December 29, 2020-
It’s time now to look back at this year that is grinding to a close, and sending some of its aspects spilling over into the new calendar year. I deem it pretty safe, though, to take stock of books read, since last January.
Spiritwalker: Messages from the Future, by Hank Wesselman (An account of meditations and insights)
Geology Underfoot In Northern Arizona, by Lon Abbott and Terri Cook
Native Roads: The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations, by Fran Kosik
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann
The Other Slavery: The Untold Story of Indian Enslavement in America, by Andres Resendez
Democracy In Chains, by Nancy MacLean (An examination of an authoritarian political and economic agenda)
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander (The effects of incarceration on people of colour in America)
Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, by Dr. joy DeGruy (a re-reading, on the long-term effects of slavery on the descendants of enslaved people in America)
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Cosmic Messengers, by Elizabeth Peru (Insights on the nature of our relationship to the Cosmos)
The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene (Insights on quantum physics and its expression, throughout the Universe)
Edge of Eternity, by Ken Follett (The third of his fiction trilogy on the Twentieth Century)
The Standing Stones Speak, by Natasha Hoffman, with Hamilton Hill (An account of messages received while among ancient raised stones, in Carnac, France and in various places in Cornwall, England).
The very restrictions imposed by Coronavirusdisease 2019, and our society’s learning how to deal with it, has made intensive reading easier. I have also been motivated to see things from points of view other than my own, and so have focused on the above titles, as well as on Baha’i study.
Looking ahead to 2021, I have begun reading:
Spirit of the Stones: A Retrieval of Earth Wisdom, by Amalia Camateros (The author’s spiritual experiences, in various parts of Australia, Hawaii, Mexico and the American Southwest)
The Gullah People and Their African Heritage, by William S. Pollitzer (Examines the culture and language of the Gullah people of coastal Georgia and South Carolina)
Before California: An Archaeologist Looks at Our Earliest Inhabitants, by Brian Fagan
Coming Home to Earth: Seeing the World Anew, by Annabel Hollis ( a mini-book by an online friend from England)
I am grateful for the ability to read attentively and critically.