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The Victorian Gazing Ball: A Steampunk Persective

Originally posted on Cogpunk Steamscribe:

Is there anything quite as magical as a mirror? A mirror contains a whole universe trapped in a film of silver paint, reflecting, reversing, and distorting reality. Everything you see in a mirror is a trick of the light. Thanks to scientific advances in the Victorian era of Industrialization, there were new methods for mass-producing large, flat panes of glass and new methods for chemical-coating those same panes, so that glass mirrors became easily available and much more affordable. And so there was a fashion for using mirrors as decoration and not just for their invaluable assistance with keeping tidy and checking for food in your teeth. Gazing Balls, also known as Gazing Globes or Orbs, were considered a fashionable  and amusing addition to both the Victorian home and garden.

What made these gazing balls popular was the way they distorted their surroundings, as well as the beautiful way they dispersed light into…

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What is Barry reading?

I received a very kind email asking me for my opinion about a book. She also commented about making an advanced order of that book but wanted to know if I planned to review it. Sadly, that book isn’t on my radar. Having said that, I am going to suggest something that many publishers will not like. Don’t pre-order your books.

I can understand the temptation to pre-order a book, believe me I’ve been there. That being said, give the reviewers a chance to review the books.  I think you’ll get a better bang for the buck knowing what to expect before spending your hard-earned cash.

Check out a few reviews and make an informed choice…

What am I reading?

  1. Seeing Beyond Illusions by David Cowan
  2. The Essential Guide to Possession, Depossession, & Divine Relationships by Diana Paxson
  3. The Flame in the Cauldron by  Orion Foxwood *finished review pending*
  4. The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records by Lisa Barnett

I love you guys … stay warm … and don’t pre-order.


Barry Huddleston:

Weiser creates new Imprint … New York Open Center.

Originally posted on RWWGroup blog:

Rrwwc_logo_300dpi_onlyed Wheel Weiser, LLC (RWW) and New York Open Center (NYOC) announce the creation of a New York Open Center imprint that will support the Center’s mission to offer the best possible approaches to wellness, consciousness expansion, and spiritual transformation.  RWW will work with NYOC staff to identify and develop potential authors and projects from the many practitioners and faculty who teach classes, lead workshops and lecture at the Center.  Michael Kerber, President of Red Wheel Weiser, LLC, says, “Our continued goal is to publish ‘books to live by,’ and this collaboration with New York Open Center is both a natural and complementary fit given our shared mission to inform and improve people’s lives.”

“For the last thirty-one years the New York Open Center has been a platform for the world’s leading teachers in holistic thought, wellness, spirituality, and interdisciplinary approaches to human and societal transformation. We have been…

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