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By the Light of the Moon: Reflections  on Wholeness of Being by [McBride, Bunny]
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About the Author

Bunny McBride is an award winning author and veteran traveler who writes most often about cultural survival and wildlife conservation. Undergirding her work is a basic question: How can we all fit together with grace? She has written for international newspapers and magazines about Chinese people in the aftermath of the communist Cultural Revolution, Tuareg camel nomads in the Sahara, threatened gorillas in Rwanda and lemurs in Madagascar, Sami reindeer herders in arctic Scandinavia, Maasai cattle herders in East Africa, and Mi’kmaq basketmakers in Aroostook County, Maine. Her books include Women of the Dawn, Molly Spotted Elk: A Penobscot in Paris, and Our Lives in Our Hands: Micmac Indian Basketmakers. Co-authored titles include Indians in Eden, Asticou’s Island Domain, The Audubon Field Guide to African Wildlife, and multiple editions of the textbook Cultural Anthropology: The Human Challenge. She holds an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 139 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061595443X
  • Publisher: Wisbee Creek Press; First edition (22 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J76FE3Q
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HASH(0x8b901db0) out of 5 stars Full Moon 11 Mar. 2014
By Happy J - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There is nothing quite like seeing a full moon. That is what it is like to read this book; breathtaking, deep and reflective. This is the first time I have written a review for a book, however, this book captured me from the first page. It did not capture me because of a great plot or a mystery that kept me looking; it simply captured me with great writing. Inside the great writing was great insight and wisdom. At one point in the book the author said, "I was not the creator of relationships. Rather, some intrinsic relationship must exist between every two people - a graceful fitting of their inner cores of goodness waiting to be discerned and then realized. With some, that core and fit are easily recognized; with others, they are well hidden and may require keen insight and considerable patience and courage to find. But, I had the inkling that starting with this premise would change the way I saw, treated and responded to people - all creatures actually. If true, it could open hearts. It could quell fear, fuel intuition, guide communication, invite adjustments and breed trust. It would make us feel safe with each other, not from each other." I had no idea how much this thought would stick with me. I have talked more to strangers and people who are casual acquaintances in the last week than I had in the last 4 months. I want to find the "fit" that exists between us. I have been bolder and more courageous in my conversations than I have ever known myself to be. (For an introvert, that is impressive.) Thank you Bunny McBride for helping to open up my heart to a full moon.
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HASH(0x8bd2b018) out of 5 stars This Book Will Make you Happy. 29 May 2014
By Britt T Long - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a passage in one of Eudora Welty's books, Delta Wedding, I think, in which a young girl, trying to find the perfect birthday present for an older male relative, pilfers his beloved pipe so she can return it to him a few days later sure she is giving him something he will love. Bunny McBride's essays are laced with the same tender knowing, the same paradoxical kindnesses, the same intricate tangle of self and other, belonging and loss, the recovery from loss into a different set of possibilities. It is also set on a much larger stage. A portrait of a loved and loving child, sister, and wife that introduces some of those she has encountered along the way, By the Light of the Moon is a how-to for the purposeful creation of belonging that also addresses the challenges of Ms. McBride's life with courage and grace, intelligence, and a pragmatic integrity. Deeply reassuring, funny, clever, and endearing, it also invokes that peculiar form of meditation I first read about in Vine DeLoria's God is Red--being versus having, standing in good relation to all things. As spiritually rooted as any book of reflections on the meaning of it all I've ever read, By the Light of the Moon is wonderfully prosaic about that orientation. If there were a church of kindness and personal integrity untroubled by bureaucracy, designed to foster beneficial relationship among its membership, this would be one of its texts. I highly recommend it.
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HASH(0x8bd2af1c) out of 5 stars By The Light Of The Moon: A lovely dialogue on our journey through the seasons of our lives. 19 Mar. 2014
By joanne thorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Recommended: for all weary travelers, whether they move from one continent to another or simply from restless bed to workplace.
We all seek for light within the darkness surrounding us. We yearn for the connection that Bunny describes in these unique glimpses of her life. I feel her yearning still, in each story in this magical collection.
HASH(0x8b903204) out of 5 stars A gentle book for your night stand: inspiring tales of real people 28 May 2014
By Robert Press - Published on Amazon.com
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Bunny McBride has done it again. After her moving stories of Native Americans (I especially loved Women of the Dawn, Molly Spotted Elk: a Penobscot in Paris) with its magical ending), she secluded herself on a Florida island for a few months in 2013 and wrote from her heart. With compassionate candidness she shares her deep love for her parents and the bonds between them which refused to vanish with their passing. She takes us back to African villages to people she knew in her travels. We meet Djibril, a young boy in Senegal, who reminds us of how ‘spending’ time just sitting with someone and talking is more precious than ‘saving’ time for hurried tasks.

Later we learn of Bunny’s and her husband’s near-death experiences at different times and in different countries, both surviving through spiritual strength, not material. We sense her calm conviction of the essential worth of every individual when, after a man in a Boston park grabs her and demands her wallet, she talks with him and asks: “Are you Okay.” After a long pause he replies: “No, I’m not.” He was homeless; alone. He let her go, and they calmly talked before parting.

Through the short episodes, there is moonlight, a silent presence linking stories and real characters. For someone like myself, who still ‘talks’ to his grandmother when the moon is full, I love the focus on moonlight. Riding crammed with others in the back of an open truck in Mali, she notes: the “moon shone like a spotlight on our little truck community, and I marveled at what I saw.” Her earliest memory of the moon was on a hot summer night when she was six. Her father came into her bedroom she shared with her sister, pulled back the curtains and there it was: “A full moon pressed against a black sky. It looked like the bottom of a cool glass of milk.” As she was growing up, he would often ask her: “What was your highlight today? Now, she writes, when she sees the moon, “I picture a balloon gliding across its face, carrying my father’s thoughts. And I hear Dad asking, “What was your highlight today?”

I also noted the endorsement on the back cover: by Christina Baker Kline, New York Times bestselling author of the novel Orphan Train: “I found myself underlining entire passages, marveling at McBride’s beautifully spare prose and the depth and clarity of her wisdom.”
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HASH(0x8b9e3180) out of 5 stars Luminous 2 April 2014
By HVF - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Bunny McBride dips her pen in her heart for this collection of graceful, inspiring essays. Luminous as the moon, they shed light not only on her own life, but on all that ties us together as a collective human family. Highly recommended.
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