A Primer on Why the Middle East is Such a Troubled Region
Publish Date: 2016-09-21
It is hard to pick up a newspaper, or watch news on the television without hearing about ISIS, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon or Egypt. There are so many socio-economic and political problems in that part of the world coupled to acts of violence and terror on an almost daily basis. Why you might ask. This book, based upon my 46 years as a professor of geography and my travels through this troubled region, attempts to answer the question of why. It is not easy, and I am sure that after reading the book, you will still have many questions that work their way down to one word -Why. This is a complex region with a history that is one of the oldest on earth. It is the birthplace of three great Western religions, each of which is still practiced in the Middle East. But when it comes to living together in peace, the people find it difficult to come to terms with many social and religious differences. And leaders over the years have exploited these differences, often using religion as a justification for committing acts of unspeakable horror against one another. In part, the boundaries of the modern Middle East nations are the result of European superpowers of the early 20th century, and the governments of these countries must often function within a set of physical borders that do not make any cultural sense. This only compounds the other problems. I guarantee that if you buy and read my new book, you will learn many details about the Middle East that will bring you closer to understanding the why factor in the stories that make news every day.
From Grandma's Kitchen With Love
Publish Date: 2014-10-24
I was raised in a household where my European grandmother and my mother both believed that good, healthy food was essential. Both were superb cooks, and as a young boy I found it fascinating to watch them in the kitchen. And I wanted to learn how to cook. And so I did. From age 10 until I left home to strike out on my own at age 22, I learned the arts of fine cooking. And as the years have swept along, I have become very conscious of both healthy eating, but the maintenance of good taste. Today I am strongly committed to organic foods, thanks in good measure to Whole Foods coming to town. And I became convinced that red meat was not that vital, in fact quite the contrary. So I utilize fish, chicken, turkey and loads of vegetables and fruits in my present day cooking. This cook book is a collection of my favorite recipes, some of them from my grandmother and mom's kitchen, many being my own through trial and error. But every recipe included in this cookbook is essentially based upon the use of fresh ingredients, a minimum of saturated fats, but a good use of spices. And yes there is a chapter on dessert. Sugar is a food despite all the negatives we hear about it. I believe that dessert once a day in moderation is essential to a happy outlook. It may not be totally healthy, but it can be offset by the meal prior to the indulgence. So follow my recipes and enjoy. I wish you all a good appetite and good health.
The Ultimate First Voyage Beyond Our Solar System
Publish Date: 2014-10-03
Most Americans know so little about Canada relative to what they know about Mexico. Somehow Canada is taken for granted and therefore forgotten. The majority of Americans are under the false impression that Canada is just like the United States. On that assumption so many Americans can not tell you anything about Canadian geography, history, government or social customs. Even the news media in the United States will only present a story from Canada if it is of great importance such as the terrorist attack on the Parliament Buildings in the fall of 2014. As of now in March 2015, I have not heard one word from the news media in the United States about the fact that Canada will be having a federal election this fall, or the fact that the Canadian military is going to continue conducting air strikes in Iraq. These matters are ignored by our media. As a retired geography professor, and as the son of Canadians who has lived and taught in Canada, I thought it was time to write a short book to provide a concise, yet easy to read picture of Canada and of Canadians. This new book should be in everyone's collection because it makes you aware of our great northern neighbor and closest partner. So I hope you will read by new book on "The Great White North."
Dangerous Aliens Invade a Peaceful World
Publish Date: 2014-10-02
Prologue: It was a bleak winter morning at Tarova, an Eltonan estate on the edge of Dubrono. It was first im, the gray dawn. The sky to the east was clear, showing a faint trace of a dawn not quite ready to break into a new day. The Emana family were all warmly tucked in their sleeping lofts, covered by thick, down blankets while outside tiny rodent-like Kiami scurried across the hard-packed snow in search of roots and fallen twigs, their movements sending faint scratching sounds through the cold, heavy air of the long night. To the west, down a cascade of gentle hills, the lights of Dubrono shone in shades of yellow and amber against the dark outline of the distant mountains. With the suddenness of a thunderclap, a ball of intense white heat seared the scene of peaceful winter calm. Dubrono was incinerated. Buildings imploded as metal, glass, brick and mortar vaporized. Flesh was ripped from disintegrating bone and charred to ash in an instant. There were no cries of anguish, as thousands perished without agony in a microsecond. On the edge of the five kilometer-wide inferno, the heat was less intense, but still murderous. At Tarova, the house heaved and buckled under the shock wave created by the fireball. Then it burst into flames. Fire and smoke trapped the Emana family in their lofts. The children cried in vain and shouted for help as their blankets blazed around them, painfully searing their flesh. One by one, their small lungs filled with smoke as their bodies writhed in the painful terror of cremation. Their parents were more fortunate in that a gust of super-heated air ruptured their windows turning the sleeping chamber into an instant inferno. Their pain was momentary as they were overcome by lashing flames. And so it was that winter morning as photon missiles in a show of alien force blasted three Eltonan cities. Death and suffering came to a world of peace in one shattering moment, and all because these proud, independent people would not bend to the demands of the alien commander. These aliens from beyond known space were warriors whose race had known hardship and the ravages of war. Their code was strict and left no room for compromise. Within one day, the world surrendered itself to their occupation, but in their hearts, the people of Eltona did not surrender. Nor did they retreat into hopeless fantasies of rescue. They retained their pride and dignity and sought to best endure the occupation of their homeland until the time was right for their liberation by the Federation.