Heaven Is a Playground

The author shares his experiences spending a summer in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn observing basketball on the ghetto playgrounds

Heaven Is a Playground

The author shares his experiences spending a summer in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn observing basketball on the ghetto playgrounds

Heaven Is a Playground

The roots of today?s inner-city basketball can be traced to the world Telander presents in Heaven Is a Playground, the first book of its kind.

Heaven Is a Playground

In 1974 Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the courtøwizards of Brooklyn?s Foster Park. He ended up staying the entire summer, becoming part of the players? lives, and eventually the coach of a loose aggregation known as the Subway Stars. ø Telander tells of everything he saw: the on-court flash, the off-court jargon, the late-night graffiti raids, the tireless efforts of one promoter-hustler-benefactor to get these kids a chance at a college education. He lets the kids speak for themselves, revealing their grand dreams and ambitions, but he never flinches from showing us how far their dreams are from reality. The roots of today?s inner-city basketball can be traced to the world Telander presents in Heaven Is a Playground, the first book of its kind.

Surprised by Laughter Revised and Updated

Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. To be at last in such secure
innocence that one can juggle the universe and the stars, to be so good that one
can treat everything as a joke—that may be the real end and final holiday of
human ...

Surprised by Laughter Revised and Updated

For C. S. Lewis, merriment was serious business, and like no book before it, Surprised by Laughter explains why. Author Terry Lindvall takes readers on a highly amusing and deeply meaningful journey through the life and letters of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers. As Lindvall shows, the unique magic of Lewis's approach was his belief that explosive and infectious joy dwells deep in the heart of Christian faith. Readers can never fully understand Lewis, his life or his legacy until they learn to laugh with him.

A Walk in Our Shoes

Earth is a task garden; Heaven is a playground. ... It was the time when our
inquisitive oldest child interrogated his mother about Jesus and Heaven while
driving in the car. He questioned, “Who goes to heaven and what do they do
there?

A Walk in Our Shoes

“We never thought our lives would turn out this way but who really knows such things?” During the Leider’s seven-year marriage they brought three beautiful babies into the world. They marveled at their good fortune and, like most parents, had dreams of what their children would aspire to and accomplish in life. In a moment, all that changed when their idyllic world collapsed around them. Deena and Jeff received the worst news any parent could ever imagine. The world they once embraced and adored was instantly over. The words “life expectancy” rang in their ears and reverberated with the steady tic-tock-of the clock—their personal time bomb. That’s when the battle against time began for them and they vowed to save their cherished family. In the quest to fight for their children’s lives, they decided that they will not rest until their voices and unique story was heard from the halls of Capital Hill to state and local government. These incredible parents turned a devastating situation into an altruistic crusade. They were determined to live for their little boys and to try their hardest to grieve later. This story is not wrapped with a silver lining but anything worth changing and fighting for never is. The Leider’s represent all the unsung heroes who travel a harrowing road with fortitude, extraordinary courage, humility, and endless hope. As you read about this exceptional and remarkable family, you will be deeply moved and greatly inspired by their perseverance and infinite parental love. At story’s end, you will be profoundly motivated to accompany them on their continuing journey of strength and optimism.

Inside the Cage

It might reasonably be maintained that the true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a taskgarden; heaven is a playground. — G. K. Chesterton Playgrounds
are different from stadiums and arenas. Playgrounds are for players; arenas are
for ...

Inside the Cage

A chronicle of the twenty-five-year history of the famed summer league basketball tournament on West 4th Street in New York's Greenwich Village describes this legendary, amateur tournament that stands out in an age of commercialized sports as a true example of sportsmanship in which the game is the ultimate prize. 30,000 first printing.

The Caddie Was a Reindeer

Which would make sense, if God made man in His image. For I believe, above all
, in what G. K. Chesterton wrote, and what Rick Telander echoed in the title of a
book: Earth is a task garden. But heaven is a playground. (December 9, 2002) ...

The Caddie Was a Reindeer

Steve Rushin, a four-time finalist for the National Magazine Award, has been hailed as one of the best sportswriters in America. In The Caddie Was a Reindeer he circumnavigates the globe in pursuit of extreme recreation. In the Arctic Circle, he meets ice golfers. In Minnesota, he watches the National Amputee Golf Tournament, where one participant tells him, “I literally have one foot in the grave.” Along the way, Rushin meets fellow travelers like Joe Cahn, a professional tailgater who confesses aboard the RV in which he lives: “It’s wonderful to see America from your bathroom.” And even Rushin has logged fewer miles in pursuit of extreme recreation than Rich Rodriguez, a marathon roller-coaster rider who makes endless loops for entire summers on coasters around the world. The Caddie Was a Reindeer is a ride to everywhere: to south London (where Rushin downs pints with the King of Darts), to the Champs-Elysees (where the author indulges in “excessive nightclubbing” with World Cup soccer stars), and to Japan (where Rushin eats soba noodles with the world champion of competitive eating). Enlightening, hilarious, and unexpectedly heartwarming, this collection is not a body of work: it’s a body of play.

A Reader s Book of Days True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year

... 334 Hearst, William Randolph, 22, 221, 257, 279 Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The
(McCullers), 177 Heart of Darkness (Conrad), 36, 57, 74 Hearts of Darkness, 326
Heat (Buford), 40 Heaven Is a Playground (Telander), 261 Heaven's Gate, 199 ...

A Reader s Book of Days  True Tales from the Lives and Works of Writers for Every Day of the Year

A witty and addictively readable day-by-day literary companion. At once a love letter to literature and a charming guide to the books most worth reading, A Reader's Book of Days features bite-size accounts of events in the lives of great authors for every day of the year. Here is Marcel Proust starting In Search of Lost Time and Virginia Woolf scribbling in the margin of her own writing, "Is it nonsense, or is it brilliance?" Fictional events that take place within beloved books are also included: the birth of Harry Potter’s enemy Draco Malfoy, the blood-soaked prom in Stephen King’s Carrie. A Reader's Book of Days is filled with memorable and surprising tales from the lives and works of Martin Amis, Jane Austen, James Baldwin, Roberto Bolano, the Brontë sisters, Junot Díaz, Philip K. Dick, Charles Dickens, Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Keats, Hilary Mantel, Haruki Murakami, Flannery O’Connor, Orhan Pamuk, George Plimpton, Marilynne Robinson, W. G. Sebald, Dr. Seuss, Zadie Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S. Thompson, Leo Tolstoy, David Foster Wallace, and many more. The book also notes the days on which famous authors were born and died; it includes lists of recommended reading for every month of the year as well as snippets from book reviews as they appeared across literary history; and throughout there are wry illustrations by acclaimed artist Joanna Neborsky. Brimming with nearly 2,000 stories, A Reader's Book of Days will have readers of every stripe reaching for their favorite books and discovering new ones.

Magic Apples

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop
playing. George Bernard Shaw The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a
task garden; heaven is a playground. G.K. Chesterton You can discover more
about a ...

Magic Apples

MAGIC APPLES is a daily reader with 366 reflections to mull. The topics are broad in scope with a liberal approach. Drawn from the authors experience as a teacher, parent, coach, musician and big kid, the reflections are an eclectic mix of food for thought. Every 6th day is a silly story intended to produce those healing endorphins we all need to keep our equilibrium. There are plenty of opportunities to laugh, cry and to agree or disagree. If you need to escape from autopilot and enhance your life-long learning skills, MAGIC APPLES should give you lots to chew on. If you desire a modern approach to traditional tales, new ways to love your fellowtravelers and the chance to laugh at the human condition, a magic apple each day will be to your delight.

The Great New York Sports Debate

... great basketball in the playgrounds, from the Lost Battalion Rec Center in
Queens to Dyckman Park in Upper Manhattan to Foster Park in the Flatbush
section of Brooklyn, made world famous in Rick Telander's book Heaven Is a
Playground.

The Great New York Sports Debate

Two top authorities slug it out over the fifty hottest debates in New York sports New Yorkers are notoriously opinionated, and nothing spurs their argumentative side quite like sports. David Lennon of Newsday and Roger Rubin of The New York Daily News—two New York sportswriters, add gasoline to the fire with The Great New York Sports Debate, a raucous and spirited examination of the fifty most contentious issues in New York athletics. Longtime friends and rivals, Lennon and Rubin engage in heated debate on a wide range of topics, including: • Is George Steinbrenner good or evil? • Which athlete is the biggest villain in New York? • New York’s greatest quarterback: Namath or Simms? • Can a New Yorker like “both teams”? Touching on every aspect of New York sports—including baseball, basketball, boxing, and the New York Marathon—The Great New York Sports Debate is guaranteed to spark lively discussion among sports fans everywhere.

Hoops Nation

Heaven. Still. a. Playground? THE. CHANGING. GAME. Growing up in the Crown
Heights section of Brooklyn in the early seventies, Frank Caesar and six of his
buddies would travel the city in a van playing basketball. "We would, literally ...

Hoops Nation

Looking for a game? Here's your guided tour of the country's best pickup basketball courts, from the blacktops of Brooklyn to the asphalt of Anchorage to the gyms of Jackson, Mississippi. It's all inside: where the pros play, the most scenic runs in the land, and a ranking of the top five courts. ø Chris Ballard and three other former college players piled into a used Chevy van and traveled thirty-one thousand miles in seven months, playing at over a thousand courts in 166 cities in forty-eight states. This is the story of their roundball road trip and a guide to the places, people, and communities they encountered. ø More than a travel guide, Hoops Nation is "a celebration of the game of basketball as it is played in America." It includes guides to streetball fashion, the lingo of the courts, the etiquette of the pickup world, the tricks of old-guy basketball, and tips for the dunking impaired. Also included are profiles of playground legends and dispatches from the legions of basketball lifers who populate the country's courts. ø This book can tell you where they?re running today, all over America. Who?s got next?