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Tim Gebhart

After 30 years of practicing law to provide shelter for his family, books and dogs. Tim Gebhart is now perfecting the art of doing little more than reading, writing and sleeping.

Book Review: How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World

Want to know when The Age of Enlightenment ended and what is responsible? Francis Wheen thinks he has it pinpointed in How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World. According to Wheen, 1979 “marks the moment when the world was jolted by a violent reaction to the complacency of the existing order.” This …

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Book Review: Conquering Diabetes &#8211 A Patient-Oriented Approach

It’s almost impossible to walk into a bookstore or look at a bestseller list these days without seeing some new “miracle cure” health book. Conquering Diabetes by Dr. Ann Peters isn’t in that category. Rather than promise miracle solutions, it offers a practical, patient-oriented approach toward dealing with diabetes. There’s …

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Book Review: Magical Mystery Tours

It seems the catalogue of books about the Beatles is limitless. Written as an “insider” view, Magical Mystery Tours is a gossipy and intimate entry in that catalogue. Tony Bramwell grew up with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon in Liverpool. Bramwell was around as the three began playing …

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Book Review: They Don’t Play Hockey In Heaven

So, NHL players and owners appear to have a new collective bargaining agreement that will end the lock out that cost them last season. YAWN. Instead of worrying about a league few really seemed to miss as it committed hari-kari, maybe it’s worth taking a look at people who aren’t …

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Book Review: My Friend Leonard

It takes a bit to get used to James Frey’s memoirs, both typographically and stylistically. None of the paragraphs are indented. Quotation marks are not used to delineate speech or conversation. Stylistically, Frey would probably flunk most basic composition classes. Many of his sentences are basically run-on streams of consciousness. …

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Book Review: You Are a Dog Is

True “dog people” are considered such because they think so highly of the canine. Not only do they consider their dog almost as much a part of the family as the children, they tend to respect a dog’s patience, tolerance and unqualified devotion. I know because I’m one of them. …

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Book Review: The Making of 9/11’s Perfect Soldiers

Some journalism doesn’t fit the inherent constraints of newspapers or magazines. Often, that is because the subject is too massive and requires longer periods of investigation than what these formats tend to demand in immediacy. Terry McDermott’s exploration of the 9/11 terrorists, Perfect Soldiers, is an example of this. McDermott, …

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