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I just bought this book on my Kindle. I think women might want to check it out. It’s new, drop date was May 3rd. Seems interesting.

When Women Were Dragons: A Novel by [Kelly Barnhill]

Never interrupt someone who’s reading…

Photo:  Vadym

This is the book I’m reading…it is EXACTLY what’s happening now, in detail.

I had absolutely no idea this book was about hitler, his moves and how everyone looked the other way, ignored the red flags and warnings, letting him do as he pleased, trying to stay safe themselves, until it was too late.

It’s a book about Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn.  I bought it because she was a war correspondent, and I wanted to learn more about her.  Turns out it’s more about her relationship with Hemingway.  But it is about the Spanish war and it describes exactly what hitler did, what the people did and did NOT do, and it is truly exactly what’s happening today.  putin is using hitler as his guide, because he’s following what he did, to the letter.

It’s horrible to see everyone ignore the warnings, look the other way, let hitler get away with things until they couldn’t do it any longer.  All the horror that could have been avoided, if the world had acted sooner.

And now HIStory is repeating itself once again, and people are looking away, ignoring the obvious, and letting the tiny tyrant move forward until it’s going to be too late.

Read it.

This is why I love independent bookstores, dogs and cats, from: Bored Panda

Bookstore Becomes More Magical When Golden Retriever Is Appointed As Manager

For book lovers everywhere…these are fun

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An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

This is a quiet book.  It’s not loud, in anyway at all.  It’s flat out, just the way things are, when you have no control over your life because of your government, your color, race, economic status, or lack of it, poor education, no work, and all the rest.  It’s about when where you live, on which block, automatically puts you into a gang, whether you want to be in one or not.  It’s about how your entire life is set by where you’re born,and a government that never gets their boots off your neck.  It’s about watching government funds going to the Gold Coast, and leaving others hungry, and dead.   It’s about kids dealing with more deaths than most adults, who aren’t from the south and west sides of Chicago, see in their entire lifetimes.  It’s about living in fear, and knowing the chances of you being next, are absolutely real.

Our GOVERNMENT, causes these problems, then blames the people they torture and hold down, for what happens to them.  I won’t even talk about the police.

It makes me sick.

The losses these kids/people see, are horrific.   The fear they live with is horrific.  The poverty they live with is horrific.  Our government and the things they do to them, are horrific.

I truly don’t think I can get anymore disgusted with men and power, and their greediness and hatefulness.  They are so out of touch with reality.  They are completely unfit for office of any kind.

The quiet suffering of those who live under those conditions, is also horrific.  It’s my city.  I love Chicago.  Absolutely love Her, but my Chicago is far different than the south and west side Chicago, and that’s not fair, or right.  To sentence people to a life of poverty and death, because of their DNA is sick beyond belief.

It’s dangerous to come to Chicago, if you don’t know where you’re going.  I hate that.  So much.  There is NEVER a reason for the horrific kind of poverty that is forced upon people by a heartless government and prejudice.

As I said…this book isn’t loud.  It speaks softly, never raises it’s voice, when it talks about dead kids laying in the street.  Never preaches about grieving mothers and siblings, grieving friends and lovers. Never preaches about the constant fear.  It just states the facts.

It tries to show who the kids are.  They are more than what people are led to believe.  They love their families, have kids, as teens, love their friends, some love school, all live in fear, watching their friends, and relatives, die, one at a time, sometimes killed by mistake.  They do not receive justice, or protection.

Life doesn’t have to be this way.  We allow it to be this way by not caring about each other.  By believing the lies we are force fed that make people fear and dislike each other, without even knowing each other.  By doing that, our power is diluted, and we don’t work together to make things better for everyone.

It’s wrong to treat people the way our government treats them.

Chicago is beautiful.  But only sometimes.  Kids killing kids.  When they have no hope of ever making something of themselves, they do it that way.  Gangs are their corporations an entry into status and power.  We give them no recourse.  It’s evil.



Just reminder to check out this incredibly beautiful book…it’s one of my very favorites. The artwork is incredible and its message is for everyone. I love it. You might love it too.

Reminding you of two very good books on resistance…

Book: You Don’t Belong Here…Women photo/journalists on the front lines of Vietnam.

This…is a truly wonderful book.  I can’t recommend it enough.  Brave, incredibly courageous women who risked their lives on the front lines, to get pictures and stories, during the war.  They also had to fight the battle against jealous male journalists, and the sexist media, to get their words and pictures published.  They won every award, carried their own weight, and told the truth, in a way that was simply the way things were.

It’s terrific.

These are wonderful. There’s one right by my house. Great fun. I’ve taken a couple of books and given a few. I’s a terrific way to get people to read.

Photo”  Kelly Ziesenis Carter

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