Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July Series of the Month: Roswell Reports

Continuing our month of all things UFOs, alien aircrafts, and Corona, we are highlighting on The Roswell Reports as our Series of the Month for July!

Colonel Richard L. Weaver and First Lieutenant James McAndrew, at the request of Congressional Representative Steven Schiff (R-NM), sifted through old reports in order to explain the events that occurred in July 1947, which became known as the Roswell Incident. Included in the report are references to Air Force experiments conducted at the time of the crash landing that could account for the debris discovered and investigated.

Case Closed includes further analysis and discussion of the events. The Foreword explains, "Our objective throughout this inquiry has been simple and consistent: to find all the facts and bring them to light. If documents were classified, declassify them; where they were dispersed, bring them into a single source for public review."

These reports, originally published in 1995 and 1997 respectively, include an all-new Introduction from UFO-expert Stanton Friedman. The U.S. Air Force is the aviation branch of the United States military. The headquarters of this branch authorized several research projects on the origin and existence of UFOs and published multiple reports of their findings from the 1950s through the 1980s. It is still the subject of speculation today whether the U.S. Air Force is responsible for a large-scale cover-up of UFO and extraterrestrial evidence.

The Roswell Reports are both available in paperback at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

July Classic of the Month: The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects

Cosimo is excited to present the July Classic of the Month, The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects: The Original 1956 Edition by Edward J. Ruppelt with an introduction by UFO expert and investigative writer Colin Bennett in memory of The Roswell Incident.

In 1947 that the phrase "flying saucer" gained national attention when a pilot named Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine unidentified objects flying in formation near Mount Rainier in Washington State.

The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects was the first serious, unbiased account written about UFOs by anyone connected with the official government investigations of UFO phenomena. Ruppelt, who coined the term "unidentified flying objects" and headed Project Blue Book from 1951 to 1953, includes his personal investigations and findings in his extensive research on UFOs. He discusses both well-publicized UFO sightings and lesser-known accounts, as well as the inner workings of Air Force UFO research.

About the Author
Edward J. Ruppelt (1923-1960) served at the Air Technical Intelligence Center, where he took over Project Grudge, a formal investigation by the U.S. military with the goal of debunking extraterrestrial and UFO activity. Under Ruppelt's supervision, the project, later named Blue Book, experienced its most fruitful years, when investigations were properly conducted without judgment or disdain.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

July Book of the Month: Crash at Corona

In July of 1947, something crashed near Corona, a tiny town not far from Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. And that crash has been dissected and debated ever since.

Cosimo is highlighting Crash at Corona: The U.S. Military Retrieval and Cover-Up of a UFO - The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident by Don Berliner and Stanton T. Friedman in honor of the upcoming anniversary of the the Roswell Incident.

Berliner and Friedman sifted through once-classified government documents, interviewed military and civilian witnesses, pieced together evidence, considered alternative theories, and concluded that a UFO crashed near Corona-and the U.S. government knew it and covered it up.

Praise for Crash at Corona
"One of the more credible books arguing the existence of UFOs...Most arresting of all is the testimony of those who handled the debris, who had no opportunity to compare notes, yet have described the materials ...in almost identical language." -- Publishers Weekly

About the Authors
Don Berliner has written more than 300 magazine articles and 25 books on aviation history and space and was also a staff writer for the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). He is board chairman of the non-profit Fund for UFO Research, Inc., and is a delegate to the UFO Research Coalition.

Stanton T. Friedman is a nuclear physicist and is also the author of Top Secret/Majic. He has appeared on Larry King, Unsolved Mysteries, and Nightline and was involved with the documentaries UFOs Are Real and Flying Saucers Are Real. He has given more than 700 lectures on the subject of UFOs. Friedman also wrote introductions for two other titles published by Cosimo, The Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction in the New Mexico Desert and The Roswell Report: Case Closed. To see Friedman in person, visit his events page for all upcoming conferences, lectures, and festivals near you!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

2018 UFO Festival is this Weekend!

Cosimo's very own author Stanton Friedman will be appearing at the 2018 UFO Festival this weekend in Roswell, New Mexico!

Both UFO enthusiasts and skeptics are invited to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, parade, a pet costume contest, parade, family-friendly activities and more. And the majority of events are free!

This year the Festival will be held July 6-8, 2018 – for more info on speakers, events, and tickets, please visit www.ufofestivalroswell.com.

About Stanton Friedman
Stanton T. Friedman is a nuclear physicist who has worked for General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse, and other corporations. He is the author of Crash at Corona and wrote introductions to The Roswell Report: Case Closed and The Roswell Report: Fact versus Fiction. He has appeared on Larry King, Unsolved Mysteries, and Nightline, and was involved with the documentaries UFOs Are Real and Flying Saucers Are Real. He was the final speaker at the fiftieth anniversary conference at the International UFO Museum and Research Center at Roswell, and has given more than 700 lectures on the subject of UFOs.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Cosimo Classics Author Leibniz Featured on Google Homepage!

All of us at Cosimo are so happy to see the July Google Doodle, which highlighted author and mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz!

The impact of the work of German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) on modern science and technology is all but incalculable. His notation for infinitesimal calculus-which he developed independently of Newton-remains in use today, and his invention of binary counting is the basis for modern computing. He was a powerfully influential philosopher as well, and is still considered, alongside Descartes and Spinoza, one of the great 17th-century rationalists. Because much of Leibniz's thinking in the realm of the sciences flowed from his philosophy, understanding how he approached the natural world and humanity's place in it is vital to understanding his contributions to modern science.


Cosimo is proud to offer these books to our readers:

Discourse on Metaphysics and the Monadology

This edition collects two of Leibniz's foundational works, "Discourse on Metaphysics" and "The Monadology," which expound on concepts of philosophical "optimism"-that we live in the best of all possible worlds-and consequently features Leibniz's thoughts on the nature of physical matter. This classic work will intrigue all students of science and philosophy.

With no complete edition of his numerous writings on the wide range of subjects he expounded upon available even today, this 1920 collection of his early mathematical manuscripts—as well as some third-party commentary on them—continues to be essential to anyone wishing to understand Leibniz's contributions to modern science. Here students of the history of science and math lovers alike will enjoy Leibniz's thoughts on the infinitesimal calculus, including a series of manuscripts from 1675, 1676, and 1677, plus the essays "Leibniz in London" and "Leibniz and Pascal" by German scholar C.I. Gerhardt.


In this 1710 treatise, Gottfried Liebniz's only book-length work, he applies the idea of philosophical "optimism" — that we live in the best of all possible worlds —to the "problem of evil"— If a benevolent God exists, why do terrible things happen? He explores the possibility that humanity's happiness is not necessarily part of God's plan. Much of Leibniz's thinking in the realm of the sciences flowed from his philosophy-he believed the universe to operate under simple, intelligible, interconnected rules. Understanding how he approached the metaphysical world and humanity's place in it is vital to understanding his contributions to modern science.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

June Quote of the Month: "Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are."

"Men do not attract that which they want, but that which they are." 
      James Allen in As a Man Thinketh 

We are offering this Quote of the Month for June to all of those who feel like life has no meaning, or for those who need a little uplifting this month.

Weaving his way through the inner dynamics of the human psyche, James Allen shows us what we already intuitively know: how changing ones' mind-set can improve one's circumstances - no matter how difficult. 

Literally a blueprint on living, this little gem serves as a course of action for approaching life in a meaningful manner. His practical philosophy of successful living has awakened millions to the discovery and perception of the truth. 

Written in a succinct, easy-to-digest style, As a Man Thinketh is a valuable tool to anyone serious about achieving a purpose-filled life.

About the AuthorJames Allen (1864-1912) was an Englishman who retired from the business world to pursue a lifestyle of writing and contemplation. His books are classics in the fields of inspiration and spirituality. Although best known for As a Man Thinketh, he authored several other books that deal with the power of thought including The Path to Prosperity, The Mastery of Destiny, The Way of Peace, and Entering the Kingdom.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June eBook of the Month: Noble Enterprise by Darwin Gillett

Happy graduation students! In celebration of all those who completed another year of school, are starting their first jobs, or who wish to grow in their careers, this June's eBook of the Month is for you!

If you want the insights, leadership tools-and inspiration-to create a noble enterprise and lead your people to new heights of performance, then Noble Enterprise by Darwin Gillett is the book for you.

In it you will learn how to:
- Strengthen your organization: Awaken and activate the rich array of human energy, wisdom, passion, and purpose in your organization
Revitalize your company: Create and implement a plan for turning around (and turning on) even the most "stuck" operation
- Build sustainable growth and profitability: Learn the secrets of corporate revitalization and apply them to achieve sustainable success
- Expand your leadership impact: Build employee morale and commitment-and help your people achieve big performance goals
- Inspire your people: Increase your people's enthusiasm and confidence, and turn your company into a high-performing noble enterprise

"A must-read for serious students and practitioners of leadership." 
      - Ken Bardach, associate dean and Charles and Joanna Knight Distinguished Director of   Executive Programs, Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis

About the AuthorDarwin Gillett is currently working with colleagues Ken Bardach, Bill Catucci, and Karen Jeisi to create a "Leadership Guidebook" for Noble Leaders. You can learn more about Noble Enterprise at the Noble Advisors website, where you can find information about Gillett's speaking engagements, Noble publications, and consulting.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Harriet Beecher Stowe!

Today, we are celebrating the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe (born on this day in 1811!) and her best-selling anti-slavery novel that catapulted her into the spotlight. Uncle Tom's Cabin helped influence anti-slavery movement in the northern parts of the United States as well as Britain, while simultaneously sparking anger in the southern parts of America.

It is the best known book about American slavery, and was so incendiary upon its first publication in 1852 that it actually ignited the social flames that led to Civil War less than a decade later. 

What began as a series of sketches for the Cincinnati abolitionist newspaper The National Era scandalized the North, was banned in the South, and ultimately became the bestselling novel of the 19th century. Today, controversy over this melodramatic tale of the dignified slave Tom, the brutal plantation owner Simon Legree, and Stowe's other vividly drawn characters continues, as modern scholars debate the work's newly appreciated feminist undertones and others decry it as the source of enduring stereotypes about African Americans. 

As one of the most influential books in U.S. history, it deserves to be read by all students of literature and of the American story. 

About the Author
American abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was born in Connecticut, daughter of a Congregationalist minister and sister to abolitionist theologian Henry Ward Beecher. She wrote more than two dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction.

We are pleased to offer the this great Classic title in both a practical paperback and attractive hardcover.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Book of the Month: A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia by Herbert Foster

Bust out the grill and open a few cans of beer, it is almost Father's Day! To show the various fathers in your life you care, why not pick up our June Book of the Month A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia on Marriage, Kids, Chores, and More by Herbert Foster?

A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia provides a hilarious perspective on life in the 'burbs. These short essays offer an entertaining look at everyday happenings, like tag sales ("Why would anyone work for fifty hours to make $43.25?") or what not to say when your wife comes home from the hairdresser ("You paid $25 for THAT?") or how to carve a turkey ("Score: Turkey 1, Herb 0").

The author provides humorous commentary on everything from houseguests to neighbors, from barbecuing to shopping for a spouse, and from marital communications to cleaning out the freezer. If you live in the suburbs or are married this book is a must. 

Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

June Series of the Month: The History of England from the Accession of James II

Still reminiscing about he Royal Wedding, afternoon tea, and horse-drawn carriages? Yeah, us too. To commemorate the new couple who are now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, our June Series of the Month is The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington MacAulay.

Perhaps the most famous example of the "Whig interpretation of history"-the idea that the human story has been inevitably destined for enlightenment, progress, and scientific truth-this five-volume work instantly revolutionized the British understanding of history when its first volume was published in 1848.

About the AuthorThough not without its detractors-Karl Marx called author Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay(1800-1859), an English politician and historian, "a systematic falsifier of history"-it nevertheless became a standard text, and one that is today required reading for anyone who wishes to explore changing values and ideals in historical scholarship.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June Classic of the Month: Boy Scouts of America: The Official Handbook for Boys

This June, we have made Boy Scouts of America: The Official Handbook for Boys our Classic of the Month surrounding the news that that girls will now be allowed to join!

Boy Scouts of America: The Official Handbook for Boys was first published in 1910 and continues to be published until this day. It outlines the principles and tenets of the Boy Scouts of America, the merit badges boys can attain for completing tasks and challenges, the classes and levels of scout, and the various skills a scout must possess.

The motto "Always Be Prepared" is not taken lightly, and the handbook goes on to describe everything from tying knots, camping, and self defense to field observation, first aid, wildlife conservation, and chivalry.

Filled with instructions accompanied by diagrams and pictures, this comprehensive guide is a must-have for any scout's, or anyone's, survival kit.

About the Boy ScoutsThe Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910, and since its inception has remained one of the largest organizations in America, with more than four million boys participating today. Influenced by the Boy Scout Movement in England by Robert Baden-Powell, it was started in America by a group of young men and boys anxious to be a part of the noble and deserving enterprise.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

May Classic of the Month: Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

In celebration of the announcement for a new movie about Grant's life, we are highlighting Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant as our Classic of the Month for May.

Completed just days before his death and hailed by Mark Twain as "the most remarkable work of its kind since the Commentaries of Julius Caesar," this is the now-legendary autobiography of Ulysses Simpson Grant.

18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.

This unabridged edition features all the material that was originally published in two volumes in 1885 and 1886, including maps, illustrations, and the text of Grant's July 1865 report to Washington on the state of the armies under his command.

About the Author
Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), 18th president of the United States and the Union general who led the North to victory in the Civil War. Though Grant opens with tales of his boyhood, his education at West Point, and his early military career in the Mexican-American war of the 1840s, it is Grant's intimate observations on the conduct of the Civil War, which make up the bulk of the work, that have made this required reading for history students, military strategists, and Civil War buffs alike.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May Series of the Month: Abraham Lincoln: A History by John M. Hay

We are showcasing Abraham Lincoln: A History by John M. Hay as our Series of the Month this May to celebrate Lincoln becoming the Republican candidate in May during the 1860 presidential election.

Considered one of the best treatments of the presidency of Abraham Lincoln of its time, this 10-volume portrait of the man and his administration of the United States at the moment of its greatest upheaval is both intimate and scholarly.

Written by two private secretaries to the president and first published in 1890, this astonishingly in-depth work is still praised today for its clear, easy-to-read style and vitality. This new replica edition features all the original illustrations.

About the Authors American journalist and statesman John Milton Hay (1838-1905) was only 22 when he became a private secretary to Lincoln. A former member of the Providence literary circle when he attended Brown University in the late 1850s, he may have been the real author of Lincoln's famous "Letter to Mrs. Bixby." After Lincoln's death, Hay later served as editor of the New York Tribune and as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom under President William McKinley.

American author John George Nicolay (1832-1901) was born in Germany and emigrated to the U.S. as a child. Before serving as Lincoln's private secretary, he worked as a newspaper editor and later as assistant to the secretary of state of Illinois.

The hardcover retail list price for the series is $449.90, but now: our price: $359.99 (you save $90 or a 20 percent discount)

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

May Book of the Month: Mystic Journey by Robert Atkinson

This May, we are showcasing Mystic Journey as our Book of the Month in celebration of the author, Robert Atkinson, appearing on a radio tour!

The segment, titled The Mystic Journey of Soul Making, features Dr. Jeanette and Robert Atkinson discussing the spirituality, unity,  transformation, and consciousness,  and can be found at blogtalkradio.com.

In this life-changing and award winning book, Atkinson uses a multi-faith approach to reveal the path of the soul. Guiding readers to use their life stories to help solidify their identities, live with an eternal perspective in mind, and reclaim their common spiritual heritage, Mystic Journey reveals why we are deeply connected to others. Getting to the heart of your soul is soul-making, and it is through this journey that leads us to personal and collective transformation.

This book is a must-read for any individual who seeks spiritual insight, or who simply wants to make positive changes to his/her life.

To learn more about Dr. Jeanette, please visit: www.DrJeanetteGallagher.com or www.MyPersonalAdvocate2.com

About the Author:
Robert Atkinson, Ph.D., an internationally recognized authority in helping people tell their life stories, is an author of eight books, professor of human development and religious studies, and director of the Life Story Center at the University of Southern Maine. He is online at www.RobertAtkinson.net.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

May eBook of the Month: Reading Baby Toes by Imre Somogyi

We are raising our glasses this month to all the moms out there! Say hello to our May eBook of the month, Reading Baby Toes: What Your Baby's Toes Know That You Don't by Imre and Margriet Somogyi.

Every parent wonders, while looking down at their newborn child, what kind of person he or she will grow up to be. This book can help parents answer that question without waiting a dozen years or more for the child to grow up.

Imre & Margriet Somogyi's research has led them to believe that parents can learn to read their baby's toes for clues to their personality and behavior. "We came to realize that the toes symbolize the many facts of our personalities. Not only is their shape important, but so are their various features and positions." By learning how to read baby toes, not only will parents be able satisfy their curiosity about their newborn, but this knowledge will provide parents with a tool that will allow them to better understand their child's earliest stages of life and development and help them optimize their child's full potential, allowing him or her to develop into a healthy and well-balanced individual. 

About the Author
Imre Somogyi was a journalist and producer at Dutch Radio & Television. Margriet Somogyi worked as a medical assistant at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. Both authors have been active polarity therapists and teachers.

Cosimo is proud to offer a paperback edition of Reading Baby Toes at leading online bookstores including Barnes & Noble (paperback and eBook), and Amazon (eBook and paperback).

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Give the Gift of Reading this Mother's Day!

What better present is there for your best friend, mom, grandma, mother-in-law, mentor, or any other mother figure you may have? Why, a book of course! See our selection of books below we think your mom may like, wether she likes mysteries, short stories, or literary fiction!

Among the Himalayas by Laurence Austine Waddell

The soaring peaks of the greatest mountain range on Earth have long drawn visitors from around the globe, and one of the most famous of the 19th century was British adventurer and scholar Laurence Waddell, who spent most of a decade and a half exploring the nations that cling to the sides of the mighty mountains, learning the ways of their peoples, and sharing his experiences with Western readers. Here, in this 1899 classic of Himalayan travel, Waddell introduces us to the challenges of traveling in the region, takes us on visits to Nepalese and Tibetan tea gardens, journeys to monasteries, palaces, and temples, and much more. 

Penny's Gift by Edna Ventre-Auerfeld

Penny Chaney was a living miracle. The victim of a lethally sudden virus, no medicine could help her, and no doctor could bring her back. Then, in the realm between this world and the next, she was given a choice: enter the hereafter, or return to her life with the extraordinary ability to heal others -- but at a great personal price. Penny chose life. When her exceptional power is discovered, the world's reaction ranges from reverent awe to outraged disbelief. Penny and her family find themselves besieged by devoted followers as well as crass opportunists -- two of whom are seeking her out, each for personal reasons. One, driven by warped fanaticism, wants to kill her. The other will try to show her why she was chosen, and help her face the final, terrible cost of Penny's Gift.

A Dog of Flanders and Other Short Stories by Maria Louise and Beatrice Harraden

Here in one compact volume are five short stories-all set in Continental Europe-often hard to find on their own from 19th-century British writers, some still well known, some who have slipped into near obscurity: "The Bird on Its Journey," by suffragette writer Beatrice Harraden, "Koosje: A Study of Dutch Life," by John Strange Winter, "A Dog of Flanders," by Ouida, "Markheim," by Robert Louis Stevenson, and "Queen Tita's Wager," by William Black.

Compiled in honor of the American centennial in 1876 and consisting of recipes solicited from American women all over this country, this 1876 work is the best reflection we have today of how and what Americans ate in the mid 19th century. But this isn't just a vital work of culinary history-it's also bound to make you hungry for the hearty fare it promotes. Renowned for its extensive selection of recipes for cooking game-venison, rabbit, and game birds were staples of the American diet at the time, but instructions for preparing them became hard to find after game fell out of favor-this book also includes such delicious-sounding dishes as New Orleans Gumbo Soup, Barbecued Fish, Oyster Omelet, Beefsteak Pie, and much more.

Understanding your previous incarnations can turn into a fascinating journey of self-discovery and healing. You can gain insight into destructive habits that may have begun in a past life -- and then create a more positive and creative new life. In "Astrology and Your Past Lives," astrologer and regression therapist Jeanne Avery provides a simple yet profound way to understand one's blocks and blessings. By focusing on the meaning of one planet -- Saturn, the planet of limitations -- Avery shows how we "pick our own type of gravity" that connects this life to our previous incarnations.

Hatha Yoga Or, The Yogi Philosophy of Physical Well-Being by Yogi Ramacharaka 

Followers of the early-20th-century "New Age" philosophy of New Thought believed they could learn the secrets of mind over matter, and one of their most influential teachers, enormously popular writer and editor William Walker Atkinson, writing pseudonymously here-revealed to them, in this 1904 work, the teachings of Hatha Yoga. His lessons cover: the body's Vital Force, the laboratory of the body, how what we eat impacts the "life fluid" of the blood, the yogi's approach to food and eating, the yogi theory of the "prana absorption" of nutrients, mastering "yogi breathing," harnessing "pranic energy," rules for relaxation, and much more.

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

April Quote of the Month: "Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing"

"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." 
- Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray

Last week, America was given an extra day to file taxes (see IRS site down for millions of people trying to file last minute), so what better time to remember the wise orders of Oscar Wilde in The Picture of Dorian Gray than with our Qoute of the Month for April?

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Short Stories is a compilation of short stories by Oscar Wilde, along with his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. It was originally published in 1888 under the title Stories: Oscar Wilde.

Some of the short stories within include: "The Sphinx Without a Secret," "The Model Millionaire," and stories from the previously-published collections "A House of Pomegranates" and "The Happy Prince and Other Tales." This book is sure to interest Oscar Wilde fans and fans of Victorian literature.

About the Author
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) was a celebrated Irish-born playwright, short story writer, poet, and personality in Victorian London. He is best known for his involvement in the aesthetic movement and his only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his many plays, such as Lady Windermere's Fan, The Importance of Being Ernest, A Woman of No Importance, An Ideal Husband, and Salomé.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April eBook of the Month: Mothman: Evil Incarnate by Loren Coleman

Great news from author Loren Coleman! The eBook edition of
Mothman: Evil Incarnate has been released, and is being commemorated this month with eBook of the Month status for April!

Mothman: Evil Incarnate, by cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, is a brand new companion title to the late John Keel's The Mothman Prophecies (1975), which investigated the sightings of a winged creature called Mothman and became popularized in the 2002 movie of the same name starring Richard Gere.

With new material by Loren Coleman, extensive annotations on each chapter of The Mothman Prophecies, a detailed Mothman death list, and a gallery of images, Mothman: Evil Incarnate comprises the most up-to-date information on Mothman phenomena. In addition to providing context to John Keel's cult classic, Coleman expands on missing details from the movie, explores the deaths that followed the West Virginia incident, describes the recent Chicago Mothman sightings, and delves into the life of John Keel. This companion book should find its place on every Mothman aficionado and cryptozoology fan's bookshelf. The mystery continues!

About the Author
Loren Coleman is one of the world's leading crypozoologists. In 1960 he started his fieldwork, and after years pursuing cryptozoological mysteries, he began writing. He is the author of numerous books on cryptozoology, including Bigfoot: The True Story of Apes in America and Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. Coleman is the founder and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine (www.cryptozoologymuseum.com) and 2018 marks his 58th year investigating. Loren Coleman can be followed on Twitter at @CryptoLoren and on his blog, www.cryptozoonews.com

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

April Classic of the Month: One-Way Pockets by Don Guyon

"The circulation of a mere rumor that the Morgan interests are accumulating Steel or that the Standard Oil crowd is getting out of St. Paul is sure at any time to create a market following. Most of the tips that are hawked about the Street are based on the supposition that somebody-or-other of consequence is buying or selling certain stocks. I do not know of a single case where anyone has been able to make money consistently by following information of this character, even when the information comes to him first hand.
--from A Speculative Decision

In honor of tax refunds coming our way, we are highlighting One-Way Pockets: The Book of Books on Wall Street Speculation by Don Guyon as our April Classic of the Month.

In 1917, an insider at a Wall Street brokerage firm took a close look at his company's most active traders and analyzed their trades to glean the secrets of their success... and what he found is still applicable today.

Writing pseudonymously, he here offers a wide range of sage advice about: 

- buying on the way down
- determining trends
- how a bull market starts 
- the correct use of stop orders
- when and what to sell short 
- and much more

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Guest Post from Paul Breiter: Ordinary Mind is the Way

Meditation hall of Wat Pah Nanachat/Wikimedia Commons
We are happy to publish a guest post from Cosimo author and Buddhist Paul Breiter, entitled "Ordinary Mind is the Way." Enjoy!

Wat Pah Nanachat Bung Wai, International Forest Monastery of Bung Wai District in northeast Thailand, could also be named Forest Monastery of Detachment or something of that order. The influence of its founding abbot, Ven. Ajahn Sumedho, seems to pervade the woods and illuminate the forest paths.

Now noisy from the nearby highway, busy with monks, trainees, and visiting laypeople, still an atmosphere of serenity pervades the place. In the first days after arriving, the mind mulls over preferences and thinks about how things should be. Then I hear Ajahn Sumedho in my head, saying, “That’s just creating more self (atta),” or, “You don’t need to create concepts around the experience,” or, “All that does is create more suffering (dukkha).” Maybe the fact of the impermanence of outer and inner happenings is so obvious that I didn’t need to hear him mention that other characteristic of conditioned phenomena.

“Ordinary mind is the way” is a well-known saying in Zen circles, attributed to the Tang Dynasty master Nan Chuan. The different schools of Buddhism might give slightly different interpretations, but they would all agree that what it doesn’t mean is that following one’s impulses and letting conceptual thinking run wild is the way.

There is also a famous Zen dialogue in which someone asks a teacher, “What is the meaning of the Buddha’s way?” and the answer is, “Do good and refrain from evil.” The questioner counters, “Even a three-year-old child can say that,” to which the master replies, “A three-year old can say it, but a sixty-year-old can’t practice it.” Ajahn Sumedho’s instructions have always been both understandable and practical, offering an entry into the Dharma here and now, no matter what the individual’s circumstances may be. They often don’t seem to amount to much on paper, but when imbued with his presence, or the memory of his presence, they come to life. He visited the monastery ten days after I arrived there and one night gave an informal talk to a small gathering of monks and trainees.

It began with a simple enough question about difficulties with food. Forest monks subsist on one usually enormous meal per day, taken at 8 or 9 in the morning. The northeast Thai staple of glutinous rice can weigh one down even more and bring serious drowsiness, and it can take a few years to find a middle path with this most basic requisite for living.

After some reminders about use of the requisites of robes, almsfood, dwelling place, and medicines, Luang Por, as he is now known, went on to talk about states of mind and the three categories of craving (tanha). Desire for food and sex, the biological urges, is kama tanha, sensual craving. He pointed out that they are natural to the animal bodies we are born into; the way to handle them (especially for those who have taken ordination vows) is to neither indulge nor suppress, not to glorify them or feel guilty about them, but to observe their arising and ceasing and not view them as oneself or one’s own. With guilt or negative attitude toward them, we fall into vibhava tanha, desire not to be, which can only produce conflict and unhappiness. The original question, about the troubling effects on meditation practice caused by too much, too little, or the wrong kind of food, led him to point out the suffering involved in wanting things to be other than they are and in taking our experience personally.

Fear and aggression, he said, are also animal impulses related to survival. “If you were a primitive human hunting for your food in a jungle, fear and aggression would be useful emotions.” That was an interesting take on those things, which we usually judge to be entirely harmful and negative.

Bhava tanha is translated as “desire for becoming,” i.e., desire to be something. In meditation practice, it manifests as the laundry list of things we feel we should be experiencing and attaining, and is basically just a distraction from being aware of what is going on. Such desire is just that, desire, and it isn’t a self or a person but only a source of delusion and suffering.

As one contemporary Zen teacher said about “Ordinary mind is the way,” if the positive states and qualities we wish for are to appear, they have to appear in a now, and it would be best if they appeared in the now we have now--even with a busy highway near the monastery and a new 7-11 at the entrance to the once-bucolic, middle-of-nowhere village. Luang Por Sumedho always reminds us to deal with the mind we have now and not think longingly about the mind we wish we had or think we should have. Observing the conditioned mind in the present, we watch it arise and cease, arise and cease; we note that it is nothing more than a collection of conditions, something impermanent and impersonal; and not attaching to the conditioned will allow the unconditioned to appear. Staying in the monastery, shedding compulsions about what I should be doing or attaining, but just eating my food, washing my clothes, and doing sessions of formal meditation, a sense of spaciousness naturally grew. The timelessness of the Dharma was hinted at even as I ticked off the days remaining on my short stay: just to live like that, without concepts of the future, of how things should be or how I should be, I considered, might come as a great relief. Indeed, without such a viewpoint, isn’t one just living in the worldly extremes of hope and fear, in a fantasy realm?

Paul Breiter

About the Author Paul Breiter was born in Brooklyn in 1948. In 1970, he became ordained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, where he met Ajahn Chah and became his student. After disrobing in 1977, Breiter returned to the US and continued Buddhist study with masters in the states. Breiter's books include One Monk, Many Masters, A Still Forest Pool, Venerable Father: A Life with Ajahn Chah, Being Dharma, and Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away.