Trained to be a detective by his father, blessed with astounding powers of observation and deduction, and cursed with a refusal to take anything seriously, Shawn Spencer has convinced everyone he's psychic. Now, with his best friend, Gus, he's either going to clean up&#8230;or be found out. It's Psych's coolest case ever-the founder of a computer game company has disappeared, and the only way to find him is to search for clues inside the game. But before Shawn can get to level two, he is shocked to discover his partner, Gus, has decided he doesn't want to be a detective anymore and has taken a grown-up job in the real world. Is this the end of Psych? Or is it the end of Gus? Because when a fellow executive at Benson Pharmaceuticals turns up dead, he realizes there's some bad business going on behind closed doors. Now Gus needs Shawn more than ever to solve this puzzle-before he's forced to take an early, and permanent, retirement.
Mother Earth takes on human form as Mother Nature to walk among us in observation of how mankind cares for and how wisely he uses the bounty of natural resources she has blessed him with. Mankind, being a product of creation is therefore under her charge along with all the flora and fauna that exists upon the earth. Things haven't been going so well these days and man has fallen into a cycle of waste and abuse that threatens the health of every organism that lives. Although Mother Nature has provided many warning signs, man has become complacent and self-centered, ignoring that he has become a threat to even his own existence. Mother Earth can heal herself and evolve, but at what cost? A mother will always try to protect her offspring from bringing harm upon themselves through intervention. She now calls upon the dark creatures of the Dreaming to come forth to give mankind one final chance to change the error of his ways. Man must be made to see the devastation he brings upon lives unseen, but from a different angle, so that he may see what lies ahead in his own future. A select number of Dryads have been called upon to leave their sacred trees in an effort to enlist mankind in a universal effort to not only save himself, but repair the damage that he has brought upon nature. If he refuses to do so, he will suffer the ultimate and immediate consequences.
Eleanor Rushing is a first-person narrative tour-de-force. While Eleanor is blessed with acute powers of observation and the ability to remember everything, her recollections and impressions are nevertheless often at odds with those of the people around her. As her 'relationship' with a local married Methodist minister spins out of control, the loquacious and endearing Eleanor manages to charm us completely. Even as we begin to realize that surviving a childhood marred by tragedy has exacted a terrible toll, we can't help being her willing and faithful admirers.
DESCRIPTION AUTHOR BIO Bidwell's life finally receives a thorough and unbiased treatment in this new biography. Combining narrative and extensive use of Bidwell's voluminous written legacy, John Bidwell and California sheds new light on both the man and his times. It is a must for every reader interested in overland travel, the Gold Rush, Western pioneers and California history. A thoughtful and even visionary man of deep convictions, balanced by practical common sense, Bidwell was blessed with keen powers of observation and a gift for prose. His published and unpublished work treats just about every imaginable aspect of life in California between 1841 and 1900. From the moment he set out for California in 1841 with the Bidwell-Bartleson Party, Bidwell assumed a leading role in the history of California and the West. Of all the American pioneers who settled in California before the gold rush, none enjoyed more subsequent fame and success than Bidwell, and none made as great a contribution to the state's economic, political, and cultural development during the late nineteenth century. A veteran of the Bear Flag Revolt and the Mexican War, Bidwell was among the first of the fortunate few who struck it rich in the California gold rush. The pastoral empire he went on to establish at Rancho Chico, the chief and constant labor of his life, served for decades as a model farm, making numerous contributions to California agriculture between 1850 and 1900. Bidwell pursued a career of public service capped by his famous but largely ceremonial campaign for the Presidency in 1892 at the head of the Prohibition party ticket. Before that, he had served in the California state senate and the United States House of Representatives; run four times for governor; held three important gubernatorial appointments; laid out the city of Chico; and founded what became today's California State University, Chico. Despite this impressive record of achievement, Bidwell has received remarkably little attention from historians. John Bidwell and California is an objective look at the man and his times, debunking the celebratory school which produced earlier biographies. Interaction with Indians and Chinese. Bidwell's attitudes and behavior towards Indians seem to have been governed by a complex blend of curiosity, humanitarianism, and pragmatic self-interest. His continuous employment of Chinese on his rancho brought the threat of violence to his very doorstep on more than one occasion. Two chapters explore these complex subjects. A 'Bidwell Bibliography' of sixteen pages is included, providing a thorough guide to sources, both published and unpublished. Michael J. Gillis has been a Lecturer in History at California State University, Chico, for over twenty years. He has published articles on the Bidwell-Bartleson Party and John Muir's friendship with the Bidwells. He teaches courses in Native American History and American Environmental History.