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Blues & Rock Harmonica Made Easy!: Compact Reference Library
Blues & Rock Harmonica Made Easy!: Compact Reference Library
by David Harp
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, Instructional, and Inspiring!, Oct. 5 2003
... Man, if you want to learn how to play harmonica in no time, just get this book. Play along with it on every page as you read through it. Just do what David Harp says, and you will be playing blues and rock on your harp quickly - and you will feel good about what you're doing. This is a REAL EASY book to understand and follow. It's like David is right there talking to you!
... As he says on page 10: "Don't get discouraged, ever. If you're a total beginner and feel a bit clumsy and boggled, just relax, and keep the harmonica in your mouth as you read. You'll get it! If you're a more experienced non-blues or rock player who feels "stuck," just remember that all players get into ruts, and a little instruction is a fine way to climb back out."
... Trust me, you don't need to know ANYTHING about music or harmonicas to be able to benefit from reading this book. It is EXCELLENT! It is so easy and simple! It's a shame more people do not teach what they know the way David does. I wish I had a person like David teaching me MATH in this same way when I was a kid. I would have been an astrophysicist by now! ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

When GOD Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life
When GOD Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life
by SQuire Rushnell
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars God WINKS in Mysterious Ways!, Sept. 10 2003
... Some people claim that God talks to them. This is true of spiritual believers from various faiths. Many Christians often speak of the fact that the Lord spoke to them in one way or another. In "the olden days," it seemed that God spoke in very dramatic and profound ways - like through a burning bush! Nowadays, it seems like we have to be ready and open to pick up on these little "winks." Whatever.
... Anyone who has read the book of SYNCHRONICITY by Carl Jung is aware of the profound impact that "coincidences" and "non-causal, time-related-activities" have on the human psyche. They are like emotional billboards screaming: "LOOK AT THIS!!!" ... These winks are no ordinary bats of the eyelids. They are often deep and life-changing experiences. The author expounds on them very eloquently. His life was changed by "god winks."
... If you, too, have ever had the unsettling experience that you were being given a message from God through some sort of "funny coincidence" of some kind or another and you would like to learn more about these kind of occurrences, then read this book. Squire Rushnell does a fine job at explaining it all in simple language without a lot of the new age mumbo jumbo that seems to haunt books about topics such as this one. It's an easy and inspiring read - and it just might make you feel better about that last deja-vu you had while you were going about your daily routine! ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

Theyve Stolen Our Country And Its Time To Take It Back
Theyve Stolen Our Country And Its Time To Take It Back
by Jim Hightower
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's Back - and with all The Facts that Shame the Elite!, Sept. 8 2003
... God bless Jim Hightower's courageous heart! He encourages the rest of us to pick up our crosses and start walking down the righteous path of confronting the enemy in the face. "BEGONE, YE DOUR-FACED DEMONS!" as Art Kleps once wrote. Now, Hightower is no fool. He walks his talk with the best of them. If anyone knows just how much we working folks are getting the shaft, it is good old Jim. His list of ENVIRONMENTAL sins, alone, that have been commited by this administration is absolutely startling!!
... Just check this out from pages 94 and 95: ... "HSD to the rescue! As the Homeland law was being written, corporate lobbyists suddenly got patriotic, warning that terrorists could benefit by knowing such "critical infrastructure" information as what chemicals a plant is using or producing. Therefore, a provision was slipped into the law prohibiting all agencies of government from releasing any such information that a corporation gives to HSD. Cute. Now any corporate lawyer who can spell L-O-O-P-H-O-L-E has an out from public disclosure - anything the corporation wants to hide can be sent to HSD and safely tucked out of sight. ... Bonus Gift: This HSD tuck-away also means that "critical infrastructure" information about a corporation's pollution, explosions, and other unpleasantness can't be dislodged for use in civil lawsuits that workers, neighbors, environmentalists, governments, or anyone else brings against the corporation. So why go to the expense of preventing pollution and safety problems when you can just hide them in HSD?"
... You know, in the Greek Orthodox Church, when people recite the OUR FATHER Christian prayer, they end it with: "and deliver us from the PONIROO," which does not mean "evil" - but SLYNESS, a kind of WICKED, sneaky intelligence that is selfish and evil, not noble and selfless. Indeed! All of the information Jim includes in this book will help to keep us from having the wool pulled over our eyes by the wicked, selfish, sly sharks who only care about their own crooked ways in order to satisfy their greedy desires through continuing to stay in power and glorifying themselves, not God or the common good. This current Rulership of Thieves ( "Kleptocracia" in Greek) does not exemplify how "the other half lives." It's nowhere near as large as HALF! It's as small as a fraction of ONE percent, and maybe FIVE percent of our population at the most. Anyone who does not belong to this elite club of 5 percent and votes to keep them in power is committing economic suicide! ... Right-On, Jim! - The Aeolian Kid

Walking The Bible
Walking The Bible
by Bruce Feiler
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practicing Peripatetic Theosis Ecstatically!, Aug. 24 2003
This review is from: Walking The Bible (Paperback)
... I wish there were a book like this for EVERY religion! What a wonderful way to learn about religion in general, and the Bible in particular. Someone from every faith should write a similar book about their particular spiritual path. It would be great to have a "Walking the Vedas," or "Walking the Sutras," or "Walking the Koran," or "Walking the Tao," or even "Walking with The Great Spirit." How about "Walking with Aristotle, Heraclitus, Pythagoras, Socrates, and Zeno of Elea?" Now, that would be something! Bruce Feiler may have started a great trend here!
... I found this book to be fascinating. It brings the first five books of the Bible - what Hebrew people refer to as The Torah - alive and relevant to the reader. It's like a chronological trek through biblical time; like the ultimate geography lesson in relation to the Hebrew, Christian, and Muslim God. Indeed, it brings back to life the very act of practicing peripatetic theosis ecstatically! Socrates and Aristotle would be proud. Bruce (the author) and his buddy Avner (his archaeological guide) go on a journey together that takes us all along for the ride, and we all learn more about the people and places of the Bible along the way. I simply could NOT put this book down. Once you pick it up, it grabs you like a magnet and it's hard to let go of it.
... Here's an example of an echange, from page 240, between the author and a young monk named Anastasis at Saint Catherine's monastery at Mount Sinai in the Middle East: "And what about praying here?" I said. "Do you feel closer to Moses because you live here." "It feels a little bit strange, " he said. "Because when Moses met God, he did it on this spot. 'This is holy ground,' God said. The ground is much more important than the bush." "So, do you feel closer to God, too?" "No," he said. "Wherever you are, if you are close to God, you are close. If you are far away, you are far away. It doesn't matter where you live. It matters what you feel."
... Page after page after page, this book is filled with inspiring and insightful reflections on the stories in the Bible and how they are brought to life in our own lives. It is a wonderful ecumenical odyssey, and a real joy to read. ... Now, who will be inspired to write: "Walking with Shamen?" ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

Work It!: How to Get Ahead, Save Your Ass, and Land a Job in Any Economy
Work It!: How to Get Ahead, Save Your Ass, and Land a Job in Any Economy
by Allison Hemming
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 21.00
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Advice for Finding Work and Getting Jobs, July 20 2003
... Allison Hemming has written a very good book packed with practical advice for finding work and getting jobs. She's an expert at dealing with the grown-up world of work. One problem I have with this book is that it appears to be very heavily slanted to getting a certain kind of work - "corporate identity" types of jobs in particular - without really dealing with the great, big, whole world of work available out there. "Office Job" hunters will love this book. The problem is that not everyone is cut-out for an office job. The other problem I have with this book is that the print is very small - and even smaller in the highlighted boxes with the gray background. It is very difficult to read at times. Nevertheless, reading this book will help anyone in their job search, if only because of all of the helpful web sites mentioned.
... For those cautious souls uncertain about making a change or taking a leap, the advice given on pages 275 to 279 is encouraging: "The only thing scarier than living with your parents is relocating to a city where you don't know a soul. But if your heart is set on an industry that tends to be centered in one or two specific cities (like Washington, D.C. for the federal government, New York or Los Angeles for entertainment, or the San Francisco Bay Area for technology), you could be looking at pulling up stakes. So how exactly do you conduct a long-distance job search while you're still at college or stuck in your hometown living with your parents? Do you move to the city right off the bat, or do you wait until you land a job and then go? Quite simply, it depends. The biggest consideration is that four-letter word: c-a-s-h. ... To Move or Not to Move. That's the million-dollar question. If you can swing it financially and you're sure of where you want to go, it probably makes sense to just do it, even if there's no job waiting for you in your new city. Interviewers will feel more confident that you're for real if you have a local address than if you're just in town to check things out. Besides, having no money and no job will motivate you in ways you can't imagine."
... As the NIKE ad says: "Just Do It!" ... From internet searches, to networking, to resume writing, to correspondence, to interviewing, to unemployment benefits, to career counseling, to budgeting one's money - it's all here in this helpful book. Read it, and then WORK IT! ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

Stupid White Men
Stupid White Men
by Michael Moore
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop Feeling Guilty About Voting For Ralph Nader!, July 6 2003
This review is from: Stupid White Men (Hardcover)
... I finally read this very funny book by Michael Moore, and I'm glad I did; because for the first time in over a couple of years I can say I have stopped feeling guilty for having voted for Ralph Nader for President in the 2000 election. ... Why?
... It's because of an extremely valid point - among many throughout this politically inspiring book - that Michael Moore makes on page 239. He says: "I could tell him that because Ralph Nader was on the ballot in the state of Washington, the majority of those 101,906 citizens who voted for Nader also voted for the Democrat for U.S. Senate. Thanks to these Nader voters, Maria Cantwell became Washington's new senator by only 2,229 votes. If you're going to blame Nader for taking votes from Gore in Florida, then you must also give credit to Nader for bringing thousands of new voters to the polls who made the difference for Cantwell - thus allowing the Democrats to force a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Then, once there was a tie, one senator from Vermont realized he suddenly had a lot of power - and used it to turn the Senate over to the Democrats by leaving the Republican Party. None of that could have happened without Nader." ... An excellent point!
... If, like a lot of us, you're still very angry about what happened during the presidential election of 2000, and you'd like to get a better handle on how it all went down, reading this book will clear your head of a lot of the dust that still may not have settled there. Also, it will definitely inspire you to keep on fighting the good fight so that the next election does not turn into the disaster that the last one did. Michael Moore's political inspiration is contagious! ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

Them: Adventures with Extremists
Them: Adventures with Extremists
by Jon Ronson
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 17.78
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be made into a Hollywood Movie!!!, July 6 2003
... If this book is never made into a Hollywood movie, it will be a very sad thing! ... Why? ... It's because this book is VERY funny - and we all NEED a good dose of what's funny right now. I'm not kidding. I'm very serious. Neither am I making fun of this EXCELLENT book or downplaying the serious intent of its basic thrust: exposing the common, bumbling, humorous humanity of all of these "bad guys" and "boogymen" out there that run rampant in the world of conspiracy theorists. Jon Ronson should be given both the Johnny Carson medal for Humor (if there is one!) as well as the Sherlock Holmes medal for Private Investigation (if there is one) - because he scores a perfect 4.0 on both counts! This book is GREAT!
... WHY is this book GREAT? It's great because Jon Ronson actually DID what 99 percent of us out here have only been talking about. He actually penetrated into the CORE of many of these conspiracy and anti-conspiracy (depending on your point of view) groups, met with many of their leaders, and lived to write about what he learned in order to uncover many of the hidden, inner details and/or unknown attitudes and mindsets of many of the members of these various groups. You simply cannot help falling in love with this colorful cast of characters. I mean, they're all REAL PEOPLE!!! Some of these people are very powerful worldly figures, both in and out of politics, and it is no laughing matter to say that in some cases even MILLIONS of people are influenced by what some of these powerful individuals do and say. ... Jon Ronson is a VERY funny man. He's also a very brave man - and a tenacious researcher!
... Well, as Don Juan says: "Power has a way of finding power," and as my friend David says: "Money goes to money." ... Personally, I believe that power likes to control things in order to STAY in power - and that all of this has nothing to do with DEMOCRACY at all. It has to do with CONSUMERISM - and any threats to consumerism, from the left, the right, or the middle. If there is ANY group out there that does not want to PLAY BALL and go along with CONSUMERISM, then that group is a threat to global, capitalistic consumerism. This is exactly why the psychedelics are outlawed everywhere - because they are the greatest threat to consumerism in this world, as professor David Lenson of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst rightly states in his scholarly, sociological book, ON DRUGS. There is NOTHING about Islam that prevents it from being democratic if it wanted to. There is also nothing un-American about Christian separatists. What both these groups - and more - have in common is NOT a hatred for freedom or democracy. What they all have in common is a fear of LOSING our freedoms and democracy, and strong resistance to playing ball with global elite (whoever they are as the flavor of the decade!) who want nothing more than to spread the gospel of CONSUMERISM across the globe, because it makes them all richer by minimizing responsibilities and maximizing profits - at the expense of human rights, national sovereignty, and the health of the biosphere. ... THIS is the serious undertone of this book. In the interest of balance and humorous saving grace, Jon Ronson has exposed this whole mess in a way that is a real FUN read. ... BRAVO! ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

Best Democracy Money Can Buy
Best Democracy Money Can Buy
by Greg Palast
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... "Freedom from Want and Fear" ... INDEED !!!, July 6 2003
... Greg Palast ends this excellent book with a little story about the medals won by his war-hero dad in World War Two. One of those medals had the following motto written on the back of it: "Freedom from Want and Fear." This same motto could suitably serve as a stand-in for one of the guiding, founding principles of our nation, as Thomas Jefferson proclaimed in The Declaration of Independence: the right to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." Thomas Jefferson's famous words would, indeed, seem to encapsulate the motto on the back of Greg's dad's heroically won medal. But, what do these words mean - "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness," and "Freedom from Want and Fear" - really? Different people read different meanings into them.
... Here's what I think Greg Palast thinks they mean: I think they mean that the freedom FROM want is just as important as the freedom to DO; that the freedom to live without FEAR is just as important as the freedom to live in LIBERTY; and that a life that is free from WANT and FEAR is a life that can more fully achieve the PURSUIT of HAPPINESS. I think they mean that "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" cannot be truly achieved at the EXPENSE of others, only through the free will and free cooperation of others. THIS is the difference between the truly PATRIOTIC and CONSERVATIVE interpretation of these wise words and the modern, neo-liberal, "compassionate conservative" twist and spin on these sacred words. I, myself, prefer to stick with Thomas Jefferson's meaning, thank you.
... Greg gets deep into a lot of information that never saw the light of day in the major news media of this country - and he explains why. ... Show me where the grave of Che Guevara is dug, so I can lay a flower there! Who do these multinational millionaires think they're kidding? Do they think we're all stupid? All afraid? All so apathetic and self-concerned - or totally tired and wasted from trying to make ends meet in this KLEPTOCRACY they have developed - that we have no time left to care at all about our common fate? The class war that continues in this country from before the founding of the republic and before the Demopublicans and Republicrats gained so much power over our lives during the last four Trilateral Presidencies ( Ford, Carter, Reagan-Bush, and Clinton) is a war over WHO will have the right to live a life of "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" - only the elite, or ALL of us. I was born in the COMMONWEALTH of Massachusetts. As far as I am concerned, that word implies that the wealth is held in COMMON, for the good of us all. After reading this book, it is quite clear that Greg Palast is a true, American Patriot who feels exactly the same way. ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood
Do What You Love, The Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood
by Marsha Sinetar
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Vocational Advice and Stories, May 19 2003
... I used to run my own natural food store at one time. I did it for over seven years. Before that, I ran someone else's for over three years. That's over ten years of doing work that one loves. There was only one problem: the money did NOT follow! If it had, I would still be running my store. ... Now, don't get me wrong. Money DID follow; just not ENOUGH money to support a family. ... So, I KNOW that what this book says is true. The question is: HOW TRUE? Also, I am aware of the fact that if my heart had been totally, 100% involved in my natural food store business alone - and NOT also involved in MUSIC - I may very well have made MORE money running my natural food store. Or, it could have simply been a chapter in my life that had run its course and it became time to move on - or, at least, time to do something else for a while in order to get a break from it before going back into it with renewed vigor. You know? Who can say for sure?
... Nevertheless, I strongly feel that the inspirational and vocational advice and stories given in this book are extremely valuable to read if one is looking for guidance and encouragement before making a career change or taking a bold step into the unknown. My recommendation: GO FOR IT!
... I really love what the author writes on page 134: "I do not remember where I heard this statement, but I have thought about it for a long time. From watching myself overcome certain unproductive attitudes and habits, and from working with many people who have either overcome similar patterns or who have such excellent work habits that they are almost assured material success, my sense is that we have a lot of control over our incomes, expenditures and livelihoods - much more control than we give ourselves credit for - and that there may indeed be a connection between our mental control and focus and our ability to make money. As long as we have a clear idea of our goals and properly use the inclinations and in-born talents that we already have, I believe that the money will follow. However, while we wait it is essential that we protect ourselves from the cultural consciousness that says we are what we earn. We certainly are not. Only the individual with a healthy, wholesome self-view will feel inwardly rich when he or she is outwardly broke. This point came home to me strongly when I was interviewing people for my first book. One of the young men that I interviewed, an environmentalist who lived on less than $$$$ per year, had so much adoration and such an ecstatic response for life that I was stirred to try to see what he had that wealthier persons lacked. Essentially, what he possessed was a peaceful, full heart, a spiritually complete nature, and an ability to see beauty all around him instead of lack."
... Enlightenment may not pay ALL the bills, but it DOES have its benefits - one being PEACE OF MIND, which is priceless. The trick is to be enlightened, to strive toward spiritual liberation, and to be at peace as well with your ability to support all of your material needs while you also pursue the work that you love to do. That work may be more than one thing, and it may also change over time - but as long as you are on a path "with heart" (as Carlos Castaneda says), I truly believe that you will be happy doing what you do. Basically, that is the essence of this book. The author, herself, walks her talk and is a living testimony to the validity of her writings and work. ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle against Corporate Media
Our Media, Not Theirs: The Democratic Struggle against Corporate Media
by Robert W. McChesney
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, we all know what Jerry Mander said - right?!, April 28 2003
... George Harrison has warned us all about the media with his very last album - BRAINWASHED. Jerry Mander warned us years ago when he wrote: FOUR ARGUMENTS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF TELEVISION. Now, Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols are warning us yet again with OUR MEDIA, NOT THEIRS. ... Read this book if you're angry enough about the media in general to begin to DO something about it, because this book does not stop at complaining about what is bad about the media; it offers us all multiple solutions to how we can actually confront the situation and create viable alternatives to this BEAST that is devouring everything in its path like a rabid Godzilla on steroids!
... This is SERIOUS business! Look what they write on pages 91 and 92: "As in the United States, a striking and important consequence of the global commercial media market has been the attack on journalism, and the reduction in its capacity to serve as the basis for an informed, participating citizenry. Let us be clear here: We are not blaming the global media system for all the flaws in journalism. Establishing a media system that fosters a freewheeling, independent, wide-ranging, and vibrant journalism and political culture is no easy matter, though it is something that all democratic societies should aspire to develop. National press systems prior to - and in conjunction with - the global commercial system were and are sometimes adequate at this job, but many were failures. Frequently, the media have been owned by wealthy individuals or firms that have clearly censored journalism to support their usually reactionary politics, as is the case in Turkey today. Both public and commercial broadcasters in many nations have often been handmaidens of the dominant political parties and interests. In places like Mexico, Peru, and Brazil the dominant commercial broadcasters have tended to be in bed with the dominant pro-business political parties, and to use their media power aggressively and shamelessly to maintain the favored parties in power. Editors and reporters from dissident media who courageously bucked the system and reported on those in power have often found themselves arrested or on the receiving end of a beating or a gunshot. These practices continue today across the world." ... Not very NICE!
... But there is hope! Read on, from pages 123 and 124: "Yet as important as this work is, there are inherent limits to what can be done with independent media, even with access to the Internet. Too often, the alternative media remain on the margins, seemingly confirming that commercial media conglomerates have become so massive because they "give the people what they want." The problem with this disconnect is that it suggests that corporate media have mastered the marketplace on the basis of their wit and wisdom. In fact, as we noted earlier, our media system is not the legitimate result of free market competition. It is the result of relentless lobbying from big-business interests that have won explicit government policies and subsidies permitting them to scrap public-interest obligations and increase commercialization and conglomeration. It is untenable to accept such massive subsidies for the wealthy, and to content ourselves with the "freedom" to forge alternatives that only occupy the margins. How , then, can we force a change in the media systems that dominate the discourse and misinform the debate? By organizing the media democracy movement to make a great leap forward."
... As Jesus said, resisting evil is not the way. Focusing on fighting fire with fire merely draws you into entangled engagement with illusory duality and conflict. We must IGNORE THEM TO DEATH! We must create a critical mass as a viable alternative that totally ECLIPSES the beast that has dominated our path to the pursuit of happiness, a fulfilling life, and true liberty. Only this way, can we find our way out of this mess - by all joining together, in spite of the powers that be, in order to build a new media that does not merely entertain or misinform but one which truly educates and enlightens our whole society and culture. ... YOWZA! - The Aeolian Kid

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