In Dire Straits: Keeping Spirit Alive When the Wheels Come Off

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Savant Books & Publications, 2011 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 244 pages
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In Dire Straits is a healing memoir about the challenges of coping with and recovering from an incapacitating rheumatoid disease. Told from the perspective of a solo world traveler, it reads like a travel book, full of edifying adventures and quirky discoveries. Each encounter prompts reflection on self-empowerment through greater mindfulness, curiosity and imagination.
 

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Contents

Ill Leave You Alone to Digest the News
7
Sleuthing
19
Grief and Gothic Fence Building
33
Landing Flies on a Dime
47
Cowgirl Angels
55
Mycoplasma and September 11
65
Mindful Travel at Home
81
Walking with Satish
95
Dirt Management and Dada
153
Bee Music
161
Stings of Awareness
175
Blues Brothers
183
Listening to Elephants
199
Spirit of the Fallen Matriarch
213
Epilogue
217
Recommended Readings
221

Chinatown
109
Journey on a Gurney to Bedlam
123
Ruminations Under the Drip
141
Index
227
About the Author
233
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About the author (2011)

Jim Currie is an editor, Seattle writer and ecologist whose credits include works of fiction, non-fiction, and over twenty publications on natural resource management and biology. He holds an honor's degree from Harvard and a masters from Berkeley. His writing and teaching reflect an interdisciplinary perspective and wide-ranging curiosity in the arts, science, humanities and philosophy.

His published titles include "The Mindful Traveler: A Guide to Journaling and Transformative Travel." His work in the environmental field includes innovative ways to protect water quality and habitat. His teaching and lecturing draws upon integral psychology and Eastern philosophy.

Jim writes extensively on ecology, conservation and sustainable economy.

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