Theresa's Book Reviews and Essays


Index to Reviews


Theresa's Resume

Where I live

HOW IT WAS and
HOW IT IS in DETROIT

Essays with Photos

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 for the Amazon Kindle or the Nook (epub format).

Complete Book Description


Detroit's Spectacular Ruin:
The Packard Plant

Illustrated with 240 photos
more on Packard

Available from Amazon.com


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

Book Website
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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


Featured

The Hidden Brain:
How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars and Save Our Lives

    by Shankar Vedantam


Hidden Brain? Hidden Bias

The author has written an interesting book that poses questions about human behavior that seems odd or unexpected, then attempts to connect this behavior to what he calls "the hidden brain." This is the part of our brain that stores information from our everyday lives: The places and objects and people we see all the time. Our brain has a database of this kind of ordinary information that we take for granted. Yet this information is informing our words and actions in ways we don't recognize. It can lead us to act in a manner that actually contradicts our stated values.

Ever found yourself blurting out words you immediately wanted to take back? You might have been in a situation where you were not consciously thinking about what you were saying, calling on stereotypes stored away in your hidden brain database. Just like our brain "knows" how our lungs breathe, how our food digests and other automatic bodily functions, our brain also "knows" that most heads of corporations are men and most urban criminals are black. It also "knows" to go with the herd in emergency situations rather than taking time to think out the best course of action.

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Photo Essay - The Depopulating of Detroit

For two years, I drove Woodward Avenue on my way to work in the New Center area of Detroit. Woodward Ave. 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 is boarded-up buildings and empty lots.
   by Theresa Welsh

Read my review of the Autobiography of Mayor Coleman Young

   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

The Ultimate Journey by Robert Monroe
Travel out-of-body with Monroe as he goes to the spirit world in search of his own truth; not an easy read, but interesting

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

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 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.

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

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.

   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

Forbidden Archeology by Cremo and Thompson
Just how long has modern man been on earth? Read the evidence that the answer may be millions of years.

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.

Genesis Revisited by Zechariah Sitchen
One of Sitchen's Earth Chronicles books tracing our origins back to Sumer and alien "gods"

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 history that twists and turns from Jesus' identity to his descendants who secretly dominated important events up to the present day. The book that inspired The DaVinci Code, that introduced us to the Priory of Sion... a MUST read!!

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.

More good books
on related topics

The Holographic Universe
by Michael Talbot

 The universe emanates from the implicate order; based on the work of Pribram and Bohm, this is a fascinating rethinking of the workings of the universe.

Path of the Pole
by Charles Hapgood

The classic work that so many others quote -- a scientific study of geology pointing toward the idea that the earth's crust shifts, moving the poles to new positions. Read the original, with Introduction by Albert Einstein.

   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 Biggest Secret by David Icke
World leaders are really shape-shifting reptilians, according to David Icke; he says Jesus never existed and most of history is fiction; conspiracies are everywhere.

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?


More Books About Conspiracies on amazon.com.

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