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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



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Women's Work: The First Twenty-Thousand Years by Elizabeth Wa Barber
Women's Work: The First Twenty-Thousand Years

clairePA, January 10, 2012

Oops! I meant to give it 5 stars - my bad.
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Women's Work: The First Twenty-Thousand Years by Elizabeth Wa Barber
Women's Work: The First Twenty-Thousand Years

clairePA, January 10, 2012

This book will "broad-en" (excuse the pun!)everyone's ideas about women's history. Textile artists, fashion designers, costume historians and the general public alike will enjoy this look at how women, throughout the ages, contributed to human existence through their manufacture of fabric and clothing. I particularly like the second chapter, "The String Revolution," which depicts the invention of string around 20,000 B.C. I used it as a reference in an article I wrote about bellydance costume. String skirts of of the Palaeolithic and later times advertised that the ladies sporting them were in some sense available as brides. Modern bellydance costume certainly reflects this ancient allure with its belts made of long string,fringes and beading.
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Field Guide to the Little People: A Curious Journey Into the Hidden Realm of Elves, Faeries, Hobgoblins & Other Not-So-Mythical Creatures by Nancy Arrowsmith
Field Guide to the Little People: A Curious Journey Into the Hidden Realm of Elves, Faeries, Hobgoblins & Other Not-So-Mythical Creatures

clairePA, July 6, 2011

If your only exposure to elfin lore is "The Lord of the Rings" or "Grimm's Fairy Tales" then you need to read this book and get educated! Nancy Arrowsmith's classic work on the fairy folk of Europe is delightful-- and disturbing, too. The Little People,interestingly enough, often reflect the human culture of their lands. Who came first? We suspect the fairy folk did.
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The Prophets (Perennial Classics) by Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Prophets (Perennial Classics)

clairePA, July 6, 2011

Abraham Heschel's study of the Hebrew Bible's Prophets is a must have for Bible study groups. You will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Prophetic books thanks to Heschel's insights. This is a theological and philosophical tour de force!
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Time to be holy :reflecting on daily life

clairePA, June 15, 2011

There's a lot of food for thought in "Time to be Holy," a collection of talks by Swami Sivananda Radha. She discusses the ways to become a truly enlightened person, and touches on the things that impede this task. We are asked to examine our lives more carefully and objectively, to question our long-cherished beliefs and desires, and draw conclusions about who we really are from within ourselves, not from our family or society.
I will read this book, choosing a topic at random, to help give me some perspective on my life and actions. Very helpful and bracing!
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