A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck By by Gretel Ehrlich

By Gretel Ehrlich

A robust chronicle of a wounded woman’s exploration of nature and self.

Winner of the Whiting award.

After nature author Gretel Ehrlich was once struck by means of lightning close to her Wyoming ranch and nearly died, she launched into a painstaking and visionary trip again to the land of the dwelling. With the aid of a rare heart specialist and the companionship of her cherished puppy Sam, she avidly explores the average and religious international to make experience of what occurred to her. We persist with as she combs each inch of her new domestic at the California coast, attends a tradition of lightning-strike sufferers, and is going on a seal watch in Alaska. Ehrlich then turns her concentration inward, exploring the tiny yet both interesting environment of the human middle, and culminated in a stunningly appealing description of open-heart surgery.

“A astonishing paintings of art.”—Los Angeles occasions publication Review

“This eclectic chronicle of restoration deals tours into neurobiology, cardiology, the lore and technological know-how of lightning, and the clinical literature of lightning harm. . . . Evocative writing and plenty of attention-grabbing facts.”—The ny occasions publication overview

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46 | nancy many Scientology organizations measured these statistics on a weekly basis that would cut off at 2:00 pm on Thursday afternoons. This marked the end of the past weeks work and began the new week with a fresh start. This time was originally set for Thursday to allow all the organizations around the world to send by telex their weekly statistics to the management office headquartered in England. With the time differences and given the time it took to relay this information, this would give international management time to digest the week’s production and coordinate new orders or changes for the coming week.

I spent hours and hours on this drill, most of the time spent laughing because it was so much like life. I would ask the person I had contact with to ask the third person to place the book on the table, and the responses 56 | nancy many would be things like “He can’t ’cause he’s upset from a fight with his girlfriend” or “He doesn’t think his mother loves him” or any other ridiculous reason why they couldn’t do what I was asking. My goal was to persist. My job was to really listen and help fix any valid problems but ultimately persist in getting my intention across and move that book.

I was berated in front of the group for not being productive and was then ordered to leave the conference room and get to work rather than stay for the meeting. I felt crushed and betrayed. Overall, I did well at my job. Income was always a major push in the Org, so executives were constantly working with me and the other registrars to see from whom we were going to get this week’s money and how we were going to do it. Each Thursday morning, the Boston Org would be a buzzing hive of activity. In the registrar’s area, this would involve arranging cars and people to pick up checks or going to people’s homes or places of businesses to meet with them to close the sale and get the money collected before the 2:00 pm deadline.

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