The 13th Hour Has Arrived

War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. G. Orwell, 1984

America, the country of my birth and life since 1968, died on January 20, 2017. All of the history lessons about The Constitution, the fight for equal rights under the law, and our reputation as a powerful world leader, disappeared when T***p was inaugurated.

I started reading George Orwell’s 1984 last weekend. It wasn’t on our reading list in high school. As an English major at Rutgers, I focused on British Literature. However, after this election and his first few days in office, I knew it was time.

All it took was the first few pages to see America’s future under T***p’s administration. Basically…WE ARE SCREWED! Our only hope is mass organized resistance. We have to resist every attempt to tear apart our Constitution and democratic government. We need to resist the racism and bigotry promoted by this administration.

The quote above, the slogan of Orwell’s fictional political party, is located on the Ministry of Truth’s building. No explanation needed.

I suggest you grab a copy or download the digital version. We need to be prepared. Stay strong!

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Only one book…

I have read only one book out of 15 for my Goodreads Challenge, and my summer vacation is almost over. That means I have 14 more before December 31. (Once school starts, teaching gets in the way of my recreational reading.) 

I had so much time to accomplish my summer goals (reading and household). Yet, I spent my summer tutoring a few students (added to my summer money), relaxing at home (a wonderful gift), and thinking about my goals (courtesy of my ADD). I am not as motivated during the summer as I am during the other seasons. However, I’m not quite ready to give up the challenge

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Where Are the Black Authors Hiding in the Bookstores?

Black male writing on paperIt has been awhile since I took a leisurely stroll through a Barnes and Noble bookstore. I decided to go after a late breakfast with my parents. Very little had changed other than some new sections for children’s books and toys. At least that’s what I thought.

Years ago, I could find Black authors on the shelves of B&N. I could find them in the fiction and mystery sections. At one location, there was even a section for Black Interests. Now it appears that time has passed, almost as if their print life and interest had expired.

As I strolled through the stacks there were very few new and current books by Black authors. There was a time when I could find them on most of the shelves in the fiction and mystery sections. I would even see them showcased in the new fiction sections toward the front of the store. Now, I am lucky if I can find more than one copy of Walter Moseley and Valerie Wilson Wesley on the shelves.

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Friday Night: A Little Templar with My Wine

 I Didn’t Know Templars Made Wine!

Hi friends. Thanks for keeping up with me. This Daylight Savings Time has thrown me off. When you add the changing weather in New Jersey (20 degrees one day, 60 degrees the next), my writing mojo has been nonexistent 

Anyway, last Friday after work I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into a small wine tasting at my local liquor store. It had been a long week at work. I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend. That included my go-to Yellowtail wine. I have been a fan of Yellowtail for awhile. However, I am always open to new options. A nice gentleman introduced me to Portuguese wine called Hernades Dos Templários Red. In fact, it was a wine made by the Knights Templar

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A Friday night with Michael Jecks and Herdade Dos Templários.

According to the gentleman, it had the taste of berries (I did taste the berries). The taste also wasn’t overpowering as some red wines could be (those are my ocservations). The best part, the bottle was priced under $10.00. Another reason I enjoyed this wine: it reminded me that I needed to get back to Sir Baldwin Furnshill and Simon Puttock.

Furnshill and Puttock are the heroes of Jeck’s Knights Templar mysteries. I have read and enjoyed Jecks’s books during the last few years. It seemed appropriate that a wine would fit well with his books. It was also the gentle reminder I needed to finally start The Templar, The Queen, and Her Lover. 

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