R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket this Week? Potpourri of topics.
In addition to five (5) book reviews and four (4) articles from book authors, this week the book basket lists twenty (20) books recently released. They are: "Nation Building in Islamic Societies" by Michael Nimier; "I Know All Save Myself Alone" by Lisa Monde; "Her Name is Sophia" by Anna B. Moyer; "Life" R.J. Russell; "When Clans Collide" By Wayne Rudolph Davidson; "Dear Bob" by William A. Luke; "Aging Aggressively" by Thomas Jones and John Cotton; "Rational Relating" by Damon L. Jacobs; "Let the Power Within Free You Completely" by Omer Dawson; "Joseph of Arimathea" by Brian Mellor; "Accountability Citizenship" by Stephen P. Tryon; "The Geoma Tree" by Shelly Penn; "La Petite Assiette" by Patricia Harrington; "Meanderings" by W.A. Salmon; "Havens of Pompeii: Some Things Always Survive" by Nicole Louw; "Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine" by Steven Kassels; "An Angel Without A Name: Hearing Your Voice" by Mary E. Sims; "Sunshine After Rain: One Woman's Journey to a Better Life" by J.R. Lucy; "The Hour of Parade" by Alan Bray; "The Threshold" Michael D. Rourke.
Mar 9, 2014 - 5:23:37 AM
R.P. BenDedek BenDedek Book Review: "My Country and My People" by Lin Yutang
Having spent the last few years writing an account of my life in China and being near the final page, I have wondered if some of the statements I have made about China and the West were merely personal perspective for which I might later be reprimanded. Having now read "My Country and My People" I know that I have truly understood the culture of China and its people. Mr. Lin relates that Chinese have 'feminine emotional' thinking as opposed to 'masculine rational' thinking (p 249) and says that while they are well mannered to family, friends and acquaintances, "beyond that limit the Chinese as a social being is positively hostile toward his neighbor." He points out that the Chinese have a genius for contentment as well as a shrewd view of life derived from an old, mature, grown-up culture rather than the rash idealism to be found in self-important, young and foolish western cultures.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:03:18 AM
R.P. BenDedek Chapters as Published: Finding Myself in China
What currently appears at Magic City is just the first revision. It contains lots of over-capitalizations, incorrect uses of commas in relation to inverted commas, typing errors and incorrect grammar. Some original material was deleted and some was relocated. Some anecdotes have been shortened and others lengthened. Revision and correction is ongoing but it is not my plan to further update the material or provide additional chapters. In order to provide the material which is currently in place at Magic City, it has been necessary to forego including photographs and links that appeared in the original version.
Mar 1, 2014 - 12:36:42 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket this Week? Mostly Novels
We published five (5) book reviews this week as well as articles from three (3) Authors. In the Book Basket we have provided the publicity material for Eighteen (18) novels. They are: "Taktsang" by Dr. Dennis Snyder; "The Road Back to Tuscany" by C. A. Kingsley; "Can't Hobble the Elephant" by Frank Dutch; "The Last Scroll" by Dr. James Fricton; "The Judge's Wife is Missing" by Dale German; "The Dolomite Challenge" by Tom Joyce; "Hostages: Captives of a Middle East Terrorist and International Intrigue" by Terrence Crimmins; "In the Time of Peacocks" by Lynne Handy; "A Righteous Gentile" by Augusto Ferrera; "Secret Agent Moscow: Part One - Goodbye, Natasha" by Jennifer Jigour; "The Crisis of Revelation" by Ross McRonald; "Shadows of Ghosts" by Stefan Haucke; "Lenin lives next door" by Jennifer Eremeeva; "Levittown: Through a Boy's View" by Leonard Nicholas; "Operation Zodiac" by E.C. Croslin; "Rogue" by P. A. Minyard; "The Island Boy President" by Thomas Darby; and "My Iranian Revolution" By John Robert Tipton
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:23:21 AM
R.P. BenDedek How Civilizations Die
One day, a traveler from across the great ocean wandered into the land. Each time he approached the Skinhead people, they were openly hostile to him. They told him that if he wished to rest or stay with them, then he must shave his head and abide by all their laws. When he wouldn't agree to these terms, they threatened his life and chased him away.
Feb 23, 2014 - 12:10:22 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket this Week? Learning Life Lessons
In addition to four book reviews and a list of three articles submitted by book authors, in today's Book Basket we have PR information on 12 books. "A Good Inheritance" by Daughtry Miller; "ExtraLife, Inc." by Kfir Luzzatto; "The World's First Quip Thesaurus with Literally Billions of Quips" By Caleb Spalding Atwood; "Invasion of the Overworld" by Mark Cheverton; A Twist of Lyme: Battling a Disease That "Doesn't Exist" by By Andrea Caesar; "Miracles or Coincidences" by Geraldine Moran; "That Melvin Bray" by Margaret McBride; "Payback" by R. E. Voss; "Teen Self-Defense American Marine Goju" by Lt. Colonel (Ret) Garry Klaus; "Heart Vision" By R. Smith-Angel; and "The New World Begins" & "Enjoying Blissful Living" by Dr. Bindya HSB Singh.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:30:12 AM
R.P. BenDedek Comment on I.H.R.C. 2014 Islamophobia awards
The IHRC definition of Islamophobic is, in my humble opinion, ideological B.S. Don't talk to me about Islamophobia! Let me talk to you about 'freespeechophobia'; the absolute meltdown that some people have when they hear someone say something that has not been approved of by the political censors. The Wikipedia list of phobias does not include 'Islamophobia' and the word itself does not appear in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
Feb 16, 2014 - 12:20:30 AM
R.P. BenDedek Statesmen: More precious than oil
Not being American, I don't much get American politics but sometimes I do wonder how America got to be so great when so many of its leaders don't have the manners or good sense - especially in this advanced technological world - to behave like the statesmen that their positions would seem to require them to be.
Feb 14, 2014 - 12:07:29 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket This Week? Conflict, Comics, Cuisine
In addition to five book reviews and seven articles from authors, today's Book Basket lists Ten books. "The Tiger's Den" by T. Jack Lewis, (WWII Japanese Expansion), "In Search of Shipki La" by John Pollard ('70's Draft Doger), "The Kiss" by Camelia Rose (Intrigue and passion), "A Conflict of Interest" by MJ Greene (corruption Afghanistan), "They Don't Have Horses on the Moon: Daisylands" by Raoul Hawkins (Futuristic fun novel), "The Wrath of a Mediocre Hero" by A.T. Sarfo (Teenage novel written by a teenager), "Tribute: Lewis Carroll - Author of Alice in Wonderland" by Michael L. Frizell (Comic about Carroll), "Marsh Township Sanitary District" by John Kevin Scariano (humorous nonfiction discussing mucky realities), "Taste of Tanzania: Modern Swahili Recipes for the West" by Miriam Kinunda and finally "License to Steal: Truth and Justice Are Inseparable" By Ray W. Rowney, Jr. (about the corrupt legal system).
Feb 9, 2014 - 12:25:28 AM
R.P. BenDedek Disliking the President: The Race Card.
It sometimes feels that today a white person cannot say anything about a 'non-white' without being accused of being a racist. Yesterday I came across an article that I thought was very interesting, because it not only talked negatively about President Obama, but well and truly dispensed with the 'racist' accusation. Here is a small part of that article:
Feb 8, 2014 - 12:10:02 AM
R.P. BenDedek The Current State of Egypt's Youth and Future
Safe and secure in our western democratic and free societies where "mere words" can bring down the wrath of the politically correct on someone, I would like to bring to your attention these two articles and their excerpts that might perhaps put western objections to minor discomfort and views about 'MY human rights' into a broader perspective.... When you look at what is going on in the world it certainly puts (by comparison) the comfortable western life into perspective. The amount of angst one can see recorded in places like Australia - my own country - is I think disproportionate to the relative 'ease' of the lifestyle there.
Feb 1, 2014 - 2:10:46 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket This Week? Just for Adults
This week in the Book Basket apart from six (6) articles contributed by various book authors, we are providing the promotional material on nine (9) adult books, by which I mean - 'not suitable for children.' The books are: "Blinded By The Night" By Charles Pringle (An Adult Novel set in Japan); "Cairo Unzipped!" By Mona Fuad (True story about the mistress of Egypt's King Farouk); "My Three Angels" By Rodney Timms (Memoir of an abuse victim's climb to reclaim his life); "Believe" by Jan Walters (A time travel romance novel); "Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny" by Dr. Nick Nicholson; "Indulgence" by Caitlyn Black (a titillating fan fiction book); "How to Knock a Bravebird From Her Perch" by D. Bryant Simmons (novel about secrecy that surrounds abuse); "Becoming" Dr. Peter J. Morry (a novel examining and challenging inner beliefs and behaviors) and "Legally Wed" by Rick R. Reed (Gay marriage love story)
Jan 19, 2014 - 12:17:27 AM
R.P. BenDedek R.P. BenDedek Book Review: 'The Travelers' by J.L. Sconce
I enjoyed reading 'The Travelers' by Joseph Sconce but recognize that it may have limited appeal. If you can get beyond your own 'theological' perspectives, I think that you will find this an interesting book to read. The story (written from a Swedenborg perspective) is about the afterlife and as such it might not be a topic of interest to many people and certainly not to those with a 'set in stone' theology. It is also a very long book of more than 600 pages. With a background in Theology, Psychology and Sociology I personally found the book extremely interesting. Mr. Sconce's perceptive understanding of human nature is quite obvious and the tale -- irrespective of one's theology -- provides fine insight into the way humans interact or perhaps more to the point - 'react.'
Jan 17, 2014 - 7:33:01 AM
R.P. BenDedek 70's Sexual Appetites
Today I received promotional Material for Margo Landry's new book, and decided that given her age I had better highlight the book immediately. Margo Landry was born in Seattle and attended the University of Washington, then became a stewardess for United Airlines before marrying Ron Landry in NYC.
Jan 15, 2014 - 12:17:30 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the book basket this week? Facts and Fantasy
In addition to a list of eight author contributions to Magic City this week is a list of newly published books on topics that range from wartime politics and love to fighting serious illnesses to novels meant to inspire and entertain. This week's basket of goodies includes: "The Israeli Solution: A One-State Plan for Peace in the Middle East" by Caroline Glick, "Comes A Soldier's Whisper" by Jenny La Sala (WWII correspondence from her father), "Avalon Bay, a Jewelry Hunter Thriller" (novel) by Ronald von Freymann, "Clean Cuisine" by Ivy Larson & Andrew Larson, M.D. (winning the battle against some serious diseases), and "I am Angelo" (a novel by Russian Immigrant) Ekaterina Yuvasheva.
Jan 12, 2014 - 12:20:26 AM
R.P. BenDedek Only the Arab Christians Understand Middle East Truth
Often completely unaddressed in the West is the fact that Christians are the largest persecuted minority in the world," states Open Doors USA President and CEO Dr. David Curry. Only in one place in the entire Middle East do the Christian Arabs get freedom of religion as well as equality...we see young Christian Arab citizens, wanting to join in alliance with the Jewish State. They already know that no one will be waiting for them out there, in the cold Christian winter.
Jan 11, 2014 - 2:32:58 AM
R.P. BenDedek Fundamental American Hypocrisy: A Jewish Child Asks "Why?" 11-year-old Roi Fogel, whose parents and three siblings were brutally murdered by Arab terrorists in the Shomron town of Itamar in 2011, wants to know why the Israeli government is releasing terrorist murderers.... These prisoners are not 'political prisoners.' They are not 'freedom fighters.' They are not soldiers. They are cold blooded killers of men, women and children. One of these has more value to the Obama Administration than all of Israel put together since the history of Israel is merely a myth, probably fabricated by the early Christian church no doubt.
Jan 1, 2014 - 1:50:01 AM
R.P. BenDedek The 'United Nations' L-i-e-s
In 2005 whilst studying in Wuhan City China, I was talking with a group of Muslims from Middle Eastern countries and I asked them what would happen if Israel agreed to all the demands placed on it. They burst out laughing and said: 'There would be no Israel!' I for one simply cannot understand why it is that people who would like to be known as 'humanitarians'; as 'non-discriminatory' individuals; as 'lovers of justice,' are not people who love truth, but are people who love self-righteous ideology. Perhaps there is something to be said for the writings of Saint Paul...
Dec 29, 2013 - 12:25:28 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the book basket this week?" A mixed bag of books
We haven't really published anything during the past week but that isn't stopping us from providing four (4) books in this week's Book Basket for your consideration. There is Beverly Stacy Dittmer's "Breast Cancer: The Unplanned Journey"; Promise Dixon's 'Ni--er Who?" (about the 'N' word); Paul Daly's "The 4th of May" (growing up in post-WW2 communist hungary); and Michael O'Shea's "Blood on the Risers" (an authentic look at what it was like to serve in the Vietnam War
Dec 29, 2013 - 12:20:05 AM
These photographs may not appear to be very special but to me they represent one aspect of why I love living in China. These photographs were taken in my apartment on Christmas night, Wednesday 25th 2013. The four boys that might appear to you to look like Santa's Helpers, are in fact some of my 'first-year' college students.
Dec 29, 2013 - 12:02:16 AM
R.P. BenDedek Dealing with Suicide at Christmas
'Violent death at the hands of 'ordinary' citizens' does not automatically mean as it does in the link above, that some person has physically bashed someone to death, but as can be found from time to time in the media, it can mean kids killing themselves because they can no longer cope with the downright 'ugly and abusive' behavior of 'ordinary citizens,' - citizens like 'YOUR' kids. How often have you heard someone say "I'm going to destroy him/her?" They really mean it until someone actually does die.
Dec 23, 2013 - 10:30:34 PM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket This Week? - Spirituality and Religion
In addition to a list of articles published by various book authors this week, and a recap on what books were reviewed this week, this week's book basket provides readers with publicity material for Seven (7) books related in an ever so general way to Religion and Spirituality. We have "Life Is a Game" by DJ Con, "Sunday Morning Stickup: What Your Pastor Doesn't Want You To Know About Tithes" By David Lee, "The Veil is Broken" Thomas Kaut, "The Dead Do Speak to Us" by Dayton Foster, "Ragnarok: The Hammer" by Brian James. "The Travelers: The Wonders of Journeying in the Afterlife" by J.L. Sconce, "Musings of a Lifetime Bible Teacher" by Larry Blacketer
Dec 22, 2013 - 5:17:04 AM
R.P. BenDedek Shock and Horrors and Smug Vindication
Over the last five years anyone who has stood up to declare that there is something 'amiss' about President Obama has been howled down as a 'racist.' One cannot say anything negative about the man because he is 'black' and to do so constitutes 'racism.' But many have withstood the accusations, and one of these was a writer here at Magic City by the name of J. Grant Swank - a religious minister. Well! Enough said! Crackpot, blind fool fundamentalist! What would he know! Rev. Swank took a lot of heat from a lot of people, but in view of Jim Kouri's report listed above I have listed below just three articles that Rev. Swank published about Obama. I leave it to you to determine if he was on the money or not.
Dec 22, 2013 - 5:07:14 AM
R.P. BenDedek What is Racism?
As the Australian Prime Minister John Howard recently said, "You don't demonstrate tolerance towards minorities by apologising for your own heritage. You don't win tolerant brownie points by pretending to be something that you're not".
Dec 19, 2013 - 4:15:00 AM
R.P. BenDedek 359 Bombers Over Berchtesgaden - Excerpt from Insula-Island of Hope
On the morning of 4 May, when the troops of U.S. Third Infantry Division crossed into Landkreis (County) of Berchtesgaden, its Landrat, (Councilman) Emil Jacob, the most important official had left. Even the local party leaders, the Kreisleiter and the Ortsgruppenleiter, had also taken to the mountains. At two o'clock in the afternoon, Jacob drove in his car to meet the Americans and surrender the town.
Dec 18, 2013 - 4:52:31 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket This Week? - Kids Books!
In addition to the list of book authors who have contributed articles to Magic City Morning Star this week, we have details of Six (6) children's books by various authors which have not yet been reviewed by Magic City Morning Star members. There is "Mert, The Anxious Evergreen" by Claire Bowman, "David's Miracle" by A.D. Erving, "Travels with Gannon & Wyatt" by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet, "The Dead Cattle Ranch Mystery" by Madeleine Carroll, "The Adventures of Ruy Diver" by Miriam Salinas and "Grandma's Yarn" by Waneta Worstine
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:13:41 AM
This is just one photograph from an article published today titled: "An Aussie on the loose in the USA : Gail Kelsey at a Hootenanny"
Dec 15, 2013 - 12:02:00 AM
R.P. BenDedek Excerpt from: "The Travelers: The Wonders of Journeying in the Afterlife" by J.L. Sconce
Today author Joseph Lima Sconce has provided us with an excerpt from his book "The Travelers: The Wonders of Journeying in the Afterlife". We at Magic City Morning Star are happy to help authors promote their books if they provide us with something other than advertising. The main theme of the book is that the afterlife is real and substantial and that all of us, when we arrive there at some point, will soon realize this. Our spiritual bodies are very much like our natural bodies, except that the spiritual bodies are in perfect shape. Life in the afterlife is, at least superficially, very much like life on Earth. People in the spiritual world live in real places: beautiful cities or country locations in heaven, and noisome slums in hell. People there work as they do on Earth--willingly and joyously in heaven, not so in hell.
Dec 10, 2013 - 12:23:15 AM
R.P. BenDedek Ernst Vahi recalls departure: Excerpt from Insula - Island of Hope
Once again Magic City Morning Star is grateful to the editors of Insula - Island of Hope for providing our readers with more excerpts from this wonderful book about Latvians who lived in refugee camps in Germany at the end of WWII. Today's excerpt however was written by an Estonian refugee Ernst Vahi, and our further thanks for the photograph of the S.S. Ernie Pyle.
Dec 10, 2013 - 12:20:38 AM
R.P. BenDedek The United Nations, Iran and Israel.
The United Nations Organisation as a title seems to certainly be oxymoronic, and it certainly seems to be a case of "the lunatics are running the asylum." This article was first published in November of 2005. That's eight (8) years ago. And nothing has changed. Recently I was sent a video link to a piece presented by Pat Condell who asks "Why does the US allow the UN to remain on its soil?" and describes one good friend of The United States as the source of all terror and the 'absolute moral anus of the universe.'
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:25:00 AM
R.P. BenDedek What's in the Book Basket this Week?
Three books with a historical focus are listed in the basket of books this week which we have not been able to review. They are "Folk History of the San Gabriel and Inland Valley: The Settlement Years 1542-1878" by Paul McClure, PhD -- "Jerusalem's Brothers" By Ronald Hera (Historical fiction Walking in the footsteps of the early Christians) - and - "Four Score and Even More" by LaVera Edick about her own American Ancestors. But wait, there's more. We have harvested a big crop of articles from various authors this week and additionally have provided a number of book reviews for those who like such things.
Dec 8, 2013 - 12:17:38 AM
R.P. BenDedek Helping Children Face Life's Realities
Israeli A.D. Erving played professional basketball for four years before turning to coaching children. He told me that he spent a lot of time as a professional, sitting on the bench just waiting for a chance to get out there and play. He told me that basketball is a team sport which means not everyone gets a chance to star in the spotlight, and that this is sometimes a hard lesson for children to learn. Tomorrow I will publish a small article Amir wrote specifically on that topic.
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:53:11 AM
R.P. BenDedek Excerpts from 'Insula - Island of Hope' (Latvian refugees in Germany WWII)
It has been my pleasure to publish at Magic City quite a number of articles in which are provided stories and photographs provided by the Editors of 'Insula - Island of Hope' and today I am taking the opportunity to publish this particular article which I published at Kingscalendar some weeks ago. Having personally known some people who spent time in concentration camps and then refugee camps in Germany, I know that these stories are valuable in educating young people in the realities of life, most particularly in the areas of politics, war and compassion. If you enjoy these small excerpts from the book, then you can go to the link provided underneath the photograph of the front cover of 'Insula - Island of Hope' and proceed to purchase a copy.
Dec 1, 2013 - 12:27:46 AM
R.P. BenDedek Self Publishing a Book: 'Terrible Reviews for Bad Writing'
If you are writing a book, then you should have someone 'finding your faults' as you write. If you have already finished writing a book, then you need to find someone to review it - someone who will not feed you B.S. If you have already paid your money to a 'self-publishing' company, then pay the extra and use their editing services. If you are a first time writer and have a book that you want to publish, and you haven't yet paid the bill at a self-publishing company, you may feel free to discuss with us the possibility of a reviewer taking a look at it.
Nov 30, 2013 - 12:20:03 AM
R.P. BenDedek Trip to Hemudu Archaeological Site in Zhejiang Province
Hemudu culture was named after the Hemudu site in Yuyao County, Zhejiang Province. Hemudu site was first excavated in 1973. The age of the Hemudu culture was ca. 5000-7000 years ago. As one of the major Neolithic cultures in the Yangtze River region, Hemudu culture mainly distributes in the Ningshao Plain, south of the Hangzhou Bay, reaching as far as the Zhoushan Archipelago to the east. The discovery and identification of the Hemudu culture are significant breakthroughs in Chinese Neolithic archaeology, indicating the Yangtze River, just like the Yellow River, served as the original center for the origin of ancient Chinese cultures. The ancient history of Chinese civilization has been re-written.
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:20:40 AM
This photograph appeared in an article published at Magic City Sunday November 24, 2013 titled: 'Hemudu Archaeological Site' which Chiara and I visited at the beginning of the month. When Chiara saw the sign she said: 'Take a picture!' And so I did.
Nov 24, 2013 - 12:02:15 AM
These photographs were provided by the editors of the newly published book Insula - Island of Hope. They have given to Magic City readers numerous excerpts from and photographs contained in the book, only some of which have been published to date. Today we publish more photographs that were contributed by the many authors of real life stories. This is the eighth posting of material from Insula - "Island of Hope" at Magic City, and their is a ninth which so far has only been posted at Kingscalendar. I will not bother to replicate anything previously published, but would invite you to check out the links found below to gain more insight into this book
Nov 23, 2013 - 12:17:29 AM
Writer for Magic City Morning Star is Dead: For many years Sandy was a union representative of the Bus and Tramways Union in Brisbane City, Queensland Australia and during the last few years of his active work life, he became well known for his personality as a 'Tour Captain' on the Brisbane City Sights tours run by the Brisbane City Council. The last few months have been very difficult for Sandy as he struggled with heart and lung problems that made even talking and laughing difficult to do. Sandy was a ridgy didge true blue Dinky Di Australian Character.
Nov 18, 2013 - 10:45:28 PM