Magic City Book Reviews July1st - Dec 31st 2014
From July 1st to Nov 25th there were 57 book reviews published at Magic City. I will cease to be Editor of this Site as from December 31st 2014, and at this stage I have no idea what plans are in the pipeline in relation to book reviews and the Book Baskets which I introduced. Whatever happens, I offer my thanks to all the Reviewers, Authors and Publicists who have been involved in this undertaking this year.
Nov 25, 2014 - 7:55:07 AM
Immigration, The Red Cape, The Bull and The Master of The Bulls
How can we be surprised that the President plans to continue a unilateral program that has met with so much success and so few consequences? How can a "reasonable" Congress object to expanding this prosecutorial discretion regarding citizens born in this country? How could we be so cruel as to separate these child citizens from their illegal biological parents? This "red flag" may be in defiance of the Constitution, but Republicans are already painted into a corner, hardly able to slow or stop practices already in place. What they must do is to not allow the "red flag" of executive action divert us from the real danger of a neglected border and a failure to identify and track millions of anonymous illegals already among us.
Nov 25, 2014 - 7:53:30 AM
R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Third Heaven Conspiracy" by Giulio Leoni
The historical Dante became a 'Prior' (town councilor) in Florence in 1300 at a time when members of the ruling Guild were referred to as 'Whites' (moderates) or 'Blacks' (extremists) in relation to their support for the pope and his plans of gaining temporal power throughout Italy. The Dante of this story is a moderate who does not trust the Pope, and wishing to keep Florence as an independent republic, he uses his influence to oppose a papal power grab. Historically, Dante was a prior for only about two years before he and four other prominent 'whites' were arrested on presumably false charges and sent into exile, thus removing an obstruction to papal intentions.
Nov 25, 2014 - 7:50:02 AM
Tips for Coping with Grief and Navigating the Holiday Season
WASHINGTON -- Holiday cheer and merrymaking may be everywhere this time of year, but for thousands grieving the loss of a loved one, the holiday season can be an emotional minefield. And there's no road map for easy navigation. Coping with grief over the death of a loved one during the holidays can be difficult. Memories of holiday traditions shared with a loved one who died may be painful. Somehow, mourners must navigate an emotional roller coaster ride during the holidays that can be bittersweet with nostalgia and happy memories, and also feel painfully cruel and isolating.
Nov 25, 2014 - 7:47:20 AM
Restoring Atlantic salmon in Maine
Brunswick, ME--Just before the big rains in October, the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) completed two fish passage projects in the Penobscot watershed and one in the East Machias watershed as part of its ongoing Maine Headwaters Project. These projects will directly benefit Atlantic salmon, alewives, blueback herring, eels, and brook trout. Together, they open up full access to 10,000 acres of ponds and lakes and reconnect over 100 miles of streams previously blocked by impassable dams.
Nov 25, 2014 - 7:45:19 AM
Today in History
November 25 - Today in History
Today is November 25. Here's what happened on this date in history.
Nov 25, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Scheme of Things
Consider the Expectations
Tired and emotionally drained after a morning visiting my mother at the skilled nursing facility where she resides, my husband and I stopped back at the hotel to relax before the family event that had brought us to California that weekend - the celebration of my mom's 93rd birthday.
Nov 24, 2014 - 7:19:15 PM
Today in History
November 24 - Today in History
Today is November 24. Here's what happened on this date in history.
Nov 24, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Down the Road
Tough spots in Maine's woods
My father and I once got turned around -- not lost -- on a fairly steep cliff on the other side of Tumbledown. We couldn't see where we'd climbed up, but we could see the mountaintop pond and other mountains in the distance. They gave us directions to climb safely back to the trail we had been following before we became adventuresome. Moral of that tale; if you feel adventuresome, spell "adventuresome" ten times and then don't do it.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:27:54 AM
Estelle Parke Review: 'Why Did Jesus Have to Die?' by Chris Conrad.
Mr Conrad, whilst in no way diminishing the necessity for exercising faith in our pursuit of Christ, has presented a logical and convincing case for approaching the claims of the Bible from the perspective of both logic and evidence. Having just read this book, I am encouraged to read right through the Bible and take a closer look at some of the foundational truths that can become very familiar and, as such, can be easily read over, without due consideration being given to them.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:25:13 AM
Muslim Children Call for End to Democracy in Australia
As was recently demonstrated in the Middle East with the execution of an Australian Muslim by ISIL, being Muslim does not guarantee any Muslim's safety when the Islamic revolution hits. In fact, if you look at the history behind all the sectarian Muslim vs. Muslim violence in the Middle East, the only guarantee of anything in any Western country if the Islamists manage to take over is that NO ONE - no Muslim, Jew, Christian or otherwise would be safe!
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:23:38 AM
A Palestinian pogrom in Jerusalem
Abbas, like his predecessor Yasser Arafat, has used the PA as a springboard to attack Israel in international forums abroad while fomenting anti-Jewish violence here at home. It is the PA that is leading the charge to demonize and delegitimize Israel even as it encourages terrorism against the Jewish state.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:20:09 AM
Bilingualism an exercise in futility costing English-speaking Canada Millions of Dollars
When, the language of the Canadian majority is banned by law in Kebek, how can anyone in their right mind repeat the blatant lie that Canada is a bilingual country, and then force all school children in the English-speaking provinces to learn the Joual language (French Patois), which is the only language permitted by that province?
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:17:20 AM
The Palestinians: It's Time For Them to Leave
To the delight of revelers in both Gaza and Judea and Samaria, during morning prayers, two Palestinians burst into an ultra Orthodox Synagogue in Jerusalem and with guns and axes savagely butchered four Rabbis; Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky, Cary William Levine, and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg. Eight others were also wounded including a policeman that later died during the shootout which killed the attackers. At this point, few can deny, when it comes to inventive ways of maiming and killing people the Palestinians have no equal.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:15:20 AM
Move that Mountain!
This is when the reason you are moving your mountain comes into play. Revisit that reason you started the task in the ﬁrst place and what you wanted to achieve focus on that and you will be re-energised to continue to move your mountain. After all the valley is the half-way mark so don't give up half way through your task because things look dark in that valley. There are times you have to ﬁght your own disbelief so you can complete your mountain-moving task.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:12:32 AM
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Facts, Fantasy, Humor and History
In this week's book basket we have listed the links to seven (7) articles contributed by various book authors, and as well, the links to two book reviews published this week. As usual of course, we have publicity material for 15 new book releases. These are: "Voltron: From Days of Long Ago" Perfect Square Media; "The First Candle" by Eric B. Swanson; "Rain Power: A Young Professional's Guide to Achieving Wealth and Happiness" by Steve Zuckerman; "Finishing School for Women" By Roman Plastich; "Dark Energy and Human Consciousness: Humanity's Path the Freedom" By Tom Cahalan; "Grand Slam Theory of the Omniverse" by David Bertolacci; "Take Ten" by Patrick Ledwidge; "Even Angels Fall" by F.L. Darbyshire; "Benjamin Breadman: Rise of the Dough" By Ronald A. G. Grant; "From Bullied to Black Belt" by Simon Morrell; "Afterlife in Harlem" by Terry Baker Mulligan; "The Crowned White Eagle" By Anthony P. Kowalski; "Don't Do It the Hard Way" By Delvin R. Chatterson; "Pretender at the Gate" by SJ Garland and "When Iron Gates Yield To Freedom" By Martin PA Ward
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:10:30 AM
Pollyanna Sees the Light
We ought to leave aside our preconceived notions about the name "Pollyanna." It is after all a name we call those who are persistently and annoyingly optimistic. The movie is quite different from the book by the same name by Eleanor H. Porter. Rather than teaching the virtue of positive thinking, Pollyanna in the movie challenges her fellow man to think on a higher level. Adopted by a rich aunt, and given a home in a palatial mansion, Pollyanna is a living example of the virtues of simplicity and poverty. She softens the stern preaching of her village pastor with a message of Christian charity. She urges her neighbors to see in every setback, illness, and disappointment the opportunity to find something good; and this she calls "the Glad Game."
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:07:34 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Lost on a Mountain in Maine" told by Donn Fendler to writer Joseph B. Egan
I've never been lost on a mountaintop or even in the woods like Donn Fendler was when he was a kid. I've been turned around a few times, and I've been on Katahdin and enough other Maine mountains to remember that frightening feeling of being there alone with all those rocks and the wind. Rereading the book makes me realize I can't imagine the fear Fendler felt, when he realized he was lost on Katahdin.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:05:24 AM
Today in History
November 23 - Today in History
Today is November 23. Here's what happened on this date in history.
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 22 - Today in History
Today is November 22. Here's what happened on this date in history.
Nov 22, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 21 - Today in History
Today is November 21. Here's what happened on this date in history.
Nov 21, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Author Contributions At Magic City July to December 2014
Last year (Nov '13 to June '14) we received 124 contributions from book authors. Since July of this year we have received another 58. By July 1st this year we had featured over 400 new book releases and since that date we have added another 300 more thanks to additional books baskets like the Christian Book Basket and the Children's Book Basket. I have been very honored to have been involved with the publicists and authors involved and I hope that our readership has enjoyed the bonus reading, and I hope that this work will continue after I cease to be the Editor on December 31st.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:20:40 AM
'bad for ears' : the role of poetry by RG Gregory
A poem may be sparked by a moment's event, but the spark comes because there is something deeper that needs illuminating, something within the reality of the moment that puts pressure on the popular paradigm of cause and effect and suddenly glimpses a more paradoxical sense of occasion yearning to break into being. In "bad for ears" there is great celebration within the room; outside though, a bleaker vision is straining to have its say. Poetry feeds upon this voice within the voice, this other spiritual viewpoint (for pleasure or pain) that changes the whole experience of the language being exploited.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:17:02 AM
A Year of Feasting
My husband struggled with controlling his anger. One Sunday morning, while at church, God started dealing with him as well. He became so troubled, that he left to go back home. He started crying out to God. He couldn't cope any longer. He ask God to take this feeling away. As he was praying, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a "black thing" leave his body and vanish away.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:15:30 AM
Two New "Unbroken Soldiers" Videos Pay Honor to Disabled Veterans
Through the network's continued partnership with DAV (Disabled American Veterans), INSP has produced two new short films in its critically-acclaimed and award-winning MOMENTS series. The documentaries, "Unbroken Soldiers: Jason Courneen," and "Unbroken Soldiers: Bobby Barrera," pay tribute to wounded veterans and their families, and will premiere on both INSP and Moments.org on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:12:32 AM
Thanksgiving Gluten Free and Lactose Tolerant!
So now that I am "gluten free and "lactose free," I had to figure out a way to still cook delicious biscuits, pies and stuffings so I can eat everything I want without denying myself the best meal of the year - - Thanksgiving. It has taken me a while to figure it all out.... but I did it. We know, the trouble with gluten free baked goods is that they're not very good. I love my old fashioned Pepperidge Farm Herb Stuffing, but that is all over for me. How to reproduce it with gluten free ingredients?
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:10:35 AM
The Shamrak Report Taking Back Our Inheritance
Thousands of Jewish Israelis were expelled from their homes during the 2005 Disengagement - but soon, some of them may have a chance to return. MKs Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) and Orit Struk (Jewish Home) have drafted a bill to restore Homesh and Sa-Nur to its former Jewish residents, Walla! News reports on Wednesday night, as well as to "eliminate the rights" of those who have invaded the communities since then. The foundation of the bill is based on the fact that both Homesh and Sa-Nur are in the area of Judea-Samaria under full control of the State of Israel.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:07:26 AM
Darlene Briggs 2014 Woman of the Year
Margaret Podlich, president of the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the nation's largest boat owners' association with more than 500,000 members, was named the 2014 Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year. Podlich was honored Wednesday morning, Nov. 19, during the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo Awards Breakfast at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Fla. The Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year Award is presented annually to an outstanding woman in the marine industry.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:05:12 AM
Congress Urged To Protect Programs That Help the Poor and Vulnerable
WASHINGTON--The U.S. bishops stand ready to work with Congress "to protect poor and vulnerable people, promote human life and dignity, and advance the common good," said the bishops who chair two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a November 17 letter to Congress. Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, urged Congressional leaders to draw a "circle of protection" around programs serving the poor and vulnerable as they weigh spending and tax legislation.
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:02:43 AM
Imperatif Francais, what a croc as a name for a Franco-Amerindian organization
When it comes to common sense, one finds that the Franco-Amerindians in their mad rush to avoid bringing up their Native American roots choose what they think will distance themselves from their half-brothers the Native Americans and put them closer to their French half-brothers. But, that doesn't happen as people see through their devious plan, and their Native American background rears itself and exposes their true hybrid stock
Nov 20, 2014 - 7:00:09 AM
Today in History
November 20 - Today in History
Today is November 20. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 20, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
So, You Want To Be An Author
Being an author and knowing how to write a compelling story does not necessarily go hand-in-hand. I believe writers are artists, and artists tend to draw from the emotional side of themselves and life in general. The first thing I do is write a complete storyline of the plot; all the characters that will be included in the story, the conflict, or conflicts, that will drive the story, and how different aspects of the story will hold together. The storyline lays out the entire foundation of the story from start to finish.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:33:46 AM
How My Mother and Bob Hope Taught Me the True Meaning of Christmas
I also thought how someone as famous as Bob Hope -- who was such an American icon -- had traveled so far to give a show to me and my shipmates. How he and so many had given up their families at Christmas to come such a long way to reach out to men like me. Just to let us know that we weren't alone. Christmas, for my mother -- and now for me -- would always be in the warmth of family, in the hearts of loved ones and of those who one care's about. It would always be in the drawing together against the world's cold to share the warmth that only we can give to each other, and, together, to dare hope for a time when the world won't be quite so mean, quite so lonely, or quite so cold.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:33:28 AM
The movie Alien, as does the best science fiction, retells certain familiar stories from the Bible. Non- believers reject the truth of the Bible, but they are moved when they see that same truth portrayed in cinematic form. The battle in the heavens shown in Alien is a retelling of the enmity between woman and the Devil as set forth in the Book of Genesis:
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:30:31 AM
Excerpt from Isabella Clarence's book: "Different?...You Have Always Been Different"
About six months earlier when Isabella had just turned two, she shouted at her because the little one was being stubborn. She said to me 'I really shouted and I realised straight away that I had reacted too harshly, after all she was still just a baby.' Anyone who has children will understand that little ones can be very trying, we have all heard of 'the terrible two's.' Diane told me that she was having a particular bad day herself that day, she was tired and yes she knew she shouldn't have shouted at the little one, but she had. Isabella had started to stammer very soon after. That was six months ago and it was getting worse, not better.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:27:02 AM
Kebek shuts down English only Websites U.S. Stores Blocked
Kebek is violation of the spirit and intent of the NAFTA agreement. Latest Sites shut down are William-Sonoma, West Elm, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, a San Francisco based Company on October 22, 2014. Apparently they have been warned that it is illegal to operate in Kebek in any other language but Joual (French patois), as they could fined heavily for violating Kebek's language laws.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:25:24 AM
CAIR: An Officially Designated Terrorist Organization
Over the weekend a blockbuster development hit the news wires: the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a wealthy OPEC nation in the Persian Gulf, released a list of 86 organizations that it has designated as terrorist organizations. Number 59 on the list was none other than the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's most active Muslim Brotherhood organization.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:23:08 AM
Giving to Evangelical Churches and Ministries Outpaces Giving to Secular Charities
WINCHESTER, Va. -- ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) today announced in its 5th Annual State of Giving Report that annual cash charitable giving to ECFA-accredited organizations increased 6.9 percent between 2012 and 2013. It reflects total cash donations of $11.6 billion in 2013, an increase from the previous year's $10.9 billion.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:20:45 AM
Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia
WASHINGTON--The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families will be a"joyful moment," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States public, November 17, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:17:37 AM
Today in History
November 19 - Today in History
Today is November 19. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 19, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 18 - Today in History
Today is November 18. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 18, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Today in History
November 17 - Today in History
Today is November 17. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Nov 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Down the Road
The Air Force Reserves
On the way home, one of the doors in our aircraft wouldn't stay shut while we were high above somewhere, so we tied it closed with some clothesline. And one of our engines began to lose oil, so our pilot was on the radio trying to find out where the nearest C119 gas station was located. Of course, the radio wasn't functioning correctly, which made the entire trip home kind of scary.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:20:00 AM
Laure McCourt Lopez Book Review: "Casting Lots" by William D. McEachern
Set in journal format, and punctuated with various quotes from the classic writers such as Ovid and Cicero, the reader is immediately immersed in a world that is framed by mass crucifixions, tyrannical Roman rule, bustling marketplaces filled with every human trait imaginable and the development of a friendship of two men that represent two forms of slavery, one of legal agreement and the other an enslavement of the heart. At the behest of his slave master, Lucinius sets out to meet Cornelius, who possesses a multitude of stories particularly centered upon his encounters with Jesus, the Christ.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:17:27 AM
The Smoke-screen of Words
If we can remove the smoke screen of fine words that are blinding us from the actions of those who are in power and those who want to be in power, we may well get the government we want and deserve instead of a 'Tower of Babel' where no-one really knows what the other person actually means. The gift of the speech writer can help them speak for an hour and commit to nothing, but sound as if they are committing to everything.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:15:35 AM
Islamic terrorists are no "lone wolves"
The suspension of foreign aid to -- and all communications with -- Mahmoud Abbas, a hate educator, would express the realization that hate education is the antithesis of core US values; that hate educators should not benefit from the largesse of the US taxpayer; and that hate educators on the one hand, and compliance with agreements and peaceful coexistence on the other hand, constitutes a scandalous oxymoron.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:12:40 AM
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Myths, Fables and History
We have two book reviews but no author articles in this week's book basket. We still have however, the publicity material for 15 book releases which are: "The Ten Commandments of Management: Biblically Inspired Methods to Success" by K. Palmer Hartl; "Radical Recovery: Twelve Recovery Myths" By Jack Kelly; "Round by Round" By Florine Dotson Evans; "Different?...You Have Always Been Different" by Isabella Clarence; "Rebecca's Soliloquy" By Roberta Nee Adams; "The Unity in the Universe" By Vassil Manev; "Joyful Memories: A Life's Journey Through the Eyes of Alisia Beltran Proctor" by Alisia Proctor; "If He Had Not Come" By David Nicholson; "Forsaken Harvest: Haciendas and Agrarian Reform in Jalisco, Mexico: 1915-1940" By Luis G. Cueva; "Tending Fences: Building Safe and Healthy Relationship Boundaries; The Parables of Avery Soul" by Terry M. Barnett-Martin; "Illegit" by George Demoulas; "Seven Beyond" by Stella Atrium; "Prometheus Rebound" by R.L. Akers; "The Accidental Banker" by Dan Stringer and "Beyond: Charles Manson" by Bluewater Productions
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:10:20 AM
Hostile lawyers try to upend 297-year-old tradition
"It takes a particularly Scroogelike view of the law to think that millions of dollars meant to help the sick and the poor ought to line the pockets of class action lawyers instead," said Eric Rassbach, Deputy General Counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. "Federal pension law is meant to protect the weak, not enrich the strong."
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:07:26 AM
Navy Photo Archives Storage Improvement Phase Completed
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) recently completed the second phase of renovations to its extensive photo archives NHHC Officials announced Nov. 13. This part of the renovation included extensive storage improvement and shelving replacement for the archives' special and donated collections, and is part of a multi-phased effort to re-house the NHHC Photo Archives' entire collection. The first phase, completed late in 2013, included similar improvements to the archives section containing the Naval Subject Collection.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:05:27 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "A Woman's Eye" introduced and edited by Sara Paretsky
This book contained a few I found somewhat gripping in the sense that I wanted to see what happened at the end of the tale. Sara Paretsky is not my favorite writer. In this 1991 publication by Delacorte Press, New York were a handful by writers I've followed for years, such as Sue Grafton. Her story was good, as are all her stories, most of which I've read by her being novels...whodunnits.
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:03:36 AM