Saturday, December 20, 2014
My Topics of Study This Year:
-Civil Rights Movement
1) Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight--Karl Rove
2) The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House--Barbara Olson
3) The Kennedy Wit--Bill Adler
4) Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama--Ann Coulter
5) Relax-You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left: Using the Power of Humor to Overcome Stress in Your Life and Work--Loretta LaRoche
6) You Learn by Living: Eleven Keys for a More Fulfilling Life--Eleanor Roosevelt
7) American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom--Rick Santorum
8) Raylan--Elmore Leonard
9) The Barbarian Way: Unleash the the Untamed Faith Within--Erwin Raphael McManus
10) Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson--Joseph Hosey
11) The Everything Organize Your Home Book--Jason R. Rich
12) Chasing the Devil: My Twenty-Year Quest to Capture the Green River Killer--David Reichert
13) Drinking and Dating: P.S. Social Media is Ruining Romance--Brandi Glanville
14) Willoughby's Return: A Tale of Almost Irresistable Temptation--Jane Odiwe
15) Eat That Cookie--Liz Jazwiec
16) Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death--John McShane
17) Fatal Friends, Deadly Neighbors: And Other True Cases--Ann Rule
18) Amazing Things Will Happen: A Real-World Guide on Achieving Success and Happiness--C.C. Chapman
19) Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde--Jennie Garth
20) Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity--Hugh MacLeod
21) Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
22) In Freedom's Cause: A Story of Wallace & Bruce--G.A. Henty
23) In the Still of the Night: The Strange Death of Ronda Reynolds and Her Mother's Unceasing Quest for the Truth--Ann Rule
24) Happily Ever After: Walking with Peace and Courage Through a Year of Divorce--Kristin Armstrong
25) The Power of Praying Through the Bible--Stormie Omartian
26) Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims--Rush Limbaugh
27) Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10--Marcus Luttrell
28) Clippings from My Notebook--Corrie ten Boom
29) Escape in Iraq: The Thomas Hamill Story--Thomas Hamill
30) I Grew up Little: Finding Hope in a Big God--Patsy Clairmont
31) SeinLanguage--Jerry Seinfeld
32) Sizzling Sixteen--Janet Evanovich
33) Smokin' Seventeen--Janet Evanovich
34) Ted and Ann-The Mystery of a Missing Child and her Neighbor Ted Bundy
35) Explosive Eighteen--Janet Evanovich
36) Notorious Nineteen--Janet Evanovich
37) Sleepers--Lorenzo Carcaterra
38) Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer--Beth Moore
39) Anna Eleanor Roosevelt--Dan Santow
40) Julia Dent Grant--Christine Fitz-Gerald
41) Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams--Ann Heinrichs
42) Frances Folsom Cleveland--Susan Sinnott
43) What is the What--Dave Eggers
44) Lucretia Rudolph Garfield--Ann Heinrichs
45) Takedown Twenty--Janet Evanovich
46) Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt--Barbara Silberdick Feinberg
47) Escape--Carolyn Jessop
48) Triumph: Life After the Cult--Carolyn Jessop
49) Facing the Music: My Story--Jennifer Knapp
50) Church of Lies--Flora Jessop
51) When Men Become Gods--Stephen Singular
52) The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice--Rebecca Musser
53) Stolen Innocence--Elissa Wall
54) Lost Boy--Brent W. Jeffs
55) Spelling It Like It Is--Tori Spelling
56) Prophet's Prey--Sam Brower
57) Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage--Tanya Biank
58) Dolley Payne Todd Madison--Alice K. Flanagan
59) Women in the Civil Rights Movement--Judy L. Hasday
60) Freedom Rides: Journey for Justice--James Haskins
61) Harriet Tubman: The Moses of her People--Sarah Bradford
62) The Civil Rights Movement: Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides--David Aretha
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Saturday, December 13, 2014
Behold here, in the little negro girl, the future deliverer of hundreds of her people; the spy and scout of the Union armies; the devoted hospital nurse; the protector of hunted fugitives; the eloquent speaker in public meetings; the cunning eluder of pursuing man-hunters; the heaven guided pioneer through dangers seen and unseen; in short, as she has well been called, 'The Moses of her People.--pg. 14-Harriet Tubman's life has always been an inspiration to me. This book, written while Harriet was still alive, is a gem in many ways. Bradford (who knew Harriet well), shares her views and other esteemed people's views of her and her character.
God had a great work for her to do in the world, and the discipline and hardship through which she passed in her early years, were only preparing her for her after life of adventure and trial; and through these to come out as the Savior and Deliverer of her people, when she came to years of womanhood.--pg. 16-The more I learn about Harriet, the more amazed I am by what she was able to accomplish. And this book in particular shares her strong faith.
Brought up by parents possessed of strong faith in God, she had never known the time, I imagine, when she did not trust Him, and cling to Him, with an all-abiding confidence. She seemed ever to feel the Divine Presence near, and she talked with God 'as a man talketh with his friend'. Hers was not the religion of a morning and evening prayer at stated times, but when she felt a need, she simply told God of it, and trusted Him to set the matter right.--pg. 23-After Harriet escaped from slavery, she went back 19 times to rescue other slaves and was always successful. She brought over 300 slaves north to freedom. This, along with a whole host of other major accomplishments, is astounding.
-Frederick Douglass had this to say about her:
Excepting John Brown--of sacred memory--I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than she has.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
-I am usually a stickler for movies sticking to the "book". The Red Tent, which aired as a 2 part mini-series on Lifetime, may stick to the book it was based on, The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.
But, it doesn't stick to the true Biblical story in Genesis. I haven't read Diamant's book, but the mini-series definitely deviates from the facts in the Bible on some things.
-Yet, I still found the series fascinating. It showed what life was like for women back in that time. The KC Star's review, Women Rule in this 'Tent' does a good job of explaining how the focus of the movie is on the women and their roles.
-I loved the actresses that they picked to play Leah, Rachel and Dinah. I love Morena Baccarin who plays Rachel. She does a phenomenal job on the show, Homeland, which is where I first saw her.
-I will be checking out Diamant's book too.
Thursday, December 04, 2014
-My most recent research project was on the FLDS. I read 8 books about them and watched movies and documentaries.
-Now, I'm studying the Civil Rights Movement. Recently, I watched the series The Sixties on CNN. There was an episode entitled, A Long March to Freedom, that described the sit-ins and the Freedom Rides. I decided I needed to know more.
-Several years ago, I watched the movie, The Help and read the book. It further opened my eyes that it really wasn't that long ago, especially in the south, when people were openly racist.
-I realized after watching The Sixties episode, that I didn't know enough about the Civil Rights Movement, especially during the 50's and 60's. I wanted to learn more about the sit-ins and Freedom Rides.
-I've read Women in the Civil Rights Movement by Judy Hasday and Freedom Rides: Journey for Justice by James Haskins.
-I'm in the middle of listening to The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff. I'm learning a lot from all angles about how the Civil Rights Movement took shape.
-I've almost finished reading Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People by Sarah Bradford. I discovered this book as suggested reading in Hasday's book. I've read a lot about Harriet Tubman in the past, but this book is a fascinating account by someone who actually knew her well and quoted others that knew her well. I've always thought of her as a heroine, but this book has increased my respect for her and my amazement at what her faith in God enabled her to accomplish.
-I will continue reading and watching documentaries and movies on the subject. Stay tuned for more to come.
CORE (Congress of Racial Equality)
NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
Freedom Riders Foundation
Civil Rights Museum