Category Archives: From the Bookshelf

From the Bookshelf: Myrtle and the Big Mistake, by Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange

Wednesday, I took a vehicle to the dealership to get some service done. While waiting, I got to watch (only half way as I was reading too) two episodes of Law and Order on the lounge TV. I have never … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Farming While Black, Leah Penniman

Let’s start with a quiz to establish essential knowledge and philosophy for reading Mrs. Penniman’s “Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land” “Food Apartheid” is: a) a system of organizing one’s garden, pantry, and menu plans b) a system of … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: 1919, Eve L. Ewing

For whatever alignment of the stars, with the Black Lives Maters protests after George Floyds’ death, I happened to read a cartoon by an African American cartoonist which dropped the phrase “Red Summer”. I did not know the reference. Then, … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series

In order to understand the Red Summer of 1919, we must understand the great migration of African-Americans from the southern states to the norther cities. In order to understand this relocation of people, race, and culture, we must understand Jim … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: My Bondage and My Freedom, by Fredrick Douglas

My first memory of a peer of African-American descent comes from elementary school. Sammy. That is about it. We grew up in tract-home, suburban, white, middle-class, college educated, California. Sammy was athletic. OJ Simpson and Muhammad Ali were sports heroes. … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis, J. D. Vance

In my project of reading-books-I-already-have-then-moving-them-along, J. D. Vance’s memoir, Hillbilly Elegy, was next in the stack.  This came to me by way of my mother-in-law, whom I believe read it for her book club.  She then passed it on to … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Jesus and After, the First Eighty Years, by E. Bruce Brooks

I view knowledge and faith as two methods of thought which emphasize different factors.  Knowledge asks about facts and data.  Faith asks why something is important.  Knowledge can be observed and repeated (scientific process).  Faith gives meaning to events.  Knowledge … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Tone, Twang, and Taste, a Guitar Memoir, by Pete Kennedy

The Washington, D.C./Baltimore, MD region is a great place for music.  Having previously lived there for about ten years, and living only a couple of hours away, we have enjoyed the talents of many local musicians and well known acts … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Twigs in my Hair, A Gardening Memoir, by Cynthia Reyes

A common Post-Enlightenment concept is that occupations have an art and science to them.  As a therapist, sometimes I approach an intervention from the science side, using the concept of evidence-based practice to guide the rehabilitation process.  Biological, neurological, or … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Library Lost, by Laurie Graves

Laurie Graves’ second novel in The Great Library series, Library Lost, came out in time for a copy to be under our Christmas tree, seven months ago.  I have had it in my reading queue, but various events, including packing … Continue reading

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