1/30/17

ASHAMED

This weekend I’ve read and listened to a lot of news. I listened to stories and opinions from various elected officials, various news outlets, people from all sides and all viewpoints. I listened to the most passionate objectors to President Trump’s travel ban. I’ve read articles by people who strongly support the travel ban. I’ve read the details of President Obama’s 2011 6-month halt on Iraqi refugees/immigrants after the discovery of Al Queda terrorists in Bowling Green, KY. I read President Trump’s statement outlining the details and the reasoning of the travel ban he instituted over the weekend. I listened to journalists who highlighted the positives and journalists that highlighted the negatives of the current travel ban. I listened to statements from refugees either already here or hoping to come here. I listened to statements from the families of Americans killed by terrorist activities. 

And you know what I found?

I found that in EVERY story, EVERY statement, EVERY news report, there was something legitimate. From the most vehement oppositions to the travel ban to the President’s own statement about the ban, and everything in between, I found something legitimate and reasonable… something I could understand… a way to see things from that person’s or that group’s point of view. I could feel empathy and support for folks on BOTH sides of the issue.

Sometimes I feel very alone in my belief that we can and should try to see things from all sides. I feel like there is no place within the social and political discourse for a person like me who thinks there’s every reason to act with respect toward those who may think differently than me… to treat them with dignity and basic human decency. I feel this way for one pretty simple reason.

WE HAVE LOST THE ABILITY TO LOOK UPON THOSE WHOSE OPINIONS DIFFER FROM OUR OWN WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN DISGUST THAT THEY ARE “NOT LIKE ME”.

When did America become an “all or nothing”, “my way or you’re a stupid fool” type of country?

When did it become okay to lead with the attitude that… “If you don’t think like me, then I don’t care what you think or how you feel”? When did we decide that it was acceptable to treat people who have different opinions than us as scum, vermin, and pariahs?

Do you know what we do when we act as if the people who differ from us are stupid and ignorant? When we basically say to them… If you think differently than me, I don’t care about you?  When we do that, we DE-VALUE them. We say to them, “You are LESS because you think differently than me.” We tell them, “Unless you believe what I believe, you are NOT WORTHY.”

THIS is the hard truth of what we do when, in our political outrage or our political triumphs, we fail to take into account the people who believe differently than us. When our “side” wins, we gloat and say “We won. You lose. Deal with it. Ha ha.”, and then we hurl accusations at the opposing side. When our “side” loses, we cry and yell about the injustice and unfairness that led to our loss and hurl accusations at the opposing side. Both of these are unacceptable ways to react.

I’m APPALLED and ASHAMED by this. I’m ashamed of every person or group who has made a statement or social media post that DE-valued those who oppose them by treating them as if their feelings are unimportant. I’m appalled and ashamed of every person or group who has made a statement or social media post that treated the opposite side as unworthy. I’m appalled and ashamed at every person or group who has made a statement or social media post that lumps everyone who has a different opinion into one big group of stupid, ignorant, uninformed, and worthless losers.

That is the very definition of intolerance. 

And I include myself in that group of people of whom I’m appalled and ashamed, because I know I’ve been guilty of the same types of thoughts and statements. But for our own sakes, we MUST move beyond this “mob mentality” of us vs. them.


We are Americans. We can and SHOULD be better than this.

1/25/17

COVER REVEAL - A Boy Like You - Ginger Scott



Check out the cover of A BOY LIKE YOU by Ginger Scott! Don't forget to preorder your copy today!






A BOY LIKE YOU

NA Contemporary Romance (Book 1 in the Like You series)

Scheduled to release: March 3, 2017





BLURB:
They say everyone’s a superhero to someone. I’m not sure who I’m supposed
to save, but I know who saved me.

We were kids. His name was Christopher. And up until the day he pulled me
from death’s grip, he was nothing more than a boy I felt sorry for. In a
blink of an eye, he became the only person who made me feel safe.

And then he disappeared.

Now I’m seventeen. I’m not a kid anymore. I haven’t been for years. While
death didn’t take me that day, the things that happened left me with
scars—the kind that robbed me of everything I once loved and drove me into
darkness. But more than anything else, that day—and every day since—has
taken away my desire to dream.

I wasn’t going to have hope. I wouldn’t let myself wish. Those things—they
weren’t for girls like me. That’s what I believed…until the new boy.

He’s nothing like the old boy. He’s taller and older. His hair is longer,
and his body is lean—strong and ready for anything. I don’t feel sorry for
him. And sometimes, I hate him. He challenges me. From the moment I first
saw him standing there on the baseball field, he pushed me—his eyes
constantly questioning, doubting…daring. Still, something about him—it
feels…familiar.

He says his name is Wes. But I can’t help but feel like he’s someone else.
Someone from my past. Someone who’s come back to save me.

This time, though, he’s too late. Josselyn Winters, the girl he once knew,
is gone. I am the threat; I am my worst enemy. And he can’t save me from
myself.





About the Author:



Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines, Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your Dreams, The Hard Count, and Hold My Breath.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher, point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers, magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians, politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she's not writing, the odds are high that she's somewhere near a baseball diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork 'em, Devils).

Social Media Links:
Twitter: @TheGingerScott

1/11/17

From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

In a day and time when people can't seem to get along... when people are offended by anything and everything... when so very much seems to divide us, Amy Harmon has written a book that reminds us that people of different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities can NOT ONLY get along, but can be compassionate toward one another, can HELP one another, can SACRIFICE for one another. "From Sand and Ash" depicts the plight of the Jewish people in Italy during WWII, and the Catholic people who hid them, fed them, and kept them safe from the Nazis, even though to do so posed GREAT RISK AND DANGER to themselves. Yes, there is a love story (a poignant, gut-wrenching, heart-breaking and ultimately joyous love story), but this book is so much more. It is a history lesson, even for those of us most knowledgable about the subject. It is a lesson in the arts and in religion. And it is a REMINDER that compassion, sacrifice, and love CAN exist between people who on the surface seem SO DIFFERENT. 

The characters in this story are fictional, but the situations they found themselves in are very, very real. These fictional characters and this fictional story are set amid the VERY REAL persecution that Jewish people in Italy faced as the Nazis swept across Europe. We've all heard the stories of what the Jewish people endured during Hitler's rule, but this inside look at what happened in Italy, and the way the Catholic church SHELTERED the Jewish people
has given me a new perspective on a period in history that we must, never, NEVER forget.

I've recommended Amy Harmon to many of you before, but I simply CANNOT recommend THIS book highly enough. It is one of the most beautiful stories I have EVER read. And I think we could all use the reminder that people of different backgrounds and experiences CAN find common ground and act with compassion and love toward one another.

GO READ THIS BOOK --> "From Sand and Ash"