In my mailbox: The Jericho River


The Jericho River is my latest book to land in my mailbox courtesy of Rebecca Brown and The Cadence Group (link).

History isn’t names and dates; it’s an adventure story.

And so is The Jericho River. Both a novel and a history of Western Civilization, it’s won multiple awards, including first place at the London Book Festival and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

The Jericho River flows through a magical world shaped by myth and history. Young Jason Gallo sails the river on a dangerous quest to rescue his estranged father. He battles minotaurs and pirates, flees barbarians, stumbles into mummies’ tombs, and outwits fairies, philosophers, and scientists. Along the way, he finds love and betrayal, faces the legacy of a broken family — and flees a hidden foe who threatens all he holds dear.

But Jason’s tale is more than an adventure story. The river flows like a timeline, carrying the young man through historic lands — Sumer, Babylonia, ancient Greece, Medieval Europe, Napoleon’ empire, and many others — all in chronological order, tracing the history of Western Civilization, from its Middle Eastern origins to the modern era. Professor Gallo, Jason’s father, is a historian, and his notes outline the journey, revealing the truth about Cleopatra, King Arthur, and the fall of the Roman Empire. He explains how Snow White began as a goddess and why Eve was created from Adam’s rib, as well as the origins of coffee, the cat, chivalry, the Internet, Atlantis — and much more.

Wrap-up of the week 11/22

Yet another week has burned away and time seems to speed by ever faster. I have received a pair of books in the mail courtesy of the good folks at Pyr. I want to thank Pyr for the copies of “The Fortress in Orion” and “The Prison in Antares”. The books are written by Mike Resnick and I’ve enjoy most of his work.

I am in the process of cleaning the Florida-room, to the tune of Kylie Minogue’s Christmas record, and I hope to have it in shape to set Christmas decorations. I’ve also moved the Manjaro computer to the Florida-room so I find myself taking longer breaks than usual — *grin*. Having said that, I have decorated my Manjaro computer for Christmas.


Next week should be a very busy week for me. I am taking Mom to the hospital for a breast biopsy on Monday. Wednesday, I will be taking my Sister to her throat biopsy. Let’s just say that the books from Pyr will come in handy while sitting in the hospital waiting-rooms.

I thought that we were going to have Thanksgiving early (today) but it was just the usual family gathering for Sunday breakfast. Well, I can’t say that it was “usual”. We had a phone call in the middle of it and it concluded with a trip to Darlene’s house to work on Willy’s computer.

Willy had a strange problem where the Windows Repair was in an odd loop. None of Windows repair tips would work and we had to do a clean re-install. Willy so distrusted Windows 10 that he wanted to re-install Windows 7. To be honest, I don’t blame him. At this point, I can no longer recommend Windows 10.

I can recommend Attention Earthlings and I have added a link on the top right sidebar for recent posts. I guess that’s enough for this week.  Take care everyone.

Lionsgate buys out Ghost Hunters

Lionsgate has reportedly bought a majority share of Pilgrim Studios for 200 million dollars. Is this the last squeeze of the Ghost Hunters orange? Did Pilgrim believe that the GH golden goose has no more golden eggs? What does this mean for the future of Ghost Hunters? I sense that the end is near …

BTW … Ghost Hunters has been picked up for another season starting 2016.

Ghost Hunters park in handicap space
Ghost Hunters park in handicap space

On the deaths of Mark and Debby Constantino


I didn’t know the Constantinos nor have I had any contact with them. Like many of you, I saw them on a few episodes of Ghost Adventures. They were known for, among other things, paranormal EVP research. On learning of their deaths, I have to admit that I almost posted a few snarky remarks.

The post sat in my draft box for a couple of months until I decided to work on it today. Perhaps the tragedy of the murders in Paris pulled me back to this old post of another tragedy.

As many of you already know, the Constantinos were in the process of a divorce when the murder/suicide occurred. Debby Constantino had a restraining order on Mark which points to the total impotence of a court’s restraining order.

While I may have had some issues with Ghost Adventures, okay a lot of issues. I have resolved to enjoy it as nothing more than entertainment.  In all  honesty, I don’t think that I am ready to watch an episode with the Constantinos — perhaps one day. In the meantime, I lament the tragedy of the Constantinos and the other victims of domestic violence.

Pray for the family …

“Sure relationships include arguments, but pain is not a side-effect of love.”
― Tyler Oakley, Binge

Wrap up of the week November 8th

It is a very wet and rainy day in the Redneck Riviera. The family has gathered for Sunday breakfast as usual. The remains of Sunday’s newspaper are on the floor, much to Peppy’s delight. Darlene brought a tray of baklava. It was okay but, I am not a fan of baklava, I was happy that she took it back home.

tux2520linux2520distros_thumb[2]This week I am trying out another Linux OS,  no I haven’t replaced my peppermint it’s on another computer, this new system is Manjaro. I have to admit that I really like it. I have moved the Manjaro computer to the Florida room ( or as my buddy Debby calls it — the Debby room ) and Willy and I spent much of the morning huddled around it. This OS may give Peppermint a run for it’s money.

On a personal note, my Mom has received some bad news from her Doctor. He wants a biopsy taken of her breast. We had felt that the hospital trips were over for the year but it looks like we are not quite done with Doctors and hospitals.

Blog related — Nothing in the mailbox ( I bet my mailman was happy about that ) and I have yet to finish reading “Storm and Steel”. I’ve tried I just can’t seem to push through this book. Maybe today?

I have changed the Facebook fan page cover for Gnostalgia  ( to better reflect the geeky nature of the blog. What can I say? I love those little Tux guys. BTW the folks from Peppermint OS left a comment on one of the posts. How cool is that?

Future changes? I think I see what I can do to develop a banner for Gnostalgia that is bookish, esoteric, and Linux geeky — that should be a challenge. Have a great week everyone!

The Holidays or Holidaze

meditating_robotNo matter how much I try to get into the Holidays, they always seem to speed by in a disappointing blur. I try to slow down and be contemplative. I reflex on the meaning of the Holiday while enjoying the secular jocularity but it seems to be little more than an odd kabuki dance played at warp speed.

Maybe it is because I am painfully aware of the passing of time and I want something special in each grain of sand that slips through the hour glass. In just a flew days Halloween will be over and I will begin the process of putting away the decorations.  I wonder why I even bother. What does one less wolf-man decoration mean in the greater cosmic scheme of things. I guess what bothers me the most is the lack of Holy in the Holiday. I feel like something magical is missing.

Maybe I should have a few more pieces of Halloween candy, it might make me feel better.

Weekly windup and plans for the future

Weekly windup …

On a personal note —  I was saddened to learn of the passing of Maureen O’Hara. What a wonderful talent. I suppose, due to the magic of the movies, we will always have her.

Sunday Breakfast is over though the dishes still remain in the sink. Perhaps I will feel like cleaning later today. Don’t bet on it.

halloweenfunny2optimizeThe Halloween decorations have been up for a while and I am already dreading the prospect of taking them back down. Having said that, I am already plotting my Christmas decoration locations. I believe Christmas will be limited to the living-room and Florida room this year.

I have discovered that my old Pioneer tape player has died — may it rest in peace. It was an old piece of equipment and lived a good life. My Pioneer record player still plays and I am gathering together my record collection. Oddly enough, I can’t find my old Rock records but I have found my late Father’s Country music collection. I think the old records will make for some Throw-back Thursday fodder.

I continue to dabble with Linux Mint and I thought that I might find a particular day of the week to talk about it. I really feel like the blog needs some routine and structure.  Perhaps, I will try to talk about certain subjects on certain days. I’ve deleted a lot of my old dead or dying links and plan to add new sites soon. I’ve also added my “to-be-read” pile to the sidebar.  “In my mailbox” this week The Geomancer (link) and a review of The Shadow (link).

Have a great Sunday everyone and enjoy the Halloween week!