In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast. Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project. In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we're sure glad he was.
Can you think of anyone or any living thing for that matter that could have asked to have been born or created onto this Earth? Do you know anyone who could have chosen their skin color, ethnicity, gender or race? Some people say when we're born we're born with a clean slate. Can you say this is true in the eyes of today's society? With this country (USA) and the world being so divided on so many issues, how is it that we all seem to easily forget that we're all only just human beings? We're born, we live and then we all going to die one day, so why are we so divided by separatisms if we're all just one human family? Are our financial and class statuses, religions, political affiliations, ideologies, races and cultures above and beyond what our Creators intended for us all? Oh what a tangled web we weave to leave behind for our youth!! I Didn't Ask To Be Born... But Now That I'm Here... is a "thought provoker" written to discuss a wide range of topics relating to human perceptions and how it can be used as a "tool" or "deterrent" towards how we deal with others who may look, think and act differently, but are a part of the same species (human). See how easily changing your thinking and life can be if you chose to do so. If it is true how some may say we are what we eat, then I'm guessing the same can be said that we are also what we think and do?
Central International School's annual lock-in is legendary. Bonds are made. Contests are fought. Stories are forged that will be passed down from student to student for years to come. This year's lock-in begins normally enough. Then a group of students led by Marisa Cuevas stage an ecoprotest and chain themselves to the doors, vowing to keep everyone trapped inside until their list of demands is met. Some students rally to their cause...but others are aggrieved to watch their own plans fall apart. Amira has trained all year to compete in the school decathlon on her own terms. Peejay intended to honor his brother by throwing the greatest party CIS has ever seen. Kenji was looking forward to making a splash at his improv showcase. Omar wanted to spend a little time with the boy he's been crushing on. Celeste, adrift in a new country, was hoping to connect with someone--anyone. And Marisa, once so certain of her goals, must now decide how far she'll go to attain them. Every year, lock-in night changes lives. This year, it might just change the world.
From tween advocate for limb difference and founder of Project Unicorn Jordan Reeves and her mom, Jen, comes an inspiring memoir about how every kid is perfect just the way they are. When Jordan Reeves was born without the bottom half of her left arm, the doctors reassured her parents that she was “born just right.” And she has been proving that doctor right ever since! With candor, humor, and heart, Jordan’s mother, Jen Lee Reeves, helps Jordan tell her story about growing up in an able-bodied world and family, where she was treated like all of her siblings and classmates—and where she never felt limited. Whether it was changing people’s minds about her capabilities, trying all kinds of sports, or mentoring other kids, Jordan has channeled any negativity into a positive, and is determined to create more innovations for people just like her. Her most famous invention, aptly called Project Unicorn, is a special prosthetic (that shoots glitter!) made with the help of a 3-D printer. A real-life superhero, Jordan is changing the world with her foundation, Born Just Right, which advocates and celebrates kids with differences, and helps them live their best possible life—just like Jordan is today!
"What happens in the world? The world's not made up of things, and names aren't things either, and the mystery is, how do events and names cross paths and marry? Howard Norman's naming poems step out of the dreamtime, the time of creation, when everything spoke to each other. They are each a glimpse into the teachings of the old timers, the old original Way. I love them because they make me laugh, they are what really happens in the world"--Gary Snyder (Back cover).
"Kerouac was primarily a religious writer bent on testing and celebrating the profane depths and transcendent heights of experience and reporting both truly. Baptized and buried a Catholic, he was also heavily influenced by Buddhism, especially from 1954 until 1957 when he integrated traditional Eastern belief into several novels. Catholicism remained an essential force in his writing, but his study of Buddhism was serious and not solely in the service of his literary art."--BOOK JACKET.