We found this interesting book on travel available to read online through Google books: “Sacred Places Around the World: 108 Destinations” By Brad Olsen.
This book (read it below) covers over 100 sacred sites around the world and is full of interesting facts about them. from the Pyramids in Egypt to Jerusalem, to Ba’albek. The Great Wall of China, the Silk Road and the Cave of A Thousand Buddhas. Did you know Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) is considered the center of the universe to the Aboriginal people of Australia? This book has many interesting facts about sacred sites around the globe and the book is divided by region to help with travel plans.
“Qigong Exercises for Daily Health and Wellness” (volume 1) by Noel Castro is an introductory text for anyone wishing to learn about Qigong, the Chinese exercise and controlled breathing discipline which is closely related to Tai Chi.
This book, available through Google books online, introduces the reader to basic poses or stances, warming up and basic exercises.
I’ve seen a number of these “Kids These Days” memes floating around, so I thought I’d do one of my own…
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I just finished watching Battle: Los Angeles and was pleasantly surprised with the film. I hadn’t heard much about this movie, but was in the mood for some kind of sci-fi / combat action type movie and the trailers I watched didn’t seem too over-hyped.
It seems like they were going for a sort of “Black Hawk Down” meets “War of the Worlds” a la Tom Cruise (2005) feel to it, as a platoon of U.S. Marines are sent on a mission to rescue trapped civilians before Santa Monica is bombed into oblivion. The platoon, led by a brand-new Second Lieutenant and a crusty, battle-hardened, Staff Sergeant, fight their way through the streets of Los Angeles against an overwhelming force of heavily armed aliens out to exterminate the human race.
There are no real surprises in this film, but if you can overlook a few plot holes and deal with the same old military stereotypes that are in just about any movie about the military, you’ll find a flick filled with almost constant shooting and explosions once the quick character introductions are complete.
Overall, I’m glad I didn’t go see this one on the big screen, but worth a watch on a flat screen at home. Check out the trailer below and if you’d like to watch the entire movie now, click on the following link – Battle Los Angeles
Blood Alley may not be anywhere near one of John Wayne’s best movies, but there are many die-hard John Wayne fans out there who must watch or must have all 200 or so movies he’s been in! This movie starts slowly and the acting is wooden throughout. If anything saves this movie it would be the second half once aboard the boat.
The hero, merchant marine Capt. Tom Wilder, is played by John Wayne. Leading lady, Lauren Bacall is Cathy Grainger. Paul Fix (“The Rifleman”) plays terribly stereotypical Chinaman, Mr Tso, and other white actors playing Chinese roles, including Anita Ekberg (Wei Ling) and Mike Mazurki (Big Han).
Captain Miller is serving time in a Chinese prison and is sprung by the local villagers led by Grainger, the daughter of an American doctor. The plan is for Wilder to help them escape from Communist China to Hong Kong aboard a steam powered, paddle-wheel boat.
Released in 1955 with a plot set against a Chinese backdrop, this flick is full of racial stereotypes. This was also made at a time when white actors played many non-white roles. Bloody Alley was no different with Paul Fix cast as “Mr Tso.”
The movie was filmed in the San Francisco area.