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Flavored with Love: Mary Lou's Family and Friends Can Cook
Flavored with Love: Mary Lou's Family and Friends Can Cook
by Mary Lou Cheatham
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Family Oriented Book, July 2, 2007
This is an excellent book for families who like cooking and eating and sharing their stories while they cook and eat. People who are from the South will appreciate the book for its humor and emphasis on the social aspect of food. People who are not from the South will be able to glean some significant aspects of Southern "kitchen" culture. The book focuses upon the family/friends anecdotes of the author, who, evidently, enjoyed quite an extended family connection. The book offers far more than the standard cookbook recipe medley; rather, the reader is actually taken on an odyssey with the author's family and friends, learning, for instance, about Susan's, the CPA, childhood horseback riding and how such relates to her grandmother's peanut butter fudge. In essence, every recipe is predicated upon a story about the person who developed the original recipe, thus making this volume a food-memoir.
Overall, this is a narrative cookbook, which reads very entertainingly. The recipes appear to be simple for production, such that even a novice, like me, can prepare them.
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Midnight Cowboy
Midnight Cowboy
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME MOVIE--DEEP AND MOVING!, February 15, 2007
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This film was deeply moving from my perspective because it was so well produced. The subtleties and nuances are what truly distinguished the film. Thus, for instance, the very low current of homosexuality which undergirds the two main characters is always present, always acting, but doing so behind the scenes, in a way that keeps the viewer unsure of exactly where the deeper feelings stand between the two men. Another nuance is the love-hate relationship our two protagonists share with one another. They example the classic case of "can't live with him--can't live without him". [...]

In essence, what I found so truly impressive about the film was its realness, a realness disguised under character persona. Joe and Ratso had not truly cared about any other male until they met one another and had to rely on one another. The ending of the film is quite tender, depicting how caring and gentle and loving Joe is in nurturing Ratso during his debilitating illness on their bus trip to Florida. The film indicates a transformation, an expansion, a growth for both characters, as they come to realize that their lives are much more than about parochial and narrow self interests.

This film won several academy awards (1969) and, in my opinion, deserves its classic moniker. Both Hoffman and Voight turned in excellent and dynamic and exceptionally convincing performances, and I would say this film showed them at their best acting potential. I have added this one to my small collection and expect to enjoy it for years.

Studies in Occultism Part Five
Studies in Occultism Part Five
by H. P. Blavatsky
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOST ILLUMINATING!, January 9, 2007
This was an unfinished manuscript of the author (HPB) and treated of the regard we should have for the figure called Jesus the Christ. HPB's thesis is that Jesus was never intended to be adorated and worshipped, as he has been the last two millennia. Instead, maintains the author, Jesus was a teacher who simply showed us the proper way to the Father. Hence, Jesus is better understood as an older and more spiritually advanced brother who but shows the way.

HPB's thesis rests upon an etymological classification between the two words 'Christos' and 'Chrestos'. It is the latter word which was rightfully applied to Jesus, initially, before biblical translations began by the Church. 'Chrestos' means, in Greek, 'a good man', what the Romans would term a 'virtuous' man, or 'virtus'. 'Christos', of course, means 'Messiah' or 'Savior'. In reading a mistranslation of the Greek (which HPB maintains was intentionally done by the handlers of the Jesus narrative), adherents of Christianity have attributed to Jesus qualities which were never intended for him. That is to say that Jesus was never intended to be any person's savior or messiah, but only a truly excelling example (a man of the good) who but offered a prototype to his fellow brethren. This is why, HPB claims, Jesus says, 'These things you have seen me do, you may do even greater...' How might we do something greater than a Messiah, a 'Christos'? However, we can do greater things, can surpass Jesus, should we but continue in the path he did lay out for us, and exceed it.

Overall, I would rate the book as quite informative and illuminating. There are only 85 pp., and so it is a fairly brief read. I think at the very least the book's thesis forces the reader to reflect upon self-reliance, the need for each individual to set his own course and make his own progress and not to be dependent upon any other, even a 'Savior'.

Isis Unveiled [Two Volume Set]
Isis Unveiled [Two Volume Set]
by H. P. Blavatsky
Edition: Paperback
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars QUITE INFORMATIVE!, January 9, 2007
The two volumes of "Isis" treat of the interrelationship of science and religion as they correspond to the Ancient Wisdom, or Theosophy. The author, HPB, takes painstaking care to show how modern science (c. 1875ff.) is greatly at odds with theosophical science inasmuch as the ultra materialistic perspective of modern scientists prevents them from seeing the meta-reality of the science of the Ancient Wisdom.

HPB is quite thorough in venturing among a number of prominent scientists of her day--e.g. Farraday, Huxley, Cooke--and showing how their theories either: (1) were preceded by the Ancient philosophers/mystics or (2) are hopelessly obscured, and hence, invalid, due to the refusal of the modern scientist to accord well with principles that operate beyond the realm of the several measurable senses.

Consequently, HPB takes something of a polemical tone in these volumes, which, at times, can be somewhat tiring, as the volumes total 1400 pp.

The second volume treats of the development of religion from the most ancient times to the modern day, and attempts to show how the Ancient Wisdom beliefs were only taught to the initiates of the Inner Mysteries and how, over time, various perversions of that teaching got picked up by the profane and then layered over with ceremonies, rules and superstitions. Volume 2 shows, for instance, how sacred Egyptian temple rites devolved into the Greek religion of Eleusis, and how that developed into the Roman cult mythology and how Judaism was a pastiche of the faiths of Egypt, Persia (contemporary Iran), with Christianity being the latest of the religious heritage, excepting Islam.

In my opinion, humble though it be, HPB seeks to show how all religions form from one common thread and that, thus, there are far more similarities in our far-flung and diverse belief systems than there are differences. The author invites us to look beneath the superficial, what she calls, 'the husks', and into the 'true kernal', so that we can claim what was once lost.

Overall, I would recommend these volumes to the reader, assuming he has patience to wade through a fair amount of detail, has some ability to read Greek and Latin, and loves small-print footnotes. Even should the reader be unconvinced of HPB's thesis, she should come away with much food for thought.
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Hidden Side of Things Part 1
Hidden Side of Things Part 1
by C. W. Leadbeater
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful Book, March 3, 2006
Bishop Leadbeater was one of the charter members of the Theosophical Society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And he was a prolific writer about theosophical concepts. His volumes "The Hidden Side of Things, I & II," offer fairly practical insight about the astral conditions of such topics as meat-eating (which he declaims strongly); emotional depression and joy; recreation and sport; large crowds; talises; positive thinking and positive speaking. In essence, his volumes are "how-to" books about how an aspirant along the Theosophical Path should align his/her steps, and, like Leadbeater's former books, "The Hidden Side" is fairly comprehensive, covering all and sundry matters under a quite sizable umbrella.

I have found, personally, that Leadbeater's "Hidden Side" volumes are more accessible if one has read, priorly, some introductory volumes on Theosophy, such as Annie Besant's "The Ancient Wisdom" and Helena P. Blavatsky's "The Key to Theosophy". Leadbeater also wrote a volume entitled "The Inner Life", Volumes I & II (I think that now this latter work is only published as a condensed one-volume edition by Quest Publishers of Illinois). At any rate, I found that a significant amount of preliminary theosophical data, such as astral bodies and mental forms, are covered extensively in "The Inner Life", and that, consequently, the "The Inner Life" is a fine preparatory for "The Hidden Side".

Working with Spirit Guides: How to Meet, Communicate With and Be Protected by Your Guide
Working with Spirit Guides: How to Meet, Communicate With and Be Protected by Your Guide
by Ruth White
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Good Book, March 3, 2006
This book is representative of Ruth White's former books upon chakras and spirit guides. This book gives a basic review of the chakras systems and goes in depth about contacting your own spirit guides. White provides useful exercises for meeting your spirit guide, such as vision techniques, meditation techniques, and the proper questions to ask your guide.

If you enjoyed White's previous books, this one should not disappoint.

Solar System
Solar System
by Arthur E. Powell
Edition: Paperback

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of the Solar System, February 1, 2006
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This is the last of Lt. Col. Powell's books of theosophy. And it is the most technical in terms of the material with which it treats.

Powell summarizes the plan of the solar system (primarily the planet population) from the standpoint of Ancient Wisdom. He pulls from a vast array of works and culminates a precis (350 pp. worth) of such topics as: the formation of the human race; the various divisions of the human race (e.g. Lemurian and Atlantean); the evolution of the human race; the assistance to the human race from more evolved beings (e.g. the Lords of Venus); as well as the way that we as human beings in the current planetary scheme evolution can help speed the process of development for our race.

As with all of Powell's books, this one is eminently readable and is punctuated with diagrams that help the reader to simplify fairly technical concepts.

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