My daughter and her family will be here today! They live in Illinois and I haven’t seen them since Christmas.
We’ve got stuff planned–a beach trip tops the list, but mainly I’m going to spoil the three grandkids and enjoy my time with them.
I’ve been immersed lately in the near future America depicted in Octavia E. Butler’s Parable series. After practically inhaling the first of the novels, Parable of the Talents, I immediately downloaded the second book, Parable of the Sower.
The books’ heroine is a strong, intelligent, teenaged girl named Lauren Oya Olamina. In the year 2024 Lauren turns fifteen. She lives a relatively protected life in a walled community outside of Los Angeles.
Life outside the wall is chaotic. Society as Lauren’s parents knew it has broken down. While communities like the one in which Lauren lives are not uncommon, they aren’t the norm. Even though her family has to conserve resources and take turns keeping watch at night, she’s one of the lucky ones.
But one day that all changes. First her father goes missing, then fire-loving druggies burn her sheltered neighborhood, scattering Lauren’s family. There are no safety nets. The police and fire departments cannot be counted on for aid. Lauren is on her own.
This tale could have merely chronicled Lauren’s journey to safety, but in addition to being a vagabond teenager she has started a religion, Earthseed, and she builds her congregation from her fellow refugees as she founds the community they name Acorn.
I’m still reading the second book, and the situation seems dire. Once again Lauren is on the run, but there’s much more at stake at this point. The newly elected president of the United States ran on a theme of “Make America Great Again.” He’s instituted American Christianity as the national religion, and his supporters are capable of unthinkable atrocities in their quest to wipe out any belief systems other than theirs. It’s a chilling look at what might be in store for our future.
Lauren is a fascinating heroine. Her single-minded drive to complete her grand mission is inspiring, but also frustrating. I want her to be safe, but safety is not her goal.
If you’re into dystopian fiction give Ms. Butler’s books a try. Just let me know what you think.
Again, Lydia nails it.
Today, FBI Director James Comey before the House Intelligence Committee confirmed an investigation into President Trump’s ties to Russia.
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI is investigating Russia’s interference in the US election, which includes whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russian efforts. This will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed. I can not say more about whose conduct we are investigating.”
Meanwhile on Twitter:
This tweet is disturbing on many levels. If I had to choose what I find most disturbing, it would have to be the fact that more than 54,000 people liked it. This is one of the easiest claims to prove false yet. Who are these 54,000 people?
When America first woke up, she didn’t know where she was.
She wobbled upright on the couch, her head spinning, the stink of Old Crow and cheap beer hanging in the air. “I’ve got to stop having these crazy blackouts,” she thought.
There was the sound of incoherent mumbling nearby. She gingerly turned her head to look. Oh, God. Richard Spencer was passed out next to her, his head back and his mouth open. Was it possible? Did she make out with a Nazi last night?
America rubbed her face and tried to remember what the hell happened. Nightmarish images floated back to her. The fascist embracing her waist, whispering in her ear. “I will make you feel like a real woman… you’re not a woman until you’ve been taken by a strong man…” And she had let him take her, she suspected.
Her living room was torn to pieces. Trash…
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Maybe trump needs to analyze his spending. He’s flirting with the “let them eat cake” philosophy and we know where that got Marie Antoinette.
Each weekend Trump spends at his Mar-a-Lago resort comes at a cost of 3-5 million taxpayer dollars. Add that to the million dollars we spend every week to keep Milania in New York—that’s a lot of something.
Something = Healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, Arts funding, Veteran Funding, Energy Assistance, Environmental Protection, Agriculture, Commerse, Educational Grants, 62 program cuts in all—that’s a lot of something.
How long until Trump leaves?https://howlonguntiltrumpleaves.com/#.WM64n52MItQ.twitter