Horsing Around: The Inside Word on Marriage and Horses (SIGNED)
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Title: Horsing Around: The Inside Word on Marriage ...
Publisher: WordMagic Global
Publication Date: 2007
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition:As New
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: First Edition; First Printing
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What do you get when you mix horseplay with wordplay? A beautiful coffee table book of equine photography and a running, punning commentary that illustrates the link in our language between marriage and horses and the abiding power of love. Horsing Around: The Inside Word on Marriage and Horses was designed to delight horse lovers, word lovers, and human lovers on the verge of matrimony. Written and assembled by writer, poet and wordplay performance artist Laurel Airica, Horsing Around makes it perfectly clear that when it comes to speaking of love, we re still joined at the hip to our equine companions. Speaking of Love is the title of the introductory essay to this elegant 112 page gift book that belongs in the hands of every groom-to-be as he prepares to bridal his beloved. Horsing Around also makes the ideal bridal shower gift because it gently rinses away all fanciful notions of marriage as one long, blissful roll in the hay. But you don t have to be a member of the horsey set or bridal party to enjoy Horsing Around. Word-lovers, too, will find in this book a whole new way of playing with words. In Writing English: and Jumping to Some New Conclusions, the AfterWord to Horsing Around, readers will be transported to a surreal world in which words speak for themselves and tell us who we think we are. As the author explains, Actually, we live in this whirled of back-talking words all the time. It s just that we re really not all hear and so rarely pay atTension to the secondary commentary bubbling up from the running stream of verbal burble that goes babbling through our minds and pouring out in every conversation. Full of warmth, wit and animal husbandry, Horsing Around and Writing English... will amuse, delight and uplift readers with its fabulous photographs and down-to-earth messages about what s really required to fully enjoy a stable relationship. The author s ultimate message comes down to LOVE, which, as she illustrates in her final remarks, not only makes the whorled go round but can itself be turned around to reveal the beginning of the word EVOLve. Airica holds a Master s Degree in Spiritual Psychology and likes describing herself as a distinguished English linguist. She believes we re all here on Earth to evolve our capacity to love. As evidence of this she offers the fact that the words EARTH and HEART are near-identical twins, differing only in the position of the letter H. She ends by saying, It is easy to conclude from all of this wordplay that the purpose of Life on Earth is not to get ahead of everybody else in the human race but to get a heart full love to share with each other. For like marriage and horses, LIFE is an unstable gambol. And only love has the horsepower to keep us in the race. If you or someone you know is thinking about getting hitched then pick up a copy of Horsing Around and discover what it takes to turn a romp down the bridal path into a galloping success. And for those who love Riding/Writing English, Horsing Around: The Inside Word on Marriage and Horses will take you on a wild adventure that will change the way you look at words forever. Horsing Around retails for $32 with 10% of profits going to children s charities.About the Author:
Laurel Airica took to words like a bird to the skies and began her literary flights of fancy early in her life. Particularly enchanted by rhythm and rhyme, palindromes, puns, the glitter of alliteration and other electro-poetic linguistic phenomena, she was startled by her first chance encounter with a pun at the age of two; and announced to her parents with absolute certainty at age three or four, I bet I now know all the words in the English language. By six, she was questioning suspiciously the origins of the alphabet. Who says ABCD?! she wondered to herself, as there was no one else to whom she could pose such a question. She pictured in her mind s eye the 26 letters strewn like shells along the See of Consciousness but doubted that this was their littoral origin. Laurel began decoding this symbolic language of the collective unconscious in her early teenage years. Decades later, she wrote a lengthy performance piece entitled, eSoterica, by Laurel Airica, which she assumes to be the definitive exegesis of the letter S in verse. Over time, she became aware of the rich subtext embedded in the language at the level of symbol (cymbal) and sound. She now believes that language is not merely grammatical but holo-grammatical, as well. She thus contends and demonstrates in her work that using the curiosities of English as a mirror in which to view our own idiosyncratic natures and presumptions of reality is like peering through a magic lens that makes the obvious suddenly visible. Laurel expresses her insights in a variety of forms including nonfiction articles, metaphoric fantasies, MetaWhimsical verse and interactive curricula all geared to various ages and levels of sophistication. Horsing Around is the first of many projects that she intends to make widely available. When publicly presenting her savory suites of stunning punning in rhyming and alliterative metaphoric verse Laurel enjoys incorporating music, movement and visual aids to simultaneously communicate multiple levels of meaning and the innate rhythm and dance of words. At various times, audience members have compared her work to Shakespeare, Mozart, Dame Edith Sitwell and, most recently, M.C. Escher. In whatever form she writes, Laurel endeavors to convey positive, uplifting and liberating messages in ways that educate and entertain simultaneously. Among her many intentions for her whimsical wordplay is to stimulate logophilia, a love of words in others, and to help young minds become unPenned. Laurel has worked with youth (from nursery age through teenage), shared her curriculum for Self-discovery with psychology students at Santa Monica High School (Keeping Current with the Life's Dream), and uses WordMagic's Simplistic Linguistic FUNdaMENTALS to enhance language skills, self-esteem and visionary thinking among elementary school students. Raised in a family of highly literate and accomplished professionals in the visual and musical arts, Laurel received a bachelor's degree in English Literature from UC Berkeley. In 2005, she received a Master s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica a small private university that attracts students from around the world to its profoundly transformational counseling programs. Laurel has assisted many hundreds of individuals from all backgrounds and professions to realize and more fully express Soul Purposes in life through her spiritual counseling work. Laurel also works as a communications consultant for visionary people with companies and projects that are focused on making a positive difference in the world.
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