The Power of Pride

I am not a fraud.

But there was a time in my life – not all that long ago, if I’m being honest with myself – that I did everything I could to hide who I really was. I pretended to be the kind of person my parents wanted me to be and the kind of person I thought my kids needed me to be.

I was terribly unhappy, and more than once over the years I tried to end it all. Continue reading “The Power of Pride”

She’s a real lady-killer, but she doesn’t know why. [Book Review]

I don’t know where I have been (under a rock, maybe?), but I haven’t found a lot of good LGBT books that aren’t about love and/or tragedy based on gayness, so it’s been nice to read some of these new books that have LGBT main characters that are in different genres.

This was one that I wanted to read immediately, because I love a good mystery/thriller, and I couldn’t wait to see what was going on. Continue reading “She’s a real lady-killer, but she doesn’t know why. [Book Review]”

‘Tween friendship and a gender place. [Book Review]

Adolescence is a hard time for everyone, you can’t deny it. You’re somewhere between a kid and an adult, expected to walk the thin line between obedience to elders and responsibility for one’s own actions. It’s tough for everyone, but for some kids, it can be even worse.

This is the story of one of those kids, and his struggles to find lasting friendship, deal with his alternative family, and confront a truth about himself that will change his life forever. Continue reading “‘Tween friendship and a gender place. [Book Review]”

A complicated routine isn’t the hardest thing these two will learn. [Book Review]

I love looking through the selection of books Netgalley offers. There are so many intriguing descriptions, covers, and titles in all genres, and I often request more than one (sometimes four or five) at a time based on those.

Today’s book is one that immediately caught my attention. Anyone who follows my blog regularly knows I love a good LGBTQIA/SAGA book, and this one did not fail to please.

cover of LGBTQIA/SAGA romance Finding Your Feet

Book Description

While on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sight-see and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.

Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.

Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely.

Continue reading “A complicated routine isn’t the hardest thing these two will learn. [Book Review]”

Changing Why Me? into Why Not? in a kids’ book by Julie Parker. [Book Review]

When I saw Julie Parker’s post about her book, Why Me?, on Instagram, I knew it was something I wanted my kids to read. So I asked her if I could grab a review copy, and Ms. Parker happily obliged.

cover of children's book, Why Me?, by Julie Parker

My plan was a little different than the one I normally use when I review books. With this one, I wanted to read it myself, then have my son read it, and last, have my daughter read it. I assumed this way we could each have our opinions separately, so when I reviewed it, I would have a more rounded view of the book.

Book Description

A bright, colorful children’s book that shows children that being different doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

Continue reading “Changing Why Me? into Why Not? in a kids’ book by Julie Parker. [Book Review]”

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]”

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.