Category Archives: Reviews

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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Theatre Review: Midsummer 90

Some updates for fans of the American Shakespeare Center.  They have extended the dates for the BlkFrsTV streaming of their 4 shows from the Renaissance Season (Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2, and A King and … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: A King and No King

The final show now streaming on BlkFrsTV, from the American Shakespeare Center’s Renaissance Season, is A King and No King.  Not familiar?  Can’t recall which Folio that came from?  Well, it is not a play by Shakespeare.  So, why is the … Continue reading

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Theatre Review(s): Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2 on BckFrsTV

The American Shakespeare Center has released the next two plays from their Renaissance Season for BlkFrsTV (streaming videos of the shows that would have otherwise be playing in the BlackFrairs Theatre in Staunton, VA): Henry IV, Part 1 & 2. … Continue reading

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Theatre Review: Much Ado About Nothing

We moved to our cabin in West Virginia about 17 years ago.  For the ten years that we lived in Alexandria, VA, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., we had been attending many of the theatres regularly.  At … 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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