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Recommended Reading

Reviews of selected works from the library of Annie Zapf

Genocide of Native American and Other Peoples

In older U.S. textbooks, the subjugation of this land and her people was described as "Manifest Destiny" and "subduing the native." The truth is, the European invasion of North America was one of the biggest land grabs in the history of this planet. The U.S. Anglo should be aware of the crimes committed against the Native American people during the colonization of this country, to better grasp her/his karmic load and debt to Native American people, and the planet in general.

  • Blood Brother by Elliot Arnold
    A historical novel concerning the remarkable relationship between Chiricahua Apache leader Cochise and non-Indian Tom Jeffords of Tucson. Cochise, the native whose reputation created the saying, "honest indian," demonstrated that courage earned respect in Apache culture regardless of race. Jeffords stood alone between the Chiricahua and murderous non-Indians and the U.S. military.
  • The Camp Grant Massacre by Elliot Arnold
    A historical novel concerning the massacre of unarmed Aravaipa Apaches by Tucson residents and the Papago. (Know your Spirit Walk area!)
  • Apache, Navajo and Spaniard by Jack Forbes
    This book describes the Spanish influence that started with the Conquistadors.
  • Once They Moved Like the Wind by David Roberts
    A history of the Chiricahua, who made their home in Southeast Arizona. (Know your Spirit Walk area!)
  • Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn
    You might at first be put off by this truthful, fiery, but ultimately cleansing dialogue between Indian and white. But somewhere around page 50, old Dan starts speaking universal truths. This is a very easy read and all of it presents a pretty good picture of how Native Americans—still POWs on the worst of the land that once belonged to them—feel about white people and why.
  • The Old Way By Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
    The author of this book and her family went to find and study the Kalahari Bushmen in the 1950's. She and her family were privileged to meet and know the Kalahari group she calls the Ju/wasi while they were living the "old way." The old way is one of control and cooperation as these small extended family groups depended on each other for survival. All food was shared, regardless of the hunter or gatherer who found it, and social bonds are encouraged throughout their lives by frequent gift giving. Marshall Thomas has written numerous books and is empathetic to the degree that the reader of this book was brought to tears by the information relayed in the final chapters. We Europeans need to learn about this way more than any other people, as it was our people who moved into their lands and moved them out. Although she is objective in her reporting, Elizabeth Thomas has earned her place among my personal heros with Jane Goodall, as a person who has done a lot to try to help these beautiful people.

U.S. and Global Politics: History & Perspectives

  • Trout's Notes: The Peyote Crisis
  • The Big Bamboozle by Philip Marshall
    The author reveals some of the lies fed to the American public after the 9/11 collisions in New York's twin towers to foment war and justify cruel torture.
  • Upside Down by Eduardo Galleano
    Upside Down tells the reader about some of the many injustices commonly practiced on the poor. It is easy to read but challenging to digest, as one wonders how can such an ensconced power structure be changed to be more egalitarian to all?
  • Inside the Kingdom by Carmen Bin Laden. This is a very personal account of a liberated Persian woman who married into one of the wealthiest families in the very repressive society of Saudi Arabia. Carmen Bin Laden provides an inside look at the Bin Laden family, Saudi royalty, and life inside the ultra orthodox Wahabi society. Carmen knew privilege denied to most Saudi woman, yet what she experienced was frightening. Women may not go out without a male escort, and are always required to wear the heavy veil, even while eating. They can be punished with death for showing their ankles. The Wahabi practice of Islam is the religion of the Saudi royal family and Al Qaeda, and it would be very useful for Americans to get better acquainted with these beliefs. Carmen's brother-in-law, Osama, was austere and strict in his religious practice, and highly respected by the Saudi family. Church of Lies and Inside the Kingdom could be read in tandem, as a reminder that extremism/fundamentalism in any religion is bad for the individual and society. Tolerance is the way—except there is one thing that cannot be tolerated, and that is intolerance!
  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
    This book alone will transform your understanding of U.S. history.
  • A Place of Power
    This great book may be out of print, but is a treasure to own and keep if you can find it.
  • American Fascists by Chris Hedges
    Hedges explains in plain spoken terms, the danger of tolerating intolerance and why we should not let our faith be railroaded by the new religious Right. A must read.
  • Overthrow By Stephen Kinzer
    The author explains the part the United States has played in subjugating other cultures and societies.
  • Why We Fight by Eugene Jarecki (DVD)
    This documentary film shows how the entire U.S. economy has come to be driven by military expenditure, i.e., how we came to be the "cops of the world" and what the costs are. Very moving and excellent.
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Articles of Confederation
  • United States Constitution
  • The Papers of Thomas Jefferson
  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Libertystory.net has many links to classic and modern "liberty" texts.
  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act
  • Bill of Rights
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  • Persepolis By Marjane Satrapi
    This graphic novel by a young Iranian woman about life during the Iraq war was recently made into a movie. Don't forget to check out the Special Features!
  • 19 Weeks by Norman Moss
  • The Punishment of Virtue by Sarah Chayes
    Chayes "fluff" pieces on NPR were impressive enough, but her reporting on Afghanistan reveals extensive knowledge about the war in Afghanistan.
  • 1945 by Gregor Dallas
    This book will give the reader a complete overview of World War II, and its effect on current affairs.

Women and Children

It's been tough for women and children in this patriarchal world.

  • Other Powers
    This fascinating, little known history of the first woman to run for President describes an early America that will open your eyes.
  • Huck's Raft
    The history of children prior to Dr. Spock is a sinister Dickens-like story of child labor, slavery and brutal punishments.
  • Code Pink: Women's Pre-emptive Strike For Peace
    How some women are protesting war.
  • Church of Lies by Flora Jessop and Paul T. Brown. Raised in an FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) Church in Colorado City, Flora Jessop was physically and sexually abused by her father repeatedly from the age of 8 to 17 when she finally succeeded in running away. In this book, she recounts her experience as an abused child, her struggle to escape, and finally her current activities as a child advocate. Despite the violence and rape FLDS women and children experience, the mental brainwashing FLDS women and children endure is socially crippling, reports Jessop. Warren Jeffs, the self-appointed FLDS Prophet, was recently charged with rape and complicity to rape in a case of an arranged child marriage. The FLDS group moved to Texas, and during the trial Child Protective Services took over 200 children away from their parents. Public outcry and the overwhelmed condition of CPS caused them to return the abused children to their parents. Jessop points out that CPS has helped the FLDS maintain its power over children by housing abused children in detention facilities and often returning the abused children to their abusers. Church of Lies and Inside the Kingdom could be read in tandem, as a reminder that extremism/fundamentalism in any religion is bad for the individual and society. A must read.
  • The Clitoral Truth by Rebecca Chalker
    Chalker imparts a lot of information in a small concise book. She includes a few diagrams and many book leads for more info.

Psychedelics: Use, History and Law

  • THE PEYOTE BOOK, A Study of Native Medicine is now available online as a kindle digital publication at kdp.amazon.com with color photos.   The original paperback copy can be ordered from amazon.com or directly from the author, Guy Mount  guyomount@gmail.com .
  • The Entheogen Review
  • The Complete Entheogen Law Reporter
    Beginning in 1993, this professional quarterly provided briefings on the latest happenings in the centuries-old pharmacratic inquisition. Each issue informs readers about latest legal cases, law enforcement tactics, legal loopholes, Orwellian observations, and other important legal news related to psychedelic plants and drugs. Volume 1 and Volume 2 compile the first and second ten issues, but may now be out of print.
  • The Council on Spiritual Practices, dedicated to responsible entheogen use.
  • The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act was passed by Congress on July 27, 2000 and signed into law by President Clinton on September 22. It provides federal remedies to protect the freedom of religious assemblies and institutions to use their property to fulfill their missions. It also protects the religious rights of institutionalized persons.
  • "As faith leaders who cherish Divine justice and mercy for all persons, we ask you to grant clemency to and to release on supervised parole those Federal prisoners who have served at least five years for low-level, nonviolent involvement in drug cases (as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice). Mr. President, scores of Americans are serving unconscionably long sentences for drug offenses -- in some cases twenty years or more -- which are grossly out of proportion to the nature and severity of their crimes. These unduly severe sentences violate human rights and waste scarce criminal justice resources. The continued incarceration of such offenders does not serve any meaningful purpose..."
    Chad Thevenot, Coordinator
    1225 Eye Street, NW, Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20005
    Tel: (202) 312-2015, Fax: (202) 842-2620
    clemency@cjpf.org
  • The Green Earth Foundation, founded by Ralph Metzner
  • Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a membership-based non-profit research and educational organization. MAPS assists scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on studies into the healing and spiritual potentials of MDMA, psychedelic drugs, and marijuana. Join MAPS and receive the quarterly bulletin. Progress is only possible with the support of individuals who care enough to take individual and collective action.
  • Hofmann Foundation. Throughout history people have used mind-expanding substances to explore consciousness and enhance their lives. The purpose of the Albert Hofmann Foundation is to gather the records of these endeavors and to further the understanding and responsible application of psychedelic substances in the investigation of both individual and collective consciousness.
  • The vaults of Erowid provides some of the Internet's most balanced and accurate information on visionary plants and drugs. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
  • Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics books and paradoxical systems analysis from RGB and friends.
  • Bill Clinton's speech at Georgetown University
  • White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
  • Drug facts and statistics
  • ACLU Drug Policy pages

Health

  • Hungry for Change: This DVD is very informative about hidden ingredients in packaged foods, and explains what some of the mysterious ingredients really are. As one individual who had to learn much of this on my own because of horrifying allergic reactions, I was happy to see it all presented in a scientific format.
  • Forks over Knives: This DVD is amazing. Anyone who has fears about heart disease or cancer may want to watch this. Two reputable doctors, one Chinese and one American have spent decades studying diets all over the world to compare the effect of diet on disease.
  • Sugar Shock by Connie Bennett with Stephen Sinatra, M.D. Connie Bennett reviews the insipid and harmful effect of sugar and sugar imitators (e.g., High Fructose Corn Syrup) on our health.
  • The Way of Herbs By Michael Tierra. I recently read that Fybromyalgia is aggravated by lack of restful sleep. Recommendations to ease pain were the use of St John's Wort and 5-htp as these herbs enhance serotonin absorption. After many years of maintaining or regaining my health by making changes in my diet, I realized that often there are herbs available that can help us weather crises and make our transitions easier. The Way of Herbs is a great book to use to start learning about herbs, their effects and how to use them. Tierra's book is nicely organized and a lot of useful information on diet and health is dispensed before the "materia medica," or the listing of the individual herbs and their nature.
  • Holistic Herbal by David Hoffman. This beautiful book presents a lot of information about the human body and our connection to Earth and Spirit as part of the formula to maintain health. Hoffman is the one author who points out clearly that when we are the individual who is ill, we are also THE healer, regardless of how we go about finding our health. One beautiful page is dedicated to his sketch of the healing mechanisms. It forms a cross, with vertical ends reflecting the Spiritual (i.e. prayer, meditation, miracles, etc. representing spiritual sources) and Earthly (chemotherapy, medicines and herbs, etc. representing Gaia or Earth) foundations of healing. The horizontal ends represent physical therapies (massage, exercise, etc.) on one side and psychological therapies (counseling, gestalt, etc.) on the other. Hoffman wisely includes our full contemporary arsenal of healing mechanisms and comments that these must all be used judiciously. It is true that I am revisiting this ancient art of healing through Rosemary Gladstar's Herbology School, but that is not the only reason I recommend these books. We sometimes forget that we are not alone with our "dis-ease." There are many spiritual and physical sources of assistance to healing, and he encourages us to learn so that we may better heal ourselves.
  • The Daemon by Anthony Peake is a look at our amazing two-brain consciousness. For 90% of us, the left brain,which he calls the "Eidolon," is our control center. The Eidolon is the center of communication and organization, and is that inner voice that maintains a constant inner dialogue. The right brain, which he calls "the silent observer" or the "Daemon," is where our higher consciousness resides. Peake explores schizophrenia, migraines and epileptic seizures, and their connection to right brain premonitions and déjà vu. I especially enjoyed the last chapter about Philip K Dick, author of The Matrix and Vanilla Sky. Follow this book of theories with My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor, to get the examination of an actual left brain/right brain event.
  • My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor. This book works well with The Daemon, as Jill Bolte Taylor provides a great deal of first hand information about brain activity and strokes. A lot of the insight she provides could be useful to those partaking in Spirit Walks. I also find her compassionate voice to be very instructive and helpful to both victims of stroke and stroke caregivers. This book should definitely be read by all health care providers and the family members of those who have had a stroke.
  • Suicide By Sugar by Nancy Appleton, PhD., is a fast read and very informative. Dr. Appleton, author of the best selling book, Lick the Sugar Habit, gives the reader 140 reasons to quit eating sugar in an easy to read list. She also explains why we should all consider eating less sugar, including fruit juice, listing the many modern diseases which are exacerbated by the consumption of sweets. Like my grandmother, who once told me, "Annie. . . Sugar - is - sugar," Appleton explains convincingly that Agave nectar, honey and many other popular sweeteners are still just sugar, causing spikes in our glycemic levels, diabetes, weight gain and ill health. When Immanuel handed me this book, he said, "You're not going to like what she says about chocolate." Appleton says the only good chocolate is the chocolate the Mayans drank, RAW and unsweetened. Appleton convincingly argues, citing current research, that sugar feeds Cancer and anyone who has Cancer would do well to avoid all sweets while going through chemo-therapy or trying to recover from any form of Cancer. I disagree with her food plan, as the author spent only a few pages on it leaving many information gaps. (i.e., she fails to mention the important part synthetic food ingredients, such as citric acid, natural flavors, MSG, and autolyzed yeast extract, have on allergic sensitivities and the need to eliminate them first). After you read what she has to say about carbonated beverages, you may never drink another soda pop, and that would be good.
  • The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler, MD. Kessler, the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Association (USFDA), has more degrees behind his name than any other authority on diet and health I've seen, but his claim to authority stems from his own battles with obesity. Kessler writes simply and well and uses very few words to get the message across. There is no accusation, no special dietary recommendations. What Kessler does, authoritatively and well, is explain the way the food industry has used our own instinct-based behaviors to create irresistible foods. Kessler hopes that by explaining to us our addiction to food, and the common pitfalls of eating certain addictive foods, that we may be able to rein in some of these habits and lose weight. In the documentary, King Corn, we learned that a man lost 100 pounds just by giving up soda pop (see below). Kessler takes us a step further to explain how these products hook us and reel us into habits of overindulgence and ill health.
  • King Corn, documentary film by filmmakers Aaron Woolf, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney. Two college graduates spend a year growing an acre of corn and researching government subsidies, pesticide use, corn as cattle feed and the making of high fructose corn syrup. I thought this would be a boring documentary, but while the corn was growing or being processed, our researchers went around to many authorities and uncovered some pretty astonishing information about the most ubiquitous ingredient in the contemporary "American" (i.e., North America/USA) diet. For example, American bodies are made mostly of corn. (We are what we eat). High fructose corn syrup is in most packaged drinks and most of the "farmed" animals used in our food are fed corn for several months prior to processing. One man commented that he had lost 100 pounds just by giving up soda pop.
  • Riddled With Life by Marlene Zuk. The author manages to make the unappealing subject of parasites interesting and draws thought provoking conclusions. In one chapter she describes bizarre behavior that parasites incite in their hosts. There is some evidence that if a certain parasite infects a pregnant woman, it can cause schizophrenia in her child. Providing multiple examples of birds and animals deploying aromatic herbs to limit pest infestations, the author concludes that parasites are an important part of mammal makeup and we too should learn to control rather than eradicate our internal friends. I was particularly fascinated by the example of monkeys who carefully fold a certain leaf and swallow several whole to rid themselves of hookworms.
  • Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About by Kevin Trudeau
    Finally, someone who talks straight with his reader about the giant industrial health machine. Pharmaceuticals, chemotherapy, and processed food are all big businesses that make money off our disease. The only real way to regain health is to get out of the way of our body's natural healing processes. Comprehensive information on disease and where to go to find the information to regain health. Trudeau was the first person who put in print the truth about those items you assumed were innocuous in the ingredients panel: "natural flavors," "spices," "hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein," "autolyzed yeast extract" and "citric acid." These ingredients are ubiquitous in packaged foods and at the root of many health problems. Congress and the food companies got together and passed a bill legalizing these non-foods for human use because they are cheaper than their natural counterparts. We can not recommend Trudeau's website or buying products directly from him. Trudeau has been hounded by the Federal government most of his life, and he talks quite a bit about that in his books. Any Google search will find plenty of negative reviews. Please consider that the big businesses mentioned above have plenty of money to throw at character assasination. Skip the rants and get to the INFORMATION. If you like what you read use the information. If not, below are other sources of health information.
  • More Natural "Cures" Revealed by Kevin Trudeau
    One more Trudeau. His section on Aspartame is enlightening and he includes all the resources to which he alluded in the first book. Again, we do not recommend purchasing membership through his website, which cost is extravagant.
  • Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life by Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis.
    These doctors are into comprehensive health. Reading it made me want to go to "the ranch" where they report miraculous healings using fasting and nutritional support.
  • Can We Live 150 Years? by Mikhail Tombak
  • Cure the Incurable by Mikhail Tombak
    If you aren't into home remedies or are allergic to lemons, forget this book, as many of his healing recipes require lemon juice. Still, there is a lot of good information in his book.
  • Restoring Your Digestive Health Book by Jordan S. Rubin, N.M.D. and Joseph Brasco, M.D.
    As a vegetarian, we were not, at first, too excited by these two authors. However, they put a lot of terrific information into this book about fermented foods and intestinal health. Good reference book.
  • 7-Day Detox Miracle, Revised 2nd Edition: Revitalize Your Mind and Body with This Safe and Effective Life-Enhancing Program by Peter Bennett, Sara Faye, and Stephen Barrie
    This book is a bit scientific and difficult to read, but the explanation of leaky gut clarified for me the problem I had because of the citric acid in my diet. As all health professionals do, these authors recommend eliminating any food from your diet that could cause your particular symptoms. For us, as well as several friends, that also meant shedding pounds!
  • Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Revised Edition: A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power by Andrew Weil
  • Dr. David Williams, Library of Medical Lies
  • Nourishing Traditions By Sally Fallon
    A cookbook that focuses on fermented foods as a source to health.
  • Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon
  • School of Natural Healing by Dr. John R. Christopher (Hardcover - Jan 1, 1976)
  • Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition by Phyllis A. Balch
  • Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition by Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno
  • The Riddle of Gender by Deborah Rudacille. Rudacille begins her book with anecdotal accounts of famous transgender people throughout history (Chevalier d’Eon and Abel Barbin), then closes in on the true subject of her book, transgender males and an estrogen drug (DES) supplied to women in the late forties and fifties ostensibly to prevent miscarriages. The tragic result of high doses of estrogen on male fetuses was that many were born with partially developed genitals. Some doctors removed the undeveloped genitals believing that the child could be trained into being a female, but these "females" grew up feeling uncomfortable with their gender. Society often punishes the victim and in this case it was especially true. Very informative.

Gardening

  • Tips for the Lazy Gardener by Linda Tilgner. Ms Tilgner is full of terrific ideas and tricks to help your garden flourish. At first glance, the reader may notice that many of her suggestions are a lot of work, but her reasoning is that when a lot of preparatory and maintenance work is done, the garden will be less work in the long run. A note to urban gardeners: Tilgner suggests connecting with neighbors and others who may be glad to get rid of their grass clippings, coffee grounds and other potential compost boons. One footnote here. As I told Immanuel about my reading material, he remembered a sweet story of going to the local restaurants with his wagon to get used coffee grounds for his grandmother's garden. A+++
  • Extreme Gardening by David Owens. David Owens gave me my favorite foliar spray recipes. For example: 1 tblsp apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1 gallon water. As we live in a desert with alkaline soil, the plants really perk up after a spray of this in the early morning. I liked the easy layout of his book too. Pertinent info is easy to find in his large print lists, which include a paragraph about each plant. This is a great ongoing reference, and I will be running back to it when I need info about a particular plant.
  • The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control, edited by Barbara W. Ellis and Fern Marshall Bradley. This reference book is a terrific source for practical gardening and pest control. I especially love it as there are lots of beautiful color photos illustrating the insects and the kind of damage they cause to plants. If I were to recommend one gardening reference book, this would be the one. The editors make many recommendations for growing a healthier and more disease-resistant garden, as do all the authors mentioned, and they all seem to agree that the use of poison sprays does more harm than good.
  • The New Organic Grower by Elliot Coleman. This book is full of information, but I want to preface this review with one comment. Coleman is a professional gardener, so this book is full of information about how to run a small five acre farm. He talks about soil blockers and special tools, and much of his info doesn't apply to me, the small gardener. However, he is highly respected in the growing community and his tools and suggestions are now a major part of many organic grow operations. He also discusses greenhouse gardening and maintenance.

Spirituality

  • The Happy Cave website introduces a clever and fun way to "map your past" spiritual and physical wounds in a way that can enhance a relationship by helping to discover past hurts that cause us to behave as we do. The game is fun and revealing. 
  • Guided Ayahuasca experience: Peyote Way Church member Dr Joe Tafur has set up a safe ayahuasca center in Peru. Working with shaman healer Ricardo Ameringo, Joe and his guests offer a safe, guided Ayahuasca experience.
  • Life After Death: The Burden of Proof by Deepak Chopra. After years of pandering to the rich, Deeprak Chopra has turned his focus back on spirituality with this book about quantum physics, near death experiences and Hindu beliefs. After reading the scientific Theory of Everything (Is There Life After Death? by Anthony Peake), I was ready for a little old fashioned mysticism. Chopra is knowledgeable about the new theories of quantum physics and uses the information in his discussion about existence and non-existence. His writing is easy to read, and I have to admit that I am comfortable with his ideas. For one who reluctantly accepts that death is the end of ego and body, these ideas are fun and hopeful, and extend beyond death.
  • Is There Life After Death? by Anthony Peake. The title is deceptive as the author tries neither to prove or disprove this age old question. The author discusses quantum physics, near death experiences, gnosticism, and more in a fascinating easy to read format, with many anecdotes to demonstrate discussion points. A fascinating read.
  • Good Life Good Death by Rimpoche Nawang Gehlek
  • Religulous, Bill Maher, DVD. Bill Maher is a stand up comedian who amusingly questions some of our odder beliefs. Amusing in part because he doesn't take on established religious leaders of each religion. They probably refused to speak to him!! Instead he goes to a truck stop chapel, talks to an evangelist preacher, interviews an orthodox Jew as well as his jewish mother, and so on, so that it is obvious he is not singling out any one religion or belief. Maher does insert some pretty funny comments and his mom is great! He also presents some statistical information as he gently makes a few points about beliefs and the dangerous result to the health of all life on our planet when we focus ion Armageddon as a spiritual goal.
  • Psychedelic Perceptions by James Joseph
    This book is for all those people whose world view has been changed by the entheogenic experience but feel isolated because of fear of negative reactions by neighbors and friends. Joseph begins by describing early reactions to his personal account. After spending a great deal of enthusiastic energy and time describing to his friends the great impact of his entheogenic experience, one friend merely responded "huh" and another asked what he was addicted to. Joseph cites his many references to other sources of information making this a great source book. Could be a great way to introduce the topic of the entheogenic experience to the uninitiated? Inspired by the Peyote Way Spirit Walk.
  • Passionate Marriage by David Schnark
    The most important relationship in our lives is the one we share with our significant other, but so many of us feel like we don't even know these people we love. Schnark helps us to understand how to communicate and love each other.
  • Your Money and Your Man by Michelle Singleterry
    This woman has very good advice for couples.
  • Tikkun Magazine
    Publishes analytical articles on Israel/Palestine, Jewish culture, and the intersection of religion and politics in the United States. Tikkun seeks to influence public discourse in order to inspire compassion, generosity, non-violence and recognition of the spiritual dimensions of life.
  • The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York
    A beautiful place to go for inspiration. No pictures can convey the power of these works of art, some which fill a wall, reflected through the mirrors strategically placed throughout the exhibit.
  • Holos Institute
    Holos Institute is a non-profit organization based in the Bay area, which offers holistically oriented psychotherapy and educational programs. In addition to psychotherapy services, Holos serves as a public and professional forum for topics in ecopsychology, holistic, and integrative psychology through ongoing lectures, workshops, and experiential programs. Ecopsychology best describes the philosophical framework of Holos Institute. It is an approach toward healing in which the human mind and body are viewed in their relationship to nature and the whole web of life. Ecopsychology offers a philosophical ground for deeper understanding of human problems and practical approaches for healing and transformation.
  • Magic, Inc.
    An intentional community established in Palo Alto in 1972, which study and practice something they call "valuescience."
  • The Jesus Papers By Michael Baigent (CD collection)
    This work speculates and proposes a rather unconventional narrative to explain the life and death of the Biblical Jesus. Chronicled from various historical texts of the time, such as the Gnostic Gospels, Baigent fascinates with possible explanations of some of the more baffling Biblical passages. Baigent also describes a ritual practiced by the Egyptian Pharoahs involving the pyramids as meditation centers for a solitary ritual called "Incubation." Rationale is clearly presented and left this particular reader with a "wow" response. Not a religious text—though some Peyotists may find it inspiring.

Impact of Humans on Earth's Environment

  • The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be by J.B. MacKinnon
  • The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
    The author examines some interesting current planetary phenomena, such as bird sanctuaries created in areas peppered with land mines—the birds are too light to set them off. Potential scenarios are also envisioned, such as future devastation of nuclear weapons and power plants, with or without human supervision. This information should be taught to grade school children. Read longer descriptions of this book at St. Martin's Press and Amazon.

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