The Colgate Scene
January 2001
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Papaya Myths cover Papaya Myths
By Kimberly Scott '83, Writers Club Press, iUniverse.com Inc., Lincoln, NE, 2000. 290 pp.

"Kimberly Scott has found a way to take a little science fiction, a bit of mystery and suspense and a tale of lives past and combine them into a narrative that flows like a river through deep, quiet pools into deadly white water. Dive in at first chance," urges reviewer Lisa DuMond.

     Written during a break from Scott's career in publishing, Papaya Myths is "the combination of the secrets from the past and the unknown menace of the present."


Comprehending Coincidence: Synchronicity and Personal Transformation
By Craig S. Bell '65, Swedenborg Foundation Publishers/Chrysalis Books, West Chester, PA, 2000. 212 pp.

Coincidences, like dreams, can be analyzed; their symbolic meanings can be used to effectively guide us on our developmental path. Craig Bell, airline pilot and writer, provides a flight plan for unique and practical ways to use coincidence for personal transformation, offering a few reliable rules that bring symbol analysis within the reach of almost everyone.

     Bell describes two types of coincidences: mirror coincidences and directional coincidences. Mirror coincidences reflect a mental focus that is intensified with energy: a person gripped by a great concern or burning desire may observe a coincidence that directly mirrors his or her heightened desire. In other words, a charged psychological complex can precipitate the appearance of coincidence.

     Directional coincidences are more associated with an open receptivity to guidance from an all-knowing supra-consciousness, rather than from our own limited awareness or desire; and they can give guidance for contentment and fulfillment appropriate to our own developmental path. Directional coincidences -- their importance, their meaning and their effective use for self-help -- are the primary focus of this book. Close to fifty actual coincidences, both mirror and directional, are analyzed to reveal how they function and how their guidance may be employed.

     Comprehending Coincidence incorporates strong elements of psychology, spirituality and metaphysics to explain how our psychological world may structure itself to provide meaningful coincidences. Bell's premise is that all coincidences are meaningful, and the foundation of his message is based on mysticism's recognition, shared by quantum mechanics, that all phenomena are components of one integrated interactive whole. The conclusion of quantum physics, and of Eastern philosophies before it, is that the source and stuff of reality, of all creation, is consciousness. Supreme consciousness is the metaphysical basis of coincidences. These mysteriously meaningful coincidences are arranged by the power of absolute consciousness, which, in fact, creates our entire world.

     Bell began his 25-year-long investigation of the meaning of coincidences while he was an Air Force pilot in the Vietnam War. His interest in coincidences evolved from his success in analyzing dreams, a product of his undergraduate studies in psychology. Bell is also the author of Dreams: Answers about Yourself (Persona Books, 1975)

The Girls' Club cover The Girls' Club
By David Platt '52, 1st Books Library (www.1stbooks.com), Bloomington, IN, 2000. 301 pp.

Bangkok, sin capital of the world. Five blond teenage daughters of American Far East military personnel and one petite Army wife have been abducted, including Diana, the daughter of JUSMAGTHAI's Commanding Officer, General Holt. The suspected reason: forced to serve as high-level prostitutes in an exclusive and secret sex club.

     Luke Morgan, a Napa Valley P.I. and an Army Reserve lt. colonel, is ordered to Bangkok and given the near-impossible task of finding the missing girls. He is paired with a Native American sergeant major working undercover for the U.S. Embassy.

     The trail leads from the fleshpots of the infamous Patpong district and a man called the Pope, to a red-herring confrontation in Japan, followed by a spectacular hotel bombing; to a certain jewelry store, and then to the club itself, where Luke meets with more frustration in his quest and almost loses his life.

     A breakthrough finally points them to an out-of-town warehouse, where Luke and the sergeant major engineer a daring rescue of the girls and, in an explosive ending, take down the individual behind the entire operation.

     The Girls' Club can be ordered from lstbooks.com as an e-book, or as a print on-demand softcover edition from the same source.

     Platt is a retired advertising executive who has embarked on a second career writing action/adventure novels.



The Resolutions, 2000

Resolutions CD cover Colgate's coed a cappella group has another first-rate collection of covers that are the staples of its live performances. Works by Tori Amos, The Police, U2, Annie Lennox and ABBA all get the Resolution treatment -- lovely solos, terrific harmonies and vocal percussion and hijinks. Energetic and fresh, this is an album that celebrates singing.

     CDs may be ordered through student activities (315-228-7327) or at resolutions@mail.colgate.edu.


White Water Depot
By Marc Black '71 (www.marcblack.com), Suma Records, 2000.

White Water Depot CD cover Marc Black has created an album of many angles and moods on White Water Depot. Black is a poet whose perspective ranges from anger with the corporate world in "Out Windows" ("Raped by desire controlled by cash") to loving." "Wheel inna Wheel" is a reflection on his son's bar mitzvah ("This path of love stretches 5,000 miles to you"). His optimism shines through "Wedding Song" (We are born, in a world worn, yet so full of dreams").

     Black is also a hipster storyteller, and the tales can be as simple as the band setting up to play or as complicated as who claims the streets. White Water Depot is a joyous work, with Black's voice and guitar subtly augmented by producer and keyboardist Warren Bernhardt and guests including vocalist Amy Fradon, Eric Weisberg playing ukulele and Hebrew chanting from Zoe Zak.

     CDs may be ordered at cdbaby.com/marcblack.

Clearing Away Clouds cover Clearing Away Clouds: Nine Lessons for Life from the Martial Arts
By Stephen Fabian '78, Weatherhill, Inc., New York, 2000.

The first foreigner ever to win the gold medal in the All-Japan Toyama Ryu swordsmanship competition, Stephen Fabian is the U.S. Branch Head of the Hontai Yoshin Ryu system and senior advisor to the International Shudokan Martial Arts Association, as well as professor of anthropology at North Central College in Illinois. In this edifying and inspiring personal account, Fabian's background in anthropology and his scholarly knowledge of Zen Buddhism and Japanese culture are brought to bear on more than two decades of training in Asian martial arts. The result is an illuminating and often entertaining presentation of nine key lessons for mastering life and self. Although each lesson is gleaned from a discrete phase in the author's life experience or martial career, taken together they form a coherent, step-by-step program for personal mastery and success in life, one that can be understood and embraced by all, even those with no interest in the martial arts.


Ashford
By James R. Moore '50, 1stBooks Library (www.1stbooks.com), Bloomington, IN, 2000. 258 pp.

in and its resulting guilt shape the story of Timothy Jordan, a young schoolmaster who graduates from Colgate to teach at Ashford, a fictional southwest Massachusetts boarding school conducted by Catholic laymen.

     While returning to school from his mother's funeral in upstate New York in 1963, Jordan reminisces about selected events of his childhood, high school and college years. He also recalls the drama of his first 14 months at Ashford. During those initial months of teaching, he is seduced by the headmaster's wife, falls in love with the school nurse, teaches English and coaches football and baseball successfully, only to have it all collapse during a polio epidemic at school.

     By the time he returns from the funeral, Jordan has finally seen his life all as one -- his guilt nearly expiated, his dues over the nine years paid -- and he is at last ready to move on.

     Author Moore's education began in a one-room schoolhouse near Cazenovia, N.Y. He majored in English at Colgate and played varsity baseball. After completing graduate school at Columbia, he taught and coached at Canterbury School and later LaLumiere School. He was the headmaster of the Berkshire School from 1979 to 1994 when he moved to Vermont.

     Ashford is available in hardback and paperback through 1stBooks Library. An electronic version is available from 1stBooks.com for immediate download.

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