At times, it’s easier said than done, to put aside the fear of what humanity can exact on you. When I take time to think of what some of these type of scriptures entail, it doesn’t always evoke the warm, fuzzy feeling inside. For example, how easy is it to put aside the fear of what humanity can do when your job is on the line?
It’s always important to assess communication from what is meant, as opposed to what is said.
There is a different angle given to reading when the author is a friend. When you read, it’s like you can hear their voice and then there are times when you can read parts of their presentation and know that they are actually putting themselves on to paper. I’m in no doubt that this book is very close to Deidra.
The book is a synopsis of a young girl, growing up and going through things that most of us would never dream of. Sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and it seems to be an introduction, leading to further books that Deidra has in the pipeline and in her mind. I’m definitely proud of my friend and I know that this first step of being published has taken so much more than time, pen and paper. I’m looking forward to seeing her grow as an author, as she grows as a person.
I’d like to see Deidra supported plenty. You can find her book on Amazon HERE
I asked my girlfriend what her favourite film was ages ago and she told me about Howl’s Moving Castle, a Studio Ghibli/Disney presentation. We watched it together and I really enjoyed it! The way that anime and fantasy combine intrigues me, along with it’s animation and very interesting story lines. Howl’s Moving Castle, of the Ghibli releases comes a very close third, behind The Wind Rises and Spirited Away. When I realised it was a book. I had to read it!
The book lacks the traditional Ghibli approach of combining time periods and fantastic flying machines but that isn’t a bad thing. What I did love was how the oldest of time periods merged with modern day Wales. I was pretty gobsmacked when Sophie ventured through the castle door, black blob facing down and found herself in modern day Wales! I loved how she was mortified by the noisy, horseless carts (Cars) and fascinated by the picture frames of moving pictures, connected to the wall by a white, flexible cord (TV)!
Reading the book took a little getting used to at first, as I had just finished Romeo & Juliet, with it’s totally different focus on audience and, obviously, totally different style of writing. Howl’s Moving Castle is a children’s fantasy book so the language was much less complex and the sentence structure very punctual. Even so, though, it was very easy to be whisked off into the worlds she was describing.
It’s actually difficult to explain what the book is about without giving the plot away, because of the interconnecting worlds, time periods and characters so here is the blurb from the book itself:
“Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl – and herself – than first meets the eye.”
I highly recommend this read!
On December 16th 1773, Samuel Adams, et al, dressed as Native Americans, threw 300+ chests of tea into Boston’s harbour. They felt the tea was representative of injustice and, risking the outbreak of war, they threw $552,000 ($18,000 in 1773) into the sea. Today, they are considered heroes. It needed to be done. They had to give voice to those that never had one. What more poignant way of being heard than to take a firm stance against the status quo? In order to take this stance, he and others from his underground resistance movement carried out what was, by definition, an act of terrorism.
On August 14th 2016, Colin Kaepernick knelt during the playing of the National Anthem. He felt that, what the National Anthem stood for wasn’t afforded to him or people like him. The liberty it represented and the freedom were not fairly distributed to men who were not white. He also mentioned the police brutality and the killing of unarmed individuals. What more poignant way of being heard than to take this firm stance against the status quo?
During his protest, he remained within the law and caused no physical harm or damage. In order to make a stand, he risked nothing but his own career, which he has all but lost.
When we discuss Samuel Adams, maybe sipping some of his famous beer. A business he was able to develop after his heroic acts, we always discuss the why’s of his actions. Why it was necessary to break the law and cause much physical and fiscal damage. It’s a necessity to face and deal with injustice.
But we don’t give Colin Kaepernick the same reasoning. Why is that? He wasn’t kneeling to be disrespectful to his flag, anthem or anything else. Just like Samuel Adams, he used his platform to give voice to those he felt didn’t have one and he took a stance against the status quo in order to make sure they were heard.
Just like Samuel Adams, he has a standard. He didn’t wait to be told it was OK to protest. He operated according to his standard.
We need to ask ourselves why it is, marching in protest, carrying torches and semi-automatic weapons, in support of Confederate ideology, is seen as exercising the right to protest (Anyone heard much news of the man that drove through the crowds, killing a woman, that day?!) but a man kneeling during the National Anthem is deemed disrespectful to the morals of the country and loses his job.
We also need to ask ourselves why it’s disrespectful to kneel during the National Anthem but OK to loudly boo those that kneel during the same said anthem, if all ill-feeling needs to be put aside for that moment.
Finally, I think we should ask ourselves why it is we afford black people the adjective ‘African-American’, remembering that slavery is a thing of the past and all are now born in America. The use of a hyphen and descriptive language allows us to describe something that is LIKE something but not the something itself. Or is this the status quo that we need to keep in place?
However this post is seen, I’m still asking myself why we haven’t discussed, and continuously avoid discussing, the why’s of Colin Kaepernick’s protest, just like we did and do for Samuel Adams.