|View of the Puget Sound from Titlow Beach, Tacoma. This is why we love living where we live.|
"If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention": The events at Charlottesville and then Trumps statements which did not condemn White Supremacy and Nazism have really shook me up. We can't be unequivocal about the evils of these organizations. But this is what our President did. He placed those organizations on the same moral level as those organizations standing up for equality and for justice for all. It is disgusting. Arnold Schwarzenegger, of all people, had the best response. If you haven't seen it, I encourage you to click the link on his name and then click the video link on that page.
Human: While I'm at it, I recommend that you watch and listen to this new Pentatonix video of an old John Lennon song, "Imagine". It is very appropriate for this week's events. We have got to stop thinking of people as "other" and just think of them as "human."
Books completed this week:
- Dear Mr. Darcy by Amanda Grange: a retelling of the Pride and Prejudice from letters written by the characters to each other. I've read several of these types of books before and I didn't like this one as well as the others.
- The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins. What can I say? I am a poetry fan and wish you were, too. Collins is a good poet to start with, if you feel intimidated by it because he is funny and fun.
- Thunder Boy by Sherman Alexie. A Children's book by a favorite author about a little kid who doesn't like his name.
- Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. An excellent book club selection, a mystery and coming-of-age story.
- Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink. 10%, audio.
- Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Print, just started.
- Ordering of Love: New and Collected Poems of Madeleine L'Engle. Print. 10%.
|Sign found at a favorite local restaurant. It is funny on many levels, especially since I graduated high school in 1975. |
Why did they pick that year?
Tomorrow you will find us somewhere in Washington State, hopefully with clear skies, looking up at the 95% of total eclipse of the sun...and yes, we have glasses.