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Prof. Oddfellow's Forgotten Wisdom

A perfect gift for wordplay enthusiasts, armchair linguists, intellectuals, pseudo-intellectuals, or anyone with a sly sense of humor...

In 47 one-of-a-kind diagrams, eccentric visionary Professor Oddfellow presents his offbeat "Forgotten Wisdom." Entries include:

  • The Depths of Madness
  • Gestation of an Idea
  • The Three Dimensional Scale of Amusement
  • How to Call a Bluff
  • Essay Writing: The Sewage Pipe Model
  • Rejected Gaming Dice
  • How to Read a Barcode
Paperback, 8.5" x 11", 58 pages, Signed by Author

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Wye's Dictionary of Improbable Words

Wonderful for word gamers, as a quotation finder, as an inspiration for writers and speakers, and for enhancing one’s appreciation of vowels and consonants...

Wye's Dictionary of all-vowel and all-consonant words brings together nearly 4,000 unusual and fascinating terms that defy convention, offering a vast sampling of our living language at play. Just as William Shakespeare introduced some six hundred new words to the English language in Hamlet alone, generations of authors and other communicators represented in Wye's Dictionary have coined their own new words, using the building blocks of language to express new meanings. As our standard dictionaries scramble to catalog and thereby legitimize our growing vocabulary, Wye's Dictionary offers the casual word gamer and language lover a cutting edge collection of new words. Examples of usage abound—as old as the Bible and as current as blog postings—grounding extraordinary terms in ordinary contexts. Myriad genres are represented, from literary classics by James Joyce to the dramatic plays of Tennessee Williams to the whimsical fantasies of Neil Gaiman, as well as the diverse worlds of science fiction, romance novels, children’s stories, historical and military accounts, graphic novels and comic books, travel reports, news articles, magazine features, poetry, song lyrics, birdwatching guides, hymns, and how-to manuals.

Wye's Dictionary is an essential desk companion for puzzle lovers, wordsmiths, teachers and students, librarians, trivia buffs, know-it-alls, cartoonists, humorists, and armchair linguists. It is a coffee-table conversation piece for anyone with a love of language. It is a great gift for those difficult-to-buy-for quirky intellectuals, word nerds, or brainy friends who already have everything. It is also perfect for bathroom reading.

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Softcover, 6.5" x 10.25", 383 pages, Signed by Author

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Magic Words: A Dictionary

A one-of-a-kind resource for magicians and word lovers, exploring the most intriguing magic words and phrases from around the world...

725 essay-style entries touch upon magic words’ multiple meanings, auras of mystery, origins and history, popular variations, amusing trivia, and fascinating examples of usage from literature and popular culture. Sources range from prominent modern stage magicians to their distant ancestors: the hierophants of ancient Egypt; the high priests, medicine men, sorcerers, and alchemists of the Middle Ages; the necromancers and wizards of legend and fairy tale; and the workers of wonders and miracles throughout history—all performers of their day, seeking to mystify, to enchant, and to entertain. This dictionary showcases those powerful words that give shape and form to a magician’s ungraspable feats, like a piece of silk, or that conjure up a puzzling new reality, like smoke and mirrors.

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Paperback, 7" x 9", 360 pages, Signed by Author

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One-Letter Words: A Dictionary

This book is the essential desk companion, gift, or reference volume for a vast array of readers: wordsmiths, puzzle lovers, teachers, students, librarians, and armchair linguists will all find One-Letter Words, a Dictionary a must-have....

Merriam-Webster, move over!

Until now, no English dictionary ever found the fun or the fascination in revealing the meanings of letters. One-Letter Words, a Dictionary illuminates the more than 1,000 surprising definitions associated with each letter in the English alphabet. For instance, Conley uncovers seventy-six distinct uses of the letter X, the most versatile, most printed letter in the English language. Using facts, figures, quotations, and etymologies, the author provides a complete and enjoyable understanding of the one-letter word.

Conley teaches us that each letter's many different meanings span multiple subjects, including science—B denotes a blood type and also is a symbol for boron on the periodic table of elements—and history—in the Middle Ages, B was branded on a blasphemer's forehead. With the letter A, he reminds us that A is not only a bra size, but also a musical note.

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Hardcover, 7.2" x 5.6", 272 pages, Signed by Author

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Einstein's Star

Perfect for anyone into virtual reality, Australian Aborigines, global cataclysms, acupuncture, techno music, space colonies, and Antarctica...

Everyone can feel it--something is happening. Or it must have already happened, in the future, and the shock waves have been spreading through time, finally reaching us here in the past. Whatever the case, we are definitely feeling the ripples now. The flow of time itself seems to be speeding up as we ride on the shock wave.

Three friends find themselves huddled inside a holographic way station at the apparent end of time. A brilliant blue-white quasar has appeared in the sky, pulsing in the southern constellation of Sagittarius. This strange attractor appears to be pulling the entire galaxy faster and faster into the body of eternity. The planet Earth and its off-world colony are humming in some sort of deranged expectation. In the blink of a cosmic eye, everything is about to change.

Paperback, 4.2" x 5.9", 225 pages, Signed by Author

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Armchair Time Travel

Perfect for anyone into physics, metaphysics, history, or anyone who talks about how things were "back in the day"...

A how-to manual for anyone who feels trapped in the present as a result of the past.

Synopsis:
When painters make mistakes, they go back and paint over the canvas. When authors make typographical mistakes, they go back and delete the error. When people have been injured by the past, however, they typically say "What's done is done." Clearly, when things in our lives are going wrong, we need tools to correct them. Often the question is not "What went wrong?" but "How do I do something about it?" That's what Armchair Time Travel is all about. It is a practical guide to using specific techniques as tools for correcting mistakes made in the past. Changing the past is a skill, and a skill is something that can be taught and learned.

Mistakes we have made in the past are often the results of complex patterns, situations, relationships, and dynamics, all interconnected and interwoven. Since everything one has ever done in life has led to the present moment, changing the past potentially involves modifying a lifetime of patterns. Yet even though change does not always come easily, change is indeed possible. As this book demonstrates, the past is continually being altered and revised by people who desire to make a difference.

Armchair Time Travel is not a scholarly book. The intent is not to present all of humankind's research on matters of time. Though particular theory and research is woven throughout the material for illustrative purposes, the intent of the book is more to demonstrate how to change the past than why it is possible to do so. This book is not meant to be a blueprint for redesigning the past. The tools outlined within will take the reader up to the gateway of time, but once that threshold is crossed, each person is on his or her own. Each person must determine what is meaningful or important to do, based upon personal experiences, perceptions, and desires.

This book is a hands-on guide to this life change so many people are seeking. It is written in an accessible style, for any reader. It offers grounded, tested, simple procedures along with thorough and detailed discussions of their psychological and philosophical underpinnings.

Paperback, 7.5" x 9.25", 97 pages, Signed by Author

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The Minimalist Coloring Book

The Absence of Coloring Contains All Coloring. —Zen Koan

This coloring book contains images of white things, printed on white paper. Is one to fill in these images with a white crayon? Or is one to let go of the crayon and practice the Taoist concept of wu-wei (actionless action)?

Why color white objects white?

  • White is the absence of color which contains all colors.
  • It's easy to keep within the lines.
  • It helps one to focus on process, not results.
  • It fulfills Zen Master Han-Shan's invitation to "leap the world's ties and sit among the white clouds."
  • It is a rejection of artifice, an unveiling of the void.
  • It is an antidote to art theory.
Why not color white objects white?
  • In Zen terms, the absence of coloring contains all coloring.

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Paperback, 8.5" x 11", 95 pages, Signed by Author

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Puzzling Portmeirion

An unconventional guide to a curious destination...

Portmeirion village is a whimsical seaside tourist destination on the west coast of Wales, attracting 250,000 visitors annually. A retirement project by an eccentric British architect named Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, this “home for fallen buildings” is a fascinating architectural garden for day visitors and an elaborate resort for overnight guests. Portmeirion is famous as the shooting location for the 1960s cult television series “The Prisoner,” starring Patrick McGoohan. Portmeirion is also internationally known for the line of botanical-themed pottery it produces.

Puzzling Portmeirion is an involving, insightful guidebook that explores Sir Clough’s trailblazing experiments in virtual reality, his subtle but powerful time-warping and space-folding tricks, the little-known myths and legends echoing down every footpath, and the myriad restless spirits at play. Eccentric globe-trotters will have their eyes opened, curiosities piqued, intellects tickled, feet motivated, and pens recording the most fascinating entries in their travel diaries, bar none.

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Softcover, 6" x 9", 124 pages, full-color interior, Signed by Author

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Unity Symbols Coloring Book

Perfect for children, parents, teachers, home schoolers, social activists, ambassadors, leaders, organizations, clergy, and symbologists...

With over 60 multi-cultural symbols of unity suitable for coloring, this is a one-of-a-kind educational resource for anyone interested in learning about unity. An annotated table of contents explains the background of each unity symbol.

From the introduction by Dr. Jane M. Hart of The Healing Bridge Project:

"Remember a time, even just a fleeting moment, when you experienced a feeling of oneness with all there is? A time your cells felt thoroughly awake to the earth, the heavens, or the loved one in your arms? Remember that sense of knowing the perfection of it all?

"In those moments, more common than one imagines, the fractured pieces of life unite. Self-consciousness evaporates. Your heart is unbounded, your mind crystal clear, your body light and relaxed, and your soul is wrapped in tranquility. You long to linger in that blessed state forever.

"One may call it transcendence, illumination or a peak experience--an experience quite outside the daily routine. Yet it seems more real and substantial than anything you have known before. Mystics know this as 'unitive consciousness.' Philosophers name it the 'universal logos.' Spiritual masters may liken it to a glimpse of enlightenment. And physicists, such as David Bohm, know it as an expression of the 'holomovement,' the whole of 'all that is'--an unbroken unity always in motion."

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The Collected Lost Meanings of Christmas

For those who know the meaning of Christmas buy can't use it in a sentence...

This delightful compendium features 126 distinct definitions of the Christmas holiday, with literary quotations. This book is the antidote for people who complain that Christmas has become so
commercialized that it is devoid of meaning. The surprising and intriguing entries encourage contemplation and reminiscence. One whimsical example is "Christmas means 'Whiskey': 'Pour a little Christmas in that eggnog, darlin'.' —expression from the American South."

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Softcover, 5" x 8", 135 pages, Signed by Author

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Oracle of the Two-Fold Gods

This is the perfect book for anyone into comparative religion, symbology, spirituality, Tarot, I Ching, and other forms of divination...

This fascinating tool for self-exploration offers powerful insights for any burning questions of life. Oracle of the Two-Fold Gods is a unique system based on ancient wisdom that can still guide our decisions today. Throughout all history and in all cultures, two-fold gods have watched over the crossroads and passages of human life. Looking simultaneously into both past and future, two-fold gods stand as symbols of polarity even as they teach us to integrate the dualism of life and death, spirit and matter, happiness and sorrow, good and evil, wealth and poverty, finite and infinite.

Hardcover, 8.25" x 10.75", 194 pages, Signed by Author

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Magic Archetypes: The Art Behind the Science of Conjuring

A fascinating, enlightening companion for professional illusionists, amateur conjurors, and art lovers intrigued by the power of archetypes...

Stage illusionists and amateur conjurors play out a mythic story, told through the deep symbolism underlying their age-old magic tricks and tools: the top hat, cups and balls, escape trunk, linking rings, white dove and rabbit, wand, handcuffs, restored ropes and papers, multiplying coins, etc. This book explores how magical props, as symbols, point beyond themselves to the larger mystery.

Magic Archetypes is a picto-poetic history of magic predating Robert Houdin’s Scientific School of conjuring, recalling the ancient Mystery School traditions. Told by artists from the 700s - 1600s who were influenced by the iconography of even earlier ages, this history is an initiation into the deeper aspects of magic: the meaning in the art beyond clever trickery, the archetypes at play since time immemorial.

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Softcover, 6.5" x 10.25", 127 pages, Signed by Author

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