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In our technology-driven, workaday world, connecting with nature has never before been more essential. A Wilder Life, a beautiful oversized lifestyle book, gives readers indispensable ideas for interacting with the great outdoors. Learn to plant a night-blooming garden, navigate by reading the stars, build an outdoor shelter, make dry shampoo, identify insects, cultivate butterflies in a backyard, or tint your clothes with natural dyes. Divided into sections pertaining to each season and covering self-reliance, growing and gardening, cooking, health and beauty, and wilderness, and with photos and illustrations evocative of the great outdoors, A Wilder Life shows that getting in touch with nature is possible no matter who you are, or where you are.

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A Wilder Life: A Season-By-Season Guide to Getting in Touch with Nature Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781579655938
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Published: Artisan Publishers - January 26th, 2016

"Once there was a little tree filled with little leaves…" the story begins, and through delightful illustrations we see a sapling in a small forest surrounded by trees. In its branches squirrels play, and a mourning dove sings her "flutey song." When summer ends and autumn begins, the other trees lose their leaves. But the little guy "hugs his leaves tight." Season after season, never changing, little tree becomes the smallest in the forest, his leaves withered and brown. Until one day he makes a decision. This is a story of letting go and growing up so that something wonderful can happen. Loren Long is the creator of the Otis series of picture books.

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By Loren Long (Illustrator), Loren Long
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399163975
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Published: Philomel Books - October 27th, 2015

Oracle decks provide answers to your questions using a principle of synchronicity: seemingly random choices provide profound insights and connections that we wouldn't have ordinarily seen. The origin of this unusual oracle deck demonstrates another principle of synchronicity: having the right person in the right place at the right time with the right tools.

Alana Fairchild has published several books and decks about divination and goddesses, so she has a track record with her publisher. She “happened to” encounter the artwork of Wang Yiguang, a Chinese painter who had fallen in love with the Tibetan Plateau and its people. The artist had painted a surreal series of flying people and animals set in that region, which Fairchild instantly loved. She talked to her publisher, and was able to contact the artist, and the deck was born. The beautiful, wild, amazing images paired with Fairchild's deep interpretations and connections to an unusual aspect of the goddess Kuan Yin provide unexpected insights as well as practical advice.

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ISBN: 9781572818347
Availability: Out of Print
Published: U.S. Games Systems - June 15th, 2015

An expression of the inner self, handwriting is every bit as complex and colorful as the person who shaped the letters. In this comprehensive study guide and reference book, the authors describe the many ways handwriting differs and what these differences mean. Size, shape, slope, regularity, spacing, rhythm, speed and pressure of the writing all give clues—all reveal attitudes. For such a small book (196 pages) the authors cover an immense territory, yet they do it well, never forgetting the need to interpret specific characteristics in terms of the whole. Every aspect is amply illustrated. The final chapters address how to analyze children’s and teen writing (by ages), and how to begin doing your own handwriting analyses.

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Handwriting Analysis: The Complete Basic Book Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780878770502
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Published: Newcastle Publishing Company - September 1st, 1986

Explore the wild and beautiful Pacific west coast by turning the pages of this ABC book. You'll encounter bears and cougars, find huckleberries and limpets, and even discover a xiphister. From an ancient rainforest to rugged beaches and underwater marine life, from crashing waves to calm tidal pools, the stunning illustrations bring this intertidal zone to life. Includes a note about the Pacific west coast and suggestions for exploring the region.

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West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781554984404
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Published: Groundwood Books - September 15th, 2015

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