My Copy: 9780807001127 (image from bn.com) This one's a far different book than Stride Toward Freedom. That book was an autobiography and history of the bus boycott. This one's partly an autobiography with the Birmingham, AL protests and how they impact the struggle to a free and equal society. Why We Can't Wait was a … Continue reading Why We Can’t Wait, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Taking down statues of people in states of rebellion who were fighting for and openly supporting an immoral system is NOT erasing history: it's history MAKING. Actually, it's also correcting the record. Those statues were an attempt to erase history already: the history of the gains made during the 1867-1877 Reconstruction era... gains allowed to … Continue reading Confederate Statues Have Got to Go. A White Southern Woman Weighs In…
I knew it was coming up, but almost forgot it was today. Other than seeing it in tiny print on a monthly calendar, I would've totally forgotten Flag Day. What's the point of Flag Day? Apparently it was made to celebrate the day of the adoption of the original 13 stars and 13 stripes flag … Continue reading Q #137: What’s the point of Flag Day & can we get rid of it?
This was bugging me when I stumbled on a Ricky Gervais snippet during lunch. I love his attempts to figure out what's going on with the story (starts at 3:30): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfP8nQ6i5Bo And of course as he tries to figure it out, all the other questions that have come to me over the years have cropped … Continue reading Absurd Q#136: What the Hell was Humpty Dumpty supposed to be?
I don't really understand the statement, "Covid-19 is a hoax" that people are putting on Facebook, Twitter, protest signs the past few weeks. Um, Covid-19 exists. Over 80,000 people have died from it and hundreds of thousands are carriers of it. It's been around and about all over the world. So, how is Covid-19 a … Continue reading Q #132: What do the protesters saying “Covid-19 is a hoax” mean? (& other q’s about all this…)
My Copy: 9781250139436 (image from bn.com) Most of my thoughts as the book went on were on par with "wow" or "holy shit!" as events unfolded. This book is quite timely considering how Covid-19 has swept the planet. It's startling and sobering in turns... especially with the last three chapters. Pandemic 1918 does a little … Continue reading Pandemic 1918: Eyewitness accounts from the greatest medical holocaust in modern history, by C. Arnold
(image from michiganadvance.com, Anna Liz Nichols) I hope these protests against lock-down go away quickly, and then the people can go home and stop prolonging the quarantine. You can't do what you're doing and expect things to clear up quicker, especially when you're blocking access to the institutions that need to keep working to do … Continue reading Q #130: If quarantine protesters are all about THEIR state’s rights, why wave Trump 2020 or Confederate battle flags?
Okay, I'll put you in the hands of someone who did a fantastic job talking about the history of the Apollo 13 mission... per the film. Honestly, this guy, Nick Hodges, has a YouTube channel called History Buffs, and it's a gem on the internet. I can watch all these episodes all day (and probably … Continue reading 50 Years Ago Today, Apollo 13 Launched. Let’s Celebrate With Some History!
My Copy: 9780553593716 (image from bn.com) I was not planning to read this book yet. I hadn't even planned to buy it until last month because I wanted to get ALL the books before reading them one at a time. But seeing as how this book originally was published in 1996, and we're in 2020 … Continue reading Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire #1), by George R.R. Martin
My Copy: 9780060515195 (image from bn.com) I almost quit reading this one. I was around page 126 and maybe it was being sick all week, but I was tempted to quit because of the depiction of one of the characters. However, I gave it a few more pages... and then stayed up to read all … Continue reading Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman