Prayer is a vital part of child's relationship with God. It is something they must be taught to do for themselves. It is a two-way communication. We can speak to God but he also speaks to us and we can listen.
I moved my head to look at the cabinet behind me. When I turned again, Sherlock Holmes was standing smiling at me across my study table. I rose to my feet, stared at him for some seconds in utter amazement, and then it appears that I must have fainted for the first and the last time in my life. Certainly a gray mist swirled before my eyes, and when it cleared I found my collar-ends undone and the tingling after-taste of brandy upon my lips. Holmes was bending over my chair, his flask in his hand. "My dear Watson," said the well-remembered voice, "I owe you a thousand apologies. I had no idea that you would be so affected."
There is scarcely an element of modern American high or low culture, especially when it involves publishing, book design, media, reading machines, or writing, that does not owe a portion of what it is today to an unsung hero, who worked in the shadows of cultural industries and avant-garde celebrities during the entire first half of the twentieth century. They were known as The Browns. The Brown clan: husband Bob, wife Rose, and Bob's mother Cora, were authors independently and a creative team who sometimes went by the name of CoRoBo. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Bob Brown turned up in the midst of virtually every significant literary, artistic, political, and popular or counter-cultural movement in America, from Chicago's Cliff Dweller's Club to Greenwich Village bohemians and the Imagist poets, through the American vanguard expatriate groups in Europe to the WPA writers to Hollywood writers to the Beat poets. From the invention of serialized movies, to avant-garde poetry, to the invention of a reading machine, to writing populist cookbooks, Brown created and celebrated twentieth-century culture of all kinds. While interest in Bob Brown has been growing, and some academic studies touch on his work, this book takes a much broader approach to a biographical study, following Bob, and the Brown clan through globe-trotting, fortune-making and fortune-spending, culture-creating and culture-exploring adventures during the first half of the twentieth-century. One of the profound lessons of their careers, and a major theme of this story, seems prescient now when texts are discussed as multimodal, and types of reading machines multiply regularly. The Browns works demonstrated, more than fifty years ahead of their time, that the visual design and media that deliver texts are not separate from the literary messages and meanings delivered.
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