Courage, Dear Heart…C.S.Lewis

This seemed appropriate today. Actually a lot of days. I know that right now there are a lot of courageous people out there. The ones that rush into danger instead of away from it.

Those people we all take for granted. Firemen, Policemen, EMTs, and all of the people who aren’t first responders but just jump into the mix and do the right thing. While people are hurting, dying, hungry and homeless due to Mother Nature’s events or home-grown crazy folks taking their pain out on the world.

It’s easy to be outraged, and we are. But what are we going to do about it? That is the question. I was taught that Charity begins at home. Much like Peace. But the people we hired to run our government seem to have forgotten that. Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands. These are American people. Maybe we can not forget them by the next news cycle. Maybe our reporters can actually go see what’s going on and show us.

After Katrina it felt like the entire world forgot Mississippi. There were no roads, no bridges, no anything but heat and hunger. We have to do better by our fellow human beings. I don’t care if you are living in a trailer with a confederate flag sucking down a PBR and wearing a MAGA hat, or If you are giving it your all in the Peace Corp. we are all human beings and the only time you need to be looking down on someone is to compliment them on their shoes.

So now I’ll climb off my soapbox and do my own part. Will you do yours?

xx Patricia

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WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY BY TA-NEHISI COATES

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

This was a difficult book to review. It was also difficult to read and to know that what I was reading was truth. If you don’t know it as truth, you need to go way back and look at how we became America and who the people were that made up the rules that some people, based on their sex or skin color, were considered less than.

I’ve studied slavery and the Civil War for a long time. I worked with the Middle Passage Museum and met John Lewis, Coretta Scott King, and many other leaders of the rights movement and survivors of the what is still a racist South and North. Some people are just more blatant about it.

I along with a lot of other people expected Obama to stand up for race inequalities. But as it turned out he wasn’t going to rock the boat either way.

This journalist does. Here you get the unvarnished truth about all sides. In my humble opinion this should be a must read for all high school students. Especially places like Mississippi which in some towns have only in recent years, or make that year, have been forced to stop segregating blacks to the other side of the track schools.

There is no such thing as white supremacy. There are just insecure people who need to have someone to be better than so they aren’t the ones on the bottom.

Thank you for this book Netgalley and Random House! Due to release October 3, 2017

DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS: THE DEEP HISTORY OF THE RADICAL RIGHTS STEALTH PLAN FOR AMERICA BY NANCY MacLean

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots. The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority.

In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean shows how Buchanan forged his ideas about government in a last gasp attempt to preserve the white elite’s power in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education. In response to the widening of American democracy, he developed a brilliant, if diabolical, plan to undermine the ability of the majority to use its numbers to level the playing field between the rich and powerful and the rest of us.

Corporate donors and their right-wing foundations were only too eager to support Buchanan’s work in teaching others how to divide America into “makers” and “takers.” And when a multibillionaire on a messianic mission to rewrite the social contract of the modern world, Charles Koch, discovered Buchanan, he created a vast, relentless, and multi-armed machine to carry out Buchanan’s strategy.

Without Buchanan’s ideas and Koch’s money, the libertarian right would not have succeeded in its stealth takeover of the Republican Party as a delivery mechanism. Now, with Mike Pence as Vice President, the cause has a longtime loyalist in the White House, not to mention a phalanx of Republicans in the House, the Senate, a majority of state governments, and the courts, all carrying out the plan. That plan includes harsher laws to undermine unions, privatizing everything from schools to health care and Social Security, and keeping as many of us as possible from voting. Based on ten years of unique research, Democracy in Chains tells a chilling story of right-wing academics and big money run amok. This revelatory work of scholarship is also a call to arms to protect the achievements of twentieth-century American self-government.

This book came out this summer and it was to mixed reviews and comments. As always there were the trolls coming for anyone political but also some learned scholars.

I appreciated the history of the book. The author is an excellent writer. How did we get to where we are today? How is it that corporations have rights? What did our founding fathers really intend for our nation to become?

Not for everyone but if you are a politics or history lover, you may want to give it a read!

xx Patricia

The Books Just Keep On Coming!

The Curious Affair of the Witch at Wayside Cross (The Curious Affair Of, #2)  A Plague of Giants (Seven Kennings, #1) Little Secrets

The Slave-Trader's Letter-Book: Charles Lamar, the Wanderer, and Other Tales of the African Slave Trade Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America Strange Practice (Dr. Greta Helsing, #1)

Just a few of the books I’m reading now and the ones TBR. I am actually reading 2 books from 2 different genres so I’m not getting mixed up on who is who! So far the Strange Practice is quite good! This new series from Kevin Hearne is a slow starter but we’ll see how it goes!

What has everyone else got on the TBR shelf that I need to get?

xx Patricia

 

ENIGMA (AN FBI THRILLER BY) CATHERINE COULTER

Enigma (FBI Thriller, #21)

The highly anticipated twenty-first FBI thriller by New York Times #1 bestselling author Catherine Coulter presents Agents Savich and Sherlock with two baffling mysteries. Working with Agent Cam Wittier (Insidious) and New York-based former Special Forces agent Jack Cabot, they must race against the clock to catch an international criminal and solve the enigma of the man called John Doe.

When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn’t realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using “John Doe” to help him. But when the scientist, Lister Maddox, loses him, he ups the stakes and targets another to take his experiments to the next level.

It’s a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments. In the meantime, Cam Wittier and Jack Cabot must track a violent criminal through the Daniel Boone National Forest. When he escapes through a daring rescue, the agents have to find out who set his escape in motion and how it all ties into the murder of Mia Prevost, the girlfriend of the president’s Chief of Staff’s only son, Saxton Hainny. It’s international intrigue at the highest levels and they know they have to succeed or national security is compromised.

 

Dueling timelines and stories with exceptional characters and plots that have you holding on to the edge of your seat. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Coulter and her FBI series. Savich and Sherlock are easily two of my favorite characters ever. And the rest of the gang is equally engaging.
In this 21st book in the series, we have a seeminly crazy man breaking into a pregnant woman’s house and both of them end up in the hospital. While the team tries to figure out who this man is and what he wanted with Kara, Cam and Jack are traipsing all over the forest trying to find an escaped prisoner who has no problem killing.
There are enough twists and turns to give you whiplash in this one! And some very timely subjects are delved into.
Highly recommended!
Netgalley/Gallery Books   Sept. 12th release. That’s Tuesday so you can order it today!!

Yes, We Are A Republic, Not A Democracy..

For the past three years I’ve been taking classes on the Constitution and The Federalist’s Papers. I’m happy to say I have completed those. And in doing so have been in a lot of discussions arguments about what it does and does not say.

I’ve found people willing to come to blows about what our Forefathers said and did.

My best advice. Do your Research. Read your own country’s constitution and know what you are talking about before you start defending it. And that is all I am saying on the subject.

And that is the Sermon of The Day….Thank you for coming!

 

xx Patricia

A Gentleman In Moscow By Author Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman In Moscow takes us deep into the 1920’s and Count Alexander Rostov.  A man who has been found guilty of writing a poem the government deems seditious. He has a wonderful sense of humor and is not afraid to stand up to the tribunal at all, though it could mean he will be shot.

At 30,  he is looked at as an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across from the Kremlin.

He will now reside in the attic room and watch as the decades unfold around him. Avoiding the outside world, he turns to the one smaller one he is  in and discovers much about himself and his fellow guests.

Over the span of 30 years, we watch as he loses his worldly possessions but gains a whole new perspective on his world and the people in it.

The characters are all rich and complex. The language is the descriptive lushness we expect from Towles. This book made me laugh, cry and towards the end I read slower and  slower because I didn’t want it to end. My favorite paragraph was the final one.

What a great book and a great writer.