Lives matter say our cemeteries, columbaria, Viking burial ships, prehistoric gravesites, royal desert tombs, and potters fields. Only in times of the most extreme human brutality are the dead untended. Cemeteries tell the story of both individual lives and our collective journey. They are endlessly fascinating because life is endlessly fascinating.
The cemeteries of Chicago preserve the stories of those who built the brawny city by the lake. In the location and population of cemeteries we can trace their arrival in waves of immigration from all over the world. In monuments to soldiers, we follow the wars they fought at home and abroad. Standing beside individual graves, we consider the industries they developed, the art they made, the noisy lives of society's criminals, the quiet lives of domestic affection.
Disasters are marked here: train wrecks and sinking ships and cholera epidemics. And triumphs: the forming of great universities and museums; art, architecture, urban planning, and philanthropy; advances in medicine, science, industry, and sport. We read compelling stories of such Chicagoans as Emmett Till, Bobby Franks, Jack Ruby, Mary Hastings Bradley, and Mike Todd, husband to Elizabeth Taylor. And, as with cultural fashions and preferences, the arrival and passing of styles and what they meant, we see the changing ways of thinking about life and death.
Larry Broutman has been researching Chicago's cemeteries and recording them with his beautiful photography for the past five years. In the pages of Chicago Eternal, he takes readers on a spectacular tour of death's domain, which is, in another sense, a celebration of the fullness and flourishing of life.
Dance Across the USA is a collection of dancers from all over America, helping to showcase what is beautiful and inspiring in this country. Covering 22,264 miles, 163 Dancers, 90 consecutive days, 56 locations, & 50 states, Master Photographer Jonathan Givens created this project to show what really makes up America. Diversity that exists both in the physical landscape, and in the dancers who make America their home.
The photographs in this book are real. The dancers actually did what you see, in the places shown. The skies are real, the landscape is real, even the dirty feet, are real. There is no digital compositing here, nor are there any trampolines or wires. Using only Canon cameras and flashes, Jonathan quite literally went to the ends of the nation, to work with dancers ranging from 5 to 61. Professionals and amateurs, students and teachers, boys and girls, cat lovers and dog lovers, everyone and anyone was welcome. Over 3000 dancers applied to be a part of the project, and those selected for the book reflect not only the range of what makes up dance in America, but they also showed a love for this country and its wonders.
Dance Across the USA is a fun, beautiful, and inspirational look at America, both its places and its people. It is our differences and our diversity that combine to make us all Americans. From the sandy Florida beaches to the rugged Washington coast, the glaciers of Alaska to Death Valley in California, diversity is the hallmark of what literally makes up America. That diversity is reflected in our citizens, and our dancers. Join Jonathan and the Mighty Buford as they make this historic journey, that no one has ever been crazy enough to try before.
How would it be to live each day full of optimism, gratitude and belief in your own limitless potential? Born in 1918, 99-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch shows us what is possible as she continues to cross the globe teaching yoga, sharing insights and doing ballroom dance competitions. SHINING BRIGHT features 70 bite-size insights matched with original images of Tao. Embedded in this little gift book is the essence of who she is--the thoughts and words that keep her spirit enriched and alive. It is just the right size for you to carry with you and be reminded of your own possibilities, and a perfect dose of inspiration to give others. In many ways, it is a sequel to Tao's award-winning autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master, and a love letter to life--an invitation to live fully expressed. At an age when most people have slowed down, Tao is ready for the next adventure. She encourages us all to choose joy and live SHINING BRIGHT!
Boasting one of the nation's largest and most diverse Italian American populations, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania, joins old and new with events such as La Corsa dei Ceri or St. Ubaldo Day in Jessup and La Festa Italiana on Scranton's Courthouse Square. Every town in the county with an Italian population has its own story. Whether the people can trace their origins to Guardia or Gubbio, Felitto or Perugia, the Italians of Lackawanna County all share one thing in common: a strong sense of pride in their ethnic origins. In Images of Modern America: Italians of Lackawanna County, readers will find familiar images of summertime traditions, as well as new representations of how the region's Italian community seeks to preserve its heritage.
Within the pages of this beautifully designed book, you will discover a breathtaking collection of images by award winning wildlife and conservation photographer Laura Crawford Williams. Wildlife in Wild Lands is the result of her work with scores of conservation-minded professionals and organizations during 8 years of travel in the most remote areas of countries such as Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, and Brazil. The 244-page bi-lingual book is the first of its kind to assemble such a diverse collection of animals found within the Southern Cone, many unknown to the rest of the world. Six chapters contain 150 stunning photographs of 113 different species; each with thought provoking captions describing behavior, conservation challenges and status. An additional chapter, titled Between Frames, shares photos and stories of her incredible adventures with her team in the field. Laura s passion for preserving Earth s wildlife and wild lands shines on each colorful page. There is no doubt, Wildlife in Wild Lands will inspire present and future generations through its beauty, thought provoking content, and philosophic musings. More importantly, it will promote and reinforce the message that the balance between progress and conservation can be achieved. President Mauricio Macri of Argentina joins Laura s call to action. In the foreword, he writes: The richness that surrounds us is changing at an accelerated speed. The planet is undergoing significant changes due to human activities. This context of climate change and extinction crisis obligates us to think in new paradigms. It is essential to understand that ecology is not at odds with development. For those who work in conservation, especially in southern South America, it is a true labor of love. This book honors their dedication and sacrifice in addition to celebrating the unique wildlife found in one of the most diverse, amazing, and dramatic places on Earth.