Review of “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle”

Long before I read this lovely tribute, I read and enjoyed Bronco’s adventures. Bronco was, without doubt, the goodest boy of them all—just like every dog. Full disclosure: the author, Thomas Wikman, and I go back some years to a now-defunct writing site, Epinions. I have enjoyed his book reviews and letters to the editorContinue reading “Review of “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle””

Spring Clean #11 Five More Books

This is the next group of books set aside for donation. They were all informative and I have fond memories of them. Even Johnson’s book, which I consider propaganda at least made me think. I meant to get back to this sooner, but a bout of pneumonia waylaid me. The final decision on the JeffreyContinue reading “Spring Clean #11 Five More Books”

Spring Clean #10 Five More Books

This is the tenth group of books I’m getting ready to drop off for donation. With this group gone, my second shelf is cleared—“cleared” being a relative term, of course. I get a chance to wipe it down and fill it with books that have been lying around the house. Writing about the book donationsContinue reading “Spring Clean #10 Five More Books”

Spring Clean #9 Five More Books

This is the next group of books set aside to be donated in my spring clean. Happily, two of these are going to a woman in critique group I’m a member of. So nice to see books go to a happy home. One more drop-off, and I will have my second shelf cleared. “Cleared” isContinue reading “Spring Clean #9 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”

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”

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””