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 October 08, 2009 2:27 PM

Here is greenshootingstar.gifwishing a wonderful day. Am still busy reading.... The best book recently was NightWalker - the Final Prophecy. Excellent read regarding the world's end 12/21/2012. I think the title maybe misleading - the Final Prophecy - but, it was great. Am presently reading Joy Nash - The Immortals - The Awakening ... Review to come.
I also have a Liu book to read next ....... Darkness Calls. I'll keep you posted on both.
love Kathryn
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anonymous  July 03, 2007 10:28 AM

that is great Kat...thanks...oh I made some new Sedgwicks ..I will send them to you for you to check out...  [report anonymous abuse]
 July 03, 2007 7:49 AM

Joyce - I am getting a lap top and will be transferring the book requests to the list I am going to start - and some how I want to design some sort of program that will allow me to post your name and tie it to the author and when books come in by that author send you an email -- what do you think of this idea?  [ send green star]
 July 01, 2007 12:04 PM

Here is greenshootingstar.gifwishing a wonderful day.pAm still busy reading.... Review to come.
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anonymous  June 30, 2007 6:29 PM

I just finished reading a series of mysteries by Mariah Stewart which my one daughter passed on to me and I passed on to another of my daughters ...we all seem to like the same writers...the books are Dead Certain..Dead Even...Dead Wrong...Dead was a group of guys who had been in prison at one time or another who decide to put a list of 3 people they want killed on a list...they then pick who is the one who starts & it goes from there...then you have a detective who is a profiler looking for the murderer or was a good mystery...

If you get any of her books in your bookstore let me know...thanks

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THE KEY : BY WHITLEY STRIEBER June 30, 2007 11:19 AM

   Has any one here read any of the books by Whitley Strieber ?? I just finish a book by him call the "Key" this is a book that makes you stop and think as you read each paragraft . And you well go back and read it again just to see if you are reading it right. It is a book that you well read again just to make sure you understand what he is saying. He makes you stop and think and that is a very good point' you have to think and think more . It is one that every one should have in there Libary at all times. Here is just a few lines of the book !
Words of the Master of the Key
Mankind is trapped, I want to help you spring the trap.
God wants companions, not supplicants.
There is a much larger world behind your backs.
It is this world to which man is blind.
The veil between the worlds can fall.
The undiscovered country can become your backyard.
There is no supernatural, There is only the natural world,and you have access to all of it. Souls are part of nature.
You the living are changing, As this change proceeds, you will become better and better able to feel the presence of your dead.
The teachings of Buddha, Christ, and Mohammed are interlinked.They are one system in three, not three separte religions.
Your concept of self is constricted, It relates only to this one life,It is tiny. The God within you is unimaginably vast.
Your destiny , each of you ,is to become all of God !
Hazel .
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 June 30, 2007 9:00 AM

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Readers Corner ~~ Grab your Joe say Hello and talk books 
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Grab a cup .......
So it is summer and in some form that triggers a few good books .. Is anyone reading something exciting? Has anyone read a good book? Kim started a thread about reading.. so lets talk reviews?!  I have been reading an eclectic mix -- for instance I read Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner (a demon fighting soccer Mom)  Phantom of the Bath Tub by Eugenia Riley (a woman is haunted by a dashingly handsome ghost in an old Victorian antebellum home in Savannah) Out of This World by Jill Shalvis (a book about an artist - Mural artist from LA who inherits a B&B in Alaska which has strange goings on) -- to name but a few....... so what have you read? There was another book Southern comfort -- cannot remember the author but this was a detective mystery. Catherine Coulter and her FBI series is always a great read .. Nora Roberts Angels Falls was also terrific...
Share.. you know you want to.....
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 June 30, 2007 8:58 AM

OMG We go from Vampires to the Bible -- hmmmmm to Pagan Prayer Beads??? Wow -- now that is eclectic in topic jumps

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  New Book Teaches How to Make and Use Pagan Prayer Beads

Religions from around the world - Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam, and many more, including the Pagan earth religions - use prayer beads as useful guides to remembering prayers and principles. Pagan Prayer Beads (Weiser Books, May 2007) by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn is a unique and practical introduction to the design, creation, and use of Pagan rosaries, teaching the reader to design and make personal prayer beads for use in myriad spiritual practices.

(PRWE April 21, 2007 -- Religions from around the world - Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam, and many more, including the Pagan earth religions - use prayer beads as useful guides to remembering prayers and principles. Pagan Prayer Beads (Weiser Books, May 2007) by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn is a unique and practical introduction to the design, creation, and use of Pagan rosaries, teaching the reader to design and make personal prayer beads for use in myriad spiritual practices.

Co-written by a beading expert (Clare Vaughn) and one of the leading lights in modern Paganism, (John Michael Greer), this book will garner an eager audience - from beginners to elders - looking for new inspiration in their personal spiritual practice.

Beautifully written, instructive, and straightforward, Pagan Prayer Beads is user-friendly and easy to understand. Lovely black-and-white photographs accompany the text to further illustrate the art and craft of Pagan prayer beads.

Greer and Vaughn have included fascinating history and lore throughout the book, as well as crystal properties, Pagan symbology, and deeply meaningful prayers and rituals to use with the rosaries.

For additional title information:
John Michael Greer has been a student of the occult traditions and nature spirituality for more than 25 years. He began following the Druid path in 1993 with initiation in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids (OBOD). In 2003, he received OBOD's Mount Haemus Award for Druid scholarship and later the same year was elected Grand Archdruid of the Ancient Order of Druids in America (AODA). Greer is the author of numerous articles and ten books, including Paths of Wisdom, Circles of Power, Inside a Magical Lodge, Natural Magic, Monsters, and The New Encyclopedia of the Occult. He recently co-authored Learning Ritual Magic (Weiser Books, 2004). He lives in Ashland, Oregon. His blog is

Clare Vaughn is a longtime beader who currently makes Pagan rosaries and holds frequent workshops on making and using prayer beads. Clare is an experienced ceremonial magician and a practitioner of plant-spirit magic, as well as the co-author of Learning Ritual Magic. She lives in Ashland, Oregon. Her blog is

Pagan Prayer Beads by John Michael Greer and Clare Vaughn; Published by Weiser Books; Publication date: May, 2007; Price: $16.95; Paperback; ISBN: 978-1-57863-384-5; Category: New Age/Crafts; Available wherever books are sold or through the publisher at (800) 423-7087, e-mail protected from spam bots, or online at BLESSING AND LOVE HAZEL  [ send green star]

This book is a good choice to begin to learn about the amazing history of the Christian Church.

Especially Gnosticism and the early Christian Church, and especially the creation of the New Testament Bible. For a different is my review of books that build on these interests, especially the "lost" books of the New Testament Bible and the concepts of Gnosticism.

Nearly all knowledgeable Biblical scholars realize there have been a wide range of writings attributed to Jesus and his Apostles..... and that some of these were selected for compilation into the book that became known as the Bible.....and that some books have been removed from some versions of the Bible and others have been re-discovered in modern times.

The attention focused on Gnosticism by Dan Brown's DaVinci Code may be debatable, but the fact is that increased attention on academics tends to be predominately positive, so I welcome those with first-time or renewed interest. At least first-timers to Gnosticism are not pursuing the oh-so-popular legends of the Holy Grail, Bloodline of Christ, and Mary Magdalene.

This is great......I seldom quote other reviewers, but there is one reviewer of Pagels' books who confided that he had been a Jesuit candidate and had been required to study a wide range of texts but was never was told about the Nag Hamadi texts. He said:

"Now I know why. The Gospel of Thomas lays waste to the notion that Jesus was `the only begotten Son of God' and obviates the need for a formalized church when he says, `When your leaders tell you that God is in heaven, say rather, God is within you, and without you.' No wonder they suppressed this stuff! The Roman Catholic Church hasn't maintained itself as the oldest institution in the world by allowing individuals to have a clear channel to see the divinity within all of us: they need to put God in a bottle, label the bottle, put that bottle on an altar, build a church around that altar, put a sign over the door, and create rubricks and rituals to keep out the dis-believing riff-raff. Real `Us' versus `them' stuff, the polar opposite from `God is within You.' `My God is bigger than your God' the church(s)seem to say. And you can only get there through "my" door/denomination. But Jesus according to Thomas had it right: just keep it simple, and discover the indwelling Divinity `within you and without you.'"

Here are quickie reviews of what is being bought these days on the Gnostic Gospels and the lost books of the Bible in general:

The Lost Books of the Bible (0517277956) includes 26 apocryphal books from the first 400 years that were not included in the New Testament.

Marvin Meyers' The Secret Teachings of Jesus : Four Gnostic Gospels (0394744330 ) is a new translation without commentary of The Secret Book of James, The Gospel of Thomas, The Book of Thomas, and The Secret Book of John.

James M. Robinson's The Nag Hammadi Library in English : Revised Edition (0060669357) has been around 25 years now and is in 2nd edition. It has introductions to each of the 13 Nag Hammadi Codices and the Papyrus Berioinensis 8502.

The Complete Dead Sea Scrolls in English (0140278079) by Geza Vermes has selected works....a complete work is more difficult to achieve than the publisher's marketing concept indicates. His commentary generates strong reactions.

Elaine Pagels has 2 books (The Gnostic Gospels 0679724532 and Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas 0375501568) that have received considerable attention lately. For many, her work is controversial in that it is written for popular consumption and there is a strong modern interpretation. She does attempt to reinterpret ancient gender relationships in the light of modern feminist thinking. While this is a useful (and entertaining) aspect of college women's studies programs, it is not as unethical as some critics claim. As hard as they may try, all historians interpret the past in the context of the present. Obviously there is value in our attempts to re-interpret the past in the light of our own time.

If you want the full scholarly work it is W. Schneemelcher's 2 volume New Testament Apocrypha.

Also, to understand the Cathars......try Barbara Tuckman's Distant Mirror for an incredible historical commentary on how the Christian Church has handled other points of view . Hazel  [ send green star]
Lee Child June 06, 2007 12:35 PM

Hello Everyone,

           I'm new to this forum, but I do read alot of books. Over 100 i n the last  year.  Maybe one of the best author's not many know about is Lee Child and his "Jack Reacher" series. He'll have you on the edge of your seat entirely throughout. Wanna laugh? Cry? Fear the unknown? Gotta read a Reacher book. Gonna run for now. TahTah.


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The Harlequin by Laurell K Hamilton June 06, 2007 10:24 AM

The new Laurell K Hamilton book, the Harlequin was released yesterday June 5, 2007.  The book is number 15 in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.  I am not sure how many of you read her books but this is one of the few Vampire Series that I still read.  In fact I have already finished the book and WOW!!!  It was very much like she went back to what worked in the earlier books.  Don't get me wronf I am one of the fans who didn't mind all of the sex scenes - lol - but this book was definitely a lot less sex and a lot more substance.  We reintroduced some of our favorite characters who we haven't seen in a while and we also met some new ones.  I was definitely pulled in to what was happening.  Even though the book was just released yesterday, I am definitely looking forward to the next book which can not come soon enough in my opinion.  


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MONDAY HUMOR November 13, 2006 6:39 AM


The truth about  


Chocolate is extracted from the beans of the cocoa plant 

Beans are a vegetable  

Sugar is extracted from 
sugar beat

                                             The Sugar beat is a vegetable

Therefore chocolate is a vegetable

Let´s spin the theory further:

Chocolate bars contain milk 

Therefore chocolate bars

are healthy!!! 

Raisins, cherries, orange peels and strawberries are in chocolate 

They belong to the fruit family, so eat as much as you like

Chocolate is good for stress 

Just think :

read backwards means:


Send this to 4 women and lose 2 pounds.

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 July 23, 2006 9:23 PM

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Too much time alone - July 23, 2006 8:57 PM

<~~~~~ good book tho --

 Book Cover Dragon's Breath ~~

sequel to the

Frog Princess  Book Cover     children's books.

BTW Chris D'Lacey came out w/a sequel  Icefire - Icefire

to the previous book I reviewed

The Fire WithinFire Star

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 July 22, 2006 5:56 PM

Etched Wine GlassesWine anyone?

Good Book? Come join in ......

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 July 22, 2006 4:34 AM

Just finished reading Kay Hooper's new book -- Sleeping with Fear

I really like her Bishop series (FBI - paranormal suspense) - Read it in 1 night - an FBI agent is set up and her paranormal abilites tampered w/by occult evil enegy - coastal town - hunky men - very well written -

if you like all the above - the read will be fast -- and as usual - Hopper delivers

Hunting FearChill of Fearprevious Fear series

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anonymous ill just sit July 21, 2006 12:57 PM

and read what u guys re reading
i have just read the rules of the templars it is a book of rules and regulations to do with the life and times of knights tmplars in the 12-14 c
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Refreshments for the Book Chat July 17, 2006 2:44 PM

Wine, Cheese and a Comfy Chair to chat in
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Book's For Summer Reading July 16, 2006 9:19 AM

Last night I finished reading Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk and Steele Romance series -- The Red Heart of Jade ...

(Dirk & Steele - The international detective agency specializes in the impossible, and their creed is simple: Help those in need, no matter how difficult, and no matter what, keep the secret safe. For the agency helps its employees, too; the gifted, the tormented.)

Having read both Shadow Touch, Tiger Eye (both those books were Dirk & Steele Series) and A Taste of Crimson -- I am always captivated by Liu's paranormal and Asian settings. Her characters normally have extra powers - (shape shifting - clairvoyance - psychic abilities etc...). "Dirk & Steele purpose, protection, community...and refuge - for who can trust a man who can start a fire with his mind, or shape-shift, or read others' thoughts as easily as drawing breath? (You find this character in book 2 - Shadow Touch) 

The Red Heart of Jade was most interesting to me for 2 reasons: First, I had recently read an excellent mystery involving the Terra Cotta Warriors and an intensive discussions of the relevance of Jade in Chinese/Asian history. Secondly, Asian culture has always been fascinating and Ms. Liu intricately weaves this culture throughout her books. In this recent book, Ms. Liu involves 2 pieces of Red Jade that had been placed in the chest cavity of 2 ancient mummies - grisly murders - people burned alive and immortal evil. Someone knew the secrets of the people working for the Dirk & Steele Agency. They also knew of a power that could change the world.

You know your going to get suspense, mystery, intrigue, passion, love, humor, sadness and sacrific mix into historical culture whenever you pick up one of her books.

It amazes me that this author/attorney/puddle taxi service person has such immense talent. I got hooked into her writing while reading Tiger Eye .. Liu is soon to release a novella written with another story by Christine Feehan (another one of my favorite writers who has a new book sitting on my bedside table to read this weekend.)

For a tiny hint of the other 2 Dirk & Steele books.....

In Shadow Touch (book#2) - Elena Baxter can work miracles with her hands. She can coax bones to knit, flesh to heal. She can mend the mind. She has been doing such work for almost all of her twenty-eight years. That is why she will be taken.


In Tiger Eye  - (the start of Liu's first Dirk & Steele books) - Psychically sensitive tourist Dela Reese browses for treasures at Beijing's Dirt Market, where an old woman sells her a riddle box for only one yuan. Surprisingly, when Dela opens the box back in her hotel room, a gorgeous seven-foot-tall warrior appears,and she learns she can free the shapeshifter imprisoned inside, and that he is the beginning of an adventure – and a love – of a lifetime.
A Taste of Crimson (the first book I ever read by Liu has a flare all it's own)....
Los Angeles is no longer the City of Angels; dark things haunt its streets - dark, restless things. Bodies have been found, and the tentative peace between humans, vampires and werewolves teeters on the brink of collapse. Keeli Maddox needs to know why. If she and her kin are to survive, she must trust a man as different from her as night from day, as tooth from claw. He's a slayer, a betrayer, an enemy. But nobility lurks in dark places, and Keeli herself is no stranger to shadow. As sure as the moon will rise, Michael was meant for her. Life is about to change. Only three things will remain: the color of blood, the hot joy of skin on skin, and the danger.

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 July 16, 2006 7:53 AM

I read a lot of different authors - and a lot of different genre's -- recently though I finished the entire Higlander series by Karen Marie Moning --- I thought all 7 books were truly well written. Each stood on it's own though often a character was named and it held more relevance because you had encountered his story previously.

I believe the genre would be considered paranormal... the idea being time-travel - good vs evil ... dark romance .. Scottish myticism. Moning has a wonderful way of writing - weaving an intricate tale and grabbing your interest -- of course it doesn't hurt that these very alpha type Highland Warriors are ancient men sexual and sensual. These books were captivating and one seating must read ... must finish.

  link to The Immortal Highlander section

"Enter a world of timeless seduction, of ancient intrigue and modern-day passion. Enter the dazzling world of Karen Marie Moning whose acclaimed Highlander novels have captivated readers, spanning the continents and the centuries, bringing ancient Scotland vividly to life. In a new novel brimming with time-travel adventure and sensual heat, the nationally bestselling author of The Dark Highlander delivers a love story that will hold you in thrall and a hero you will most certainly never forget...

BEWARE: lethally seductive alpha male of immense strength and dark eroticism, do not look at him. Do not touch him. Do not be tempted. Do not be seduced..."

link to The Dark Highlander sectionlink to Kiss of the Highlander sectionlink to To Tame a Highland Warrior section

link to Spell of the Highlander sectionlink to The Highlander's Touch sectionlink to Beyond the Highland Mist section

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 July 13, 2006 3:49 AM


morning all--- still reading and knew I needed to stop by to say hi. I will go do that Sue -- I'd like a group organized that write - anything - one's imagination is a terrible thing to waste. Reading is awesome -- those books sound great especially since I taught both American and World History in High School and will soon be an Adjunct Professor in Va - teaching lol my own Masters Thesis - on Portfolio Construction --

I'd actually like to see the American History High School text changed - it is too bias - needs more text from opposite groups - like the losers points of view etc.....

Have a great day all -- will go look at your page my dearest Sister Sue.

Bye loves ---- Kat

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anonymous SO KAT July 12, 2006 7:32 PM

You want start that other story group? hey i got one going on blondes have more fun called velvet and lace.if you are not a member at blondes go to my profile page scan down all my groups and join and write with me.i need you and anyone else interested in writing.if i can get my kids offline and me on we will get things,sue   [report anonymous abuse]
 July 12, 2006 6:10 PM

Sorry I am a bad editor if John C. Fremont.  He also ran for president against President Lincoln.  I also like to read story of the West between 1800 and 1900. If I could I love to have been with Kit Carson and Fremont of Lewis and Clark or the other who explored the West back then.  [ send green star]
 July 12, 2006 5:57 PM

Good evening, and I hope you had a great day. As for right now I read the memoir of John C Freement, It about his travel across the west in the late 1840s.  Just getting into it.

I a non-fiction buff and love American History

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BOOK REVIEWS AND CHAT July 12, 2006 2:52 PM

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Pull up a chair and let's chat ........ read a good book lately?  [ send green star]
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