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Chapter Five

Jane Roberts Wood University of North Texas Press PDF

Chapter Five


A n ne dr aws her routine around her shoulders. Teaching, reading, attending various meetings, she distances herself from Mary Lou’s unsettled world, feeling relieved that she will not be visiting it again.

Still, certain words, words like dappled, or myth, or forest, or sounds, like the strum of a guitar, a crow calling, an oak branch blown against the eave of her study, evoke an astonishingly clear image of Echo standing in the shadows of the live oak tree, her slender neck seeming scarcely able to support the dark cloud of hair that frames her narrow face.

Driven inside by December’s cold, Anne putters around her house. At an estate sale she picks up a nice old tilt-top table for her study. She finds, however, that when she puts it at the end of the love seat in front of the windows, the study looks crowded.

She takes out a footstool and a small chair. Then she has to rearrange all the furniture, finally moving her desk away from the wall, where the Dufy hangs at eye level, to the windows that look out over her garden in the side yard. She likes the change. She can imagine the earliest blooms of the jonquils and narcissi, followed

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Mightily Believe You Have a Calling 3

John P. Schuster Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub



ALTHOUGH CALLS CAN and do show up in everyday life, the difficulties in answering them are many. Believing that you are experiencing a call in the first place is a big challenge—so fundamental in fact that we’ll discuss it as our initial, most basic hurdle. The challenges to answering your calls we’ll explore in this chapter concern their very existence, because so often your daily experience and the world you encounter is anything but call-conducive.

Here are the questions we want to address in this chapter:

The social messages that divert us from our calls begin innocently enough early in our lives, when we are learning how to operate morally in a world of people: “Share your toys, Johnny, or your friends won’t think you are a very nice boy.” As we mature, the same vehicles for these early messages—the voices of those in authority—may support us as we try to answer our true callings. Helpful suggestions from a teacher who provides new vision or a board that invites you to participate as a director can make big and positive impacts. These messages from the world as we encounter it can be invitations in the right direction for composing a called life.

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Seams of Our Lives

Edited by Karen A. Waldron, Janice H. Brazil, and Laura M. Labatt University of North Texas Press PDF

seams of our lives

I am a part of all that I have met.

“Ulysses,” by alfred, lord tennyson

Far greater than the tiny seams in sewing are the invisible ones that bind parts of our lives together intricately with those of others. They also appear where different aspects of one’s own life are tied together to form a continuity of life’s cycles. The expansiveness of these pieces forms a rich tapestry.

Gail Hosking Gilberg begins this chapter with her poem, “Traveling

Words.” She created from her own ache, “language / whispered in solitude.”

Yet, “transmitted like light / on its own journey,” her words became vital in binding her to another writer.

Such threads bind not only our lives together, but can form the fragile connection between life and death. In her piece, “Jared Found,” Bert Kruger Smith initially shuts down because of her tremendous ache over the loss of her son.

Convinced that Jared is just missing, in her distressed state she says, “A sixyear-old can’t get lost forever.” This is a story where life and death are woven together, where mourning and celebration are closely connected by a jagged edge. She can develop the courage to re-connect with the love of her husband and remaining children only when she finds that, through love, Jared will always be part of her being.

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4. HTML5 Forms

Alexis Goldstein SitePoint ePub

We’ve coded most of the page, and you now know almost all of what there is to know about new HTML5 elements and their semantics. But before we start work on the look of the site—which we do in Chapter 7—we’ll take a quick detour away from The HTML5 Herald’s front page to look at the sign-up page. This will illustrate what HTML5 has to offer in terms of web forms.

HTML5 web forms have introduced new form elements, input types, attributes, native validation, and other form features. Many of these features we’ve been using in our interfaces for years: form validation, combo boxes, placeholder text, and the like. The difference is that before we had to resort to JavaScript to create these behaviors; now they’re available directly in the browser. All you need to do is include attributes in your markup to make them available.

HTML5 not only makes marking up forms easier on the developer, it’s also better for the user. With client-side validation being handled natively by the browser, there will be greater consistency across different sites, and many pages will load faster without all that redundant JavaScript.

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11. Adding a Comment System to Single Page Blogger

Sandeep Panda SitePoint ePub

Every blogging app has an integrated comment system and obviously our Single Page Blogger would be incomplete without one. We're going to build a simple comment system by creating a custom directive. Let's name this directive spb-comments. Here is its initial structure:

The code goes into the file: modules/posts/js/directives.js.

As you can see, the directive creates an isolated scope. The isolated scope has a property called postInstance. The page that's going use this directive will pass the post object to it. Each post object has an array of comments which will be iterated in the directive's template. The directive also has a dependency on the Post service which is injected via Dependency Injection.

The template of the directive is placed in the file modules/posts/js/directives.js. It looks like this:

The template provides input fields for users to enter their comments. Each comment has content and author properties. So, we bind the two input fields to the above scope models through ng-model. When the Add Comment button is clicked we call the scope function saveComment(), which saves the comment. The template also lists all the comments for the given post using ng-repeat.

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