Lessons from the Dying: Rodney Smith
A refreshing and thought-provoking look at athletes whose legacies have been reduced to one defining moment of defeat - those on the flip side of an epic triumph - and what their experiences can teach us about competition, life, and the human spirit. Every sports fan recalls with amazing accuracy a pivotal winning moment involving a favorite team or player - Henry Aaron hitting his 715th home run to pass Babe Ruth, Christian Laettner´s famous buzzer-beating shot in the NCAA tournament for Duke. Yet lost are the stories on the other side of these history-making moments, the athletes who experienced not transcendent glory but crushing disappointment: the cornerback who missed the tackle on the big touchdown, the relief pitcher who lost the series, the world-record holding Olympian who fell on the ice. In Losing Isn´t Everything, famed sportscaster Curt Menefee, joined by best-selling writer Michael Arkush, examines a range of signature disappointments from the wide world of sports, interviewing the subject at the heart of each loss and uncovering what it means - months, years, or decades later - to be associated with failure. While history is written by the victorious, Menefee argues that these moments when an athlete has fallen short are equally valuable to sports history, offering deep insights into the individuals who suffered them and about humanity itself. Telling the losing stories behind such famous moments as the Patriots´ Rodney Harrison guarding the Giants´ David Tyree during the ´´Helmet Catch´´ in Super Bowl XLII; Mary Decker´s fall in the 1984 Olympic 1500m; and Craig Ehlo, who gave up ´´The Shot´´ to Michael Jordan in the 1989 NBA playoffs, Menefee examines the legacy of the hardest losses, revealing the unique path that athletes have to walk after they lose on their sports´ biggest stages. Shedding new light on some of the most accepted scapegoat stories in the sports canon, he also revisits both the Baltimore Colts´ l 1. Language: English. Narrator: Curt Menefee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/005635/bk_harp_005635_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When it comes to interiors style, antiques, and Southern vernacular architecture, Furlow Gatewood is a one-of-a-kind classic-this book presents his magical private enclave for the first time. Antiques expert Furlow Gatewood´s highly personal property in bucolic Americus, Georgia, where he has meticulously restored his family´s carriage house and added intimate dwellings and outbuildings-several rescued from demolition-has evolved over decades to become a sublime expression of stylish living. The structures exemplify various architectural traditions-from mid-nineteenth-century Gothic to Palladian. He has collaborated with local craftsmen to create these follies and takes delight in designing the picturesque grounds and plantings and in devising comfortable areas for his beloved dogs and peacocks. A gifted designer and longtime associate of antiques dealer John Rosselli, Gatewood has a talent for discovering singular pieces with a poetic patina, composing custom paint finishes and subtle palettes, and knowing how to incorporate distinctive architectural elements. To accompany the book´s atmospheric images, close friend Bunny Williams writes about the lessons she has learned from this master of discernment. Gatewood´s seductive and hospitable Arcadian oasis, with its exquisite and timeless design, will have an enduring impact on the design community.
A sprawling 33-chapter dark-romantic epic; a story of interracial love and friendship, of gains and losses, of death and the triumph of the human spirit to overcome all obstacles. The Crady family, the wealthiest in the region, once owned the Jones family, of which the Kings are a part. Generations later, Mark Crady and T.L. King have been friends longer than either of them can remember. Once Mark falls in love with T.L.´s little sister, Shylah, he is unsure of how to proceed. He does not know whether his friendship can be sustained through the sudden and drastic change of taking on his newfound quest of love while juggling the impending death of his bigoted father and keeping alive the family business that provides the livelihoods of many, including his best friend and his best friend´s father and uncle. Disclaimer: There is language in this audiobook that some may find inappropriate or even insulting. The purpose of said language, particularly, one word that is used as to insult an entire race of people, is not meant for that reason but to show the negativity behind the word, the stupidity of the word, and the misinformation and bigotry that it carries with it. The three characters that use said word display such negativity and hatred by its usage; one of them holds hope of mending his ways while the other two do not. There was no other purpose in the usage of this word, but to prove how backward and uneducated those that use it truly are. No offense is meant to anyone, but only a lesson to all who might not see the horrid effects of language and action. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. Rodney Turner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023914/bk_acx0_023914_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The nation is divided, and a bloody Civil War looms on the horizon. Two young men enlist, each with very different strengths, weaknesses, and reasons for service. They end up on opposite sides of the battle, though, in the end, they learn largely the same lessons about honor, human nature, and the horrors of war. Before the Civil War had even begun, these young men, Zach and Luke, had already crossed paths while fishing in eastern Tennessee. After they parted ways, they never expected to later be pitted against each other in war - but, when Zach joined the Northern cause and Luke joined the Southern, that´s exactly what happened. On the battlefields, each boy learns invaluable lessons about himself, and both contribute to the outcome of battles and, ultimately, to the war. Their lives are forever changed by all that they encounter, but their story does not alter the actual course of history in any way. Home Again is a rare piece of historical fiction that recounts Civil War experiences in strict compliance to recorded historic detail. Yet as historically accurate as it is, it is also incredibly insightful and compelling, and is sure to entertain both your heart and your mind. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J Rodney Turner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/027737/bk_acx0_027737_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.