I receive a number of emails each week alerting me to newly-published, or about-to-be-published books of all genres. Most I simply skim, usually find one or two that I look more closely at, but only rarely buy one, for I have a backlog of books on my TBR (to-be-read) list already and little time for reading these days. This week, however, there was one that caught my eye, in the least likely genre: children’s picture books!
Curiosity stirred, I read the brief description …
From an award-winning team, a tale about a cat and a dog who discover that even though they don’t look at things the same way, they can still be friends.
In today’s divisive climate … isn’t this just brilliant? Teaching children at a young age to work through their differences, to overcome them and move on, remaining friends.
Hudson and Tallulah may be neighbors, but the fence between their yards isn’t the only thing that divides them. They can’t see eye to eye on anything. One day they venture out, and after nonstop disagreement, they realize something surprising: they don’t always have to agree to be on each other’s side.
Inspired by a story their daughter Lily wrote in the second grade, the author and illustrator of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner You Are (Not) Small have created a tale of finding common ground when you least expect it—and using it as a stepping-stone to friendship.
This book is a must-read for every child … heck, I think it should be required reading in schools, and maybe every member of Congress should be forced to read it and report on it! In fact, you and I should read it! I downloaded a free copy to my Kindle that I will be reading tonight … how ‘bout you?
Yesterday, the Capitol was under lockdown for over two hours after a person attempted to ram his car through a barrier in front of the Capitol, hitting two Capitol Police officers, killing one. Officer William F. Evans was an 18-year veteran of the force who was part of the First Responder’s Unit. The other officer, who has not as of this writing been named, is in serious but stable condition. The attacker was shot dead by police.
Not for one solitary minute did I believe that the attacks on January 6th were to be the last, and especially after they were applauded and excused by so many after-the-fact. Yesterday’s attack was … well, obviously there was no planning and it was a single perpetrator, not a well-planned action by the likes of “Proud Boys,” “Oath Keepers” or other domestic terrorist groups. Thankfully, else far worse damage and loss of life might have occurred.
Is this to become our new ‘norm’ then? Has the door been opened and the dogs let out to kill and maim those whose job it is to protect our elected officials? Is it likely that at some point, there will be another serious breach and our lawmakers themselves will be killed or injured by people whose rage against our government has been fueled by the likes of Roger Stone, Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, congressional newbies Boebert/Greene/Cawthorn/Hawley, and the former guy, to name only a few?
Is this the nation you want to live in? A nation where our legislators’ lives are in danger every single day, where our very government is being threatened by freaks like this one …
How do we end this madness? There is a continued threat from many of the major white supremacist groups to attack the Capitol again when President Biden addresses a joint session of Congress. Must we hold our collective breaths, not knowing for sure that we will still have a government at the end of that day?
I don’t know about you folks, but I’m sick and damn tired of what’s happening in this country. I don’t see an end in sight but see only more chaos and madness. If We the People are stupid enough to elect fools and idiots like Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Greene, then how … HOW can we ever hope to end the chaos? I have no answers … if I did, perhaps I wouldn’t lie awake nights worrying, pondering, wondering where we go from here. But we damn well better be finding a way out of this mess, for many of us won’t survive this decade, perhaps not this year, if we don’t.