Jewels of the Plains

Wildflowers of the Great Plains Grasslands and Hills

Author: Claude A. Barr

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452945233

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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From Abronia to Zinnia, Jewels of the Plains describes the natural history and garden merits of more than five hundred Great Plains wildflowers. Considered the authoritative guide by native plant enthusiasts and horticulturists, it captures the unique beauty, resilience, and variety of wildflowers in the Great Plains. Claude A. Barr did not set out to be a writer. In 1910, he homesteaded 160 acres of prairie in the southwest corner of South Dakota, intending to become a farmer. Despite challenging conditions, Barr fell in love with the land and its native flora. He began contributing profiles of plains wildflowers to gardening magazines, which precipitated requests for seed and led him to start a mail-order nursery, Prairie Gem Ranch. What began as a Depression-era sideline eventually gained a worldwide clientele, and Barr became a respected ambassador for the wildflowers of this part of the American landscape. Decades of observing plants in the wild and growing them for his nursery, as well as careful study of scientific sources, gave Barr unequaled knowledge that culminated in this acclaimed book. Wonderfully written and deeply researched, Jewels of the Plains is more than a field guide or how-to manual. It’s a pioneering text on native plant horticulture that details plant life on the prairie in the voice of one with intimate familiarity with the subject. Each description reads like a mini nature essay, giving insight into both the plants and Barr’s engaging personality. Edited to incorporate new scientific information, this edition includes an Introduction and supplemental notes by botanist and horticulturalist James H. Locklear. He places Barr’s remarkable life and work in historic and scientific context, illuminating his accomplishments from a fresh perspective.


jewels of the Plains

Author: Jim Steiert,Wyman Meinzer

Publisher: Texas Tech Univ Pr


Category: Nature

Page: 134

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Examining the history of playas and the roles they play in life on the Llano Estacado, the author explains how and why these drainage basins exist and the controversy they generate. With Meinzer's stunning photographs, Playas is a tribute to a unique environmental phenomenon of the Plains.

Jewels of the Qila

The Remarkable Story of an Indo-Canadian Family

Author: Hugh J.M. Johnston

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 0774822198

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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This is a story about a remarkable Sikh family and the communities they lived in and supported in both Canada and India. Kapoor Singh Siddoo arrived in British Columbia in 1912 and overcame racial prejudice and legal discrimination to transform himself from labourer to lumber baron. He and his wife, Besant Kaur, fostered in their daughters a vision of service and activism that they fulfilled by establishing a hospital in Punjab and introducing an Indian spiritual tradition to their new home in Canada. Hugh Johnston tells their story with warmth and perceptiveness, while telling a larger tale about the trials and tribulations faced by immigrant communities in Canada.

Insight Guides: Colorado

Author: Insight Guides

Publisher: Apa Publications (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1780058047

Category: Travel

Page: N.A

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Insight Guides: Inspiring your next adventure Inside Insight Guide Colorado: Soaring mountains, world-class skiing, dude ranches and vibrant cities lure travellers to Colorado, America's alpine heartland. Whether you're interested in outdoor sports or heritage tourism, the new edition of Insight Guide Colorado provides both practical advice and a wealth of inspiration to help you plan the perfect trip. - This comprehensive, full-colour guide is full of inspiring travel ideas, with fascinating coverage of both the state's culture - including cowboys, heritage tourism and ghost towns - and places to visit, such as forward-looking Boulder, chic Aspen, the stunning landscapes of Rocky Mountain National Park and the pueblos of Mesa Verde. - The Best of Colorado section gives you our pick of the state's top attractions, while vivid photography brings the dramatic landscapes to life. - All major sights are cross-referenced with full-colour maps, and the travel tips section provides essential information on how to organise your trip, plus our selection of the best hotels and restaurants. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

Jewel of Truth

Author: Bret M. Funk

Publisher: Tyrannosaurus Press

ISBN: 0971881928

Category: Fiction

Page: 468

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The Boundary. The greatest feat of magic in the history of Madryn. An impenetrable barrier raised centuries ago to imprison the Darklord Lorthas and bring an end to the long and bloody MageWar. But the Boundary has been breached, and the Darklord's forces have resumed their assault. The Tachan Empire has risen from the ashes of its defeat and is poised to conquer much of Madryn, Corsan Raiders push farther onto Alrendria soil with every passing day, and the Black Fleet scourges the coast. In Kaper, King Mathis of Alrendria fights to maintain the peace despite the constant political maneuvering and racial tensions threatening his hastily-assembled alliance. The Mage Assembly - the only force capable of countering Lorthas' ShadowMagi - remains uncommitted to the fight, and flagging morale on the western front may force Mathis to send his own son, the charismatic Prince Martyn, out to restore the Guardsmen's faith. But a danger far greater than Corsans lurks within dagger's reach of the young prince. Far to the north, in the icy fortress of Dranakohr, Jeran Odara fights a private war. Denied access to his magical Gift and enslaved by the Darklord, Jeran must decide which is more important: his duty to Alrendria or his obligation to the people he loves.

Cutting Edge Gardening in the Intermountain West

Author: Marcia Tatroe,Charles Mann

Publisher: Big Earth Publishing

ISBN: 9781555663872

Category: Gardening

Page: 224

View: 9721

A guide to gardening in the Intermountain West, which includes parts of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

The Fifth Jewel of Earth

Author: James W. Greenhalge

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496940504

Category: Fiction

Page: 674

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Then quietly the Counselor continued, “Your traveling is needed again. The pendant you wear was purchased at an awesome price. That much is finished! And no principality or power—in heaven or on earth—can undo that accomplishment. The bridge has been rebuilt and the path has been thrown open. Now you must complete your traveling in fear and trembling. Salvation is between you and the King, but working out your salvation is between you and Me. Wisdom has been given to allow you to see the plan, Knowledge to understand the circumstances, and Belief in the Plan to strengthen you for the long, hard journey. Choosing life,” here the Counselor hesitated, touched again by the inestimable cost of that horrific sacrifice, “provides you with an inerrant compass toward home. Now I need you to acquire Right Standing, the privilege to face the Creator in His throne room. He is perfection itself, chosen mortal, and all imperfection will be consumed by His righteous indignation. Your best efforts will not be enough!” “Not enough?” The last sentence echoed down the corridor. Your best efforts will not be enough? How was he to acquire something which his best efforts could not attain? How do you acquire the unattainable? Fifth in the Jewels of Earth collection, the continued fighting in the “forever war” has already cost the king His life and the Traveler narrowly escaped with his own. To return to the fluid battlefield of time is dangerous enough, but the enemy is attempting to alter the timeline and the forces of the Cabala are taking matters into their own hands. Failure forfeits the future. Yet even if he succeeds, the Traveler risks never being able to return home. His journey is yours. Join the resistance! There is a jewel waiting for you!

Oriental Memoirs

Author: James Forbes

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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In the Shade of the Camelthorn Tree

Author: Mark Campbell


ISBN: 0557023491

Category: Big game hunting

Page: 256

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Short Stories / Anicdotes relating to African Hunting Safaris/As a small boy growing up in Kenya, I would listen to the stories my mother told me with avid interest. I would hang on to her every word and vowed that one day I was going to be a hunter too. Many of my parent's safari boys were my friends and would scare the daylights out of me by telling me hair-raising stories of their own. Each chapter of this book is a complete story in itself. The book is designed to make light and amusing reading.

The Plains of Passage (with Bonus Content)

Earth's Children, Book Four

Author: Jean M. Auel

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0307767655

Category: Fiction

Page: 768

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This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content: • An exclusive preview chapter from Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves, on sale in hardcover March 29, 2011 • An Earth’s Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel’s bestselling series • A Q&A with the author about the Earth’s Children® series Ayla, the heroine first introduced in The Clan of the Cave Bear, is known and loved by millions of readers. Now, in The Plains of Passage, Ayla’s story continues. Ayla and Jondalar set out on horseback across the windswept grasslands of Ice Age Europe. To the hunter-gatherers of their world--who have never seen tame animals--Ayla and Jondalar appear enigmatic and frightening. The mystery surrounding the woman, who speaks with a strange accent and talks to animals with their own sounds, is heightened by her uncanny control of a large, powerful wolf. The tall, yellow-haired man who rides by her side is also held in awe, not only for the magnificent stallion he commands, but also for his skill as a crafter of stone tools, and for the new weapon he devises, the spear-thrower. In the course of their cross-continental odyssey, Ayla and Jondalar encounter both savage enemies and brave friends. Together they learn that the vast and unknown world can be difficult and treacherous, but breathtakingly beautiful and enlightening as well. All the pain and pleasure bring them closer to their ultimate destination, for the orphaned Ayla and the wandering Jondalar must reach that place on earth they can call home. As sweeping and spectacular as the land she creates, Jean M. Auel’s The Plains of Passage is an astonishing novel of discovery, danger, and love, a triumph for one of the world’s most original and popular authors.

The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains

Author: Owen Wister

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 1465522352

Category: Cattle stealing

Page: 434

View: 1304

Story of an intrepid but light-hearted cowpuncher from Virginia.

Land of the Reed Plains

Ancient Japanese Lyrics from the Manyoshu

Author: N.A

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 146291313X

Category: Poetry

Page: 120

View: 7724

This collection of Japanese poetry and paintings is a wonderful addition to the collection of any enthusiast of Japanese poetry or culture. Land of the Reed Plains presents a rare and beautiful combination of Japanese lyric genius and artistic mastery. The poetry comes from the Manyoshu, Japan's earliest and greatest anthology and masterpiece of world literature, ably translated by Kenneth Yasuda. The 100 paintings that accompany the poems, each in full color, are the work of the contemporary Japanese artist Sanko Inoue. Their ability to evoke the beauties of an ancient past in a technique that speaks both of tradition and of today, confirms again the high and versatile place Sanko occupies in Japan's art world.

A History of the Münster Anabaptists

Inner Emigration and the Third Reich: A Critical Edition of Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen’s Bockelson: A Tale of Mass Insanity

Author: George von der Lippe,V. Reck-Malleczewen

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230612563

Category: History

Page: 221

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A defining work in the "Inner Emigration" literary movement, Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen's History of the Münster Anabaptists was written in 1937 as a criticism of the Nazi regime. This English translation includes documents, scholarly essays, and a detailed introduction.

Women Writers of the American West, 1833-1927

Author: Nina Baym

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252078845

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 371

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Women Writers of the American West, 1833-1927 recovers the names and works of hundreds of women who wrote about the American West during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, some of them long forgotten and others better known novelists, poets, memoirists, and historians such as Willa Cather and Mary Austin Holley. Nina Baym mined literary and cultural histories, anthologies, scholarly essays, catalogs, advertisements, and online resources to debunk critical assumptions that women did not publish about the West as much as they did about other regions. Elucidating a substantial body of nearly 650 books of all kinds by more than 300 writers, Baym reveals how the authors showed women making lives for themselves in the West, how they represented the diverse region, and how they represented themselves. Baym accounts for a wide range of genres and geographies, affirming that the literature of the West was always more than cowboy tales and dime novels. Nor did the West consist of a single landscape, as women living in the expanses of Texas saw a different world from that seen by women in gold rush California. Although many women writers of the American West accepted domestic agendas crucial to the development of families, farms, and businesses, they also found ways to be forceful agents of change, whether by taking on political positions, deriding male arrogance, or, as their voluminous published works show, speaking out when they were expected to be silent. Nina Baym is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The general editor of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, she has written several books on nineteenth-century women writers, beginning with Woman's Fiction: A Guide to Novels by and about Women in America, 1820-70.

The Jewel of Bas

Author: Leigh Brackett

Publisher: eStar Books

ISBN: 1612104258

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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A quest to the Mountain of Life to save what remained by humanity from the machines that were bent on destroying them.excerptMouse stirred the stew in the small iron pot. There wasn't much of it. She sniffed and said: "You could have stolen a bigger joint. We'll go hungry before the next town.""Uh huh," Ciaran grunted lazily.Anger began to curl in Mouse's eyes."I suppose it's all right with you if we run out of food," she said sullenly.Ciaran leaned back comfortably against a moss-grown boulder and watched her with lazy gray eyes. He liked watching Mouse. She was a head shorter than he, which made her very short indeed, and as thin as a young girl. Her hair was black and wild, as though only wind ever combed it. Her eyes were black, too, and very bright. There was a small red thief's brand between them. She wore a ragged crimson tunic, and her bare arms and legs were as brown as his own.Ciaran grinned. His lip was scarred, and there was a tooth missing behind it. He said, "It's just as well. I don't want you getting fat and lazy."Mouse, who was sensitive about her thinness, said something pungent and threw the wooden plate at him. Ciaran drew his shaggy head aside enough to let it by and then relaxed, stroking the harp on his bare brown knees. It began to purr softly.Ciaran felt good. The heat of the sunballs that floated always, lazy in a reddish sky, made him pleasantly sleepy. And after the clamor and crush of the market squares in the border towns, the huge high silence of the place was wonderful.He and Mouse were camped on a tongue of land that licked out from the Phrygian hills down into the coastal plains of Atlantea. A short cut, but only gypsies like themselves ever took it. To Ciaran's left, far below, the sea spread sullen and burning, cloaked in a reddish fog.To his right, also far below, were the Forbidden Plains. Flat, desolate, and barren, reaching away and away to the up-curving rim of the world, where Ciaran's sharp eyes could just make out a glint of gold; a mammoth peak reaching for the sky.Mouse said suddenly, "Is that it, Kiri? Ben Beatha, the Mountain of Life?"

Healing the Soul of America

Reclaiming Our Voices as Spiritual Citizens

Author: Marianne Williamson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439128944

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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Healing That Reaches Beyond the Self In this landmark work, Marianne Williamson reminds us that there is a point in everyone's spiritual journey where the search for self-awareness can turn into self-preoccupation. All of us are better off when contemplation of holy principles is at the center of our lives. But it is in applying those principles in our lives that we forge the true marriage between heaven and earth. In the compassionate but clear-eyed prose that has won her so many avid readers, Williamson shows us that the principles which apply to our personal healing also apply to the healing of the larger world. Calling on Americans to turn the compassion in our hearts into a powerful force for social good, Williamson shows us how to transform spiritual activism into a social activism that will in turn transform America into a nation seriously invested in the hope of every child and in the potential of every adult.

War at the Top of the World

The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet

Author: Eric Margolis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135955581

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 4436

First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

An Ornament for Jewels

Love Poems For The Lord of Gods, by Vedantadesika

Author: Steven P. Hopkins

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198043720

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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In this companion volume to Singing the Body of God (Oxford 2002), Steven P. Hopkins has translated into contemporary American English verse poems written by the South Indian Srivaisnava philosopher and saint-poet Venkatesa (c. 1268-1369). These poems, in three different languages - Sanskrit, Tamil, and Maharastri Prakrit -- composed for one particular Hindu god, Vishnu Devanayaka, the "Lord of Gods" at Tiruvahindrapuram, form a microcosm of the saint-poet's work. They encompass major themes of Venkatesa's devotional poetics, from the play of divine absence and presence in the world of religious emotions; the "telescoping" of time past and future in the eternal "present" of the poem; love, human vulnerability and the impassible perfected body of god; to the devotional experience of a "beauty that saves" and to what Hopkins terms the paradoxical coexistence of asymmetry and intimacy of lover and beloved at the heart of the divine-human encounter. Moreover, these poems form not only a thematic microcosm, but a linguistic one embracing all three of the poet's working languages. Like the remembered world of Proust's Combray in the taste of madeleine dipped in tea, or Blake's World in a Grain of Sand, we taste and see, in this one particular place, and in this one particular form of Vishnu, various protean forms and powers of the divine, and trace a veritable summa of theological, philosophical, and literary designs. Each translated poem forms a chapter in itself, has its own individual short Afterword, along with detailed linguistic and thematic notes and commentary. The volume concludes, for comparative reasons, with a translation of Tirumankaiyalvar's luminous cycle of verses for Devanayaka from the Periyatirumoli. As much an argument as an anthology, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of South Asian studies, comparative religion, and Indian literatures.