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The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future
The End of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future
by Paul K Chappell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.79

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Power of Waging Peace", 26 Nov. 2010
Captain Paul K. Chappell is a soldier, warrior, and peacemaker. He's also a superb writer who can put his thoughts on paper in logical, easy to understand, and often moving words. His topic is one that goes back centuries to the ancient masters, but is an ever-increasing challenge for modern man, as our weapons have become so indescribably deadly. Open your heart and mind to this book, and learn what an endless and hopeless path war is, and how peace truly can be achieved.

Captain Chappell has walked that path of war, from West Point to Baghdad, and has brilliant insight and knowledge. He's also made the inner quest, and shows us how violence can be transformed, its connection to greed, and the dangers of blind obedience. He also examines the question of torture, and why the rules of the Geneva Convention are so important for our very own safety.

This powerful book is not only relevant to the major conflicts that arise throughout the world, but its ideas can be a guideline for living peacefully with one's neighbor, in our community, and throughout the country. Part II of this volume is in a "question and answer" format, and is from an interview of Capt. Chappell by Deanie Mills. It covers many topics and shows us the depth and range of Chappell's intellect.

Will War Ever End?: A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century
Will War Ever End?: A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st Century
by Paul K. Chappell
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.41

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soldier for Peace, 17 Sept. 2010
"Will War Ever End" is a slim volume with a wealth of information and history on how the powerful use peaceful actions can overcome conflicts, and also shows us examples of how human nature, contrary to the theories that insist people are intrinsically violent, is actually driven by needs of peace and prosperity for their family and community, and is in opposition to war.

Waging peace not only has the power to solve a current crisis, but also to change the course of human events forever, and as author Paul Chappell writes in his "Waging Peace" section, "Together, we can take human civilization to new heights by ending the injustice of war that has been with us for far too long."

And Captain Paul Chappell knows about war. Having graduated from West Point and served in Iraq, he has seen it first hand, and we get the wisdom of his knowledge. As well as being a superb writer, Chappell is a charismatic, excellent speaker. He is surely destined to have a huge impact in the world by bringing his vision of peace to our chaotic planet, that so desperately needs voices of sanity to prevail.

"Will War Ever End" has a final chapter that includes passages from others who have served in the military and have changed history with their ideas, from General Dwight D. Eisenhower to Mahatma Gandhi (who was a veteran of the Boer and Zulu wars). It is gratifying to know that Captain Chappell's royalties for this book will be donated to organizations that support war veterans.

Striptease for Burlesque, Exotic Dance & Every Day, with Jo Weldon: Exotic dance instruction, Burlesque how-to [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN] [DVD]
Striptease for Burlesque, Exotic Dance & Every Day, with Jo Weldon: Exotic dance instruction, Burlesque how-to [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jo Weldon
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £10.47

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "One of the Oldest Professions", 10 April 2010
Since antiquity (think Salome!) women have been stripping, and one of the things that makes this DVD fascinating as well as fabulous is Jo Weldon's history of the art of striptease and her detailed explanations of so many aspects of it, from the burlesque traditions to strip joints. Jo even talks about how to choose a name for yourself that is unique, and adds that "when you take your earrings off, you mean business."

Unlike Jo's earlier DVDs, Honey and Spice: Sensual and Fierce Burlesque and Silk and Feathers: Burlesque Fan Dance which required special costumes, this DVD is so terrific because it uses readily available clothing, that you might have in your closet, and shows us how to make the most of it. The outfits she uses are:
Sweat pants, hoodie and T-shirt
3 skirt and blouse outfits
Dress and evening gown
Men's clothes
Jeans, long boots and turtleneck sweater (all difficult clothes to remove)
Garter belt and stockings explained and demonstrated
Business suit
Wedding dress

Among her many credits, Jo Weldon is headmistress of the New York School of Burlesque, and really knows her art. All you need for a prop is an ordinary straight-backed chair, and an appreciation of the human body. Music is by Debra, Ronnie Magri, and J.C. Hopkins, and fits the practice sessions well. One of the best things about striptease, and it is not a gender specific art either, is that one can have tremendous fun with it. So go through your closet for some nifty clothes, put on this DVD, and enjoy!

Vietnam War: America's Conflict [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Vietnam War: America's Conflict [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: £5.36

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Selling of a War, 10 April 2010
These documentaries are riveting viewing for 2 reasons: For the extent and level of propaganda put out by the government to sell this war to the American people, and for the other extreme, the brutal footage of the war itself, as in the "To Save a Soldier" segment on disc 4, which shows such incredible heroism among the enlisted men and women. Some are in b&w, some color, and most are in good condition despite their age. There are some clips you will see in more than 1 film, especially the one of Sgt. Bill Belch speaking Vietnamese as he shows villagers how to use a gun. Part spin, part deception, and part truth, this set is a treasure trove for anyone interested in Vietnam, where now the Ford Motor Co. has an assembly plant 35 miles from Hanoi (in a strange twist of fate, Robert McNamara was once a president of Ford).

Disc #1:
1: "Why Vietnam" starts with a speech by LBJ, that is interspersed with Hitler and Chamberlain at Munich, a short history of Vietnam including a clip of Pres. Eisenhower. Also Dean Rusk, and Robert McNamara saying "We seek no wider war."
2: "There is a Way." This one is quite and frolic with the Air Force...and also somewhat degraded in film quality.
3: "War and Advice." US advisors teaching Vietnamese soldiers. "American Special Forces are present, but will not take action until fired upon."
4: "Another Day of War." A day in the life of an Air Force pilot.
5: "1st Air Cavalry." Helicopters in 1965, with the innovation of using helicopters instead of road vehicles.
6: "Marines 1965." Includes footage of the April, 1965 invasion of the Dominican Republic, and another LBJ speech clip. This one quite degraded in quality and is in sepia tones.
7: "Year of the Dragon." About the stalwart nature of the Vietnamese people, narrated by Charlton Heston. Very crisp, clear, color film quality.
8: "Ready to Strike." 25th Infantry Division from Hawaii. Includes work with scout dogs.
9: "82nd Airborne." Fort Bragg high pressure training, making tough guys tougher. Includes WWII footage in Africa, Sicily, Salerno, and also Dominican Republic in 1965.
10: "Beans, Bullets and Black Oil." "The mail must get through," as well as other supplies. "Stretched to new dimensions" because of the distance from home.
11: "Operation Montagnard." The Montagnard are a fascinating people living in the highlands, and we see them being trained for combat.
12: "The Sky Soldier." 173rd Brigade in 1965, covered by a war correspondent, through dense jungles and difficult terrain.

Disc 2:
1: "No Substitute for Victory." Unlike most of these documentaries, this comes from the latter days of the war, with John Wayne as host, and journalist Lowell Thomas and actress Martha Raye as fellow celebrities, as well as many military men who ask us to "Let the boys finish what they were sent to do."
2: "History of the Air Force" was made after the war, and deals with the humanitarian use, and other aspects of the Air Force. Fabulous footage of jet fighters.
3: "The Sparrow Hawks." Small single engine planes that fly low on incredibly dangerous missions.
4: "This is Parris Island." Marine Corps recruits in training.
5: "The Unique War." "Helping to build a nation at the grass roots level," and "Winning the hearts and minds of the people."
6: "The US Air Force in Vietnam." The escalation starting in 1964 of the air war, expansion of bases, etc.
7: "Faces of Rescue." "Those who go into combat that others might live," featuring Lt. James Devoos, USAF Ret., and the Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service.
8: "11th Armored Cavalry Regiment." From their arrival in 1966, history of mechanized vehicles in Vietnam.
9: "1st Cavalry Division Airmobile." Helicopters as aerial cavalry, and their many uses in the "vast tactical arena."
10: "The Battle of Khe Sanh." The battle explained in detail, with David E. Lounds, Col. USMC, starting with the topography of the area.
11: "A Day in Vietnam." Narrated by Jack Webb, and refuting the protestors of the war in the US by showing the military "Winning the hearts and minds of the people."
12: "The Drill Sergeant." A look at the "man behind the title," in the training of drill sergeants and the instilling of leadership qualities.
13: "River Patrol." From June 1967, patrolling a 1000 miles of waterways, the "Lace-like patterns of waterways" that are prevalent in Vietnam. Very clear, crisp color film quality in this one.

Disc 3:
1: "Vietnam! Vietnam!." Produced by John Ford for the US Information Agency and narrated by Charlton Heston, this is a long and well photographed documentary in 2 parts. Part 1 is "The People and the War," about the dissent at home, and in Vietnam, "a nation in disorder." Peaceful scenes of rice paddies contrasted by graphic, bloody images of massacres committed by the Viet Cong. The harrowing footage of emaciated prisoners of the Viet Cong, and our POWs is heart wrenching. Part 2 is "The Debate," and has intelligent, conflicting ideas presented by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and (then governor) Reagan, Senators William Fulbright, Eugene McCarthy, John Tower, as well as Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dean Rusk, and many more.
2: "Sand and Steel." Building an airfield "out of sand and heat" with the Seabees on a beach.
3: "The Full Blade." Civic action in Vietnam in its rich agricultural countryside, and "liberating hearts and minds."
4: "Vietnam Crucible." In a war without clear borders, the army "is testing the steel and sharpening the edge."
5: "Hall of Honor." From the Pentagon, Medal of Honor recipients and their extraordinary courage.
6: "Hidden War in Vietnam." James Arness narrates this film about the Special Forces. "It's a dirty war fought without uniforms in a battlefield without boundaries. "
7: "The Gentle Hand." The extraordinary medical team helping the Vietnamese people. The compassion, seen here is incredibly moving. Not to be missed.
8: "1st Infantry Division in Vietnam, 1965-70." The Big Red One and their many battles.
9: "4th Infantry Division." The 4th had one of the toughest areas to fight in, against some of the best trained Viet Cong. Includes WWI and WWII footage.
10: "American Navy in Vietnam." The many facets of the 7th Fleet. Military and civic action.
11: "POW. A Report on Captivity in Southeast Asia, 1963-73." Capt. Charles Redman and Claude Watkins (WWII POW) describe with maps, photos, and diagrams, the many prison camps in the area as well as the "Hanoi Hilton," in this history of what our POWs went through.
12: "Marines 1968." Helping out after Hurricane Inez in Haiti, and helping in the villages of Vietnam, Hoa Khanh Children's Hospital, Capt. John Dyer's Combat Art, and much more.

Disc 4:
1: "To Save a Soldier." Amazing footage of medics flying into dangerous ground to pick up the wounded, This film is gritty and tragic. Also the nurses preparing the soldiers for return home is astounding.
2: "For Thou Art With Me." About the chaplains in the field. This one is half-baked propaganda.
3: "Khe Sanh." Non-stop "shock and awe." Some spectacular action footage.
4: "Know Your Enemy." Behind enemy lines with the Viet Cong propaganda films. Fuzzy audio on this one.
5: "Nation Builds Under Fire." Starts with a few agonizing minutes of VP Hubert Humphrey reading from cue cards, then moves to John Wayne, some military men and NGOs, in a film about "reaching the hearts and minds" of the Vietnamese people.
6: "The Battle." By water, by air, and by land, the enemy is routed from caves, etc.
7: "The Screaming Eagles." 101st in action. Includes Gen. Westmoreland and actor Robert Mitchum.
8: "Small Boat Navy." The swift boats patrolling the rivers, etc.
9: "Twenty Five Hour Day." Aerial footage of bombing raids, etc.
10: "POW Code of Conduct." Stories of those who had been held captive by the Viet Cong...some of them held for as long as 7 years, as told by the ex POWs and actor William Jordan. Very moving.
11: "Contact!" The marines patrolling for "spider holes," mines, and other primitive but deadly devices.
12: "Progress to Peace." Narrated by Raymond Burr, "Vietnamization," or what it was meant to be and hoped for.
13: 9th Infantry Division." Starting in 1967, the 9th in the jungle, rice paddies, swamps and waterways.
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The Brazilian Carnival Dance Workout - Samba Reggae, with Quenia Ribeiro: Samba fitness classes, Brazilian samba instruction [DVD] [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]
The Brazilian Carnival Dance Workout - Samba Reggae, with Quenia Ribeiro: Samba fitness classes, Brazilian samba instruction [DVD] [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]
Dvd ~ Quenia Ribeiro
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.57

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Let's Get Up and Dance!", 10 April 2010
Created by the dynamic Quenia Ribeiro for beginner and intermediate students, in her "Welcome" portion, Quenia says that even if we are just starting out, we will learn by repetition, and if the movements are too difficult at first, to "...modify them to suit your needs."

The 2nd part is a super-stretchy, extensive (approximately 20 minutes) and effective warm-up. Beyond learning the samba on this DVD, this warm-up would serve as a superb workout for those who just want to get in some daily yoga based stretches and poses for agility and strength building.

Quenia then takes the choreography in sections, repeating until it becomes familiar, and then, when putting it all together, steps up the tempo bit by bit. The steps themselves are simple, but you can get a fantastic aerobic workout by the time you're done. Only the most athletic will survive the final top speed version, but it's great to watch Quenia and her 2 assistants, Nao Yamada and Lisa Green, move with such blazing gusto. There is a lovely cool-down at the end, to catch one's breath, and savor the enjoyment of dance. Well produced and with percussive music by Nick Birmelin to keep us going, I like that this DVD can be played straight through, or be used with the menu by sections.

Quenia has so much energy, charisma, and Brazilian charm, that she makes working up a sweat a delightful event. She is both at the same time incredibly strong and as limber as a rubber band, and watching her is a joy. She is also extremely knowledgeable, so you know you're learning to dance from the best of the best, and most of all, as she says, "Have fun!"

Salsa...Solo! - with Yesenia Adame: Beginner salsa dancing instruction, Salsa how-to, Salsa dance combinations, Footwork [DVD] [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]
Salsa...Solo! - with Yesenia Adame: Beginner salsa dancing instruction, Salsa how-to, Salsa dance combinations, Footwork [DVD] [ALL REGIONS] [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]
Dvd ~ Yesenia Adame
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.56

21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Salsa the Easy Way, 10 April 2010
If you're not familiar with salsa moves, the easiest way to learn is solo, rather then the complexity of learning with a partner, as so many other salsa instruction DVDs offer. And Yesenia Adame is the ideal teacher; an expert in her field, she has clear verbal instructions, is beautiful to watch, and has a charismatic personality. And as Yesenia says in the beginning, "You'll be having so much fun learning, that you won't realize you're getting a workout."

After a smooth 5 minute warm-up, Yesenia and her 2 assistants, Ashle and Nicolette, teach you all the basic steps you'll ever need in salsa (the rest is all embellishment!), and then move on to the 3 combinations. The preliminary section before each combination is learning those basic steps spiced up with added variations, and then you dance them with the music, which is by Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto and Benise. There is a final run-through which is a blast, and a great workout too! It ends with a short and stretchy "cool down."

The production is excellent, and allows one to see the steps from the front, back, and a ĺ side view, making it very easy to follow along and learn each step. This DVD is tailored for beginners, and keeps it simple enough to not over-challenge anyone, but at the same time stays interesting so it never gets boring. "Salsa...Solo!" would make an terrific workout for older folks (both gals and guys too!) as there is nothing to stress any body part, but keeps one moving and can be quite an aerobic form of exercise if you're dancing up to tempo.

Wave Explosion! - Bellydance Hip-Hop Liquid Fusion, with Anasma (TWO-DVD SET): Belly dancing classes, belly dance how-to, hip-hop how-to, fusion belly dance instruction, popping, waving [DVD] [NO REGION ENCODING) [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]
Wave Explosion! - Bellydance Hip-Hop Liquid Fusion, with Anasma (TWO-DVD SET): Belly dancing classes, belly dance how-to, hip-hop how-to, fusion belly dance instruction, popping, waving [DVD] [NO REGION ENCODING) [NTSC] [WIDESCREEN]
Dvd ~ Anasma
Price: £10.57

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lean to be Liquid, 10 April 2010
"Wave Explosion" is a fabulous DVD 2 disc set, that will help you expand your belly dance vocabulary and strengthen your technique with its brilliant and innovative movements and the expertise of the beautiful Anasma, who is an international star as a dancer and teacher, and Future, who will amaze you with his liquid and imaginative dancing.

Disc 1 starts with an excellent "Warm-up and Strengthening," where Anasma urges us to "go to your maximum," but not beyond (it is essential to know one's physical/technical limitations when learning/practicing with a DVD, so as not to injure oneself). Anasma then gives us a choreography demonstration of the liquid fusion style, with its "popping" and isolations, and her incredible "snake arms." This is followed by a lengthy section where she teaches us slowly and in repeated segments until we can absorb these fascinating movements, and further practiced in depth in "Drills and Dance."

The 2nd disc features Fusion, who is a master at his art and has been dancing since 1980. He explains how dance can be a metaphysical concept, where one creates "the visual illusion " of a "current of water" traveling through one's body. He quotes Bruce Lee as saying that "when you are like water, you can be everything you pour yourself into." This is a "zen/chi-mind/body" workout, as Future patiently shows us to dance...or at least him. Disc 2 continues with more of Anasma's teaching on arm and hip movements.

The final portion is a fantastic performance section with 2 from Anasma, 1 from Future, and 2 from Megatron. These are a treat to watch. Music is by Vin Scialla, David Starfire, Nikolai Ruskin, Pete List, and more.

Classifying this set as "Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced" is difficult. Everyone will get something out of it. You won't dance like Anasma or Future without years and years of training, however, the moves themselves aren't strenuous in the aerobic sense, but require enormous strength and controlled flexibility. Getting a hang of the smoothness of the isolations is hard, but if you have a gift and passion for dance, with some dedication and discipline, much should be learned from these 2 marvelous teachers. Also expert belly dancers will learn a lot from it. Give this set a try, all 260 minutes of it. It's the dance of the future...and it's brilliant!

Manual For Living: Reality, A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life
Manual For Living: Reality, A User's Guide to the Meaning of Life
by Seth David Chernoff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Manual for All Ages, All Stages of Life, 6 April 2010
Author David Chernoff writes in his Note to the Reader, that this book should be opened at random, or by making a choice from the table of contents that applies to one's life, and using a single chapter at a time to guide us in our present need, instead of reading the book from cover to cover and trying to absorb every subject at once. Because "Manual for Living, Book One:::Reality" is unique in its scope, covering so many topics that vitally concern our life, this approach makes a lot of sense, and it's how I will use this book in the future, when needing special guidance in certain areas. Obviously for reviewing purposes, I read all of it, and it can become weighty as each chapter concerns issues that matter most as we go through life, especially if we are facing the final journey, have a loved one who is, or are going through a season of reversal or transition.

Chernoff pulls no punches as he writes about the hard subjects: Death, illness, fear, our toxic environment, our perception of what is real, our finances and need to accumulate, the benefits of keeping life simple, dealing with change, living in the "now" and being grateful, and so much more. Chernoff has twice survived cancer, so he has lived his message, and has earned the right to mete out some tough love now and then, scattered throughout the pages of this wisdom-filled book.

I particularly like Chernoff's chapters dealing with finance. It is a subject often talked about, but few have ideas with the depth and sensibility found here. And money can ruin one's life, marriage, and break families apart. As Chernoff writes: "Until we master our relationship with money, we are held captive by an energy force far beyond our control and understanding, with freedom eternally beyond our reach." A perceptive light has been shed on the ebb and flow of life, caring for our mind, body, and soul, and our relationship with everything around us, in this excellent "Manual for Living."

Mind Your Own Wellness
Mind Your Own Wellness
by Alex Ong
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars The Path to Lasting Results, 6 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Mind Your Own Wellness (Paperback)
This is not a book for quick fixes and rapid weight loss, that invariably leads to the yo-yo syndrome, causing harm to your health and your self-esteem. It's a book that leads to lasting results and a healthier "You." The person you were meant to feel and look like. Author Alex Ong spent 20 years as a "fatty," so he has been there, and done that. Ong knows all the pitfalls of listening to your "Inner Junky Voice," and also knows the way out of that pleasure/pain cycle, and how the gradual strengthening of your "Inner Healthy Voice" can bring about vibrant health and a slender body.

Page 99 has an easy to use BMI chart (no more adding and multiplying with a calculator) to find out exactly where you are in the battle of the bulge (I have found the BMI index very helpful in determining my goals). The section on breathing is excellent (Chapter 12) and something we so often forget how to do correctly...something as simple as breathing! If you choose to, there is also a 1 day a week "break" from your healthy way of eating, where you can observe how you feel, when eating according to your past habits. How you tolerate that "over full" feeling, if you are tired the following day, etc. I especially like Ong's asking us to observe our plates after we have eaten, after baked/steamed food, or deep fried and cheesy stuff. Ong has an eye-opening way to really prove the difference of the substances left on the plates on pg. 93.

There are 5 levels, or a "Color Belt" formula, which ranges from White Belt (10% healthy food, 90% junky food) to Black Belt (80% healthy, 20% junky). Menus and suggestions are given for every level, and what makes them easy to apply is that there is nothing drastic, nothing that is unrealistic to follow no matter what your lifestyle or work schedule. The key is moderation. There are no "food police" in "Mind Your Own Wellness," and the key word Ong uses often is "Minimize." Minimize the junk food gradually and you will see those lasting results. You will feel better, look better (and stop having a "Fat Closet" and a "Thin Closet," not to mention those hours we ladies spend trying on everything we own to find something we "don't look so fat in").

Ong is a great motivational writer, and has a charming and unique way of expressing himself, with an enthusiasm that is contagious, and he is an expert in how to lose weight naturally. Though I no longer need to lose weight, I'm still learning about health and diet issues; I learned a lot from "Mind Your Own Wellness," and think you will too.

The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley
The Spirit in the Desert: Pilgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley
by Brad Karelius
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beauty of the High Desert, 30 Nov. 2009
"The Spirit in the Desert" is an outstanding and detailed guide book, but it is so much more as well; it's a journey inward as Father Karelius takes us to the places of serenity where we can hear God's voice with the most clarity. It is interspersed with personal reflections, on his life as Rector of the Messiah Parish in Santa Ana, California, and of his son Erik, the recipient of so much love and special care.

Some of the hikes described are quite arduous, and some more tailored for the less experienced like me, who would most likely start with the lovely walk by George Creek (Sacred Site VII) and the Sagebrush Ocean (Sacred Site X). All 11 of the sites in this book are off of Highway 395 in the Owens Valley, where the Paiute lived hundreds of years ago, and more recently, have been seen in several Western and other genre films. There is even a chapter about a chance meeting with John Wayne, at a mall.

There is a moving chapter on Manzanar (VIII), one of the 10 concentration camps used to "evacuate" Japanese-Americans during WWII. As the author writes, " was an evil spirit that inspired the creation of the concentration camp at Manzanar and that same spirit continues to feed and inspire revisionist history and denial today." This was a dark event in our past, and one that we can hope will never be repeated; by visiting this site, we make sure we never forget.

Every chapter starts with a detailed map, and is scattered throughout with black and white photos, some taken recently by the author, and some of vintage era. The c.1930 one of "Pine Nut Gathering" is my very favorite.

If you live nearby within driving distance, or in a faraway land, "The Spirit in the Desert" will inspire you to see these sacred sites, that are some of California's lesser known wonders. Make sure your boots and hat are good for the journey, take lots of water, and don't forget a copy of this marvelous book, which gives you an almost step by step guide in what to look for in the immense beauty of the high desert.

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