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Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Taking" by Dean Koontz
My impression of The Taking is that the story keeps repeating itself, the lead characters go to different places where the same gooey critters show up. This continues for most of the book, when, presto, the sun is out and the critters are gone. I've read a number of Koontz's books (for example Intensity which I reviewed in December 2012), but this one did not make the grade.
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:54:45 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 26
This week's book basket includes the link to one article by author Patrick J. Fornari, and two links to book reviews by Milt Gross and Martha Stevens-David. The basket naturally includes the publicity material including book cover photos for ten books. These are: "The Inward Outlook" by Laura Basha, PhD; "The Valentine Children's Summer Adventures" by Dianne Sibeal Donahoe; "There Is Hope" By Suzanne Tyler; "Endless Waves: A Story of Grace" by Nancy Kruitof O'Farrell; "Buzz Kill" by William Goodspeed; "The Heroin Heroin" by Mindy Miralia; "Origin of the Centred Self" by Glenda Jackson; "A Dark Hole" by Charlotte Pritchard; "From Happiness to Tragedy; to Bliss on the Borderline" by Nicholas E. Cleveland and "The Abominations of the Obama-Nation" By Betty Sue Prollock
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:45:49 AM

Down the Road
National Park
Now you folks in Millinocket and that area feel bad that the mills have closed. But those mills are not coming back. If all those folk in Europe had decided that America would not provide anything good for them, I'll bet they would have stayed in Europe. I suspect not many of their descendants wish they were living in Europe. I'm sure the park will not grab adjoining or nearby land. I'm sure the park will not try to interfere with your lives and your making a living. I'm sure the park will bring visitors and money to your area. I'm guessing some of you will even enjoy a national park in your area.
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:43:14 AM

National
American Liberty PAC seeks to Stop Obama's Diversity Police State
Obama and his Leftist elitists are hell-bent on restructuring America into some ghastly communist nightmare. His tyrannical plans to gather information on every aspect of our lives and assess it against some notional concept of racism is the act of an ideological crazy! We must fight back against his institutional racism. Let's keep our say over our neighborhoods, and let's prevent his deportation of people from cities who may have no desire to live in the suburbs away from their friends and family. Social engineering has never worked! And this will certainly fail.
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:40:08 AM

Business
Israel's technology protects British troops in Afghanistan
"British Prime Minister David Cameron: 'Israel's technology is protecting British and NATO troops in Afghanistan....' UK-Israeli trade is at an all-time high, despite recent rumblings by the EU over the labelling of products from the West Bank and calls in some quarters for a boycott of Israeli goods....HSBC, Barclays, Rolls-Royce, GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever have a major presence in Israel. One out of every seven prescriptions filled by Britain's National Health Service is from an Israeli pharmaceutical firm.... There are a raft of government initiatives to propagate growth spearheaded by a recent trip to Israel, by Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as favorable tax treaties....
Jul 23, 2015 - 5:14:55 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Letter to the Prime Minister July 22,2015
Dear Mr. Prime Minister, I really am appalled by the way the premiers of Canada's province handle out taxes, without a care as to where the money came from. In Ontario we have a spendthrift Liberal government, run by a History Major FAILURE who has absolutely no idea about fiscal restraints whatsoever, and is under the impression that money grows on trees. And every time one sees this self-aggrandizement by Wynne on to, promoting herself as an example to follow, the people of Ontario are being takin for a ride in her self-promotion and how much it costs them, when that money could well be used to help alleviate the shortages in the various programmes that need funding to ease the load that she has put on their backs.
Jul 22, 2015 - 12:35:15 PM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "A World War I Adventure" by a group of the main character's relatives (The House of Harkness)
From the hype in the book, the story should have been about Harkness' chores for the British -- he was from Australia -- during the First World War. But what I found were apparently unedited (unless for spelling) page after page of the fighter's journal, including only a minor part, of interesting reading. I found the wartime stories credible, but I'm not sure I would use the word "adventures" to describe them. The parts about the early aircraft, seeming to be somewhat like a modern day Piper Cub or a bit larger, were fascinating. I would guess about 60 old photos caught my interest. Apparently some family member found Harkness' journal in an attic. And apparently the self-publishing publisher accepted good money from the family to have this non-book material published.
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:47:44 AM

Guest Column
Pure of Heart
The reluctance to vote GOP is rooted in the perception that the Republican Party is not sufficiently conservative or libertarian. I agree; the Republican Party is a mere shadow of its ideological lineage. This harsh reality emerged with the ascension of the Tea Party in 2010. The rejection of the newly elected Tea Party types to congress by establishment Republicans is in my opinion the greatest political mistake of the last half century. This historic political snub defined and diminished the image of establishment Republicans whose campaigns and re-election benefited from the momentum of the Tea Party candidates. The failure of the establishment to embrace promising Republican political momentum revealed their self-serving aspirations taking precedent over GOP and national interest. The concept of "We the People" seemed to be furthest from the duplicitous political minds of our elected officials. We now have government of the government, by the government, for the government. I clearly understand the reluctance to vote Republican, even if you are a republican.
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:45:14 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Just Maagy" by Virginia Burton Stringer
First of all, I commend the author, Virginia Burton Stringer for having the insight and courage to take on a task such as this. Not only is her description of the young princess very interesting but the way she depicted this young child's feelings about her place in life, was very interesting also. I also loved the author's inclusion of a "glossary" for the reader to check the meaning of new or difficult words in the story and the drawings of each new event little Maagy encountered in young life.
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:43:21 AM

Down the Road
Down the Road and Up the Trail
I think the park rangers used the correct response in citing him for his alleged illegal actions. If he knew about it, it's too bad this "causey" guy didn't let the plans for a party atop the mountain be known to the park rangers. The rangers would have stopped all the ruckus before it occurred. Allegedly, this guy "ran" along the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. I doubt that he actually "ran" a lot of it. For example, I'm pretty sure he didn't "run" up the boulders on the Appalachian Trail, the Hunt Trail in the park, just above timberline. There are metal assistance rungs -- for the hiker to grab and pull him or herself up over those boulders.
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:40:20 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 25
In this week's Book Basket we have the link to one Author Article by Patrick Fornari and the links to Five (5) Book reviews published by some of our book reviewers. As usual we have the publicity material for a variety of new and reasonably new book releases, which this week are: "The Baker Boys" By Clinton mhic Aonghais (McInnes); "Men Can Wear Dresses Too" by Catie Maye; "Book Business Planning for Small Business" by Warren Harmer; "Fight For Your Dream" by Elaine H. Sharp; "Tomorrow I'm Dead: A Memoir" by Bun Yom; "Imagine" by Robert Beedham; "God: Accused or Defended?: Solving the Unsolvable Paradox" By Larry E. Ford; "Learning about Sex Series" Concordia Publishing House; "Walking With Herb: A Spiritual Golfing Journey to the Masters" by Joe Bullock and "Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century" Edited by B. C. Stiller, Dr. T. Johnson, Dr. M. Hutchinson, and K. Stiller
Jul 19, 2015 - 6:37:23 AM

Ed Feulner
Reagan's Tax-Cutting Legacy
Would Reagan have supported a flat tax that got rates down to 17 or 18 percent for all, with a generous deduction for families with children? All we can say for sure is that the idea is consistent with his work to simplify the tax system and promote growth.
Jul 17, 2015 - 10:35:44 PM

R.P. BenDedek
The Real Reason Why I Cannot Support RECLAIM Australia
Recently there was a lot of publicity given to violence that erupted in several cities in Australia when "Reclaim Australia" protestors clashed with angry counter protestors who accused "Reclaim Australia" of being racists. "Reclaim Australia" protests were clearly an attack on Muslims and Muslim Communities in Australia. As an Australian I get tired of that tired old line constantly appearing in both domestic and foreign press claiming that Australia is a racist country. As the counter protestors have clearly demonstrated, the Australian people have risen up to declare that they are not racist and that they will not permit racism in Australia.
Jul 17, 2015 - 10:40:15 AM

Editor's Desk
Magic City Book Reviews Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2015
Each week we publish a Book Basket in which is recorded the publicity material for 10 or more books. We cannot of course review every book but on that article page we offer all authors a 'no-pay no-charge self-promotions' deal. Basically this deal is that in return for publishing articles at Magic City on any topic whatsoever, we will include in that article that author's latest book cover, their bio and purchase details and links. It's a case of 'you scratch our backs and we will scratch yours.
Jul 17, 2015 - 2:23:54 AM

Editor's Desk
Author Articles at Magic City 2015
Book authors are not required to write specifically in relation to their book. This offer is not just a 'free publicity offer.' Instead we give authors the chance to spread their wings and build up their internet presence by becoming opinion columnists and feature writers, political commentators and religious writers or whatever takes their fancy.
Jul 17, 2015 - 2:20:04 AM

Scheme of Things
Liking Cozy
I like cozy. I like cozy mysteries, cozy places, cozy food, cozy days or nights, and cozy people. It struck me the other day how much I like cozy after spending a few days devoid of that feeling. Away on business, my week was busy airports, packed airplanes, sketchy hotels, loud restaurants, big cities, and huge conferences centers; none of it cozy.
Jul 14, 2015 - 7:55:57 PM

Guest Column
"Rotten Pig?"
Evidently in today's America it seems that you must have nine billion dollars just to speak the truth. Trump is speaking to and for the average working person by going around the media, the Democrats, the establishment Republicans and the constitutional conservative Tea Party types. He is speaking to you and me. The DC inside the beltway media and so-called expert political pundits may not understand him, but we do. This may be the first "We the People" election in many years. I really don't care what anybody says anymore anyhow, except of course "We the People." Wasn't that the idea? The idea of America?
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:20:45 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "New Beginnings" by J. Gawlik
Right from the very beginning, the story carried the reader on a journey that sadly, many other humans have found themselves involved in when trying to make sense of life, love and the pursuit of happiness. The main character finds herself married with a small child and soon realizes that the man she thought would be with her all of her days, was the worst kind of husband possible.
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:17:13 AM

Book Reviews
Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "It's All about Him: Intimacy with God" By Dr. Lois Brittell
There are books that engage the reader in fast-paced adventure or melancholy drama while others offer visitations to historical backdrops but "It's All about Him," by Dr. Lois Brittell, allows its reading audience moments of reflective solitude and places of pause while journeying a road less travelled. May the reader feel inspired by the gentle prompting along the way as the tangibles of today's society such as anxiety, fear, anger, just to name a few, are thoughtfully explored; note that along the road less traveled there is ample time to put down the backpack, curl up into a comfortable spot and seek wisdom and answers in this narrative of spiritual refreshment.
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:15:24 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Death of a Mill Girl" by Clyde Linsley
There is no information anywhere I looked about how to contact the author. I'd like to contact him, and his photo makes him appear friendly. Should he read this, maybe he'll contact me. Are you reading this, Clyde Linsley? A very interesting book based on a true setting. This is the first self-published book I've felt was really good. This book was good, a good story except that things got a bit wordy near the end so I was losing part of the story.
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:12:27 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "A Life in Two Worlds" by Thomas Hughes
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the author's writings of having been born into a family, that due to his father's occupation and time and place, had to endure many heart wrenching incidents in order to just survive. And I was also impressed that as a very, intelligent young man, the author had the wherewithal to keep detailed diaries of what "war" really brings. As humans, we often never give much thought about how a "father's" profession might bring harm to one's innocent family members.
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:10:06 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Shot in the Head" by Katherine Dering
Paul, one of the boys in this Irish clan is diagnosed with Schizophrenia at age sixteen and the telling carries one through the devastation that his large family had to endure for the his sake and well-being. This work is very well-done and extremely educational because nearly every family can relate when a family member is stricken with an incurable illness. I was struck by the way the author told of her family's love for one another and I could feel their suffering and sorrow when they finally had to let Paul go.
Jul 14, 2015 - 8:07:02 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 24
In this week's basket we have the link to an Author Interview conducted by Laure McCourt Lopez; five author articles, and four book reviews. And of course we have a selection of recently released books. These include: "Journey Beyond Hardship: A Practical, Hopeful Guide for Getting Through Tough Times" By Greg Pacini; "Interview With Your Self" by Mercedes Tur Escriva; "A Detail of History" Arek Hersh; "A World War I Adventure" By House of Harkness; "Aging Wisely" By Viola Mecke; "Fear the Silence" by Iain Cameron; "Incoming" by Vic Amato; "Where is Robert? A Mother's Heartrending Journey" by Russell W. Moore; "Quest of a Bipolar Soldier" by Winston K. Redman and "Forward Pass" by Desiree Holt
Jul 14, 2015 - 6:55:30 AM

Guest Column
Laure McCourt Lopez Interview with Author Dr. Lois Brittell
Let me answer the second question first. As you listen to preachers and other professionals, anxiety and depression are on the rise. People are moving out of churches, religious life is taking on less importance than it used to. Values are changing and of course, if you are not attached to God, the events occurring in today's world are going to leave you anxious, depressed, confused, angry, and having other pathological feelings. The difference between anxiety and fear is great, but it's subtle.
Jul 13, 2015 - 8:35:25 AM

Down the Road
Down the (Searsport) Rud a Piece
We moved here because, when I taught school in Thorndike, I lived in Swanville and got to know the area from Searsport to Camden. Until I have a faulty hip replaced at the Belfast hospital, our "sport" is taking photos, many of which become our iMac screen savers. Once that new hip is in place, we plan to do a lot of walking on the many trails in the region.
Jul 12, 2015 - 6:56:15 AM

Features
Special WW1 Remembrance -- The Baker Boys
He was a wonderful grandfather who involved all his grandchildren in his special way. It was not until his WW1 diaries came to life that I was able to comprehend just how involved in the war he had actually been, and just how much life experience he really had as a consequence. Victor's wartime story, along with that of his older brother, Malcolm Robert Baker, who was killed during the battle of the Somme, is recounted in the book from Victor's old diaries, along with extensive research and supporting images.
Jul 10, 2015 - 9:19:02 AM

Features
Food for Thought
If an entire people can be regarded as "awful" in the eyes of a child, what is the cause? No doubt bigotry is learned at an early age. Exposure to negative stereotyping determines the way children look at others. On their own they communicate and play together, regardless of their color or creed. Once they learn prejudice from misguided adults, they discover they can inflict pain by hurling racial epithets at each other. If they are lucky, they are cured of this "disease" through self-examination or by enlightened teachers who appear along their life's path.
Jul 10, 2015 - 9:14:15 AM

Features
Know Thyself
Ignorance is dispelled by knowledge. Man's life can be rendered meaningful by gnosis giving him the opportunity to test himself and learn his personal strengths--what he is good at in life--and also learn and acknowledge what his weaknesses and shortcomings are. He can apply self-knowledge and live his life based on what his strengths are and at the same time improve himself and overcome his weaknesses and thus making him a better, more fulfilled individual through his existence on Earth.
Jul 9, 2015 - 11:03:25 PM

Features
Fear Shapes Our Lives
Nine people gathered in a circle to study their sacred scripture were murdered in Charleston, South Carolina. There are many ways to understand this horrifying event. A Greek student of mine wrote me from Athens that night, bewildered by the violence, and asked if there is a civil war between blacks and white in America. The answer to that is a firm No, of course, because the violent attacks are almost exclusively white-on-black. But it is easy to understand why people around the globe would see the violence in America as a sign of a civil war. The sad truth is that these murderous impulses are rooted in our unfinished and undigested civil war of 150 years ago and the systems of slavery which preceded it.
Jul 9, 2015 - 10:36:25 PM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "Death of a Mill Girl" by Clyde Linsley
Death of a Mill Girl" by Clyde Linsley held my attention from the very beginning. I found the author's "historical inclusions" to be very interesting. His ability to build the "suspense" factor in his story was also very well-done. According to the publicity material for this book two million American children suffered harsh working conditions during the Industrial Revolution but fixing the problem didn't happen until the early twentieth century.
Jul 9, 2015 - 12:24:20 AM

Ed Feulner
A Welcome Check on Bureaucratic Power
No, that's not a misprint. For a mere $9.6 billion, you can save $6 million! "To put that in perspective," writes energy and regulation expert Nicolas Loris, "it's the cost-benefit equivalent of renting $1,600 in scuba gear to collect four quarters at the bottom of the lake. Every year." The courts tend to defer to the judgment and interpretation of the regulatory agency in question. But this time, common sense won out, and the courts provided an important check on the power of unelected bureaucrats. We could use a lot more of that.
Jul 9, 2015 - 12:11:14 AM

Down the Road
Down the Road a Piece to... I forget where
Then we headed out John Street in search of a back way back to Belfast and Searsport to avoid once more driving through Camden. After a few right turns, we somehow found ourselves back on John Street, heading back to Route 1. (Mind you, I wasn't lost, just a bit confused. Maineiacs, even imported ones like me, never get lost. Just turned around.) After driving through busy Campden again, we headed toward Belfast on Route 52.
Jul 9, 2015 - 12:06:56 AM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Sketching Detective" by Jack McCormac
This story is a murder mystery but I found that most of the story line was combined with the story of a marriage that had gone off the road and one man's attempt to get his wife to show her love for him once again. It was not easy to understand because it has so many characters involved in the plot.
Jul 9, 2015 - 12:03:18 AM

Kenneth Tellis
The reality of government today belies its true intent, because it wallows in absolute corruption
Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one. Government like dress, is the badge of lost innocent; the palaces of kings are built upon the ruins of the bowers of paradise. These stirring words were written by Thomas Paine in his book, Common Sense in 1776, and are just as valid today as they were then. And then follow this with the quote below: ''Lay then the axe to the root, and teach governments humanity. It is their sanguinary punishments which corrupt mankind."
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:43:03 PM

Guest Column
SCOTUS Same-Sex Ruling on Eve of Independence Day: Gift or Curse to the Nation?
Exclusion from God's kingdom is the ultimate repudiation of Kennedy's foolish notion that equal dignity means everyone must have equal access to every institution, every opportunity under the sun. As outrageous as Kennedy's statements are, the actions of our President following the Court's decision were even worse. A response pleasing to God would have the President humbly falling to his knees, pleading God's forgiveness for the Court's sinful decision. He would have called upon Christians to pray on his behalf, asking God to grant him the wisdom to choose wise judges who could someday overturn the evil outcome of this case.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:40:30 PM

Jim Kouri
San Francisco's sanctuary city policy claims another citizen's life
"How many more Americans will be sacrificed on the altar of Obama's politically-correct nonsense which has routinely leads to citizens being murdered, including police officers?" asked former NYPD police officer, Iris Aquino, a Latino law enforcement official. "Hopefully this case will cause enough outrage against is sure to San Francisco's sanctuary city policies. In fact, instead of bellyaching about Donald Trump's statements on illegal aliens and border security, maybe people will listen to him," she said.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:27:52 PM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Oregon Trail" by the late Francis Parkman Jr.
The book follows in first person a trip across part of the West, and it mentions contact with wagon trails heading for Oregon. But I didn't read of any trip in the first person of the Oregon Trail itself. The incidents in the book seem to be real, including camping with Native Americans. It's a book I'd recommend, because it shares the values or lack thereof of that period in American history, not made up from today but as the values were then. I personally am glad those values have changed. Had they not, there probably would be no buffalo alive today nor any parks of any type where the visitor can see what the land was like when the parks were founded.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:24:34 PM

Book Reviews
M. Stevens-David Review: "A Forbidden Boundary" by Shauna Springs
This book, "A Forbidden Boundary" is an "historical" fiction novel written by Shauna Springs. Set in 1902, this work details the interactions of a wealthy inestment banker and his unrelenting control over his family and its servants. As the publicity material states: "..it teaches that some things never change. There are still issues of racism, classism and women's rights. Sometimes you have to sacrifice everything, including family, to be with the one you love."
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:20:47 PM

Kenneth Tellis
Kebek Government advertises for American Tourists, but does not tell them the true story
Now comes the punch line. There are five Kobe government offices in the U.S and one is located in New York City. Why hasn't that office told American tourists that while their hard currency is most welcome in Kebek they are not, because they are an English-speaking people?
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:10:30 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 23
In this week's book basket we have only one book review listed and no author articles. There are however ten books listed accompanied by book cover photos and publicity material. These are: "Spirit Training" by Dr. William L. Conwill; "Tying Down The Lion" by Joanna Campbell; "Big Bang Problems: How the Universe Began" by Bobby McGehee; "An Invitation to Think and Feel Differently in the New Millenium" by Professor Harry Bury; "Murder Now and Then: 1919 to 2019 Murder Mystery" by Diana Jackson; "Until We Meet Again" By Thomas Toren; "Travels with King Kong: Overland Across Africa" by James Henderson; "Too Many Assassins" by Kevin Ramsey; "The ALTA Project" by David Chen, M.D. and "The ABC's to Starting at a California Community College" by Dr. Bertha Barraza
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:03:21 PM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "My Own Cape Cod" by Gladys Taber
But Taber wrote about a quieter Cape, kind of like rural Maine was when I visited as a kid. Taber built a house at Still Cove near which is Mill Pond. She writes mostly about her neighborhood. But she does include a geological history going back 50,000 to 70,000 years, when she said the Cape was left when a sheet of ice from Labrador finally melted and, as Taber puts it, "Cape Cod was born." This edition of My Own Cape Cod was published in 1981 by Parnassus Imprints by an arrangement with Harper & Row.
Jul 8, 2015 - 11:00:01 PM

Business
Hi-tech giants and investors defy media's misrepresentation of Israel
Britain's Secretary of State for Business and Innovations, Sajid Javid stated: "The past few years have been a golden era for Anglo-Israel business... expecting bilateral trade, currently valued at $6.9bnm to continue growing. Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, praised Israel's technological initiative and creativity, stating that the Jewish State is second only to Silicon Valley when it comes to startups (Bloomberg, June 9).
Jul 8, 2015 - 10:57:13 PM

Down the Road
Down the Searsport Road a Piece
We're settling in at our new "rent" in Searsport, an apartment about a half-mile off the nearest road, Routes 1 and 3. I used to live in Swanville a hundred or so years ago, while I was teaching in Thorndike. That's how I got to know the area. Belfast, about five miles away, has a nice system of parks within the city. Yesterday we stopped at one of them and watched a white cruise ship docked at the town dock. We know nothing about the "American Glory," except it made a peaceful background as we visited one of the city's parks.
Jun 28, 2015 - 9:55:46 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No 22
We have links to Three Book Reviews and Two Author Articles in this week's book basket as well as the publicity material for 12 book releases. These books are: "Ordinary Evil" by Gene Ferraro; "Retribution (Col Sec series Book 4)" by Jan Domagala; "New Beginnings" by J. Gawlik; "Precocious" by V Leigh; "The Cosmic Microwave Background: How It Changed Our Understanding of the Universe" by Dr Rhodri Evans; "Death of a Mill Girl" by Clyde Linsley; "Petronella and the Janjilons" by Cheryl Bentley; "The Whispering Voice" Dr. Maduka, Sunny Oby; "Spaniels Rock" by Andrea Bryant; "The Lean Product Playbook" by Dan Olsen; "The Chateau" by Irene Taylor and "Black Witch" By Steve Scott
Jun 26, 2015 - 11:05:33 PM

Win at Work
Winning at Work--Perpetuated Myths
Myths. Beliefs. Conventional wisdom. Even our own eyes get in our way. Consider what happened to Galileo. In 1589, he gathered the world's most learned professors to the Leaning Tower of Pisa for a demonstration to disprove a 2,000 year old physics principle of Aristotle's: the heavier an object is, the faster it will fall to earth.
Jun 25, 2015 - 1:10:33 PM

Book Reviews
Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Doctor's Stories" by Dr. Charles T. Chase
Dr. Chase, through his well-written stories, cited many examples of how a caring doctor can help others in dire medical need and even when circumstances were not as expected, this well-educated caring man, stepped up and did what was expected of him and more. Dr. Chase can go into his twilight years in peace.
Jun 24, 2015 - 7:15:20 AM

Tech Notes
Big Problems with the Big Bang
Comparing 1959 four digit red shift data and the 2009 data clearly shows on the average galactic clusters were/are decelerating; This is decisive direct proof there is no dark energy, the universe could not have originated in a central eruption, and strongly supports the "New Universe Theory with the laws of Physics", (described in Ref 1, Ref 2, and Ref 3.. The author is a Retired engineering physicist whose book "Big Bang Problems" refutes the Big Bang theory. Each chapter in that book presents proof that the formation of the universe did not take place in the way currently supported by the status quo of astronomers and cosmologists. The following article is taken from his 7th argument.
Jun 24, 2015 - 7:13:11 AM

Down the Road
Down the Same Old Road
Years later at a ministers' conference, another minister declared that I was a communist because I didn't like softball. He was half right. I didn't like softball. But I loved volleyball, which apparently didn't prevent me from being a communist. (Volleyball didn't require any skills, just jump up and down and holler and take an occasional swat at the ball as it went flying past my ball-avoiding head.) I may have -- actually not -- been a communist, but it was that preacher who said I was who a few years ago was caught "running around" (without a ball) with a deacon's wife. I don't know what happened to the wife, but the preacher ended up leaving the state -- and I hope the ministry.
Jun 20, 2015 - 8:17:30 PM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "House of Earth" by the late Woody Guthrie
Singer Woody Guthrie apparently wrote this book to promote building houses in Dust Bowl-era Texas from mud bricks, an improvement over the rickey wooden shacks most residents called home. Guthrie, who lived from 1912 to 1967, was an American folk song singer, whose best known song was the well-known "This Land Is Your Land." The back cover of the book states that Guthrie's "legacy" included over 3,000 songs with themes of history, politics, culture, spiritual, narrative and children's interests.
Jun 20, 2015 - 8:14:45 PM

Guest Column
The Great Waterfall of God's Love
Consider the phrase, 'there's nothing you can do to make God.' This is true: no one can 'make God' do or be anything other than what God is. God loves us with an infinite love, because God IS love ... but nothing in heaven or earth or under the earth can constrain God to love us or not love us. His love is what theologians call a 'self-donation.' We don't seduce God's love by being either adorable or pathetic -- his love flows entirely from his nature and is utterly voluntary. God is "moved to compassion," not because we manipulate him with our pleas, but because God is compassion itself and his love flows without ceasing wherever it is received. My experience of God's love may fluctuate as I welcome it or rebuff it, but God himself cannot love us more or less. His love, by nature, is not dependent on our behaviour or jerked around by our emotional rollercoasters.
Jun 19, 2015 - 9:20:03 PM

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