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Once upon a time, long, long ago, in a far-off city, there lived a family of mice. Father mouse's name was Benjamin. Mother mouse's name was Sissy. They had two sons, Richard and Cliff. They lived in a large house with a Master and Mistress who had a big old gold-colored cat named Max.
(Edited for modern English, with minor abridgement.) Pope Pius X called Therese of Lisieux "the greatest saint of modern times." In a life that spanned just 24 years, how did this obscure French girl become so powerfully inspirational? St. Therese was born at Alencon on January 2, 1873. After the death of her mother, she and her surviving family members moved to Lisieux, where she would eventually follow her two sisters into the contemplative life of the Carmel convent. Though only fifteen years of age, the spiritually precocious little postulant had already immersed herself in Christ's ocean of Divine Love. Five years earlier, on the Feast of Pentecost, she had been healed from a serious illness through the intercession of Our Lady of Victories. Then, prior to receiving her First Holy Communion, a year later, Therese experienced an unforgettably intimate Spiritual union with Christ. From these experiences, Therese began to understand her vocation to pray and sacrifice for priests and missionaries; to become "an apostle to apostles." Yet, she is most remembered for her simplicity and innocence--like spiritual childhood--that became known as "the little way." By following this path, we too find God in every task, every trial and every person. On 9 June 1895, on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, she offered herself to God, as a sacrificial victim. Within a year, she began to suffer from Tuberculosis, the ravaging disease that would soon take her life. Still, she never abandoned the heroic virtue that made her a role model for us all. She passed away on September 30, 1897, but not before writing: "I am not dying, I am entering life." Her final words were, "My God..., I love you!" No brief biography can capture, adequately, the touching story of this beautiful soul. To understand this inspiring saint, and her "little way," we must read her autobiography."
Ten Days in a Mad-House is a book by newspaper reporter Nellie Bly. It was initially published as a series of articles for the New York World. Bly later compiled the articles into a book, which was published by Ian L. Munro in New York City in 1887. The book comprised Bly's reportage for the New York World while on an undercover assignment in which she feigned insanity at a women's boarding house, so as to be involuntarily committed to an insane asylum. She then investigated the reports of brutality and neglect at the Women's Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell's Island. The book's graphic depiction of conditions at the asylum caused a sensation which brought Bly lasting fame and prompted a grand jury to launch its own investigation with Bly assisting. The jury's report resulted in an $850,000 increase in the budget of the Department of Public Charities and Corrections.
"Cornfields to City Streets Everything That Lies Between: A Collection of Short Stories & Lessons in Life" is a collection of short stories based on the real life events and happenings of Jon Patrick Sage. These were written over a period of 15 years, and reflect a growth and maturity in character that most undergo, but few bother to record in prose. Yet, Jon has kept a journal of sorts, for at least these, and some upcoming events, which not only point out the importance of any particular situation, often with deep and somber tones, but also highlights the laughter and humor found in nearly every interaction. The quality and joy in life is present, more often than not, if we only take the time to look for it. If so- it will be found, and this is the essence of "Cornfields to City Streets Everything That Lies Between: A Collection of Short Stories & Lessons in Life." -Jon Patrick Sage
They work in the shadow of America's greatest leaders; without them, the White House could not function. They are the ushers and butlers of the White House.
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