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Eileen Spinelli

Children count along from 1 to 10, following the sweet rhyming text by beloved author Eileen Spinelli and the cute and cuddly illustrations by Lee Holland. Along with counting, this padded cover board book teaches children to see the blessings in life. With whimsy and joy, Counting Blessings captures the attention of young children, filling their minds with numbers and their hearts with happiness.

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William Shawcross

William Shawcross's official biography of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, published in September 2009, was a huge critical and commercial success.One of the great revelations of the book was Queen Elizabeth's insightful, witty private correspondence. Indeed, The Sunday Times described her letters as "wonderful . . . brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness." Now, in Counting One's Blessings, Shawcross has put together a selection of her letters, drawing on the vast wealth of material in the Royal Archives and at Glamis Castle. Queen Elizabeth was a prolific correspondent, from her early childhood before World War I to the very end of her long life at the beginning of the twenty-first century, and her letters offer readers a vivid insight into the real person behind the public face.

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Francis Brennan

Francis Brennan is back – to spread a little happiness! ‘Life can deal us any kind of hand, good or bad. Often it’s a bit of both, and the only difference is what we make of it. That’s the subject of this book – how we handle what life throws at us and how we learn to make the most of it. In short, it’s a book about happiness.’ Full of warm and witty anecdotes, Francis Brennan shares his memories while letting us in on the secret to his success – his belief in happiness. By counting his blessings – such as his childhood, family, friendships, career, travel, spirituality, home life and public life – he outlines what matters to him and what has sustained him in life, and shows how learning to be happy is the most important gift you can give yourself. By sharing how he has dealt with the ups and downs of life, Francis Brennan proves that happiness is something you choose, rather than something that chooses you. Counting Your Blessings: Table of Contents Introduction Family Matters Overcoming Challenges Work, Glorious Work Park Life Living in the Limelight Travel Broadens the Mind A Hug Goes a Long Way A Few of My Favourite Things

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William Shawcross

One of the revelations of William Shawcross's official biography of the Queen Mother was her private correspondence. Indeed the Sunday Times described her letters as 'wonderful ... brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness.' Queen Elizabeth was a prolific correspondent from her earliest childhood and her letters offer readers a vivid insight into the person behind the public face. They reveal - in her own words - the little girl writing to her family; the young woman who, eventually, accepted Prince Albert's proposal; the Duchess of York, embracing the public role demanded of her, on royal tours both at home and abroad. They reveal, too, her shock when she and her husband realized that he would become King, the dreadful toll exacted by the Second World War, culminating in the King's tragically early death, and her determination to find a role for herself during her long widowhood. Full of wit, acute observation and a deeply held sense of duty, Queen Elizabeth's letters offer a chronicle not only of her long life, but of the twentieth century.

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It's that time of the year again when families get together to celebrate, laugh, enjoy, and bond over yummy food! So, come along with us and relish the magic of these Thanksgiving classics for a wholesome holiday mood: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving (Louisa May Alcott) Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner (Lucy Maud Montgomery) The Genesis of the Doughnut Club (Lucy Maud Montgomery) An English Dinner of Thanksgiving (George Eliot) The Night before Thanksgiving (Sarah Orne Jewett) A Mystery in the Kitchen (Olive Thorne Miller) Millionaire Mike's Thanksgiving (Eleanor H. Porter) Ezra's Thanksgivin' Out West (Eugene Field) John Inglefield's Thanksgiving (Nathaniel Hawthorne) Helen's Thanksgiving (Susan Coolidge) Thanksgiving at the Polls (Edward Everett Hale) The Thanksgiving of the Wazir (Andrew Lang) The Master of the Harvest (Mrs. Alfred Gatty) How We Kept Thanksgiving at Oldtown (Harriet Beecher Stowe) A Turkey for the Stuffing (Katherine Grace Hulbert) Mrs. November’s Party (Agnes Carr) The Debut of Dan’l Webster (Isabel Gordon Curtis) The Two Alms, or the Thanksgiving Day Gift (Eleanor L. Skinner) The Kingdom of the Greedy (P. J. Stahl) Thankful (Mary E. Wilkins Freeman) Thanksgiving at Todd's Asylum (Winthrop Packard) Wishbone Valley (R. K. Munkittrick) Patem's Salmagundi (E. S. Brooks) Miss November's Dinner Party (Agnes Carr) The Visit (Maud Lindsay) The Story of Ruth and Naomi (Bible) Bert's Thanksgiving (J. T. Trowbridge) A Thanksgiving Story (Miss L. B. Pingree) How Obadiah Brought About a Thanksgiving (Emily Hewitt Leland) The White Turkey's Wing (Sophie Swett) The Thanksgiving Goose (Fannie Wilder Brown) A Novel Postman (Alice Wheildon) Chip's Thanksgiving (Annie Hamilton Donnell) A Thanksgiving Dinner (Edna Payson Brett) Two Old Boys (Pauline Shackleford Colyar) A Thanksgiving Dinner That Flew Away (Hezekiah Butterworth) Mon-daw-min (H. R. Schoolcraft) Who Ate the Dolly's Dinner? (Isabel Gordon Curtis) An Old-fashioned Thanksgiving (Rose Terry Cooke)

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B. K. Karanjia

For eighteen years, B. K. Karanjia held the most glamorous job in India. The job: Editor of Filmfare, a magazine devoted to the starry world of Indian cinema, a distractingly beautiful, irresistibly beguiling setting to millions of people. In Counting My Blessings, Karanjia takes us behind the dancing images on-screen to this world, part fantasy, part heartbreaking reality. But first, there is an equally fascinating story that precedes this one, his own. His father was a doctor, his mother a music lover and an ardent Napoleon fan. Bright as a student, he entered into a fairy tale romance with Abad, who would become his wife, cleared the ICS examinations, and seemed all set for a life lived happily ever after. Instead, he decided the job of a bureaucrat was not for him, and chose, in a somewhat Napoleonic vein, the harder one of film journalism, publishing a magazine that left him moneyless. The magazine closed down, but the association with the film world continued with other magazines, and with film bodies, such as the Film Finance Corporation, and he provides an incisive analysis of a host of issues connected with the industry in the memoir. brought stature to an industry known for size more than quality. Enlivening the narrative are his warm portraits of his family itself and mentors, friends and colleagues, including a smattering of the famous, Sohrab Modi, Motilal, Dilip Kumar, Madhubala among them. Sometimes provocative, always honest, Counting My Blessings is an entertaining account of a memorable life.

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William Shawcross

One of the great revelations of William Shawcross’s official biography of the Queen Mother was her private correspondence. Indeed, the Sunday Times described her letters as “wonderful . . . brimful of liveliness and irreverence, steeliness and sweetness.” Now, drawing on the vast wealth of material in the Royal Archives and at Glamis Castle and elsewhere, William Shawcross has put together a selection of those letters, many of which have never before been published. A prolific correspondent from her earliest childhood to the very end of her life, her letters offer readers a vivid insight into the person behind the public face. They reveal—in her own words—the much-loved little girl who wrote teasing letters to her many siblings; the young woman who, after a long courtship and two refusals, accepted Prince Albert’s proposal. We see her as Duchess of York, bringing a sense of ease and fun into the public and private lives of the Royal Family. We see her delight in her beloved daughters, and her very real shock when she and her husband realized that he would become king following the abdication of Edward VIII. We see, too, the dreadful too exacted by the Second World War, which culminated in the king’s tragically early death in 1952, and then her determination, despite her grief, to find a new role for herself during the long years of widowhood.

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Marla Monroe

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ELZIE D. ODOM

Elzie D. Odom was born in 1929 in the rural community of Shankleville in Southeast Texas. The community was founded and named for his Great, Great Grandfather, Jim Shankle. Jim had been a slave on a Mississippi plantation when he married Winnie who was also a slave and had three slave children. Shortly after they married, Winnie, and her children were sold to a Texas Slave-owner. Jim ran away from the Mississippi plantation and walked more than 400 miles to find his Winnie in Texas. They were re-united and raised Winnie’s three children and six of their own in what became Shankleville, Texas. Elzie was born and raised in that small all black community. In spite of his humble background, he has enjoyed a 65 year marriage to his lovely and loyal wife, two successful children, and six wonderful grandchildren. He was the first black elected official in Orange County, Texas in 1965 and the fifth black Postal Inspector in the nation in 1967. In 1990 he was the first black councilmember in Arlington, Texas and became the first black Mayor in 1997. He retired from Political life in 2003 and credits all of his achievements to “BLESSINGS FROM GOD’’. He and his wife Ruby live in Arlington, Texas where they are still active in the city and Mt Olive Baptist Church, where they have served for over 32 years. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

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Pons B. Manalo

Counting My Blessings by Pons B. Manalo When Pons B. Manalo was attending a retreat or any session, everyone was always asking for him to share his life. On these occasions, oftentimes attendees and other relatives of Helen were pushing him to write a book about himself. He had no intention of summarizing his life story, however an Arabian student who was boarding in his house pushed him hard, saying that many people will benefit from it. Manalo then realized that maybe people with the same predicament may learn something about confronting challenges in life. They must have strong dedication and faith in themselves compounded with infinite trust in God. With these arms within him, there is no thorny road that he cannot walk over. The success of his life is within his reach if he only digs deep into his capabilities without stopping until the light of the tunnel is beaming upon him. Whatever endeavor he wants to achieve, he must be sedulously determined in every effort to reach the goal. Laziness is a ticket to the deleteriousness of his ambition. God helps those who help themselves.