June thoughts...

June is Pride Month.

I was taught that pride is a sin when I was a child in Sunday School. Horrible things happened to folks in the bible who displayed pride. Humility was the ideal that we were to aspire to. We’d go into the big service and sing about how wretched we were in the sight of God. We’d sing about how we deserved death… not only death, but everlasting torture because we are inherently unclean. We’d sing about how our only chance at happiness was found in the blood of human sacrifice of an innocent being.

It’s no wonder that so many of us have self-worth issues!

And when we did something noble, we were not to advertise it. We should hide our good works lest we seem boastful. That our reward will be in Heaven. Screw that.

I say do good things. Help people when you can! Work to make your community a better place when you can find opportunity to do so! And let people know when you accomplish worthwhile things! That should be the standard of what is good! That should be the normal. As young people grow up, they should be surrounded by adults striving to make the world a better place. Status should be achieved by doing worthwhile things. Helping others. I’m far more impressed with someone who tells me that they spent the day boxing up food for the hungry, than I am with someone who just bought whatever new car is in the news.

Should one feel proud for simply being gay? Some folks think that’s what Pride events are about. I would say that Pride is not about only being gay, but instead about being willing to stand up and be counted, so that those who are unable to come out can find strength in knowing that it is possible to live a transparent life. Visibility is the only path to changing perceptions of LGBTQ+ folk. Once upon a time most people didn’t think they knew any of those awful homosexual people, but when folks discover that someone they know and like is that way… often their perceptions become less rigid. Even entrenched ideas can soften when faced with a kind person. Stand up and be counted if it makes sense in your situation to do so. It is the only way to change the world, one person at a time. That is something to be proud of.

Olly, Olly, Oxen Free!
(From Olly, Olly Oxen Frey by Paul Manchester)

Twist open the doorknobs
you’ve clung to so tight!
Come out, Come out!
Where’er you be!
Out from the hidey holes
into the light!
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free!

No need to hide kindness!
No need to hide strength!
Come out to your fears,
where’er you be!
No need to hide questions
you’ve pondered at length!
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free!

Those hidden what-if’s
have something to say!
Come out new ideas,
where’er you be!
Start to ask questions!
Craft a new day!
Olly, Olly, Oxen Free!

June Reading

The Purple Fantastic Book of the Month

Boy Shattered

Boy Shattered is hardly a fantasy, nor is it an adventure in the fun, imaginative sense. This is a dark adventure and unfortunately all too real. When one watches the news it is crazy to see events like this occurring on a regular basis. This story is hard to put down as there is a big mystery at its core – Who were the shooters?  And there is a love story. Boy Shattered by Eli Easton is worth a read.

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Brian
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?

Landon
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall,the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.

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book-author

Eli Easton

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Brian
You’ll make it out of here, Brian. I swear.
I had everything—school quarterback, popular with girls, and my dad was proud of me. I told myself it didn’t matter no one knew the real me. And then I nearly died. Landon saved my life. He’s the bravest guy I know. He came out a few years ago, proud and fierce, and he ran into gunfire to help others. Me, I’m a mess. Can’t even stand to be in a room with the curtains open. But here’s the thing about losing it all: You get a chance to start over and be someone new. Only how can I move on when the two shooters who attacked our school were never caught? And why do I feel like I’m still in the crosshairs?

Landon
Will you kiss me?
When I came across Brian Marshall,the hottest guy in school, dying on the cafeteria floor, I did what anyone would do. I tried to save him. His request surprised me, but I figured he needed comfort, so I kissed him on the forehead. When he survived and came back to school, he was broken in body and mind. He still needed me, and soon we were unlikely besties. But what I saw at school that day woke me up. I want to demand action on gun control, lead protests, raise my fist. I’ll tear the world down if I have to. And if I can get the man of my dreams and save the world at the same time? I’ll take it. Only I didn’t understand that the horror at Jefferson Waller High wasn’t over.

Additional information

book-author

Eli Easton

Format

Audiobook, Kindle Books, Paperback

Language

English

Pages

352

Publisher

Independently Published

Year Published

2019

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“We read books to find out who we are.

What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel…
is an essential guide to our understanding
of what we ourselves are and may become.”

 

Ursula K. LeGuin

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“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.
If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world,
I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

 

Maya Angelou

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“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.

The man who never reads lives only one.

 

George R. R. Martin