Zenrider28 March 2011 at 11:33pmPosts: 3547 (0 today)Status: offline
I'm going to have to get a library card and start reading some of the stuff you all are.
Currently reading/studying the CDL Study Guide. Might be moving up to the big trucks soon. Probably only seasonally at this point and perhaps not even until around Christmas. However, I have been given a heads up that I really need to get this done. Permits are good for a year, my company provides the schooling and drive testing, but need to have my CDL A permit ready or can get passed up by someone with less seniority. Thankfully, I don't need tanker or hazardous endorsements, so I can skip a few chapters.
Yup, I'm an aspiring truck driver. :-] How the heck did that happen?
K'Ehleyr28 March 2011 at 11:44pmPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
There Were Giants Upon the Earth: Gods, Demigods, and Human Ancestry: The Evidence of Alien DNA (Earth Chronicles)
In whose genetic image were we made? From his first book The 12th Planet on, Zecharia Sitchin has asserted that the Bible's Elohim who said "Let us fashion The Adam in our image and after our likeness" were the gods of Sumer and Babylon-the Anunnaki who had come to Earth from their planet Nibiru.
The Adam, he wrote, was genetically engineered by adding Anunnaki genes to those of an existing hominid, some 300,000 years ago. Then, according to the Bible, intermarriage took place: "There were giants upon the Earth" who took Adam's female offspring as wives, giving birth to "heroes of renown."
With meticulous detail, Sitchin shows that these were the demigods of Sumerian and Babylonian lore, such as the famed Mesopotamian king Gilgamesh as well as the hero of the Deluge, the Babylonian Utnapishtim.
Are we then, all of us, descendants of demigods? In this crowning oeuvre, Zecharia Sitchin proceeds step-by-step through a mass of ancient writings and artifacts, leading the reader to the stunning Royal Tombs of Ur.
He reveals a DNA source that could prove the biblical and Sumerian tales true, providing conclusive physical evidence for past alien presence on Earth and an unprecedented scientific opportunity to track down the "Missing Link" in humankind's evolution, unlocking the secrets of longevity and even the ultimate mystery of life and death.
Space travel . . . Genetic engineering . . . Computer science . . . Astounding achievements as new as tomorrow. But stunning recent evidence proves that as these ultramodern advances were known to our forfathers millions of yrsterdays ago . . . as early as 3,000 years before the birth of Christ!
In this remarkable companion volume to his landmark EARTH CHRONICLES series, author Zecharia Sitchin reexamines the teachings of the ancients in the light of mankind's latest scientific discoveries - and uncovers breathtaking, never-before-revealed facts that challenge long-held, conventional beliefs about our planet and our species.
The End of Days: Armageddon and Prophecies of the Return (The Earth Chronicles) by Zecharia Sitchin
Lots of people have been waiting for this book for a long time. Thirty years ago, Sitchin began writing the Earth Chronicle series, which posits the theory (supposedly recorded in Sumerian myth) that extraterrestrials, the Aununnaki, arrived on Earth eons ago and genetically engineered humans.
Much of this book is taken up with backstory, but that doesn't mean newbies can just jump in. Although Sitchin helpfully highlights key points in boldface, there's a lot to keep straight here.
Readers attempting to deal with a couple hundred thousand years of history, ancient astronauts becoming human gods, and Sitchin's attempt to tie it all into biblical prophecies may wish they were on another planet. Yet the series has legions of devoted fans who have been waiting to learn if the Aununnaki are coming back and, if so, when.
Sitchin notes that it's hard to determine where to start the countdown to the end days, which may be tied to the Aununnaki's reappearance.
It might come in 2012. Too soon? How about 2087? Taking the long view? Try 2240. There's more, a lot more, but we won't risk a spoiler.
Duddy2 April 2011 at 12:46pmPosts: 5641 (0 today)Status: offline
The Zen of truck driving! Good luck with that Zen, sometimes you have to read these instructional things. I am reading a book on Powerpoint for work stuff. The plot is terrible! :-]
On a better note just finished 'Last Night in Twisted River' by John Irving. I seem to be working my way through his books - I often feels as if I have lived several lives when I come to the end of them. Human love and frailty always at the centre.
Also keep going back to 'Walden' by Henry David Thoreau as well as his joy in nature, a fascination and concern for the preservation of the self sufficiency of the local neighbourhood.
"An Hour Before Daylight: Memoirs of a Rural Childhood." Jimmy Carter
Finished "East of Eden" (John Steinbeck) a little while ago. HIGHLY recommended.
K'Ehleyr2 April 2011 at 5:31pmPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
777 and other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley
Violin - Anne Rice
Stephen King stories - Just After Sunset
Brotherhood of the Tomb - Daniel Esterman
K'Ehleyr2 April 2011 at 7:11pmPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
Servant of the Bones - Anne Rice
Check out Anne on Facebook - very accessible -
She left her vampires/Lestat behind to go back to the church and writes mostly about Jebus now -
But became disillusioned and totally dropped the church after many scandals - she has kept her faith but hates the whole organized church thing and criminal cover ups -
Still want her to bring back those cute homo-erotic vampires - maybe when she get Christ out of her system she'll go back
Revelations by Douglas E. Winter
"a mighty hymn to a coming apocalypse"
collection of short stories based on revelation or the apocalypse
London the Novel by Edward Rutherfurd author of Sarum
crosswords3 April 2011 at 10:43amPosts: 65 (0 today)Status: offline
Brian Friel's 'Philadelphia, here I Come!', very funny and a great play, Public and Private. Interesting read.
mercy3 April 2011 at 2:09pmPosts: 1127 (0 today)Status: offline
K'Ehleyr6 April 2011 at 4:21amPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
Mr. Jack by Mick Lexington
K'Ehleyr6 April 2011 at 6:34amPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
Anyone want to borrow either book just ask - pay for the shipping and its yours -
Lawrence and Aaronsohn: T. E. Lawrence, Aaron Aaronsohn, and the Seeds of the Arab-Israeli Conflict [Paperback]
From Publishers Weekly
In this dual biography of two key figures in Middle Eastern history, Florence (Blood Libel) grounds the clash of Arab and Jewish nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire's collapse during WWI. T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) was a flamboyant British officer and romantic partisan of a mythologized Arab people, who cobbled together an anti-Turkish revolt out of fractious Bedouin clans.
Aaron Aaronsohn, a Palestinian Jew and an agronomist who pioneered the Zionist effort to make the desert bloom, organized a spy ring to feed intelligence on Ottoman defenses in Palestine to the British. There's suspense and pathos in Florence's saga of the war-torn Middle Eastâ€”
Aaronsohn's sister, Sarah, also a spy, was tortured by the Turks and committed suicideâ€”along with eye-glazing diplomatic wrangling as Aaronsohn and Lawrence try to influence British policy toward conquered Ottoman lands.
Florence's portraits of his protagonists color his account of the competing political claims. His depiction of Aaronsohn makes Zionism the more authentic nation-building project, deeply rooted in the careful stewardship of a soil watered with Zionist blood, while Arab nationalism comes off as largely a shallow, alien conceit imported by an eccentric Englishman to Bedouin more interested in booty than independence.
(See also Aaronsohn's Maps: The Untold Story of the Man Who Might Have Created Peace in the Middle East, reviewed on p. 44.) Photos. (Aug. 20)
The murder of Lawrence of Arabia: A novel [Hardcover]
by Matthew Eden
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery Continues, April 23, 2001
By Patrick King (Amesbury, Massachusetts USA) -
This review is from: The murder of Lawrence of Arabia: A novel (Hardcover)
Everyone intrigued by the tale of Lawrence of Arabia as told in David Lean's epic film, will want to get a grip on this disturbing end to the story. T.E. Lawrence may have been the most successful and famous real-life spy who ever lived.
He could have been Prime Minister or Parlimentarian as was his less celebrated contemporary, Winston Churchill. Why did he instead enlist as a lowly private in several military regiments under assumed names, avoiding his fame?
These are some of the questions Matthew Eden explores in this fascinating and well-researched novelization. It does not speculate endlessly, as many recent Lawrence books do, on the soldier's possible sexual preferences.
But speculates plausibly on the possible uses others might have had for Lawrence, on Lawrence's own political interests, and the reasons why certain parties in 1935 might have wanted Lawrence dead.
Best are the sequences of Lawrence and his beloved Brough Superior motorbike.
Here are some of the best motorcycle riding descriptions I've ever read. I found it a very provocative book which inspired me to read further.
K'Ehleyr6 April 2011 at 4:21pmPosts: 8422 (0 today)Status: offline
Spy for Freedom [Hardcover]
Cowen , Gunther
A biography of Sarah Aronsohn, who during World War I, led an espionage group whose goal was to help free the Jews of Palestine from the oppression of Turkish rule.
As for the experience of the Jews of Palestine under Turkish rule, the local Turkish satrap was making plans for genocide on the Armenian model when World War I intervened. Nonetheless, Turkish behavior during the war led half the Jewish population to leave the area that would become Mandatory Palestine.
During the war the famous agronomist Aronsohn, his sister Sarah Aronsohn, and others provided intelligence to the British that was far more valuable (as British intelligence agents explicitly recognized) than the few hundred horsemen, exaggerated into a "100,000 men," that Abdullah provided T. E. Lawrence.
Those horsemen did little more than harry, ineffectively, the Turks on the Hejaz railway line. The Aronsohns and other members of the Nili Group (as it was called) were caught and killed; Sarah Aronsohn was tortured, but managed to commit suicide to prevent worse.
They say that the SA Lawrence dedicated his book to, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, was Sarah - that he was the British liason between the NILI spies and the British
Dedication Seven Pillars of Wisdom - T.E. Lawrence
I loved you, so I drew these tides of men into my hands
and wrote my will across the sky in stars
To earn you Freedom, the seven-pillared worthy house,
that your eyes might be shining for me
When we came.
Death seemed my servant on the road, till we were near
and saw you waiting:
When you smiled, and in sorrowful envy he outran me
and took you apart:
Into his quietness.
Love, the way-weary, groped to your body, our brief wage
ours for the moment
Before earth's soft hand explored your shape, and the blind
worms grew fat upon
Men prayed me that I set our work, the inviolate house,
as a memory of you.
But for fit monument I shattered it, unfinished: and now
The little things creep out to patch themselves hovels
in the marred shadow
Of your gift.
ErikBorgo6 April 2011 at 4:49pmPosts: 102 (0 today)Status: offline
The Famished Road - Ben Okri
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The Druid Animal Oracle
working with the sacred animals of the Druid
The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm; Illustrated by Bill Worthington
Review by Valerie Antal
The Druid Animal Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm is a 33-card non-tarot deck composed of twenty-nine Celtic animals and four elemental dragons to embody the characteristics of water, earth, air and fire. Three blank cards are included so readers can add images of personal totem animals not already represented.
The watercolor paintings by Bill Worthington contain active representations of animals from the Celtic pantheon. The Cat with her arched spine and standing fur seems positioned for defense. With her claws outstretched and her fangs displayed, the resonance of the feline hiss practically sounds from the card. Among her mountain habitat of grey rocks and trees rooted within the sloping landscape, the Cat is depicted aside her native plants: pink flowering cat's foot, hill-cat's glove and cat's tail.
Linking each animal to herbal lore is thematic of the deck. Although the plants represented are native to Celtic regions, the inclusion of herbs in relation to their respective animal can provide a deeper understanding of interconnectedness within nature for both novice and experienced herbalists. I do wish the text offered more information on the herbs pictured along with the Latin names.
Erik - what is your Druid animal???
I'd guess and say:
Fire Dragonâ€”Transmutation, Mastery, Energy
Wolfâ€”Intuition, Learning, The Shadow
ErikBorgo6 April 2011 at 11:02pmPosts: 102 (0 today)Status: offline
Good gazooks! I did meet a shamnaic woman who told me I was some kind of mountain lion years and years ago and gave me one of it's teeth. Aren't there any nice animals?
I think we're all different animals all day.
ErikBorgo6 April 2011 at 11:06pmPosts: 102 (0 today)Status: offline