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Alien Legacy
Alien Legacy
by John C. Macidull
Edition: Hardcover
4 used & new from CDN$ 21.62

5.0 out of 5 stars "Intelligent Fiction", Oct. 28 2012
This review is from: Alien Legacy (Hardcover)
While this 144 page adventure references alien spacecraft, it is NOT a sci-fi "the aliens have landed and are going to get you". It is a fictional adventure, hard-to-put-down espionage thriller. It is obviously well-researched and is strongly supported by the author's own experience as an aeronautical and aerospace engineer, international and domestic aircraft accident investigator, and so on. (His bio is in the back of the book and is very impressive.) I call it "intelligent fiction" because the book not only entertains you, and holds your interest throughout, but it talks about intelligent things as it teaches you high-level facts about flying an airplane. This book is soooo well written. It also references characters in the prior book "Chiang Imperative" (but "Alien Legacy" stands entirely on its own.)

The story begins with a bit of background in the Andes Mountains in Azatlan (now Peru) in 4179 BC, where two small humanoid creatures stopped by and left their ship behind. As we progress though the story, we review the Spaniards' vicious visit to the Aztecs to steal their gold and silver and the story of how the Sapa Incas hid much of their treasures to protect them.

Current times begin in 1999, at Kennedy Airport in New York, where a Russian Aeroflot jumbo jet disappears as it heads across the Atlantic. Andy Pittman, CIA Foreign Office Chief, and his wife, Allie spring into action. They reconnect with Jess Brandon (a smart-as-heck special operative) and his girlfriend Jane.

There are interesting airplane chases and lots of spy stuff as everyone tries to get to the treasure, hidden somewhere in Peru. The explanations are extensive, proving the author's obvious expertise in aircraft knowledge, while crafting an integrated step-by-step suspense plot, to include assassins, hijackings, murders, airplane chases, and lots of action as Andy, Allie, Jess and Jane all go on one last adventure, before the "boys" retire. . . or will they retire?

If you like "Alien Legacy", you will also like "Chiang Imperative", by the same author.

Gabby, God's Little Angel
Gabby, God's Little Angel
by Sheila Walsh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 13.32
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful God Loves You Book, Oct. 21 2012
This is a delightful hardcover, 32-page, 2011 book for the young child. It is approximately 9 X 11" and is well illustrated and colorful. The pictures are adorable.

Gabby is a guardian angel in training. She looks to be around age 3 to 5 in Earth years :). Her bright yellow dress matches her bright yellow hair and cute yellow sandals.

Gabby's first assignment is to watch over Sophie, a cute little redhead, about 6 years old. Today, Sophie gets to ride her pony, Glitter, for the first time. Gabby travels with Sophie to make sure everything is A-OK.

This book is the first in a series and sends the message "God loves you so much that He sends His angels to watch over you." The book is loaded with very nice illustrations, one being Sophie's mom reading to her from the Bible. The story ends with Psalm 91:9, 11, about angels watching over you.

Very nice book. Sends a wonderful message of love and support to the children.

Mumu
Mumu
by Ivan Turgenev
Edition: Audio CD
3 used & new from CDN$ 19.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars Russian Literature -- Ivan Turgenev, Oct. 20 2012
This review is from: Mumu (Audio CD)
This is an audio book-on-CD adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's "Mumu," written in 1854. It is read in English, by Max Bollinger. The CD runs for about 1 hour, 11 minutes.

The story begins with a lonely, aging widow who owns a large estate outside of Moscow. The estate is loaded with servants of every kind, for every task. Even a doctor is on staff and living on the estate. Our story revolves mainly around Gerasim, a deaf mute serf (servant), and the widow's need to be satisfied. Through no choice of his own, Gerasim is removed from his life of plowing the fields and is brought to the estate to be a porter, and to primarily tend the courtyard.

Gerasim is a straight and serious fellow, a hard-working, no-nonsense, big, strong man who has little interest in folks around him, except Tatiana, the laundress. Although we see one side of him early on, we see a kind and loving side in his later relationship with puppy "Mumu," the Spaniel who captures Gerasim's heart.

This was a very sad story and one that makes you think about life in servitude, and about the ease with which someone with money can affect the lives of others. By the power of "owning" others, the widow was able to make choices for others that would deeply affect their lives based on the way she felt at the time. At the end of the story, you will notice the profound effects on the lives of 3 characters, but of course, like a ripple in the pond, each life touches many others.

Max Bollinger does an excellent job presenting this story. Russian by birth and living in England provides him with a perfect accent. His reading is also perfectly timed, clear and distinct. I do not believe anyone else could do this better.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you wish for -- Absolutely Delightful :), July 7 2012
What a wonderful family film! I guess it's a "kid's" film but I absolutely LOVED it! It has such wonderful lessons and it was done so well. The film is happy and sad, funny, and has emotional momemts, even a touch of magic is in the air. It is colorful and has music, even to the bagpipes of Scotland. This is a Disney Pixar film, so you have the wonderful animations that feel almost human.

The movie begins with the king and queen playing with their little red-haired daughter on her birthday. Even at the ripe old age of maybe 5, little Merida is headstrong, bright, and bubbly. And she sees the wisps, a kind of blue fairy type light that sends her in certain directions.

We watch Princess Merida grow, and be instructed in the ways of a Princess by her "Mum," the Queen. Now that she is of age, Mum decides it is time to have a suitor party so the gents can compete for her hand. But Merida has a mind of her own. Just to add a little extra excitement, Merida has three young brothers (triplets!)

Again, this is a fun flick with lots of funny moments, some even laugh-out-louds. And the bagpipes are always special to me (some of my heritage). Some valuable lessons for the children about perception, seeing things in a certain way, responsibilities, listening to others, considering alternatives, forgiveness and love. Many of you with children will likely buy this movie when it becomes available.

Beyond the Violation of the Self: Getting Your Soul Right
Beyond the Violation of the Self: Getting Your Soul Right
by William M. Jump
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.81
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awareness at the Psychological Level--A Possible PERMANENT Cure, July 6 2012
This 209 page book from 2008 is truly fascinating and full of wisdom! As someone who is fascinated by the wonders of the human mind, it is right up my alley. The author, William Jump, is a clinical psychotherapist and hypnotherapist who maintains a private practice in Maryland. He understands the connection to energy, the chakras, the Spirit Guide/Soul/etc. and the need to rid oneself of negativity to move forward. He specializes in the treatment of those suffering from childhood traumas. He is truly an unsung hero, doing some life-saving hypnotic work. Most folks believe that someone should always be able to control their behavior, but sometimes, it is not always that simple. Behaviors may be driven by past traumas and at times, the person is not even aware that he/she is acting out in a certain way. (Real simply put, through hypnosis, Bill facilitates the patient's healing by bringing up the emotions they have attached to their trauma and face them, so they can begin to heal.) Lots of folks seem to shy away from hypnosis, but it can be extremely helpful in helping someone access their subconscious mind. Probably most people could benefit from reading Bill Jump's in-depth analysis based on his work with hypnotic abreaction therapy because everyone probably knows a victim. Although sometimes meds are necessary, I have seen folks overmedicated into semi-zombie states. Through his work, Bill attempts to get to the root cause of the patient's problem and facilitate a state of permanent healing.

The book goes into explanations of Bill's therapeutic techniques and the results. He also explains how the process works in the mind, and gives examples in sessions he has conducted with others. "You are not going to be happy if you don't have your soul right. The soul can't be right if blocked off traumas are allowed to surface and triggers are allowed to play a role in creating bad life choices.. . It is difficult to move ahead as long as you hold on to your childhood wounds."

Parts 1 and 2 provide the overall explanation of how it all works and what it all means. I thought it was fascinating and that Bill was right on target. Part 3 delves into the specific case study of "S," the person who inspired Bill to write this book. When you follow her sessions, you better understand the workings of the mind and how the abreaction therapy works. Part 4 is an interview with the Dominant (aka spirit guide, little voice, internal voice -whatever you wish to name it). I found this section dead on into some of my own beliefs, imprinted/instructed/brought out by my own internal guidance. Part 5 just sums some things up for you.

This book is not about helping someone remember a trauma. Many already have the memory, It's about releasing the feelings and sensations associated with the trauma through abreaction. " The feelings and sensations [associated with the original trauma] are very powerful and manifest in symptoms and behavioral reenactments. When these feelings are resolved, the feelings and sensations lose power over the individual." The person begins to heal and move toward wholeness. It's not only about sexual abuse either. Children can be traumatized by many things, based on their perceptions. Some children may experience trauma from parents fighting, a messy divorce, a death in the family, physical abuse, verbal abuse, and sexual abuse.

(p.129) "There is a Well Spring of knowledge, the essence from which everything flows. If you don't let yourself move away from consciousness, you will be stuck with negative emotions, fear, guilt, and shame. . . There is much negativity. . ."

(p.171) "Trust me; what is most important in this life is your spiritual evolution . . . You got to face what it is that scares you and let it go.. .

My friends, this book was brought to me by a close friend who is dealing with childhood abuse issues. She is now in weekly therapy sessions with the author and they are going well. She appears to be on her way to permanent healing. I also want to mention that Bill Jump is a local, practicing in Maryland, USA. My friend has been kind enough to share her background story with me. We meet weekly and she lets me know how the therapy is progressing. Her desire to help others allows me to bring this book to all of you. I know many adults who are survivors of one or another form of childhood abuse. I urge any of you who know that pain to begin a path forward to accept your inner beauty and work on getting rid of that pain. Seek professional help if you are able to afford it. In any case, "You have to let go of the negativity and realize that it is your PAST. . .we cannot move on until the inner work is done."

God Bless. . .

The Shift of the Ages Through 2012 and Beyond: The Biggest Change Challenge of Our Time
The Shift of the Ages Through 2012 and Beyond: The Biggest Change Challenge of Our Time
by Peter Christian
Edition: Paperback
7 used & new from CDN$ 6.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Challenge Your Thinking-Much Wisdom for the Coming Times, March 4 2012
This very interesting 191 page book from 2010/2011 combines scientific research and metaphysical insights to draw an analysis between what has been happening and what might happen. Of course our author, Peter Christian, tells us about the Mayan calendar and its abrupt end on 12/21/12, but he continues on with what this time period and beyond may mean to us. Although there are more books than you can count on 2012, I think this one is very useful.

This book challenges our thinking. Many readers may find themselves saying, "YES! I feel like that. I think that way." Others may say, "Thank God! Someone else noticed that besides me! I'm not going nuts after all." (confirmation/validation of your thoughts and experiences.) All the while, Peter talks about the Great Shift of times, how things are changing, and leads us through a process that helps us analyze our personal "now" and our journey forward.

I think this is a very interesting book and I encourage you to get it NOW, instead of later. If you are on a spiritual path right now, I think you will find additional insight and validation in this book. This book is written with 12/21/12 as a "change" date, not an "end" date.

Do YOU notice changes in the weather? (Of course, maybe it's just cyclical. . .) Do you notice a difference in vibrations, especially in the morning hours? (Or, maybe it's my imagination.) Do you notice a huge quickening in time over the last several years? (Or maybe it's just because you are getting older? - I still don't understand the logic in that one.) As I said, I think this book will provide some insight, especially for those working on a spiritual path. There is lots of wisdom in this little book and you will likely read it more than once.

BTW--page 110 "What does it look like if someone is shifting?" (hope this helps some of you) A very general and abbreviated version of this page mentions: Emphasis on clearing out emotional baggage; need to be alone more; desire to take in less media stimulation; less need to talk endlessly on phone with friends and family; desire to change old relationships; increased interest in mystical, metaphysical, or spiritual subjects; knowing elements of your life need to change; feeling restless or that something is missing in your life; experiencing dramatic life-changes; fluctuating emotions or consciousness; unusual experiences in consciousness or bodily symptoms (erratic sleeping, energetic stirrings, unusual tiredness, etc). Of course, maybe it's just coincidence. . .? Only YOU know what you feel. But if some of this strikes a chord, maybe your awareness is shifting.

Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing
Our Two Gardens: How to Cultivate Healing
by Phd Tom Spector
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.32
16 used & new from CDN$ 3.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Self-Help and Meditation, Feb. 26 2012
This is such a nice little "self-help" book from 2010. Although it is only 69 pages long, it is well worth the read and possibly something you will read over and over. It is short enough to throw in your bag and probably read on your next flight. You have two gardens, the one in your mind and the one in your heart. (Sooooo TRUE!). You want to keep the weeds out! The analogy is so brilliant and so very easy to understand.

I began to love this little book immediately! Tom Spector's writing style is so smooth, relaxed, and conversational, like chatting with a close friend over lunch. He explains that we often fill our Mind Garden and our Heart Garden with weeds, then we nurture the weeds! (Yep. We do.) Throughout the book, Tom suggests different simple meditations.

Note--If you are laughing at the thought of meditating, DON'T. Those who meditate regularly understand the benefits and they are ENORMOUS!

The book is subdivided into 3 parts.
"How to Cultivate Healing" is Part 1, where we look at the "weeds" we are cultivating, such as fear, pain, stress, worry, and guilt. Tom discusses how we may be reacting to these weeds and possible alternatives to our thinking. He also discusses reasons why we may have trouble healing emotionally.

"Inner Peace' is Part 2, actually, how to achieve inner peace. Tom shares some visions and revelations he experienced in his journey to inner peace and discusses why living in the present moment is important to us.

"Visiting Seriously Ill People" is Part 3. Toms shares what he has learned while working with folks who are seriously ill, primarily cancer patients and discusses ways of working with these folks that can benefit both them and you.

Tom has 44 years of experience with meditating. He previously studied at Yale and was the former Vice President for cancer research for one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. Much of his healing knowledge came from Ram Dass, Sruti Ram, Thich Nhat Hahn, and Jon Karat-Zinn. He conducts workshops for groups and organizations, works with private clients, and works with the seriously ill, including cancer patients. He is located in Durham, NC. You may want to look him up and get into a workshop if you are in the area.

Tom also has a meditation CD available for purchase that nicely compliments this book. The title is "Meditation and Healing".

The Eye of the Dragon: Stalking Castaneda
The Eye of the Dragon: Stalking Castaneda
by S. Guzman-C
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 16.71
12 used & new from CDN$ 2.42

5.0 out of 5 stars "To Be Present is our Most Pressing Challenge. . .", Feb. 12 2012
This 180 page book from 2011 chronicles a man's search for spiritual enlightenment as he travels through parts of the West Coast of the US, to South America, and back. He relates his inner journeys to the works of Carlos Castaneda and includes Buddhist and Toltec wisdom.

This simple enjoyable read is based on a man who left everything behind and went on the road, in search of the eye of the dragon - becoming a warrior, who conquers himself. Lessons interwoven include Staying in the Moment as much as possible, with Death as an Advisor - knowing that death is always an arm's length away. (example - ever come upon an accident and said, OMG! If I had been 5 minutes earlier, if I didn't go back to check the toaster, it might have been me!) Another important lesson is the Ego as a manipulator and the Father of all Liars.

In Stalking Castaneda, our author stalks/watches himself, as he grows spiritually and learns to avoid many of the man-made traps. We are surrounded by projections of the mind, the "dreamed dreams of the dreamer". How much time do we spend reflecting on the past or worrying over a future event that may never happen? Does this serve you? Be mindful of the present and keep death at an arm's length. In other words, enjoy what is happening now and do not take "now" for granted. It is gone in a flash.

As I said, enjoyable read and in simple engaging dialog.

The Smarter Science of Slim: What the Actual Experts Have Proven about Weight Loss, Health, and Fitness
The Smarter Science of Slim: What the Actual Experts Have Proven about Weight Loss, Health, and Fitness
by Jonathan Bailor
Edition: Paperback
11 used & new from CDN$ 43.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Could Knock MANY of Your Prior Ideas about Losing Weight for a Loop!, Feb. 10 2012
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT, EVEN THE MOST STUBBORN CASES SHOULD FIND THIS BOOK TO BE THE ANSWER THEY HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR.

As the cover says, the book is chocked full of scientific weight/fat loss facts, supported by research/studies/testing and proof. It also contains dozens of medical endorsements from around the world. Health and fitness researcher Jonathan Bailor "spent the last decade collaborating with top doctors and researchers to analyze more than 10,000 pages of academic research related to diet, exercise, and weight loss." In short, you will find a wealth of information AND the facts/studies to back it all up! I believe this to be THE BEST book of its kind I have found to date and certainly a book that everyone should read.

In this 369-page, approximately 8" x 10" paperback from 2012, Jonathan explains the process by which the body does and does not burn fat and the set point. (Have you ever noticed that most folks lose weight only to regain it? Have you noticed that sometimes no matter what someone eats or doesn't eat, they still return to the same weight? This is because we all have a "set point". Jonathan explains how your system gets "clogged" and how you can change the set point and begin to lose weight.

Jonathan dispels many of the popular beliefs about weight loss. He explains the role of hormones, especially insulin, in weight loss/gain, how you can eat more and lose weight, what you should really eat and why, what a truly balanced diet looks like, how to exercise less and be more effective, and much more. Throughout this book, scientific research continually backs everything.

You will likely be pleasantly surprised by much of the information that you read, especially if you are eating less calories than ever and still not losing weight. If followed, this book should help even the hard core cases to lose weight - the folks where nothing works--and without massive amounts of exercise, and without starving. Whether your goal is to lose weight and/or body fat, or to become healthier (or both), it is not difficult to follow Jonathan's recommendations. The book is also written in clear, easy-to-understand language and includes all kinds of breakdowns, charts, exercise drawings, graphs, etc. Depending on your individual situation, you may even find chronic health issues disappear or lessen if you follow the recommendations in this book.

This is one of Kathy W's BEST PICKS and I very highly recommend it as a MUST READ!

Be Proud: Talking with Trees Book 1
Be Proud: Talking with Trees Book 1
by Colleen Doyle Bryant
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.23
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5.0 out of 5 stars Teaching Values - Be Proud of Yourself for Doing the Right Thing, Jan. 16 2012
This book is a paperback version, 24 pages, from 2011. The size is 8" wide x 10" high, beautifully illustrated in bright colors and with clear, descriptive illustrations to bring the lesson home.

Written by a mother of 4, this is Book #1 in a series of children's books designed to teach children valuable life-lessons by challenging them with character-building situations in a format that children can relate to. Simply put, the series teaches the right way to behave and what's in it for the child to behave that way. Life lessons are learned from a very old lady tree that has been around to see child, father, and grandfather grow up.

When a young boy sneaks off to play with his game after being told not to, the tree speaks up. In a non-demeaning way, the tree explains that you don't feel good about yourself when you sneak and hide, because you know you've done wrong. "Being proud of yourself without anyone having to tell you you've done good" is very important. Lady Tree goes on to explain that we all make mistakes. We just need to make things right, learn from them, forgive ourselves, and move forward.

To further bring the lesson home, a two-page workbook follows the story, asking discussion/think questions. The book is very well designed to make the child understand why it is important to do the right thing and be proud of themselves for doing so.

This is a wonderful, visually attractive, and well-designed book. It can be read by the child or read by the parent to the child and discussed afterward.

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