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NO IS NOT ENOUGH: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need ~Naomi Klein

Monday, December 25th, 2017

NO IS NOT ENOUGH is from my personal library and I have read it twice now.  I have been a fan of Naomi Klein’s books and research since I read THE SHOCK DOCTRINE a number of years ago.  As a writer, Klein digs deep and her research is impeccable – startling – revealing.  I find myself finding the truth and sorting out the pap I was taught in school and rendering new discoveries, which work for me and bring understanding.   NO IS NOT ENOUGH is another answer to my weary soul after this past election (2016) I am not blind, stupid nor do I ignore what is on the table and this small tome brought me a deep well of hope and wisdom to ponder and set out to make a difference.  Changed my focus.

The book does begin by spelling out just what the new administration is trying to accomplish for the wealthy and deconstruct the society and the Constitution, as we know it today.  This show is being run by the wealthy and it is definitely in the coup category of exploitation of citizens of the USA.  The Fascist Republicans, Dictatorial Wealthy and Fascist, Conservative “Christians” have played the game well and have produced destructive results.  The ranting about “false” news is all a significant part of the game plan, first described by THE SHOCK DOCTRINE.  History professors are sharing how other countries have used these tactics to destroy their homelands – it is a classic scenario.   We have developed A RESISTANCE MOVEMENT to work against this plan and yet these groups and voices are getting burned out, QUIET, as the forces press forward and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat as LOUDLY and outrageously voiced with constancy.

Klein says that the way to produce hope and future is to begin to address, constantly and consistently, exactly what we want.  She writes about a huge gathering called THE LEAP that put together exactly what they wanted for their children and their future of their country (Canada).  The leadership wrote a doctrine of their philosophy and a wish list of values and activities they wanted instead of the abhorrent policies and prejudices being exploited by past government leadership.  THE LEAP is now being taught loudly and fervently and many groups around the world are sharing what it is that they want and what they want to achieve.   Lots of ideas are emerging to implement the future spelled out and described.   This is the balance to the resistance.   What is it that we value and what is it that we want.   THE LEAP is having a definite impact in California and certainly all over Canada.  Other countries are adapting to the lessons as well.  Several resistance groups have adopted the program in tandem with the resistant action plan.   Hope abounds and voices and individuals learn and rally around what they want rather than what is being dictated.  New candidates are running for office.

I found the book enlightening and certainly hopeful.  I have made a list of what I am resisting and what I am working toward.  It is helpful to keep my children in mind at all times.  What do you want for your children’s future?  How do you support that action?

I highly recommend this short read and the boost it will give most readers towards hope for a good future.  Good foundation for resistance and planning groups.

Naomi Klein (born May 8, 1970) is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of capitalism.  More on Wikipedia.

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WALLFLOWER BLOOMING: A Romantic Story ~Amy Rivers

Monday, December 12th, 2016

TLC Book Tours sent me an e-copy of WALLFLOWER BLOOMING for review.  It is a nice read and is a variation of traditional romance as it includes a good amount of information about depression, anxiety, and control issues surrounding the heroine of the story.  Equal parts self-actualization and romance.

Val Shakely has her own business and her quiet and unassuming routines.  She runs a successful PR firm and has a life, which is contained within her comfort zone.  She has misread her sister and her mother after her father’s death and is glad they are not in the same city anymore.  Val enjoys her outgoing cousin Gwen’s energies and holds her as a dear friend.

Gwen has entered a tight race for Mayor of their city and has asked Val to be her PR person and attend many functions.  This opens up Val’s social life and makes her feel vulnerable and quite anxious as she re-arranges her carefully scheduled routines.  This also allows for the quiet city bachelor to discover her existence and join her routines and expand her comfort zones.

Although the politics get a bit over the top for Val and threats are made, she stands up when she needs to and learns a great many coping skills.  She becomes almost fearless as the race progresses and then begins to reconnect with her mother and sister and figure out the truth of the situation surrounding her father’s death.

Communication is good and solves many problems.  Being loved and adored by someone special makes the book light and smooth.  The story allows one to discover some extra problem-solving skills and shed light on better coping skills.  An enjoyable afternoon read.

About the Author:

“Amy Rivers was born and raised in southern New Mexico and currently resides in Colorado. She had an idyllic childhood despite a severe visual impairment and, perhaps because of her disability, she learned a lot about compassion and empathy from a young age. Her keen interest in social issues and violence prevention led to a Master’s degree with concentrations in Psychology and Politics. She was the director of a sexual assault response program and remains an advocate for social justice. Amy has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses, Novelty Bride Magazine, ESME.com and Splice Today. Wallflower Blooming is her first novel.” (From TLC review page)

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The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty

MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE: My Faith, My Family, Our Future ~ Keith Ellison

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The First Muslim American Elected to Congress:

“When Americans are challenged, we generally rise to the occasion.  When we’re fearful, we generally become divided.  When we’re courageous and have good leadership, we unite.”

MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE is about being the first to do something.  In this book we discover the backstory of what it is like to be the first Muslim to be elected to Congress in the USA.  This is a significant story of how one accomplishes any action of being first to succeed. I believe the story is even more important because Ellison was born a US citizen and is from a family of many generations of US Citizens.  Minnesota’s 5th District Congressional Representative was born in Detroit to an educated couple and was the middle son of a family of 5 sons.  His mother is a devout Catholic and in a professional career, his father was a free-spirit and a psychologist.  One of his brothers is a Baptist Pastor and almost all have law degrees. Ellison became Muslim during college because the peaceful nature of the religion and the daily practices and study helped him center and mature as an adult.

“If I was going to complain about injustice, didn’t I have an obligation to try to fix it?  Complaining without offering a solution is whining.”

Keith Ellison went to college and then to Law School.  He went to fine colleges and participated in all the offerings.  He did not go to the Ivy League and did not attempt to be someone else.  He practiced law, got married, shared life with 4 children, worked within his community, and practiced his faith.  He recognized when he made miss steps and mistakes, acknowledged those actions and then worked to improve his balance.  He became an astute judge of comments and assertions which were false, racist, and sexist and he looked to educate and expose rather than shout and whine.

“Islam teaches that men and women are equal before God.  So why do we have these draconian laws subjugating women in some Islamic nations?  Because people confuse faith with customs, laws, and politics.”

I finished the book believing that Ellison was a good representative for his district in Minnesota and he was a focused individual about what was good for democracy and all the citizens of our country.  He is knowledgeable about many faiths, politics, communities and the law and I think he serves his country well and with great hope.  He represents his whole district and their needs and wants.  At this time, he is not one of the political “stars”, but rather a solid representative doing the best he knows how to do.  If he can remain in office, I believe we will eventually describe him as a Statesman for our time.

Net Galley sent an uncorrected proof copy of this book via KINDLE and asked that I review it.  It was an interesting story and I am grateful for the opportunity to read it and share MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE with my readers.

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Monday, October 15th, 2012
Mount Rainier and Tipsoo Lake

Mount Rainier and Tipsoo Lake

We backed out of the garage into the grey morning light and left sea level for the heights.  By the time we reached the rain shadow of the Cascades, it was doing just that.  The car kept ascending even though we were going through the small communities in the foot hills and had not left the areas of civilization and Saturday errands.

The highway became two lanes and steeply moved us into the canopy of Evergreens lining the sides of the road.  Rain cleared. There was the sign telling us that we were entering the National Park and we were almost alone on our way.  As we ascended spectacular views began to appear of the deep valleys and rivers rushing below, the clouds lazily drifting up through the heavily forested hillsides and to the blue sky telling of the heat on just the other side of this Mountain Pass.  Clear, pristine blue sky beckoning.

Although it was before noon, we stopped at Chinook Pass – Lake Tipsoo and pulled into the parking lot to stretch our legs and breathe deeply the fresh cloudy air.  We did not take our Naches Peak hike or climb onto the Pacific Crest Trail, instead we circled the small parking lot a few times and then sat at the picnic tables to eat our lunch.  On the table was posted a sign about keeping the Wild Life WILD and we promised to do our part.  A fellow on a bicycle stopped for a rest, water and a small visit; he was ready for the winding decent on the highway with almost no shoulders; cut out rock wall on one side and dramatic drop-offs on the other and of course the cars.

Another pause, as we said a small prayer of gratitude for the beauty and a wee word for the spirit of the Ambassador who was recently killed in Syria and whose Great Grandfather was the Chief of the Chinook Nation; it was the right thing to do.

We descended into the desert of the Yakima (Yak eh mah) Valley and the cloudless 80 degree autumn day.  We followed the river and were amazed to see and refresh our knowledge at the massive orchards, grape vines, hops and wineries that have bloomed in this area for so many years.  We were going to the Central Washington State Fair to celebrate what would have been a 96th birthday at the best party she always attended.

Fair was okay.  Fair was extremely crowded.  Company and conversation was very good. Best part of the fair was observing the full moon rise over the bare, golden, pink, purple hills into the forest fire haze of color and then into the clear blues of the night sky.  WOW.

Now we return home and once again ascend the Mountain Pass from the other side.  There is not a cloud in the sky and a great many people are hiking the trails and around the lake.  As we approach the lake a brown bear runs across the road into the meadow on the other side of the road and then disappears into the tree line of the Pacific Crest Trail.  I could not get my camera in position in time to snap a picture and young bear just wanted to get away from all the folks in the parking area and in a hurry.

My heart and eyes were amazed by the sheer beauty of the sights on the mountain.  The ground cover turning maroon, the Queen Ann’s lace still gracing the roadway, and the numerous waterfalls just a rock cut away.  The peak of the mountain in it’s snowy glacier wrap caught the sun and the blue background with perfection.  It was the real thing and yet there was perfection to its nature.

As we left the park and entered the town beyond the gates I began to discover a sadness which has not left me.  To think if one man is voted into office in November 100 million acres of this treasure will be sold and clear cut, if one man is voted to be Governor of this state another huge part of our State Park system will be demolished and sold.   Apparently we are paying too much for these earthly gifts, and they could make one or two people a great deal of money, and this would help the National Debt….

….sometimes we do not know what we’ve lost until it’s gone.

Have you lost something that you did not realize until it was gone?

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