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Feb.06.2012
Small towns make for big romances.
My mother's bathroom had a great mirror; made me and the six other women in the family look ten pounds thinner. I hadn't known it worked for others until I mentioned it to my nieces. Before that, I had wishfully thought I was a little slimmer. We still laugh about that mirror. Some movie theaters...
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Feb.03.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
Would you believe me if I told you it came from a basket? During the great Roman Empire there were many areas needing administration. Thousands of miles of roads were built to reach Roman cities and outposts. Along these great stretches of road, treasure was transported in sealed baskets that were...
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Feb.03.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
An ark is a chest. The Ark of the Covenant is a wooden chest the ancient Israelites made to hold the Tablets of the words of "the law". The story goes that the chest was made because of a command the Lord gave to Moses. It is also called The Ark of God, Ark of God of Israel, Ark of the Testimony,...
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Feb.02.2012
Long after the summer of love.
If by chance you catch the essence of Northern California and would like to visit, it is among the most awesome in the world. Miles of forests, ocean bluffs with painfully beautiful views, clean magical beaches backed up to forests to romp and play in, an irresistible backdrop for a novel. By the...
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Feb.02.2012
A Cookbook for Starving Artists, Students, Poor People, Rich People, All People.
Opening up oneself to the flow of goodwill, either from someone whose warm hand you hold or the spirit of illuminate beings is... well... healing. Who wouldn't want to grab that current? When I woke this morning, I lay in bed thinking and praying, pleased that there were millions of people also...
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Feb.01.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
Saladin was the son of a Kurdish military man who was Governor of Damascus, Saladin fought for control of Egypt against the Christians who aided Egypt. Saladin eventually became the Sultan of both Egypt and Syria. Saladin conquered Jerusalem in 1187 from the Christians who through the Crusade had...
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Jan.30.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
Judging by the picture of ruins of a 2000-year-old citadel, ancient Syria was gorgeous. And sounds like Syria still possess much beauty along its coast. Imagine Mediterranean blue skies, date palms and orchards of grapes, oranges, lemons and olives and a history of silk production. Syria's...
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Jan.30.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
A couple thousand years ago there was a "country" called Aram. It was part of Syria. The people who dwelt there were Semitic and called Aramaeans. Their language was Aramaic, which Jesus spoke. But the term Aramaean later came to denote those who were Pagan; the Christians took the title of Syrians...
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Jan.27.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
Sometimes we think the Ark of the Covenant is the same as the Holy Grail. It isn't. The phrase gets thrown around often and is probably used incorrectly. The Holy Grail is the cup that caught the last drops of Jesus' blood. There is a tradition that in Glastonbury England, a man named Joseph of...
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Jan.24.2012
The lies they told to protect the truth.
It's the Old Testament. Before it was the OT, it was the Old Covenant. The covenant existed between God and the children of Israel. It is a treaty between these two. Then later, the Christians created a new "treaty" which we know of as the New Testament.   Suellen Ocean is the author of The...
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Jan.23.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
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
A window into a world most of us know little about.
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...
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Jan.16.2012
A window into a world most of us know little about.
Who got rid of Harems? Was it the men's idea? As in "Ya know, I think I have too many women?" And how did the women like being in a harem? Did it lead to today's beauty competitions or were the women of a harem warm, compassionate and sisterly toward one another? In the bible you always hear of "...
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Jan.16.2012
A how-to for tracing ancient Jewish ancestry.
The variety of surname prefixes and endings that came about in the Netherlands after the Inquisition could be a study in itself. There’s “van” and “van de” or “van der”. There’s the French prefixes of “de”, “d’” and “ver”. There are the endings of “sz” or “x”. The “sz” sounds Eastern European and...
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Jan.16.2012
Long after the summer of love.
I wrote Gone North while living in Mendocino County. It was my second novel. The story is fictional but I must admit it's based on a collage of interesting characters I met who came from all over the US to enjoy the peace and quiet of "Mendo Land". I settled on Mendocino County after I made my way...
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