Durbin Memoirs

Author: Josie Hall
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1462858635
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Josephine Durbin Hall was born on April 28, 1943, in Philadelphia to Joseph V. Durbin and Carrie W. Durbin. She was the second eldest of ten children. Her father was a long-distance truck driver who was gone most of the time. She and her eldest sister were required to help manage the home in his absence. Josie had difficulties reading due to her dyslexia and quit school at the age of sixteen, but she was determined to complete her education and received her GED at the age of forty-two. She married Edward Hall at the age of sixteen; he was eighteen. They had five children and adopted two additional children. She has twenty-two grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. They have been together for fi fty-four years, and this past March they celebrated their fiftieth anniversary. Her passion is and has always been helping people. She is the cofounder of and president-elect of Christ on the Move Evangelist, a nonprofit Christian organization. She founded the following programs: “Conduct Connection Managed Behavior” for delinquent youth, Hall’s Residential Treatment Center for emotionally disturbed juvenile delinquents, Hall’s Foster Home for young mothers and their babies, and the first homeless shelter in the county. She also served as the administrator for these programs. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding community work, one being the Jefferson Award. She is a licensed minister and an evangelist. She has been in the ministry for the past twenty-eight years. She is the author of the book My Story. While stationed in Europe with her husband, she traveled and toured the country, meeting the locals, and established a group for young military wives. She spends a lot of time in her latest venture “Hidden in Plain View,” teaching how our forefathers in slavery used quilts to lead them to freedom.

Whiskey River Ranger

Author: Bob Alexander
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574416316
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Captain Frank Jones, a famed nineteenth-century Texas Ranger, said of his company-s top sergeant, Baz Outlaw (1854-1894), "A man of unusual courage and coolness and in a close place is worth two or three ordinary men." Another old-time Texas Ranger declared that Baz Outlaw "was one of the worst and most dangerous" because "he never knew what fear was." But not all thought so highly of him. In Whiskey River Ranger, Bob Alexander tells for the first time the full story of this troubled Texas Ranger and his losing battle with alcoholism. In his career Baz Outlaw wore a badge as a Texas Ranger and also as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. He could be a fearless and crackerjack lawman, as well as an unmanageable manic. Although Baz Outlaw's badge-wearing career was sometimes heroically creditable, at other times his self-induced nightmarish imbroglios teased and tested Texas Ranger management's resoluteness. Baz Outlaw's true-life story is jam-packed with fellows owning well-known names, including Texas Rangers, city marshals, sheriffs, and steely-eyed mean-spirited miscreants. Baz Outlaw's tale is complete with horseback chases, explosive train robberies, vigilante justice (or injustice), nighttime ambushes and bushwhacking, and episodes of scorching six-shooter finality. Baz met his end in a brothel brawl at the hands of John Selman, the same gunfighter who killed John Wesley Hardin.

Fascination

Author: Kevin Killian
Publisher: Semiotext(e) / Native Agents
ISBN: 9781635900408
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A memoir of gay life in 1970s Long Island by one of the leading proponents of the New Narrative movement.

My Memoirs

Author: Ameal Moore
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1477270965
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Someone has said that the greatest barrier to achievement is fear of failure. Many times we have brilliant ideas but do not act upon them because we fear we will fail. I wonder how many times did the Wright brothers failed before they finally soared. Usually when I visit Washington, D.C., I like to tour the Space Museum. At the entrance to the Museum hangs a small bi-plane---I assume this plane was our first venture off the ground into the air. The Wright brothers had the idea that, "If birds can fly why can't I." In other words, as someone has said, "If you can conceive it, you can achieve it." However, you may fail many times before you succeed. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes/errors and keep at it. Sometimes I wonder if we challenge ourselves enough; do we stretch ourselves; strive to reach our full potential in life. Don't get comfortable where you are---put all your energy into reaching your full potential. We cheat ourselves when we do not give our best effort. Pursue your dream in life. If you don't have a dream come up with one---something that excites you; something that puts fire in your belly; something that gives meaning to your life; something that you know you have the talent to do. You only go around once in life so put God first and pursue your dream. "Don't go to your grave with the music still in you." I grew up in the country and I can remember spending hours lying under a shade tree looking up into the sky watching the clouds take on different shapes. I would imagine seeing the faces of animals, humans, states, continents, etc. You name it and I have imagined seeing it among the clouds in the sky. I believe you have to imagine yourself where you want to be before you can achieve it. Finally, listen to that "Still Soft Voice" that speaks to you and follow its leading; it will lead you to success and fulfillment.

The Cia And The Politics Of Us Intelligence Reform

Author: Brent Durbin
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107187400
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Examining the political foundations of American intelligence policy, this book develops a new theory of intelligence adaptation to explain the success or failure of major reform efforts since World War II. Durbin draws on careful case histories of the early Cold War, the Nixon and Ford administrations, the first decade after the Cold War, and the post-9/11 period, looking closely at the interactions among Congress, executive branch seniors, and intelligence officials. These cases demonstrate the significance of two factors in the success or failure of reform efforts: the level of foreign policy consensus in the system, and the ability of reformers to overcome the information advantages held by intelligence agencies. As these factors ebb and flow, windows of opportunity for reform open and close, and different actors and interests come to influence reform outcomes. Durbin concludes that the politics of US intelligence frequently inhibit effective adaptation, affecting America's security and the civil liberties of its citizens.

1999 Lectures And Memoirs

Author: British Academy
Publisher: British Academy
ISBN: 9780197262306
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Volume 105 of the Proceedings of the British Academy contains 11 British Academy lectures and 15 obituaries of Fellows of the British Academy.

Memoirs Of An Obscure Professor And Other Essays

Author: Paul F. Boller
Publisher: TCU Press
ISBN: 9780875650975
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During the heyday of McCarthyism, the Chicago Tribune, offended by something he had written, contemptuously dismissed Paul Boller as "an obscure professor" - he was then teaching at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Some forty-five years later, reflecting on the incident, Boller wrote an essay on what it was like to be an obscure professor at one of America's less publicized campuses in a conservative community during the late 1950s and early 1960s. That essay became the foundation for this collection of autobiographical selections reflecting the interests and pursuits of a man who gained national recognition, both inside the academic community and beyond, but still values his obscurity. Whether it is a study of the much-maligned Calvin Coolidge or an account of his Navy service as a translator of Japanese during World War II, Boller brings to his writing a fresh approach and a lively and wry wit.

Memoirs Of A Deployed Airman

Author: Patrick B. Monahan
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1440125627
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Almost as if it were a dream, day number 360 came and I was transported into another world. The flights were long, but within just a couple of days, I found myself back at my original starting point Salt Lake City, Utah. Before arriving in Salt Lake City though, I was greeted by my parents and my in-laws at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport. As I scrambled through the baggage claim area and customs, I made my way towards my release from the regimented deployment world. Both sets of parents were poised and ready to greet me and my friends returning from overseas. Upon catching a glimpse of me, they popped out of their seats and began waving small American flags in my general direction. It was very nice to see them and it was a nice patriotic sight. I arrived at the airport at approximately midnight and I was hungry, so we all went out to eat at an all night diner in Arlington, Virginia. It was about 0300 in the morning when we finished up our meal and headed back to my in-laws house to sleep. I caught an 1800 flight the next day which brought me to Salt Lake City at approximately 2300 that night. The second leg of my flight from Phoenix, Arizona was very comfortable and relaxing. Wearing my DCUs, one of the flight attendant's decided to move me to First Class. Not only did this provide me with more comfort, but it also provided me an opportunity to sit next to her husband who had joined her on the flight. I had a really nice conversation with the flight attendant's husband throughout the flight. Then, as we landed in Salt Lake City, the flight attendant announced to all of the people on the flight that I had just returned home from the war in Afghanistan. Everyone began to clap and I received the honor of being the first person off of the airplane. I then began my mad dash towards my family. People noticed that I was in uniform, holding two little bears (one for each of my girls), and I was practically running, so everyone pretty much got out of my way. Within minutes, I saw Melanie holding a Welcome Home poster and my girls waving small American flags. It was a very impressive and precious sight. I scooped up both of my daughters in my hands and I embraced the whole family. The nice thing was that Suzanna didn't cry everyone seemed to at least have some idea who I was this time. In fact, Annabelle wouldn't hardly let me go out of her sight for the next few days. I learned several days later that Annabelle had a lot of trouble sleeping while I was gone which was attributed to me not being there and her not knowing when I would come home. This latter fact is what changed my mindset from wanting to go back to the combat zone any time soon. While I was gone, I made the most of my deployment and I even learned to enjoy many aspects of the adventure. However, when you see the effects of being gone on the homefront, nothing else seems to matter but family. Would I go again? Absolutely. But, I would certainly wait for my number to come up or for someone to come asking for my assistance a little more passionately. When I arrived at my actual home in the Ogden, Utah area, I quickly noticed several decorations on the property. I hadn't expected such extravagance, but I was certainly impressed by what I saw. As I walked around the house and the yard in my civilians clothes the next day, surrounded by my family, I finally felt like I was home.