Life is full of surprises or robbers, where are you?!

If you missed it you must read it! It happened in Rome and Lido di Ostia.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

At that time we lived in Lido di Ostia and were waiting for American visas.

One gorgeous sunny day I went to the Central post office in Rome to get correspondence from the Soviet Union (only our parents were brave enough to send us letters).

A smiling postal worker looked at my ID and disappeared.

When I saw him again he was not smiling. He told me something in very fast and unfriendly Italian and all people around started to laugh.

Then the guy gave me 4 letters and I turned to leave.

Somebody said in English: “Wait, wait!.Prepare yourself!”

Six large same size wooden parcels appeared on the counter. The weight of each was 11 kg.

It was a huge heavy surprise! I could not carry more than one parcel at any moment but I had to transfer six of them to the railroad station in Rome. Then I had to…

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A miracle?!

Life is full of surprises and miracles!
You don’t believe me? Read what happened in July of 2014.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

We enjoyed wonderful sunny days from the middle of July. However, nights were unusually cold.

If you love wild mushrooms hunting (as we are) you know that mushrooms need warm and rainy nights to grow.

Sure, we knew it. But every morning we took our baskets, put knives in them (you must cut mushrooms with great love) and went hunting,

An hour and a half in the woods were terrific but no mushrooms greeted us for a long time.

This morning I got up early and went for a hunt with great hope. The weather was terrific. I enjoyed fresh air and beauty of the woods and suddenly I saw something I was dreaming about (see below).

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About this morning.

After a vigorous workout in a gym I needed relaxation. I found this old post and happy to share it with you.

However, something strange happened to the reblog. Please immediately go to the original.

 

“Gods, Graves and Scholars”.

One of my followers asked me recently what are my favorite authors. I was unable to answer her question. I read books of thousands of authors written in different countries, in different times, in different genres. It’s impossible for me to choose 10-20 favorite writers.
However, it is very easy to name some books that I read and that impressed me very much. “Gods, Graves, Scholars” is one of these books. If you are interested in travel in space and time, in history, in religion, in lives of famous archeologists and their discoveries this is the book for you. It is written as a novel (or as a thriller).
Make yourself a gift by reading this wonderful book.

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

About 60 years ago I read a wonderful book “Gods, Graves and Scholars: The Story of Archaeology.” 

The book written by C. W. Ceram (January 20, 1915 – April 12, 1972). It was the pseudonym of German journalist and author Kurt Wilhelm Marek.

I was a little younger at that time and the book impressed me very much by facts about lives of all famous archaeologists, about all major discoveries and by its literary style.

After reading the book I’ve  never stopped learning about archaeology and history of civilizations.

If anyone of you did not read the book I highly recommend it.

Wikipedia says: “Published in 28 languages, Ceram’s book eventually received a printing of over 5 million copies, and is still in print today…

Other books by the author include The Secret of the Hittites, March of Archaeology and The First American, a book on ancient…

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“Shadow of the Raven”

At 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 23 I finished reading a historical novel written by a fellow blogger Millie Thom. She has many great achievements in her life (read HERE) but I had no idea if her book was one of them.

MILLIE THOM

MILLIE THOM

However, I love historical novels for more than 70 years and not long ago published on this blog a post “BERNARD CORNWELL” about a former English teacher who due to stupid American immigration laws became a very well-known writer of historical novels.

I remember that I read with great pleasure his novels (The Saxon Stories) about the 9th century reign of Alfred the Great (king of Wessex), his opposition to Danes and his efforts to unite England..

When I read “About” on the Millie Thom’s blog I noticed that she was also an English teacher. After bringing up six children and retiring Millie started to write. She mentioned in “About” that protagonists of her first published book “Shadow of the Raven” were Alfred, son of king of Wessex and Eadwulf, son of king of Mercia.

It was very interesting. Two English teachers wrote books about the same era and the same people.

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I have to confess, that when I started to read “Shadow of the Raven” I did not expect much. I love Bernard Cornwell’s style and consider him a great modern writer of historical novels.

However, after I read several chapters of the book it became clear to me that the book is very well written and that Millie’s research of the era was very good.

What is this book about?

Here are two sentences from a synopsis that Millie sent to me:

“An adventure tale of Viking raids, ill-fated thralls, noble kings and their sons, and friendship and love . . .

But, above all else, a tale of unforgivable betrayal and the ever-present desire for revenge.”

Yes, this book is about all the above and it is very entertaining like many other historical novels.

I read “Shadow of the Raven” very fast with great interest.

It pictures many interesting people and their relationships. It describes battles and ordinary life in different countries (England, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway).

I also think that it allows to answer the following questions:

why do we have wars between countries and between ethnic and religious groups?

why for many years foreign policy of my country does not bring positive results?

at what conditions are possible equal rights for men and women?

how important are ties within families?

is it easy to make a person a murderer and a rapist?

what motivates people?

can friendship and love overcome all difficulties?

I highly recommend my followers and guests to read “Shadow of the Raven” (you can find it on Amazon).

 

A miracle?!

We enjoyed wonderful sunny days from the middle of July. However, nights were unusually cold.

If you love wild mushrooms hunting (as we are) you know that mushrooms need warm and rainy nights to grow.

Sure, we knew it. But every morning we took our baskets, put knives in them (you must cut mushrooms with great love) and went hunting,

An hour and a half in the woods were terrific but no mushrooms greeted us for a long time.

This morning I got up early and went for a hunt with great hope. The weather was terrific. I enjoyed fresh air and beauty of the woods and suddenly I saw something I was dreaming about (see below).

Mushrooms    by Julie http://ninaochiolino.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/champignons-au-menu/

Mushrooms                                                                                                        by Julie                     http://ninaochiolino.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/champignons-au-menu/

 

Wonderful fresh noble mushrooms were on the right side of my path! I was so glad to meet them! I came closer, took my knife from a basket and bent to cut them very gently.

Something strange happened. I landed on the carpet near my bed. A miracle?!