I, Chinggis Qan

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Xlibris Corporation, May 30, 2008 - Fiction - 289 pages
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I ask of you: by what measure- ment is the value of a man’s life determined? Is it how much wealth he has accumulated? Or how many wives and children? Perhaps it is how large the land over which he rules and how many peoples reside in those lands. Or how many he may call nokor (friend) to whom he would give his life or their own. If these are the measures of the value of a man’s life, is it enough to have only one or two, or must a man possess all for others to say of him – his life is truly valued? Often have I pondered the question. Perhaps, like beauty, the value of a man’s life remains in the eye of the beholder. A farmer who tills the soil and produces food for others may be said to have a life of great value for what he does sustains others. Even more so than the nobleman who owns vast tracts of land yet produces nothing for others unless the nobleman has brought to those who depend upon him prosperity, health, and peace as opposed to fear, disease, and poverty. Does the value of a man’s life even matter in the great heaven of things?

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"Philadelphia born and bred Beatrice Williams-Rude was a contest-winning child pianist, chorus kid, actress, singer and model. She has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in light opera,  summer stock -- both “in the round” and proscenium--performing in plays and musicals.
  After receiving three unpalatable job offers (obscene hardly describes them) she returned to school and changed the direction of her life, becoming a copy editor. As Beatrice became ever more involved in the world of publishing she added new roles: researcher and reviewer. Her essays on theater and opera appeared on “Broadway After Dark” and her “think pieces” on “The Constant Columnist.”
  In the winding course of her career she has had “more names than a con man”: Beatrice Ruth (the most theater credits), Beatrice Ruth Williams, Beatrice R. W. Williams, and Beatrice Williams-Rude. Starting in Philadelphia she was Beats Walsh.
   “Misadventures of a Would-Be Muse” – Peripatetic and Picaresque --  describes her path from “droop of the third grade” to self acceptance.
  Beatrice is an active campaigner for humane treatment of animals, the abolition of torture of man and beast, and for world peace. 
  She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Alan Rude."

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