In my mailbox: A Little Book of Mystical Secrets

1490720195810A special thank you to the good folks at Hampton Roads Publishing who sent me a copy of A Little Book of Mystical Secrets: Rumi, Shams of Tabriz, and the Path of Ecstasy. It’s always a thrill to find a surprise in the mailbox ( okay, that’s not always true ). A Little Book of Mystical Secrets by Maryam Mafi will be available April Fools Day — I’m not kidding.

At long last, an accessible little book that focuses on the teachings of Rumi’s teacher and inspiration, Shams of Tabriz. Included in this slim, charming volume is a biographical sketch of the great Sufi teacher and mystic and a new translation of 500 of his core teachings that bring into fresh focus the meaning and mysteries of life and love.

5154r2btkt2bl-_sy346_There are many books on Rumi and many translations of his works and yet most readers are unaware of how Rumi became a mystic. Shams, an Arabic word that means the sun, was the catalyst that converted the rather resolute and ascetic Rumi, the cleric and teacher, into Rumi, the passionate disciple of the religion of love. He was the agent of the propulsive mystical energy that transformed Rumi the reticent into Rumi the ecstatic poet.

Rumi lovers, spiritual seekers, and devotees of the mystical path will meet this little book of wisdom and mystical secrets with enthusiasm.

I shall not place you in my heart
For you may get hurt by its wounds.
I won’t keep you in my eyes
For I may belittle you and
expose you to the ridicule of common men.
I will hide you inside my soul, not in my heart or in my eyes,
so that you may become one with my breath.

Another day another book


It was a quiet Sunday. The family popped over for Sunday breakfast. Willy gave me a game — Neverwinter Nights. It should be a good escape when my internet isn’t up to snuff. The kid has a good heart.

51mut-4jzyl-_sy346_I just finished reading Hygge: 25 Secrets From The Danish Art of Happiness, Getting Cozy And Living Well. I’ll have a review up soon. I enjoyed it.

It has been a quiet evening. Other than my next-door neighbor, there isn’t a house-light burning on my street. Shhhhhhhhhhhh… The noisiest sound is Peppy snoring.

I’m watching Columbo on MeTV and letting the day wind down.

Another day…

Review: Salad Of The Week

51hxuno1sslSalad Of The Week: 52 Amazing Salad Recipes For Weight Loss And Healthy Eating “The Delicious Way” (Salads, Salads Recipes, Salads To Go, Salad Cookbook, … Cookbooks Collection Book 1)
by Lisa Brown
File Size: 1012 KB
Print Length: 122 pages
Publisher: Cookbook Of The Week Publishing; 2 edition
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Don’t waste your lettice on this ebook, it isn’t worth it. The “recipe” book is very poorly written. I don’t think that “Lisa Brown” is comfortable with the English language.

The recipes aren’t always “healthy”. There are no pictures of her recipes and she actually wants “YOU” to take pictures of the finished product and send them to her.  “I’ll Pay You As Much As $100.00 For Your Pictures […] You Can Become Famous!”

Recipe 49: Fresh Tomatoes with Feta

Time: 10 minutes
Serving: 4
2 tomatoes
2 tablespoons feta cheese
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Cut each tomato into 8 slices
2. Place them on a serving dish.
3. Coat the tomatoes with crumbled cheese
Sprinkle with vinegar and torn basil.
4. Add pepper and salt to taste.

Excuse me, but I expect a little more than cut up a tomato and drop it in a dish as a recipe. You can find this “recipe” using Google. In fact, I found every one of these recipes, that I bothered to look-up, on Google.

I give this ebook 1 star out of 5. It is a clear example of the downside of ordering a book from Amazon.

Review: Song of the Ancients

51lkijsb6-lSong of the Ancients (Ancient Magic Book 1)
by Sandy Wright
File Size: 820 KB
Print Length: 331 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Moon Lily Press

Product description:

What would you die for?
Samantha Danroe doesn’t believe in magic. Her ex-husband cured her of happily-ever-after when he cheated on her three days after saying I-do.
She doesn’t believe in ghosts. Until her mother’s ghost rises from a Halloween bonfire with a warning of death from beyond the grave.
And she certainly doesn’t believe in witchcraft. Until she becomes the prey in an ancient war waged between good and evil. A war whose rules she must scramble to learn to stay alive.
In need of protection, Samantha turns to the mysterious Nicholas Orenda, a sixth-generation witch on the trail of a creature who is systematically killing off his family. According to his family’s prophecy, three will be sacrificed to the dark. His mother and grandmother are already dead, and Nicholas doesn’t have time to play by the rules.
Samantha finds herself in the center of a deadly hunt for a mysterious foe. Can she find the strength to defeat a supernatural killer and prevent the third sacrifice? Or will she be the catalyst that opens the gates to the Underworld?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I don’t think that I have read a pagan book that has been so thoroughly researched by the author since the late Dion Fortune. The native American spiritualism was a big hit with me and I really enjoyed the fusion of native American language and mythology.

Of course, I fell in love with the red-headed main character immediately ( she did make me think of someone I know).  I liked the setting of Sedona Arizona. It is hard to find something to dislike about this book. Simply put, it’s a good read that I highly recommend. I give Song of the Ancients 5 stars out of 5.

Travel Channel Picks Up 4th Season of EXPEDITION UNKNOWN

gates-babyI have got to add this to my TV viewing … At any rate, congratulations Josh.

Travel Channel’s hit series EXPEDITION UNKNOWN achieved its second highest-rated episode ever on Wednesday, March 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, with its intriguing “The Ark of the Covenant” episode, nabbing the #11 spot for all viewers A25-54 and the #9 spot for M25-54 in its timeslot, among all ad-supported cable networks. The gripping episode, which follows avid EXPLORER Josh Gates as he searches for an iconic biblical relic, attracted over 1.2 million total viewers and propelled Travel Channel to rate 63 percent higher than the prior season average for viewers A25-54 and M25-54.


Time change

calendar-300I hate the time change … I really mean I hate it.

This morning the family showed up at what I thought was an hour early. Damn time change. I’m usually on it but it got pass me this time.

As I said, the family gathered for breakfast. Despite her thyroid surgery Thursday, Darlene was looking very good. I do hope that she rests this week.

51lkijsb6-lI am currently reading Song of the Ancients  by Sandy Wright. I am enjoying it so far. Having said that, my Kindle is goofing up and I can’t get my ebooks. Yet another reason to keep paper books.

I’ve reviewed Judgment of Blood and Black City Demon both were excellent. I tweaked the blog after noticing that some of my menu items were missing. Well some of the pages need updating anyway.

I didn’t give out a CROW award last year but I will certainly pick out some good books ( and maybe products? ) this year.

It’s almost noon … time for lunch. Damn time change…