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A Good Run [Paperback]

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Life in the United States after the Civil War was a tumultuous time for both Union and Confederate sympathizers alike. In a captivating historical fiction novel entitled A Good Run from Keith E. and Barbara Phillips Stuart, twenty-year-old Private Joseph McDonald is left desolate. His home has been destroyed, and his family is gone so he moves west to Fort Smith, Arkansas to begin his life anew.

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Pages   416
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 19, 2008
Publisher   Mountain Valley Publishing ,LLC
ISBN  1934940186  
ISBN13  9781934940181  

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A delightful collection of parenting stories  Sep 7, 2005
"Rainstorms and Rainbows" is a delightful compilation of stories and anecdotes. Over a span of more than three decades, Barbara Phillips Stuart wrote this wonderful collection. Through the pieces in this compilation, the author, a doting mother and an indulgent grandmother, shares the pleasures and pains and the joys and vexations of child rearing. She expresses, "Life is a series of rainstorms and rainbows. Enjoy the sunshine of your life and when the rainstorms come, try to see the beauty in the lightning, enjoy the rumbling thunder, and treasure the life-giving raindrops. For only with rain can there be life. And the rainbow will come, its beauty enhanced because of the rain."
The first and larger section of the book is devoted to tales of the author's children. Though Stuart and her husband were blessed with three sons, aged ten, eight and two, and a six-year-old daughter, the couple chose to adopt another six-month-old baby girl. Stuart draws an interesting analogy between her children and a game of poker. She counts herself lucky to have the winning hand in the game with a full house - three kings and two queens.
The author wittily recounts numerous tales of the youngsters' childhood. Her vivid descriptions bring alive the children's endearing yet incorrigible behavior and mischievous antics and clowning. Handling their tantrums, disciplining them, indulging their whims, mediating their disputes, accompanying them to circus shows and movies, motivating them to help with chores, chauffeuring them to and from their diverse extracurricular activities, nursing them through their illnesses, and dealing with their adolescent concerns, Stuart shares how she coped with it all and brought up her children lovingly and patiently. "Being the parent of a preschooler is time-consuming, but being the parent of a teenager is mind-consuming," she says.
The second section of the book features amusing anecdotes of Stuart's twelve pampered, precious grandchildren, whom she refers to as "multiple blessings." The author highlights the little ones' sweet innocence, impishness and precociousness, honesty and candor, and power of observation and creative imagination. She relates how once she was tricked to allow her four-year-old granddaughter to clamp her with a handcuff, and her hand almost turned blue due to lack of circulation. She could not free herself until the child found the key quite some time later and unlocked her.
Witty, humorous, and insightful, these tales are a must-read. Mothers and grandmothers all over the world will be able to relate to many of the author's experiences. Each story or anecdote is complemented with adorable black and white illustrations.

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