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April '65: Confederate Covert Action in the American Civil War (Eastern European Studies; 1)
April '65: Confederate Covert Action in the American Civil War (Eastern European Studies; 1)
by William A. Tidwell
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3.0 out of 5 stars Untrained Youth Hanged for Spying, September 20, 2009
Often called the second oldest profession, spying is as old as war itself. Espionage became something a quiet person could do for God and his/her country. Giving reports of overheard conversations, purpoined correspondence, even actual battle plans during the Civil War like that yankee spy in Richmond, Crazy Mary. I think that I would have been Confederate; the South had more more spies (younger males called scouts) than the Union. President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis interrogated suspected spies personally. There was an assassination plot by Kilpatrick's men with the approval of Abraham Lincoln to kill Jefferson Davis in 1864 in Richmond, Virginia. The son of Admiral John Dahlgren had the papers when he was killed during the raid. John Surratt was a Confederate spy, a courier for the "secred Service" using his mother's boardinghouse in Maryland for assignations. It was L. C. Baker from California who hunted down John Wilkes Booth and B. Corbet who illegally shot him. The Civil War did not end with Lee's surrender but on June 28, 1865, after Lincoln's funeral. Naval action continued until August 2.

At first, women were considerated less discreet and not smart enough to report what they they heard. Rebel Rose was Confederate's top spy, a Maryland widow with southern charm. She'd been married to a lawyer and a "society lady" who held lavish parties for the Union army officers even though her Sourthern sympathies were well known. After she became a widow, James Buchanan visited her quite often. John C. Breakeridge, Buchanan's Vice President (1857-1860) became a Confederate general. The Battle of Bull Run was a Confederate victory. General Robert E. Lee quoted "The chief source of information to the enemy is through our Negroes interested in their freedom and the Underground Railroad."

Bell Boyd was no beauty but other attributes to "please young federal officers" in exchange for information. She was an eccentric spinster with a crazy hairdo. She was died facing North, ever on the alert for Yankees approaching. Pauline Cushman was a double agent; an actress though not of Booth's caliber, she was expelled from Nashville as a dangerous secessionist. It was assumed that Mary Surrat was a spy; on the contrary, it was her son John who was connected to the Confederate spy network.

The Gray Ghost was Major John S. Mosby, a young lawyer who originally suppoorted the North; later, he became a Virginia calvaryman and began a raid on Union positions. Like the Lone Ranger, he became a hero of the South and became a t.v. icon. Acted by a New Yorker, Tod Andres, who visited the site of the last battle of the Civil War at Mobile, Alabama, and posed on the actual war embankment for a fan, he was considered a hero of the South.

Allan J. Pinkerton had his own operatives to catch rebel spies. Secret couriers on horseback behind the enemy lines used insted of the telegraph. Commanders on both sides used scouts to gather information. The Northern newspaper correspondents were older men. Railroad bridges were destroyed by the Union cowards at Fredricksburg, Virginia, and attempted the same in East Tennessee. For a year and a half, 50,000 troops from both armies fought from Strawberry Plains Bridge on the wwest and Lick Creek on the east which enclosed Crockett Tavern near Morristown, Russellvill, Kentucky and on to the Cumberland Gap where three states meet (as at Harper's Ferry). Fourteen unknown Confederates were buried in E. Jarnagin Cemetery in Morristown and remembered with a large stone erected in 1910 by the Sam Davis Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Other Confederates were laid to rest in Morristown Cemetery on a hill used as outlook.

George Armstrong Custer, before confronting Lee, was fighting at Hanover, Pennsylvania, supplied with Spencer rifles, as John T. Wilder did at Hoover's Gap, Tennessee. The Rebels used double-barrel shotguns in the Shenandoah Valley. General Nathan Bedford Forrest used rifles, whille General J. E. B. Stuart relied on sabres at Brandy Station. Rebels marched down Chambersburg Pike into the Battle of Gettysburg. Lee surrended on April 14, 1865, same day Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth's derringer. Jefferson DAvis retreated toward Texas in hopes to recoup and carry on the war. Resistence would continue in the mountains of North Carolina. However, he was caught, arrested and imprisoned.
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Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life
Longfellow: A Rediscovered Life
by Charles C. Calhoun
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best, September 20, 2009
Two hundred years ago on Fevruary 27, 1807, my favorite poet, a hard-headed Yankee, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine, not much more than a wild frontier at that time. He was from a privileged family, father considered a progressive who'd graduated from Harvard and mother an intellectual. Being a trustee of Bowdoin College, Stephen sent his sons to this small-town environment and small-college education, like mine at Martin Methodist College. Henry was a young romantic and in barely three years, he became proficient in several languages including French, Spanish, German, and Italian. He found Spain fascinating as he had no experience in poverty, politics, or war. He had a 'gentle' melancholy like Meriweather Lewis and Abraham Lincoln; he gave his own intuitive verson of Lincoln's death, "Killed at the Ford." He was compared to Stephen Vincent Benet who wrote "John Brown's Body" (which I own). He started with ballads and his poems were like a movement of the best music.

He incorporated Indian legends to portray America's romantic past. His "Tales of a Wayside Inn" were called an American "Canterbury Tales," and he was favorable compared with Geoffrey Chaucer. In fact, he wrote a poem about Chaucer: "He listeneth and he laugheth at the sound, Then writeth in a book like any clerk. He is the poet of the dawn." He called Milton "O sightless bard, England's Maeonides." Longfellow's "Christus" was a trilogy in 1872 and was composed of his translation of Dante's "The Divine Tragedy," his "Christ" story, "Golden Legend" and "The New England Tragedies" about witchcraft and intolerance of that time. His poetry was so well expressed:

The day is done, and the darkness
Falls from the Wings of Night,
As a feather is wafted downward
From an eagle in his flight.
I see the lights of the village
Gleam trhough the rain and the mist,
And a feeling of sadness comes o'er me
That my soul cannot resist.
And the night shall be filled with music,
And the cares that infest the day,
Shall fold their tents like the Arabs,
And as silently steal away."

He wrote about "Haunted Houses," "Paul Revere's Ride," and "The Builders." He was a dandy fellow, an educator, a dedicated husband, a world traveler -- all of which shows in his land and short poems. Oscar Wilde is known to have said, "Longfellow was himself a beautiful poem more beautiful than anything he ever wrote." Later in his life when he spent his last thirty-five years in the Craigie House, he turned it into a shrine to George Washington who had lived there for nine months during the Siege of Boston. He left "footprints on the sands of time." His poems express a deep sincerity and ability to identify with the feelings of the common man. Queen Victoria told him at Windsor Castle in 1869, "All my servants read you."


The Fifties in America, Vol. 1
The Fifties in America, Vol. 1
by John C. Super
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music Was the Best Then., September 20, 2009
It was a wonderful time to grow up in my hometown. Things were easy for the poor and rich, as we were equal in the talent contests and given a chance with or without a mother there pushing for her kid. Dean Martin was one of the best singers, but Eddie Fisher was my singer and I was president of "The Fisher Notes." I wrote a review of his latest memoir which is not NTA, meaning no one can read or vote one way or the other. I put a lot of effort in my reviews, so here it is:

Dean Martin was successful in the Fifties. Writing is magical, as was the music of the Fifties. The empty page is where you start to put together the disparate parts of your life. Once you put it down on paper, you can figure out how all your plans can start to come together. She lived with her mother in a big house in a fancy neighborhood in Pasadena. Her father had a fanciful career in movies and on television; his downfall was not drinking, as we were led to believe, but Lainze Kazan on one of his musical review shows. She was a regular and he certainly perked up and his eyes would light up when he talked about how beautfiul she was. He was part of a duo which dissolved, and he was much better on screen without his partner. Part of the Rat Pack, a broup of irrational performers in Las Vegas, he lost himself and became a bum. If you believe that this book was written out of love or devotion, you are absolutely wrong. She used it merely to get on a radio network who panders to half-way talent and has-beens to make a career on the back of her famous father.

His son wrote 'That's Amore" another of his songs. His didn't sell well, as this one did not. It was given away on that same network where they have appointed a "host" which just shows how far it has fallen. She would not be deemed a singer with another name. He died in dire circumstances with no family support, and it is a shame this writer has to stoop to obtaining a career on the demise of a famous singer. Maybe he would sit up and appauld, but I think he would turn in his grave at the injustice of this travesty. Since my first review was lost, this is just a resume. Too bad you couldn't read what I said.

She has made a career off of her dad's fame and has just about taken over MYL. She is a fraud with very little talent, certainly is not a star like her dad she abandoned and never will be. If she were so great, why on earth is she stuck in Branson, Missouri, answer me that! She is making tons of money off her dead dad and he is not here to defend himself. It's a dirty shame.

The Fifties were good to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Eddie Fisher and other male singers; females didn't do so well. But it was a grand time to grown up and go off to college. Life was worthwhile then, not as the poor verses the rich in today's world.
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The Remarkable Women of the Bible: And Their Message for Your Life Today
The Remarkable Women of the Bible: And Their Message for Your Life Today
by Elizabeth George
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ruth and Ester Were Examples, September 20, 2009
The most special moments in life are the ones in which everything just falls into place -- they are not the ones that are carefully planned and coordinated. The current movie released this week is about Esther who maneuvered her place in King Xerxes harem. She was a Hebrew girl whose heritage she kept from the King when she spent her one night with the king and as a consequence became Queen Esther. She was devious for her age but her destiny was to infiltrate this king's household and take her vengeance for what the Persians had done to her main ancestor. Five hundred years previous to her campaign to become his Queen, one of her female ancestors had survived her husband's beheading out in the desert; her son begat a new generation of displaced Isralies whose desire was to procreate until there were enough of them to overcome the Persian king and his court.

About all they do in the Old Testament is procreate a lot of prodigy. This movie was in no way a return to the spectaculars of the Fifties of the religious sagas. In fact, it was not religious at all. I was disappointed in this silly attempt to film an Old Testament story out of the Bible. It just can't be done properly in this modern age of atheism.

It depresses me to see the older shell of previously first-rate actors like Peter O'Toole and Omar Shariff. It would be much better to use character actors and let us remember the stars as they were when the stars as they were when they were stars. Some (too many these days) don't know when to retire and bask in the gloty of days gone by.

Ruth and Esther were role models for the young women of their time, but that time is long past and will never come again.
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Right or Wrong, God Judge Me: THE WRITINGS OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH
Right or Wrong, God Judge Me: THE WRITINGS OF JOHN WILKES BOOTH
by John Wilkes Booth
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3.0 out of 5 stars Booth's Notes, September 19, 2009
One Special Legend in American History: John Wilkes Booth's part in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, I have been interested in Lincoln's assassination for over twenty years, mainly because they hanged Mary Surrat, the first woman to be officially killed in this manner. It was at her boardinghouse where the conspirators met to discuss and plan killing Lincoln and others in his Cabinet.

John Wilkes Booth, from a prominent acting family, was a Confederacy sympathizer. But that in itself does not make him guilty. He was denied his right to a trial. Most of the South were more than a little upset when Lincoln was inaugurated for the second time. They refused to accept him as "our" President. We had Jefferson Davis who married Zachary Taylor's daughter. I don't believe "Killing Lincoln' as a one-man theatrical presentation, written by Amy Russell, originally premiered in Toronto, Canada. I emphatized with the young actor (who I thought was an old man, as he is such a good actor) who said, "I enjoyed playing off you." I told him the reason he held my complete attention was due to the fact that I had read so much about Lincoln and also sympathized with Booth's reasoning.

Lincoln as it so happens was a Shakespeare fan and enjoyed going to Ford's Theatre. John Wilkes Booth (Brutus) as one of the most promising young Shakespearean actors of his day. Booth considered Lincoln an "American Caesar." He is sometimes called Booth "American Brutus," the title of another Booth book I have reviewed. He was an extremely handsome man and, even though he broke his leg in the leap to the stage (instead of running down the back stairs), he eluded capture with the help of a Dr. Mudd for twelve days. He was not given a chance to tell his side and the complex, misleading reasons he did what he did. That took fortitude! He did not act alone! That's a major issue. He was cornered in that barn like an animal and burned (at the stake) by the vigilante cowards. He was never close to Lincoln as Brutus was to Jesus so the title is deceiving. He was merely a misinformed player who ended up "on his own" after the dasdardly deed. He deserves better than to be called a devil. To some, he was an avenging angel. He achieved fame in his own way, though there have been romors thathe did not die in the fire but survied to live another day and another life. That has not been confirmed, but Eric will delve through the history and tell us what really happened.
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The Wounded Woman: Hope and Healing for Those Who Hurt
The Wounded Woman: Hope and Healing for Those Who Hurt
by Steve Stephens
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be Yourself At All Times, September 19, 2009
We are taught in America that every individual is unique and special. The quest for distinctiveness knows no bounds today. We even look for our specialness in the terrible things which happen in life. In this new "age of enlightenment," we need to transform our suffering into positive emotionnal states, to move from pain and peril, even after our trust has been betrayed, to redemption. Mainly, we have to work through our sorrows, thereby transforming the bad and the good so as to move forward in life.

We may not all be able to leave something positive behind, but at least we tried, and that's what is most important. We didn't give up and wither away in our grief. I found (when Miran died in a fire) that weeping sobbing, crying openly, helped, but there is no way to bring our loved one back from the dead. Our goal should be to keep his memory alive in our hearts and remember the times he touched your heart and showed unconditional love, which children do automatically to those they trust. After a sudden, unforeseen death of someone you love, you can and will learn to make adjustments and able to move ahead. You have to, you can't stagnate as others need your inner strength and outer devotion, too.

You can't keep that person alive in your memory as you must let go for your own self-preservation. God sent that person into your life for a purpose. There is not one single individual we can hang on to forever, though we may want to with all our heart and soul. It's not meant to be. As we age, we change on the inside as much as the outer appearance. We can't all be beautiful on the outside as lovely five-year-old Miran, but we can be loving and loveable on the inside. The good and true inner self wins out. It shows in the eyes.

Although Emerson writes of "great men" and "genius," he directed his words to the everyday farmers, businessmen, and professionals who enjoyed the relative prosperity and the freedoms of living in America during the years leading up to the Civil War. The Emersonian self of idealism and optimism has its down side as he tries to portray the inner self as dark, secretive personnas; instead it controls out actions by guidance and inspiration. Freud believed that theres was no purity or innocence, no simple truth within. His thesis that the deeper, t he uglier it got. He was wrong. Not all of our actions are caused by sexual desire. We can control our urges or shameful secrets of the soul. He had an Oedipus complex, but that doesn't mean we all do. He was "pleasure" oriented and felt that the past cannot be undone.

We are a victim of heritage and our circumstances, which can be improved by effort. The American idea that everybody is above average comes from a Public Radio Show, Prairie Home Companion. The idea is evoked with charm and humor in Garrison Keillor's stories of Lake Wobegon, Minnesota, where "all women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." That could cover all of the small towns in the United States and parts of the larger cities. It is not the American dream to look pretty and aim to be above average. We strive to be first class in every way and learn to overcome obstatles. Strong women are good at that, and always have been. He didn't mention that strong women can also be beautiful. All blondes are not dumb, and white hair give one a sense of destiny and determination to show their innate abilities to adapt. Life can be beautiful by the Sabres, a California men singers group from the Sixties.


Opera Cat
Opera Cat
by Tess Weaver
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4.0 out of 5 stars Star loved Classical Music., September 19, 2009
This review is from: Opera Cat (Hardcover)
Gilbert and Sullivan were the Queen's favorite entertainment. Opera is just one form of music performed on a stage with a lot of posturing and parading around in lavish costumes (like in Shakespeare's time) of huge-sized people (hardly any skinny opera singers, as they need that lung power to master the tremendous tenor of the performance. The orchestra is the main part of opera, though the singers are pivotal, too. In the Fifties on t.v. we watched 'The Voice of Firestone,' to be introduced to opera singing. American-born Blanche Rhebom was a regular and had a strange, soprana sound. She sang arias from Mozart, 'Il trovatore' of Verdi, Berlioz's 'Les Troyans,' and others. She was with the Metropolitan Opera in New York from 1944 to 1967. Eleanor Steber was more of a pop singer with opera sound as her soprana soared to the spheres. She sang in 'Faust' by Gounod, 'Rigoletto' of Verdi, 'Die Fledermaus' of Strauss, 'Madame Butterfly' of Puccini, and Verdi.

What is music? There are all kinds of music. It is easy to like someone who is humble, but the author of this book is anything but! He knows nothing about love. Love is defined: All is fair in love and war, although the passion you're feeling for an unrequited love might not feel just. Embracing your passionate nature is a good thing, but don't lose yourself in your emotions right now. It's time to wake up from daydreams and value yourself enough to face reality. If someone doesn't value you as much as you value him or her, don't waste any more energy on the relationship. Get things back to being equal -- it's the only way you can find balance. He knows nothing about music. He knows nothing about listening to music, classical or otherwise. He is an egomaniac. Today at the theaters, on the big screen, Metropolitan Operas such as Puccini's "Il Trittico,' and Rossini's 'Il Barbiere.' and others will be available to see live.

No one can predict the future, so no one really knows whether you're right or wrong. If a contract, an agreement or any other type of legal document is laid down in front of you today, don't sign on the dotted line! You can read it, file it or even shred it -- but if you put down your signature, you might be forfeiting something even better. The deal you're being offered today is fine, but the universe may have something else in mind for you. Take your time -- re-examine this opportunity when things feel more solid in your life. -- it's about choosing to think positively. After all, no one can predict the future, so no one really knows whether you're right or wrong. I know music! Music has been the main thing in my whole life. I know a young man here who told me that his rich father will listen to nothing but Wagner in his basement workshop. He was afraid to introduce his pompous father to Enya's kind of music which I think he would enjoy, as he is only a few years older than I. That was over five years ago. How can a middle-age man be afraid to ask his father to listen to another kind of music? Opera and classical are not the major forms of music!

Anyone can have a 'passion' for anything. Some prefer the sordid movies or the musicals of Broadway. Opera is not for the masses in America as it is in Italy and abroad. It takes a pompous person to sit through that yelling and hollering and running around the stage all aflitter.
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John Tyler: Champion of the Old South
John Tyler: Champion of the Old South
by Oliver Perry Chitwood
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5.0 out of 5 stars The South's Favorite, September 18, 2009
Born into the aristocracy of Virginia in 1790, he believed in the right to own slaves. He was the first Vice President to take over when the elected United States President died in office. In 1841, he succeeded William H. Harrison to become our 10th president and set a precedent which was not deemed "official" until 1967.

I've always been for the underdog all my life. If President John Tyler was portrayed by "historians" as an inept failure, then it's time he had a champion. Eric, I've found my favorite President of the United States. Not Franklin Pierce, nor Zachary Taylor, not even Abraham Lincoln -- but a Southerner born and bred. He died before he could take his seat in the Confederate Congress in 1862, which is a shame. He didn't betray the Union any more than Jefferson Davis did -- if you call taking up for your homeland 'Betrayal." He was a strong president, not like the mmodern ones of my lifetime. It was no accident that he became president when he did; it was fate.


Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington
Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington
by Richard Brookhiser
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4.0 out of 5 stars Father of Our Country, September 18, 2009
Lacey Culpepper was born on Washington's birthday, February 22, which made her special. One of her ancestors was at Valley Forge with George Washinston's troops. My sons and I were there in 1976 for a special celebration on our way to Longwood Gardens in Northeast Pennsylvania. The first president of America appeared to Lacy on her 6th birthday. She'd wanted to see him and he came as a 12-yr-old. He explained that the had lived at Ferry Farm, when Mt. Vernon was the inheritance of his half-brother, Lawrence, on the death of their father. He was tall for twelve, and grew into a 6'2" adult. At age 15, he was a surveyor.

Five years later, he was a major in the Colonial Forces. By the time he got to the crossing at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, he was a general. It was winter when they crossed the river at night, perhaps close to his birthday. He was a good leader of men and helped to convert the thirteen colonies into the country where he was elected as president. He married Martha and had wooden false teeth which irritated his mouth and made it hard to eat.

Now, he is honored with a brand-new gold dollar coin. Whatever happened to the Susan B. Anthony coin which a retired teacher gave to all babies she knew. His face is on postage stamps all over the world to compete with the profile of Queen Elizabeth. Even his portrait by Stuart was in the movie, "Bundle of Joy," right by the door of the shopgirl's apartment. His portrait is on our one-dollar bill and other U.S. currency. From 1869 until 1923, his profile faced to the left, then it was the opposite for some unexplained reason. He was in his sixties when most paintings were made; some tried to make him look like a perfectly formed hero.

Instead of losing height like I am, he went from 6'2" at age 45 to more than 6'3" at age 67 (for coffin measurements). He always claimed to be six foot. Abraham Lincoln was 6'4". At age 26, George Washington weighed 175 lv. up to 210 (lost to 190 at 66 because of illness). He had blue eyes, a pale complexion, and large nose and hands. He wore spectacles from 46 on. He had a leadership appearance indicating power, energy and strength; he moved with grace and dignity.

His personal servant was named Christopher (no last name). He was a good master to his slaves, although some reports were that his were badly clothed. Runaways always caused problems for him as with all planters, but Washington offered rewards for their return. His advertisments described in detail what they were wearing. He tried to have his slaves educated and baptized. He reportedly disliked slavery and yet he owned 300 on his properties in 1797 at his death.

He was born in Bridges Creek, Virginia; father a land speculator and planter, mother an orphan with a comfortable inheritance. He married Martha Custis on January 6, 1759, but he loved Sarah Cary who married his friend, December 17, 1748. He took up a planter's life on April 6 and on September 1, 1752, joined a lodge of Masons at Fredericksburg. There were no children as he remained in love with Sally all of his life. In 1779, Count Casimer Pulaski was killed during the battle for Savannah. Many towns were named for him, two in Tennessee and Virginia. In 1789, Washington became president on May 14 instead of "His Highness."

The President's House was on Cherry Street in New York. Washington acted on a spy's report when he crossed the Delaware River. He learned not to enter a confrontation without advance knowledge. Hower, the patriots of his day feared the stigma of being looked down on as not being a gentleman. Everything about being a spy went against the "code." Robert Townsend used his store for espionage because of his antipathy for the Redcoats. Twenty-one year old Nathan Hale was the only hero spy as he was hanged by the British quickly (like Sam Davis in Pulaski in another American War). The only way to be glorified as a spy was (then) to be caught and executed "on the spot."

He is portrayed as the father of our county in the Pultizer prize-winning 'Founding Brothers' by Joseph J. Ellis who wrote other biographies about Washington. Henry Knox was Washington's Secretary of War. John Hancock. governor of Massachuetts was handsome, trim and vain; he had been promised to be the first Vice President by the Federalists. Washington, D.C. became "Federal City" in 1790. He worked until the end, going to the DC site to see how his capital city was progressing. He inspected his farms daily, the last the day before he died of strep throat infection on December 14, 1797. His will had a provision for a university in D.C. and one of his last letters concerned the creation of an army academy. The Naval Academy at Annapolis came later where Jeff visited during his high school recess one summer. He served as president for two terms. Political joy is one of the strongest emotions of the human mind


What Are You Hungry For?: Women, Food, and Spirituality
What Are You Hungry For?: Women, Food, and Spirituality
by Lynn Ginsburg
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eating Properly, Dieter's Dilemma, September 18, 2009
The analogy of swimming to dieting makes one feel relieved when he doesn't have the overeating habit. "When it comes to dieting...is the food equivalent to holding your breath under water." That's precisely the reason so many of us older people never learned to swim -- fear of holding one's face under the water. At some point, "your body forces you to surface gasping for air." But what if you don't. There's always that possibility.

We all crave sugar (cakes, candies, ice cream) many times as we get older. They are our comfort foods. But salt -- we've been told over and over no salt if your blood pressure is high. When I'm stressed, I know my pressure is too high as my face gets flushed. But to eat popcorn at the movies, there must be lots of butter and salt to make it worthwhile.

Sooner or later, each of us is put on a diet. But the non-gluten one I've been chosen as a guinea pig is not for me. Consider: 93 lbs. after losing six pounds in one month due to stress. Who has time for a diet? Not I; I just don't have time to eat properly. I've told several people I'd love to have some of their excess fat. But if you're in need of a "healthy" diet, this is the book for you.


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