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By Luis J. Rodriguez

The award-winning and bestselling vintage memoir a few younger Chicano gang member surviving the damaging streets of East la, now that includes a brand new hide.
Winner of the Carl Sandburg Literary Award, hailed as a New York Times outstanding booklet, and skim by way of millions, Always Running is the searing precise tale of 1 man’s existence in a Chicano gang—and his heroic fight to unfastened himself from its grip.
through age twelve, Luis Rodriguez used to be a veteran of East l. a. gang conflict. Lured via a doubtless invincible gang tradition, he witnessed numerous shootings, beatings, and arrests after which watched with expanding worry as gang existence claimed family and friends contributors. ahead of lengthy, Rodriguez observed a manner out of the barrio via schooling and the facility of phrases and effectively broke unfastened from years of violence and desperation.
reaching good fortune as an award-winning poet, he used to be yes the streets might hang-out him no more—until his younger son joined a gang. Rodriguez fought for his baby through telling his personal tale in Always Running, a shiny memoir that explores the motivations of gang existence and cautions opposed to the dying and destruction that unavoidably declare its individuals.
every now and then heartbreakingly unhappy and brutal, Always Running is eventually an uplifting precise tale, packed with desire, perception, and a richly deserved lesson for the following iteration.

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Where such mobility exists, psychological and ocular tensions are relaxed, staring is replaced by rapidly shifting central fixation, and there is a marked improvement in vision. It is possible to invent and practise a great number of swings; but all of them are variations on one or other of a few fundamental types, which alone will be described. The Short Swing should be performed while standing in front of a window, or in a doorway, or anywhere else where one can arrange to look past some near-by object at some more distant object.

There is also another reason for the discomfort which so many people now experience when exposed to light. They may not start with any a priori terror of light; but because their seeing organs are strained and defective, owing to habits of wrong use, their eyes and mind may be incapable of reacting normally to the external environment. Strong light is painful to the tense, strained seeing organs. Because it is painful, a fear of light develops in the mind; and this fear becomes, in its turn, a cause of further strain and discomfort.

Tension is relaxed, and at the same time, as the eyes move from dot to dot, an enormous number of acts of sensing are performed, in this relaxed condition, through every part of the cornea. This seems to have the effect of' ironing out' the distortions in the cornea. Exactly how, we do not know. But if, as seems likely, the disability was originally due to mental and muscular tensions, there is no cause for surprise if the disability should disappear when the sufferer has learnt the art of sensing and perceiving without tension.

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