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Ancient Anglo-Saxon Remedy kills MRSA bacteria

1000 yr old Anglo-Saxon remedy for eye infections has been found to kill 90% of the MRSA bacteria. Anglo-Saxon expert, Dr. Christina Lee,  told microbiologists about Bald’s Leechbook, which contains ancient recipes that she translated. She recreated one recipe to be used as an antibacterial. Many other recipes exist that should be explored. READ ARTICLE […]

The Crash of 2016

The Plot to Destroy America and What We Can Do to Stop It. By Thom Hartmann The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before-including during the Great Depression and the Civil War-because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted, and without them, America teeters on the […]

The Art of Communicating

 by Thich Nhat Hanh In this book, The Art of Communicating, Thich Nhat Hanh states: ‘Loneliness is the suffering of our time. Even if we’re surrounded by others, we can feel very alone. We are lonely together.’ He explains how technology supplies us with many ways to help us stay connected – such as the […]

Stones From The River

Ursula Hegi In this story of a small town in World War II Germany, the protagonist Trudi Montag is a dwarf—short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever struggled to fit in.  Physically deformed, highly intuitive and perceptive beyond her years, anti-Nazi in wartime Germany, socially isolated except for a small number of […]

The Alphabet Versus The Goddess

Leonard Shlain About the author, from the Preface:  “I am a surgeon. . . .  As a vascular surgeon operating on carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain, I have had the opportunity to observe firsthand the profoundly different functions performed by each of the brain’s hemispheres.  My unique perspective led me to propose […]

Guns, Germs, and Steel & Collapse

    By Jared Diamond In Chapter 3 of Guns, Germs, and Steel, author Jared Diamond describes the conquest of the Inca Empire by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro, in which Pizarro’s small band of soldiers defeated the Incas, capturing the Incan emperor Atahuallpa and routing his much, much larger army.  As Diamond puts it, […]

The Physician

By Noah Gordon A young English boy in the Middle Ages discovers that he has an extraordinary, virtually sixth-sense talent for diagnosing extreme illness.  He becomes apprenticed to a travelling barber-surgeon, and eventually realizes that he has a deep and abiding drive to become a full-fledged physician.  And not only a physician, but the best […]

The Years of Rice and Salt

By Kim Stanley Robinson Imagine that the Black Plague in Europe in the late Middle Ages killed not 30% of the European population, but 99%.  Modern history, politics, economics, and global culture as a whole would be completely different.  Europe and Europeans would be completely absent from the world stage.  Which nations would be the […]

The Master And Margarita

By Mihail Bulgakov Imagine that Satan himself—in the very “flesh” so to speak—were to visit Moscow in the 1920’s.  Just for the fun of it, he might choose to play nasty tricks on the inhabitants using his supernatural powers.  Some of these tricks would be harmless, such as making people’s clothing disappear in public, or […]

Nostromo

By Joseph Conrad One of Joseph Conrad’s “difficult” novels, “Nostromo” more than repays the effort it takes to read.  It’s one of the first “Modernist” novels, written in the author’s third (!) language.  Conrad’s native language was Polish.  He became fluent in English only after becoming fluent in French. On one level this is a […]