The Night Before Mother's Day

The Night Before Mother's Day

It's the night before Mother's Day, and Dad and the kids are determined to show Mom just how much they love her. They whip up a cake from scratch, and offer a special coupon for a day at the spa, right in their own kitchen! Kids and moms will love reading this sweet story aloud together for a fun way to celebrate Mother's Day.

The Night Before Mother's Day

The Night Before Mother's Day

The quintessential Christmas holiday rhyme is revamped and illustrated to make it the perfect gift for Mother’s Day, complete with children’s messes and night-before stresses. If Clement C. Moore had described the night before Mother’s Day instead of Christmas, he might have written about burned breakfast, muddy footprints, leaky clay teacups, smelly soaps, and glittery cards—all the trappings of Mother’s Day. In The Night Before Mother’s Day, MacLeod and Horacek share the innermost thoughts rattling around in mom’s head as she lies in bed the night before. From the messy kitchen shelf (that the husband and children assume gets cleaned by itself) to the brooding vampires on the DVD, mom silently ponders what it might be like if she transformed into a sharp-fanged member of the un-dead. Who can she turn to in such an hour of need, when she’d rather make each member of her own family bleed? Why her mother of course! “You’ve had a hard day, dear?” / Her mother would guess, / “Of handcrafted presents? / And mayhem? And mess? / “Well, come around later, / Let’s both drink some tea— / From leaky clay teacups / You once gave to me.” Celebrating the nostalgia and common experience of motherhood, The Night Before Mother’s Day is an illustrated ode to the trials and tribulations (and occasional familial bloodlust) that mom expertly navigates 365 days of the year.

Not My Son, Not on Mother's Day

Not My Son, Not on Mother's Day

Not My Son, Not on Mothers Day is a true-to-life story about a mother and son who were both going through a life-altering personal struggle. The mother was struggling with a call to preach, and the son was struggling with substance abuse, which started at a very young age.

The Night Before

The Night Before

Blood Will Be Spilled. . . In the dark shadows of a sultry southern town, a serial killer strikes. It's an act of sinister precision that has happened many times before. . .every victim an offering to a hunger that can never be sated. . . Night After Night. . . The next morning, Caitlyn Montgomery Bandeaux wakes covered in blood. But Caitlyn has no memory of the night before, when her estranged husband was brutally murdered like so many others she has known. . . After Night. . . Wanted by the police and haunted by horrifying, fragmented memories, Caitlyn turns to Adam Hunt, the town's new psychologist. But how far can she really trust him? For as a twisted killer strikes again and again, Caitlyn's about to discover that those who appear the most innocent are usually the most evil. . .

How Not to be A Perfect Family

How Not to be A Perfect Family

Perfect Families: * Tick off museums in the guidebook* Tidy everything away neatly* Work hard and play fair* Show respect for one anotherReal Families: * Start fights in the Louvre * Keep all their worldly goods on the stairs and in the kitchen * Do their homework on the school bus and cheat at Monopoly* Tie the shoelaces of sleeping uncles together after Christmas dinnerWith her customary humour and reliably robust commonsense, Libby Purves celebrates family life in all its aspects. Her accounts of sibling rivalry and the pitfalls of family Christmas will provoke rueful laughter and strike chords of recognition; her practical tips on dealing with everything from marriage maintenance to money matters, testing times to trips and treats, provide essential help for the hard-pressed parent. Best of all is her reassuring reminder that no one else has a perfect family either!

Seven Hundred Pansies

Seven Hundred Pansies

Twenty-five years ago, a fender bender tore high school sweethearts Doris June Hargrove and Curt Nelson from each other's arms on the night they were planning to elope. And they haven't spoken since. Now their widowed parents want to rematch the pair—but how? Doris June agreed to return home and help her mother put together Mother's Day baskets of pansies for the women of Dry Creek. However, she didn't agree to see or talk to Curt. It would take much more than some pansies for her to open her heart to Curt again. But never underestimate the power of a matchmaking mother.

Taking Down the Wall

Taking Down the Wall

To find a solution, a person must first admit there is a problem. Taking Down the Wall is a chronicle of one womans journey to the painful and reluctant admission that there is indeed a problem, her refusal to let an old wound heal. The journey takes twists and unexpected turns but eventually arrives in a place of peace. Issues involving adoption, reunion, addiction, death and grief are addressed in the context of real life, humor, spirituality and healing. Taking Down the Wall will make you cry, make you laugh and most of all, make you think.

Motherlode

Motherlode

In this diverse collection of essays, performance pieces, poetry and prose, mother as noun, appendage and agenda is mined for meaning in the context of contemporary Australian society.

From My Perspective

From My Perspective

A collection of poetry from Katherine E. Molina. From age eight to present. Compiled by her father who never threw away a single poem. He also said that yes some of it was unsophisticated, but one could not discount nor place a value on the purity and simplicity of her earlier writings, as she grew from a child into womanhood and the accomplished poet that she is today.

Matt Houska

Ability Not Disability

Matt Houska

Matt's story begins where For the Love of Matthew leaves off. Matt is seventeen at the beginning of the book, and ends when he is twenty-six years old. You will follow Matt's journey through the remainder of his high school years and into the work force. You will be there as he becomes a well sought after musician and as his talent grows from playing the piano, harmonica, guitar and xylophone to mastering the saxophone, drums and consantina. You will feel the anguish that follows when he loses his beloved grandfather, two aunts and several favorite pets. You will feel the frustration when his speech diminishes and although many things are done to help, little changes. In spite of this problem, he manages to hold down two jobs and perform his music in many venues. Matthew awards and tributes will astound you as he grows in his abilities to work and become a celebrated member of society. When Matt is ready to go out on his own, there is much drama that goes along with making that decision and what Matt as well as his parents go through to overcome feelings of sadness and loneliness and turn those feelings into gratification and deep pride. Matt Houska, Ability Not Disability takes the reader through what are possibly the most difficult times in a person's lifethe time of dependence to a state of independence. "The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, is in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother and to become fully independent." Erich Fromm