“If You’re Not Outraged, You’re Not Paying Attention.”

Well said!!!

By Hook Or By Book

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As many are already aware, yesterday afternoon Mr. Trump gave a press conference in the lobby of Trump Towers in New York City. Originally it was supposed to be focused on the administration’s infrastructure plans, but it quickly went off the rails due to Trump’s unhinged remarks and behavior. I’m not going to parse every abomination that came out of his mouth, as I suspect most of you have already seen the presser or read about it. You already know that instead of doing the right thing and unequivocally repudiating white nationalists and neo-Nazis, he made excuses for them and condemned what he called the “alt-left”, saying they were equally to blame for the violence in Charlottesville over the weekend. Insisting that some of the alt-right that descended upon this small quiet college town were “fine people” who were there to quietly protest the removal of Confederate statues, he pointed…

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Belle’s Bookish Tales || Do Trigger Warnings Hurt Literature?

Something I’ve been wondering about for a while is if trigger warnings are actually necessary.

I didn’t think so and still don’t like them since I think of it as a spoiler, but Belle had an outlook I didn’t even think about.

Check it out.

When a Brown Girl Reads

Trigger Warning and Books

Reading a book is a subjective experience. Authors write not only because they have a story to tell but also to evoke emotions and stir conversations. Some books change people’s thoughts and behaviors while some leave us puzzled. It’s no secret that a seemingly harmless bundle of pages has the power to twist emotions into tangles.

So when the request for books to come with trigger warnings was made, a burst of conversations condemning the very thought followed.

Aye, but it is a blasphemous thing to do to literary art, is it not?

To whittle heralded books to mere plot points; to highlight the ugliness of the novel removes attention from its humbling narrative; no, no, trigger warnings blanket our already coddled generation. Tough love, aye?

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“Trigger warning”.

The very term sounds ominous, very 1984-esque. It sounds like the first step to literature’s doomsday; next thing you know, we’ll…

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Meet and Greet: 8/12/17

Dream Big, Dream Often

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It’s the bimonthly Meet and Greet everyone!! Strap on your party shoes and join the fun!

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The Truth Is I Haven’t Always Been So Positive

Sometimes I look back and reflect on some of the things I’ve done. All the time I had that could have went to my dream or something else was wasted.

I didn’t want to change into something better than myself to get where I wanted.

I might’ve thought about changing, but change can’t come from just your thoughts – You have to want it. Be true with yourself and it’ll come out as something beneficial to you.

You have to want it AND follow-up on that. Good luck if you’re trying to change!

Dream Big, Dream Often

DannyAbout once per week I’ll get an email asking me how I maintain such a positive attitude. And I get enough of these emails to make me believe people view me as being a positive person, although, I don’t view myself as a positive person.  The truth is I haven’t always been so positive.

In 2007 I began working for Dick’s Sporting Goods as a PGA Professional.  My job was to manage the golf shop staff, keep the shop stocked with the appropriate types of merchandise, inventory and maintain customer service levels.  For anyone who has worked retail, this short story should register with you.

I worked that job and dealt with customers throughout the store; there were good days and there were really bad days.  And as the years moved forward the really bad days began to outnumber the good days 10 to 1.  Customers in retail are vicious…

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Beyond The Surface Book Club: A Talk About Suicide and Depression

It’s always important to discuss mental health. 

Naturally, it can be a very touch subject, but so many people go through mental issues. If we didn’t talk about it, how would we be able to help everyone?

Especially for those who don’t seek help on their own, they have support right here if they stumble upon this. 

The Book Raven


*trigger warning for suicide and depression*

Our first book of the month: My Heart and Other Black Holes, is centered around probably one of the most hard-hitting topics in mental health: suicide. This topic is an ugly one, but also a very important one to discuss.

Here is a deeply personal story of my connection to this topic.

Deep breaths….

I had an Uncle in my family.. let’s call him Uncle J. This uncle, he had problems with alcohol, probably was part of his depression, but he never discussed that with anyone as far as I know. The most important part of his character for me however, was that he was always a great father for his kids. I never once saw him happier then when they were in his life, but then again a lot of things in his life hit him a bit too hard.

In the end…

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