I was looking for thanksgiving turkey crafts to do with the kiddos this month, and also some coloring sheets, when I remembered something. The more I looked at turkeys, even the simply drawn ones, they all had that red thing dripping off the side of their head. Apparently, it's called a snood, but what the … Continue reading #113–What’s the deal with the red thing hanging off the turkey’s beak area?
My Copy: 9780825429309 (image from bn.com) It's not a long read. Not at all. And the title pretty much speaks for itself regarding what the book is about: answering the question of the prosperity gospel as compared to the Bible's teachings. It's not an exhaustive bit of research (A Different Gospel started that one about … Continue reading Health, Wealth & Happiness: Has the Prosperity Gospel Overshadowed the Gospel of Christ?, by D.W. Jones & R. S. Woodbridge
I think this one's been bugging me since the day my mom told me--when I was doing research and reading the Bible--that I just needed to read the New Testament first. It's been so long ago I'm assuming she meant go back for the Old Testament later, but for all I know, maybe she said … Continue reading #102–Why does the Christian Bible Contain the Old as well as the New Testament?
image from navy.mil I was thinking about some things I'd read about WWII and remembered a question my dad had. He couldn't watch movies like The Longest Day (too damned long and he hated it) and probably couldn't watch Saving Private Ryan for too long... if he saw much of any of it. It wasn't … Continue reading #091–Was There a Better, Less Costly Way to do the Normandy Invasion in WWII?
Start flipping channels in May and you'll still come across at least a dozen sunscreen commercials each day. This momentum keeps going until the "back to school" sales start in earnest, and then we don't hear about sunscreen for about 9 months. That doesn't make sense for Texas, though, or at least southeast Texas. Most … Continue reading The Post-Summer Sunscreen debacle, or why (most) Americans ignore sunscreen when Fall hits…
My Copy: 9780446518512 (image from amazon.com) My favorite scientist and geek in the world (non-fiction) has to be Dr. Robert D. Ballard. It's been that way since I was a kid and learned about underwater exploration, and naturally, his expeditions to the Titanic. I'd learned all I could about that disaster and looked at the … Continue reading Exploring the Lusitania: Probing the Mysteries of the Sinking That Changed History, by Robert D. Ballard & Spencer Dunmore
My Copy: 9780946184712 (image from abebooks.com) If I recall correctly, my mother bought this for me back when I was a young shipwreck nut and wanted to learn everything I could about the Titanic disaster. She figured a sister was just as good, and yes--it was. I've read it a few times now, and have … Continue reading HMHS Britannic: The Last Titan, by Simon Mills
My Copy: 092567100750 (image from goodreads.com) I would consider this a useful basic guide, full of the good photos that LIFE magazine's been known for. Anybody who wants the very-condensed "for dummies" version of how the three major religions got their start and how they're all mixed together in the holy lands should at least … Continue reading Holy Lands: One Place Three Faiths, by the editors of LIFE
My Copy: 9780805716764 (revised edition) I picked this book up because it was required reading for my Vietnam war and film class a few years ago, but never got a chance to read it in its entirety until now. And for such a slim volume, it is packed with lots of great information for people, … Continue reading Vietnam and the United States: Origins and Legacy of War, by G. R. Hess