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In my mailbox: Arizona’s Back Roads

Arizona’s Back Roads: A Travel Guide to Ghosts, Outlaws, and Miners

001Journey to Arizona through over 240 scenic photographic images and 36 stories imparting unusual and bizarre regional happenings throughout history. Read about the Native American ruins and the ancient civilizations that inhabited their stone walls, leaving behind pottery shards, handmade tools, and astonishing petroglyphs etched on boulders. Discover forgotten places, now decaying and abandoned, with accompanying stories behind their rise and fall. Visit six Southwestern mining towns famous for riches, scandals, and hope for new lives. These towns were booming in their heyday, but because of greed, natural disasters, and drying-up mines, they became ghost towns. Meet Wild West outlaws who ended up dead and buried somewhere in the desert. Discover mysterious conundrums either found buried beneath the dirt floor, roaming the barren desert, or made from odd objects, and witness the unusual weather conditions that plague the Southwest. Find ghosts, mummies, and fossils talked about in urban legends of the desert and lost treasures and castles in the mountains. Includes directions and visitor information. Arizona awaits your arrival.

Top 10 Foods to Lower Cholesterol

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Almonds are pretty hardworking nuts when it comes to lowering your cholesterol. First, they’re rich in unsaturated fats that help raise healthy HDL cholesterol while lowering unhealthy LDL. Second, these fats also help make LDL cholesterol less likely to oxidize. This is a fabulous thing, because when LDL oxidizes, it’s more likely to gunk up your arteries and cut blood flow to the heart. Snack away. But do keep an eye on portion size. Almonds are high in calories, and all you need are a couple of ounces a day to reap benefits.

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OJ manufacturers are doing everything they can to make their health food more appealing — including fortifying their juice with plant-derived cholesterol-busting compounds known as phytosterols. A review of 84 scientific studies revealed that getting 2 grams of phytosterols a day – the amount in a couple 8-ounce glasses of sterol-fortified OJ — could…

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In my mailbox: Falling Sky

I had a little surprise in my mailbox on this dark, wet, stormy morning. I received a copy of “Falling Sky” from the good folks at Pyr.


Falling Sky

Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground.

Ben has his own airship, a family heirloom, and has signed up to help a group of scientists looking for a cure. But that’s not as easy as it sounds, especially with a power-hungry air city looking to raid any nearby settlements. To make matters worse, his airship, the only home he’s ever known, is stolen. Ben must try to survive on the ground while trying to get his ship back.

This brings him to Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. When events turn deadly, Ben must decide what really matters–whether to risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future or to truly remain on his own.


In my mailbox: The Fun of Staying in Touch

Last week, I received an invitation from Author Marketing Experts, Inc.  ( to review a copy of Roberta Grimes‘ book The Fun of Staying in Touch: How Our Loved Ones Contact Us and How We Can Contact Them. The book arrived, and since it is raining, I devoured it in a couple of days.

I’ll let you know what I think of it in a couple of days.

Communicating with the dead is easier now than it ever was, and in fact your beloved may be trying to communicate with you right now! In the 21st century, you have many ways to connecting with the dead, including some that are new and evolving. The Fun of Staying in Touch is an exciting account of the wonderful and sometimes amazing ways in which the dead now let us know that they are happy and waiting for us in a glorious reality where love never ends.

This book is meant to be an overview for those with little knowledge in this field. Rather than footnotes, it includes a brief study guide and also a comprehensive list of resources that you might use to duplicate my research. And if you are curious about the place from which the dead are communicating with us, you might read The Fun of Dying – Find Out What Really Happens Next for a similar overview of the death process and the glorious realities that we enter at death.


Review: Rumi, Day by Day

Rumi, Day by Day

004Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (October 1, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1571747001
ISBN-13: 978-1571747006

Available @ Amazon Rumi, Day by Day

(Barry’s score 5 out of 5 stars)

Product description:

Here is a daily companion that provides Rumi’s wisdom and spiritual insight. These poems have been selected on the basis of the poignancy of their message and their relevance to contemporary life.

This is timeless wisdom translated for modern readers. It is a guide for meditation and a light switch that you can turn on to make your daily connection with spirit. Use these words as tools to better your life each day, to draw continued guidance, inspiration and spiritual wealth.

My thoughts:

Perhaps it is my gnostic leaning, but I love the Sufi philosophy of Rumi. I usually receive a “daily” Rumi tweet, facebook quote, and email. I love them and find them very inspirational.

In “Rumi, Day by Day” Maryam Mafi gives us 365 of Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Balkhī aka Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī quotes. I read through them in an afternoon.

If you are not familiar with Rumi, I would suggest this book as an introduction to some of his work. I highly recommend it and give “Rumi, Day by Day” 5 stars out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing and Weiser Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


In my mailbox: The E.T. Chronicles

The E.T. Chronicles
What Myths and Legends Tell Us About Human Origins
Rita Louise, Ph.D., Wayne Laliberte, MS, Foreword by Barbara Hand Clow
ISBN: 9781571747167
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company

link: Red Wheel/Weiser Hampton Roads