A fragile,spoiled 12-year-old attending a private school in Kansas City and her family is thrown into the bleak, dangerous world of frontier homestead farming in 1902. She and her mother, brother, and sister find and care for a newly born, seemingly magical white buffalo calf while living on an eastern Colorado homestead with her Kansas- militia, veteran, amputee father of the 1900 Philippine Insurrection. She has a strong mother who was an army nurse. In a sod house the family lives through prairie fires, cyclones and being kidnapped by renegade Kiowa Native Americans. She becomes a self-confident young lady who will survive a world of hardships through good humor and a caring family. An American young man fighting muslim natives in the southern islands of the Philippines recovers from serious war wounds and shows the will to live in a peaceful world. This is a true story about how Americans can survive the pain of foreign wars and learn to live peacefully when they have the opportunity to achieve a goal of survival.Using the actual family history with "what may have happened," the whole family is molded by adversity, intuition and compassion for each other. The author creates a fascinating plot to portray the life of frontier homesteads. The addition of an albino bison, which becomes the main characters pet and is simultaneously a sacred creature to the local native Americans and adds special " magic "to the story. The book is very successful in telling a rousing, fast-moving, and compassionate story of a real family in the not-so-distant past. There is a poignant authenticity to the events. Will Payton has survived the war and life on the homestead with an amputated leg, Rose is an extremely capable mother, Brother Brud is at the brink of manhood and their little sister, Babe learns that there is a woodpecker in her papas leg.
After several recurring dreams about a tree where children would encounter God, Traci Vanderbush felt led to write a book for children that would release emotional healing, based on some of her personal experiences with the Father. Within the dreams, she kept hearing "Mr. Thomas and the Cottonwood Tree." She began researching cottonwoods and found that they exude a resin that some refer to as a "Balm of Gilead." This confirmed to her that there would be healing within the story. Her husband, Bill Vanderbush, offered illustrations which they chose to keep simple and without color in order to allow childrens' imaginations to paint a picture. Based in Austin, Texas, William and Traci continue their journey into discovering the immense goodness and grace of God, and His ability to bring healing and redemption into the most impossible situations. As a wife and mother, Traci desires to inspire others to hold to a hope that exists beyond our realm. For more information, please visit www.billvanderbush.com.
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This book summarizes almost 50 years of research and development in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). From early research in the 1960's until widespread availability by the 2010's there has been steady progress towards the goal of being able to seamlessly combine real and virtual worlds. The book provides an overview of the common definitions of AR, and shows how AR fits into taxonomies of other related technologies. A history of important milestones in Augmented Reality is followed by sections on the key enabling technologies of tracking, display and input devices. There is also a review design guidelines and some examples of successful AR applications. Finally, it concludes with a summary of directions for future work and a review of some of the areas that are currently being researched.
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