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Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Plum Lucky" by Janet Evanovich
Robert Parker and Evanovich are my favorite two writers, both fiction mystery, murder, and mayhem and both with humor tossed into the plot. The difference between the two is that Parker covers Boston, while Evanovich covers California and other warm places like Florida. In this one, there's crime, including kidnapping of Plum's grandmother, Grandma Mazur, as well as the horsey adventures. It's hard to imagine anyone with the courage to kidnap Stephanie's grandma! I can't loan you my copy, as its going back to Searsport's Carver Memorial Library soon.
Aug 30, 2015 - 5:03:12 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Oil and Water do not Mix
Oil and Water do not mix any more than Franco-Amerindians and British settlers Canada is in the sorry state it is today because the Franco-Amerindian cannot leave behind their Native American roots. If you really consider Canada's decline you will note that it commenced in the era of Pierre-Elliott Trudeau. You will quickly come to the conclusion that the decline began after Trudeau took power on April 17, 1968. That is when the decline of Canada really began in earnest, yet no one dared speak about it for fear that they would be punished by those in absolute power.
Aug 30, 2015 - 5:00:03 AM

Ed Feulner
Food Stamps: An Unappetizing Trend
Able-bodied adults receiving food stamps should be required to work, prepare for work or do job search. Look back at what happened in the 1990s. The great welfare reform of 1996 was put into law, reforming the largest cash welfare assistance program (Aid to Families with Dependent Children or AFDC, which is now Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). Rather than allow the government to continue fostering dependency, we started insisting that non-disabled adults either work or be looking for work in exchange for benefits. And lo and behold, the numbers dropped.
Aug 30, 2015 - 4:57:24 AM

International
Ayatollahs consider the US their chief target‏
The nuclearized Ayatollahs. They conduct hate-America education system, bankroll global anti-US Islamic terrorism, terrorize all pro-US Arab regimes, co-develop nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities with anti-US North Korea, collaborate militarily with anti-US Venezuela, egregiously violate civil liberties and systematically abrogate agreements.... These articles are based on my 40 year experience - as a researcher, diplomat (Ambassador), lecturer, writer and consultant to members of the US Congress and Israel's Knesset - in the areas of Middle East politics, US-Israel relations and US policy in the Middle East:
Aug 30, 2015 - 4:55:07 AM

Kenneth Tellis
No one is helping Canada out of recession
At some point all the fun and games of the Wynne regime will come crashing down on the heads of the ignorant masses of Ontario's fun loving people. The masses have been lulled into a mode where all they can think of is contests, parties and so-called cultural affairs. Will they be happy when the time comes to pay off all the bills for their entertainment that Wynne arranged to get their votes?...One only has to watch every day Canadian TV movies to realize the rubbish that is being aired by talentless individuals who direct TV movies and the third-rate actors in them. If you remove SEX from the equation, there would be no movies at all.
Aug 30, 2015 - 4:53:24 AM

Down the Road
Down that (late) summer Road a Piece
Melanoma occurred a few years ago. All my time in Maine since my little-noted arrival in 1965, I've worn shorts in summer. I used to often also go without a shirt. In the canoe, in the garden, on the trail, on the mountaintops when they were warm enough. Why wear a shirt, you just have to launder it. Then in the early 1990s, I found out why I should wear a shirt in summer. I looked in the mirror and saw this horrible dark shape. Dolores looked too and declared it a horrible dark shape. About that time a hospital ran a free cancer-seeking clinic, so we attended. After telling me three times she didn't want to alarm me, so scaring me to death, the doctor announced that the horrible dark shape was melanoma, skin cancer.
Aug 30, 2015 - 4:50:24 AM

Ed Feulner
Ensuring a Free and Open Internet
"The U.S. government should reject out of hand any transition proposal that grants governments more influence over ICANN than they currently possess." To ensure that this doesn't happen, Congress needs to be involved. Some lawmakers realize this, which is why the House passed the DOTCOM Act (currently pending in the Senate), which would require the Obama administration to give Congress 30 legislative days to review any proposal it approves on this matter before it is implemented.
Aug 28, 2015 - 10:49:30 PM

R.P. BenDedek
The Fine Print in Climate Change Theology
I do hope you forgive me for the facetious way in which the forgoing material was presented, but I think it important that people learn to pay close attention to the wording of allegedly scientific proclamations. Now hang on a second. Did that guy just say that this is not a new phenomenon? Did he really just say that this has happened in the past? I think he did you know, and that is why he says things like 'ice sheets are waking up' and 'a new era of rapid ice loss.' There are two extremely important points listed in the article on rising sea levels. The first is that this is not an unprecedented event in the history of the world. It has happened before - long before all our industrial age man-made carbon gases. The second point is that far from the 'apocalyptic certainty' portrayed in the media, scientists are making observations, guessing, deducing and forecasting events which are totally not predictable.
Aug 27, 2015 - 10:34:01 PM

Book Reviews
R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Unseen Tears" by Beau Sides
This book is an easy and quick read with a simple storyline and is full of cultural information and anecdotes. It would not qualify as a 'dramatic tear jerker,' but this fictional story is certainly an excellent vehicle for the author's educational purpose. Some readers may be shocked by some of the things that they will learn from this story, and that is to be expected because westerners naturally view the entire world through their own cultural perspective -- or 'rose colored glasses.' At one point in this story, Anne, the private orphanage director says, "...most foreigners have to be here a long, long time before they can begin to understand." How true that is. And I guess that is why the author has chosen to write the book. Merely quoting facts, figures and statistical information is hardly likely to engage readers with the reality of life in China.
Aug 26, 2015 - 10:30:07 PM

State
Augusta nonprofit invites community to race for recovery
Crisis & Counseling Centers (C&C) will celebrate recovery from mental health and substance abuse concerns at the agency's family-friendly Second Annual On Track to Recovery 5K Walk/Run, held Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta. All proceeds support C&C's Client Emergency Fund, which breaks down treatment barriers by helping clients access basic needs.
Aug 26, 2015 - 6:55:50 AM

State
New Executive Vice President at Thomas College
Thomas College is excited to announce the hiring of Bernard (Bernie) Ouellette as the new Executive Vice President at Thomas College. As Executive Vice President, Bernie will oversee the internal, non-academic operations of the College and will help refine and implement strategies to help move Thomas towards its vision for growth.
Aug 26, 2015 - 6:52:14 AM

Kenneth Tellis
The news media has taken on the role of a hooker
Just read a newspaper or watch the news and you will come to the conclusion that we never ever get the real news where the news media is concerned, because they like prostitutes have to earn a living and it really does not matter one whit how they do it. Day after day we are given the spin and not the news. Things have gotten a lot worse as the federal election draws near. You can get a call from any party because they want your vote to get in power. So it is not really you that counts but your vote.
Aug 26, 2015 - 6:50:08 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Dog on It" by Spencer Quinn
Does a writer become better as he writes through several books? Does he hone his skills for a better tale? I've wondered that and still do. But in Dog on It, Spencer Quinn did a better job on his first, this one, than in the one of his I had read earlier, the seventh one of his dog-and-mystery series. But in Dog on It, Quinn did a much better job of combining doggie humor with the actual story. In fact, some of the story featured Chet, the dog in question, with his being the only action and Bernie, the doggie master, not being present for those parts.
Aug 23, 2015 - 7:05:50 AM

Guest Column
From "roll-back" to "roll-on"
"This deal is based on 'hope'-- hope that when the nuclear sunset clause expires Iran will have succumbed to the benefits of commerce and global integration. Hope that the hardliners will have lost their power and the revolution will end its hegemonic goals. And hope that the regime will allow the Iranian people to decide their fate. Hope is part of human nature, but unfortunately it is not a national security strategy....
Aug 23, 2015 - 7:02:44 AM

Kenneth Tellis
The fats in the fire as far as David Petersen's excuse goes for harassment of Ximena Morris
That was proven when he wanted to pass the Joual Language (French Patois) Services Act in 1978. He ordered members of the Liberal Party of Ontario not to come to the Ontario Legislature if they were going to vote against the bill. David thus violated the democratic process and acted like dictator Pierre-Elliott Trudeau, a Kebekois who in his time as Canada's Prime Minister acted like a potentate rather than a Prime Minister, and had the gall to boast about his misuse of power.
Aug 23, 2015 - 7:00:02 AM

Down the Road
There's no place like the Maine woods
The trails in the Maine side of the White Mountain National Forest I enjoyed. But I had to leave the car at a certain spot, where a gully ended the driving. Which was okay, because walking several trails in there, usually by myself, was scenic and relaxing. (I can't describe those trails exactly at this moment, because Miss Cat is busy sleeping on page 10 of the Gazatteer.)
Aug 23, 2015 - 6:57:26 AM

Letters
Commentary on Black Deaths in the USA
I received an email today containing a link to a Facebook video that was certainly worth watching - if you don't mind the four letter language used. According to the details below the video it was produced by Peggy Hubbard on August 20 near Belleville, IL and it is a six minute commentary about what is happening in the Black community. It is certainly eye opening - if you don't mind the language.
Aug 23, 2015 - 6:55:16 AM

Tom DeWeese
A New Symbol Has Been Cast: People - Property - Liberty
The American way of life, based on a strong middle class established through free enterprise and ownership of private property, is under assault like never before. That assault will dramatically increase in September as thousands of Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), global elitists and United Nation's bureaucrats converge on New York City to reboot Agenda 21. This time they are calling it the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This new 15 year plan demands 17 points of global control to reorganize the world into a Socialist utopia by 2030. Now is the time to stand up and say no to a global movement bent on destroying private property rights! To that end, the American Policy Center (APC) has created a plan of action to unite property rights activists around the world into one mighty force. It is time for governments around the world to learn that private property ownership is the key to freedom and prosperity. Public policy must be controlled to respect property owners as OWNERS!
Aug 21, 2015 - 12:18:07 AM

Guest Column
Leaving Pavlovia
Many Americans have been trained and conditioned much as Pavlov's famous dogs were...Does anyone really think that questions about Donald Trump, trump the murder, rape and beheading of Christian children who bravely refuse to denounce their faith before the sword and hate of Islam? What does your gut say on this one? Can you hear that inner long lost voice? Is it a whisper or a scream? Or, has it been smothered by the shriek of political correctness?... Perspective, priority and manufactured outrage converge in Pavlovia with disastrous consequence. Conditioned politically correct responses cannot effectively apply perspective, priority or outrage to politics. Only appropriate perspective, rational priority and genuine outrage will serve as a true reflection of your internal voice.
Aug 18, 2015 - 7:30:12 AM

Book Reviews
M.W. Johnson Review: "Hope for the Nations" by Dr. Tom Holland
This book does not seem to be specifically designed for scholars and theology students. It is not a complicated read. The author's writing and expository style are delightful and illuminating. His presentation on the 'Law' and 'Circumcision' will surely be understood by everyone as will his explanation of the significance of 'Passover' and 'Atonement.' It is my personal belief that most Christians today have, and most Christian Preachers today preach, a poor quality imitation of Christianity. "Hope for the Nations" is not some fresh revelation of Christ but rather the 'meat of the Word of God.' It's purpose is to help the reader UNDERSTAND.
Aug 18, 2015 - 7:27:27 AM

Down the Road
In the good old summer time.
During our Maine vacations, summers were a bit cooler. I recall driving my great aunt's 1952 Plymouth here and there, like up to Baxter State Park. We drove that trip into the park on the dirt park road until we reached Katahdin Stream Campground and climbed the big mountain the next day. A ranger told me several years ago, the park had never had a dirt perimeter road. Either my memory got sideswiped by a trotting moose or she was too young to remember.
Aug 16, 2015 - 8:12:24 AM

Guest Column
US voters shape the Iran debate in Congress
In 2015, will House Members and Senators ignore or reflect the position of their voters on the nuclear deal with the Ayatollahs, whose approval would compound the current significant threats posed by the conventional Ayatollahs: triggering an unprecedented wave of Islamic terrorism, an avalanche of toppled pro-US Arab oil-producing regimes and its economic implications, nuclear proliferation and a nuclear war?
Aug 16, 2015 - 8:10:12 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "Wolf in Timber" by John Connolly
The first part of the story was good, a mysterious tiny church in the woods on the outskirts of the town, a mysterious preacher at the church who doesn't preach because there are no services, an evil Police Chief Morland, and a host of Prosperous locals who took in the stealthy goings on that begin the mystery. Maybe I'm just too old and numb to have followed the complicated plot, but I didn't. Parker is the lead character in a series of John Connolly novels, described in a cover page as a "thriller." You may find it really good. I hope so.
Aug 16, 2015 - 8:07:36 AM

Guest Column
Magic Mirror: Reflections of a Naked Dancer
One night, during one of our deep talks, Jennifer said she thought I'd become conceited. Little did she know it was quite the opposite. I was obsessive compulsive. I thought if one hair was out of place or if I looked even slightly bloated, people wouldn't think I was beautiful anymore or worse, they would think I was gaining my weight back...Not long ago, a man told me he admired how comfortable I am in my body. This was so much greater than any compliment he could've given about my body. For someone who had been detached from her body for decades, violently abusing it even, this observation sent a surge of power from my toes to my head. Why? Because it was the truth.
Aug 13, 2015 - 10:08:25 AM

Ed Feulner
Why the Iran Deal Makes War More Likely
Think opposition to the Obama administration's deal with Iran is strictly a partisan issue? Hardly. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York recently joined half a dozen Democrats in the House of Representatives who have voiced doubts about the agreement. President Obama has said that critics of the Iran deal are either "ideological" or "illogical." As we've seen, they're neither. They just want an agreement that will keep us safe. The Iran deal is no deal. It's time to try again.
Aug 12, 2015 - 9:38:01 PM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 28
This week's Book basket contains links to three author articles but written by only two, and only one link to one book review. "A Matter of Recovery: The Story of C.B. Miller" By Wes Skillings; "All I Can Do is Pray" By Julie Cicora; "The Reaper" by Dominic H. King; "A Spiritual Awakening" By Kayelynn Grayce; "Chrysalis: A Dark and Delicious Diary of Emergence" By Rachelle Chartrand; "Organizational Optimization" by Robert Hutcherson; "Me and the General" By Rosemary Valenti Guarnera; "You Can Be Lucky Like Me" By Dr. Ron Deigh
Aug 12, 2015 - 9:08:30 PM

Scheme of Things
With Certainty
On the day before our 40th-wedding anniversary at the beginning of August, on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a hundred guests there to celebrate, I'll be officiating my niece's wedding. By the time you read this, they'll be married.

Aug 11, 2015 - 7:14:45 PM

Kenneth Tellis
Removal of special programmes required to create equality in Canada
For there to be any form of equity, all provinces must contribute to a common bank or treasury on their resources, and it must not only apply to Western Canada alone. The writing is on the wall for Kebek to see very clearly. If Kebek so chooses it can leave the federation and go it alone without any advantages. That is the bottom line. The Trudeau era of National Manipulation to grant Kebek all sorts of goodies, in language and other areas is now over. There will no longer be any special treatment for Kebek.
Aug 11, 2015 - 7:09:55 PM

Ed Feulner
Tapping the Taxpayer Till
An analysis by The Heritage Foundation found that small businesses benefit from less than 20 percent of Ex-Im's actual financing. And it's worth noting that Ex-Im's definition of "small" when it comes to businesses is rather generous, encompassing companies with up to 1,500 workers or even $21.5 million in annual revenue. Not exactly the "garage start-up" or Mom-and- Pop operation that phrase often brings to mind.
Aug 11, 2015 - 7:07:14 PM

Guest Column
"Debate or Roast?"
The politically correct infantile reaction to Trump's comments do little to change the disastrous course America finds itself on.  Many may not wish their politicians to embrace such a low brow "jobsite" demeanor but I have been shown over a lifetime that the collective genius of America's average working people outstrip the restrained Ivy League idiots intellect presented as America's brain trust by a thousand to one. America is made up of Americans not politicians. Donald Trump is offering vision, action and hard work as solution to America's problems just as my politically incorrect co-workers do. I have never seen a building built by "talking about it." It requires action, hard work, an enormous amount of brains and ceaseless swearing which becomes quite natural at the business end of a ninety pound jack-hammer after a sixty hour week.
Aug 10, 2015 - 12:48:15 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Ontario's mindless liberal leader talks like a raving lunatic
Just imagine a History Major Failure becoming the premier of Canada's largest industrial heartland; a person who has absolutely no idea about fiscal accountability and who assumes that she can spend money as if it were running out of style. During her term as premier, Ontario has gone down the drain economically and yet her spendthrift ways have not altered one bit because she has absolutely no experience in running a government which is accountable to its citizens, and she does not know where the tax dollars are coming from for her next budget. The economy of Ontario is in deep trouble because the Liberal government has been spending money freely without any thought as to where it comes from. In times of economic distress people and governments have to tighten their belts, but not so for present day Liberal Government of Ontario. It hasn't a clue about budgeting and is thus inept.
Aug 10, 2015 - 12:45:11 AM

Ed Feulner
The 2015 Culture Index: Tracking the Trends
News is available 24/7/365. We read it, listen to it and watch it. And do so with ease from the most crowded city street to the most remote mountaintop. But while this constant stream of information is certainly handy, it can also make it difficult to see the big picture. We're always on the ground, seeing what's right in front of us. We have only a vague sense of what's already happened -- and what to expect. What we lack is a bird's eye view. Something that will help us spot trends both helpful and harmful. Information that will enable us to adjust our policies accordingly.
Aug 9, 2015 - 5:32:38 AM

International
Saudi Arabia VS President Obama and Secretary Kerry
The US power projection, which is essential for global stability, is further undermined when President Obama evokes JFK's Test Ban Treaty with the USSR -- an adversarial, nuclear superpower, deterred by MAD - to market the nuclear deal with Iran. The latter is a medium size conventional power, a rogue, non-compliant, apocalyptic regime, induced by MAD, seeking capabilities to devastate "the arrogant, infidel, Great Satan USA." While JFK's policy constrained the bullish policies of the USSR, the Iran nuclear deal fuels the Ayatollah's bullishness, significantly enhancing their financial and military capabilities, thus intensifying global instability.
Aug 9, 2015 - 5:29:23 AM

Entertainment
Royal Horses Equestrian Tour Tickes on sale from Today in Bangor
BANGOR, ME -- Spectra Venue Management is proud to announce that The Gala of The Royal Horses Inaugural North American world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to Bangor's Cross Insurance Center on September 25, 2015. Ticket prices start at $27 and will go on-sale to the general public Friday, August 7 at 10 am. Tickets can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, or in person at the Cross Insurance Center box office located at 515 Main Street.
Aug 7, 2015 - 12:28:40 AM

Features
"To Chelsea" - A Poem by Adena Trevor
Octogenarian Adena Trevor is a registered nurse and owns and operates her own holistic nursing business. She loves canoeing, swimming, reading, writing poetry, sewing, gardening, golfing, traveling, and cooking pancakes. She has previously published an article at Magic City about Nursing, but today provides for us a Poem - To Chelsea.

"Can you draw Mom's hand?" Put it on the paper, draw round the fingers with a pencil.
"There. I'll show you how to draw in the nails. How does that look?"
"Now I'll have it for ever and a day." Put it safe. A scrapbook of remembrances.

Aug 7, 2015 - 12:25:30 AM

Guest Column
America at Half-Staff
My assertion that we are a memorial culture is bolstered by the events of September 11th 2001, the presidents' clumsy evocation of the Crusades in an early 2015 speech and his 2009 "Cairo speech" in which our ideologically driven president completely misrepresented the concept of "American Exceptionalism." 911 should be memorialized in the most heartfelt way possible but the Crusades should be reserved for history class and should not be encouraged to be internalized with contemporized relevance and solemnity. The Cairo speech is exemplary of demagoguery and emotional manipulation at its worst.
Aug 3, 2015 - 11:35:10 PM

Down the Road
Down the Road in a wheelchair
Anyway, back to the non-title of this week's blabbing on-and-on, about the wheelchair and I. Today Dolores insisted that we take it with us in the car and I would ride in it during our afternoon walk in a Belfast park. She brought the Scion hatchback to the door, then pushed me in the wheelchair out to the car, I got up and leaned on one of my hiking poles to help steady the old guy. I also grabbed the nearest handle to the wheelchair. She grabbed the other handle. We both heaved and hahed, not heave-ho as in the movies, but heave-hah as when your half of the wheelchair weighs about 345 pounds.
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:22:57 AM

Ed Feulner
Creating a Case for Conservatism
Being conservative in a politically correct culture has never been easy. Whether you're a politician trying to explain a controversial sound-bite, or a voter attempting to defend your stance on a hot-button issue to incredulous co-workers, you either grow a thick skin -- or learn to keep quiet. Sadly, you get used to having your motives impugned by people who assume that no one could possibly believe what you believe. You must have some ulterior motive, right?
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:20:44 AM

Guest Column
Jewish demographic tailwind; no Arab demographic time bomb
Once again, conventional so-called wisdom is refuted by reality. The demographic trend is Jewish. Anyone claiming that Israel must concede geography (Judea & Samaria), in order to secure demography is either dramatically mistaken or outrageously misleading. A 68% increase in the annual number of Jewish births has occurred from 1995 (80,000) to 2014 (136,000), despite a moderate decline in the Ultra-Orthodox fertility rate. Modernity (integration) has lowered Israeli Arab fertility rate, stabilizing the annual number of Arab births at 40,000 during the same period. Over 100,000 Palestinians, who received Israeli ID cards as a result of marrying Israeli Arabs, are doubly-counted as Israelis and Palestinians.
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:17:34 AM

Kenneth Tellis
Canada's Pseudo Bilingualism
But, the present leader of the Liberal Party of Canada opined that he believed in a Canada where the province of Kebek was UNILINGUAL Joual (French patois, while the rest of CANADA was BILINGUAL. Thus, it is quite obvious that Justin Trudeau, while pretending to be open-minded is a RACIST at Heart who believes that his hybrid race of Kebekois are superior to all other Canadians.
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:15:14 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Special Prisoner" by Jim Lehrer
This is an excellent book. The Special Prisoner is a novel, written by a career news journalist on public TV whose long-time job was telling the truth. John Quincy Watson, the lead characters, took part in bombing Japan during World War II. He was captured, when his plane went down, tortured and learned to hate his main torturer. Years later, as a bishop, Watson comes across the torturer by accident in an airport, follows the man to a hotel, and subsequently kills him.
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:12:07 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 27
There are two links to author articles in this week's book basket as well as links to the two book reviews published by Milt Gross and Martha Stevens-David. Additionally we have publicity material with book cover photographs for ten book releases, which this week are: "The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster" by Scott Wilbanks; "The Passion Gene" by Louis de Savy; "Courage, Compassion, Marine: The Unique Story of Jimmie Dyess" By Perry Smith; "World-Class Performance: The Commitment. The Pursuit. The Achievement" By Michael G. Winston; "Our Beguine" by Joel Levin; "The Debaters" by Barth Hoogstraten; "Grace Has a Silent Voice" by Nina Kelly; "Hope for the Nations: Paul's Letter to the Romans (A Corporate Reading)" by Tom Holland; "Devils in Innocence" by Gordon Andrews and "The Beginning" By Michael R. Nardo
Aug 2, 2015 - 7:10:22 AM

Guest Column
"President Trump?"
Politicians spend most of their time fund raising which traps them politically and minimizes their time working for, or listening to "We the People." Not Trump, he's not asking for political favors or money. Trump spends his time campaigning and answering questions. The establishment Republican candidates and elite class of political pundits that surround those candidates are indeed well educated, but "The Donald" holds the Trump Card because Donald Trump is actually -- Smart. He uses plain language to focus on a few core issues which the average voter is truly concerned with. I don't know if Mr. Trump will win this fight but I do know he has filled the arena. If there is one thing Donald Trump's substantial ego will not allow it is history or the American people remembering him as anything less than a great president.
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:49:15 AM

Guest Column
Balance and Harmony
We know that a balanced diet creates harmony in our body. We enjoy good health and are able to function well. Balance in all phases of our life seems to lead to a state of contentment that allows us to thrive physically and spiritually. Such a simple thing! For centuries healers, physicians and scientists have informed us about the causes of diseases and their remedies. Yet we often abuse our body and create disharmony -- or disease.
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:45:38 AM

Book Reviews
M. Stevens-David Book Review: "The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes" by H.R. Jakes
This book "The Curious Autobiography of Elaine Jakes," told by her son "H.R. Jakes" was very interesting to say the least. The book itself is not an "easy" read but the reader will learn a lot from what was written. Elaine Jakes lived in the eccentric community of New Hope, Penn., and in the 1970s and 1980s set out to discover her Welsh heritage, herself, and her God.
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:43:14 AM

Kenneth Tellis
If all citizens of a country are equal then none are inferior
We cannot have one province within the Confederation of Canada, be treated as a separate nation with its own laws that openly discriminates against the majority, and yet give those from the minority equal treatment in all the other nine provinces and territories. While all that happened in Kebek at the behest of one a Franco-Amerindian Prime Minister of Canada, one Pierre-E. Trudeau's dream of a Joual-speaking (French patois) nation on June 1974, by Kebek's passage of Bill 22, we have it within our power to reject that illegal law, which violates the British North America Act of July 1, 1867 in its entirety.
Jul 29, 2015 - 4:40:38 AM

Book Reviews
Milt Gross Book Review: "The Taking" by Dean Koontz
My impression of The Taking is that the story keeps repeating itself, the lead characters go to different places where the same gooey critters show up. This continues for most of the book, when, presto, the sun is out and the critters are gone. I've read a number of Koontz's books (for example Intensity which I reviewed in December 2012), but this one did not make the grade.
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:54:45 AM

R.P. BenDedek
Magic City Book Basket 2015 No. 26
This week's book basket includes the link to one article by author Patrick J. Fornari, and two links to book reviews by Milt Gross and Martha Stevens-David. The basket naturally includes the publicity material including book cover photos for ten books. These are: "The Inward Outlook" by Laura Basha, PhD; "The Valentine Children's Summer Adventures" by Dianne Sibeal Donahoe; "There Is Hope" By Suzanne Tyler; "Endless Waves: A Story of Grace" by Nancy Kruitof O'Farrell; "Buzz Kill" by William Goodspeed; "The Heroin Heroin" by Mindy Miralia; "Origin of the Centred Self" by Glenda Jackson; "A Dark Hole" by Charlotte Pritchard; "From Happiness to Tragedy; to Bliss on the Borderline" by Nicholas E. Cleveland and "The Abominations of the Obama-Nation" By Betty Sue Prollock
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:45:49 AM

Down the Road
National Park
Now you folks in Millinocket and that area feel bad that the mills have closed. But those mills are not coming back. If all those folk in Europe had decided that America would not provide anything good for them, I'll bet they would have stayed in Europe. I suspect not many of their descendants wish they were living in Europe. I'm sure the park will not grab adjoining or nearby land. I'm sure the park will not try to interfere with your lives and your making a living. I'm sure the park will bring visitors and money to your area. I'm guessing some of you will even enjoy a national park in your area.
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:43:14 AM

National
American Liberty PAC seeks to Stop Obama's Diversity Police State
Obama and his Leftist elitists are hell-bent on restructuring America into some ghastly communist nightmare. His tyrannical plans to gather information on every aspect of our lives and assess it against some notional concept of racism is the act of an ideological crazy! We must fight back against his institutional racism. Let's keep our say over our neighborhoods, and let's prevent his deportation of people from cities who may have no desire to live in the suburbs away from their friends and family. Social engineering has never worked! And this will certainly fail.
Jul 26, 2015 - 8:40:08 AM

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