Rethinking Disaster Recovery focuses attention on the social inequalities that existed on the Gulf Coast before Hurricane Katrina and how they have been magnified or altered since the storm. With a focus on social axes of power such as gender, sexuality, race, and class, this book tells new and personalized stories of recovery that help to deepen our understanding of the disaster. Specifically, the volume examines ways in which gender and sexuality issues have been largely ignored in the emerging post-Katrina literature. The voices of young racial and ethnic minorities growing up in post-Katrina New Orleans also rise to the surface as they discuss their outlook on future employment. Environmental inequities and the slow pace of recovery for many parts of the city are revealed through narrative accounts from volunteers helping to rebuild. Scholars, who were themselves impacted, tell personal stories of trauma, displacement, and recovery as they connect their biographies to a larger social context. These insights into the day-to-day lives of survivors over the past ten years help illuminate the complex disaster recovery process and provide key lessons for all-too-likely future disasters. How do experiences of recovery vary along several axes of difference? Why are some able to recover quickly while others struggle? What is it like to live in a city recovering from catastrophe and what are the prospects for the future? Through on-the-ground observation and keen sociological analysis, Rethinking Disaster Recovery answers some of these questions and suggests interesting new avenues for research.
Like most people, Irina Gorski has a past. A past that she wants to keep secret. She had fought in the war against Emperor Lalani were she was a member of a secret military organization call the Arcanum Mortis. Her job was to do the impossible tasks which usually required a flexible set of moral standards. A job in which she excelled. It has been 15 years since the end of the war, and she is now a Maintenance Chief on an out of the way research station. The job was fine with Irina because all she wanted to do was raise her daughter, Pearl. Her biggest fear was her daughter finding out about her past. Things are fine for her until one day a terrorist group called the Brotherhood decide that they are going to make her remote out of the way planet their new home world. Now she has to use her training from the past to try to stop the Brotherhood and save her daughter as well as the researchers and their families. Irina wondered which was harder, keeping secrets or raising a teenage daughter.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. —Romans 12:2 What does this verse mean to born-again Christians? What should it mean in the actions of our daily lives? Renew Your Mind; A Fifty-Two-Week Journey Applying the Bible to Everyday Life looks at biblical answers in the five most challenging areas of an individual’s life: finances, friends/relationships, time allotment, priorities/denying self, and knowing God. Each week, the author relates a thought-provoking, memorable story or example invoking biblical principles and verses, giving an assignment for the reader to apply the weekly lesson to the applicable categories to begin the transformation of how we think and act toward others. Renew Your Mind is a thoroughly entertaining must-read year-long devotional that will change the way you look at Christianity and our responsibility to others in our faith, our actions, and our belief systems. Add couple of testimonials from readers here.
Tales from the Riverside tells true and unique stories about one man’s struggle with alligators, snakes, killer bees, and hordes of nasty critters on a daily basis in his swamp. Experience the danger without the need for professional medical services. Life in a swamp is not for everyone.
In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls and immediately dispatched a patrol boat. Within an hour, the Coast Guard boat was in as much trouble as the tanker, having lost its radar, depth finder, and engine power in horrendous seas. Pilot boat Captain Frank Quirk was monitoring the Coast Guard's efforts by radio, and when he heard that the patrol boat was in jeopardy, he decided to act. Gathering his crew of four, he readied his forty-nine-foot steel boat, the Can Do, and entered the maelstrom of the blizzard. Using dozens of interview and audiotapes that recorded every word exchanged between Quirk and the Coast Guard, Tougias has written a devastating, true account of bravery and death at sea, in Ten Hours Until Dawn.
Todd Skinner sees climbing mountains as a natural metaphor for business challenges. To climb a mountain you must know how to define your objective, plan the best strategy, prepare your team, and surmount any obstacles on the way to the summit. This book takes the reader through this process in ten stages that apply to both real and metaphorical mountains. Skinner explains how to stay true to your vision no matter what happens, what tools you need to carry, and which preconceptions you need to leave behind. Skinner weaves these lessons into a compelling narrative, featuring the heart-stopping action of climbing the sheer rock face of Trango Tower in the Himalayas.