Personal Musings

Links to some of my personal thoughts and writings.

Book Review – Schliemann’s Discoveries of the Ancient World: Carl Schuchhardt

This is perhaps the fourth book I’ve read about Schliemann and this one is distinct in that it was written very shortly after the man’s death and as a result has a different, more topical view of the man and his discoveries. Schliemann was an extraordinary fellow who made a fortune in the business world […]

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Book Review – In The Presence Of My Enemies, Tsipon Shuguba

From the Dust Jacket…says it well… The Tibetan catastrophe–the systematic destruction of a people, a religion, a priceless civilization–has continued for more that thirty-five years. In this book Tsipan Shuguba, the last surviving high official from the 14th Dalai Lama’s government, has revealed information about the Chinese takeover and occupation that was deliberately concealed from […]

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Book Review – The Myths of the North American Indians, Lewis Spence

This is a reprint of a book originally published in 1914. That original publication data needs to be kept in mind as language, customs and what is ‘politically correct’ have evolved. I found the book rather interesting for the most part but a little redundant at times. This is due to the fact that many […]

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Book Review – In Alfred’s Days, Paul Creswick

n Ælfred’s Days, A Story of the Saga the Dane, Paul Creswick I picked up this book while on vacation in British Columbia and read it thru while there. It caught my attention immediately because it is inscribed with the name Winifred Bullock (my mother’s maiden name!) It’s actually one of the few fiction books […]

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Book Review – Before Before Writing, From Counting to Cuniform, Schmandt-Besserat

Before Writing, From Counting to Cuniform, Schmandt-Besserat I ran into a reference to this work, and the other companions as yet unread while looking into some additional details related to Marshak’s work. It took a real effort to locate a copy of the books and they proved to be quite expensive. This copy came from […]

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Book Review – The Myth of the Great Secret, Toby Johnson

A Search for Spiritual Meaning…An Appreciation of Joseph Campbell Not at all sure where or when I picked this up but I recall that it sat on the shelf for quite a while before I finally read it. An interesting book, written by a man who knew Campbell reasonably well and worked with him. Generally […]

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Book Review – A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night, The Dalai Lama

A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life From the back cover: Compassion is the guiding principle of the bodhisattvas, those who vow to attain enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings from the suffering and confusion of imperfect existence. To this end, they must renounce all self-centered goals and consider only the well-being […]

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Book Review – Death, Dismemberment and Memory, Lyman Johnson

This was a book recommended to me by my book dealer friend in Santa Fe. From the Publisher The memories of heroes are preserved the world over in place names, patriotic holidays, printed images on money and stamps, folk songs, roadside shrines, and on web sites. Understanding the origin and meaning of these forms of […]

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Book Review – W – The Legacy of President George Bush, The Washington Times

A retrospective of President Bush divided into 8 sections from 8 different persons, including: Laura Bush, Dick Chaney and others. I saw it advertised in a flier that I received in the mail just about the time that President Bush left office. I ordered it immediately and it finally arrived 6 months later. While I […]

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Book Review – Works of Art – The Unites States Capitol, Government Printing Office

Kinda funny story about this book….. We went to an antique sale held outside near Leesburg, which cost us 24.00 just to get in. We bought nothing….But, at one of the vendor’s tables, I saw a copy of this book and asked for a price as there was none in the book. The vendor asked […]

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Book Review – Eisenhower and Latin America

Eisenhower and Latin America, Stephen Rabe The Foreign Policy of AntiCommunism Another addition to the library as it relates to my favorite President Forget where I found this. Read most of it on Metro but finished it while in the Air going to see pat and Theresa’s wedding. That was a GREAT time. From the […]

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Book Review – The Arts and Crafts of Travancore, Kramrisch, Poduval and Cousins

The Arts and Crafts of Travancore, Kramrisch, Poduval and Cousins Printed by the Royal India and Pakastan Society. Found this in an antique shop somewhere and just had to buy it. Travancore is a “province”, if that is the right term (and I doubt it is) for an area of India at the southern tip, […]

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Book Review – Scanning Negatives and Slides, Sascha Steinhoff

I found this while traveling in New Mexico during our October, 2009 trip. It is the first book I have seen that treats of this subject so I jumped on it. This is an excellent reference for the subject but it has a clear tendency to address the high-end of this business, both in terms […]

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Book Review – Collier’s Photographic History Of The European War

Photographs by the Official Photographers Accompanying Each Army This is one of two such books that I bought at the DC Big Flea on 11/7/2009. This was a “buy on first sight” kinda thing….the reason being that my step-father had this book in our house when I was a child. I opened the book and […]

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