"He (Nasrudin Hoja) worked in a vineyard, taught, gave sermons at the mosque and was even a judge" "Though his life in Turkey was not always easy, his"He (Nasrudin Hoja) worked in a vineyard, taught, gave sermons at the mosque and was even a judge" "Though his life in Turkey was not always easy, his heart was light and his approach to difficulties was witty, yet wise."
Really enjoyed the following stories:
Pumpkins and Walnuts
Hoja at the Bathhouse
The Four Arrows
The Smell of Soup
The Three Questions
Fun short stories with a bit of wisdom along the way!...more
"There is an uncanny silence surrounding the trauma of black rape." - Charlotte Pierce-Baker, author
"We all have free will, but when it comes to black"There is an uncanny silence surrounding the trauma of black rape." - Charlotte Pierce-Baker, author
"We all have free will, but when it comes to black men, all of a sudden everybody blames us -black women- for what goes wrong in our rae. Allof a sudden black men are not responsible for themselves. We have to be responsible for them. Then we're blamed when they go to white women; we're blamed when they kill each other. We're not valued as people to the same degree that other people are valued. Even less so than black men. A professor at the university said in class, in my presence that "you can't get raped unless you go slinking through the ghetto." As if I'm not even a human being. I was sitting there! We're disposable people, black women. I -as a black woman- have feelings. I get angry; I feel delight; I cry myself to sleep. We have the whole range of emotions that anybody else does." - Ruth
"Talking about rape is like taboo, and we all know it's taboo." "...for black women it's taboo "to tell"; the brothers are hurting so bad we don't want to hurt 'em anymore. God forbid we should put another worry on them!" - Matilda, twenty-year old college student
"White women are usually put up on a pedestal. With the black woman it only takes one smudge, and you carry that smudge with you for the rest of your life. Most white women feel that black women should be used to being raped. When I was going to high school, I went to a racially mixed school. When we got to the Civil War, most of the white girls I went to school with felt that black women enjoyed sleeping with the masters. To me that was something that was passed on to them by their families. I figure that's how the white man justified raping black women back then; it was okay because "they enjoyed it." - Adrienne, forty-year old nurse
"...rape is a men's issue. Rape says much more about men than it ever has about women. Rape is a louder statement about masculinity than it is about femininity." - Rus Ervin Funk, Stopping Rape: A Challenge for Men
"We thought we could take care of anything ourselves! Our relationship had always been very private. Even our parents weren't privy toeven the remotely intimate parts of our life. I think if we had done therapy together, it would have made a difference. But within our marriage -and our family of three- there was ocmplete silence. I was complicitous, totally, in the silence. It would, somehow...just get better." -David, husband of rape survivor.
Speak out - don't remain Silent! Organizations that can help: Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
Family matriarch, quasi-free slave "Sally Thomas could remian legally enslaved while renting a house, establishing a business, raising three boys, proFamily matriarch, quasi-free slave "Sally Thomas could remian legally enslaved while renting a house, establishing a business, raising three boys, providing for her grandchildren, and maintaining amicable relations with whites bears testimony to what could be accomplished within the boundaries of slavery." - Impressive!...more
Some of the uphill challenges that she faced came from her fellow African-Americans "(1972) always have to face menA small woman with big ambitions!!!
Some of the uphill challenges that she faced came from her fellow African-Americans "(1972) always have to face men who tried to infantilize, patronize, or demonize her." Called a Matriach, envoking the image of a dominant black mother that has emascuculated the black man.
She also had to deal with prejudice: (1968) "found the perfect house, tried to make the purchase the real estate agent suddenly and inexplicably told them the house was unavailable. A week later, the seemingly frightened agent came to them, asking why Chisholm had not mentioned that she was a member of Congress?"
Politician with a heart: "On a cold February evening, an elderly woman knocked on their door and handed her an envelope, saying that a group of women had collected money for her congressional campaign. Chishom opened the envelope and found $9.62, all in coins. Overcome with emotion, with tears streaming down her cheeks, Chisholm promised this woman, "I know what this money means to you. We'll make it together - you and I." She would always treasure that envelope.
She was also a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Lexi is one of 'those other girls' - popular, smart, funny, but never been one of those girls - the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys.
LeLexi is one of 'those other girls' - popular, smart, funny, but never been one of those girls - the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys.
Lexi: "We're all the same. So you're not better than me, Brooke (head popular girl). You just like to pretend that you are. Why? To make you feel better about yourself. You know what that makes you? A bully. And in my opinion, bullies are the worst kind of people. Because the people who feel the need to bring others down to feel good about themselves are the ones who need help. And not the help that can be found in the beauty product aisle." Wise words.
Would have changed one of the lines from: Mac(Mackenzie - Lexi's little sister): "We paid the fees"; it would have been more ironic if the line read: "We paid our dues."
Definitely a tearjerker - keep the tissue at hand! "Sprout, you are the bravest hen I have ever known!" Lesson: never let go of your dreams - no matterDefinitely a tearjerker - keep the tissue at hand! "Sprout, you are the bravest hen I have ever known!" Lesson: never let go of your dreams - no matter how hard it seems to achieve them!...more
Witty, insightful - explores the ideas of blackness, how those ideas are changing, and how they differ from popular ideas promoted in mainstream mediaWitty, insightful - explores the ideas of blackness, how those ideas are changing, and how they differ from popular ideas promoted in mainstream media and often in the black community itself (intraracial stereotypes). The formation of the "black panel" including someone from Africa and a white panel member (equal opportunity) was well balanced. Here are some interesting points that stood out: How to be a Black Friend: "Is that your real hair?" "Can I touch it?" all while reaching to touch it regardless of what answer was percolating - avoid unsanctioned hand-to-hair contact...rude to just touch someone's hair without permission: that black people, especially, have a history of white people exerting their privilege over black bodies. How to Speak for All Black People: instant expert on Black Issues "It's as if everyone expected me to carry the knowledge of some sort of Negropedia filled with answers to all things black for the edification of white classmates (or co-workers or friends, etc)." Going Back to Africa: how can I go back when I've never been? How to be a Black Employee: "Corporate America has flow all its own" How's that Post-Racial Thing Working Out for You? - will there ever be a Post-Racial??? The Future of Blackness: bottom line - Pro-Black does not mean anti-White I really like his description of his mom "pro-black, Pan-African, tofu-eating hippie", sweet and sincere. And the mention of "food people" was hilarious - read the book to find out....more
Very interesting story of two former slaves living in pre-Civil War New England. Abijah and Lucy Prince "rose from slavery to raise a proud and free fVery interesting story of two former slaves living in pre-Civil War New England. Abijah and Lucy Prince "rose from slavery to raise a proud and free family, teaching them to use American laws and traditions to protect their rights." Even using the courts to ascert their rights and protect their property. Abijah Prince "was a clever and entreprenurial man who got his lands through ingenuity, relationships, and hard work." He even had his name on maps "Abijah's Brook" in Deerfield, Massacusetts. They owned land in Northfield, Massachusetts; Sunderland, Vermont and Guilford, Vermont. They registered their children's birth records as proof of being born free. It was interesting to see the research process of investigating historical records and the problems that researchers come across: "We have so little on African American history" - 'a strange thing happens when you tell some librarians and archivists that you are looking for an African American. Tey hear that phrase and cannot go past it, separating out black and white Americans histories as though they are not interconnected.' ...more
"A superbly original and intriguing book ... unique, yet so simple, it leaves you wondering why it hasn't been thought of before." - Neil deGrasse Tys"A superbly original and intriguing book ... unique, yet so simple, it leaves you wondering why it hasn't been thought of before." - Neil deGrasse Tyson, American Museum of Natural History. This book covers a lot of different areas: Native American Astronomy, Optical Telescopes, Radio Telescopes, Planetaria - Theaters of the Sky, NASA and Space Exploration, Space Museums, Astronomers, Astronauts, and Einstein, Aliens, Space Rocks and the Top Ten Out-of-this-World Experiences. Like the following quotes: "Space, the final frontier..." - Captain James T. Kirk, Starship Enterprise
"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night" - From the Old Astronomer to his Pupil by Sarah Williams
"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain
"I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet" - Jack London
Great travel guide for someone who likes the science of science fiction genre, or someone who casually gazes at the stars from the backyard!...more