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In the Kingdom of Men by Kim Barnes
In the Kingdom of Men

Charlie Branch, June 16, 2012

This book draws you in! Exploring the social world of Saudi Arabia, as a newcomer and outsider, Virginia Mae McPhee finds, as both a foreigner and a woman, the strictures of society quite chafing as she discovers the viewpoints of the varied foreign cultures and sexes coping with the social and religious norms that relegate them to enclaves.
Do not stop reading after the epilogue, as the acknowledgments credit the author's deep research. My own readings over the years of US military operations in SW Asia and talks with an electrical engineer and his wife who'd lived and worked in that oil industry while we volunteered together in public radio in Alaska, dovetailed nicely with this book.
The impacts of "Big Oil" (and the illusory "Big Money") are disturbing on a social, cultural, and individual level...
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Music Through the Eyes of Faith by Harold Best
Music Through the Eyes of Faith

Charlie Branch, May 16, 2012

Dr. Harold Best is the Emeritus Dean/Professor of Music of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and is the author of many articles and several books on music and worship. Speaking at the Resonance Music Ministry Conference on May 12, 2012, Dr. Best noted that "Music is amoral, and may serve as servant or master." As music is a creation of Man, he cautions us to be aware, as music is a creation of man, not to elevate music and musician,as to do so flips the hierarchy of worship from God - Creation - Man - Man's Creations. Substitute "graven images" for "Man's Creations", art, music, if that makes things clearer. Psalm 95:2 provides us guidance to "let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!"
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When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird
When the Game Was Ours

Charlie Branch, April 7, 2012

From the University of Montana, we were overjoyed when our basketball team gave John Wooden's undefeated UCLA Bruins a run for their money in the postseason of winter 1975 (Griz lost 67-64). UM coach Jud Heathcote left on the heels of that great showing to coach at Michigan State, and we paid attention to his work with that great team of Greg Kelser and Earvin "Magic" Johnson in their famous NCAA match up with Larry Bird and ISU. All that is covered, and more!
Some years later, my brother pointed out Larry Bird's house as we drove by on our way to spend a day fishing at Patoka Reservoir, and I spent an evening at the French Lick Resort in the audience for a US Army Corps of Engineers public meeting. Small world, and we're all connected...
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Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win by Ralph Nader
Getting Steamed to Overcome Corporatism: Build It Together to Win

Charlie Branch, April 7, 2012

Getting steamed is the reason laborers organized and collective bargaining laws and principles were implemented. As an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers shop steward and member, I can attest to the fact that the organization was established to provide for the safety and training of those in the industry as the early fatality rate was horrendous. Every bargaining unit I have been involved with has had the safety, and social and economic stability of its membership (and their local communities) as the prime objective.
Corporate America/Global gets us steamed,too, so many of us (and children) refuse to set foot on WalMart parking lots (your Medicaid/Medicare dollars pay for their employee healthcare, for one example), and try to support locally-owned businesses as we can, rather than encourage large corporations that live on our government's contributions to their welfare.
I am proud to say that Ralph has encouraged me to vote my conscience, rather than voting for the "least-worst" candidate offered by one of the two corporate-funded and corporate media promoted (major) political parties.
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The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War by James Bradley
The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War

Charlie Branch, April 7, 2012

"Manifest Destiny" of westward expansion did not end with the Pacific shores of California... Subtitled "A Secret History of Empire and War", it bears reading in context with this century's efforts at "nation building" overseas by the United States. I feel fortunate to have been able to engage in "what if" discussions in my high school history classes, but we did not have the benefit of this information, which would have really opened up our scrutiny of 20th century history (to the early 1970s of my HS experience). Family histories, education, philosophy and relationships are revealed among the cruise passengers, with U.S. government motives for this voyage of 1905 that affects our world today.
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