Reflections of a Purple Zebra: Essays of a Different Stripe

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781928662907
  • Publisher: Palari Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     1
New Point on the Horizon     7
Blue Mornings     11
A Daughter's Dance     15
The Path to Education     21
On Eagle's Wings     27
Deep Roots     31
The Joy of Parenting     37
Unforgettable Faces     43
In a Fix     47
Writing a Life     51
A Wayward Mind     57
Behind Young Eyes     61
Transplanted     65
Power of the Word     71
Toy Story     75
Lasting Impressions     79
The Best Day of the Year     85
The Healing House     91
A Cause for Pause     97
Food and the Farm     103
A Word Painter     109
Degrees of Inspiration     113
Hair of Maturity     119
Looking Back with Gratitude at Christmas     123
Gone But Not Forgotten     127
Remembrance of Things Past     131
Shall We Gather at the River?     137
Sisisky: Congressman, Patriot     143
And a Little Child Shall Lead Them     149
When Love Hurts     155
TheImplosion of Our Lives     159
From a Henhouse to a Mansion     165
Orphan Feet and Ice Cream Treats     171
Bragging Rights Begin     175
A Mother's Day Portrait     181
When Father Doesn't Know Best     185
A Silent Message     191
The Urge to Purge     195
Life Lesson Finally Learned     201
A Friend In Deed     207
Building Memories     213
Lassoing the Black Dog     219
Freedom's Fighters     225
Girl Power     231
Resurrecting Old Friendships     237
Helping Hands     243
Anything But Average     249
Southern Hospitality     255
Growth Spurt     261
Rags to Riches of a Different Kind     267
Say What?     273
Gray Matters     279
Message Received     285
Gift Exchange     291
Hopes for the New Year     297
Cream of the Crop     301
The Tie That Binds     307
No Escape from Red Tape     313
Meditations on the Birth of a Nation     319
Color's Cure     325
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    Funny, Touching, Thought-Provoking

    Cradle a cup of tea in your favorite chair and read this warm and funny book leisurely, for that is how it's meant to be enjoyed. The book is based on seven years of columns in Richmond Magazine, allowing us to observe the world changing even as Beasley's own life changes. Watching the years go by in monthly time capsules is fascinating. We pass the gates of Beasley's life, as she reflects on the death of her young husband, cares for her aging parents, and then sees the two of them dying. Her sons are getting older her grandchildren are born. Beasley's writing is intensely personal. We feel the pain of 9/11 as though it were fresh, for in that column it was. I was mesmerized by her story of the dying eagle, which she cradled by the side of the highway after its trauma of being hit by several cars. I felt with her the souls of beauty she has encountered along the way as a reporter in Richmond, Virginia--just ordinary folks that Mrs. Beasley has found something extraordinary in. Wonderfully captivating. -- Connie Lapallo, Author of Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky

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