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My Story  Detroit: From Industrial Giant to Empty Landscape
 It's 1967 and my wedding party was a riot.

See MORE PICTURES of sights along Woodward Avenue.

See Detroit: Remembering My Days as an ADC Worker
  And How a Teeming Neighborhood Turned into Empty Countryside

See Abandoned Detroit: Empty Houses That Used to be Homes
  Detroit has thousands of abandoned homes throughout the city

Detroit's abandoned
   Packard Plant

Detroit's abandoned
   Fisher Body Plant

See Detroit: Revisiting the Site of the 1967 Riot

See Detroit's Abandoned Neighborhoods

See Touring the D: More abandonment

See Detroit's Segregation Past

See Abandoned Schools in Detroit

See The Heidelberg Project
  Detroit Discards Become Unique Urban Art

INDEX TO Detroit Photo Essays
MY DETROIT Photos on Flickr

Published By
The Seeker Books

A Guide to Post-Industrial Detroit:
Unconventional Tours of an Urban Landscape

Available from and Google Play.

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Detroit's Spectacular Ruin:
The Packard Plant

Illustrated with 240 photos
more on Packard

Available from and Google Play.

Who Invented
Personal Computing?

   Priming the Pump:
How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution

  by David & Theresa Welsh
  The hidden history
  of personal computing.

Although people persist in crediting Apple or IBM with inventing personal computing, the idea was in the ether much earlier. In the early 1970s, electronic hobbyists began tinkering with the new microchips and this spawned a modest business in mail-order computer kits. Hand-built, these computers required patience, skill, and a burning desire to learn arcane programming techniques.

Access to personal computing took a giant leap forward with the introduction of the TRS-80 Model I in August 1977. It was the first completely assembled, off-the-shelf microcomputer, available to anyone for $599.95 through 3500 Radio Shack stores nationwide.

My husband David Welsh was one of those hobbyists-turned-programmers. He created a word processor, Lazy Writer, which we sold worldwide; it had many enthusiastic fans who were eager to throw away their typewriters.

David and I wrote this book because no one else has told the story of these years. We interviewed legendary pioneers who told us amazing tales. This book, with over 100 illustrations and a complete Index, is their stories and our story.
  ~ Theresa Welsh

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     Tara: Initiate of Heliopolis  

by Theresa Welsh

Now available as an eBook

What if a modern girl were sent back in time to Cleopatra's Egypt to become an initiate in the temple? Believed to be a prophet because she knows the future, she only wants to go home. Can she change history?

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The Missing Jewelry:

A short story from Roman Pompeii

   by Theresa Welsh

  Read it online

My favorite cause:
Health Care Reform

What's Wrong With American Health Care?
My Impassioned Rant

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The Gods of Eden

    by William Bramley

Have alien "gods" been manipulating humans into warring with each throughout human history?

I first read The Gods of Eden some years back and it made an impression on me as being a bit different from other alternate history works. Recently I decided to read the whole book again, and this time I realized I had not fully appreciated the high level of research as well as the originality of this book which has since become a classic.

This is not just another "ancient astronauts" sensational work. William Bramley had taken on a serious search when, over twenty years ago, he sought an answer to this question: What is the reason mankind is constantly at war? He says he thought it would come down to human greed, which arises from the perception that SOMEONE benefits from wars. But as he took a long exploration through human history (consulting many sources), he found something surprising. He found the presence of UFOs.

Read the whole review.

Photo Essay - The Depopulating of Detroit


by Theresa Welsh

For two years, I drove Woodward Avenue on my way to work in the New Center area of Detroit. Woodward Avenue is the main street into downtown Detroit, and its many historic buildings have given it a federal designation as a "Scenic Byway."

Sadly, most of the scenery was boarded-up buildings and empty lots.

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Read my reviews of books about Detroit.

 Autobiography of Mayor Coleman Young

 Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle   (about the 1923 Ossian Sweet case)

 Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff.

 The Algiers Motel Incident by John Hersey  (during the 1967 riot)

 Made in Detroit by Paul Clemens  (by the son of a Detroit cop)

   Old and New Spiritual Classics

Books that explain and examine our spiritual traditions and challenge us to take our own spiritual journey

Messages: Signs, Visits and Premonitions From Loved Ones Lost on 9/11
by Bonnie McEneaney

Friends and families of 9/11 victims share their stories with Bonnie McEneany, whose husband Eamon died on 9/11. Their intensely personal experiences of contact are to them real proof that their loved ones continue to exist.

Fringe Dweller on the Night Shift by Monica Holy
Go astral traveling with the author as she spends her nights rescuing souls.

Spiritual Enlightenment: The Damndest Thing by Jed McKenna
A maverick tale of how to "wake up" spiritually by a self-described (and mysterious) enlightened human being.

The Messengers by F.C. Xavier
An afterlife journey told by spirit Andre Luiz through Brazilian medium Francisco Xavier

Supernatural by Graham Hancock
Hancock explores the origins of religious beliefs by examining early use of hallucinogenic drugs.

Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
This classic book is the story of Yogananda's coming to America to bring yoga and Eastern ideas to a generation knowing nothing of its spiritual precepts; his story is full of amazing spiritual feats, such as being in two places at once.

Letters From the Other Side by Helen and Harry
This book of letters were written during the World War I era by two spirits, brother and sister, whose messages came through the automatic handwriting of a blind living sister

The Spirits Book by Alan Kardec
This book, written in 1876, is the basis of the beliefs of Spiritists; the book contains answers to the big questions as given to Allan Kardec by advanced spirits. This article also examines three other books about spirit.

Is there evidence for the afterlife?
Does evidence exist that our consciousness survives death? Here are four books that tackle this topic, and are worth reading.

Who is Edgar Cayce?
Edgar Cayce became known as "the sleeping prophet" because he provided information to people seeking his help after putting himself in a trance. This modest man, who died in 1945, gave "life readings" to people in which he told them of past lives, often lives in ancient Atlantis. Many books tell his story; here are some of the best ones.

   Questioning Christianity

Why christianity Must Change or Die by John Shelby Spong
Does the standard Christian theology that has come to us from the Middle Ages still make sense? Haven't we learned more about the history of the times from when Jesus walked the earth, and haven't we gained maturity since then? Bishop Spong challenges some long-held beliefs about what it means to be a Christian.

The Templar Revelation by Picknett & Prince
Examines whether Jesus really died on the cross and whether he might have been married to Mary Magdalene; lots of interesting legends about Magdalene and John the Baptist in the south of France.

The Hiram Key by Knight & Lomas
Two Master Masons examine the historical roots of Christianity. Who was the mysterious Hiram Abiff who supposedly built Solomon's Temple?

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
Pagels challenges traditional ideas about Jesus and the early Christian teachings, through the writings in alternate "gospels."

Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Baigent, Lincoln & Leigh
Take a tour of a different history, where Jesus has descendants who have secretly dominated important historical events. The book that inspired The DaVinci Code, that introduced us to the Priory of Sion... still good after all these years!!

The Jesus Mysteries: Was the "Original Jesus" a Pagan God? by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy
This book questions the actual existence of Jesus of Nazareth with their eivdence that "the Jesus story" was meant as metaphor in the same way as the ancient "Mystery" religions.

The Jesus Dyasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family, and the Birth of Christianity by James D. Tabor
The author's own explorations into a tomb in Israel turned up bodies that could be members of Jesus' family. Could the tomb hold the bones of Jesus' brother, James? Could Jesus' biological father be someone other than Joseph and can we make even more assumptions from these discoveries, like James continuing Jesus' teachings, which did not include current Christian theology?

Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven by Uta Ranke-Heinemann
Does the Catholic Church's insistence on a male-only celibate clergy, its doctrine that sex is only for procreation and its condemnation of birth control and abortion reflect any actual teachings of Jesus? Here's a meticulously researched book by an angry female theologian who says no, and who lost her job teaching theology at a Catholic university for writing this book.


A History of the occult
by Colin Wilson

The source Field
by David Wilcock

The Stars Still Shine
by Robert Murray

Vibrational Medicine for the 21st Century
by Richard Gerber, MD

Constantine's Sword
by James Carroll

Tesla: Man Out of Time
by Margaret Cheney

Leap of Faith:
An Astronaut's Journey
Into the Unknown

by Gordon Cooper

Hitler's Pope by
John Cornwell

Bowl of Light by Hank Wesselman

Fractal Time by by Gregg Braden

Wonders in the Sky by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck

The Dessert Pilgrim by Mary Swander

Vampires Two books on the subject, classic fiction and a non-fiction evaluation

   Classics of Alternative Science / History

What do we really know of human history, or the history and fate of our world? Explore books that give us a different perspective on who we are and how the universe works.

The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins & Christopher Byrd
A cult classic on the consciousness of all living things

The Coming Global SuperStorm by Art Bell & Whitley Streiber
Civilization is ended by a huge global storm caused by... global warming! Two authors known for books about aliens find a new menace in the weather.

The Body Electric by Robert O. Becker
A scientist's study of the natural electricity of the human body -- and its potential for healing and harm.

Vimana Aircraft of Ancient India by David Hatcher Childress
Did ancient India and Atlantis have aircraft? The evidence is in this book

The Gods of Eden by William Bramley
Are sinister aliens behind all earth's wars and troubles? This book takes a long look through history and finds the same corrupted "brotherhood" deceiving mankind.

Giza Power Plant by Christopher Dunn
Was the Great Pyramid really a power source for ancient Egypt and not a tomb? Dunn builds a credible theory.

The Hollow Earth by Raymond Bernard
Can intelligent life exist within our own earth? This is a mostly nutty (but interesting) idea.

In His Image: The Cloning of a man by David Rorvik
Was this 1978 book really a hoax, or has a man been cloned?

Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock
Hancock's first book that examined the possibility of a "mother culture" long lost, but pointing to a high civilization in the distant past. Hancock's books are all worth reading.

Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home by Rupert Sheldrake
Humans have an intersting connection with animals. Does your dog always go to the door and wait for you before you pull into the driveway? Is your dog or cat psychic?

Faces in the Smoke by Douchan Gersi
An amazing look at strange powers of "people of tradition," featuring a group of men in Haiti who can instantly materialize in a new location.

The Meaning of Life According to Physics by Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku
What do two famous physicists think of the Big Questions of life? This review of two books examines their ideas on time travel, black holes, multiple dimensions and other fascinating speculation.

   Human Origins

Genesis Revisited by Zechariah Sitchen
One of Sitchen's Earth Chronicles books tracing our origins back to Sumer and alien "gods" - the whole series is fascinating reading.

Forbidden Archeology by Cremo and Thompson
Just how long has anatomically modern man been on earth? Read the evidence that the answer may be millions of years. The authors have done their research, and it's all in this 1000-page book.

Flying Serpents and Dragons by RA Boulay
Here is the most incredible theory of human origins. Our ancient ancesters were.... reptiles???. Read and be amazed. The author is NOT a nut (he worked for the NSA), but is he correct in making such an outrageous claim?


Worried Sick

Overhauling America's healthcare Machine

Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health

Manufacturing Depression

The Cancer Conspiracy

Do Not Resuscitate

The Body Electric

Energetic Anatomy

Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans

And be sure to read my personal Health Care Rant.

Loved this book!

Economics of Good and Evil:
The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street

Loved this one too!

The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

   I Love a Good Conspiracy!   

It's not paranoia if they're really after you, and maybe these authors are not all crazy.

Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA by Richard Hoagland and Mike Barra
What is NASA's real mission? Did they find artifacts on the moon and have they been lying to us ever since?

The Cancer Conspiracy by Barry Lynes
The author tells of betrayal, collusion and the suppression of alternative cancer treatments; the government and the AMA are most of the problem.

Inside Job by Jim Marrs
Did the Bush adminstration know about 9/11 before it happened?

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
by Jeff Sharlet

This book delves deeply into a little-known dedicated group of people who seek to control American politics, while remaining in the shadows. They espouse a brand of Christian fundamentalism that says the people in power reflect God's choices. Are they manipulating our leaders in Washington DC to advance their own right-wing agenda?

The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell by Randle & Schmitt
A well-researched examination of the evidence that a space ship crashed near Roswell New Mexico in 1947. Based on interviews with eye witnesses and good detective work. Read and draw your own conclusions.

Alien Agenda by Jim Marrs
A noted conspiracy author takes on the UFO controversy and provides a well-presented summary of alien activity and the government cover-up.

Above Black by Dan Sherman
Eye-witness testimony of a secret government program involving contact with aliens. His story, though amazing, seems credible.

Angels Don't Play This HAARP by Nick Begich and Jeanne Manning
Does a government program deploying Extra Low Frequency (ELF) antennas in a remote part of Alaska have a sinister purpose? Nikola Tesla believed such waves could affect peoples' minds.

Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
On any given day, one in four Americans eats fast food. Do large corporations like McDonalds manipulate our eating habits? Do those hamburger value meals make us fat and sick?

The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar: Solving the Oak Island Mystery
by Steven Sora

Treasure hidden hundreds of years ago on Oak Island, Nova Scotia, Canada has confounded treasure-hunters since its discovery, all attempts at recovery stopped by highly-effective boobytraps. Could it be the lost treasure of the Knights Templar?

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How BP Oiled the Gulf

Read More Humorous cartoons
of a serious subject, the BP Gulf oil spill
Only $3.50 for Kindle or Nook

Cooking Through the Decades:
Authentic Recipes From the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s

A wonderful retro cookbook featuring many fabulous desserts
from the 1930s and 1940s
Only $1.49 as a Kindle ebook