Jerusalem, The Biography
By: Simon Montefiore
I read this book on my Kindle but after finishing I had a strong desire to own it in hardback with all its paper splendor.
Another strong desire I am developing is to produce a timeline chart which will have Jerusalem historical events; political, peaceful, war and religion on one side: maybe on the left. Adjacent to it will be the same sort of information based upon our North America. Maybe not N. America but just my home state of Georgia or maybe just my home town. I like the home town idea even though it is very limited but because after all Jerusalem is only a town and all of us live today in a manner traceable there. Okay! Not if you are a real Easterner because if you are you might be free of any enlightenment or baggage with stems to such a place. But, on the other hand maybe the world is just not old enough for the shadows of the area to reach you. Then again, I recall a time as a child that my Mother would occasionally get letters from China. The letters were written by a childhood friend of hers that had become a Christian Missionary. This would have been right after our Second World War and if you do not accept any of that war as a tie to Jerusalem then surely you can envision a shadow emanating from the religious actions of Christian missions. So, the show is not over. Continue reading
Hugh Abner (Sonny) – November 22
My Thanksgiving note of last year was kind of themed around the traditional value which such a day can develop. In our case of the 2011 Thanksgiving we did not have the people but Nannette and I maintained a 3 year tradition by going to the same restaurant. Well, this year the good folks were back in a big way but the restaurant thingy fell by the wayside. Thank goodness for this year was much better: thanks to Loretta and Mario.
Loretta took it upon herself to do all the fixings and to do it at her place. Now this was much better and the traditional thing continues in a healthy way. Continue reading
(An apology to Alexander: by H. Abner)
Nannette and I had Michael Abner and Mark Micklow over for Passover last night, Sat. April 7, 2012.
I should have spent more time reviewing the guidelines of the ceremony and less time in the kitchen. The way the ceremony was led by me probably was just what one would expect from a Southern Baptist Christian that until the past few years did not know a yarmulke from a pair of goulashes. I still cannot pronounce most of the names and none of the Yiddish stuff but I think I get the idea of it all. Continue reading
No! Not Australia but the Caymans on an Atlantis submarine.
Last man in please shut door!
A couple of port hole views:
A surviving reef.
Yes! You have seen fish before, but, not this one.
Dry and with air conditioning:
NOTE: At 102 feet. They did take us to 106 feet but no further. The next bottom was 2,600 feet away.
Many evenings when I come home I will make a drink and sit outside as the day passes away. Sometimes there is enough light remaining so that I can read. Recently, even though my intent was to read I could’nt because we had just done the “Fall Back” thing of going away from daylight savings to regular old Eastern Standard Time.
I remained out though because it was cool and comfortable. As mentioned there was poor light and our local bats dominate the airways when we have this kind of condition. At violent speeds somehow they maneuver with rapid directional changes in order as far as I know to feed on mosquitoes. Maybe they feed on more than mosquitoes because what I saw involved a small butterfly. Continue reading
The Significance of ——
The Prize and The Quest
By Daniel Yergin
——- To Me
(Not a Book Report: just what it meant to me.)
I read The Prize only a couple of years ago even though it is a book from 1991. So, I was very late but it is the kind of book which has information so attuned to our daily lives that any late reading by me was meaningless. From the moment I started reading I saw and experienced its connections with my everyday life. The book won a Pulitzer.
Since I am of the age group that was born during World War II I knew something of the war’s effect on my people and overall the people of my country. I was very short on understanding the power that oil played in the history of it all. I only knew the power oil brought to my transportation needs. Continue reading
Hugh Abner (Sonny) – November 24
Well this is the third Thanksgiving in my near retirement mode that I have decided to give it some thought and record it.
It is different this year. The key word of it is going to be – [Tradition]. I may not be able to clarify it all but there are reasons to pause and consider tradition on local and national levels. Continue reading