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True Faces or Just Masks? Who cares!
Before returning to Australia on Holidays I bought a whole heap of these masks for my Grandchildren. Masks can be scary or they can be attractive. But in the end they are still just masks.

People wear masks to hide the truth. Yesterday in Brisbane Australia there was a protest by people wearing masks concerning this Hamas initiated war. No matter what anyone may say or what my position is on the Hamas - Israel war, there is one thing for which I admire and will commend Hamas, and it is this....

Jul 27, 2014 - 3:57:31 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? The Full Spectrum
This week we have six (6) author contributions and five (5) book reviews submitted by three different reviewers. We feature this week the promotional material for 15 books some of which are not yet available and one of which has no book cover photo. These books are: "Fireflies" by Coleen Murtagh Paratore; "Ouija" by A. Martin; "The Divine One" by Danielle R. Mani; "Everything You Need to Know About Rush Limbaugh "CONSERVATISM" by Elmer Lightman; "The Chicago Syncopator" by Philip Nemec; "Rescuing Oricito: The Almost True Story of a South American Street Dog" by Marty Kingsbury; "Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around" by Richard Greenberg; "Truth and Love" by Grace Ruto; "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" By William Brinn; "Debridement" By Sean Dow; "High Notes" by Richard Loren; "Leadership: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint" by Gordon Tredgold; "Revolutionize Your Child's Life" by Peggy Caruso; "The Carpathian Assignment" by Chip Wagar and "Interpreting Body Psychology" By Cris Cotone
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:10:11 AM

R.P. BenDedek
For "lousy service" try Norton Internet Security.
So I called them and naturally was transferred to someone and while waiting waiting waiting waiting waiting for someone to answer, I got the automated advices on how to fix problems. OBVIOUSLY the Norton product has lots and lots of problems - although I had never encountered any in the past.
Jul 16, 2014 - 6:50:02 PM

R.P. BenDedek
The 'Google' and 'Microsoft' Idiots
We live in the 21st century where in the morning we are in one country and a few hours later in another. When you travel and stop in three countries within a 24 hour period as I sometimes do, how the hell are you to access the internet or email account without a VPN or without a telephone number or alternate email address, and when you have an alternate address, how can you access anything if they are all saying 'Suspicious Activity?' Frankly, the only suspicious activity that I ever encounter comes from Google. They say that computers are a blessing. Maybe so! BUT VIRTUAL MONOPOLIES ARE NOT!
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:15:10 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Life's little oddities.
Last week, while we published no Author Articles, we did publish Seven book reviews most of which were done by Martha Stevens-David. This week as usual we bring you the publicity for 15 new book releases. These are: "The Truth about Racism" by Dr. Philip Asante; "Hidden Relationships of the Homicide Detective" by Herman L. Hinton; "Solider Boy" by Allan Green; "The Rise of the Black Knight" by Hugh Cumming; "The Pop Up Kid" by Donald Williams; ""Women of Wealth - Caught in the Middle" by Dennis Stearns and Sharon Allen; "Doomsday Marauders" by Kilkenny; "An Idiotic Savant" by Russell Stewart; "Emily" By Jeremy and Emily Wells; "The Longest Distance" by David Scott; ""Revenge and Retribution"" by Anna Belfrage; "The Accidental Purpose" by Gina Quarles; "Diet Enlightenment: The Real Secret to Weight Loss" by Rachel L. Pires; "Tattoo Zoo" By Paul Avallone and "Touching God: A Journey, A Guide to Mysticism in Christianity and Islam" By Dr. Brad Tyndall.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:12:15 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Should the Secretary of Homeland Security be Impeached?
I received an email from the United States Justice Foundation (Michael Connelly - Executive Director; 932 "D" Street, Suite 2 Ramona, California 92065) encouraging all American Patriots to support a call for House Members to Impeach Barack Hussein Obama's Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson for dispersing around the country, the thousands of illegal alien children who are pouring across the border.
Jul 9, 2014 - 8:52:12 PM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Mystical Nature of the Universe
This week in the book basket we list four book reviews and one article from an author. That article is a 'recipe' provided us by Tom Formaro author of "The Broken Heart Diet." We list 15 books in this week book basket which includes: "Holiday of Horrors" by BGE Ruth; "Last of the Red Hot Poppas" by Tito Luv; "Strike at the Heart: The first mission" By L.W. Berrie; "365 Guide New York City" by Monica DiNatale; "How to Get Laid before the Main Course" by ViMal; "The Wisdom of White Wing: Volume 1" by Don McQueen; "Because You Are Here" by Carina Salva; "The Chosen One" by Patrizia Trani; "Don't Blame the Messenger" by Lee Kronert; "Mental Cruelty" by Lee Kronert; "The Secret Casino at Red Men's Hall" by Samuel W. Valenza Jr.; "Rumble Yell" by Brian David Bruns; "Force of Mind, Song of Heart" by Dr. Lynne D'Amico; "The Crossroads of a Wonderful Life" by George Quigley Langstaff Jr. and "The Village and Beyond" by William Hale.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:07:33 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? It's all about believing
During the last two weeks, we have had only two book reviews published and published only four (4) author articles. These are listed in today's book basket along with 15 new book releases, which are: "Tormented Prison" by Sky Gram; "Greed is Good" by Michael Engmann; "The Orange Trees of Baghdad" by Leilah Nadir; "One Chance, One Moment" by Judith Kohnen; "The Broken Heart Diet" by Tom Formaro; "Faith: Mary's Story" By Sharon Richter; "Let Me Tell You a Story" by Charles Keith Hardman; "Black and Born to Succeed" By Samuel F. Black; "Philosophy: A Path with Heart" by Alan H. Johnson; "It's Not Always Racist" By Dionne Wright Poulton; "Greyhound Therapy" By JR Conway; "Warrior Seven" By Matthew Valles; "Junk to Gold" by Willis Johnson; "Locked Gates, The Riddle Lord's Secrets" by Howard West and "My Battle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" by Beckie Butcher
Jun 29, 2014 - 1:40:33 AM

R.P. BenDedek
XiShan (West Mountain) Suzhou
Taken on a recent visit to Xishan or West Mountain in Suzhou.

Jun 22, 2014 - 12:02:25 AM

R.P. BenDedek
When good men do nothing wrong
Perhaps she had good cause to complain about taking photographs and calling police might have been the right thing to do, but as so often happens, loud self-righteous voices preaching righteous causes have a tendency to promote their just causes through unrighteous means, resorting to lies and deception much more often than we probably realize. The man that M/s Mears attacked had actually recorded the attack and after she told police that she had been assaulted, he showed the officers the video from his iPhone. He was released and she was arrested. This is just one example of how the victim is often painted as the perpetrator.
Jun 20, 2014 - 4:45:08 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Managing Life, Love and Health
In addition to the one book review listed this week and four articles sent to us by book authors, the book basket today contains the publicity material for 15 books. These are: "Hooked On Customer" by Bob Thompson; "He Poked The Tiger" by Nancy Inch; "Surviving the 70s" by Greg Phillips ; "Scripted In Heaven" by Lourdes Duque Baron; "Fixes That Last" by Eugene Razzetti; "A Song for Carmine" by M. Spio; "The Boy in a Plaster Cast" by Peter Saunders; "The Darkness Behind Me" by T.J. Shannon; "The Leader of the World: The Last Messenger" by E. Mann; "The Billable Hour" by Petula Parker; "Medical Spanish Mix and Match" by Murnez Blades; "Sacred Ground: Path to Recovery" by Christina Kook and Grand Master Greg Yau; "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" by Geoff Logan; "Expectation Therapy" by Art Costello and "White Sails Became Me" by Nicholas F. Starace II
Jun 15, 2014 - 6:17:33 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Dealing with Life's Problems
This week three different authors published articles at Magic City and three different reviewers published book reviews. Links to them all are found in this week's book basket, along with the publicity material for 14 new books. These books are: "Justice for Lorraine" by Conrad Cohen; "The Last Human" by Ink Pieper; "The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator" by Ken Banks; "I Called Myself Cassandra" by Lourdes Duque Baron; "Chasing Woodstock: Finding the Cost of Freedom" by Ron Evans; "Borderline Hero" by Kenneth Konecnik; "The Keeper" by Martha Carr; "In Clouds of Fire" by Elaine Stienon; "Desert Refuge" by Cheryl Murphy; "The Confessional" by Reiny Pierson; "Small Forces" by Mike Conver; "The Shaman's Daughter" by Nicki Peet; "A Midlife Intermezzo" by Boas Gonen; and "Ghost Light" by Sarah Romine
Jun 8, 2014 - 12:10:31 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Facts, Fantasy and Questions
This last week we only published one review and only had two articles from authors. We already have three author articles being published today. In addition to the links to reviews and author articles, today we have published the material for 15 new book releases. These are: "Isn't Life Strange!" by Jeff Neil; "Quicksand; A Family Foundation" by Victoria Thomas; "Contacts With The Gods From Space" by Dr. George King; "At Risk Students" by Charisse Beach; "Scotch Rising" by SJ Garland; "Where's My Sanity? Stories that Help" by Dr. Claudia Luiz; "The Physics and Philosophy of the Bible" by Dr. James Ivey; "Scream For Me" By Elizabeth Washburn; "Dagger in the Cup" By JB Hailton Queen; "The Basket of Fruit" by Margaret Hooton; "Go Green!" by Disney Collection; "The Gifted" by Daphne Michaels; "The Katar Legacy" by Tobin Loshento; "How Oneness Changes Everything" by Ratanjit Sondhe and "Educating Messiahs" by Colin Hannaford
Jun 1, 2014 - 12:12:00 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Politics and Children (I repeat myself)
In this week's Book Basket we list the four book reviews provided by our reviewers and the five articles submitted by authors which were published last week. We also list 15 new book releases. These are: "One Creepy Street: Annica's Broom" by Lee Jordan; "When Charlie Made a Wish" by Megan Green; "Adventures in Raceland" by A.J. Loft; "Your Next Mission" by Lida Citroen; "Western Cowboy Poetry" by Sharon Carpenter; "God Is" by Omer Dawson; "Breaking Free" by Winter Page; "Teaching with Heart" by S. M. Intrator and M. Scribner; "The Bloodline Chronicles Vol. I" by Joe Sherman; "The God I Believe In" by Joshua Haberman; "The Jagged Side of Midnight" by Patrick DiCicco; "Ann's Letters" by Gerald Dougherty; "The Cudoni Creed" by Phil Cuda; "Abraham Lincoln's Path to Reelection in 1864" by Fred J. Martin Jr. and "Political gridlock" by Ned Witting
May 25, 2014 - 12:22:10 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket this Week? Movie Stars and other animals
In this week's book basket we list the three book reviews published last week by three different reviewers, as well as the seven (7) articles sent to us for publication by various book authors. As usual we list the publicity details for 15 new book releases. These are: "The Truth about Dog and Cat Treatments and Anomalies" by Dr. Robert Ridgway; "Spud The Couch Potato" by Sean Jackson; "Inspired for Greater Things" by Linda Pulley Freeman; "Boy From Lulu" by Earl Downing; "The Infantry Adventures of Sgt William G, Altenhofen" by Sgt William G. Altenhofen; "A Symphony of Life" By Dr. Simin Redjali; "Preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution" By Bill Terrel; "The Way of the SEAL" by Commander Mark Divine; "Second Arc of the Great Circle: Letting Go" By Peter B. Cannon; "How to Motivate Your Team in 30 Days" by Bob Urichuck; "Ego Heroin" by JS Hamilton; "Century Village" by Zachary Katz; "Overcoming and Imperfect Boss" by Karin Hurt;"This Road Continues One Block North" by Christine Bruce and "SEX: The Punctuation Mark of LIfe" by Lucretia Torva
May 18, 2014 - 1:20:07 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket this Week? Life's Explorations
This has been - quite thankfully - a slow week for Magic City. In the book basket this week we provide the link to the one and only article sent in last week by a book author (William D. McEachern author of "Casting Lots") and we only published one book review ("Between the Rows" by Ann Barnett). We still managed to find 15 newly published books to list. These are: "Jed, the Forgotten Egyptian Prince" by Jeanette Dixon; "Nobody Knew She Was There" By Andrew Glascoe; "Becoming Prince Charming" by Stephanie Rankin; "How to Rob a Bank Without Really Trying" by Judith Slaughter; "Paycheck Independence Day" by Thomas P. Rood; "Leadership Breakthrough" by Karen Lindsey; "Fate's Road" by Jeanne Luning Prak; "Exploring the Iceberg" by Paul R. Lamb; "No Time To Wander" by Paul Nourigat; "Opening the Aloha Mind" by Dr. Jim Nourse; "The Red Meadows" By Ole Juul - Translated by Neil Sogge; "Cancer...Teardrops Beneath the Kolorz of the Rainbow" by L. P. and Dr. K P Willis; "Opening Doors" by Louis Rivers; "Foothold in the Mountain" by Constance Caruso; "7-Step Model of Heart-Centered Grief" by Mandy Eppley and Chris Saade
May 11, 2014 - 12:30:12 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket this Week? Fiction, Fantasy and Strange Tales
In this week's basket we have the link to the only article sent in by any author this week (Teresa Taylor Author of 'The Balance Myth') and we have the links to the five (5) book reviews (by 4 different reviewers) published this week at Magic City. Beyond that we have listed the publicity material for 15 newly released books. These include: "To Cry a Dry Tear" by Bill MacPhee; "Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse" by Torben Kuhlmann; "Orbs: The Untold Story" by Elise Lowers and Julene Anderson; "Enchantment Adventyr, H.C.A. & I Understand" by Carol Skog; "The JFK Assassination Revisited" by James Rinnovatore; "Boots to Loafers: Finding Your New True North" by John W. Phillips, LTC; "Dire Wolf" by Eric Jubb; "Another Christmas Carol" by Lee E. Woodard; "Evaluating Outdated Beliefs" by Lloyd E. McIlveen; "True Stories of Strange Events and odd People" by Dr. Lawrence S. Bartell; "The Devil Speaks Louder" by Jeremy Stevens; "Embrace Your Inner Self: Awaken Your Natural Ability to Heal" By Sangita Patel; "Just Show Up! by David Stanley Gregory; "The 11th Demon" by Bruce Hennigan and "Beginnings" by Dr. Shimon Edelman.
May 4, 2014 - 7:47:28 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Christmas Party Yan Fu Hotel Yancheng Jiangsu
No matter what people may say, it's not easy sticking out like a sore thumb for every passerby to stare and gawk at, and to make comments about.  So you just have to go with the flow and entertain the troops sometimes. Speaking of which, get a load of what is written on the back of this lady's shirt.
May 2, 2014 - 8:20:20 AM

R.P. BenDedek
The Hidden Face of Political Correctness
The hypocritical nature of political correctness is such that at various times and in sundry places PC becomes hierarchical and since protecting Islam from disrespect and profiling and all other negative connotations ranks higher than women and their pathetic so called rights, these universities cancelled the event. These universities could well learn a lesson from Kim Novak
Apr 27, 2014 - 12:15:30 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket this Week? Taking Control of Life
In this week's Book Basket, in addition to listing the three book reviews published last week, and providing the links to four (4) articles sent in by book authors, we list publicity material for 15 new book releases. These are: "Positive" by Michael Saag, M.D.; "Strange Entities" by Chris Carvell; "An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed" by Jonathan R. Husband; "Reclaimed" by Ray Cook; "One River Two Oceans" by Betty Ann Hoehn; "George Butler" by C.B. Leston; "You Never Dance Alone" by Carl and Sandra Harmon; "Abusing Donor Intent" by Doug White; "Beyond Goals, Beyond LEAN" by Fred Conforti; "My Death: A Personal Guidebook" by Jeremy Kagan; "Can Dragons and Frogs Be Friends?" by Trudi Carter; "Flames of Truth" by Dr. Cristina Guarneri; "Geniuses" by Neil Flanzraich; "Revisiting the Constitution" by Elizabeth Renzulli; "The Truth: Turning the Lights Back On In America" by John H. Zaugg
Apr 27, 2014 - 12:12:35 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket this Week? Progressing through life
This week in the book basket we list the four (4) book reviews written by various people here at Magic City, and five (5) articles sent to us for publication that were written by different book authors. Additionally we have listed 15 new book releases which are: "A Field of Innocence: Nam, 1968: A Hell of a Way to Come of Age" by Jack Estes; "Progeny" by Anita Bihovsky; "The Ekahi Method" by Dr. Brett Wade; "Rage: The Legend of 'Baseball Bill' Denehy" by Bill Denehy; "The One" by Belle Ami; "Home Sweet Anywhere" by Lynne Martin; "Benson's House" By John Milner; "Lessons From China: A Westerner's Cultural Education" By Beau Sides; "The S" By: Ralph W. Will, Jr.; "Spiritual Wisdom: An Evolutionary Insight" By Ramesh Malhotra; "The Shadow of Her Smile" By Ajit Hutheesing; "Itsy Bitsy Spider" by Dale L. Pitts; "White Coat and Sneakers" by Dr. Hillary Chollet; "Glenn's Games" By Glenn Seymour and "A Meaning for Danny" by Brigid Marlin
Apr 20, 2014 - 12:15:11 AM

R.P. BenDedek
American Universities turn blind eye to female abuse
The ideology is always the same - 'Righteous and Just treatment of all.' But as we can see by the two articles listed above concerning the Islamic influence in American Universities, those of whom we ought to expect the most righteous and just behavior, eventually find that their 'precious ideology' comes with a price -- hypocritical subservience to political power. The Chinese got rid of political correctness and other subservient ideologies and it is high time the west did too. Politically Correct Ideology is the most perverted hypocritical ideology to be spawned in the democratic environment. It teaches people to believe what they are told, and then controls them to do the will of those who lead them, and ultimately steals from them the very righteousness, justice and liberty to which the ideology first appealed.
Apr 16, 2014 - 12:12:31 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? People and Nature
This week in the book basket we list two book reviews published last week and provide the links to two articles sent to us by book authors. This week we also list the publicity material for 15 books. They are: "I Am a Wish" by Marie Callegari; "Inspired By Nature, Proven By Science" by Dr. Bill E. Cham, PhD; "HeartStar" by Elva Thompson; "Different Coins in the Fountain" by Carlos Cornejo; "No Need for God" by Dr. Peter William Clement; "Gigi the Famous Rescue Dog" by J.C. Caroline; "Ned & Rosco" by Robin Robinson; "From Me to You: The Tapestry of Life and it's Secrets" by Lily Foyster; "Truth to Power" by J.S. Matlin Ph.D.; "Men Under a Microscope" by Kelda Rolle; "The Hourglass" by Jill Curb; "Ford, General Motors, and the Nazis" by Scott Nehmer; "A Mortal Mistake" by Vince Seim; "Old Spouse's Tales About Animals" By Dr. James Gaines, DVM and "Between the Rows" by Ann Barnett
Apr 13, 2014 - 12:33:26 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Qing Ming Festival Guangfu Town Suzhou
The service took place in one of the temples in the 'Bronze Kwan-yin Temple' complex in Guangfu Ancient Town

Apr 7, 2014 - 12:02:07 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket this Week? From Reality to Happiness
In addition to links to four articles sent in by various book authors, and three book reviews, the Book Basket this week lists 14 new book releases. These are: "The Pit" by Vlad Vorgal; "Raising Supaman" by Nathaniel A. Turner; "The Wreck of the Nymph" by Don Flood; "Calves in the Mud Room" by Jerome O. Brown; "Reality Parenting" by Treion Muller; "We all Belong" by Phyllis and Kathryn Giguere; "Love Comes Home" by Andrew Grey; "Don't Stop the Roller Coaster" by Tom DePetrillo; "Independent Financial Planning" by Michael Garry; "Blessing Baby and the Heart as Big as the Sky" by Jennifer Czarnota; "Brian's Search" by Paul Wagaman; "How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources" by Mandee Heller Adler; "9-1-1 What Is Your Emergency" By: Lucia -- Retired Dispatcher #160; "Dream Machines" By Ron Lundmark
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:27:30 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Email Fictions, Half-Truths and Reality
I personally believe that if an ideological 'just cause' is truly just then it does not need to be promoted by lies, deception and half-truths.... I know that ancient cultures look down on the more recent countries and their modern cultures. I know that ancient peoples are deeply proud of their country and culture. I know that what such ancient peoples say and present before foreigners (new comers to the world stage) is what they know the upstarts want to hear. And today, all the modern youthful immature western new comers want to hear is regurgitation of political correctness ideology.
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:12:17 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Death to American Freedom of Association, Thought and Speech
McCarthyism is the practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. It also means "the practice of making unfair allegations or using unfair investigative techniques, especially in order to restrict dissent or political criticism. Our Western societies are full of 'ideologues' using every means at their disposal to force their ideological principles onto people who ought to have the right to reject those ideas and ideals. But with each new day leading us into our future, we are being lead deeper and deeper into an ideology of 'submission to the powers that be.
Apr 2, 2014 - 2:15:30 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket: 'Finding Answers'
In addition to three book reviews and links to two articles published this week that were provided by book authors, the book basket this week lists the publicity material for the following new releases: "The Dragon In The Room" by J.K.E Rose; "Open to the Infinite Riches of the Universe" by Zlatoslava Petrak; "Potty Theory" by Amy Goodridge-Bakst; "The Shouting Well" by Asa Phillips; "Catching Lightning in a Bottle" by Winthrop H. Smith, Jr.; "Joey Willis to Another World" by A.J. Kenyon; "The Colors of Blue" by Lance McCulloch; "Missing Angel" by S.K. Stevens; "Grade Transformer for the Modern Student" by Barbara Dianis, MA ED; "The House on Dead Boy Lane" by Carter Johnson; "Unrelenting Nightmare" by Stan Yocum; "Woman On Top" by Deborah Schwartz; "How Meg Changed Her Mind" by Ethel K. Coffey; "Summer Train: A Woman's Journey from Desperation to Celebration" by Susan Rabin; and "The Hooghly Girl" by Monique Grandy
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:27:17 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Returning to Shenzhen Ten Years On: Spring Festival 2014
On January 16th, two other of Zhan Yan's friends and former classmates arrived for a short stay. One of them had just arrived from Australia. He is currently at university in Sydney (I think) but prior to that he completed high school in Brisbane at Mitchelton State High. This high school is not far from where I grew up. On January 17th, Zhan Yan, Honney, Kira, his girlfriend Angel and I went to the beach for the afternoon. It was a pleasant 20 degrees. We mucked around on the beach, took photographs of each other, went for a walk, generally had fun and got to watch a lot of crazy brides and grooms posing for their wedding photographs.
Mar 30, 2014 - 12:23:31 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket this Week? Mixed Salad
Only one book review this week (but several this coming week) plus links to 4 articles supplied to us by book authors. Additionally there are 14 books listed in the book basket via promotional material provided by the various publicists. These are: "T-Bull and the Lost Men" by Paul Moser; "The Last Scroll" by James Fricton; "Chopping the Onion" by Dusana Michaels; "A Path Through" by Janna Spratt; "Rainbow Angel" by M. Michaelides; "Life is Not Complicated- You Are" by Carlos Wallace; "The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther" by Yoram Hazony; "Circle the Date" by Susie Beaty Green; "Little Old Woman With A Wart On Her Nose" By Dolly Woodell; "Saving Skunk" by Richard Roach; "To North Vietnam and Back Again" by Ed Engle; "God's Best is Me" by Dr. Jeanne Sheffield; "A Soldier's Odyssey" by Frank W. Maresca; "Half a Bucket at a Time" by Lorenz E. Travis
Mar 23, 2014 - 12:15:53 AM

R.P. BenDedek
What's in the Book Basket This Week? Inspiration!
Only one book review listed this week in the book basket but there are also 6 contributions from various authors as well as publicity material for 19 new books including: "Listen Without Your Ears" by Joe Gwerder; "Still Standing: A Survivor's Story" By Hope Concordia; "America and Bahrain Winter" by Yousif Albinkhalil; "Listen Carefully to Me" by Sue and Hugh O'Donnell; "101 Philosophies for Geezers and Geezerettes" By Mary Elizabeth Burgess; "Making a Rose After the Diaspora" by Eva Ross; "Adonai, Remember Me" by Donais Lee; "Know Yourself, Know Others" By Joanne Antoun; "The Pfurst Family Diaries" by Richard Soares; "Shattered by the Wars" by Hi-Dong Chai; "The Man I Was Destined to Be" By Michael Tandoi; "God's Mysteries and Paradoxes: Looking Through the Glass, Darkly" by Dr. Carroll M. Helm; "In Him" By Greg Spencer; "From Life to Death" By Richard Allen Brooks; "Tears For My City: An Autobiography of a Detroit White Boy" by Dean Dimitrieski; "Retribution" by A.J. Scudiere; "Black Irish White Jamaican" by Niamh O'Brien; "The Current Fight Within" By Edward Ackley; "Social media: The secret to helping cope with loss?" By: Debra Blood
Mar 16, 2014 - 12:15:29 AM

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

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