A Fictional Travelogue on China
In his new book, Lessons from China, Beau Sides shares unique insights on current Chinese culture, business, personal etiquette, and economic development through a fictional travelogue. Delicately sprinkled with bits of historical background, this easy-to-read story follows Jan Cross, a recent college graduate.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:10:11 AM
July 13 tickets to James Taylor's Bangor concert go on sale March 14
As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. Over the course of his celebrated song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Most recently, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:27:32 AM
Proverbs are truths couched in an acceptable fashion
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them -- Albert Einstein. I received this in an email and then proceeded to check out the link. Not only was that particular video presentation interesting, but so were several others listed on that site.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:07:25 AM
Knowin the Secret
But with horse bolted all that can be done now is to close the barn door and fix the latch, but still the problem remains. As one man has discovered, 'foolishness is its own reward', and as the other is discovering, 'the lips of the devilish incur a terrible and just wrath'.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:03:08 AM
Obama to receive IHRC's Islamophobia award Feb 21
Barack Obama is set to receive a dubious distinction from a UK-based human rights groups for his hostile policies towards Muslims. The US president is among the nominees for Islamic Human Rights Commission's Islamophobia awards, an annual recognition of the disservice done to Muslims and their faith by public figures.
Feb 13, 2014 - 5:30:15 AM
Valentine's Day Test: Which is the Least Known Famous Kiss?
The first movie kiss EVER was in 1896 in the movie ironically titled, The Kiss. 1926 Don Juan holds the record for most kisses ever in a single movie. The most famous kissing scene is usually accredited to 1953 From Here to Eternity. The greatest age difference for a kiss was in 1971 Harold & Maude. But which famous kiss is not well known?
Feb 13, 2014 - 12:02:23 AM
Hunter Hayes Bangor performance Tickets on sale February 14, 2014 at 10am
BANGOR: Global Spectrum is excited to announce that GRAMMY nominated artist Hunter Hayes will head to Bangor with his "We're Not Invisible Tour," May 1, 2014 at 7PM at Cross Insurance Center. The tour will feature special guests Danielle Bradbery from NBC's Emmy award-winning show The Voice and Warner Bros. Records new country duo Dan + Shay. The "We're Not Invisible Tour" comes on the heels of Hunter's sold-out "CMT On Tour: Let's Be Crazy Tour" which wrapped this past December to much critical acclaim.
Feb 11, 2014 - 6:03:09 AM
Cirque du Soleil presenting "Varekai" in Bangor June 18 - 22, 2014
Bangor (February 4, 2014) -- Global Spectrum is pleased to announce that Cirque du Soleil will perform in Bangor for the very first time with its newest arena show, Varekai. Performances will be held at the Cross Insurance Center from June 18 - 22, 2014 for seven performances only. After touring the world for 11 years under the big top, this past December Varekai embarked on a new journey touring the world in arenas and in some new markets never before visited by Cirque du Soleil.
Feb 6, 2014 - 12:17:13 AM
Heaviest Element Discovered
Scientists at CERN in Geneva have announced the discovery of the heaviest element yet known to science...It does not decay but instead undergoes a reorganization in which a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy neutrons exchange places.
Jan 29, 2014 - 12:05:30 AM
Merry Christmas or Seasons Greetings or whatever
In years past there be many a greetin card that read 'Seasons Greetins' an no one be upset by the receivin of the same, an likewise many a card that said 'Merry Christmas' with similar reaction.
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:07:33 AM
Rainbow Island by Christie Hsiao will be released on Monday 11th
Martha Stevens-David reviewed this book here at Magic City on October 13th, and stated that she thoroughly enjoyed reading the book even though it was her first fantasy book read.
Nov 10, 2013 - 1:00:31 AM
'Ruins' - A Poem by Seth Steckino
Seth grew up in Sabattus, Maine. He is currently a senior at Oak Hill High School. His plan is to one day be an engineering geologist. We hope to see more of Seth's work here at Magic City and not just in his poetry.
Nov 3, 2013 - 4:15:08 AM
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
--Oscar Ameringer, "the Mark Twain of American Socialism."
Oct 27, 2013 - 12:07:27 AM
42 years on Western Novel 'Shameful' Re-Released
Shameful: Forty-Two Years after Publication of Side-Splitting Western Novel 'Shameful' Re-Releases for New Young Audience. While the book has now been out of print for many years, growing demand for the novel has prompted the author's widow to re-release 'Shameful' in 2013. Denis Cleary died in 1984 after selling ten thousand copies of his book and achieving admirable critical acclaim.
Oct 23, 2013 - 6:40:39 AM
Scary Bear is a comic strip by Jason Pultz.
Oct 21, 2013 - 1:53:43 AM
Frequently updated comics will appear here, from a variety of cartoon artists.
Oct 21, 2013 - 1:28:50 AM
Updated approximately once a week, this church and family oriented cartoon is brought to you by Tim Walburg.
Oct 21, 2013 - 12:21:02 AM
Updated weekly, the comic is brought to you from the Christian cartoon artist, James Wetzstein.
Oct 20, 2013 - 11:56:49 PM
Features a daily updated cartoon.
Oct 20, 2013 - 11:44:05 PM
The Back Pew
Features a new cartoon daily, from Jeff Larson.
Oct 20, 2013 - 11:39:39 PM
Photograph of the Week: Putting the Blame Where it Belongs
I received this in an email with no acknowledgement of its source. Sometimes people get really annoyed when they see their photograph appear in the Photograph of the Week section at Magic City but that is hardly my fault. When a photograph enters the public domain with no acknowledgement of its author, that is the fault of the photographer who failed to ensure that his name appeared across the photograph.
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:02:07 AM
A Question of Gender
From non-cited original sources and authors come these two funny stories about such important matters as life and death, driving taxi's and determining gender.
Oct 13, 2013 - 12:07:55 AM
Unsolicited and Strange Publicity Material - Yoga and the Cheetah
Cheetah Learning, a highly respected and well known Project Management Training Company, has been designing training courses since the early 1980's, and is known for using slightly unusual but highly effective techniques, i.e. Accelerated Learning. Cheetah Learning's corporate students have been doing yoga in Cheetah's classes for over a decade. Cheetah was even highlighted for using Yoga in the classroom in the Hindu Times in an article called "a Whiff of Ancient Wisdom," (27 March 2002).
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:37:36 AM
Michael Honack Book Signing: Truth or Consequences NM
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, NM--Grapes Gallery in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico will host a book signing party on Saturday, Oct. 12 to introduce a new photographic art book, Hot Springs District 87901 New Mexico, by Michael Honack who is also a glass artist. The book signing, sponsored by the Sierra County Arts Council, is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include live music by guitarist Reed Rische and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. The event coincides with T or C's Art Hop, which takes place every second Saturday each month from 6--9 p.m.
Oct 9, 2013 - 6:10:07 AM
What is it like to live in China?
What is it like to live in China? The answer varies, but if you have lived in China a long time it has an effect on your worldview. I don't know who made up this list but from personal experience I know it to be true. From an Unknown Original Source comes this list (to which has been added some of my own) of ways for a foreigner to recognize that he has lived in China too long.
Oct 1, 2013 - 11:03:05 PM
Old Foggies Childhood Memories
Bring back any memories?? Someone asked the other day, 'What was your favourite 'fast food' when you were growing up?' 'We didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I informed him. 'All the food was slow.'
Sep 29, 2013 - 12:10:54 AM
Truth in the Winds Of Change
I received the following in an email and whilst it is probably either not true or only partially true, the content is certainly worth thinking about. It can not be but true that when our rulers must live as we do, that they will be more considerate of how they rule. R.P. Bendedek
Sep 25, 2013 - 6:47:50 AM
Just an udder beauty product!
A video doing the rounds at the moment is of a pair of young twins applying cream to their hands. The cream was originally made for the treatment of cows udders. It is an hilarious video and a brilliant marketing ploy.
Sep 20, 2013 - 6:03:32 AM
Photographs of the Week: Strange and Dangerous Creatures
Three photographs this week all with their peculiar point of view to which I added my own. - R.P. BenDedek
Sep 8, 2013 - 12:02:12 AM
Septuagenarian writes new small screen thriller
Living proof of the old adage that someone's trash really is another's treasure, Suzi Weinert penned her debut crime thriller, Garage Sale Stalker, when she was 72 years old, saw it published when she was 75, and now finds herself in a position that most authors can only ever fantasize about: her story is going to brought to life on TV screens across the country.
Sep 5, 2013 - 5:41:52 AM
9 things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View.
Aug 28, 2013 - 3:17:09 AM
Photograph of the Week: Separating Church and State
Aug 25, 2013 - 12:02:31 AM
Sam Kinison's "COMICS",
Funny man, Sam Kinison is the latest subject of "COMICS", a biography series illustrating the life stories of stand-ups, sitcom stars and comedians who have made a huge impact on popular culture.
Aug 17, 2013 - 12:10:36 AM
What does Oprah Winfrey read every morning?
Oprah Winfrey begins every morning by reading Mark Nepo's poetry and is so enamored with his authentic and moving writing that she interviewed him on finding one's core spiritual truth.
Aug 17, 2013 - 12:07:34 AM
Just for a Laugh
"I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes."
Aug 11, 2013 - 12:07:19 AM
Don Winn's Space Cop Zack
Award-winning author Don Winn encourages children to use their imagination to create their own adventure in his new book, 'Space Cop Zack: Protector of the Galaxy'.
Aug 7, 2013 - 12:10:45 AM
Top selling author, internationally renowned pop culture and women's studies expert, Dr. Leavy has released American Circumstance as her second novel in the Social Fictions Series. The series emerged out of the arts-based research movement and includes books informed by social research but written in literary forms. The books are uniquely written to entertain in a 'chick-lit' style, but can also be used as supplemental reading in a variety of social science, gender studies, research or creative writing courses.
Jul 24, 2013 - 9:39:10 PM
Gossips can go to hell
I've heard many a preacher say 'homosexuality is an abomination unto the Lord', and well it might be, but the Holy Book makes clear that there are many sins that will see your 'Free Entry' ticket to heaven, canceled; null and void.
Jun 2, 2013 - 4:56:10 AM
'Always a Lady' - A True Story from Maine.
Hi Ross, hope all is well. I finally got outside yesterday and raked leaves away from our rock walls for three hours and then mowed for the first time for another two hours. Guess I'm feeling better too. Anyway, I had two doctor's appointments on Wednesday and the one with my Ophthalmologist went just fine and the other with an Orthopedist, well, not so much.
May 5, 2013 - 12:13:56 AM
I think I am getting old.
Then I decided to wash the dishes since if I left them to later - later might be friday. I put on a pot of water to heat on the stove, and then packed up the dishes. Then I decided to have a shower since the current temperature of the water in my solar hot water system was hot enough to do that (we have hit a cold rainy patch so I won't have hotwater by tonight.)
Apr 28, 2013 - 5:17:26 AM