The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

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‘The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart’ by Alicia Garza is about one of the ladies who created BLM. I gave this book a try but this book really wasn’t for me.

Alicia does bring up some good points about history and how certain politicians and activists didn’t help any cause but their own.

I was surprised that there was no mention of the prison reform bill that the Trump administration pushed for.

No real mention of where BLM intends to go from here or how they would tackle a problem area like say Chicago. I really would like to have seen a comment on the black on black crime and ways of dealing with this.

The only thing I found very interesting is that DeRay Mckesson took credit for co-creating BLM. Which is not the case at all. He seems to have enjoyed riding the coat tails of this group and really never explained he was just an activist and had nothing to do with creating BLM.

As explained in the book this is like Alyssa Milano taking credit for the #METOO moment. But once its been presented in the press its hard to correct it. Also shows me that the press no longer tries to find the truth before publishing anything.

Side note: I was sorry to read about Alicia’s mothers diagnosis and her passing away at such an early age.

Balcony of Fog

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‘Balcony of Fog’ by Rich Shapero well….I am at a loss of how to describe this book.

It started out ok for a sci-fi book but very quickly went down hill when the two characters (Arden and  Estra) reach the clouds. No that’s not a mistake they somehow float up to the clouds that makes all the male/female anatomy go bye bye.

They want love and freedom and away from some evil EX of Estra’s.  

And here is where the book starts to rapidly go down hill. Yes they go to the clouds and sail the clouds. And turn poetry into cranes. There’s a “Cannibal game.” Clouds eating clouds, no character development and an ending that I really have no idea what it means. 

Read at your own confused risk. 

A safer alternative to hallucinogens is how someone I know put it. 

‘Gracie: A Love Story’ by George Burns

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Gracie: A Love Story by George Burns

This is such a wonderful story about the comic duo Burns and Allen. Very funny and when you get to the end tragic all the same. Great behind the moments that one never knew about. They really did seem to have it all. Lots of photo’s. George of course gives Gracie all the credit in the end.

Really a must read book. A fitting tribute I must say. You can feel the love he has for his wife.

They don’t make comedy acts like this anymore.

Outbreak by Robin Cook

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A pretty good book about the Ebola virus popping up in the United States. Once its contained if pops up again somewhere else. Yes someone is behind it and we have to find out who and why. It is fast paced and was written during a time when one could jump on a plane or get a hotel room without ID

But hey if you want a virus book why not.

‘West with the Night’ by Beryl Markham

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Beryl Markham grew up in Kenya and talks about her life in Africa with great stories about the zebra baby but also about being a racehorse trainer and bush pilot. She did fly non-stop from Britain to North America (which I did not know about until I read this book).

I had heard about her in the TV show ‘heat of the sun’ where the female pilot is based on her. Very good book I must say.

The Overly Honest Teacher

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The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom by Meredith Essalat

I thought it was a good book. It shows that teachers are spending more time with your kids than parents are. Some very good suggestions such as letting your child fail (aka don’t write the term paper for them). Some good stories and examples as well.

My biggest issue with this book is whoever came up with the font size needs to be fired. It is WAY too small and makes it very hard to read. Which is a shame since it is a pretty good book.

Safe as Lightning: Poems

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Safe as Lightning: Poems by Scudder H Parker

I’m not really into poetry but gave this a try. Some of them popped more for me than others but that’s poetry for you. Scudder H Parker’s poems cover a variety of issues, wildlife, and life in general.
By the way, the book cover is just gorgeous.

Screwnomics

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Economics is a very big and very dry subject. “Screwnomics: How Our Economy Works Against Women and Real Ways to Make Lasting Change” by Rickey Gard Diamond tries to cut it down but it’s still a dry subject. At the end the book points out that white wealthy men control it all…

I would like to have had a mini cheat sheet on what we as individuals can do vs the government. The takeaways from the chapter are good and some of the questions to ask your friends are hard questions that you might need over a glass of wine (if you even want to try it).

There is some humor and comics but lots of history and some personal stories which does make it more real. But at the end of the day, it’s still a book about how the Economy Works.

A Lifetime With Lions by George Adamson

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Most recall Joy Adamson’s and her Lion Elsa. Yes, I’ve read Joy’s many books but was never really that impressed. I happen to come across her husband George Adamson’s book and it turned into a must-read.

The book is titled: A Lifetime With Lions by George Adamson

It’s informative and funny. Some great photo’s. The book talks about his life in Africa, of course, Elsa moments are included but also how he deals with other wildlife. A story about a man one never really heard much about. Such as how he took in lions from the Elsa film and what became of them. It’s just an all-out wonderful story.