|March for Our Lives in Tacoma, Washington|
March for Our Lives: We joined local teenagers who organized a March in Tacoma yesterday. The most inspiring speaker was a fifteen-year-old girl who talked about what it is like to be afraid in school and in public. We have to change our gun laws. Right now it seems like guns have more rights than the students who keep dying from them.
A few of my favorite quotes from the March and about guns:
"Books not bullets!"- seen on a poster
"I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept…" - Angela Y. Davis
"How many have to die before we give up these expensive toys?" -Stephen King
Thoughts and prayers. ACTION." -seen on a poster
"As a black boy, one day I hope to have as many rights as a gun." -from a Parkland student
"Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us that nothing can be done about this, we call BS. They say that tougher gun laws don't decrease gun violence. We call BS." -Emma Gonzales, a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School student and school gun shooting survivor.
I didn't take very good photos but here are a few from my experience in Tacoma (March for Our Lives/Tacoma):
- Kindred by Octavia Butler---this is my Classics Club spin book. It is the story of black woman who time-travels back to the early 1800s and meets her ancestors who were slaves. Print. 25%.
- Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward---an award winner about a mixed-race, empoverished family in Mississippi. It is so depressing, I have to take a break and set the book aside and listen to something more fun first. Audio. 33%.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline---this is a re-read for me. I wanted to take a second look at the novel before I see the movie. This is one my favorite books of the decade. I decided I would listen to this book again while I am taking a break from the above book. Audio. 15%
Books completed recently:
Family: Today both of my sisters and other family members will gather here for a brunch. My youngest sister hasn't met grandson Ian yet, so it will an introduction as well as a reunion. Last Sunday my brother, his wife, and son were here for a short visit. And last Saturday Don and I drove to Portland to attend a memorial service for my mother's best friend. It was a sad occasion but lovely to see Mom and Dad again. I am so lucky to still have living parents and siblings that like each other.
I'll leave you with a final thought:
|Taken during the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC.|