Don’t you ever say women don’t rock! [Book Review]

This book’s cover drew me in immediately.

cover of Rad Women Worldwide by Schatz and Stahl

I mean, look at it, it’s incredible.

All the art in the book is done in this same style by artist Miriam Klein Stahl using paper, pencil, and an X-Acto knife. How cool is that? This style carries you through the whole book, and lends a cool vibe to the project as a whole.

Book Description

Rad Women Worldwide tells fresh, engaging, and amazing tales of perseverance and radical success by pairing well-researched and riveting biographies with powerful and expressive cut-paper portraits. The book features an array of diverse figures from 430 BCE to 2016, spanning 31 countries around the world, from Hatshepsut (the great female king who ruled Egypt peacefully for two decades) and Malala Yousafzi (the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize) to Poly Styrene (legendary teenage punk and lead singer of X-Ray Spex) and Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft (polar explorers and the first women to cross Antarctica).  An additional 250 names of international rad women are also included as a reference for readers to continue their own research.

This progressive and visually arresting book is a compelling addition to women’s history and belongs on the shelf of every school, library, and home. Together, these stories show the immense range of what women have done and can do. May we all have the courage to be rad!

Continue reading “Don’t you ever say women don’t rock! [Book Review]”

A prosecutor takes on a seemingly unwinnable case with a dark secret. [Book Review]

I came across this book by accident, and only stopped on the cover because of the author name.

Marcia Clark?

As in the O.J. Simpson trial prosecutor, Marcia Clark??

She writes fiction?!

…Yeah, okay, so maybe I should have known that, but I didn’t. So I had to get this book. I wanted to see what kind of novels a former prosecutor would write. And, honestly, the sheer novelty of it was quite a draw, even though I was skeptical that she could write anything… well, good.

cover of suspense thriller Blood Defense by Marcia Clark

Continue reading “A prosecutor takes on a seemingly unwinnable case with a dark secret. [Book Review]”

Happy birthday, Frank Sinatra.

black and white image of a young Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra, one of the most talented performers of modern times, was born December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey to Italian immigrants. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” was one of those singers that makes you stop and listen, and his acting wasn’t half bad, either. He died in Los Angeles, California on May 14, 1998 after a heart attack.

Today would have been his 101st birthday.

Happy birthday, Frank! Thanks for everything.

The Promised Land: Reflections on MLK

image of MLK giving a speech

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

We have no alternative but to protest. For many years we have shown an amazing patience. We have sometimes given our white brothers the feeling that we liked the way we were being treated. But we come here tonight to be saved from that patience that makes us patient with anything less than freedom and justice.

The tragedies faced with our country today show that there is still so much work to do to achieve Dr. King’s dream. Many have rightfully risen up against the face of racism to demand their rights, while others are frozen, not knowing how to proceed, not knowing how to fight without the risk of the bloody backlash that is becoming all too common.

logo of the Black Lives Matter movement

Those of us who stand on the right side of history – the side that believes separate is never equal, and that there is no superior color, gender, sexuality, or creed – will continue to fight against the injustice bred into our society, in whatever ways we can, in the name of leaders like Dr. King, until one day we are all judged simply by the content of our character.

Dr. King saw the promised land, and I hope to live to see it, too.