Known and Unknown The title comes from one of the authors main themes: there are things we know, things we know we do not know and things that we don’t know we don’t know. Most of the book was a decent recollection of the man’s career in public service and worth the read. However…..and this […]
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The Mediterranean World in Ancient Times by Eva Matthews Sanford This was a stiff read but well worth it. There is more than a small amount of wisdom imbedded in the history that reflects on our times. While the comparison is limited due to the differences in condition and environment, the consequences of too much […]
Published 1963, a translation from the German. This was a hard read. The thoughts here are deep and make one work for understanding. I read parts of it and then had to start all over….but it was worth the effort. Some notes: P 68 – There is dancing in heaven P 61 – The 144th […]
The Story of Sex in Religion Published in 1930 so the language is a bit odd perhaps and it would fail all kinds of “political correctness” tests The last 2 sentences in the book: “All religious ceremonies of today are expressions of that intimate relationship that love introduced into religion. They who know religion know […]
This is a reprint of the Illustrated Edition of 1882 In a very real sense, this is the classic source book for all the stories related to Atlantis, together with interesting illustrations. For anyone who is at the least interested in the story or the legend, this is required reading. Some notes: 1 – The […]
From Isis to Spohia…365 Wisdom Poems to Invoke, Visualize and Embody the Goddess. Never quite got into this….style of presentation just not for me. Couple notes: P 6 – An Egyptian Isis Poem contains the line “I made with my brother Osiris an end to the eating of men.” P 14 – Reference […]
“Calendars, Clocks, and Cultures” This is a rather thought provoking book…time is a constant in human thought. Read 10/2009 Some Notes: P 28 – Relationship between the period of the Moon and that of Woman P – 31 “Faith in the Machine” P 52 – Babylonian Creation Myth P 59 – Marshack P 64 – […]
Once again, a wonderful addition recommended by the folks at the Alla bookstore in Santa Fe. Read 10/2010 during the period I worked at the AOC on Congressional Moves. Some notes: P 104 – An interesting mixing up of Christianity and the local spiritual systems. A story of the Lord traveling to Glory and lighting […]
This is a small but handy book associated with the formal definition and identification of colors. Essential reference to a Philatilist….and a permanent part of my Postage Stamp reference library.
“A true tale of love, murder and survival in the Amazon” Another recommendation from the folks at the Alla Bookstore in Santa Fe…they always seem to find the right reading for me. From the back cover: The year is 1735. A decade-long expedition to South America is launched by a team of French scientists racing […]
“A skirmish of the Marines” The cover says it well: “Into the valley is the story of the deeds of one company of Marines during a small battle on Guadalcanal, as told by John Hersey, then a reported for Life Magazine. The story is simply and briefly told, but is rich with details about the […]
“New revelations of the Americas before Columbus”. A most, most excellent book, full of interesting and little appreciated facts. It does an excellent job of presenting all the sides of the various controversies related to the history of the Americas and allows room for one to decide on their own. Perhaps the biggest surprise in […]
Written after his death and by a serious admirer. Gave me a fresh insight to the man, his character and history. In it I found one of the best quotations I have encountered recently: “Tell me what you love and I will tell you who you are.” Well worth the read.
This is one of the best things I have read about a man’s personal experiences during the Great Depression years. It was particularly meaningful at the time I was looking at the end of my working career, or at least its temporary interruption. This is a different world yet not so long ago. Some notes […]
A book for those of us who are already convinced that the growth of government and the associated debt that we are running up will eventually collapse this nation. No one who believes otherwise is likely to either read or appreciate the book. It does, however, cover a lot of ground very well and spells […]
This is an exceptional book….got one of my all-time favorite men into a lot of trouble. For the record: I saw Bill Cosby in an audience of less than 100 in a Cleveland show back in 1964-1965. I own every episode of “I Spy” and I have most of his recordings. The fact that his […]
I did not take any notes while reading this but wanted to include it none-the-less as it is certainly one of Ann’s finest. The sub-title: “Liberal Lies About the American Right” And it is just that….bullshit they say that is a lie about those of us who are of the conservative mind.
Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag So close,,,,,, Some notes: P 14 – The “Negative liberties” of the Constitution..worth paying attention to P 26 – Racism as a conversation stopper P 64 – “We shall be a city on a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us.” P 113 – What government was […]
The thrust of the book is simple: The “New World” was visited by many folk long before the voyages of Columbus. This includes the Phoenicians, Romans and others. The evidence is found in the monuments and artifacts that have been uncovered but which are ignored by the standard historians. The authors case is well presented […]
I still can recall the thrill I had when she was announced as the running mate for John McCain. I heard it while on vacation in Montana. I had earlier chosen her as my personal pick after looking over the standard candidates and then looking at the lesser known choices. Too bad McCain did such […]
As with all of Ann Coulter’s books, this is meticulously researched. While one may fuss over the incendiary language that she uses at times and the barbed humor she uses, one who challenges her on the facts will quickly find that they are out-matched. There is a small industry that spends its time doing nothing […]
This book was published in 1914 which makes its viewpoint to be in the years prior to the First World War and the breakup of the Empire that occurred after the end of the war. It is a quite readable and enjoyable “travelog” of the region. I found myself routinely checking some of the locations […]
A fairly reasonable and complete guide to the processes that can be completed at the command line. This type of activity is almost a lost art but one that I find to be required.
New York State 1929-1941 This is the kind of book that I really dig….and puts 99.9% of the population to sleep…LOL Lots of nitty-gritty details and statistics and stories related to a slice of history that is little understood or appreciated but which gives a unique insight into a troubled time. I think one learns […]
As Joe Friday used to say: “The facts ma’am, just the facts”. I first encountered the issue of a changing world climate sometime in the early 1970’s when I developed an interest in rocks and geology. It all started when one of my children picked up a rock and asked that simple question: “Daddy, what’s […]
Ah, how some of us dreamed of a debate between him and Glorious Leader….:) The book is pretty much what the title implies…a list of things that need to be done to move us along faster to energy independence…all with an emphasis on the use of our own natural resources. A bit dated by now […]
This is a truly marvelous book and one that brought tears to my eyes several times. The back of the book tells it better than I can: “When thirty-eight jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to the closing of United States airspace, the […]
Since reading this book, I have taken to always referring to this man as per the book – John Paul The Great. This is a story of Pope John’s life as told by an admirer and is an excellent read. One can, if you look deep enough, find flaws in any person. But, for this […]
This was written in advance of Hillery’s campaign for the Senate in New York, In a nutshell, the thrust of the book is that Hillery is dishonest, corrupt and power hungry…..surprise, surprise. It details some of the sordid details of events that took place while her husband was President that reflect directly upon the character […]