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Book Reviews: 2 in 1 This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness

17 Sep

Over 2 million sold.

 

Written in 1986 and 1989 respectively.  These novels are bold, elegant and powerful.  I much prefer these over Harry Potter books.  One reviewer described the books as “Christian thrillers.”  Smile 🙂  Each narrative is set in a small U.S. town with complex problems.

These books were brought to my attention in a Twitter post by Qanon EyetheSpy.

 

Book Review: Origin, A Novel by Dan Brown

26 Aug

Book 5 of 5 featuring Professor Robert Langdon

I have been a Dan Brown fan for years.  I was delighted to find this at a used book store.  Was there no fanfare on the release?  If there was, I missed it.

The dramatic adventure set in Spain includes outstanding narrative of art, architecture, literature, history, science and technology.  I had 2 years of Spanish in high school and appreciated Spanish speaking characters speaking Spanish (English translations keeps one from getting confused).

Not only is reading Origin compelling entertainment, but it is also refreshingly educational as Dan Brown does so expertly.

Q…

4 Aug

Having spent 2018 posting my progress reading the Bible in one year (for the first time), I am taking the liberty of sharing several new to me Biblical subjects brought to my attention by Qanons.

 

Many or most messages on the Q board on 8chan have multiple meanings.  For example, one possible meaning of “Q” is high level security clearance.

There is also The Lost Gospel “Q”, the Original Sayings of Jesus.  The appendix of this book shows nearly 50 researchers working on this subject in the 1990s.  Historians of the synoptic Gospels in Germany in the 1830s (p 26) referred to content shared by the gospels of Matthew and Luke as “Q”…short for the German word “Quelle” or “source.”

The Book of Enoch is not canonical/included in the Bible. Enoch is identified with Genesis 5:18.  Enoch was the great-great-great-great-grandson of Adam.  Curiously, there are lessons for us from Enoch forthcoming from a Qanon.

AND…

Interesting research captured in this Twitter thread.

(https://twitter.com/40_head/status/1154352780611444737?s=03)

The link above includes the entire thread.  Sample content of first of a stream of tweets below:

Book Review: The History of Bees, A Novel

2 Jul

My interest in bee keeping is shown on the Beehaven@OwlCreek tab above.

I struggled with this book.  I also appreciate the story.  Well over half way thru the book, I felt that I was reading multiple Twitter feeds.  Some characters lived in the 1800s, some in the present and some in the future.  The author does bring it together in the end.  If I had first read the Reading Group Guide on page 340 of my digital version, I would not have been so frustrated.

The contents include valuable information about commercial hives and the highly productive, delicate life cycle of bees.

Book Review: A Mind at Play

5 Jun

The richness of Shannon’s biography creates an engaging review of the science. Like the content of Tuxedo Park by Jennet Conant, the science was so ground breaking… it was many years before declassification would make his work available to the public.  “How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age”

I wish this book was available when I was studying engineering.  Being playful (including juggling) and a “hands on inventor” were foundational to his success.

My “STEM by meme” page (link above) lists books I have found outstanding providing context or “the story” behind text book study.

Book Review: The Library, A Catalogue of Wonders

15 May

 

At a time in history when many readers are choosing digital books…myself included for ease of travel, plus I love the highlighting ability…reading The Library, A Catalogue of Wonders is time well spent.

The research is extraordinary.  The text is thought provoking.  The outstanding anecdotes just keep coming and coming.   Stuart Kells comprehensively covers history of scrolls to libraries of hobbits.  For fragile/delicate books to survive over centuries subject to the elements, insects, fire, humidity, carelessness, war, theft, purging…  is amazing.

Did you know a “book worm” is an insect?  I had only heard it describe readers!

I also appreciated the information on shelving technology…had not thought of it before.

The Library pairs well with The Millionaire and the Bard (previously reviewed).  Kells thoroughly covers the works of Shakespeare.

See 23 of the world’s most enchanting libraries https://on.natgeo.com/2UKZdaH via @NatGeoTravel  These photographs are stunning!  Check it out.

Thank Q

27 Mar

Coded messages and a following of decoders on 8chan:

Mystery and intrigue.  Innovation for alternative media?

[intheMatrixxx] (@intheMatrixxx)                                             tweeted at 9:35 AM on Tue, Mar 26, 2019:
Who is Q, you ask? @mitchellvii.

Here is an explanation put together by brilliant Anons.

https://t.co/jszRYJrD23

Q is synonymous with high level security clearance, like the clearance given to Jack Ryan in the Hunt for Red October.

Frequent messages:  Think for yourself.  Research.  Red pill.  Justice.  Sheep no more.

WWG1/WGA(Where We Go One, We Go All)

Watch “SpaceShot X SevereAnon Intro Video” https://youtu.be/7qo4FB4UumQ

Watch “Rock Anthem for Qanon movement:   Search the Word “Q”

 


Memes:

In his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, British scientist Richard Dawkins defended his newly coined word meme, which he defined as “a unit of cultural transmission.” … Meme itself, like any good meme, caught on fairly quickly, spreading from person to person as it established itself in the language.
Meme definition: A meme is something such as a video, picture , or phrase that a lot of people send …

Q followers are also known as Qanons (anon=anonymous)

Elfcroft recommends these Qanons among many on Twitter, YouTube

They are great researchers and communicators.

https://prayingmedic.com

https://www.coreysdigs.com

Prayerful:  @BardsOfWar (Twitter)

Delightful:  IPOT (In Pursuit of Truth) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAyrKoW31y5UcsRjh2ItvxQ

Mental Challenge:                                                                                                                        Serial Brain 2 Decodes QAnon BIG BIG BIG HAPPENINGS within the …

 

 

From Houzz: 10 ways to organize your books

14 Feb

 

Elfcroft survey:  What I found….

  1. Classics/Contemporary           NO
  2. Read/Unread                             Only digital books
  3. Genre or Niche

    Miscellaneous

  4. Series or Edition

    My first series

  5. A to Z or Z to A                         NO
  6. By Size

    Coffee Table books:  bottom shelf

  7. By Topic

    One of many:  I Ching research

  8. Hard Cover/Paperback           NO
  9. Outward Facing                         NO
  10. Mood or Setting

    Hour for hour, most of my reading of digital books is in-flight

    Wow!  Choosing just one of the 10 suggestions made by Laura Gaskill would be TOO limiting.  Thank you Laura!

    Check out using library style carts (post dated Dec 3, 2018 “Coincidence? Mini Libraries”)

Book Review: Aerial Geology

23 Jan

 

I believe this would qualify as a textbook, however it is so beautiful it would also make a great coffee table book.  The content is North America specific.  (Aerial Geology pairs nicely with Tim Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography.)

The photos and narrative reveal what we take for granted in the world.  The earth is best revealed to us in the “birds eye view” from a plane or on foot in our National Parks. (My favorite hiking story is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson on the Appalachian Trail)

100 significant geological sites are expertly described going counterclockwise from Alaska to Maine.  The header on this webpage would pair up with Site 85 for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The images below are either crinoids or brachiopods dating back 500 million years (The header photo was taken from an overlook made from this rock.)

365 Days

31 Dec

Woo!Hoo!  I completed my 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.  I find Doreen’s knowledge of New Age teaching helpful, clarifying subjects which are confounded with study of the Bible.  She is a joyful researcher.

With hindsight:

I preferred the Original One Year Bible in the first half of the year.  It helped me get thru the Old Testament with the variety of additional readings.

I preferred the Chronological One Year Bible in the second half of the year.  I found the Gospels compelling having multiple narratives on the same time line.

With this experience…now what do I do?  My inspiration comes from How to Master the English Bible by James M. Gray promoted by S Boutwell.  The last five pages are gems of advice.  Read the books of the Bible as books!  Multiple times…as many as fifty times.  (That sounds like more than a year long endeavor.)  For the longer Old Testament books, it suggests to consider as multiple books.  For the shorter books, it suggests combining them.  Look for a follow up post in the New Year!

James M. Gray, President of the Moody Bible Institute trained thousands of young people from 1904 to 1935.