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suellen-ocean's picture
Jan.23.2012
The word is Greek and means, "land between the rivers." You are probably confused by what it means because it is often used to designate a country or ethnicity, which it is not. It is an ancient melting pot for many nations and tribes. Mesopotamia includes most of the valley between the Euphrates...
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Jan.16.2012
Asia Minor and Anatolia are the same designation. It is the peninsula between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean and comprises the largest part of Turkey. Scholars believe Ancient Germans migrated from Northern Europe to Anatolia, assimilated with pre-Hittite tribes then later fought for...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.26.2011
Sometimes they were the persecutors and at other times, they were persecuted. During their persecuted years, they were constantly being driven out of or migrating away from their homes. Early on, they went to eastern countries near their original homeland but some reports have the Jews going up to...
suellen-ocean's picture
Oct.24.2011
No doubt Muslims and Jews fell in love and intermarried, especially during the Middle Ages when in Spain the Arabs and Jews shared their love of exploring science, math, philosophy, religion, architecture and life’s deep questions. When you look at lists of Jewish surnames, you will see names with...
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Sep.10.2011
http://www.fictionstudiobooks.com/Fiction_Studio_Books/Our_Blog/Our_Blog... When I began to think seriously of writing, it was always the most intricate, internal dynamics of characters that kept me coming back to create my fiction, even when I faced having to describe actual geography, and...
blair-kilpatrick's picture
Aug.19.2011
At the start of each decade of my adult life,  I've had a moment when everything changed.   Of course,  I can identify these  moments only in retrospect.  Usually, they involve a combination of choice and serendipity.   At twenty, I accepted a college friend's offer of...
sharon-a-geyer's picture
Jul.28.2011
For some writers this is no big deal. But for me, a first-class techniphobe, this is a big step.  My hope is that my Redroom blogs, infrequent as they are, will now appear on my Amazon.com author's page.  So I will keep this entry short and to the point.  With a new book coming out this fall, THE...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Jul.21.2011
I’ve tried to do everything the characters in my books do. I’ve roamed the alleys of Bethlehem’s refugee camps. I’ve had clandestine meetings with gunrunners in Gaza. I’ve risked diabetes to eat syrupy Palestinian desserts and made them key to the plot of “The Samaritan’s Secret.” I learned piano...
bob-mustin's picture
Jun.24.2011
The "Arab Spring" was led by Egypt, a country with an emerging literature much like that of South Africa 30-40 years ago. If the recent governmental overthrow produces nothing more than a louder voice for writers there, it will be a great success, for Egypt and the Middle East. In Cairo,...
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Jun.18.2011
Doug Roberts with one of his cats By Anthony S. Policastro When I read Doug Roberts' book, The Man Who Fooled SAVAK, it was one of those stories that completely engrossed me where I couldn't put it down until it was finished. Inspired by true events in the early 1970s, The Man Who Fooled SAVAK...