TALES OF THE PLUMED SERPENT
reviewed by Lauren Russel
I peer gingerly over the top of the twenty-story Mayan temple to the plaza below; the climb up has been agonizing because of my fear of heights. Here in the ancient city-state of Tikal in the Petén Region of Guatemala, howler monkeys call and colorful birds weave through trees. The dense jungle still threatens to bury the archaeological site as it once did. The pyramid is steep and scary; the stone is cool and refreshing in the jungle heat. Everywhere I look there is another pyramid or building, resembling in many ways the skyline of a modern city. Later, the evening walk that we have planned is cancelled due to rain, a rain so intense that we can hardly speak over it. I am certain the ghosts of those who once lived here still wander the trails at night.
reviewed by Steve McCardell
Whenever I sat to read this book, my wife heard about it I could not stop my raving praises. As a student of Qabalah, Ive read numerous titles on the subject; if this did not equal my favorite, then it surpassed it.
Very often in todays Qabalah books, the same general knowledge is rehashed. Some approach the old information in a new way, and these are delights. The very rare provide extraordinary new insights and wisdom, and these are the gems. Among such titles I classify my top-of-the-list, Dion Fortunes Mystical Qabalah; Mr. Feldmans compares like apple to orange, for its purpose is different. I put it alongside Ms. Fortunes as the most important to read.
MY MOTHER, MY FRIEND
reviewed by Ariale M. Huff
For the last 25 years, Ive taught personal experience writing classes. Every new book on the subject came to my attention through one student or another. Some were pretty good, while others were expensive paperweights. Most of them listed ideas for topics, some basic ground rules, and some pieces of common advice. Id heard it all before.
My Mother, My Friend offers far more than those how-to books. It walks readers through opening a dialogue, whether conditions are favorable or not, and shows how to get the information you need and want while improving rather than straining the relationship.
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