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42. From Vision to Victory: Grassroots Bicycle Advocacy by Kristen Steele

New World Library ePub

Kristen Steele

Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.


In 1999, the South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to replace two aging bridges over the Cooper River connecting the city of Charleston to the town of Mount Pleasant. The original design didn’t include accommodations for bicyclists. A small group of concerned citizens got organized. They attended dozens of community group meetings to share their vision for a bikeable bridge. They didn’t have much money, but a coalition of local groups supported their cause.

They decided to target the mayors on either side of the bridge and the DOT commissioner. Pooling limited resources, they printed thousands of postcards addressed to the mayors asking them to ensure the new bridge was bikeable. Their tactic with the DOT was to publicly thank them for including bike accommodations in the new bridge design before the DOT had ever agreed to such a thing. They printed T-shirts and bumper stickers and took out a full-page ad in the local paper with the slogan “Can’t Wait to Bike the New Bridge: Thanks SCDOT!” Because of this campaign to put pressure on the DOT, along with the thousands of postcards delivered to the mayors and a broad-based coalition of support, the final bridge design included a twelve-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path.

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Advanced Equations: SSAT-ISEE Algebra

Ace Academics Ace Academics ePub
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Country Map

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub
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Chapter 2 - Clutch

PR Pub PR Pub Brooklands Books ePub
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A Tuscan Village

Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF

And leaves too personal a spirit there.

Afterwards, from the sea, it will grow dim

But rich in promises and seem to air lts meaning publicly. Be as before

White houses fallen down the cliff

But rooted there as in no traveller’s dream.

A Tuscan Village

Anchored to its appearance this town yet

Grants you a guess at what goes on in it.

And moving past and never to walk there,

You shape it to perfection, build the walls

With no paint peeling off in sun, you bear

It meaning that it may not have,

A kind of love,

Held on a hill fragile as eyes that stare

Yet firm for ever as your mind fulfils.

The Place Between

Not here to be exalted

Though the church cries out vividly as there

Up in the mountains where the snow invites

To stations out of ordinary paths.

Many have climbed and wilted

Many whose deaths

Make stories here

Were urged within their own excitement to

A sudden way of being something new.

Here there is peace

To move in circles of a private will,

To chime as bells, in order, to release,

To move as winds move trees upon their roots.

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CHAPTER NINETEEN Mind the gap: dysynchrony in the writings of Winnicott and associated clinical thoughts

Margaret Boyle Spelman Karnac Books PDF


Mind the gap: dysynchrony in the writings of Winnicott and associated clinical thoughts

Alexandra M. Harrison


Recently, a colleague in a joint writing project inserted a phrase that I called into question.

“Don’t you agree with Winnicott?” he asked. “Which Winnicott?” I responded. The combination of ingenious conceptualisations, occasional formulaic theory, and a superficial lack of coherence in Winnicott’s writing makes reading Winnicott exhilarating, confusing, and finally, liberating.

In this chapter, I will describe how my reading of Winnicott has guided me in some clinical discoveries that I might not have found without his intellectual mentorship. I organise the chapter around the concept of “gaps” in clinical experience, which, as I discuss below, can represent initial disconnections or mismatches that are ultimately productive in furthering growth.

I will introduce this notion by referring to other authors who have described something similar. Theodor Reik (1937) described the analyst’s experience of being caught off guard in an analytic session and then following his own private reflections towards a greater understanding of his patient. Freud also, in his writing about humour, talked about the funniness of a joke depending on the unanticipated ending (Freud, 1905). Meyer Shapiro’s “Romanesque aesthetic” places surprise at the centre of the aesthetic experience, as the observer’s expectation of a particular symmetry is subtly contradicted by the composition of the sculpture, leading the observer on a journey towards a new, more complex organisation (Schapiro, 1977, pp. 1–28).

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Chapter One: Laughing your way through Life

Paul Marcus Karnac Books ePub


Laughing your way through life

“There are two appropriate responses to frustration,” said the American writer Kurt Vonnegut, “you can laugh or you can cry. I prefer laughter, because there's less mopping up to do afterwards!” (Wooten, 1996, p. 23). Indeed, it is a well-known observation that the capacity to find humour amidst the difficulties of life is one of the best ways of effectively coping. “Gallows humour”, “black comedy” and “Jewish humour” are perhaps the best examples of the received wisdom that humour makes life bearable. Oscar Wilde, who, at the end of his life, was penniless and living in a cheap and nasty boarding house, allegedly said on his deathbed, “My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death; one or other of us has got to go” (McCarthy, 2006, p. 194). In Monty Python's Life of Brian, a bunch of crucified criminals happily sing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. A famous example of black comedy is the failed suicide in Beckett's Waiting for Godot, in which one of the characters removes his belt to hang himself and his trousers fall down! And, finally, during the time of tyranny and poverty in the Russian shtetls, there was a rumour in one village that a Christian girl had been found murdered nearby. Afraid of a pogrom, the villagers assembled in the synagogue. Suddenly, the rabbi came running up, and cried, “Wonderful news! The murdered girl was Jewish!” Mark Twain aptly summarised the beneficial effects of humour in making the challenges and hardships of life tolerable: “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place” (Peterson & Seligman, 1994, p. 584).

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CHAPTER TEN: Baubo: rediscovering woman’s pleasures

Mariam Alizade Karnac Books ePub

Nancy Kulish and Deanna Holtzman

A startling, little known, but pivotal episode is embedded in the myth of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter, the goddess of grain, has descended from Olympus to search for her beloved daughter, Persephone, who has been abducted by Hades to the underworld. Demeter, bereft and grief-stricken, has caused drought and famine to plague the world until her daughter is found. In her wanderings Demeter disguises herself as a mortal old woman. She offers herself as a servant to a mortal family to care for an infant boy, Demophoon. “Voiceless with grief”, (Foley, 1994, p. 12) she refuses food and drink. An older woman, Baubo (or Iambe), jests and/or lifts up her skirt, displaying her genitals to the despondent Demeter. Responding to this gesture, Demeter laughs, is brought out of her depression and accepts food and drink.

This fascinating figure, called Baubo or Iambe, appears in one form or another in all of the versions of the Persephone myth. The associated gestures (“ana suramai” = lifting the skirt), and/or joking (“aischrologia” = indulging in indecent speech or joking) became important rituals played out by women in the Eleusynian mysteries, which are based on the Persephone myth. Displaying the genitals, the sexual jesting, and the intimate communication between the twomen, in the context of this story, represent a tangible depiction of female sexuality, expressed without restraint or negativity.

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Chapter 6 - Animals, Music, and Psychoanalysis

Salman Akhtar Karnac Books ePub


Writing this chapter presents us with the ambitious and novel task of combining three seemingly disparate topics: animals, psychoanalysis, and music. While each area has its own body of literature, citations that combine all three are conspicuously absent. Consequently, our challenge has been to find relevant sources and synthesize them. The pages that follow are organized around the following subjects: an overview of how composers have used animals in their compositions (both in titles and in musically programmatic material); a look at how psychoanalysts have understood the function of music; and finally, an examination of Serge Prokofieff's (1936) musical fairy tale, Peter and the Wolf. Our journey through the musical zoo begins with a look at how composers have incorporated animals in their work and continues with how psychoanalysis has approached (and avoided) the functions of music.1


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10. Living Together and Living Apart in Nouakchott

James McDougall Indiana University Press ePub


Laurence Marfaing

As a result of long-standing habits of mobility throughout West Africa, but also, and especially since 2006, due to EU policies aiming to stop African migration to Europe, the number of West African migrants who live on a more or less temporary basis in Mauritania is currently estimated at 65,000, which is 2.5 percent of the total population of 2.7 million inhabitants.1 A government survey carried out in 2007 shows that 60 percent of all foreign nationals in Mauritania have lived there since 2000, without, however, differentiating between their various migratory projects (République Islamique de Mauritanie [hereafter, RIM] 2007: 14). Most of these foreign residents are from neighboring countries, such as Senegal (60 percent) and Mali (30 percent). The remaining 10 percent are from other sub-Saharan countries, Asia, and the Maghreb (Marfaing 2009a). The majority live in cities: Nouakchott, the capital; Nouadhibou, an important harbor and industrial center; and Rosso, on the border between Senegal and Mauritania on the Senegal River. According to government statistics, the foreign residents account for 4.5 percent of the total population of these cities, and mostly live in districts primarily inhabited by black Mauritanians or nationals of neighboring countries, where they settle following community boundaries (RIM 2007: 11–12). Whole sections of these cities have become “intermediary spaces” both for migrants who ultimately aim to reach Europe and for those who are mainly looking for employment in Mauritania.2 Moreover, for both categories, these areas of transit often turn into places of more permanent residence.

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CHAPTER SEVEN. False memory syndrome movements: the origins and the promoters

Valerie Sinason Karnac Books ePub

Marjorie Orr

In this chapter, Marjorie Orr focuses on a few of the complex facts in the lives of some of the key figures in the international false memory societies. This throws light on the origins of the movement and explains some of the ethical difficulties involved.

To begin at the beginning. The man credited with having coined the term “false memory syndrome” is an American, Dr Ralph Underwager, who was one of the co-founders of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF), along with his wife, Hollida Wakefield, and Pamela and Peter Freyd, in March 1992 in Philadelphia. In 1993, Underwager gave an interview, with his wife, to a Dutch paedophile magazine, Paedika (Geraci, 1993). In the article, Paedika reported him as saying that paedophilia could be seen as a responsible choice and that having sex with children could be seen as “part of God’s will”. He has said that he was not misquoted by the magazine, which is a self-styled journal of paedophilia and prints articles such as “Man-Boy Sexual Relationships in Cross-Cultural Perspective”, “A Crush on My Girl Scout Leader”, “ The World Is Bursting with Adults so I Am Always Pleased to See a Little Girl”, and “The Hysteria over Child Pornography and Paedophilia”. However, he does say that when the quotes are used that they are out of context and that he is against child abuse.

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Blue White Red

Alain Mabanckou Indiana University Press ePub
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Prepare the Soil

Charles C. Manz Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. (Matt. 13: 3–8)

In this parable, Jesus provides a metaphor that can shed light on one of the most important aspects of leadership: laying the groundwork for positive influence and change. His teaching suggests how important it is to prepare the soil for the seeds of leadership. Indeed, many potential followers will simply not be ready for positive influence, even when serving with the best of leaders. This chapter reflects on the formidable challenge of preparing others for positive influence and change.

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Chapter Two

Angelo Villa Karnac Books ePub


Monica is not Katia. Her syndrome is different. It was caused by some mental damage which was noticed right after she was born. Her parents got into a crisis and the discovery of their daughter's handicap brought them to the brink of separation. What was it that kept them together? And most of all, how? When I talked to Monica's brothers, all of them grown-ups with children of their own, I managed to reconstruct the development of an intense and mostly unvoiced tension, of a grudge that both parents had borne all their lives. Monica was the last of three children, the first two being “normal”. Probably she just happened to be like that, as people usually say under these circumstances—to not acknowledge the subtle implications that bind desire to sexuality in the acting outs that evade the control of consciousness. Her mother and father had been elderly. They would have accepted her no matter how she was: they were both very religious and she was seen as a gift from God. Or, maybe, from some kind of chance they would never dare to question. She had two older brothers. She was going to be cuddled by the whole family, to be their baby, their doll. Who would not compete to take care of her, to be with her, to pamper her? But her handicap ruined it all, it destroyed all illusions. Like a stone violently thrown against a lavishly decorated Christmas shop window.

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16. Awanyu, Gold, and Poor George

John R. Erickson University of North Texas Press PDF

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Through Tim.e and the Valley

worked the north side of the river all the way from John's Creek to the Oklahoma line.

He said that if we wanted, he would take us around the ranch and show us a couple of spots that might be of interest, so we loaded up the four-wheel drive and went for a Sunday ride. We were especially interested in locating an Indian rock painting on Mt. Rochester, and that was the first place we went. Working our way up to a shallow cave on the south face, we found the pictograph. Drawn with some sort of orange paint on the protected ceiling of the cave, the image appeared to be a rattlesnake about four feet long, with a long forked tongue protruding from the head.

As far as I know, this site has never been studied or written up by a professional archeologist, so we can only guess at its age and significance. Since the Panhandle Pueblo Indians occupied this section of the river, it is a safe assumption that the artist belonged to this culture. A second line of evidence comes from the fact that these Indians often depicted reptiles in their rock paintings. In the

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