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Kids Who See Ghosts

I consider Kids Who See Ghosts to be a very important book. I say that because the majority of children, and throughout time, not only have invisible playmates, but do indeed see and interact with ghosts --ghosts who are physically real to them. With children who have had a near-death experience, this ability is part of the aftereffects. It is normal! Parents need to know this, and they need good advice on how to handle it ...so do doctors and nurses and therapists and educators.  ~PMH

Here is the promo for the book, which is well worth reading:

When children see ghosts, what's a parent to do? Moms and dads ask themselves, "Does my child possess unique gifts, or is my kid possessed? Will this be a one-time, 'weird' event, or is my child destined to be haunted for life? Does my child need psychological help or some kind of meds? Should I believe what my child reports even if I don't believe in ghosts?"

When kids report ghost sightings, parent's reactions may range from feeling paralyzed with fear to being curious and supportive. If their children are scared by encounters with the spirit world, parents naturally fret about how to best help their kids through this fear. And this can be a challenge because in some cases fear can be so intense that it causes the child -- and sometimes the parent, too -- to become physically sick from it. If, on the other hand, children feel open and comfortably connected to the world of ghosts, parents may feel less worried – or even more alarmed. Either way, parents are sure to be perplexed about how to proceed.

Dr. Caron Goode, who wrote this timely book, is a coach for parents on various topics related to raising healthy children in today's world. Try her blog. You may find it to be a valuable resource: http://coachingparents.wordpress.com

Kids Who See Ghosts
by Caron B. Goode
Weiser Books Paperback; $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-57863-472-9 JUNE 2010


Letters from Palistine

This is a very unique and special book crafted by a unique and special man. Kenneth Ring is famous worldwide for his research of near-death states. He is a dear friend who, in his retirement, has tackled a controversial topic most writers avoid. Because he did, you and I are given snap shots of real people living real lives in a hell-hole for a home. The Palistinian question has a solution - if we are willing to muster the political will to solve it. Read this book. It will help you to consider the other side to this quagmire. ~PMH

Many books have been written dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the pro-Israeli perspective. However, relatively few reflect the Palestinian point of view. Letters from Palestine is one of the rare books that offers an American audience the chance to listen to and learn about the lives of actual Palestinian people as they describe what it is like to live in the occupied territories of the West Bank or Gaza, or to grow up as a Palestinian in the U.S. Many books have been written dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the pro-Israeli perspective. However, relatively few reflect the Palestinian point of view. Letters from Palestine is one of the rare books that offers an American audience the chance to listen to and learn about the lives of actual Palestinian people as they describe what it is like to live in the occupied territories of the West Bank or Gaza, or to grow up as a Palestinian in the U.S.

Letters from Palistine
Trade Paperback
6 x 9 inches 384 pages
Publication Date: June 2010
Suggested Retail Price: $26.95
Authors: Kenneth Ring and Ghassan Abdullah
ISBN: 978-1-60494-416-7
Published by Wheatmark
Online: www.wheatmark.com/bookstore/ By phone 1-888-934-0888 ext 3
Letters from Palestine may also be ordered directly online from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores.



Medicine Rock

Sun Bear, a Chippewa Medicine Man, was a dear friend. He died in 1993. I was the first one to sponsor his and The Bear Tribe's visits to Idaho in the sixties and seventies. He and Wabun, his Medicine Helper, along with other tribal members, came many times, occasionally staying in our home. The Bear Tribe's magazine, MANY SMOKES, carried many of my articles. I also published theirs in "Inner Forum Mini-Magazine," which I wrote at the time. The bond between all of us was a strong one. My book, "I Died Three Times in 1977," is actually a reprint of the four articles I wrote for them at the request of Wabun.

Morning Star, a former partner of his, wrote a memoir about her experiences with Sun Bear. The book is well written, and is about a time in our culture that exists no more. ~PMH

More about the book from Morning Star:

"MEDICINE ROCK is a memoir in third person that arose from a journal I kept in 1971 as a young mother while traveling with Sun Bear, a charismatic Chippewa medicine man from White Earth Reservation, Minnesota. He asked me to offer my journal in some form to the Tribe archives before his death in 1993."

The book opens two months after the main character, Morning Star, loses her son from accidental kerosene poisoning at Medicine Rock, one of the Tribe's rural camps. She has recently partnered with Sun Bear and they travel together to the numerous rural and city camps that have been established by the Tribe, acquainting the reader with West Coast alternative culture of 1971. Morning Star is in her very private and confused process of grieving, and struggles with how to answer simple questions like, "how many children do you have?" The body of the book describes their journey across the U.S. spreading Sun Bear's vision. As they visit communes, speak in large and small settings about the need to develop local economies and cadres of teachers, Star's grief process moves from utter devastation to finding the strength to move on.

Plunging the reader back into the idealistic, confusing, polarized and collective atmosphere of 1971, MEDICINE ROCK documents the seeds of environmentalism, the urgent call of Native prophesy, and captures a pivotal point in contemporary history. In addition, it tells the poignant story of a courageous woman dealing with one of life's greatest tragedies -- the death of a young child.

About the author:

Morning Star lives in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana. Drawing a close to a career in social work, she anticipates more writing, hiking, skiing and adventuring with her family. She is also a Certified Leader in the Dances of Universal Peace. You can reach her at www.medicinerock.blogspot.com.

"Medicine Rock" by Morning Star.
Published by IUniverse, NY and Bloomington, IL, (January 20, 2010)
ISBN-10: 144019744X
ISBN-13: 978-1440197444

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