brilliant. Daunting topics, such as the theory of relativity, nuclear fission, and radioactivity, are presented here in a form that speaks to and entertains a very general audience. The author even uses analogies that help readers relate to very abstract concepts”.
– Catherine Thureson, Clarion Book Reviews
“By his ingenuity and narrative skills, Gamow is able to transform the puzzling and obscure mysteries of physics into magical and enthralling stories. It was Mr. Tompkins who made the new physics vivid and real for me as a child and I am sure that he will continue to do the same for a great many others.”
– Roger Penrose, winner of the Albert Einstein Medal
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Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Literary, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Paranormal & Urban
d oG Backwards is Guy A Johnson’s debut novel.
‘Really liked! V interesting, gripping and unusual!’ – Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of ‘Little Face’ and ‘Kind of Cruel.’
doG Backwards is the story of six lives that come together through an unimaginable opportunity: to meet with the dead for just one hour.
Michael works in an office and is mourning the loss of his five-year-old daughter, Milly.
Barbara has her own cleaning company and the death of her stepfather, Eric, hangs heavy on her conscience.
Connor is ten and, despite having the love of his aunt and uncle, still misses his mother, who has been dead for over a year.
Liam lives in his big family home all by himself, where he hides from his past and yearns for the return of his mother, father and sister, all of whom are gone for good.
Shelley, friend and lover to Liam, also has her losses, but keeps these a secret from him.
Their reactions are very different. Michael’s is very positive: he simply cannot believe his luck. The others, however, do not react in the same way: Shelley is disgusted, Barbara cannot face making a decision and ten-year-old Connor simply doesn’t understand.
There are further complications. Michael has to consider his estranged wife, Susan: she has not been chosen for the program. Barbara discovers the experience is likely to leave her penniless. Connor has not only lost his mother, but also his father. So he is faced with a dilemma that no ten-year-old boy should ever have to face: which one to choose?
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Genre(s): Biographies & Memoirs, Ethnic & National, Self-Help, Health Fitness & Dieting, Recovery, Drug Dependency
A birthday party is one of the few occasions when our father might come to visit, but you can’t count on it. “Guess what kids?” Mom says, trying to cheer my sister up as she dishes up dark brown squares of cake laced with shreds of carrot that look like little worms: “This cake contains absolutely no refined sugar. Instead, I used frozen orange juice concentrate!”
This is when we hear the sound of Latin music coming up the street like an ice cream truck. My sister’s eyes light up as she yells, “Papoo!” and runs out the door. I see our father’s Volvo pulling into the gravel driveway, his tires making the sound of popcorn popping. He’s pulling some kind of silver trailer with a shaggy grey pony in it that looks wild-eyed and is trying to escape.
“Oh Christ,” Grandpa Joe says, getting up to investigate. “What the hell’s he done now?”
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Growing up with a Colombian father for whom magical realism was a way of life made ordinary reality feel like an immigrant experience for author Jose Chaves, who was born in the U.S. but–as his father would insist–”made in Colombia!”
That experience comes alive like a movie on the page in The Contract of Love, a memoir about family that is both hilarious and heartbreaking. Chaves’ straightforward style turns the familiar exotic and makes the unfamiliar feel like home as he takes readers on a cultural journey from small-town, muscle-car America to the Chaves family farm in Colombia, where the cow is named Lyndon Johnson, and an emotional journey from his father’s volatile world where unrequited love is sung out loud in restaurants, to a fraternity where the most important rule is to never reveal your feelings to another guy in public.
With tenderness, humor, and hypnotic clarity, Chaves explores the landscape of love that holds us together, beyond the addictions that bind us–from the broken faith that sends a boy spiraling down, to the grace that finds the man.
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Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance
M oney. Family. Love. Hate. Obsession. Duty. Politics. Religion – or the lack thereof. Sex — or, once again, the lack thereof.
Thomas Baldwin finds himself married to a woman he can’t stand, while head-over heels in love with another woman he can’t have. Talk about bad planning. He is something of a kite, buffeted by circumstances which blow him not only through personal crises, but also through some of the most significant events of the late 1800s, including the railroad riots of 1877, the creation of the Homestead Steel Works, the assassination of President Garfield, and the Johnstown Flood. Over time, and with the help of his muse, who dances maddeningly just beyond his reach, he takes control of his life, wresting it from the winds attempting to control him.
Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Horror, Occult, Metaphysical, Religion & Spirituality, Spirituality, Nonfiction, New Age, Mysticism
“ The Opening” was selected as a Finalist in the 2012 Global eBook Awards in Visionary & Inspirational Fiction and has been on the Amazon Top 100 Best Sellers List in four categories since it’s publication in October of 2011.
“The Opening” addresses the age-old question ‘what happens when we die?’ with a spiritual fantasy of immense charm and imagination. At once an insightful meditation on life’s passages and a vision of unearthly realms, it creates its own enchanted worlds where characters connect with one another between here and the hereafter across the thinnest of lines.
Joe St. John wanders out into a blizzard and falls through an opening that leads him to amazing, sometimes harrowing places where he encounters the major turning points in his life. Along the way, he revisits his missed opportunities, uncovers his life’s core trauma, and is given mysterious geometrical symbols that hold the key to his future.
As Joe’s soul hovers between two worlds he will discover the truth about life and death, and be confronted with the ultimate choice: save his own life, or give it up for someone he loves.
* Be sure to read the author’s interview with The Digital Ink Spot.
Genre(s): Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, Sea Adventures, Romance, Fantasy & Futuristic, Historical Fiction, Nonfiction, Teens
A secret and unauthorized trip through the chaos of a 1717 London marketplace takes a bizarre twist for 16 year old Tess. Unexpectedly witnessing the murder of a renowned Seer, Tess becomes the keeper of the old woman’s legendary spinner ring and its supposed power of prophecy. Returning home, Tess bears the brunt of her father’s rage when he is informed of her disobedient excursion. An ensuing altercation with her father leads Tess to the discovery of a family secret that stuns her. Even so, she never imagines that she will soon find herself forcibly betrothed to the murderer and trapped on a ship bound for the pirate-infested waters of the West Indies. With increasing dread, she realizes a growing attraction that she has for a handsome sailor puts both their lives at risk. Moreover, she quickly discovers that her ruthless fiance covets her only for her ring and its power, and will stop at nothing to obtain it for himself. The stakes for survival become unbearably high when she is thrust into the hands of a marauding band of pirates, and she must make an agonizing and life-threatening choice for herself. A tale of pirates and treasure, love and betrayal, all bound together by a dash of ancient magic, Quintspinner has been described by readers as “a wonderfully entertaining, fast and furious ride; Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean”.
Genre(s): Health Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine, Advice & How-to, Health Mind & Body, Herbal Remedies
T here are many herbs around the world which have been regarded as sacred, though Christianity does seem to have far more than most other religions. Collected here are 27 herbs with religious connections, all but six of which could be called Christian herbs.
As well as an explanation of why it’s included, each herb listed has details of how to grow it, what ailments it can be used for, which type of remedy to use for which ailment and other non-medicinal uses. Preppers and others interested in medicnal herbs will find Sacred Herbs for Healing a useful addition to their herbal medicine library.
What’s in this book:
Herbs with religious connections
Why organic growing methods are important
Remedies in this book which can be used during pregnancy
Details for the following herbs: ajowan, crab apple, thorn apple, ashwagandha, barberry, chamomile, passion flower, frankincense, hyssop, Jacob’s ladder, lily of the valley, sacred lotus oil, love lies bleeding, lungwort, mistletoe, common plantain, rue, European goat’s rue, Solomon’s seal, southernwood, blessed milk thistle, St Benedict’s thistle, vervain, bishop’s weed, sweet woodruff, wormwood and St John’s wort
Alphabetical Index of Remedies
Genre(s): Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Gardening & Landscape Design, Reference, Education & Reference, Health Fitness & Dieting, Personal Health, Healthy Living, Advice & How-to, Health Mind & Body, Lifestyle & Home, Home & Garden, Gardening & Horticulture
I n “Gardening for Seniors – Joyous Activities for Elderly Gardeners, with Tips for Reduced Mobility” you’ll find a wide range of information that will inspire you to continue, or start, gardening.
If you’re looking for an activity you can share with an aging loved one, gardening offers the ideal opportunity to do something satisfying and fun together. Bring your children into the fun and you have a wonderful full-family activity where all of you can share in the tending and the enjoyment of what your plants produce.
The Joys and Benefits of Gardening
Whether it’s something you grew up with, or something that is relatively new to you, you’ll come to discover the joy that gardening brings and the benefits it offers, both physically and mentally. This is particularly true as you get older.
There’s something to be said for planting a seedling or young plant, nurturing it along and watching it grow, then enjoying the benefits of what it produces, such as flowers or vegetables. You will watch birds and butterflies enjoying your flowers. You will add fresh vegetables and herbs to your meals. There’s a whole circle-of-life thing that happens.
It simplifies part of your life and brings things back to basics, which is more important than ever in these times of multitasking, 24/7 internet connection, and 800 channels on the television. A garden is where you can find peace and a sense of purpose. It’s the perfect hobby to help you unplug, unwind, and enjoy.
A garden is a place that reassures. It helps you to feel grounded. It soothes and offers a connection to the earth. This is true even if all you have is a handful of containers or a 4×4 foot raised bed.
Gardening is a great way to maintain flexibility and muscle tone. Doing work around the garden is typically more rewarding, both emotionally and mentally, than other forms of exercise. If you’re physically able to tend to a garden, you’ll find that your metabolism can increase at a rate of three to five times, burning calories along the way. It is said that regular activity for around 30 minutes a day is beneficial for your health and for your sleep, which can easily be accomplished with the addition of common gardening activities like watering, feeding, digging, planting, and weeding to your daily routine.
Gardening can become part of a rehabilitation program. Horticulture therapy has both mental and physical restorative effects. Gardening can benefit those who are recovering from physical illness by retraining muscles and improving coordination and strength.
So, whether you’re looking for more “me” time, or an activity where the whole family can participate and benefit from, gardening can be exactly what you need it to be.
Topics range from the basics of container gardening, how to enjoy gardening with your grandchildren, easy vegetable gardening, and how to enjoy gardening from a wheelchair.
Some senior or elderly gardeners find themselves faced with reduced mobility. Let’s face it, as we get older we may find that we’re not able to do all the hobbies, sports, and energetic activities that we’ve been able to enjoy during our 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, and 50′s. Gardening doesn’t have to be one of them. As a matter of fact, it’s quite therapeutic and satisfying.