Good afternoon

December 7, 2014

good afternoon from soggy downtown Crestline in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains of southern California.  I’ve received several new books to red and review, so as soon as I read them, I will write reviews.  Please stay tuned.  And check out my other blog at tessadick.com and my other other blog at tessadick.blogspot.com

thank you!

thank you, all who follow me

November 3, 2014

Sorry I haven’t posted here in a while.  I have a new blog, also on WordPress, at tessadick.com.

I will try to do more posting here, as time and crotchety computers allow.

January 2, 2013

fascinating tour of ancient cultures through language

Please check out my Zazzle store

September 23, 2012

Gifts for fans of cats and Philip K. Dick. Proceeds will help me keep my home, which is in danger because of taxes.

http://www.zazzle.com/tuffy777

zazzle store

just some of the products in my Zazzle store

Purr!

September 5, 2012

Kitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their HomeKitty Cornered: How Frannie and Five Other Incorrigible Cats Seized Control of Our House and Made It Their Home by Bob Tarte
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While pawing out treats to my furry friends, I quote the oft-repeated line in Kitty Cornered (after telling a cat no to the demand for treats), “while wiping the cat treat dust off my hands”.

It’s always difficult, and often impawssible to refuse a cat anything. They’re purrsistent.

Cats rule my life, but at least I can point to Bob Tarte as a total cat slave, while I still manage to resist some of the more unreasonable demands from my furry task-masters.

This book is hilarious most of the time, sad at times and a great read.

It’s easy to read, so I could have plowed through it in one evening, but I want to savor every delicious word.

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I broke my knee

July 8, 2012

Last Thursday I tripped over a stump in my back yard and broke my knee.  The pain is pretty bad, but the worst part is trying to walk with crutches.  I also have a brace on my left leg.  

So I’m laid up for a while. 

Prayers will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

  ~~~ 

 

My books are now available on Amazon UK and Amazon Europe

May 23, 2012

My books are now available on Amazon UK and Amazon Europe. 

That includes my latest novel The Darkening of the Light

If you live there, it will be much easier to get my books. 

 

Please check it out. 

 

  ~~ Tessa Dick 

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April 24, 2012

ah, a bit of common sense from the originator of the Gaia hypothesis

Climate Nonconformist

The man who devised the pseudoscientific, collectivist theory of a Gaia/superorganism has conceded to being alarmist.

From MSNBC (of all places):

James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and says other environmental commentators, such as Al Gore, were too.

Lovelock, 92, is writing a new book in which he will say climate change is still happening, but not as quickly as he once feared.


He previously painted some of the direst visions of the effects of climate change. In 2006, in an article in the U.K.’s Independent newspaper, he wrote that “before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.”

This is the man…

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My latest interview

April 12, 2012

For fans of science fiction, conspiracy theory or both,

I was interviewed for Examiner:

I have been so blessed lately to be able to interview so many fascinating people. This will be my third interview with Tessa B. Dick. The former two were on my radio show The Church Of Mabus which can be found on the archives there. Our third android waltz together is through the written word and I enjoyed it very much. To learn about the inspiring and strange life of Sci-fi Author Phillip K. Dick . Who inspired such films as Blade Runner and Total Recall and has an epoch of knowledge in his books that have inspired countless others. Presenting Tessa B. Dick on life with Philip K. Dick.

1. So how did you originally meet Philip K. Dick and what was it like when you first met him that you remember?

Continue reading on Examiner.com Robo-Interview with Tessa B. Dick on life with sci-fi author Philip K. Dick – Panama City Paranormal | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/paranormal-in-panama-city/robo-interview-with-tessa-b-dick-on-life-with-sci-fi-author-phillip-k-dick#ixzz1rrD9R7PI

to read more, please click the link below:

http://www.examiner.com/paranormal-in-panama-city/robo-interview-with-tessa-b-dick-on-life-with-sci-fi-author-phillip-k-dick

Allegro’s mushroom

February 10, 2012

My latest effort is about 100 pages of critical analysis of John Allegro’s book The Magic Mushroom and the Cross, a work that fascinated my husband Philip K. Dick, and which formed the basis for a large part of his Exegesis.

Here’s an excerpt:

My husband Philip K. Dick became obsessed with John M. Allegro’s book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, which was first published in 1970, then disappeared amid a storm of controversy and was finally reissued in 2009, more than 20 years after Allegro’s death at age 65 in 1988. The thesis of Allegro’s book is that Christianity had its origin in a cult of mushroom eaters who told the fictional story of Jesus to disguise their recipes for vision-inducing drugs. He goes on to assert that early Christianity was simply one of many fertility cults in the ancient Middle East.

Allegro was part of the original team that worked on the Dead Sea scrolls, until his refusal to fall in line with the orthodox interpretation of the scrolls led the team leader to publicly attack his work and eventually replace him. Any scholar who disagreed with the official “truth” was ridiculed or ignored by the small team of scholars (numbering about half a dozen) who jealously guarded their treasure. For example, the team agreed that the scrolls had been written, and then hidden in caves, by a small Jewish sect known as Essenes, even though a number of scholars have found reason support the idea that the scrolls belonged to observant Jews. The scrolls might even have been secretly removed from the temple at Jerusalem shortly before the Romans captured Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple (Golb, pages 143 and 145-146).

Since only a handful of scholars had access to the scrolls, and they refused to allow other scholars to see them – or even to look at photographs of them – the orthodox interpretation faced few serious challenges until the Huntington Library began making microfilm copies of the scrolls available to all qualified scholars in 1991. Before that time, the team publicly and viciously attacked any scholar who disagreed with their party line.

Soon after the release of the microfilm, Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise rushed their book into print, in which they translated and discussed fifty fragments that they considered important. The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered first saw print in 1992 from Elements Books Limited, and was reprinted by Barnes & Noble in 1994. One of those fragments appears to be a recipe for a magic potion (page 265). “An Amulet Formula Against Evil Spirits” (4Q560) presents a formula of the type that is condemned in the Old Testament and in Apocryphal literature such as the Book of Tobit and the Book of Enoch; moreover,

Josephus considered the magicians, imposters and religious frauds (among whom he would clearly include some of the “prophets and teachers” pictured in Acts) more dangerous even than the revolutionaries. (page 265)

This fragment was not available to Allegro, who died before the Huntington Library released their scrolls collection. He might have made a great deal of the text of this fragment, which describes a ritual of exorcism. In fact, he most likely would have found the name of the sacred mushroom, Amanita muscaria, hidden within the words of the text.
My husband Philip K. Dick became obsessed with John M. Allegro’s book The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross, which was first published in 1970, then disappeared amid a storm of controversy and was finally reissued in 2009, more than 20 years after Allegro’s death at age 65 in 1988. The thesis of Allegro’s book is that Christianity had its origin in a cult of mushroom eaters who told the fictional story of Jesus to disguise their recipes for vision-inducing drugs. He goes on to assert that early Christianity was simply one of many fertility cults in the ancient Middle East.

Allegro was part of the original team that worked on the Dead Sea scrolls, until his refusal to fall in line with the orthodox interpretation of the scrolls led the team leader to publicly attack his work and eventually replace him. Any scholar who disagreed with the official “truth” was ridiculed or ignored by the small team of scholars (numbering about half a dozen) who jealously guarded their treasure. For example, the team agreed that the scrolls had been written, and then hidden in caves, by a small Jewish sect known as Essenes, even though a number of scholars have found reason support the idea that the scrolls belonged to observant Jews. The scrolls might even have been secretly removed from the temple at Jerusalem shortly before the Romans captured Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple (Golb, pages 143 and 145-146).

Since only a handful of scholars had access to the scrolls, and they refused to allow other scholars to see them – or even to look at photographs of them – the orthodox interpretation faced few serious challenges until the Huntington Library began making microfilm copies of the scrolls available to all qualified scholars in 1991. Before that time, the team publicly and viciously attacked any scholar who disagreed with their party line.

Soon after the release of the microfilm, Robert Eisenman and Michael Wise rushed their book into print, in which they translated and discussed fifty fragments that they considered important. The Dead Sea Scrolls Uncovered first saw print in 1992 from Elements Books Limited, and was reprinted by Barnes & Noble in 1994. One of those fragments appears to be a recipe for a magic potion (page 265). “An Amulet Formula Against Evil Spirits” (4Q560) presents a formula of the type that is condemned in the Old Testament and in Apocryphal literature such as the Book of Tobit and the Book of Enoch; moreover,

Josephus considered the magicians, imposters and religious frauds (among whom he would clearly include some of the “prophets and teachers” pictured in Acts) more dangerous even than the revolutionaries. (page 265)

This fragment was not available to Allegro, who died before the Huntington Library released their scrolls collection. He might have made a great deal of the text of this fragment, which describes a ritual of exorcism. In fact, he most likely would have found the name of the sacred mushroom, Amanita muscaria, hidden within the words of the text.

The entire work is available from Amazon Kindle, and with their free software downloads at Amazon, you can read it on a Mac, PC, smart phone or even on a Kindle!

http://www.amazon.com/Allegros-Mushroom-ebook/dp/B0070PV8QI/ref=sr_1_20?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328910583&sr=1-20