Thursday, March 24, 2016

Upcoming Events with Cosimo Author Peter Robbins

Readers and fans of Peter Robbins, one of the authors of Left At East Gate: A First Hand Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Its Cover-up and Investigation, must be sure to check out the following events to hear (and maybe even meet!) the Cosimo author himself:

FRINGE New Jersey Paranormal Conference
April 9, 2016, 9 am to 6 pm
Hilton Garden Inn, 800 Route 130, Hamilton NJ 08690
Price: $45 full day, $30 half day
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The Paradigm Symposium Redux
May 12 - 15 2016
Templar Lodge, 6509 Walker St, Minneapolis, MN 55426
Price: $280 full weekend, $110 Saturday only
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2016 MUFON of Ohio Conference
June 18, 2016, 11 am to 6 pm
Ashland County Sheriff's Office,1205 E. Main Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805
Price: $25 members, $28 non members
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Scottish UFO and Paranormal Conference
June 25, 2016, 10 am - 8pm
Glasgow University Union, Debates Chamber, 32 University Avenue, G12 8LK
Price: £10
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About the Author
Peter Robbins is one of the most respected and best-known investigative writers on the serious study of UFOs. He's been involved with extraterrestrial phenomena for more than thirty years as a researcher, investigator, writer, lecturer, activist, consultant, author, and conference organizer. Peter is a regular fixture on radio shows around the country and in the United Kingdom. He is also co-host of the monthly program "Encounters" on GRA Network Radio. He is often a guest on and consultant to numerous television shows and documentaries. Robbins' articles, essays, commentaries, and columns have appeared online and in numerous print publications. He is a popular lecturer at colleges, universities, and conferences both here and abroad 

Peter Robbins is the co-author of the British bestseller Left At East Gate: A First Hand Account of the Rendlesham Forest UFO Incident, Its Cover-up and Investigation. Cosimo is proud to present this title in paperbackhardcover, and eBook editions.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March Classic of the Month: Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History

Today is Saint Patrick's Day and in honor of this Christian holiday we at Cosimo are celebrating by reading our classic of the month: Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History by J.B. Bury.

This renowned biography of the great Catholic saint, famous for converting Ireland to Christianity, is also a stunningly vivid portrait of life in the British Isles in the fifth century. Born in Britain as a Roman citizen and kidnapped by raiders to Ireland as a teenager, where he remained to do his holy work, Patrick's life encapsulates the themes of the era, as the new religion won out of paganism as the Roman Empire fell. Almost as valuable as the biography itself are Bury's complex appendices, which comprise more than half the book, and include such important scholarly details as the author's notes on Patrick's own writings, the memoirs of the saint by other writers including Tírechán and Muirchu, an examination of other Irish source materials, and a look at the historical evidence for such events as the dates of Patrick's birth and captivity, his possible visit to Rome in 432, his consecration, the location of his burial, and much more.
About the Author:
British historian John Bagnell Bury (1861-1927) was professor of modern history at Cambridge. His writings, known for a readability combined with a scholarly depth, include History of the Later Roman Empire (1889), History of Greece (1900), and Idea of Progress (1920). 

Life of St. Patrick and His Place in History is available on Amazon (hardcover and paperback), at Barnes & Noble (hardcover and paperback), and at your favorite bookstores.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

March Series of the Month: The Catholic Church in New York

In celebration of Easter this month, Cosimo is celebrating with The Catholic Church in New York by John Talbot Smith and Joseph F. Mooney as our Series of the Month for March.

First published in 1905 and written as an official chronology of the Diocese of New York—then one of the powerhouse regions of the Catholic Church in America, as the Archdiocese of New York is today—this two-volume work remains an important document of the Church.

Useful in both the historical and cultural dimensions, this highly readable but powerfully written account reveals the prejudices and partialities of the time as filtered through the viewpoint of one of its most influential institutions.

Volume I explores:
• the first Catholics in the State of New York
• the early years of the organization in the state
• the first bishop and early administration
• anti-Catholicism and the Knownothing Party
• the growth of the parishes
• politics and Catholicism
• and much more!

Volume II explores:
• the Church's education and charity systems
• religious communities including the Jesuits
• Church legislation
• relations with the Holy See
• the progress of the clergy
• the character of the laity
• the Catholic press
• and much more!

Cosimo offers this Classic series by individual volume at various online bookstores or as a full set in paperback.

The paperback retail list price: $29.98, but now: our price: $24.99 (you save $4.99 or a 20 percent discount)

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cosimo Celebrates International Women's Day

Today is International Women’s Day, a day that started nationally in the United States, but would gain enough clout and momentum to spread worldwide. Interestingly this is a day that brings together symbolically two of the current Presidential Democratic candidates, Bernie Sanders - the "democratic socialist" whose socialist "forefathers" in the Socialist Party of America declared on February 28, 1909 that the USA should observe Women’s Day - and his opponent, Hillary Clinton, the perennial supporter of women's rights, showing that they share more than meets the eye.

In 1910, an International Women’s conference was held and they reached the agreement that International Women’s Day should be observed annually. March 18, 1911 was the first International Women’s day. Observed by over 1 million people in several different countries, the day marked many demonstrations for the support and empowerment of women who have long contributed to the history and success of many nations without recognition. The demonstrations also demanded the right to vote and hold office. The day spread over the next fifty years and in 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women's Rights and International Peace, the day became official with a widespread observance. 

International Women’s Day is a recognizable and significant moment in the Women’s rights movement. Striving for equality in regards to voting was discussed and hotly debated in the early 1900s, a great survey of which is described in Eugene A. Hecker's 1914 title, "A Short History of Women's Rights" or, for those who may want to travel back in time a bit, Mary Wollstonecraft's book, "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" will give readers a fantastic historical background from the 1700s.

It is because of these women of the past who fought (and those women who still fight today) for equality and civil rights, that we can have such amazing authors as we do today. For example, Phebe A. Hanaford, who wrote about female poets, scientist, preachers, and educators in her book, "Daughters of America or Women of the Century", or Margaret E. Burton', who defied longstanding cultural traditions and stereotypes and wrote about her struggles in "Notable Women of Modern China", and more recently, Michaela Walsh, who wrote "Founding a Movement: Womens World Banking, 1975-1990" and was the president of Women's World Banking.

The 2016 theme of International Women's Day is #PledgeForParity which aims to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, while still being aware that progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.

Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate this day world wide. For more information about International Women's Day and events near you, see their website.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

March Book of the Month: Spiritual Places In and Around New York City

Even in the most hectic, most busy, most never-sleeping city in the world, comfort for the heart, mind, and soul is only a step away. And here's your quick-and-easy guide to finding it. We are happy to announce Spiritual Places In and Around New York City by Len Belzer and Emily Squires as our Book of the Month for March.

Spiritual Places In and Around New York City is your roadmap to the myriad spaces and places around the boroughs that soothe the psyche and gladden the spirit. as well as a few extraordinarily peaceful destinations worth venturing over the city line for. From restful gardens to quiet galleries to restaurants that feed both our corporeal and incorporeal bodies, and more, Emily Squires and Len Belzer, who both unfortunately passed away in recent years, share those locations (some almost secret, others surprisingly public) that helped them relax amid the frenetic pace of their favorite city. 

In brief sketches of these spiritual respites, they reveal the insights they've come to while visiting each, and convey a palpable sense of the wise and serene essence each imparts upon us. This is a must-have for harried New Yorkers and curious visitors alike. 

About the Authors
Emily Squires was a television director and writer, with a Writer's Guild Award, a Cine Golden Eagle, and six Emmys for directing Sesame Street. She gravitated toward spiritual subjects with an interfaith series for cable television, and documentaries on Hiroshima, the Dalai Lama, and artist/ philosopher Frederick Franck. Len Belzer was a Columbia University graduate, veteran of the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Service, former journalist, and writer, producer, and host of his own nationally syndicated radioshow, The Comedy Hour.
Spiritual Places In and Around New York City is available for your Nook or Kindle, or as a paperback edition at AmazonBarnes & Noble, or at your favorite bookstores.