Thursday, December 3, 2020

St. Nicholas - the Link between Dutch Folklore and Santa Claus


This coming Saturday evening, December 5, the Dutch will celebrate their feast of Sint Nicolaas, with poems, marzipan, ginger biscuits and hot chocolate, and with presents for the children.

The history of Saint Nicholas is a colorful and storied one: he lived from 270 to December 6, 343 AD, was the Greek Bishop of Myra - located in modern day Turkey - and he was a Christian saint known for his miracles and secret gift-giving. Saint Nicholas attended the First Council of Nicaea, which was the first effort to attain consensus in the Church through an assembly representing all of Christendom. Later on Saint Nicholas became an important figure for Italians and Greeks, honored in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church. Throughout Europe he is celebrated for his generosity, especially towards children.

In the Netherlands, Saint Nicholas became a figure of folklore, who would visit the Netherlands every November traveling by steamboat from Spain, riding a white horse and joined by.... 

Sunday, November 22, 2020

The Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy - Trauma Room One

 

In this country, the U.S., with a history of conspiracy theories ranging from Watergate to attempts to assinate former Cuban President Castro, from Project MKUltra to the 9/11 attacks, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 still stands out almost 60 years later. 

Therefore, today we dwell on this event , one of the most mysterious ones in American history, and present Trauma Room One: The JFK Medical Coverup Exposed by Charles A. Crenshaw with a foreword by famed Holywood director Oliver Stone.

In this gripping account, Dr. Charles Crenshaw, one of the several Dallas surgeons who worked on JFK in Trauma Room One, shares what really happened within those walls.

In November of 1963, the doctors who tried to save President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital agreed---either out of respect or fear---not to publish what they have seen, heard, or felt. But in 1990, Charles Crenshaw stepped forward and decided.....

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The Joy of Family Ritual - Book of the Month

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we chose The Joy of Family Rituals Recipes for Everyday Living by spiritual teacher and motivational speaker, Barbara Biziou, as Cosimo's book of the month.  

The Joy of Family Rituals is a guide book for families who want to further enrich their lives with rituals. By reflecting on the significance of the everyday rituals and making them a part of daily life, families can strengthen their bond. Rituals help a family communicate, foster spiritual connections, and provide a secure foundation for growth. Though rituals are probably already a part of your family life, especially during these dark times of Covid, The Joy of Family Ritual can help incorporate even more rituals into your daily life.

See here what Barbara Biziou says not only about the importance of Thanksgiving, but also 

The African Unconscious - an Afro-centric look at human history - Classic Book of the Month

For an Afro-centric look at human history this month's Book of the Month The African Unconscious Roots of Ancient Mysticism and Modern Psychology by Edward Bruce Bynum.

This book, originally published in 1999, has become a true classic offering a fascinating view on the roots of our human existence, positing that all humans at their deepest core are variations on the African template, creating a shared identity and collective unconscious in all. 

Author Edward Bruce Bynum looks at both phenotypical types and psychic structures that form and identify us as human beings. During these times of the Black Lives Matter movement and many question the position of African Americans in American society, this book provides an intriguing backdrop to humanity and our daily life.


Praise for The African Unconscious:

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Moynihan Report - The Negro Family and the Case for National Action

 

While 2020 is the year that the Black Lives Matter movement has drawn attention to the problems facing the African American population, the problems of black poverty had already been addressed years ago in an important 1965 report by then Assistant Secretary of Labor under President Lyndon B. Johnson, the liberal Daniel Moynihan: The Negro Family: The Case for National Action aka The Moynihan Report

Different from the orthodox view at the time that economic conditions determine social conditions, this report concluded that the conditions under which black children were being raised, generally in single-mother households, were the leading cause of black poverty. In order to address this, Moynihan called for jobs programs and vocational training for blacks. In his words:

"The fundamental problem… is that of family structure. The evidence - not final but powerfully persuasive - is that the Negro family in the urban ghettos is crumbling.”

While this report was believed to have influenced the creation of President Johnson's War on Poverty, its conclusions were critized by many black and civil rights leaders. Whatever the various criticisms, this controversial report... 

Black Fatigue - the Intergenerational Impact of Racism

 

It is not a common occurence that we present books by other publishers, but we are happy to make an exception for an unique book, Black Fatigue - How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit by Mary-Frances Winters and published by Berrett Koehler Publisher (an Oakland based publishing company dedicated to change the world for the better).

Black Fatigue is the first book to define and explore Black fatigue, the intergenerational impact of racism on the physical and psychological health of Black people--and explain why and how society needs to collectively do more to combat its pernicious effects.

Positive reviews

“Black Fatigue is unbelievably well-written, unrelentingly honest, and unapologetically focused on the specific experiences of Black people. This book is indispensable for anyone who wants to thoroughly analyze and dismantle racism.”

—Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, award-winning author, and Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education, Temple University

“Black Fatigue tells the truth. Mary-Frances Winters brilliantly shows us how......

Friday, October 30, 2020

The entire East Side of New York City is in a state of uproar - The Last President

"As the sun set Monday, the looting started once again across Manhattan as protests entered their fifth day in New York City. Police made several arrests, some inside Macy's flagship store in Herald Square as looters struck."

or

"The entire East Side of New York City is in a state of uproar. Mobs of vast size are organizing under the lead of anarchists and socialists, and threaten to plunder and despoil the houses of the rich who have wronged and oppressed them for so many years."

Which was one reflects reality.........?

Thursday, October 29, 2020

In Search of Hungry Ghosts: the Mysterious Death of Joe Fisher

"It has now been almost two decades since the unexpected death of Canadian journalist and author Joe Fisher. Known for his best-selling books on spirituality and the paranormal, most notably Hungry Ghosts, in which he investigated the dark side of channeling, Fisher’s contribution as a writer and researcher—indeed, his life’s mission—was to shine a light on the strange and unexplained." 

This is the beginning paragraph in a recent.........................