Description : You can practically smell the salt air and feel a sharp sea breeze emanating from the pages of this charming nautical novel from Canadian writer Norman Duncan. It follows the life of young Dannie Callaway, an orphan who grows up under the tutelage of his sailor uncle, Nicholas Top.
Description : " The Cruise of the Cachalot] is immense--there is no other word. I've never read anything that equals it in its deep-sea wonder and mystery; nor do I think that any book before has so completely covered the whole business of whale-fishing, and at the same time given such real and new sea pictures." RUDYARD KIPLING The Cruise of the Cachalot is the story of a ship--a South Sea whaler--and the men who sailed on her. First published in 1897, it is the first whaling account written from the standpoint of an accomplished seaman, by an accomplished seaman. In 1869, at age 12, Frank Bullen went to sea. Over the years he travelled the world while serving in every capacity from ship's boy to first mate. In 1883 he became a clerk in the relatively new British Meteorological Office where he made a sufficient name for himself to eventually become a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. But, his first love was always the sea; and his primary respect was always for the common seaman. As a result, he spent the last years of his life writing books and lecturing in an attempt to better the health, safety and living conditions of those men. The the level of detail presented in this book is truly astonishing. Making it all the more remarkable is that every bit of it is based on first-hand experience, and delivered with a unique and engaging mixture of literary simplicity and nautical authority. If you wish to genuinely understand the world of the 19th Century whaler, the book to read is not Moby Dick, or some other moby-clone. It is THIS one. "Mr. Bullen has a splendid subject, and be handles it with the pen of a master... The Cruise of the Cachalot is a book which cannot but fascinate all lovers of the sea, and all who can appreciate a masterly presentation of its wonder and its mystery, its terrors and its trials, its humours and its tragedies." THE LONDON TIMES
Description : Now, many of you have been reading this series of Shining the Light books for some time and so you are reasonably well informed about the circumstances in the U.S. and in the world regarding who is doing what to whom -- at least in an overall sense, without naming names too much. We really cannot do this because the way to resolve these matters is not to point the finger of blame so much as to encourage you, the reader, to bring about resolution by involving yourself in spiritual capabilities to influence events in your world in the most benevolent way. That's why we've shifted off the format of the first six Shining the Light books. Let me elaborate. Those who are personally affected by the events that are occurring nowadays must not only be desirous of changing those events but must be personally and directly involved in bringing about a change in those events of the day in a way that deals directly with the impossible as an accepted fact. It's not just, "That's impossible; we can't do anything about it," but "That's impossible and we can do something about it." The objective is to move through -- not jump over, but move through -- the impossible to solutions that have no logical means to explain them. In other words, the solution is located directly in the continuity of your immortal personalities. This means that all souls can agree on the continuity and the benevolence and the value of the continuity and benevolence of life. That's how benevolent magic exists universally and beyond this universe. It doesn't make any difference what the problem is; it can be solved as long as everyone benefits. That's all. That's where you get universal cooperation. So in order to bring that about, there need to be solutions that do not ignore the problems but which also do not use the old methods of attempting to fix the problems if those methods were used to create those problems in the first place.