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Fascinating Research and Adventures of Author Gavin Menzies

29 Mar

During a recent bookcase reorganization I realized I had not read the latest and last book by Gavin Menzies, adventurer and researcher extraordinaire. (Gavin passed away 12-April-2020.) His career in the British Navy as submarine Lieutenant Commander offered opportunities to develop as a seasoned, savvy world explorer. He authored these three books in his retirement years. Simple questions, keen observations and tenacity to personally travel to the “corners” of the world substantiated his hypotheses.

The Lost Empire of Atlantis Fascinating and as thoughtful as his work on China, differed greatly from claims I was familiar with…submerged in the Atlantic Ocean. Menzies presents “Atlantis” as synonomous to the island Crete with outstanding collaboration from multiple sources and theories. I offer a link to the Dark Journalist website as an alternative contemporary resource on all things “Atlantis.”

https://www.darkjournalist.com

Dark Journalist X-122: AUTEC In The HotZone Ghislaine Atlantis Search

Dark Journalist X-122 (2) Secret Space Government: UFOs & Emergency Powers!

Corey Lynn encourages everyone to do their own research

8 Mar

coreysdigs.com

Corey Lynn, investigative journalist, encourages the public to join her to find the truth.

OPEN-SOURCE Information!

I found Chapter 4 extraordinary. It very thoroughly explores Blockchain technology. I cannot begin to do justice by commenting on the reveals of who, what, when, where, why, how and how much. Then Chapter 5 masterfully relates a personal story featuring her beloved dog. If the content does not seem relatable, it will after Chapter 5. Well done!

IN THE NEWS https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/02/07/irs-idme-face-scans/

Recommended by Catherine Austin Fitts, The Solari Report

Book Review: The Card Catalog

18 Feb

The Card Catalog is also a book!

Published by the The Library of Congress this book chronicles the challenges of library science over centuries specifically focusing on early American History.

More than delightful memories of classic books, this short and sweet book pairs well with The Library, A Catalogue of Wonders (reviewed 5/15/2019).

Book Review: End Times and 1000 Years of Peace

4 Aug
Published January 2021

In the last four years, I have read Revelations three times and unfortunately did not get much for my effort.

Thankfully, this book came to my attention via youtube video interview. Download for $2.99. Great investment.

Scripture is expertly paired with commentary chapter by chapter, enthusiastic personal messages and encouragement. To me are the illustrations of constellations with context of timing and meaning are EXTRAORDINARY.

Book Review: Code Girls

6 Jun

This is an amazing “behind the scenes” story, only recently declassified. The subject and situation are both very complex. I look forward to a film version (like the movies Hidden Figures and Green Book set in the 1960s).

Personal Note: In 2008, I joined a reunion of Marines with my father-in-law who fought on IWO JIMA. We met in Washington D.C. It was an honor and a privilege to tour the WWII memorial with veterans as well as join them for other activities. Their experiences fighting in the Pacific were profoundly life altering.

Other books with personal/behind the scenes accounts of WWII are

The Alice Network

PT109

Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II

The Dressmaker’s Gift

I recommend them all.

When inspiration hits dirt

22 Apr

Back ground: Winter 2021. When will pandemic end? Seed catalogs: Shumway and Jung. Delightful dreams of spring planting. Adventure! For the first time I ordered strawberry, raspberry and asparagus roots.

The good news (maybe) is that I reconsidered where to plant strawberries and asparagus to prevent them from becoming snacks for wildlife. These are my trials/experiments…what’s my vision?

Veg in One Bed by Huw Richards, Wales

The Family Garden Plan by Melissa Norris, Oregon

Both are excellent! Great photos.

Several years ago, I followed the Instagram account (grandoakfarmtn) of Grand Oak Farm’s launch of a three season three acre project to supply farmer’s market with fruit, vegetables and flowers. I could see what they were doing, but I did not comprehend how it was orchestrated. Some areas of the field were planted with three different crops. What? How did they go together? Veg in One Bed (with photos) discusses three season gardening plan. However, as helpful as the plan is, it did not include examples with my favorite produce.

I turned to The Family Garden Plan which focuses on “likes” and growing quantities to supply the home kitchen year round. Very well done. Bible verses introduce each chapter. Illustrations and planning charts are outstanding.

My long term memory (40 years ago) of the kitchen gardens of Colonial Williamsburg Virginia kicked in. Ah! Ha! Charming. Fruits. Vegetables. Herbs. Flowers. Right out the back door. Narrow paths. Three season. Less than 1/2 acre.

Hmmmmm. There’s a future post on this subject. ūüėČ

Book Review: The Dressmaker’s Gift

9 Apr

Dressmaker is a term that is no longer in our contemporary vocabulary.  A century ago, it was a profession with formal training.

The American College of Dressmaking in Kansas City published The American Dressmaker textbook in 1906.  I assume this instruction became part of Home Economics curriculum some decades later.

I digress… the title The Dressmaker’s Gift understates the powerful story of women in Paris during WW2 resisting the domination and occupation of Nazi Germany.

From making custom dresses/gowns in Paris, to being held at a location for political prisoners (Fresnes), then transferred to Dachau…shocking!  In 2012, I was on the grounds for a walking tour.

The author accurately related the horrors of life in the concentration camp.

Read for yourself how it is possible to reconcile the trauma, not only for one’s self but also one’s children and grandchildren decades later.

 

Book Review: Secret Empires

31 Jan

I saw multiple interviews with Peter Schweizer over the last few years especially timed around new book releases. Reading a Schweizer book completes one New Year’s Resolution. The content is detailed with MANY footnotes. Excellent questions are posed. The content is absolutely relevant to matters that influence “these days and times” at home and abroad. From my point of view, this public knowledge is integral to the “Great Awakening”.

Other books by Peter Schweizer: Extortion 2013, Clinton Cash 2016 and the latest Profiles in Corruption 2021

Recently, I realized that Dan Brown’s works of fiction The Da Vinci Code, Angels and Demons, Lost Symbol and others also influenced the “Great Awakening”.

Book Review: The Winding Ways Quilt

26 Sep

 

I have had quilts all my life…gifts from both grandmothers and a bonus from Great grandmother Hall (photo on the “About” page).

Until I browsed the aisles of the Used Book Store in White Pine, TN I did not know there was a series of books on quilts and quilting. ¬†I bought four of the series by Jennifer Chiaverini. ¬†Jennifer is delightful…delving the reader in the process of quilt making, choosing fabrics, patterns and the network of friendships that develop along the way.

Other books by Jennifer Chiaverini:  An Elm Creek Quilt Sampler, An Elm Creek Quilts Album, Circle of Quilters, The Wedding Quilt, The Giving Quilt, The Winding Ways Quilt and The Aloha Quilt

Of course on my return trip to the Used book store I find two more authors…

Jan Cerney and Arlene Sachitano both with multiple titles.

 

White Pine Used Books, 1703 Main Street, White Pine, TN

Book Review: A Drop in the Ocean

11 Aug

Jenni Ogden skillfully juxtaposes:  University based health care research scientists and Wildlife researchers in the Great Barrier Reef.

Perhaps one could say Jenni developed a matrix juxtapositions of scientists and researchers in settings of…

Island life where supplies are delivered every two weeks…no utilities or ground transportation in the Southern Hemisphere contrasting with one of the oldest communities in Europe…Unst, the northern most inhabited island in the British Isles.