Spring Clean Part #6 Five More Books

This is my next round of cleaning out my books for donation. Posting about them is my way of saying goodbye. Nothing as exciting as clearing off a shelf, but I have more clear space to put the books that are clogging up nightstands and end tables. Time Detectives: How Archaeologists Use Technology to RecaptureContinue reading “Spring Clean Part #6 Five More Books”

Spring Clean #5 Five More Books

This is my next donation of books and an achievement of sorts. I clear off my first shelf—at least for a little while. It will soon be full of books I have lying around the house. But savor the victory for the moment. History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran (2000) by Shirin EbadiContinue reading “Spring Clean #5 Five More Books”

Spring Clean #4 Five More Books

Spring cleaning continues with the fourth donation run set for next Tuesday of the following five books. It’s my way of saying goodbye to books I read a while ago. Most of them I loved. Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out (2008) compiled and edited by Susan Crimp and Joel Richardson This isContinue reading “Spring Clean #4 Five More Books”

Three Book Recommendations and How They Worked

Short Wave is a popular science (as opposed to a scholarly science) podcast put out by NPR I listen to occasionally. It covers a wide range of topics in 10-15 minute segments that are light, often funny, and usually quite informative. Veering off their usual foray into the natural world, the hosts on December 22Continue reading “Three Book Recommendations and How They Worked”

Spring Clean #3 Five More Books

The spring cleaning continues. I say goodbye to five more books. They’ll be donated to the local library on Tuesday. As before, there is no theme with these books. They were arranged alphabetically and they’re going to the library alphabetically. Title: Gods, Graves, and Scholars: The Story of ArchaeologyFirst published: 1951, rev. 1967 This isContinue reading “Spring Clean #3 Five More Books”

Spring clean: Five more books

This is the second group of books to be donated. I ‘ll miss some of them more than others, of course. I hope they all find happy homes. There is no theme. The books are arranged by alphabetic order on the shelf, so they’ll be going to donation in alphabetical order. This is sort ofContinue reading “Spring clean: Five more books”

Spring Cleaning Begins Part I

I’ve decided to close my amazon seller account down and gradually donate the one hundred twenty books left to the local library, five books a week until they’re gone. I’ll leave a short (for me) write-up before I donate the books as a way of saying goodbye. These are all books I read and, forContinue reading “Spring Cleaning Begins Part I”

Review of “Perpetua’s Passion: The Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman” by Joyce E. Salisbury

The use of the word “passion” in the title reflects an old meaning, that is, “suffering.” It’s often used religious terms, as in the present book. Vibia Perpetua (c. 182- 203 CE) was a young noblewoman of Carthage (present-day Tunisia) in the Roman province of Africa, executed in the Carthage amphitheater after converting to Christianity.Continue reading “Review of “Perpetua’s Passion: The Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman” by Joyce E. Salisbury”

Review of “The Ancient Mesopotamian City” by Marc Van De Mieroop

According to received wisdom, ancient Mesopotamia gave rise to not only the city as we know it but a specific type of city, one that lasted from approximately 3000 to 300 BCE in the Middle East. While cities appeared in places such as the Nile River Valley, nowhere does urbanism seem to play such anContinue reading “Review of “The Ancient Mesopotamian City” by Marc Van De Mieroop”

Review of “The Cosmic Code”

I read this book on a dare some time ago. This is the sixth book in the late Zechariah Sitchin’s (1920-2010) Earth Chronicles series detailing his ideas on how humans and human culture are the byproducts of ancient extra-terrestrial meddling. He sees evidence of this in Sumerian mythology, in particular, positing that Sumerian gods were,Continue reading “Review of “The Cosmic Code””