Books Recently Reviewed Stefan Haucke and Dale German
|Shadows of Ghosts by Stefan Haucke and THe Judge's Wife is Missing by Dale German. Two good book reviewed at Magic City|
These two books were reviewed in February. Stefan Haucke's book was reviewed by R.P. BenDedek and Dale German's book was reviewed by Milt Gross. Both reviewers were impressed with the writing, the quality and the storylines.
Mar 7, 2014 - 12:02:30 AM
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
Down the Road
More moose tales
One of my more "relaxed" encounters was the fall afternoon I arrived home at our "camp" on the shore of a lake to find a big bull moosey guy standing between the car and the camp. I had two options, well, actually one, and I chose it. I remained sitting in the car to await my turn to cross the yard. (The other option would have been to run for the camp. But Bullwinkle might have decided he liked a good afternoon tag game, especially if he were "it.")
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:20:17 AM
Overview of Isaiah Chs 15-22 by M. Wallace Johnson
For the most part however these chapters concern countries which still today afflict Israel - Moab (Jordan), Syria, Ethiopia/Egypt, Assyria (Iraq) and Babylon (Iran). The difference between then and now is that in the days of these prophecies, these nations were tools of judgment that God used against his faithless people whereas today Israel has just been reborn - regathered from all the nations of the earth unto which God had scattered them.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM
Motivation for writing 'Joseph of Arimathea?
I was motivated to write this book as a means of possibly answering many of my own questions which others failed to do. I found that the biblical stories left more questions than answers and so the gaps needed to be filled. It seems that the stories of this man known as Jesus, had been investigated around Jesus himself. I felt that he needed to be investigated through the people and organizations that surrounded him.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:15:09 AM
Excommunicating John Walsh
Excommunication is like a glass of fine Irish Whiskey with Water. An abomination! Excommunication is an utterly useless waste of time, words and effort if you ask me. I understand the Biblical meaning and purpose of it, and that frock wearing nancy that did it to you was nowhere near the mark.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:12:10 AM
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
Diary of Death
I am no longer aware of time or anything else except what is on my television screen. I hear and see that the second tower has begun to lean ominously and ABC News is stating that the second tower is going to fall too! Suddenly, the air is filled with news flashes and a new word is beginning to emerge. Terrorists!
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:07:33 AM
Milt Gross Book Review: "Small Change, Big Gains" by Thomas H. Stoner Jr.
Thomas H. Stoner Jr., a veteran energy entrepreneur, joined a group to form the Social Venture Network, built the first independent national energy services company, was CEO of a large independent developer of carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol, took that company public on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market in 2006 and became a CEO of the "clean coal" industry. After 25 years in alternative-energy industries, Stoner spoke out about the harmful effects of climate change by writing this book.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:05:30 AM
Today in History
March 9 - Today in History
Today is March 9. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Mar 9, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
President Obama's "If not now, when?!"
President Obama expects Israel to trade high-ground topography for high-tech military systems and security arrangements, devised by American generals, who led the failed efforts to snatch Iraq and Afghanistan out of the jaws of Islamic terrorism and Iranian radicalism. Israel is expected to entrust its own national security to the goodwill of its Arab neighbors and international guarantees, at a time when both are exposed as non-viable.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:37:16 AM
Israel's Big Mistake
No similar program has ever been seriously considered for other parts of the Old City, mainly populated since the 1950s by low-income Arab families living in cramped and dilapidated quarters. One might think there would be broad support for an initiative to rejuvenate the Old City as a whole, uncovering the archaeological riches lying underneath and bringing the entire walled area up to 21st-century standards. Yet the Palestinian leadership unfailingly objects to any such proposals. Whatever the area's Arab residents may wish for in terms of an improved quality of life, the ethic of "resistance"--fueled as ever by foreign money funneled through Palestinian Authority enforcers--assures that these families stay where they are.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:35:29 AM
5 Ways Social Media is a Negative Influence On Self-Esteem
Social media is the new version of personal branding and not-so-intimate personal connection. It has its positives and its negatives--the negatives being that it can be addictive and self-esteem damaging. Many people use social media to promote how great their love lives are, their travel lives, work lives, family lives, etc. Others use it to vent about how horrible their lives are. Either way, people can be whoever they want to be in social media, and if we take what we see/read literally then it's possible that we can feel we are falling short in life. Take stock this spring of why social media has such an important place in your life. Is it the need for stimulation, for confirmation of your importance, to connect with others, to have a distraction when anxiety creeps in, or is to find an escape from the rawness of life and to garner some sense of control?
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:33:45 AM
'In Christ Alone' theme for 2016 Youth Gathering
When participants converge upon New Orleans in July 2016 for the LCMS National Youth Gathering, they will be meeting under the theme "In Christ Alone." Gathering planners met Jan. 20-21 in New Orleans -- working in a hotel conference room under the shadow of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome that will play host to the Gathering's group events -- to begin the creative process that would lead to the development of the theme.
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:30:36 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
Pro-Life Action League Prayer Requests Provokes
Scheidler acknowledges that such a response was not unexpected, though it is totally unwarranted. "We want to challenge ourselves and the whole pro-life movement to love our enemies, just like Jesus said to," she explained. "For a pro-life activist, it can be difficult to really love those who assist in the killing of over 3,000 unborn babies every day in the United States. There is no better way to overcome that difficulty than to pray for them--just like Jesus, who prayed from the cross even for those who were crucifying him."
Mar 8, 2014 - 3:25:03 AM
Today in History
March 8 - Today in History
Today is March 8. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Mar 8, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Missouri Synod president shares Lenten message
"We as a church body need the mercy of Christ," Harrison says. "We're in turbulent and challenging times, there's no doubt about it. Recent events in Ukraine harken back to many wars and challenges in the past. I've been traveling in Africa and other places in the world, and right in the midst of all the difficulties and challenges, the Gospel is prospering mightily.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:23:30 AM
Boycott the Movie Non-Stop
Producing a movie that makes a villain out of victims of Jihadist terrorism and demonizes our war veterans who are, in reality, heroes who should be revered and respected, isn't just a bad movie idea, it's also an inexcusable national disgrace.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:20:42 AM
Prohibit Discrimination in Federal Workplace
Congressman Mike Michaud has announced that he will help lead an effort to urge President Obama to take action to prohibit workplace discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:17:45 AM
Canada a place where amateurs run riot
Over the years I have watched with consternation the antics of cheap amateurs both in society and politics ape their American neighbours, and still come off as rank amateurs.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:15:22 AM
Human Consequences of Broken Immigration System
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, March 30-April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:13:19 AM
Honor Diaries Premiering This Week
Clarion Project's new film, Honor Diaries, features nine women's rights activists who expose the oppression of women in Muslim-majority societies. The film highlights the abuses of female genital mutilation, honor killings, acts of violence and gender inequality.
Mar 7, 2014 - 8:10:03 AM
Today in History
March 7 - Today in History
Today is March 7. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Mar 7, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
Still Unwanted like Struma's Jews
On December 12, 1941, the rickety vessel chugged out to sea. After four hair-raising days (instead of the routine 14 hours) the Struma unsteadily dragged itself into Istanbul Harbor. It couldn't continue. Its makeshift motor had sputtered its last. There was no fuel, food or water...Britain pressured Turkey not to let anyone off the crippled boat. Turkish premier argued that "Turkey cannot be expected to serve as a refuge or surrogate homeland for people unwanted anywhere else." The government ordered the condemned Struma tugged out to the Black Sea. Hundreds of truncheon-wielding Turkish policemen were dispatched to the Struma on February 23. They viciously clubbed passengers below deck. On February 24, an explosion ripped it apart.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:51:47 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "Beach Mysteries" by Anne Hotchkis
I just received my copy of "Beach Mysteries" by Anne Hotchkis and sat right down to read it. Noting that the book was written for ages nine and up, I found the photography/drawings to be exceptional and beautiful. I believe that most parents might purchase this book to read to children of all ages.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:47:43 AM
Is Food Your Frenemy?
When we are in a love-hate relationship with food we are actually in a love-hate relationship with ourselves. We cannot feel love for ourselves if we are buried under feelings of not having any control. We are feeling fat and unattractive, or full and guilty. Nothing positive can enter when we allow food to trigger these low-self-worth emotions. Discipline and self-love are black and white. If we are out-of-control we are not behaving maturely. The way to make food your friend is to know your limits. Food should make you feel good about yourself not bad. Learn to see the rewards in self-control and feeling HOT rather than in the temporary taste-sensation euphoria that will only lead to self-hatred later.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:45:07 AM
The Circle of Life by Bill Cummings
I am the caretaker for my Dad, a job I truly love. I guess I am just returning the favor. I know some day I might be me in his shoes. I have many kids and I am setting an example for them. This is the circle of life. One of our grown daughters was home last weekend as she wanted to take a break from her Master's program. So we all went to dinner, and low and behold, when the bill came, she offered to pay her own way! I was shocked.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:42:34 AM
Milt Gross Movie Review: "The Butler" directed by Lee Daniels
But the drama was really two stories, both true, Gaines as the butler and his family's part of the civil rights drama that shook the nation into modifying its hateful attitude toward blacks and moving forward somewhat the status of blacks in what is supposed to be the land of the free and brave.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:40:29 AM
Crisis & Counseling Centers New Board of Directors Members
AUGUSTA -- Crisis & Counseling Centers' Board of Directors voted in three new members at a recent meeting. Susan Cover, Dale Lancaster and Dr. Kim Lane have varying professional interests, but they share a dedication to C&C's mission to deliver effective solutions to Mainers with behavioral health needs.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:37:25 AM
The Shamrak Report: Only One-sided News
PA security forces have been conducting frequent raids of 'refugee camps' and clashing with gunmen and rioting youths, as the PA tries to establish security among its increasingly restless and volatile populace. Riot police wielded truncheons and fired into the air late last month to disperse dozens of rampaging youths who had blocked Ramallah streets and forced store owners to shut their doors... They said the multi-billion-dollar security barrier along the West Bank has not hampered Palestinians from illegal residence in the Jewish state. "Every day, more and more young Palestinians cross into Israel without any trouble and find apartments and jobs without any difficulty," an official said
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:35:03 AM
Voting on S. 653: Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities
The U.S. Senate should act quickly to address a "growing crisis of religious minorities" by allowing a vote on S. 653, a bill to establish a Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace and the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission in a March 4 letter.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:32:08 AM
Catholic Priests Urge Congressional Support for Second Chance Act
Congress should take an important step to address issues faced by the more than 650,000 men, women and juveniles who reenter society each year from prisons, jails and detention centers. This was the message of the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development and the president of Catholic Charities USA in a March 4 letter supporting the Second Chance Act (S. 1690/H.R. 3465).
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:30:30 AM
Today in History
March 6 - Today in History
Today is March 6. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Mar 6, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
The Truth Behind the Palestinian Water Libels
The international community has offered to build a desalination plant for the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians have refused this gift. A desalination plant could completely solve the Gaza Strip's water shortages. The Palestinians refuse to build this plant because they claim they have the right to access the fresh groundwater reservoir in Judea and Samaria, and they are prepared to suffer until they realize this dream. In the meanwhile, Gaza residents suffer from severe shortages of water. If the Palestinians were to begin drilling the Eastern Mountain Aquifer, at the sites already approved for drilling, they very quickly would secure an additional 50 million cubic meters of water per year.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:25:21 AM
When we related this story to our friends and relatives, nobody believed us at first, but when we told them that it was the absolute truth, everyone was incredulous! This couldn't have happened, especially at a very fine hospital in a very excellent doctor's office in Lewiston, Maine. But it did, it really did! And oh yes, the only thing I changed in the story was the doctor's name.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:23:09 AM
Best Practices for Successful Online Dating
On line dating can be intimidating- especially for those of you who have been out of the dating game for a while. You may wonder if its safe, how comfortable you feel competing in such an open forum, how you will handle potential rejection, or how you will feel, perhaps not getting any attention at all. All these concerns are valid- you no doubt feel more vulnerable than you did at 16. Here are my best practices for successful online dating.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:20:21 AM
W. Fankboner Movie Review: "East to West"
This series was produced by a Turkish university and the point of view is distinctly oriental. For example, the absurd praise of Timur, a butcher by any measure (it is estimated that his armies were responsible for the deaths of 17 million people, many of them Muslims). This would be tantamount to the West proclaiming Adolf Hitler a successful statesman. It's not as though Timur (or Tamerlane) managed to establish anything of lasting cultural or social value.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:17:07 AM
Obama's 2015 budget takes aim at American gun owners
Despite cuts to the nation's defense, homeland security and public safety budgets, Obama's 2015 budget proposal reveals his continued goal of controlling firearms and ammunition in the hands of civilians who wish to protect themselves, their loved ones and their homes.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:15:19 AM
M Wallace Johnson Overview of Isaiah Chaps 10-14
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God - Many there are who do not believe in the Scriptures, but it surely cannot escape anyone's attention, that the principle nations named in the Bible, still exist. Israel has returned, and once again she is the focus of the Battle between God and his enemies.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:13:13 AM
An Alternative to Alternatives?
The pace of launches for these vehicles has tripled since 2009; Goldman Sachs predicts that alternative mutual funds could represent a $2 trillion opportunity for asset managers, capable of growing 15-20% per year over the next 5-10 years. To put this into perspective, the hedge fund industry as a whole is currently just over $2 trillion. Much of this growth has been focused on long/short equity and multi-manager strategies as retail and institutional investors search for mutual funds with lower correlations, better risk adjusted after-fee returns, and enhanced yield and protection from a poor bond market outlook.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:10:05 AM
M. Stevens-David Review: "The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland"
Upon receiving this book, "The Chronicles of Elizabeth Highland," Life, Love, Soul...Mate, by Elizabeth Highland, I had hoped that her personal story of living, dating and loving in this modern world, would be very interesting. But alas, that was not to be.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:07:22 AM
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, USCCB President, Issues Statement on Ukraine
WASHINGTON--Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on Ukraine, March 4, and cited concerns for "current tensions and troubling events which continue to unfold there." He comments followed a call of Pope Francis that all "endeavor to overcome misunderstandings and build together the future of the nation."
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:05:23 AM
Today in History
March 5 - Today in History
Today is March 5. Here's what happened on this day in history.
Mar 5, 2014 - 12:00:00 AM
It's Official: the Palestinians are a modern fiction
Palestine and the Palestinians are a modern invention, a fiction created with the aim of dismantling Israel and undermining its claim to its ancient patrimony. "I say to those who distort the Koran: from where did you bring the name Palestine, you liars, you accursed, when Allah has already named it 'the Holy Land' and bequeathed it to the Children of Israel until the Day of Judgment? There is no such thing as 'Palestine' in the Koran. Your demand for the Land of Israel is a falsehood and it constitutes an attack on the Koran, on the Jews and their land," -- Sheikh Ahmad Adwan
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:24:03 AM
Atlantic Salmon Federation 24th Annual Fundraising Dinner in Freeport, Maine
St Andrews, N.B. - The Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF) will raise funding in March for important conservation and restoration work in Maine. A fundraising dinner that includes silent and live auctions and a raffle is scheduled for March 15 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport. The occasion will provide an opportunity to highlight some program successes such as the Penobscot River Restoration Project.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:20:29 AM
The Joseph S. Murphy Institute new Scholarship Program
The Joseph S. Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies is pleased to announce the launch of a national scholarship competition dedicated to fostering a diverse leadership in the labor movement and in the academic field of labor studies.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:17:24 AM
Letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
In a discussion on the expulsion from Gush Katif and northern Samaria that was held in Ariel a few days ago, public relations expert Eyal Arad claimed that the Right failed because it did not present an alternative. This is not true. There is an alternative! A realistic, Zionist plan does exist - application of Israeli sovereignty. This plan is indeed accompanied by difficulties, but the difficulties associated with sovereignty are preferable to the physical and spiritual destruction entailed in the establishment of a terrorist Palestinian state in the heart of our Land, a stone-throw away from Ben Gurion Airport.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:15:29 AM
Congressional panel probes Extortion 17 tragedy in Afghanistan
Some of the dead Seals' family members are angry with Vice President Joe Biden for his public boasts about Seal Team 6 killing bin Laden. They believe he and President Barack Obama kicked security to the roadside in order to score political points for Obama's reelection campaign.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:13:13 AM
Pentagon Contractors Exploring Business with Iran
Department of Defense contractors are looking to make LOTS of money at the American taxpayers' expense by doing business with the Iranian regime. At least 13 major international companies have said in recent weeks that they aim to reenter the Iranian marketplace over the next several months. The companies have received Pentagon contracts totaling well over $107 billion, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis that tracked DoD contracts awarded since fiscal year 2009.
Mar 4, 2014 - 12:10:19 AM