Bigfoot or Sasquatch sightings have been reported for more than 400 years, and there are two camps of thought on the creature. Some people are fervent believers, while others think it's nothing more than a hoax. You'll be interested to know there is a research group exclusively devoted to the study of Bigfoot. They are known as The Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, or BFRO.
BFRO maintains a website at www.bfro.net, which contains all kinds of information on Bigfoot. Once there, you'll find sections on frequently asked questions about the Bigfoot/Sasquatch mystery, early American legends, theories, evidence (or lack thereof), research and projects, news and a Bigfoot sightings database. You can report a sighting, learn about the group's next expedition (central Florida, in February), and read why they believe the creature is not a hoax. Make up your mind after visiting the site. It sure makes you think and maybe you won't be able to decide after all.
Chris Ryan was a member of the Special Forces unit of the British Army for 10 years. During the Gulf war, he was the only one of an eight-man team to escape from Iraq. From that experience he has written a novel called "Ultimate Weapon." Main character Nick Scott, an SAS member, is left a broken man after being captured and tortured during the Gulf War. His daughter, Sarah, is a brilliant scientist at Cambridge University who has discovered the secret of cold fusion. Her boyfriend, Jed Bradley, is a tough soldier in the SAS. When Sarah disappears, Nick and Jed, who have never liked each other, must band together to rescue Sarah is this heart-stopping adventure.
Pizza lovers will want to try all the pizzas in Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough's book. "Pizza: Grill It, Bake It, Love It!" allows you to use homemade dough, pre-baked crust or store-bought dough. Recipes for eight crusts and three different sauces provide plenty of variation. And whether you bake it or grill it, there are some unique new flavors for you to experience. Try Philly cheesesteak pizza, pot pie pizza, Thai chicken pizza and even a BLT pizza. Ninety recipes will keep you busy for a long time.
Alicia Black Sullivan is a shopaholic. She likes the good life and feels she's entitled to the very best. Her husband, Phillip, is the assistant pastor of her father's church, and they don't have thousands upon thousands of dollars for her to spend. "The Best of Everything" by Kimberla Roby finds Alicia out of control with her shopping and her husband wondering if he should have married her. Will they be able to work this out?
Learn how your personality can help you make a positive contribution in your work. Using a popular personality test, psychologist Gregory Huszczo shows how to use your personality profile to make a difference. Your personality influences your behavior and interactions and by using the exercises given in "Making a Difference by Being Yourself" you'll learn how to use your strengths to their fullest potential.
Harry Sterling is making a new start in Florida after his failed marriage, the death of his brother and loss of his job. He lands a teaching post at a small college, and once there, he hears a rumor about physicist Charles Ziegart, who supposedly stole his discovery in electrical conductivity from a student. Harry's first love is reporting and he's on it in "The Fortune Teller's Daughter" by Lila Shaara. His investigation leads him to all sorts of colorful people and he discovers shocking secrets that have been buried for years, which put him in danger.
Joseph Garland fought in the 45th Infantry Division during World War II. He kept notebooks throughout the war and started to write his memoir in the 1970s, but the aftereffects still plagued him. He tracked down 20 of his old buddies and learned that most of them had never spoken of the war because of its horrors. They talked to Joe and their stories grew into a collective memoir, 65 years in the making. "Unknown Soldiers" contains recollections and eyewitness accounts of the war, some never before known. History buffs won't want to miss this book
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Marie Bruni is director of Huntington Memorial Library in Oneonta. Her column appears in the community section of The Daily Star every Thursday.