The Virtual Pilgrim

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  • Hi there folks!  It is midnight and I am still up because I ate too many brownies after dinner tonight.  Some people go into chocolate-induced comas, while I get stuck with chocolate-induced insomnia.  Ah, the joys of being me. I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 a couple weeks ago and thought the movie was very well done.  I laughed and cried and am heartbroken that there aren't any more midnight showings to look forward to.  But as good as the... more »
  • So.....sorry for the long absence.  It's been a busy couple of months for this little pilgrim.  And wow, do  I have a lot to catch up on!  The first thing I want to do is finish writing up my notes and thoughts on my ancient history reading.  So, following is part two of my notes from The History of the Ancient World, covering the remainder of Mesopotamian history before Epoch 2 and the call of Abraham around 2000 BC: After Sargon's death, his son Manishtushu reigned.  He loved war, ju... more »
  • For those of you living in Southern or Central California who are interested in sustainable farming and organic foods, I have a great resource for you.  It is a food co-op called Abundant Harvest Organics (AHO) and I honestly don't know how my family would eat without these guys.  :D If you are unfamiliar with how a food co-op works, let me give you a brief summary.  AHO commits to purchasing a certain amount of produce from various family farms in the central valley of California.  Every... more »
  • I read through Epoch 1 of my Chronological bible a while back as part of my ancient history book club reading.  Epoch 1 consists of Genesis 1-11 and includes the creation account, the fall, and the stories of Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, and the Tower of Babel.  A lot of time is covered here in a few short chapters. This is the first time I have read through this section of the Bible from a historical standpoint, and the first time I've read it since reading other historical creation ... more »
  • [caption id="attachment_171" align="alignleft" width="153" caption="Sargon, creator of the first empire"][/caption] I took a lot of notes when I read through Susan Wise Bauer's book, The History of the Ancient World (HOTAW), and I am revisiting them as my little ancient history book club goes chronologically through other sources of ancient history and literature.  First I am focusing on Mesopotamia up to the year 2000 BC; this time period is covered in HOTAW in chapters 1-3, 7-8, 10, 12-13,... more »
  • I recently came across this very helpful resource and wanted to pass it along.  It is a report titled Maintaining the Integrity of Organic Milk, and was published by the Cornucopia Institute, an organization that supports small scale family farms.  The report rates many suppliers of organic dairy products.  You may be surprised to find that many organic dairies are basically just disguised factory farms trying to make profits in the organic dairy industry. I was happy to see that our raw m... more »
  • My review of The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer Completed September, 2010 This book took me quite a while to get through, but reading it was most definitely worth the time spent. Bauer is skilled at turning the facts of history into a compelling story. It is very easy to get bogged down in ancient history, with the rises and falls of kings and empires that seem to rarely learn from each other but rather get stuck on repeat. Truly there is nothing new under the sun. ... more »
  • I have been doing a lot of research on the food industry and our food supply over the last couple years.  It started around the time Food, Inc. and a couple other books/documentaries came out that brought the unethical (and government supported) methodologies of these industries to the public eye in a big way.  Since that time, my family has been seeking out food that comes from farms that use sustainable practices, and raise animals in traditional ways rather than to maximize profit at the ex... more »
  • You will notice as you read this blog that I do a lot of research.  One of the things about being a virtual pilgrim is that your mind is always running off, following trails, and jumping into rabbit holes.  I like to journey to the heart of things and I don't feel satisfied until I have explored a subject thoroughly.  Usually, by the time I feel ready to write about something, I have thought about it a lot.  And then thought about it some more.  Sometimes I am tired of thinking about it.  ... more »
  • This book is simply fantastic. If you were to buy one book on Greek mythology to read to your children, this should be it. The stories are clearly and poetically written. The mythology covered includes the origins of the world, the Titans, and some background on each of the Greek gods. Also included are many stories about the gods' interactions with humanity, stories of their many half-mortal children and their adventures (for good or bad), as well as the stories of the Greek heroes,... more »
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