Archive for October, 2019

Flip Wilson Close Up – James A. Hudson

October 26, 2019


The Flip Wilson show ran through 1974 on NBC, winning Emmys and a Golden Globe, often featuring George Carlin (who wrote for the show) and featuring Wilson’s two most popular comic impersonations, the Reverend Leroy of the “Church of What?s Happening Now” and the cross-dressed Geraldine Jones, in which guise he made popular the phrases “The devil made me do it” and “What you see is what you get.”


Amongst his guests that appeared on his T V show included: Jonathan Winters, Joe Namath, Bing Crosby, Perry Como & Bill Cosby.

The Invisible Wall – Harry Bernstein

October 26, 2019


This wonderfully charming memoir, written when the author was 93, vibrantly brings to life an all-but-forgotten time and place. It is a moving tale of working-class life, and of the boundaries that can be overcome by love.

“There are places that I have never forgotten. A little cobbled street in a smoky mill town in the North of England has haunted me for the greater part of my life. It was inevitable that I should write about it and the people who lived on both sides of its ‘Invisible Wall.’ ”

The narrow street where Harry Bernstein grew up, in a small English mill town, was seemingly unremarkable. It was identical to countless other streets in countless other working-class neighborhoods of the early 1900s, except for the “invisible wall” that ran down its center, dividing Jewish families on one side from Christian families on the other. Only a few feet of cobblestones separated Jews from Gentiles, but socially, it they were miles apart.

On the eve of World War I, Harry’s family struggles to make ends meet. His father earns little money at the Jewish tailoring shop and brings home even less, preferring to spend his wages drinking and gambling. Harry’s mother, devoted to her children and fiercely resilient, survives on her dreams: new shoes that might secure Harry’s admission to a fancy school; that her daughter might marry the local rabbi; that the entire family might one day be whisked off to the paradise of America.

Then Harry’s older sister, Lily, does the unthinkable: She falls in love with Arthur, a Christian boy from across the street.

When Harry unwittingly discovers their secret affair, he must choose between the morals he’s been taught all his life, his loyalty to his selfless mother, and what he knows to be true in his own heart.


The Journals of Lewis and Clark – Bernard DeVoto

October 26, 2019



The Lewis and Clark Expedition or the Corps of Discovery Expedition was the first American expedition to cross what is now the western portion of the United States. It began near St. Louis, made its way westward, and passed through the continental divide to reach the Pacific coast. The campaign’s secondary objectives were scientific and economic: to study the area’s plants, animal life, and geography, and to establish trade with local Native American tribes. With maps, sketches, and journals in hand, the expedition returned to St. Louis to report its findings to Jefferson.

From the Back Cover

In 1803, when the United States purchased Louisiana from France, the great expanse of this new American territory was a blank – not only on the map but in our knowledge. President Thomas Jefferson keenly understood that the course of the nation’s destiny lay westward and that a national “Voyage of Discovery” must be mounted to determine the nature and accessibility of the frontier. He commissioned his young secretary, Meriwether Lewis, to lead an intelligence-gathering expedition from the Missouri River to the northern Pacific coast and back. From 1804 to 1806, Lewis, accompanied by co-captain William Clark, the Shoshone guide Sacajawea, and thirty-two men, made the first trek across the Louisiana Purchase, mapping the rivers as he went, tracing the principal waterways to the sea, and establishing the American claim to the territories of Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. Together the captains kept a journal, a richly detailed record of the flora and fauna they sighted, the Indian tribes they encountered, and the awe-inspiring landscape they traversed, from their base camp near present-day St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River. In keeping this record they made an incomparable contribution to the literature of exploration and the writing of natural history.

About the Author

Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955), winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a renowned scholar-historian of the American West and one of the country’s greatest men of letters.

The Royals – Kitty Kelley

October 5, 2019


All of the untold ugliness of the Saxe Corburg Gotha royal German family that officially changed their names to the royal Windsors to deflect the hatred of everything German by the British population during WW1 . The murder of King George V & artificial inseminations that produced his offspring are amongst these untold stories.

The Keeper

October 5, 2019

A true story of a German Nazi soldier captured during World War II taken to a POW camp in England where his football/soccer goal keeping skills were discovered that lead him after the war ended to become the goalie for the Manchester City Soccer team where he played 545 games and was the first foreign player to win MVP and national honors from both England & Germany for his Anglo-German contribution.

Same Kind of Different as Me

October 5, 2019



The book is a great read and made into this movie.

What an amazing story of God’s grace at work through people who are open to allow Him to work in their lives. A true story shared in the words of two men from different “worlds” who are brought together through some very unusual circumstances. When they first met, Denver Moore was a man with a hard shell who had caught a train that took him from a life of slavery to a life of homelessness. By the time he met Ron, he was more comfortable on the streets than anywhere else. Ron Hall was an international art dealer worth millions whose wife had a vision.

Although the story is about the two men, I doubt there would have been much of a story without the wife. When she heard God speak to her, everyone else needed to either get on board or get out of the way. Ron was smart enough to get on board and that’s how he found himself at the Union Gospel Mission serving food to the homeless. Not long after, he met Denver. Again, with Debbie’s prodding, he started trying to develop a friendship with Denver. Through the latter part of the book, Denver, who had never been to school, shared some profound thoughts with Ron, the man with the college degree. Denver spent a lot of time with God and learned from Him. He never said much; but when he did, you needed to sit up and pay attention. As moving as the story is, some of the insights shared by Denver are worth the price of the book. Be prepared to have your eyes opened to some of the great evils that still exist in our nation, but also learn from the experiences of others.

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