Book Review Update

As a Book Trade Professional Reviewer, I provide reviews on unreleased manuscripts (galleys) for Publishing companies such as Hay House, Sounds True and Shambhala. I have review many books, and have had the pleasure to read new books by authors including Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, James Van Praagh, Ani Pema Chodron.

Yesterday, I received approval to review The Essential Path by Neale Donald Walsch.

I can’t express how excited I am to read his latest book! I believe it may be possibly the best thing we can be reading during this time of turmoil and division.

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The description of the book follows:


Wineries and Wildfires

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A fire threatens a vineyard northeast of Napa, Calif., on Monday. (Michael Short / Associated Press)

With such a tremendous loss in California due to the wildfires, it is easy to write off the importance of the wineries and the losses they are suffering. After all, wine is luxury.

Please do not have a lack of concern for the wineries in these fires. We need our vineyards in those wildfire prone areas. Firefighters use the vineyards to gauge where the fire may spread next, which saves lives and resources.

Vineyards are a natural firebreak this time of year because of the moisture in the ground. Almost 85% of the harvest was complete when the fire broke out, which means the vines had not yet gone dormant (dry) and so the ground/vines were still wet in those areas. Even though the loss has been heavy, the worst in CA history, if the vineyards were not there, it would be even greater loss of life.

There are areas were the fire stopped right on the line where the vines were planted. Homes and businesses were spared. Some of the wineries have been family-owned for a one or two centuries. Not all are big names estates…there are a lot of mom & pop indie wineries all over Sonoma and Napa that rely on their home vineyards to live.

From an economic standpoint (and if you think the loss of wineries will not affect you because you have nothing to do with wine and you do not live in CA), some of those wineries have product on the shelves where I work. They are in your grocery and liquor stores and restaurants, bars. It’s lost revenue for cities and towns all over the world.

Just to put it a little in perspective:

I just read a report from a CA winery that they could hear the wine boiling in the barrels.

Ancient Celtic Simbols.



Celtic symbols were used as a protection tool, to infuse courage to warriors, to defeat their enemies, to gain love or to mark the way forward.

The Celts transmitted their knowledge through engravings, some of which have come down to us thanks to which they were carved from hard materials like stones, iron or bronze. Their geometric drawings hide centuries of beliefs, rituals and magical powers that few know.

Celtic symbols have been linked to the Druids and with them to nature. Here you will find the meaning of the most famous Celtic symbols:

The triquetra:


-The triquetra or later also called triquel, is a symbol of Indo-European origin that alludes to the triple dimension of the female divinity. It also symbolizes life, death and rebirth (life, death and reincarnation for the Celts).

Also known as the Trinity Knot resembles the Ouroboros, an ancient infinity symbol. The triquetra is constructed…

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