The Lord of the Rings | A Riddle | JRR Tolkien

Today, I have a riddle for you. I changed something in the poem below (from The Lord of the Rings trilogy) which slightly alters its meaning; it is a change for today’s world. It is a very small change, but it is there. Can you see it? And, can you see why it is timely? If you don’t like riddles, don’t bother.

The Ring


“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be kings.”

J.R.R. Tolkien

JRR Tolkien


Free Book Promotion | A Post for Authors and Writers | Ask David!

Ask David

Have you writers heard of If you haven’t here is the link for you: FREE BOOK PROMOTION. I will tell you no more because when you check it out, David will explain how it works and all you get for free. Best regards!

The Eye of the Dragon at Bookmans | And a Great Video


and Mariko at Bookmans, Tucson AZ (1930 E Grant Rd — Campbell and Grant)

And a great video by Bookmans, click the following link: 

Bookmans Does Banned Books

Bookmans is the largest used books retailer based in Arizona.

The Road to Ojai | Bart’s Bookstore | Guerrilla Marketing |

I went to Ojai, CA. The librarian told me that their budget has been reduced by 70% or so, they can’t purchase books; she said because of the economy. I told her that the economy was bad because of the “flag attack” wars, and I gave her an AE 9/11 Truth flyer. She was reluctant, but eventually accepted the flyer. There is an elephant in our living room as big as Building 7 was, but we don’t want to see it. 

The road to Ojai, CA

A Dam somewhere . . .

Bart’s bookstore is carrying The eye of the Dragon: Stalking Castaneda at the moment. Interesting bookstore: most of it is outdoors, under awnings and arbors.



Great Selection! Make sure you stop by if you visit Ojai.

My guerrilla marketing is working in Santa Barbara’s streets, flyers work.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë | The Human Predicament

The main reason that classics are classics is because they delve deep into the human soul. They expose the human predicament.

I had postponed reading Wuthering Heights because I considered it a gloomy, dark tale. It is! The only sane characters in the book are the narrators. But as a superb classic (it has plot and prose that makes the book hard to put down, and even love after death) it shows  the scourge of humanity at work, a psychotic egomania controls most of the characters. 

Let me tell you, as far as vengeance is concerned, Heathcliff can make The Count of Monte Cristo look like a toddler. And Catherine is such a selfish, spoiled bitch that she betrays Heathcliff to keep her status, but intends to keep both men. Ah! the right recipe for tragedy, the ego at work; there is not a single character (except for Nelly, the main narrator and Earnshaw, who adopts Heathcliff) who has anybody but themselves in mind. To defend the book you can say that the characters are strong―such heights of passion in them . . . and such is life, isn’t it? Precisely, such is the predicament of humankind: as long as the ego holds the baton such is life, our dream becomes a nightmare. 

And the collective ego impels the human race to follow its dictums, its program—the matrix. Once that program is implemented it is quite easy for a few to control the rest as long as they know how the program works. When we lose our virtue we are easy prey for vipers. Be aware!

Unexpectedly, the book has a happy ending, for Catherine’s daughter (Cathy), and Hareton (who had been wronged and diminished by Heathcliff) excel to restore sanity to Wuthering Heights.

Groundwork Books | UCSD | United States People

A political collective and non-profit bookstore working toward social change to enable people to take control over their own lives. They are located at 0323 Student Center, UCSD in La Jolla, CA Tel. 858-452-9625 email: Website:

Charles and Jasmine

The Store

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They are now carrying the new edition of “A Vagabond in Mexico” together with “Controversial Bookstore” at 3063 University Avenue. The new edition is now also in Barnes & Noble database so you can order it at any of their locations.

Books I Recommend | Movies

These are books (and movies) that have had an impact on me, and I think you’ll find something special in them.

The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger (Paperback – Jan 30, 2001)
A must read classic!
You Can’t Say You Can’t Play
Vivian Gussin Paley (Paperback – Jul 16, 1993)
Interesting and educational content.
A Vagabond in Mexico
S Guzman-C (Paperback – Jan 1, 1993)
My Book! Not a travel guide.


The People’s Guide to Mexico (Peoples Guide to Mexico)
Carl Franz, Lorena Havens (Paperback – Oct 25, 2006)
The best travel guide to Mexico I have found. lots of good advice and instruction
Alice In Wonderland
Lewis Carroll
–And the Gryphon said to Alice: “It’s all his fancy, that: he ain’t got no sorrow you know. Come on.”
This book is one of the best on Buddhism!
Excellent book!
A different Toltec perspective
The Pocket Buddha Reader
(Paperback – Apr 10, 2001)
Excellent selections from the Buddha’s teachings
Simple e interesante perspectiva Tolteca.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
Eckhart Tolle (Paperback – Sep 29, 2004)
To Kill A Mockingbird
Harper Lee (Mass Market Paperback – Jan 1, 1982)
Watership Down (Puffin Books)
Richard Adams (Paperback – Jul 26, 1973)
A must read!
The Razor’s Edge
W. Somerset Maugham (Paperback – Sep 9, 2003)
Another must read
Interesting conclusions in this book!
The Brothers Karamazov (Second Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)
Fyodor Dostoevsky (Paperback – Feb 15, 2011)
What can I add about Dostoevsky’s work?
Les Miserables (Modern Library Classics)
Victor Hugo (Paperback – Jul 14, 2009)
Or about Victor Hugo’s work?
Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan
Carlos Castaneda (Paperback – Feb 1, 1991)
The philosophy behind the teachings
A Buddhist Bible: Favorite Scriptures of the Zen Sect
Dwight Goddard (Paperback – Oct 8, 2008)
The Matrix
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving (DVD)
The Matrix Collection: 4 Film Favorites
Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving (DVD)
The Truman Show (Special Collector’s Edition)
Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone (DVD)
Food for thought in these movies.

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
John Perkins (Paperback – Dec 27, 2005)
How they control third world countries, in particular.
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
G. Edward Griffin (Paperback – Feb 13, 2010)
The Federal Reserve is a scam, is a private organization.
Avatar (Three-Disc Extended Collector’s Edition + BD-Live) [Blu-ray]
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez (Blu-ray) 

It is happening now!
Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe (DVD)
It is a dream! It can be changed!


You Can’t Say You Can’t Play | Vivian Gussin Paley

Several weeks ago a heard author Vivian Gussin Paley on National Public Radio. She was talking about her book, You can’t say you can’t play.

You can’t search inside the book here but you can at: Widgets

From the interview I got the feeling that Ms Paley was liberating her children (students) from the ego’s dominance. I guess her method is something that we need in all schools. You can’t say you can’t play.

Check it out!

J D Salinger | The Catcher in the Rye

J D Salinger dies at 91… Not really!

This is from ‘The Catcher in the Rye’, the first sentence, I believe:

“If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.”

But if you really want to know about his “death”, I found this:

J. D. Salinger, who was thought at one time to be the most important American writer to emerge since World War II but who then turned his back on success and adulation, becoming the Garbo of letters, famous for not wanting to be famous, died on Wednesday at his home in Cornish, N.H., where he had lived in seclusion for more than 50 years. He was 91.”

To know more see: Books

Amazon Kindle 2 | Review by Lance Ulanoff

The amazon kindle 2, a fair review.

by Lance Ulanoff  Editor in Chief, PC Magazine 

I want a Kindle 2. In fact, I’ve wanted a Kindle for almost a year now. The fever reached its height right around the holidays when I thought I’d buy my wife one. My attempts failed, but my techno lust for the device did not. When I heard about the new Amazon Kindle 2, I tried to ignore it. I was still smarting from Amazon’s rejection. Of course, in the days leading up to the Amazon Kindle 2 announcement, you couldn’t turn a virtual corner without stumbling over leaked information about the second-generation e-book reader.

Now, sitting at my desk after my first lengthy encounter with the new device, I realize just how much I want a Kindle 2, and you should, too. No, I’m not blind to the issues surrounding this product and the technology it uses. I still want it. To be fair, let’s look at all that’s good, bad, and ugly in this elemental, 21st-century device:

  1. It’s too expensive. In talking to friends and followers on Twitter I found that more than one would prefer a sub-$299 e-book reader. One even suggested a price of $199 (in yer dreams, buddy). Sony’s starts at $299 and it has a touch screen. I’m not sure why Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos insists on selling the Kindle for $359. Perhaps the funniest part of the press conference (which was pretty short on laughs) was when Bezos said that Amazon had a deal for Kindle 1 owners: If they ordered within the next 24 hours, they could jump to the front of the queue. There’s no discount or even an upgrade price, just the privilege of spending $359 a little bit faster. Gee, how thoughtful. Thing is, the Kindle really isn’t too expensive. Have you looked at the price of books lately? I’m talking about new books and best sellers. They’re still pretty expensive at Barnes and Noble. Even on Amazon, you’ll pay $15.39 for the Malcom Gladwell bestseller Outliers. Most e-books are $9.99 or less.
  2. Where’s the color? For now, commercial e-ink is still limited to gray scale. Amazon did bump up the technology from 4 to 16 shades of gray, which makes the photos a lot more detailed, but no amount of gray can turn a black and white face into flesh.
  3. The five-way joy stick is simply replacing one bad navigation metaphor (the scroll wheel) with another. I tried out the five-way navigation (it’s like what you find on some smartphones) and found it pretty intuitive though not perfect. The joystick felt a bit stiff under my thumb and because of the idiosyncrasies of e-ink, it’s not always obvious where you are on the screen. I wasn’t sure, but there also seemed to be a momentary delay between moving the joystick and the screen highlighting the next item. I actually wish Amazon would replace the joystick with something like a BlackBerry track ball (or glowing pearls).
  4. It only does one thing. One Twitter follower called the Kindle 2 “monotasking hardware.” I don’t mind single-purpose gadgets. My favorite digital camera really only does one thing very well. Yes, I also like the point and shoots that add video, but ultimately, I want a good camera that can help me take excellent photos. Video recording is just a nice extra. Plus, the benefits of the Kindle 2’s do-one-thing status—even at $359—are pretty significant. You’re not sharing storage for all kinds of content, so you can store 1,500 books on it. You’re not multitasking (watching for calls, downloading maps, mashing in GPS, etc.), so the hardware can apply all its processing power to your reading activities. The network, which is free to use, is dedicated to helping you download more content. If you finish a book, you simply download another one (as long as you’re within 3G wireless access, which you usually are). Also, the Amazon Kindle 2 may have one broad purpose—reading—but it lets you read a number of different content formats: books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs.
  5. It doesn’t always tell you what it’s doing. The Kindle 2 is easy to use. During the presentation, Bezos showed a video where one beta user said he never read manuals (who does?), and he had no trouble using the Kindle 2. I agree, for the most part. However, I did notice that the Kindle never tells you what it’s doing. When I selected the new Text-to-Speech feature, I waited about 20 seconds for the computer-generated speech to start. In that time, there was no visual indication of what the Kindle 2 was doing. I kept flipping over the device, and pressing my ear to the stereo speakers to see if maybe I just couldn’t hear it. When the speech abruptly started, it almost blew my ear out. If Amazon really wants to replace books with Kindles, there should be no surprises.
  6. It’s still too slow. Amazon sped up the Kindle 2’s page turning by 20 percent. I noticed the difference. The screen flash—a function of the e-ink refresh—was much faster than in the previous version. But, it’s still a bit slower than I would like. Plus, loading books and navigating menus was, in my opinion, at times too slow.
  7. It’s too fragile. This is a tough one. Nothing can replace the durability of a good-old-fashioned book. You can drop it, kick it, soak it (but not burn or tear it), and it will still be readable. The Amazon Kindle 2 is a complex piece of technology. Yet, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all. The screen is, of course, the primary concern, and I can understand that. I jam a lot of books and magazines into my backpack, along with my laptop. There’s a lot of pressure in there. Could a Kindle 2 hold up to that? I don’t know. However, if I had a Kindle 2, I’d be carrying half as many magazines and books. Problem solved.
  8. I can already read books on my laptop and iPhone. True. In fact, this past weekend I downloaded a $0.99 novella to my son’s iPod touch. The iPod book reader has gesture-based page turning and is pretty easy to read. However, it really doesn’t fit enough text on the page and I could feel my eyes strain as I stared too intently at that backlit screen. Likewise, I stare at a computer monitor all day. I really want my leisure reading to be far less visually stressful.
  9. Why no touch screen? As I held the Amazon Kindle 2, I had to fight the impulse to touch the screen and navigate and turn pages with gestures. This, too, is something the Sony Reader offers, as does, as noted, the iPod touch and iPhone. While my hope is that Amazon will address this shortcoming in the Kindle 3, this isn’t a deal killer. The Kindle 2 provides ample hardware controls on both sides of the screen—you can operate it right- or left handed (usually with just one hand).
  10. E-books will kill books, publishing, and reading. Bezos’s presentation featured testimonials from Kindle 2 users, saying that they read now more than ever. I buy this. I often leave heavy books and past issues of my favorite magazine (The New Yorker) at home because I simply can’t carry all of them. Plus, I only read what I have on hand. In addition, I tend to end up in the same sections at Barnes and Noble, buying the same kinds of books over and over. I can imagine that the Kindle, with its instant access to a vast number of books (over 230,000) would expand my reading horizons. As for the Kindle killing books or publishing, I think I have to side with author Stephen King (who gave a reading of his new Kindle-inspired novella at the event). He said, “E-books and books are not in conflict. They’re like peanut butter and chocolate. When you put them together, you have a whole new taste.

So, yes, there are many reasons to dislike the Amazon Kindle 2, but as I see it, the benefits still far outweigh the disadvantages. Trust me, you’re going to want a Kindle 2.

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