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Genre(s): Teen & Young Adult | Coming of Age
From a poetic point of view, Miss Nora’s classroom is my Garden of Eden. Everything is so perfect and peaceful during those fifty minutes that I am in her class each day.
Then the stupid bell has to ring and ruin everything.
That annoying, ringing bell taints my ears from evil lurking the halls. The ringing of the bell tempts me to take one step out for the next class.
And when I do, all hell breaks loose.
When evil walks the halls of Valley High, Adny’s life is put to the ultimate test. Three weeks before senior graduation, she leaves a series of videos behind for her best friend to relive the days leading up to the moment that would impact everyone who crossed her path.
Adny’s family and close friends search within themselves and the outside world for not only who would hurt her, but why.
The search would be one they won’t regret, but one they’d hope to forget.
Genre(s): Self-Help | Death & Grief
AN UNFORGETABLE AND INSPIRATIONAL TRUE STORY, HEAVENS CHILD WILL WARM YOUR HEART AS IT SCRATCHES YOUR SOUL.
SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD SARAH, younger twin by two hours, wrote “And now it is time for my story to end because we have finally reached the beginning.” Did she know? How could she have guessed? Or did she just happen to choose words that had a greater meaning for her life about to be tragically cut short?
A big-hearted memoir, Heaven’s Child captures the reader with a profound look inside a mother’s courageous journey through grief to her ultimate spiritual renewal. From the exquisite pain of loss to the magical buoyancy of hope, author Caroline Flohr intimately shares her family’s struggle and reinvention after the unexpected death of her twin teenage daughter, Sarah. Finding her way back to joy, Caroline reminds us how we all must learn to live presently, love whole-heartedly and when the time comes, gracefully let go. As young Sarah wisely wrote in her high school homework assignment, even an ending can turn into a new beginning.
This universally touching story is an inspired guide showing us all how the human spirit’s innate love and resilience can heal, transform and reignite our soul even after life’s most tragic losses.
Perhaps the worst thing that can happen to a parent is experiencing the loss of a child. However, as Caroline shares, it’s possible to turn one’s devastation into spiritual enlightenment and to weave the tragedy into the fabric of your life and your family. From the early morning knock at the front door–every parent’s worst nightmare–Caroline immerses readers into the raw emotions of a fatal car accident involving eight teenagers who take a midnight joyride in a small community. Like teens across the country, Sarah had parents who cared, attended a good school and lived in a safe community. And yet, life carries no guarantees.
As the tragedy unfolds, Caroline details the many phases she and her family and community moved through on their path to accepting–and embracing–the grievous loss, and the aftermath which continues for a lifetime. She discusses the power of love and faith as related to death and healing; the importance of connecting with family, friends, communities, Nature and the Universe; the significance of our intuition and the synchronicity in our lives; the imprint of our inner strength when faced with adversity; the intersection of choices and accountability; and the celebration of life so lives can expand in the present. She celebrates the enduring strength of family, and as she weaves the pain of loss into the fabric of her family and her life, she finds herself enriched, not diminished, by her experience. As Caroline challenges the reader to consider death not as the end of the journey but as a beginning, the reader finds Heaven’s Child to be a truly riveting memoir celebrating life and death.
Heaven’s Child is also a must-read for every teen, parent, and teacher. It’s that story of caution and
vigilance, decision-making and accountability, living in the moment, and being constantly aware that each day could be our last. It’s a story speaking to our teenagers about the consequences of decisions and what happens to our families and communities when life is cut short.
For others, it’s that story of resilience, of learning to weave tragedy into our lives, embracing our humanity, and living with authenticity. It’s that story that lets you know you are able to weather just about any adversity, and that just as you live to embrace the present, you must embrace your loved ones because life does come to an end, sometimes sooner than expected. Heaven’s Child is that compassionate story that inspires and motivates as you explore your own spiritual journey of loss and love, hope and healing.
Told with a unique gripping voice and written with an artful compelling storyline, Heaven’s Child is a story that has relevance for all people.
Genre(s): Mystery Thriller & Suspense | Thrillers
In THE GREEN LINE, Abby Donovan’s decade-long dream of partnership at her prestigious Chicago law firm is just months from fruition. But after a late-night train mishap drops her into a world of drugs, gangs, murder, and corruption, everything changes. Abby is haunted by what and who she’s seen and the mysterious death of a kind stranger. Though her work suffers, deadlines are missed, and her promotion hangs in the balance, she’s compelled to investigate with the help of an unlikely new friend. But Abby’s investigation jeopardizes more than her career. Someone is watching and he’s not going to let a nosy lawyer expose his scam.
In this engaging debut, E.C. Diskin, a former Chicago attorney, takes us on a fast-paced thrill ride with a believable and flawed heroine. Readers will relate to her, fear for her, and get a glimpse inside Chicago’s best and worst. From the roughest streets of the west side to the estates of the North Shore, Abby Donovan and the unexpected villains of THE GREEN LINE will keep you turning pages late into the night in this riveting new thriller while shining light on a little-known, often-used, and widely-abused legal maneuver.
Genre(s): Romance | Paranormal
Get up at 7am. Take shower. Go to work at Hello Portland. Pick up gluten-free cupcakes for Laney’s party. Receive messages from the other side. Attempt to relay said messages to a sexy stranger. Get rejected.
This was not Shelby Hanson’s typical to-do list. But it was exactly what was on the agenda for her one early fall day in Portland, Ore. Across town, Daniel Tillman was attempting his own impossible to-do list–to write a historical fiction novel with enough pizazz to win the heart of one of the nation’s top literary agents, Kaley Hamilton, at the Willamette Writers Conference.
To an outsider, Shelby and Daniel’s daily activities may appear ludicrous at best. In truth, they’re both being led to love, romance and some wild nights in Maui.
Bet you didn’t see that one coming…
Following Bliss gives readers a sneak peek into how who we love is often carefully orchestrated by the other side. Experience the fear, the excitement and the romance that causes Shelby and Daniel to collide into one another, and into the next chapter of their lives. Along the way, they lean on the support of Kathryn and Scott from The Quest: A Tale of Desire & Magic.
Following Bliss truly takes readers on a ride of romance and intrigue along with some sexy sightseeing. Mixing in chick-lit, visionary fiction and a side of paranormal romance–Following Bliss proves that there’s so much more behind why we choose who we love.
Genre(s): Hobbies & Home | Gardening & Landscape Design
At one time or another most everyone had a plant or two in their house or apartment. If you have a bit of a green thumb, your plants grew and offered you hours of enjoyment. Heck, perhaps you even had a name for each plant. Yes, you are indeed the talented ones who can grow just about anything anywhere.
Then there is the beginner houseplant owner who with the best of intention looked on in dismay as they watched their plants slowly wither away eventually becoming nothing more than a dried stick. It is for you guys and gals who have little or no knowledge on how to keep a houseplant alive I have written this book.
Our journey will take you through what kind of plants are best for your home and what you need to know to keep them healthy and vibrant.
You will also learn which plants are toxic to children and pets as well as which plants are safe for your home.
As a beginner houseplant owner you might feel a little overwhelmed with so much information. Therefore, I have added a handy tip sheet near the end of the book you can print from your computer and keep as a handy reference.
For those Kindle owners whose Kindle readers are in black and white, I have included a link to my web site where you can see full color pictures of most of the plants discussed in this book.
It is my hope that by the time you finish reading this book, you too will have developed your green thumb and grow vibrant house plants that will be the envy of anyone who visits your home.
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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.