Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday, September 1, 1973 THE IETHRRIDGE HIRALD A collection of brief book reviews The Voice Of One "Recipes for Healthier Chil- dren" by Edith Redman, (D. C. Heath Canada Ltd., 168 When so many of today's cost- ly foods are nutritionally bare, any mother interested in the health of her children will find this book of invaluable help. With the present trent toward natural foods the numerous mouth watering recipes includ- ed will tempt the palate of even the most sophisticated adult as well as that of a child. A brown rice casserole topped with al- monds and sesame seeds is es- pecially tasty. Have you heard of nutritious candies? You'll find such recipes here. The book starts out with facts about nutrition during preg- nancy, baby's first foods and leads up to foods, for the grow- ing child. An added bonus are seme home remedies and gen- eral helps. Time tested by the author's own children, the chemically free foods cooked with care and imagination can provide a delightful culinary experience for your own family. In the words of Graham Kerr, "It is entirely possible that the contents of this book can have a dramatic effect upon your own life as well as your children's." SLSIE MORSIS "How To Live In The Woods On Pennies A Day" by Bradford Angier (George J. McLeod Limited, 190 pages, paperback A truly useful volume for the enthusiast. Chapters deal with getting started, including all the paraphernalia needed and var- ious countries to visit. In addi- tion there is a chapter on how to build your own log cabin from peenng and seasoning the Jogs to caulking and chinking the cracks. A list of essential equipment is given along with the names and addresses of the firms where you can purchase them. So. take this book and get away from it all! ANNE SZALAVARY "The First Cowboys and Those Who Followed" by Charles Zurhorst (Longman Canada Ltd., S9.75. 150 The author has spent a great deal of time researching the origin of the word "cowboy" and devotes a great portion of the book to this research. To sum. up his findings in one or .wo sentences would do him a great injustice, so if you're that interested read it for yourself. The section of the book I ound most enjoyable was that containing the short sketches of many of the builders, cowboys, tieroes, rodeo cowboys and per- sonalities who populated the west then and now. Men like Will Rogers, Bill Linderman, Jral Zumwalt, Charlie Russell and Buffalo Bill Cody are chron- -cled in the book, honoring them as men of that lusty breed, "the :owboy.'' I would have liked to have een men like Frederick Rem- ington dealt with in detail in- stead of being just a name isted in the back. And John Ware, should not have been eft out completely. It's a different type of book, jut it's interesting. GARRY ALLISON "Conquest Before Antumn" by Matthew Eden (Longman Canada Ltd., 186 pages) The scene: London, England, rhe atmosphere: tense but hope- ul as delegates prepare plans or a Russian French-Ameri- :an nuclear limitation confer- ence. Enter a former U.S. defence secretary, since his resignation mown as a nice guy but some- what free and easy with women other than his wife. The defence secretary is, of .'purse, kidnapped by the Rus- jians in an attempt to squeeze 'ital information from him on J.S. nuclear policy. The Americans retaliate by ddnapping the Russian defence minister. An exchange is made. Everybody except the reader goes home happy. HERB LEGG "The Campus Survival Cookbook" by Jacqueline Wood and Joelyn Scott Gil- christ (William Morrow and Company, Inc., 160 pages. distributed by George J. McLeod, Although this excellent, cook- DOok is designed to provide nu- i-itious, easy meal prepara- :ions for students it is a gem 'or any busy housewife inter- jstcd in providing quickie meals offering variety and balanced nourishment. The step-by-step method of Jutting meals together, lining up ingredients, is particularly lelpful and sure to save hun- dreds of steps, messy counters, .he unnecessary use of innum- srabls extra bowls, saucepans and utensils. The recommended use of a heavy skillet for so m.-iny dishes, even for cake taking, is sure to simplify lousekeeping. The preparation of the grocey list, use of left-overs and the many useful hints listed as "chatter" eliminates many of the time-consuming jobs which bog down cooks. Such handy hints as "see that your oven door is though ap- pearing superfluous to kitchen veterans is a very necessary reminder to young people set- ting up their own apartments on or off campus. The exam weak specials are a delight. Mothers, anxious their off- spring retain good health while batching their way through col- lege and university should make certain a copy of this valuable cookbook is tucked in their suit- case. CHRIS STEWART "The Bird of Promise" by Gregory Clark (McClelland and Stewart, S8.95, 200 What a grand story-teller Gregory Clark is! These 33 stories have all appeared in Weekend Magazine in the past three or four years and although I had read most of them there I read them all again with as much pleasure as came with the first reading. One or two of the stories have a touch of polemic, a few carry a note of pathos, but the major- ity are delightfully humorous. All the stories have the ring of reality. They have probably been garnished a bit, which is likely what Gregory Clark means when he says they are "sort of true." Here is a book to buy for friends on all sorts of occa- sions. DOUG WALKER "The Undertaker Wind" by Whit Masterson (Dodd, Mead Company The sheriff of Mescalero County is killed by a young hippie and it looks like a clear case of justifiable self defence. When a visiting journalist starts probing and asking questions he discovers that the supposedly simple killing is really part of a complex conspiracy. Readers of mystery stories should enjoy this intriguing tale by Whit Masterson. The story moves at a good pace and the author maintains the suspense right to the surprising conclu- sion. Recommended. TERRY MORRIS "Margo Olivet- Weeke n d Magazine Menu by Margo Oliver. (The Mon- treal Standard Publishing Co. Ltd., Regular edition with stain-resistant cover I gained ten pounds simply by reading this book and gazing at the mouth-watering full- color illustrations of Charlie King, Frank Prazak and Julius Szelie. This is the second recipe book published by Weekend Maga- zine's food editor, who says she "believes that one of the nicest things a woman can do for a man is to feed him well." While the 500 or so recipes are easy to follow and instructions explicit, many of the meals ap- pear to be somewhat of a tour de force which would discour- age any but the hardiest cook, who is prepared to spend much time and effort on her art. Contents range from the first meal through the little meal the big meal to the unmeal, which covers the many times food or drinks are served out- side regular mealtimes. The first menu listed in the "little meal" section, is Rus- sian salad, university health bread and poires Helene with chocolate syrup. Another fea- tures curried eggs on aspara- gus, cantaloup and avocado salad, honey citrus dressing and whipped cream cake. Yet another calls for scallop bake. French sandwiches, marinated tomatoes and pineapple Alas- ka. All of which smack of affec- tation and an unbelievable amount of calories for anything less than the main meal of the day. Seasoned cooks or confident beginners will find this a splen- did book. The novice already laboring under a sense of culin- ary insecurity should be wary. MAUREEN JAMTESON "Who Wakes The Ground- by Ronald Rood (George J. McLeod 206 pages, Naturalist Ronald Rood weaves together a happy ac- count of the natural life cycles of insects, birds, animal and plant life. He points out with interesting detail the varying habits of each species during the seasons and also how each is tuned to the sound of a differ- ent drummer in lives. According to entomologists, If there was no balance in nature, a pair of houseflys could re- produce enough progeny to cover every continent on the earth to a depth of 47 feet within a year. ANNE SZALAVARY "Discovery of the Past: A survey of the science that dis- covers lost worlds" by Rhoda A. Hendricks (Doubleday, 265 In view of the constant ad- vance being made in the science ol archaeology, as well as dis- covery of new sites, any book attempting a survey in this field requires periodic revision. This book is a revised edition of Archaeology Made Simple. Anyone who has done some reading about archaeology is apt to find this book too simple and perhaps superficial. It is certainly comprehensive and adequate in its treatment but the information will be familiar and unexciting to most of those interested in archaeology. The merit cf the book is that it gath- ers much of the pertinent in- formation about archaeology in- to a single volume and will sene as a good handbook and rererence work. Unfortunately there is noth- ing about the archaeological discoveries in the Orient and to devote 70 pages to Greece but only 20 to Egypt while bypass- ing Palestine with only a men- tion of the Dead Sea Scrolls unbalanced. What is covered is accompanied by many drawings and photo- graphs. DOUG WALKER -By. DR. FRANK S. MORLEY A forest frame Photo by Harry Meufeld The way the system operates "Castrated My Eight Months in by Ralph Ginzburg (Avant-Garde Books. 35 pages, S3.5G, distributed by George J. McLeod Ralph Ginzburg succeeds in packing a great deal of mater- ial into a very short book most of it dealing with a de- scription of prison life, not from the viewpoint of sociologists and instant experts, but from the eyes and ears and emotions of a man who spent eight months inside an American government prison farm. Ginzburg was jailed in Febru- ary. 1972 after a 10-year court battle over a publication which he launched "to tell the truth about sex." Those people who want some information on the details of government censorship of Eros will have to go to another source. But for those who want to know what prisoners think of the institutions we maintain to keep the streets and book- stands safe and pure, the book is an admirable source. "I began to fall into the rythms of prison life. I became as the pris- oners say. No one who has not undergone this complete psy- chic castration can possibly un- derstand its horror. Every last vestige of a man's individuality and independence is stripped from him the author states. He also condemns the parole system, calling it the most effi- cient instrument of the prison system. Its promise becomes the means to enslave the in- mates, keeping them on their best behavior in order not to jeopardize their chances of some day getting out. At a time when Canadians are agonizing over the "laxity" of our penitentiaries, Ginz- burg's statements will provide us with information on which we can better decide how to handle those people who refuse to-conform to the way the sys- tem operates. And in addition, it points out how the courts and the entire judicial framework can be used in an arbitrary fashion to re- press those viewpoints which the state, and not the people, find offensive. WARREN CARAGATA Punishment: profitable business "Open Prison: Saving Their Lives and Our Money" by Sol Chaneles (The Dial Press, 205 pages, distributed by Fitzhenry and Except for a small number of violent offenders, confine- ment in prison is both unneces- sary and undesirable, in the opinion of Sol Chaneles. This liew is gaining ground among those who take a special inter- est in penology but not among the general populace to whom politicians give heed. Sol Chaneles was a member of the U.S. President's Task Force on Prisoner Rehabilita- tion and a consultant for the New York State Governor's Special Committee on Criminal Offenders. He writes passion- ately about the wrong headed- ness of much that is character- istic of the U.S. (and Canadian) system of dealing with offend- ers. The main reason prisons aren't abandoned as a way of dealing with people with prob- lems is that too many people are dependant upon them for their livelihood: architects, con- tractors, suppliers, real estate salesmen, staff. "Punishment is a highly profitable business in says Chaneles. But it is also a costly and waste- tul business wasteful of lives and of taxpayer's money. In emptying prisons Chaneles would begin by removing those who have commited victimless offences. There should be no criminal laws for homosexual- ity, drug addiction, prostitution, vagrancy, and so on. Of the re- mainder thoce who are rof gcrous should be helped to get jobs or acquire an educa- tion and remain in society under certain conditions. There is an aura of utooian- ism about some of this bonk and it is poorly organized so that the reader is left without a feel- ing that the argument pro- gresses from A to the c'scredited prison sjitem to its alternatives. This is too bad because Chaneles has some good tilings to say on a vital subject. DOUG WALKER New roads to salvation "The Salvation Tree" by John Killinger (Harper and Row, S6.25, 169 pages, distri- buted by Fitzhenry and "Life is too diverse, and sal- vation too complicated, to be reduced to a formula" such as the old-time Christian preach- ers used to offer to their con- gregations, says John Killinger. Consequently many people are looking elsewhere for salvation. This book "is intended as a kind of overview of some of the thinking about salvation that is going on among those for whom belief is no longer easy, simple, or black and white." Following two chapters on salvation in the Bible and through 20 centuries of the Christian era, which are not es- pecially striking, the author then looks at several contempo- rary substitute forms of finding salvation. He looks at the ac- quisition of knowledge; technol- ogy and control of life; group experience; sensuousness; rev- olutionism; and ends with the theology of hope which has a large following among Chris- tians. In each instance the au- thor examines the substitute sympathetically but not uncriti- cally. This is not an outstanding book but it is worth reading just to get a quick survey of the main directions in which peo- ple are looking for salvation. There ore an unusually large number of typographical errors in the book which do not hurt the text but must cause some pain to the publisher. DOUG WALKER Best wishes for a happy birthday It is hard to wish a happy birthday to the World Council of Churches as it cele- brates its 2oih year since 1948. It held so many fond dreams. A child commented to his parent as a car smashed through an oil puddle, "There'b another rainbow gone So it seems with the WCC. About 15 years ago I met Emil Brunner in Zur- ich who bitterly criticized the council on the grounds that it had lost its evangelical and missionary spirit, becoming bureau- cratic and ecclesiastical, and also had tak- en in the Russian Orthodox Church which would be a sort of spying centre for the government. Christianity Today in its Aug- ust 10 issue repeats the iirst criticism con- tending that the council now concentrates on scciaJ and political lioeration, losing touch with the world-wide movement of biblical evangelism. The WCC is shrinking not only in spirit, but in numbers, says the journal, representing fewer and fewer Christians. Wnat a tragedy if this be true! The late great Archbishop of Canterbury, William Temple, called the World Council "the great new fact of our time." He was ecstat- ic, as if God had deliberately designed it tor these frighuul days. I thought that when we met at Princeton under the chairman- ship of Foster Dulles, soon to be the Am- erican secretary of state for foreign af- fairs. The war was on, but here were men and women from most of the warring na- tions Germans, Japanese, Americans, French, British in as close a brother- hood as is possible on this imperfect earth. From that time on a group of us invested our time, abilities, and resources to fur- thering what we profoundly believed to be the work of Jesus Christ, the cause of the Holy Catholic Church. Alas, it was taken up by the bureaucracy and the pioneers of the cause were forgotten, but they believed joyfully that they had achieved a great vic- tory under the power of the Holy Spirit. It was not the belief of the founders that they had achieved a "church of tfw low- est common or that the per- sonalities of the member churches wera blurred. Thomas Masaryk, later first pres- ident of the Czech Republic, asked a lead- er, "Is the desire for Christian unity result of a deepening or a shallowing of the religious He replied sincerely that it indicated a deepening, as well as a sense of responsibility of the church for civilization. Representing 170 communions in 48 countries, the council demonstrated to mankind the reality of family in Christ It did another thing. Arnold Toynbee de- clared that a world-wide political and so- cial unity is far more urgently needed for the salvation of mankind in this atomic age than it ever has been in the past. The World Council believed that it was chang- ing the atmosphere of the world to make such unity possible. Undoubtedly it made a vast contribution to this end. Its primary purpose, however, was not political or so- cial, but the evangelization of the world. It was also recognized that the unity of tha churches could not be but must be recognized and realized. It is a that this glorious ecu- menical movement got into the hands of professional "ecumaniacs" running from one meeting and one country to another. For them the number of meetings and hours of air travel constituted the measure of success. Nevertheless certain things re- main. Walls have fallen and the central truths of faith have risen like mountains. Falsehoods of history have been demolish- ed. Also there is a conviction that unless the church is as broad as human need, it is too narrow for the love of God. Much has been lest in the desert sands, but much remains. The church caught a vision and it will never die. RUSSELL BAKER Wearing the pants NEW YORK A New York department store is selling well-worn blue jeans for a pair, about or more than the price of new, unworn blue jeans. Here is wealth to stagger the mind of Croesus. A nation so rich it will pay others to wear out its pants for it. Why? Looking poor is high fashion among the rich this year. College men of the 1940s sought to look shabbily elegant; their sons want elegant s.iabbiness. They will pay and pay and whatever it costs, to look poor. Should a man be obliged to wear out his own pants? Certainly not. If a man be in college he already has worked enough. Secondly, wearing brand new unworn- out blue jean? be embarrassing to anyone, in college or out, who has social position on his mind. If. for instance, Jim Jones aims to look the very paragon of poverty when he steps out, he certainly doesn't want to expose himself as a man who can afford new pants. If. on the other hand, Jones Is a sweD (likes to be seen tooling around the fratern- ity house in a Maserati, and so he doesn't want friends thinking he ean'f af- ford to pay people to wear out his pants for him. Third: One has a glimpse of possible national economic recovery lurking in high markup used pants. New jobs for people willing to work at wearing out jeans. A brand new union The Amalgamated Brotherhood of New Pants Softeners, Fad- ers and Frazzlers. And what about those new psychological testing laboratories that will spring into ex- istence? A vast, multinational pants-wear- ing corporation cannot afford to hire just anybody to wear out blue jeans. This thing could be tremendous. Not Hie greatest thing since creation admittedly, but big, very big. Think of the personnel men coming off the unemp'oyment rolls. "What makes you think you can be a pants-wearer-outer, Tracy, just because you've got 52 years on the police force behind All applicants will need letters of ref- erence, of course. These will have to be filled. A boom for the file cabinet industry. File-clerk emplo3'mem on the upswing. A bull market in stationery and ink as letter-of-reference production hits an all- time high. Demand for more secretaries to type the rising tide of letters of reference driving secretarial salaries higher than a rich kid with his first pair of worn-out blue jeans. On second thought, why not the greatest thing since creation? Look at quality con- trol. Rich people laying out heavy cash for shabby pants want those pants to look shabby all over. None of your unfaded patches of new bJue left on the thigh seams. America's colleges will have to grind out more and more quality-control experts. PhDs in jeans erosion. Research fellows in the frayed fly. College enrolment up. More professors on the payroll. In America's laboratories, meanwhile what? Frantic research to develop instant worn- out pants in an aerosol can. America faces the challenge. President Nixon on TV. Flag beliind him. Can U.S. beat Godless Communism to the discovery of the secret of the atomic pants erosion bomb? Government would have to step in, nat- urally. Take control. Crash project. Every- thing top secret. New jobs for armies of bureaucrats, thousands of specially train- ed "top secret'' stampers, security police to watch for leaks. A multi-billion-dollar boost in the budget. Never mind. No cost too high. Unless America wins the race for poor pants, becomes No. 1 in used jeans, the lower halves of all the rich kids in America will end up in foreign fabric. America, after struggling for so long to win the hearts and minds of free men everywhere, will end by losing the bottoms of her own chil- dren to alien textiles. No time for filing By Dong Walker My heart went out, to Blake Anderson when I walked up to the door of his new home and saw one side of a planter affair leaning away from the step. It was obvious- ly a "fixing" situation even to my unprac- tised eye. 1 decided- on the spot that I should rush out some propaganda in his behalf. There is no need of Blake having to feel pmsreiirn from all the fixing types in the congrega- tion or in bis neighborhood. Blake should just leave the thing alone and let it collapse in its own good time. It could be the basis of a scientific study for his children; they could keep tab on how long it takes for the law of gravity to do its work or they could calculate the pressure exerted by weeds growing in the dirt accumulated in the crack. Anyway if a minister is going to serve his congregation properly he hasn't time for fixing things around home.