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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Know My Name by Chanel Miller
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The Iliad by Homer
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Oh do I wish I could visit Coopers Chase! Just as good as the first in the series, and the audiobook continues to be fantastically narrated. When do we get a 3rd book? Hoping this gets a TV adaptation at some point too!

#pop22 #misleadingtitle
#pantone2022 #skydiver
#audiobookchallenge (Storygraph)

Laughterhp I‘m on hold for the first one at my library! I‘ve seen so many good things about these books. 6h
Cinfhen Agreed!! Can‘t wait for the TV series although I think I read Steven Spielberg is making it into a movie 🍿 6h
4thhouseontheleft @Laughterhp I hope you enjoy it! @cinfhen I hadn't heard, that's exciting! 6h
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Cinfhen How are you feeling?? Is the rest of your family still Covid free?? 6h
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen yes, everyone else is covid free! I'm still quarantined in the guest bedroom for another few days, although I am emerging masked while everyone is out of the house today. Feeling a lot better, just dealing with an extreme fatigue and mild headache that is lingering. Thanks for checking in! 6h
Clwojick Hope you‘re feeling in stop shape soon! 💖 6h
marleed I‘m so happy you are on the mend! …@greatjoy69 made one of her infrequent posts to Instagram yesterday. That could brighten your day! 6h
4thhouseontheleft @marleed I saw that this morning! I LOVED finding that on IG. Also really curious if the recent post is tied into a setting in the next book. (edited) 6h
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Sorry I didn't post yesterday, but I'm hoping I've finally turned a corner with recovering from Covid and am feeling a bit better today, other than the lingering fatigue.

Key Names, Dates, and Terms for Chapter 2: Loving v. Virginia, Miscegenation, Moynihan‘s 1965 Report The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, Loretta J. Ross, Reproductive Justice


Bookish_Gal I don‘t think I even thought about it growing up. I was brought up homeschooled color blind. I also live in New England - it‘s very white here. I knew slavery happened, in general terms, was a major cause of the civil war. Not much else. It wasn‘t until I went to college I learned of Juneteenth, last year for Tulsa. “It happened then and we got over it”. Let be my parents teaching it‘s not MY history as my family tree is fairly new to the USA 1d
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Butterfinger I am ashamed to say that I remember very young about differences. My family said the most horrible things, but as a four year old you didn't know was horrible. I feel lucky that my elementary school was integrated and I still have friends from the school. We are still very close. I think my odd 19h
Butterfinger I think my moment when I realized I was not going to be like my family was when Patrick called me about a school project. We were in fifth grade. We both remember. It was traumatic for him because of obvious reasons. and it was traumatic for me. I still cry. He was my best friend. What was the question? Anyway, I was raised with prejudices and knew of those conventions. Didn't understand them. Which is why I am getting so much from this book and study. 19h
Butterfinger I do have to say in school, we had a good balance of POC and white teachers so I didn't see classism in school. My vice principal was an African American woman. This was 1979 in the south (when I started kindergarten) so I am proud of my community school. 19h
4thhouseontheleft @Bookish_Gal @butterfinger I was also raised to be “colorblind“ by parents who still don't get the problematic aspects of this view. 🙄 I like Ibram X Kendi's description of race, that I've read elsewhere, as a “power construct“ because race has primarily been used to maintain power for those who already have it. 6h
Butterfinger @4thhouseontheleft @Bookish_Gal I would have preferred to have been raised as no differences than I was, but I understand the other extreme doesn't not show value to different cultures. 30m
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It‘s been hard to read physical books the last 24 hours, so I was grateful when this hold came in from the library! I‘m devouring it while spending a lot of time on Happy Color. 🤣 Thursday Murder Club have become my favorite sleuths of the 2020s.

If you have a favorite coloring page on Happy Color, share it! I‘m looking for some of the most interesting ones to complete while I finish this book. #quarantine #covidsucks #happycolor

Cinfhen LOVED this audio and I‘m enjoying your drawings 🧡🙌🏻 3d
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize you have Covid!!! Sending healing hugs!!! 3d
Cinfhen I think I need to get myself tested. I‘m not feeling right although my son, who is the sick one tested negative. 3d
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JenReadsAlot I'm doing some Happy Color today as well! 3d
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen hope everyone in your home feels better soon! @JenReadsAlot share your happy color pics! 3d
marleed I‘ve been thinking of you and hoping you are okay. I‘m obsessed with the Thursday Murder and keep picturing the cast from the film of the tagged moving back to England to take up sleuthing. Oh, and did you know Joy has an actual Instagram page - few posts but hilarious! 3d
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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We will be returning briefly to the Daughters of Azimuth poem during our Chapter 2 discussion.

Would you like me to start adding sensitivity/content warnings for each chapter?
Content Warning for Chapter 2: Race. This essay describes sexual violence against Black women and girls.

My thoughts on the poems in the comments. #1619GroupRead

4thhouseontheleft First, I had to look up the meaning of Azimuth. This poem is going to stay with me for a while. What especially struck me is how this poem portrays the small ways that enslaved women fought back. In this poem, by using blue cohosh (I think) to prevent pregnancy after being raped by their enslavers. Nikki Finney's use of mathematical terms tied to the definition of azimuth: “vertical rods“, angle, “bloodthirsty plane“, the metaphor is powerful. ⬇ 3d
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4thhouseontheleft The last line of the first poem was my favorite, in part for it's bluntness: “had they half a notion that beyond their animal husbandry fuckery, we kept loving each other.“ The line that stood out for me in the Loving Me poem is this one: “I know the power of my own gaze.“ 3d
MallenNC The taking of what little control the women had was what stood out to me in this piece also. I like the poems and creative works because they give something of a voice to people whose stories we may not have directly. 3d
Bookish_Gal First: I got a sense of fleeing from abusive slavers. That enslaved people were done being basically bred. The taking away of what power and control they have on their own bodies. Second: it was that final line that got to me. How they want them to look down because they love themselves. 2d
ravenlee I agree, the final lines of each poem were amazing. I found the idea of resistance as taking care of each other, and treating each other like humans instead of animals, really powerful. 2d
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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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My hubby was so sweet to make homemade chicken noodle soup last night, which was just what I needed.

Day 3 of Covid, and each day I feel worse, but getting by. I have started my next #TOB2022 book. Although I will probably spend more time watching TV than reading today. #tobshortlist

4thhouseontheleft And I just realized this is the same author that wrote Upright Women Wanted, and now I am a lot more excited to read it! 4d
Suet624 Oh gosh. I'm so sorry to hear this. Please take gentle care of yourself. 4d
4thhouseontheleft @Suet624 Thanks! I‘m grateful to have a spouse and daughter who are both quite self-sufficient, making it a lot easier for me to focus on rest and getting better! 4d
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BarbaraBB I am sorry to hear you've got it bad. Take care, wishing you a speedy recovery 🍀 4d
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB thank you! I qualify for the monoclonal antibody therapy so I have an appt for that this afternoon. 4d
BarbaraBB Good luck, I hope that'll help!
thebluestocking I hope the therapy helps and that you feel better soon! 💙 4d
TrishB Take care ❤️ I felt worse until about day 5, then started to feel a bit better each day. Hope you‘re on the mend soon. 4d
slategreyskies Hope you‘re feeling better soon!! Also, those donut shaped noodles are so cool! I‘ve never seen ones like that before! :) sending hugs!! 💕 4d
Branwen Oh no! So sorry to hear you are sick, friend! *hugs* I had covid at the beginning of the month and it felt like it was never ending- but hang in there; you will get better a little bit more every day! 💕 Sending lots of love and healing thoughts your way! 4d
squirrelbrain Sorry to hear you‘re suffering so much - hope you turn a corner soon…. 4d
NovelGirl82 I‘m so sorry. I hope you‘re feeling better soon 4d
4thhouseontheleft @slategreyskies I buy them at our local Italian grocery, but it‘s the same brand as these on Amazon: Primeluci Anelletti Durum Wheat Semolina Pasta - 1 lb (Pack of 4) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01D0F0U0Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_CAAXCW5MRBP3KCAGR3... 4d
slategreyskies Oh, thank you so much!! I‘m going to try them out next time I make chicken noodle soup! 🥣 💕 4d
jessjess I'm sorry you're not feeling good!! 4d
CarolynM Hope you're well again soon💐 4d
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Last discussion question for Chapter 1. Tomorrow we'll discuss the creative works.

Some further resources:
💫 Reread the Declaration of Independence and/or Constitution with what you read in this chapter in mind.
💫 https://mountainx.com/opinion/letter-language-shift-will-change-perceptions/


Butterfinger Equity in education, housing, suffrage - What book was it @megnews that we read - Douglass and the women suffragists were united until Stanton and Anthony broke away because they didn't believe the newly Emancipated people should not receive the right to vote until the educated white women received it? I agree wholeheartedly with Hannah-Jones, when you have been persecuted, you don't want to see anyone else persecuted so Black people are always th 4d
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IndoorDame The thing from chapter 1 that really stands out for me is that we have all public education in this country as a result of activism by Black Americans, which I hadn‘t known before. 4d
Butterfinger the first to stand up for equality and equity - LGBTQ+ rights. Great discussion and great questions and great book. Drug intervention programs. And Alisia, I appreciated that article. If Asheville did start using appropriate language, maybe those dang flags would be off of I40. They are a symbol of hatred; not heritage. I seethe each time I see one. 4d
4thhouseontheleft @IndoorDame that struck me as well. @Butterfinger I feel like a new flag pops up every time I go to Asheville. 😬 I saw 4 on my trip last month. on I-40 and 321. 4d
Singout Like @Butterfinger says, the Stonewall riots that are considered to be key in LGBT rights were led by Black people and people of colour, often trans people and drag queens. 4d
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger I thought Asheville is progressive? @4thhouseontheleft side note- I‘m hoping to visit in April. 4d
Chrissyreadit I have to admit I‘m learning about some of the ways we have all gained now from this book. I am still absorbing how so much has been left out of schools. 4d
megnews @Butterfinger it was the one about Lucy Stone 4d
Butterfinger @Chrissyreadit I want to meet you. I have been vaccinated and I will wear my mask 😷😷. 4d
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger I‘ll let you know dates when determined, you let me know where the bookstore is and it‘s a plan 😘 3d
megnews I appreciated the second resource. Terminology is so important. Words mean things. I‘ve been using the term “enslaved person” over slave for a while now as I‘d read that somewhere before. The term enslaver sounds uglier somehow than owner so it‘s incredibly appropriate in my opinion. And I agree that “forced labor camp” takes away the glamour some still attribute to antebellum plantations. Both going into my vocabulary. 3d
megnews @Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger I‘m so jealous! I want to meet y‘all too! 😃 3d
Chrissyreadit @megnews #roadtrip I‘ll give you the dates when I have them #justincase 3d
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit Asheville is progressive overall, but the rural areas around it are not. You‘ll have to let me know specific dates when you have them for a visit! 3d
4thhouseontheleft @megnews I agree. Forced labor camp as a term for antebellum plantations was new to me, I plan on incorporating it as well. My parents lived on Hilton Head Island for 10 yrs before moving to FL. It has always bothered me that HHI refers to its gated communities as “plantations”. But then, that area is also the first time I heard a docent refer to the Civil Was as t he a war of northern aggression. 🙄 3d
Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft I will keep you in the loop 🎉 3d
Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft @megnews @Butterfinger I actually feel relief at being given language to describe labor camps- and using enslaved and enslaver. The many many discussions I‘ve had with people internalized their watered down view and accepted a place of beauty built with horror- so many people not only minimalize but that act (to me) also indicates a very embedded perception of Black people being “less then”- I am reading this chapter thinking 3d
Chrissyreadit How is this still continuing - until suddenly grasping that many people have an internal caste system they fully believe in. 3d
staci.reads @Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft @Butterfinger I just mentioned this in a comment on one of @megnews 's posts. If you are ever in New Orleans, I highly recommend visiting Whitney Plantation - the tour and museum are entirely centered on the enslaved persons' experience. They have removed any romanticized narratives about the southern plantation mystique. ⬇️ 3d
staci.reads *Whitney continues to use the term "plantation" so I followed suit for discussing this museum specifically, but I agree, I am working to replace that term with "forced labor camp." 3d
staci.reads Just finished the tagged book and learned more about Shirley Chisholm and her trailblazing accomplishments. Wanted to give her a shoutout for this discussion question! 3d
Bookish_Gal I‘m working on learning - sometimes I feel re-learning - since most of this I‘ve never been aware of. So like my parents (which do not understand this project) we‘re questioning what is the truth in history and what‘s exaggerated. So honestly I‘m taking my time absorbing all these histories that were buried and forgotten. I‘m glad it‘s coming to light. The public Ed is what gets me, as I‘m a teacher, in what they pushed so hard for 2d
ncsufoxes There is so much that we have because of the work of black people. As it‘s mentioned that black people fighting for their rights & activism lead to the rights for others: women, lgbtq, disability, & immigration. A few months ago I was listening to The Antiracist podcast & the discussion was around disability rights. Kendi said disability rights are civil rights & until all people are treated equally there will continue to be a struggle. 2d
ncsufoxes In the last few years I have felt that my eyes have become truly opened to the inequalities in our society. It has made me rethink a lot. Although I am open & willing to be on this path, I recognize too that it is a sense of reckoning to come to terms with what I was not taught. I can (partially) see why people are so afraid of change & become so defensive (not making excuses for blatant racism that is pervasive). It‘s a lot to process& overcome. 2d
ncsufoxes My hope is the next (& my current generation) can continue to make changes & move forward. Understanding a more accurate history makes me understand more about why the policies & racism continue in this country. 2d
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Sweet & Bitter Magic | Adrienne Tooley
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Tamsin is a witch that was banished from her homeland, cursed with the inability to love. Wren has spent most of her young life caring for her father, ignoring her ability as a source, a person who can give magic to witches. These two pair up to help stop a mysterious plague that has enveloped their land.

Yes, this a sweet YA romance, but it‘salso a story about sisters. And has fantastic LGBTQ+ rep in both main and minor characters!

4thhouseontheleft #AestheticallyMatched and #Pantone2022 #OrchidBloom this is my favorite aesthetic match so far! @Clwojick 5d
GondorGirl I really enjoyed this one! I loved the sister element and found the romance believable. I'm curious to see what the author writes next. 5d
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Cinfhen Great color match 💜 5d
4thhouseontheleft @GondorGirl She's coming out with a new book in April! I like that she writes standalone fantasy novels, which is rare for YA fantasy. 4d
tracey38 I think I have this one in my tbr stack somewhere, lol. Glad to hear it's good! 4d
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Sweet & Bitter Magic | Adrienne Tooley
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Well, looks like I will be hanging out in our guest room for the next 10 days, since I was (luckily?) the only one of the 3 of us that tested positive - and has symptoms - after this weekend‘s exposure.

While Aaron and Maya are at work and school, I gathered up as many supplies as I could from around the house to help me get through 10 days of quarantine. Of course there are lots of books! Although all I want to do right now is sleep. 😷😩

RaeLovesToRead Sorry you've come down with the virus ☹ Hope you manage to get plenty reading done while you recover 💙 6d
TrishB Look after yourself ❤️ it‘s not a bag of fun! 6d
Bklover Feel better soon! 6d
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ravenlee Oh no! I hope you get through mildly. 6d
Chelleo Sorry you were so lucky. Hope you are better soon. 6d
IndoorDame Wishing you an easy recovery❤️‍🩹 6d
Suzze Feel better and try to stay sane! 6d
LeahBergen I hope you feel better soon! ❤️ 6d
quietjenn Good luck with quarantine. I hope you feel better soon. 6d
Ruthiella Hope you get well soon! ❤️ 6d
4thhouseontheleft @EvieBee all of our medical providers, including my spouse who is a surgeon, consider the WHO guidelines the best, which recommends stayinghome and self-isolate for 10 days from symptom onset, plus three days after symptoms cease if your symptoms are mild. (edited) 6d
4thhouseontheleft @TrishB no it‘s not! I‘m feeling worse as the day goes on. I‘m just grateful that so far, I‘m the only one in the house sick. 6d
Lcsmcat Feel better! I‘m dealing with a breakthrough infection myself and it‘s no fun. 6d
TrishB I was the only one to get sick in our house- though husband and daughter eventually tested positive. I had3-5 bad days- in bed, rest up and take care ❤️❤️ x 6d
4thhouseontheleft @Lcsmcat I Hope you feel better soon too! 6d
DrexEdit Hope you feel better soon! 6d
emmaturi Hope you feel better soon! I had it last week! 6d
marleed Oh no. I hope you recover quickly. 6d
curiouserandcurioser @4thhouseontheleft hope you feel better soon!! 6d
squirrelbrain Feel better soon. 😞 6d
MaureenMc Wishes for a speedy recovery. My daughter and I are in day 7 of our break-through infections. Solidarity?! Or something?? 6d
vivastory I hope you feel better! 6d
DGRachel 😔 I hope you feel better soon! 6d
xicanti Oh no! I hope your symptoms fade quickly. 6d
Cortg Oh no! Wishing you a speedy recovery and the rest of the house doesn't come down with it. I love that you rolled your book cart in with you. Rest up. 6d
kezzlou85 Hope you feel better soon. 6d
JacqMac I hope you get lots of rest and feel better soon. It does look really cozy in there though. 6d
5feet.of.fury Ugh ❤️‍🩹 wishing you a quick recovery, that space is so cute, tho. 6d
KellyK Oh no… feel better soon! 6d
wanderinglynn Oh no! I hope you feel better soon! 💚 6d
Bookzombie Oh no! I hope you have a speedy recovery so you feel up to reading. 💕💕 6d
BookBosomed1 I hope you feel better! 6d
Gissy I hope you feel better soon ❤️ 5d
Clare-Dragonfly Oof, good luck, and I hope your symptoms are mild! 5d
rachelsbrittain Oh no! Sending wishes for an easy and quick recovery! 5d
Chrissyreadit I hope you are feeling better ❤️❤️❤️ 4d
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Look at those end pages. Aren‘t they pretty?

Trying to read, but my brain will not stop spiraling. Maya‘s BFF spent the whole long weekend snowed in at our house. Monday morning they seemed off, so I sent them home. They tested + for Covid this afternoon. My younger sister has Covid too, and she is unvaxxed (despite our best efforts, she‘s not anti-vax but has a needle phobia) and considered high risk due to a BP condition. She‘s pretty sick. 😢

5feet.of.fury Oh gosh, this Omegatron is no joke. hoping for a speedy recovery for them! 7d
wanderinglynn Oh no! Sending lots of healing energy to your family. 💚 7d
slategreyskies Hope everyone feels better soon! 💕 7d
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KellyK Wishing all a speedy recovery 💙 7d
Kshakal Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers! 💗 7d
4thhouseontheleft @5feet.of.fury @wanderinglynn @slategreyskies @KellyK thanks! So far my little immediate family of 3 is fine. I am most concerned about my sis out in Nevada. They have a shortage of antibody treatments there. 7d
FashionableObserver Fingers crossed for you and your family. Sending healing vibes your way! 7d
Librarybelle Hope everyone is better soon! 7d
curiouserandcurioser @4thhouseontheleft praying for speedy recovery fir everyone💜 7d
batsy Hope everyone is fine and that your sister improves soon 😟💛 7d
Megabooks I‘m so sorry. I hope things turn out okay. 💜 7d
Cathythoughts Thinking of you all... I hope all will be well soon X 6d
Sophronisba So sorry about all of that, hope it turns out well. 6d
Chelsea.Poole I‘m sorry 😣 I‘m having trouble concentrating as well since COVID hit our house last night as well. My son tested positive. 😣 6d
4thhouseontheleft @Chelsea.Poole I hope your son recovers quickly, and no one else in your house gets sick. 💞 6d
bnp {{{Healing thoughts to everyone, especially your sister.}}} 5d
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Consider the quote above, from page 35, and what it means to you. #1619GroupRead

IndoorDame In some contexts America can refer to a people, not a place, and that‘s what I hear in this sentence. It seems like a rallying cry to me. We‘re at a point in time that feels like it has the potential to be a sea change, and we - America - need to understand that it‘s our responsibility to push that change over the edge. 7d
mdm139 I agree with @IndoorDame that America in this sentence mean people. Additionally, our form of government allows us to elect our officials. And those elected officials are servants to the people, they serve the will of the people. So hopefully our current and next elected officials recognize the need to make change, to see our flaws, and try to change them to better our country and our society and culture. 7d
megnews Based on the context proceeding this quote, I took Jones‘s “we” to refer not to America but to African Americans. African Americans have been viewed as problems by many for so long and what she was writing in the previous paragraph is about the many contributions African Americans have made. I think she is saying, “Listen to us. We may have the solutions to resolve these problems.” That was how I took it. 7d
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4thhouseontheleft @megnews yes I agree 💯! I took this question directly from a discussion guide, but it definitely needs to be considered in the context of the whole paragraph. 7d
Bookish_Gal There‘s a lot to be taken from a quote like that. Just it being one sentence taken out of context. Anything-one who is considered a problem is generally the solution. Person or place or situation. It‘s all connected. We just need enough people to understand it enough to want to stand up and say “hey, we can do this”. 6d
Butterfinger I love how @IndoorDame put it as a “rallying cry“. And I think it was @mdm139 who mentioned in an earlier post that the Constitution was written in a way to evolve. It is a living document. It can be changed for the better. “...in order to make a perfect union...“ I love that phrase. America as a whole have to support the contributions of its citizens of color and we will become that perfect union. One day. 4d
Chrissyreadit @megnews I agree with you about this quote. And I see it as a very valid statement - when we limit anyone from participating we are limiting potential. But more this has been purposeful limitation. It‘s like this country would cut off its nose to spite its face. 4d
staci.reads I think it ties directly to the last sentence of the essay, "We were told once, by virtue of our bondage, that we would never be American. But it was by virtue of our bondage that we became the most American of all." To acknowledge the horrific past is not enough if we don't embrace those still most affected by that history and center their leadership in the next part of our story. 3d
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I‘ve loved this poem ever since I first heard it at last year‘s Inauguration. With that being exactly one year ago this week, of course I had to revisit it again when I spotted it on a community bookshelf at a local tea lounge. (That is also black-owned and my new favorite spot in Charlotte!) 💜#poetry

4thhouseontheleft Fulfills #pop22 book you can read in one sitting and #poetrychallenge Book 1 7d
RaeLovesToRead That teapot & cups are awesome 💕 7d
KathyWheeler I just read this recently too. 7d
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IndoorDame I love that poem too. And what a beautiful place to read it! 7d
4thhouseontheleft @RaeLovesToRead @IndoorDame They are so cute! The owner has a whole wall of mugs and tea cups, so you can pick your own. Although now I feel bad for going out, as soon as we left, I found out my daughter's friend who spent the whole weekend snowed in with us, tested positive for Covid. 😬 They developed symptoms yesterday after going home. (edited) 7d
IndoorDame @4thhouseontheleft I hope you and your family are okay 🤞🏼 7d
4thhouseontheleft @IndoorDame I hope so too! I'm a bit on edge right now, but I do qualify for the antibody treatment if I get sick. All 3 of us are fully vaxxed and boosted (but so is her friend). 7d
RaeLovesToRead Hope you haven't caught it 🤞🤞🤞 Fingers crossed. 7d
marleed My granddaughter turned one 29Oct21 and my daughter made a treasure box to be saved and opened on their 18th birthdays (she has a twin brother!). Of course, this poem/ book is what I had to include in her treasure chest! I can‘t wait to know who both Amanda Gorman and RíEllie will be in 2038! (Okay, maybe I can wait because I‘ll be seriously old in 2038!) 7d
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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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So far I‘ve ✅ off two Pantone colors! #pantone2022

Cinfhen Perfect 👍🏻 1w
Clwojick Awesome! 1w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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So many great quotes and things to think about in this chapter. #1619GroupRead

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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I learned some new things in this section. It also made me stop and think about how incredible it was that Black Americans were able to push Congress to pass bills like the Civil Rights Act of 1866, and ratifying the 14th & 15th Amendment. The advances made by Southern Black electeds during Reconstruction that brought the right to a public education for all to the South. And USC was integrated briefly in 1876? I had no idea.

megnews This was such an amazing time. The US grew by leaps and bounds into the values it espoused from the beginning. The leaps in education and government, voting, equal rights etc. It always saddens me that this ends. It‘s so hard to think the trajectory we were on and where we could be today had it not been for back room shady political dealings and compromising values. 1w
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Bookish_Gal I was astonished to hear how much the black community fought for that we take for granted today. The question of how our democracy would be different if they didn‘t do so… I‘m shocked. I‘ve never thought about the era between them being Enslaved and separate is equal thoughts (edited) 1w
IndoorDame I try to think about getting any changes that sweeping to our laws passed today, and really marvel at the political power and dedication that must have been needed to get the 14th and 15th amendments passed after emancipation. 1w
Butterfinger I was shocked to learn about public education too and again I got so mad remembering that nothing was said about this in my education courses when we learned about the evolution of public education. I can't fault the professors; did they know? Now, there is no excuse. Is it alright to bring in what I remember from #400Souls (both so different and yet so similar)? Some communities were constructed by former Enslaved people - one even in NC. 4d
Butterfinger With their own town statutes, but were still persecuted. And I believe these individuals were trying so hard to become American because they knew that they were American, but others didn't see them as such. And they knew education was the key. Oh, it made me so mad that Lincoln blamed the war on people of color. Again, I was hoodwinked. I appreciated that Hannah-Jones acknowledged that he may have changed his mind if he hadn't been assassinated. 4d
Chrissyreadit I had no idea about how much was accomplished- and I‘m still trying to wrap my head around how it was lost. I do believe our schools are purposeful in limiting what is taught, one more way to oppress, control and misinform. 4d
staci.reads @Chrissyreadit I can speak only for my own experience as a high school teacher and now principal- most schools aren't limiting what can be taught, legislators are. I have witnessed and been part of the writing of many curricula, and can say schools are filled with educators who want to teach bravely and honestly and do their best to follow Maya Angelou's words "Do the best you can until you know better, and once you know better, do better." ⬇️ 3d
staci.reads @Chrissyreadit But we continually deal with legislators trying to win points with their base, who set limits on teaching and literature they consider "controversial" or "dangerous," while having absolutely no clue what is actually going on inside the walls of the classrooms. It's disheartening, but absolutely not stopping educators who are trying to center the voices of the marginalized and change the traditional narratives. ⬇️ 3d
staci.reads @Chrissyreadit We still have a long way to go, and not every educator is at the same place in their journey - don't get me wrong - but it's not usually at the school level that ideas are limited. 3d
Chrissyreadit @staci.reads I May be biased in the wrong way by where I live. The local AP history teacher proudly flies a Confederate flag in his classroom, and has shut down discussion started by a student I know well. It made me very aware of this. 3d
staci.reads @Chrissyreadit Wow. I can't believe he's allowed to display it. I can't imagine how that feels for the kids of color in his classroom. Can I ask where you live? My heart hurts for those students. Every student should be encouraged to constantly question, debate, and discuss. 3d
Chrissyreadit @staci.reads I live in WV. I‘m not disagreeing with you about what should be, I moved to WV 21 years ago as a teacher, and had to leave teaching. 3d
ncsufoxes I knew that there was a lot achieved in that brief period of history but I learned just last year what happened shortly after this period. I homeschool my middle child & we learned briefly about what white lawmakers did to gain back all their power. It was something I never learned & I was happy to see the honesty that his school showed by discussing it. I know though that every state, county, city, & even school are not on the same page. 2d
ncsufoxes Which is infuriating in terms of making sure that everyone is learning the same thing. This is how white supremacy continues to dominate by dictating what students are taught & continues to dictate the narrative. It makes me sad to think that not every student is taught equally & fairly. My hope is that there will be shift but when I see all the new pushback I don‘t know when there will be a change. 2d
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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The surrealism in this #tobshortlist novel is what I would imagine coming down from a bad high feels like. Certain aspects are expertly done. Awad really captures the experience of being a chronic pain sufferer, the misogyny that still exists when trying to seek treatment, and the disbelief by friends and family faced by many with chronic pain. The first 100 pages was fantastic. Then the book became a bit unmoored, in a WTF did I read kinda way.

Prairiegirl_reading After bunny I expect “unmoored, in a wtf did I read” from Mona Awad. 🤣 1w
4thhouseontheleft Also fills #pop22 quote from favorite author on cover of Amazon page (Margaret Atwood) 1w
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4thhouseontheleft @Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t read Bunny! 1w
Zuhkeeyah @Prairiegirl_reading I felt the same by the end of Bunny. It started off great…then just drifted aimlessly. 1w
vivastory Did you see that you can pre-order igned copies of Atwood's upcoming book on B&N 1w
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Cinfhen This one was VERY Bunny-ish @Prairiegirl_reading but I liked it more. It‘s DEFINITELY odd & quirky 1w
4thhouseontheleft @vivastory 😍😍 I didn‘t. Thank you!! 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Zuhkeeyah the ending of All‘s Well kind of redeemed itself, there was a very vivid sequence that I thought was done very well. The middle part though, really started to drag. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen the Miranda after the golden drink, and how awful she became, really bothered me. But it is a book that makes you think! She definitely ranks up there on the list of most unreliable narrators. 1w
Cinfhen The parts you highlight in your review are the reasons I really enjoyed this book / I‘m not familiar enough with Shakespeare to understand all the hidden messages/ identities. I LOVE the cover design ❤️not a favorite for the shortlist - surprised it advanced 1w
squirrelbrain I‘m not sure if I‘ll read this. I didn‘t like Bunny at all and I don‘t know much Shakespeare. It‘s also not published over here until Feb. 1w
Suet624 I gave this a so-so as well. She captures the chronic sufferer aspect perfectly but the rest was a mess. 1w
Megabooks This was a low pick for me. Eh. I agree with much of what you‘re saying. 1w
Ruthiella I loved the messy, magical part of this one. @squirrelbrain I think you won‘t like this one much if you didn‘t like Bunny. It‘s equally bizarre. 1w
thebluestocking I usually don‘t go for this kind of weirdness, but it worked for me. I agree that the first 100 pages were the best. 1w
BarbaraBB Still need to read this one but love how different we all react to it! 1w
sarahbarnes Great review. I did love the weirdness even though I got a little lost in it. 1w
BkClubCare Honestly, I do not look forward to this one. 7d
Mindyrecycles I really liked it even though I didn‘t understand it completely. Still mulling it over but I was into it from beginning to end. 4d
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Chapter 1 Key Names, Dates, and Terms:

Abolitionist, American Revolution, Bacon‘s Rebellion, Somerset Ruling, Crispus Attucks, Declaration of Independence, Dunmore Proclamation, Slave Codes, Dred Scott v. Sandford, Reconstruction, W.E.B. Du Bois, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Jim Crow, Civil Rights Act, Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965


MallenNC I think this chapter makes a pretty good case for this characterization. “All men created equal” has always seemed hypocritical in a nation of slavery. I didn‘t know about the Dunmore proclamation by Royal Governor of Virginia before reading this. 1w
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megnews I think the founding fathers felt they were creating a democracy because there was freedom from a monarch. But I don‘t think that‘s what they created at all with so many left out of those freedoms. @MallenNC Very few former enslaved people who fought for England reaped the benefit of the proclamation. Many were left behind. 1w
IndoorDame I have no idea how self aware the founders were about their own hypocrisy, and what type of country they thought they were creating, but looking backwards I‘d say slavocravy is a good characterization. 1w
MallenNC @megnews That‘s not surprising since that proclamation offer was a war strategy and not for concern about human beings. 1w
mdm139 @IndoorDame I think the founding father‘s were a little aware of their hypocrisy and faults. They left a way to change the constitution (amendments). They knew they would make mistakes and morals would change through time. The ability to change the constitution is one of the reasons it has lasted so long. 1w
mdm139 https://youtube.com/watch?v=ImTi03FPBr8&feature=share I love this movie, and this scene pertains to our discussion 1w
mdm139 I think there were so many reasons for the Revolution and one of them was to maintain slavery, but it wasn‘t the only reason. Even the Loyalists that fought on the side of the British had their reasons, one being they thought it would end slavery earlier. (Even the new Outlander book addresses this) And now students are taught the Loyalists were the bad guys. As we said last week, history is taught by the winners. 1w
Bookish_Gal While not sure I believe it, I can understand it. The rules of democracy are there, both they are limited to who the founders believed deserved them. Everything was put together to keep the black American down, that they are inferior. They focused so hard on England, they lost themselves to slavery. They were so quick about it, they didn‘t think about any ramifications. Just pass on the blame. Americas (still is) a teenager in dealing with faults 1w
4thhouseontheleft I do think America was founded as a slavocracy. As Hannah-Jones points out, even for those who were not enslavers, America still benefited greatly from the profits. The profits of chattel slavery was embedded into every single institution: economic, academic, political, etc. The ideals of a democracy were there, but they were not fully realized or achieved. And, as most of us have heard growing up, actions speak louder than words. 1w
Singout This prompted me to look up the difference between “-archy” and “-cracy”: the second is power from rather than rule by. In that sense it makes sense to say slavocracy if what is driving the system is enslavement. It‘s hard for me to comment on whether or not that is true without a deeper knowledge of the history but I‘m learning a lot from this. @mdm139 In Canada we were definitely taught that Loyalists were the good guys!😉 6d
mdm139 @Singout I find it fascinating how different countries teach history. America teaches loyalist we‘re bad guys because we won the Revolution. Canada teaches the loyalists we‘re good guys because the loyalists moved to Canada after they lost. And my friends from England tell me they teach that England “didn‘t want it badly enough and let us have it”. (Never mind the 7 year war plus they came back in 1812 to take it back) 6d
Singout @mdm139 My grade 13 history teacher grew up in the United States and told us how different what he had been taught was from what we were learning, or from what he learned as an adult. It was quite interesting a number of years ago to dig up my ancestor‘s statement about leaving his home in New Hampshire to come to Canada: it did read to some extent like a low-key refugee claim. 6d
Butterfinger I feel like I had been hoodwinked in school. How many American teachers teach what they know, what they have learned? I knew about the Dunmore Proclamation, but not the effect it had on some Loyalists to change their leanings in order to keep their lifestyle intact. Some people fought because they believed King George III was a tyrant, some people fought because of Boston being extremely punished, and others fought to keep people enslaved. 4d
Butterfinger Yes, after reading this section I do believe America was a slavocracy. And, I appreciate her way of telling the truth. Plantations were labor camps. Call them what they were. I will never call them plantations again. 4d
Chrissyreadit I agree, I am recognizing how embedded in EVERYTHING false analogies, fear and oppression has been. I thought I had a solid foundation in understanding- and it‘s not even close. Slavocracy sounds fitting for how our gov operated. @IndoorDame from some of what I read they were very aware of the construct - and at one point slaves had ability to buy freedom and own land - I believe in the 1600‘s also- I suspect the willingness to continue 4d
Chrissyreadit @IndoorDame slavery was a carrot dangled in negotiating the writing of the constitution. @Butterfinger I agree labor camps is the only way I can think of them now. And with some unsettled horror that we still do not see them for what they were. 4d
Chrissyreadit Also I‘m angry at how history continues to be taught, voting rights are not passed and this first chapter shared more information than I‘ve ever learned in all the years in school. It was difficult to read knowing so many racists are still making laws and enforcing “laws” . 4d
staci.reads Something that struck me while reading this essay, which should have struck me years ago, is the blatant audacity of the revolutionaries to compare Britain's offenses to treating them like slaves. Why this rhetoric didn't sicken me previously I don't know, but I'm ashamed now that I breezed right past that common metaphor in revolutionary literature. 3d
staci.reads The lines "It was precisely because white colonists so well understood the degradations of actual slavery that the metaphor of slavery held so much power to consolidate their disparate interests." And "The decision to deploy slavery as a metaphor for white grievances had devastating consequences for those who were actually enslaved: it helped ensure that abolition would not become a revolutionary cause." Were both standout quotes for me. 3d
ncsufoxes I agree that our country was founded on a slavocracy. Our history is not taught to explain the real events that happened. They are skewed to benefit white people. It really makes you rethink everything that you have been taught about the founding of our country. More and more evidence highlights that the framers of the Constitution & our country knew what they were doing & for an intended purpose of maintaining people in an enslaved state. 2d
ncsufoxes Reading this book helps brings so much into a new light for me. Understanding the underlying motivation & reasoning makes me understand so much more as why we continued to have such failed policies & denials of racism in this country. As Hannah-Jones states “black people suffered under slavery for 250 years; we have been legally “free” for just fifty.” That to me just sums up how much we have not come to terms with our past & how hard it is to 2d
ncsufoxes Move forward & why racism is still so prevalent & so entrenched in our society & laws. 2d
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Hey #1619GroupRead Littens, the first snow day in 4 years has derailed my plans to kick off Chapter 1‘s discussion this morning. Between a house full of teens that need food on an hourly basis, tons of wet snow clothes, and now the loss of power, hopefully I‘ll be able to do it tonight. Sorry for the delay!

ozma.of.oz Hope your power comes back on soon! ❤️ 1w
Kdgordon88 No worries! Enjoy your snow day! And hope you get your power back soon. 1w
4thhouseontheleft @Kdgordon88 @ozma.of.oz it‘s already back! 🤞🤞 it stays that way! 1w
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TheKidUpstairs Best of luck! Virtual schooling derailed my reading on this one this week, but they're back to regular school on Monday so I hope to catch up for next week's discussion. 1w
MallenNC I think your part of the state got more winter weather than we did, at least so far. I hope your power stays on! I hate ice. 1w
Megabooks Take care! 1w
4thhouseontheleft @MallenNC we got some snow and a lot of sleet. Luckily not a lot of freezing rain, but the southern part of the county going in to SC got less snow and more ice. The roads are a mess everywhere here though, because no plows have come through yet. Not even in front of the hospital 🏥 😮 and my husband is on call tonight. 1w
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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This book is a bit bonkers. Usually I love the weird stories, but I am really struggling here. I‘m definitely getting deep into the surreal section, and I don‘t like it.

Can someone tell me if it just keeps going down a rabbit hole? Miranda has turned into a major asshole. I‘m going to finish, because it‘s a #tobshortlist book that also fills a lot of prompts. But I may start skimming.

ChaoticMissAdventures Oh no! I loved this, but it is for sure going to be a decisive read because it is so surreal. 1w
vivastory I was just thinking that I need to read this because my current read reminds me of Bunny, not because it has a similar story but bc it's also conceptually unusual 1w
4thhouseontheleft @ChaoticMissAdventures I think I just need to accept the surrealism and go with it ☺️. I keep trying to make sense if it 😜 1w
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cariashley So funny, I‘m at EXACTLY the same point in the book, chapter 18. I‘m liking it but you‘re right that it‘s bonkers. I‘m just going along for the ride, wouldn‘t say I‘m loving it, but am finding it entertaining even if I don‘t know where it‘s going. 1w
Addison_Reads I just finished this one and I usually really enjoy the weird and surreal, but I'm not sure how I feel about this one. I'm going to have to sit with it a little before I review it. 1w
ChaoticMissAdventures @4thhouseontheleft I think that is the best way! Just read through and don't think much about it until you are done, then sit with it for a bit. But of course not all strangling books are for everyone! 1w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Wrapping up this weeks discussion, is there anything else you would like to add? Did you have a chance to explore any of the additional resources, including those in the footnotes?

We'll discuss Chapter 1: Democracy and the two poems Daughters of Azimuth and Loving Me. This was one of the keystone essays in the original NYT piece, so I may end up posting more than one discussion question a day. #1619GroupRead #1619Project

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Well, I did not end up reading next to the cats earlier today, but now I am settled in to my favorite chair next to the fireplace, with my new cozy sweater and favorite socks!

About 100 pages into this one and still on the fence about how I feel. As someone who dealt with chronic pain from endometriosis for years, I hope this book does justice to the subject of the obstacles chronic pain sufferers face.

#tob #tobshortlist

4thhouseontheleft And I had to laugh that at the top of my Litsy feed is a lot of cozy blankets! @Soubhiville @Amiable 🤣 looks like a cold night for many today! 2w
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft It‘s January in New England. There aren‘t too many nights that don‘t call for my trusty fleece blanket! 😀 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I‘m in NC. It was almost 80 a week ago. Expecting snow this weekend. I‘m excited to finally be able to wear sweaters! 🤣 I do NOT miss the Northeast winters though. 2w
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Amiable @4thhouseontheleft I‘m a New England gal to the core. I can‘t stand the heat and humidity—I could never live in the south. If I could encase myself in fleece all the time I totally would! 😀 But that‘s why we have 50 states —there‘s one that‘s just right for everyone. 🙂 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I do very much miss New England culture! Southerners are still sometimes confusing to me 🤣 2w
Soubhiville Honestly it‘s not that bad here in TX. Low 70‘s today. I‘m just a wimp. Plus the hairless cats, they always want blankets, even in the summer. 🤣🤷‍♀️ 2w
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft Are you from these parts up here? Where? When did you move to NC? My oldest son is stationed at the Marine air station in Jacksonville. He lives not too far from Topsail, I think? He‘s not a huge fan of NC—or at least, the part where he is. (He did like visiting Asheville, though.) (edited) 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Amiable I grew up in PA, but I've also lived in MD, NY, and NJ! Moved to Charlotte from NJ in 2011 once my hubby finished residency. We do like it here but there are some things I really miss! If we ever move back, it would probably be to MA, it's one of my favorite states. Asheville is one of my favorite little cities! 2w
Amiable @4thhouseontheleft I love MA, too! That‘s where my husband and I met in college and lived for almost 14 years. I‘d go back there in a heartbeat, too. 2w
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I have things to do, but I‘d rather join them and read under my comfy blankets. 😺
#catsoflitsy #isabel #hellokitty

Bookjunkie57 Same. 2w
squirrelbrain So floofy! 😻😻 2w
Texreader I vote you join them 2w
wanderinglynn Yes, that sounds like an excellent idea! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️🐱 2w
AlaMich Excellent floof foto! 😻😻 2w
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Better late than never, but the report into the mistreatment of Afghan refugee arrivals in the Charlotte Observer is finally out, and on the front page!

So proud to be a part of this effort, and for the brave Afghans willing to speak up. And Geeta, featured in the article, who brought this to the attention of our local community, and has quickly become a dear friend of mine.


marleed I think of you and this situation daily. You and your now lifetime friends are heroes! 2w
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Miss Nelson Is Missing! | James Marshall, Harry Allard
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Who remember the kid‘s book, Miss Nelson Is Missing?

The Honors Drama class at Maya‘s school is performing the play this week. Tonight was opening night, and MJ was a rockstar in her role as Elvis!

It‘s been a looong 2 years since she was last on stage and for a while we thought this show would be cancelled as well. The smiles and pure joy on her face (under a mask) to be performing again made this mama‘s heart VERY happy.

mom2bugnbee YES! So glad that kids are getting to perform again! My girl is rehearsing for her first musical in two years. What a cute book to adapt! Break legs, everyone! 2w
SayersLover Ooh, Miss Nelson is Missing was one of the books at my grandma‘s house. I always found it a fun one. A play of that sounds like a great idea for kids 🤩 @4thhouseontheleft 2w
Clare-Dragonfly I loved that book! How fun to have it on the stage! 2w
Bookzombie I would love to see the play! I love Miss Nelson Is Missing. 2w
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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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And I found a picture that goes well with my latest reviewed book! Summer sun, barns and hay bales are a frequent occurrence in The Prodigal Summer.


Scochrane26 I love this one. 2w
Clwojick Yes! Way to go ! 👏 2w
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Know My Name | Chanel Miller
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Starting this gigantic acrylic paint by number and wondering if I bit off more than I can chew. 🤣

Listening to a #newyearwhodis book while I‘m #audiocrafting!


AmyG Promise to post when finished! 2w
LibrarianRyan nice! 2w
monalyisha What @AmyG said! 2w
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Amiable This book gutted me when I read it. I wonder how it would affect me in audio ... who is the narrator? Is it narrated by the author? 2w
4thhouseontheleft @AmyG @monalyisha I will! @Amiable It‘s a difficult read, for sure. And actually the first book I‘ve read on sexual assault. As a survivor myself, I usually avoid them. But I wanted to read this one. It is narrated by Chanel. 2w
curiouserandcurioser @4thhouseontheleft that is an ansolutely beautiful project! Please post pictures with your progress-would love to see💜 2w
4thhouseontheleft @curiouserandcurioser it is not an easy one! Mine won‘t have the clean lines as the included picture 🤣 2w
Catsandbooks Wow that's quite the project! Can't wait to see the finished result! 2w
curiouserandcurioser @4thhouseontheleft but yours will have all your original touches and the heart you put into it, which will make it beautiful:) 2w
Texreader Mom did these for a long time and they are lovely. I love color by number but I think I‘d be a miserable mess with paint. I can‘t wait to see how it goes! 2w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Discussion prompts above for the poem White Lion by Claudia Rankine (p3).

I just read it, and I am sitting with it for a bit. Two parts really stood out for me on first reading:

“its systems of land grants, whitens white indentured servants by bestowing on them property“
“William, so called, born free, they say, though all the while Virginia's wiles still sail across centuries, leaving a wake with each recurring swell“

IndoorDame I found the first stanza really striking. In the one of the supplemental videos you suggested the other day it said that one of the pushbacks they got to this project is people discounting putting focus on any date before 1776 (people can make me so angry) and I like the line “every dawn begins before it‘s beginning” in that context. And I love how she adds “let‘s agree” as a command prefacing the rest of the poem 2w
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IndoorDame I‘m glad they added creative material to the project. I think it helps reach a broader audience. I know I get things from it I can‘t get from just reading regular nonfiction. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @IndoorDame that‘s a great point. I‘ve also read another critique (by a historian who supports the project), that it excludes the enslaved Africans who were brought into the Spanish colony in modern day Florida/St Augustine, which occurred prior to 1619. 2w
staci.reads A line that stands out to me is "Anthony and Isabella, who...give birth to the first child to take the first steps, provisionally, toward African American in Virginia..." I remember in school learning about Peregrine White, born when the Mayflower docked and labeled as the "first child born in the New World," and at the time asking how he could be "the first child" when the indians were already there. At the time, not even realizing I should ⬇️ 2w
staci.reads I should also have been aware there were enslaved people giving birth there long before the White family(oh, irony). 2w
staci.reads The last lines of the poem also spoke to me. "As if we could stop knowing how to know what we know." The entire history of our nation is evidence of people who stop knowing what we know - whitewashing, overlooking, ignoring the hard truths of where we have been and what we have done. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures the first words that really stand out for me were the “Blacks stripped to Christian names“ the idea of having your name “stripped“ from you mixed with the idea of Christendom which I was always preached to as the righteous way to be (I am an atheist). This line is just very jarring for me.
ChaoticMissAdventures @staci.reads I agree, incredibly important as we move through this to be reminded of the Native people who were here before, and that every “first“ was a white (or even here a Black) first.
This first Black child, the idea of him being born on this land, as the first of many enslaved who will never know their ancestral home is very impactful.
Catsandbooks The line "blacks stripped to Christian names" also stood out to me. Not only were they taken from their homes and stripped of everything, they even took their names, their identity. A name may be a simple thing, but it's something so meaningful and powerful. Their identities completely whitewashed. And yet with given Christian names they still weren't good enough or equal. 2w
Catsandbooks @IndoorDame @4thhouseontheleft I didn't even think of those two points for the dawn beginning lines, but that makes so much sense now. 2w
Catsandbooks I like the creative writing parts. I think some nonfiction can be very dense & these pieces help to break it up. Also they show the beauty that has been made from this dark & troubled history. Such powerful emotions put into words. Also I think it's a tribute to all of the stories, songs, & art that was passed on generation after generation through enslaved people. I think there is far more art we owe to black and poc than we know or acknowledge. 2w
Liz_M The use of creative writing makes perfect sense to me. Social norms, religion, culture have always been passed down through art and stories. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Liz_M yes! Creative writing can be a powerful tool for both learning and social justice activism. 2w
megnews @staci.reads re: the first child, I recall reading Lies Across America & Lies My Teacher Told Me which asserts that nothing “happened” until the English did it. For instance, the Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe had a sign (not sure if it‘s still there) about it being found by an Englishman. Really? You don‘t think surrounding African people ever saw it before? It‘s another wake up call to the lens we‘ve been given to see the world through. 2w
megnews Agree with everything @catsandbooks and @liz_m said. I think it‘s also a tribute to the many artistic contributions African Americans have made as well as a great break from the book‘s dense contents. 2w
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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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A book about summer surrounded by my winter decor.🤣

This novel is a beautiful meditation on summer in the Appalachian mountains. At times I could almost smell the crisp mountain air, hear the rain in the trees & birdsong in the air. It‘s also a story about the forest, trees, wildlife, coyotes, moths, birds, life on a family farm. And love. Love in all its many forms.

#booked2022 #ecofeminist
#pop22 #pastprompt

Cinfhen Beautiful photo and lovely review 2w
Julsmarshall She is such an amazing writer, really immerses you in the story. 2w
Megabooks I‘m enjoying my Kingsolver too! 2w
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4thhouseontheleft @Julsmarshall she really does! I have to be in the right mood to read her books, though. 2w
squirrelbrain Great review - I loved this one too. 2w
Simona That is also my pick for Booked challenge, and I really looking forward to read it! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
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I've imported the survey questions into Survey Monkey.
Part 1: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YVHR75G
Part 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y9LC7GQ

Teaching Hard History Report found here (questions from Appendix 2):

I'll post the answers below.

4thhouseontheleft Part 1 answers: 1. Indentured servants were freed at the end of their term 2. The journey across the Atlantic of Africans stolen for the slave trade 3. Armed groups of white men who rode at night to prevent enslaved people from meeting or traveling 4. Silk 5. Was legal in each of the 13 colonies 6. Northern banks, industries and shipping profited from slavery 7. Reserving a majority of seats on the Supreme Court for southerners ⬇ 2w
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4thhouseontheleft Part 1 answers, cont'd: 8. Harshly restricted the behaviors and actions of enslaved people 9. Increased restrictions on slaves and expansion of southern militias 10. Slaves who escaped captivity. 2w
4thhouseontheleft Part 2 answers: 1. Violent armed rebellion 2. Ability to always keep families intact 3. Express dreams and frustrations 4. Their children were raised by the plantation owners‘ wives 5. This minority exercised tremendous economic and political power 6. The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution 7. To preserve slavery 8. Black people were naturally industrious and hard-working 2w
TheKidUpstairs I did pretty well, I think I only got one wrong on each. But I will say that the majority of this knowledge did not come from school, but rather from my own reading. I'm also Canadian and our lessons on slavery are probably different, but not necessarily a more even, thorough approach. Lots of information about the Underground Railroad and how it often led to Canada, but nothing else. So all very much a hero myth education. 2w
IndoorDame I did so-so. I got 1 wrong, and would have guessed right for a lot of the ones I left as not sure, but not being in school anymore I figure there‘s nothing to be gained by guessing. Sadly, a lot of my answers also came from my adult reading, and not from school. 2w
megnews On the first one I got them all right except the one about the Supreme Court. 2w
megnews I‘m scratching my head on survey 2, numbers 4 & 8. Maybe I didn‘t pay enough attention to the way the question was worded. 2w
MallenNC I missed two of the questions in the second set, but like others, what I knew was primarily because of reading I've done as an adult, not from school. 2w
IndoorDame @megnews ditto on #4 2w
4thhouseontheleft @megnews @indoordame I feel the same about 4 or 8, I don't fully understand the way those were worded. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @megnews actually 4 I do get, after rereading a few times. It's saying that when a child was born to someone who is enslaved, the child was not given to the plantation owner's wife to raise. I mean, most plantation wives didn't even raise their own children. Number 8, I'm still confused though. 2w
megnews Ok, then I completely mis read #4. I was reading it that the wife raised them and thinking the same as you, they didn‘t raise their own. #8 I can‘t recall exact wording but I took it to mean why they believed in white supremacy and I chose the answer that had something to do with the belief Africans were less than human. The answer about being hard working (or what they would consider to be “beasts of burden”) would work if the other 👇🏻 (edited) 2w
megnews Wasn‘t there but I felt it made more sense. Also it always strikes me as hypocritical/ironic to have that type of thoughts toward an entire group for so long and then have the audacity to turn around and call that group lazy later including down to this day. 2w
ravenlee Surprisingly, I think I got them all right - but as so many have said, it‘s due almost entirely to my own reading as an adult and working hard to balance my “education” with reality. 2w
IndoorDame @megnews it‘s certainly ironic. but I never worry too much about hypocrisy and racism since it‘s not actually the same individuals as the ones who subscribed to those beliefs back then, and more importantly, if we could cure racism with logic we‘d be living in a very different world 2w
Chrissyreadit I wish I had written my answers down now. I think I had most of them correct- but honestly because I homeschooled my children and we loved history, and I was determined to do a better job than the one I had. 2w
Butterfinger I missed three. The Supreme Court answer. I thought the Constitution ensured the same amount of free vs states that were proslavery. I was thinking of the Westward expansion. I got the violent armed resistance wrong. I chose feigning illness because I was thinking 400Souls talked about rebellions (in addition to Nat Turner -pretty violent) that were quickly brought down and everyone was lynched, but maybe it was right after Civil War when the freedmen we're protecting their new settlements. 2w
Butterfinger I also got#8 wrong. It just shows I need to continue learning and not assume I know. 2w
Chelsea.Poole I did ok on each, missing a couple on both. Definite gaps in my education. 2w
Kdgordon88 I missed the Supreme Court question and at least two on part 2. The majority of what I know has been from my own reading not from any history lessons in school (I‘m 62). I am excited by all the new opportunities to read and grow. 2w
Catsandbooks I got them all right on the first one. And 2 wrong on the second one. Like others said this was a mix of school (especially AP History) and my own exploration. 2w
Singout I got many of them right, although some felt like educated guesses (and I wonder if a couple could have had two right answers) Like @TheKidUpstairs I'm Canadian, so what I learned in high school in the 80s about enslavement was centred on the Underground Railroad and how heroic we were...history that's being clarified now. 2w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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“What these bills make clear is that the fights over the 1619 Project, like most fights over history, at their essence are about power.“(xxvii)

NC Senator Thom Tillis is one of the co-sponsors, and made this statement: “Tax dollars should not go towards promoting radical ideologies meant to divide us instead of being used to promote principles that unite us.“

Wrong. The way to address divisions is to understand the history of those divisions.

megnews Absolutely wrong. If these white men in power would just sit down and listen to someone other than themselves, different from themselves for a change. Have they ever even listened to a Black person? It‘s infuriating. The good thing about young people (& some of us adults) is the more you tell us we don‘t need to or can‘t know something, the more we want to know it. The stronger they fight against it, the closer we get to the Truth, which is 👇🏻 2w
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megnews 👆🏻what they fear. 2w
TheKidUpstairs It is definitely about the power. People who want desperately to hold on to their power by holding others down. They feel that by acknowledging the whole truth, their power is threatened. It's the same people fighting against CRT and banning books from libraries. Wanting to teach "the benefits of slavery" and not allowing trains that say Nazis were bad. They see how plantation owners and Nazis had their power taken away and they see the same ? 2w
TheKidUpstairs ... happening to them 2w
4thhouseontheleft @megnews 🙌🏽🙌🏽 Although it‘s a bit more nuanced in NC, since the main person leading the charge in these efforts (he‘s also trying to get a lot of LGBTQ+ inclusive books out of schools) is our Lt Gov, who is black. It‘s difficult to watch our state GOP wave the diversity card because they have one Republican POC in elected office. (edited) 2w
Liz_M Yes it's about power, but maybe also about identity. People who identify themselves as Patriots and believe they live in the greatest country of the world. They idolize the myth of America and won't believe that it is a myth, that America is flawed. Questioning the perfection of America questions their perception of themselves as good people. 2w
TheBookHippie @Liz_M 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼Exactly. 2w
Bookish_Gal That quote is what stuck with me. I remember when both projects were gaining ground. It felt like the 1776 thing was built to go against the 1619. To show that America is great, so stop showing the bad. It‘s about who decides on the nations narrative. I believe in any world you have to teach all history. America has a problem with discussing the “bad”. How can you do better if you don‘t acknowledge the bad? 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Liz_M You worded this so perfectly. I completely agree! 2w
Chrissyreadit @Liz_M yes- hidden brain had an excellent podcast episode discussing this and potential solutions- the struggle is so much more complex than this as well because of the types of personalities who need “rules” and “laws” are ironically some of the same people screaming for “freedom”- and refusing to acknowledge they are limiting freedom for anyone not white or male. 2w
Chrissyreadit One of the struggles with this is that we will not have people who‘s minds need to be changed choosing to read this. 2w
megnews @Chrissyreadit you hit the nail on the head. as I‘m reading this book and others like it, I think this thought about every other page. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit I debated buying a copy and sending it to my parents. My dad has tried a couple times to debate “CRT“ in schools. I will never change his mind, so after the first time or two of sharing my perspective, I just get off the phone. If I thought they would actually read it, I would absolutely buy them a copy. But they probably wouldn't. 2w
Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft I cannot site this- it‘s in the back of my brain- but it involves how people adopt the actions and beliefs of their oppressors as a survival mechanism. It‘s also in conflict with the construct of people having agency to form their own lives (I follow a construct that we are significantly shaped by our families and communities and need to be accepted in my practice) because I still struggle with the mechanisms that cause people 2w
Chrissyreadit To work against their own interests. 2w
Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft unfortunately I suspect it ties into identity quite a bit. I have had conversations where the individual directly contradicts what they said but in their brain it makes sense, so they can hold on to a strongly valued perspective. Unfortunately we are exposed today to a lot of media and news outlets that also validate that perspective- I‘m furious by ads played on MSNBC that are absolutely false- and reinforce thinking to the 2w
Chrissyreadit Harm of the true situation. 2w
Chrissyreadit @megnews this is why the fight in schools is so dangerous. Keeping people ignorant solidifies the people who fall in step as they get older. 2w
Chrissyreadit The other good news I keep in my mind is that in one generation many people who hold this identity will die, the kids are using social media and seem to be leaning very differently. I think a lot of this is the death grasp of the white moneyed male social order. But we have to continue to fight for education and against gerrymandering for laws to change. 2w
megnews @Chrissyreadit yes, I understand what your saying about why people go against their best interests. And I also this is the rally before the death rattle. 2w
megnews Another thought, did the people on the 1776 commission even read what they were opposing? I‘m Not convinced they did. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @megnews considering most of them were conservative politicians or activists, I‘m sure they did not. 2w
megnews @4thhouseontheleft how does one oppose something they haven‘t even read and expect to be taken seriously 2w
Chrissyreadit @megnews @4thhouseontheleft some of this is due to indoctrination- as a homeschool family and going into homes for birth to three I saw a lot of teaching to only trust what parents and. Hutch tell you from parents raised that way. Here in WV a high school teacher proudly had a confederate flag hanging in his classroom - and was allowed because he flew it as a historical artifact. They do not believe in reading what others share. But to be fair- 2w
Chrissyreadit I‘m not about to waste my time reading debunking the 1619 project…so I cannot hold them accountable. Something funny- we sold a copy of the federalist papers to someone who was adamant states rights because he believed that the federalist papers would support that - so maybe he gained something. 2w
megnews @Chrissyreadit to be fair, I‘m not going to either but I suspect it‘s more of the same indoctrination I‘ve heard my whole life so I‘ve probably heard it all before. 2w
Chrissyreadit @megnews yes- you may have more talking points than ido. I was considering being asked to read some books on litsy with “opposing” views and I‘m not willing to, so it‘s hard to own that I expect other people to consider my views without reading their sources. Does that make sense? 2w
Chrissyreadit @megnews although it could be fun to read one and annotate it with the real info backed by science and various proofs. 2w
CaitlinR There‘s and interesting NYT Magazine piece (11/14/221) written by Jake Silverstein on the 1619 Project: “A Nation of Argument” Very worth reading. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit I do plan on reading the 1776 Report and annotating it. I never read it when it was first released, because I just wanted it to quietly disappear. 2w
mdm139 I agree it is about power, but also Identity and @Liz_M says. If you look through world history and the history of education the schools are run by a government or the church. The schools and teachers were told “teach this” which is always whatever is useful for the ruler at the time. And usually there was a large patriotic element- our country good, our rulers good, neighbors bad, when adults you should fight neighbor country in army. 2w
mdm139 Unfortunately that has spilled over into our own school system. Anything that makes America look bad isn‘t taught. Anything critical of the belief system, that maybe the belief system may have flaws or at one time wasn‘t being upheld, anything that says the country isn‘t the best in the world, anything that says the parents or grandparents weren‘t perfect, anything that says government did nothing to stop it or even encouraged it, will meet 👎 2w
mdm139 Resistance. The older generations have been indoctrinated and anything that makes their generations look bad will be fought against. Now teachers and students want to teach the “warts” and learn about them. And the next generation wants to actively fix it, but there will be resistance especially from a elected officials that see it as an attack on them personally. 2w
Butterfinger Tillis is bull. Politicians think to ignore is the solution to divisiveness. We have a long history that need to be dissected and analyzed to get new new perspectives and to gain empathy. This is my argument to my family - Germany did not sweep its ugliness under the rug. It learned from its mistakes and was one of the few European nations that allowed Syrian refugees to enter. I have read articles from Angela Markel(sp?) and I just appreciate her 2w
Butterfinger https://www.record-eagle.com/news/debate-over-critical-race-theory-bleeding-into...

It isn't just my school or state. White supremacists are all over the place and they are using CRT as an excuse (this is dividing us, not uniting) instead of seeing it as diversity. Children of diversity need to be represented in literature and history and I will do my utmost to do that.
Butterfinger This is how I plan to respect my children and their heritage. 2w
megnews @Butterfinger I agree with the difference in ours and Germany‘s response to injustice and genocide. 2w
Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft maybe I would read it when you do- that would be more palatable 2w
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger I completely agree with your perspective- and how Germany managed to recognize learn and grow. 2w
Catsandbooks Definitely power and identity like others said. People want to believe that we're the greatest nation in the world so they turn their backs to our ugly truths. I'm reminded of a part in "The Body is not an apology" where she says we need to make peace with not understanding and peace with difference. "When we liberate ourselves from the expectation that we must have all things figured out, we enter a sanctuary of empathy" 2w
Catsandbooks We don't have to understand everything, but acknowledge it. Being able to question and explore things without judgment. I think people feel a lack of power if they don't understand something, so instead they hide behind what they do understand and believe. 2w
Catsandbooks Also in TBINAA she says "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." People want to feel a sense of belonging and when others are different it interrupts that feeling. We stuff people into categories that we understand rather than accepting those differences. 2w
mdm139 @catsandbooks those are good quotes 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Catsandbooks that is very similar to something Stacey Abrams said when I saw her speak a few months ago. Also, not taking the time to find the similarities we have hidden beneath those differences. 2w
ravenlee @megnews - I‘d guess quite a few of the 1776 project members have never done the assigned reading in any context, so expecting them to start now is a bit optimistic. 😆 2w
ravenlee The reaction to the 1619 Project, the pearl-clutching and such, is all about power. There are people who believe that their freedoms only have value if they‘re not available to everybody (see the argument about gay marriage “cheapening” straight marriage). They think it‘s a pie, and if everybody is going to get a slice then mine has to be smaller than it always has been. 2w
Chelsea.Poole Excellent points from everyone! I‘m just catching up to the discussion. I have lived my entire life in a very conservative community with next to no diversity and a poor education system. My friend and I were just discussing how limited our knowledge was prior to higher education and reading antiracism titles. Others in my area are now totally closed off to any racism education as this is a “bad thing” according to the politicians they follow. 2w
Singout I wonder how much of the resistance was to the fact that it was in the NYT, which is seen (I think) as part of the established conservative (?) mainstream that connects with people across the country, rather than being a single book or website. 2w
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@ChaoticMissAdventures Storygraph post prompted me to look at mine so far this year. The mood of the books ai‘m reading are also on the emotional and dark side, but look at that symmetry!

RaeLovesToRead That is so satisfying! 😄 2w
Suet624 nice! 2w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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First discussion question references a quote on page xxvi.

Credit: Most of the discussion questions I'm using are taken from a guide written by AMANDA E. VICKERY, Associate Professor of Social Studies and Anti-Racist Education at the University of North Texas.

Available at the Pulitzer Center: https://pulitzercenter.org/lesson-plan-grouping/1619-project-curriculum

#1619GroupRead #1619

Amiable I‘m not able to join in your reading group right now but I‘m going to be following your discussions with great interest. 2w
4thhouseontheleft I agree that much of the work of a historian is interpreting facts, and this work has mostly been done in the past in America by one demographic, white men. I really loved this quote, “While history is what happened, it is also, just as important, how we think about what happened and what we unearth and choose to remember about what happened.“ 2w
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4thhouseontheleft @Amiable Feel free to join in later if you can! 2w
IndoorDame @4thhouseontheleft That quote really stuck with me too! I also appreciate that Hicks describes our interpretation of history as “constantly evolving“ because it runs completely counter to the type of history I was taught, and is a reminder we really need to make progress in our learning. 2w
megnews As a child, I assumed adults and teachers would teach the truth. As an adult I realized what you state here, that white men wrote our history. The victor tells the story. It‘s about facts. But I‘ve read recently the facts we choose to forget and why we do so is just as important as the facts we choose to remember. Early on in parenting I realized if I wanted my kids to learn true history, I would need to supplement their education with a lot 👇🏻 (edited) 2w
megnews 👆🏻reading at home. It wasn‘t until I read People‘s History of the US that I recognized how much primary sources are left out of the learning of history which is crazy when you think about the fact we have it all right there at our fingertips. We love to quote the Declaration and Constitution. Why not other historical documents? I regularly argue the causes of the civil war and leave people speechless when I refer them to the Confederacy‘s 👇🏻 2w
megnews 👆🏻secession documents. It really goes to show how little primary sources are used, or which ones are selected to be used. 2w
megnews Two quotes on history from this section that I loved: “white Americans desire to be free of a past they do not want to remember, while Black Americans remain bound to a past they can never forget.” And “If we are a truly great nation, the truth cannot destroy us.” 2w
Chrissyreadit @megnews I agree about those quotes. They give pause to consider every argument made through an expanded lens. 2w
Chrissyreadit I feel like we are watching this in real time as we see how even having video and lived experience has not stopped govt officials from attempting to change the narrative of Jan 6. And my certainty and horror if it had been a reverse- with people of color protesting - AND we only have to look at more video to see the truth of how words and images manipulate people in different hands. 2w
Chrissyreadit Also it‘s insane how quickly a book was published “debunking” the 1619 Project- and is shelved next to it at our local books a million. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @megnews you bring up so many excellent points. The selection of which primary sources we refer to most (and which ones are left out) as a society is very telling. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit I just saw a high school classmate of mine share on FB how he is convinced the Jan 6 riots were a set up by the gov, and people didn‘t break in to the Capitol, they were let in on purpose. 🙄 2w
MallenNC My thoughts on this are similar to @megnews that the history that‘s taught is what the “victors” have deemed appropriate. And everything else is ignored, forgotten, or actively hidden. So much of what I was taught in the 1980s was basically a fairy tale rather than reality. 2w
Chrissyreadit @MallenNC YES! Fairy Tale is a good construct to compare because there is a “moral” inherent in what is taught - for better or for worse- because ultimately even the moral is not meant to be applied to everyone. 2w
Liz_M @4thhouseontheleft @megnews I also underlined all of the quotes you mentioned. History is a tricky business because there needs to be a balance between trust and skepticism. No one person can fact-check all the facts, so the process of how history has been arrived at needs to be understood and accepted. But there also needs to be critical thinking, the ability to evaluate how history is persevered and to challenge it where needed. 2w
Megabooks Looking back at middle school, my teacher taught us about the middle passage and we watched all of Roots (this was 1992ish). It didn‘t strike me as surprising as it does now that I got at least SOME education about slavery from the Black perspective, especially in my Southern town which was 91% white at the time. This was not near enough education on it, and I wish it had continued outside of that one teacher‘s class. (edited) 2w
Megabooks @megnews you make so many excellent points. I think a lot about white tears and white fears about challenging the dominant perspective. 2w
JenReadsAlot Growing up in a small town in the Midwest I recieved very little education on any of this. I also agree with @Chrissyreadit what January 6th would have been like if it was not white men rioting. I'm really looking forward to this book and discussions. 2w
Bookish_Gal I had to think back about my homeschooling history lessons. (I trusted what I was told) The point of history is ever changing is struck hardest. That the facts are still there, but how they are perceived is ever altering. Which is what I got from my younger years. I‘m learning so much more now then before. It‘s the same history, but it means something so different (edited) 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @megnews I loved & highlighted both of those quotes too. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chrissyreadit Yes! It‘s amazing how quickly we try to rewrite what we all saw on tape, less than a year ago. Both it was a normal visiting day, it was antifa, she was a veteran, we need to just move on ….but if it had been anybody else storming the capital that way they‘d be livid. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It also made me think of the history of lynching which I am reading about elsewhere. How quickly those stories were rewriting to honor the murderers and blame the victims. Or the “hero” of the Confederacy as “rebel patriots”. The history of this is so long in our country and so embedded in everything we‘ve ever learned. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa My adult reading has taught me so much I was mistaught as a child from Pilgrims, to Washington‘s “wooden” false teeth. The facts are so twisted to basically indoctrinate little kids and sadly I think that‘s why so many people balk when they hear the truth…it‘s just so far from everything they‘ve ever learned that it sounds like fantasy to them, but sadly the history we learned in elementary school was the fantasy and the indoctrination worked well 2w
mdm139 As a former social studies teacher, and a current homeschooling mom, I can attest that students are not getting an accurate education in social studies. The teachers are told what to teach and even how to teach it and told only teach from this textbook. The history that is embarrassing, our mistakes as a society, are always left out or “justified.” 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Riveted_Reader_Melissa And that‘s the thing. Too many adults refuse to take the time to unlearn the historical inaccuracies they were taught, and the reasons why they were taught in that way. 2w
mdm139 Even geography is not taught accurately. The world maps used are distorted to make Africa and South America look smaller and insignificant. They put North America on the left so it comes first on the map and be more significant. In The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak she says “A map is a two dimensional representation with arbitrary symbols and incised lines that decide who is our enemy and who is to be our friend, 👎 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @mdm139 I like that quote too! 2w
mdm139 Who deserves our love and who deserves our hatred and who, our sheer indifference. Cartography is another name for stories told by winners. For stories told by this who have lost, there isn‘t one.” 2w
4thhouseontheleft @mdm139 I‘m grateful that my daughter is at a magnet middle school that works hard to teach a full history. But we had to search for that. She also has had more black, male teachers in her 3 years of middle school than I had in my entire education combined. The teacher demographics reflects the student diversity, which is so important for the students. (edited) 2w
megnews @mdm139 excellent quote 2w
IndoorDame @mdm139 great quote! It‘s all too easy to take maps and statistics for facts when they‘re actually interpretations of the facts that we should be looking for the bias‘s in as we use them. 2w
kspenmoll Interpretations are vital as our social, political, racial, etc. history is always in flux. I took a class in college called something like Intellectual & Social history of US which did give varying historians perspectives. I remember reading Douglas but black, female or indigenous historians? I have my doubts. I did then take a fantastic class just in Women‘s history but it was not just US. (edited) 2w
ravenlee My thoughts echo 👆🏼; history is written by the victors, and so on. I also hear Dr. Indiana Jones - “archaeology is the search for fact, not truth.” Truth is for philosophers. I know I‘ve been trying to educate myself better so I can educate my daughter better. As we study history in our homeschool, I inject what‘s age-appropriate to balance some of what our books present. But age-appropriate doesn‘t have to mean white-washed. 2w
ravenlee Another parallel I‘ve drawn between history/patriotism and love of one‘s parents - part of growing up is accepting that one‘s parents/heroes are real people with flaws, and learning how to love them in spite of that. There‘s no reason we can‘t study our country‘s history, warts and all, and learn both the good and the bad and figure out how to move forward. 2w
ravenlee I found this book very informative, and it‘s making me think hard about what materials I‘ll be using to teach history as the kiddo gets older. Right now we‘re on our first time (of three) through world history, modern era, so I need to find good sources for the next stage. 2w
ravenlee @megnews I have that one, too. It‘s on my list for this year. 2w
Butterfinger @ravenlee @megnews @kspenmoll @IndoorDame @mdm139 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Chrissyreadit @Bookish_Gal @JenReadsAlot @Megabooks @MallenNC I enjoyed reading the comments and agree on the lack of representation in education. Wow!! I never thought of cartography as a way to portray power, but it makes sense. After reading and discussing 400 Souls, I did make a point of introducing the White Lion into my fifth grade class and had primary documents, but then was told not to teach the new curriculum (which embraced research and interpretation) 2w
Butterfinger Because of the NC government trying to foster the Critical Race theory. Knowing that if this took off, Black History would be downgraded once again to just February. I'm so mad, but I still have resources to share for my babies who need their history and this book just helps to encourage me. As a child, I researched on my own and learned much history and I still do that today and wish that others would before they spout off what they hear others say whether parents or church. 2w
Butterfinger The quote that I noted was, "... nearly 13 million people across the Atlantic and transformed - or arguably, enabled - the existence of the United States." It was not just the white men who made this country. I agree with Hasan Keame Jeffries. "We are committing educational malpractice." We need to do better. 2w
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger so you are not allowed to teach history? 2w
Butterfinger @Chrissyreadit the newly adopted curriculum (Feb 2021) was inquiry based, much like our science curriculum. You give the students a compelling question with primary documents to build a claim and support with evidence. I was so excited and over the summer (when I wasn't sick) I looked for documents that all my students would need to have a whole representation. (indigenous people, students of color) and my first unit was on Jamestown. Then, I was told to go back to the old curriculum that was not inquiry based, but one piece of text to read or one video to watch. 2w
Chrissyreadit Ugh!!! That‘s awful! I used an amazing inquiry based curriculum for my highschool history co op- I was so proud of the way the kids engaged and learned with it. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Butterfinger what NC school district are you in? This is when I‘m grateful for my daughter‘s magnet program and its ability to be more flexible with its curriculum. 2w
Butterfinger @4thhouseontheleft McDowell County. 2w
Catsandbooks I'm so late on the discussion, but I'm in agreement with what has been said. Most of what I remember from my history classes is the American revolution over and over again with a sprinkling of other things. Only as of the past few years am I relearning history by searching out my own material. I think so many people pick and choose what info they want all to fit their narrative. There's no critical thinking happening. 2w
Catsandbooks As for geography, the first time I learned that our maps were biased was actually watching The West Wing. Growing up I just accepted thinking what my teachers taught me was fact. Not realizing that all of this was filterd and made to be portrayed in a certain way. I think there's some people who stop learning once they're done with school, thinking they've learned all they need to know. One thing I love about the reading community is that 2w
Catsandbooks We're continually growing and learning. Seeking out new resources. Thinking critically. Doing reads and discussions like this. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @mdm139 I first learned about that when I studied abroad! I feel like geography skills amongst most Americans is abysmal to begin with, let alone trying to tell people that what they do know is inaccurate. 🙄 2w
katy4peas @Catsandbooks me too, we never moved beyond the revolution. Every year the teachers would outline the curriculum to my parents with what we would cover and my mom would ask when we would cover women‘s voting and they would say later this year… nope never. We never ever made it that far. I learned a lot on my own (like Columbus being a jerk and a liar) from my encyclopedia sets for my research papers. 2w
katy4peas School was completely useless for all of that. And I was in middle school in the early 2000s (2002-5) 2w
katy4peas I recently read Stamped and that was an eye opener of things I never learned in school. 😡 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Catsandbooks I love that description of the reading community 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @katy4peas Yes…you always start at the beginning, but ran out of time before they ever got to things like the Civil Rights Movement 2w
mdm139 The reason that I love social studies and wanted to be a teacher is there is always something new to learn. Even people with PhD‘s are still learning new things about their specific subject matters. However, because history is so vast school‘s have such a hard time fitting it all in. Teachers, textbooks, etc have to summarize it and focus on the major events only. The problem is they only tell the story from the white point of view and only 👎 2w
mdm139 The “good” stuff. Only the events the government believes we should be proud of. And they always run out of time each year. I never got into 1900‘s when I was a kid. I have learn more about history as an adult doing my own learning with non-fiction history books than I did as student. 2w
mdm139 Additionally the “teach to the test” mentality is strong. The standardized test at the end of the school determine school funding. History and geography aren‘t even given a standardized test in most states, and those that do only do it every four years. They make the teachers spend more time on English and math since those are standardized test every year. And if a teacher dares to go “off book” and teach something not directly on the test 👎 2w
mdm139 The teacher is punished. I know teachers that got fired for teaching critical race theory because their students inquired about it before it was called critical race theory. 2w
staci.reads @Catsandbooks "Cartographers for Social Equality" ? I love Big Block of Cheese Day ? 2w
Catsandbooks @staci.reads 😂 yes!! Such a great show!! And still so relevant! 2w
ncsufoxes Late to the discussion but I have been reading and agree with what has been discussed so far. When I read books like this it makes me reflect back to what I learned when I was young to when I was in college. I have a degree in history (which I have never used & focused more on art history). I feel that there was so much that was not taught even as a history major. I now look critically at what my kids are learning in school. I think it is also so 2w
ncsufoxes Different based on the state (even county) you live in. We live in San Diego but in Poway school district which is pretty conservative but my son‘s high school (because of his awesome principal) is pretty progressive. He is taking ethnic studies for his senior year English (his school is the pilot program). But last year I don‘t even think his history class discussed the civil war. Luckily we have open discussions in our house about history and 2w
ncsufoxes Literature. But I think about all those families that aren‘t & just take what they are being taught as the whole truth. Ok, I think I‘ve rambled on enough & not sure if I answered any real question. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Megabooks I remember watching Roots in school too. Looking back at it and how graphic it was it was surprising given todays rush to ban everything we were allowed, I also remember watching it at home when it was on TV and my parents talking to me about it. I was shocked when I read only 8% of high schoolers think the civil war was about slavery. I was taught in a white town of 10k people in rural Oregon that it was all about slavery. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Chrissyreadit this is an excellent point, we are watching in real time as media, politicians, insurrectionists, and everyday people fight over the narrative of that day. It seems like I hear a new detail or theory every week. So what happened 200 years ago really cannot be just one flat myth like story. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Bookish_Gal I think most of us trusted what we were told. It is rare for a teacher or school (home, private, or public) that allows for students to question what is in the lesson plan. Even in college I found a lot of resistance from professors on this. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @mdm139 and this seems to be getting harder and harder, as more books are challenged and banned. I read about the Indiana GOP member proposing a parental review of curriculum - any and all parent can opt their child out of any lesson they don't like and make the (overworked already) teacher come up with a new lesson plan for that child! Those poor kids are going to be even less informed, and with that attitude less open to challenging topics. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @Butterfinger Hasan Kwame Jeffries is so fantastic. his' TED talk is so important and a great resource for this discussion, thanks for the reminder to watch that again.
I am so sorry that teaching has become so difficult. It is incredibly frustrating that society is not embracing knowledge and teachers the way they should.
ChaoticMissAdventures @ncsufoxes so much of it is left up to the parents. Not even the ones who don't want to teach it but all the ones who just do not have the ability. It is sad for the students. But if what NHJ says that only 8% of high school students are taught the civil was fought over slavery, how can those who do not go onto delve more deeply into history themselves teach their own children? Such a hurdle we as a society face.
ChaoticMissAdventures I am late to the discussion, but one thing that really stood out to me was when NHJ spoke about how she had to change the text to “some“ white people. Over and over again on social media I see white people wanting clarification that “some“ white people did the bad thing, but when it comes to something they see as good like the revolution it can be stated that “White people rose up against Britain“ and that is fine? This attitude is frustrating 1/2 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures 2/2 the “some“ also discounts that not only did most hold Black people as slaves, but most also sat by and let it happen. complacency with the atrocities, can be seen as just as bad as doing those atrocities, if those people demanding “some“ edits want to get technical about it all. Mostly I just think similar to the “not all men“ people, the “some“ people need to reflect on why they feel the need to demand this clarification. 2w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I wrote down a lot of the quotes already discussed, but another one that stood out is “…..silence and neglect of science can let truth utterly disappear or even be unconsciously distorted.” (WEB DuBois). Are we not seeing this play out across so many issues facing us today? COVID, climate change, the realities of institutional racism. All are prey to the willful ignorance of so many. 1w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks When we think about history, we have to acknowledge that history is often not an index of facts, but one of *certain* facts. I think we are all grappling with the lies of omission we are discovering in our own education and the ones that continue to persist. I‘ve also been thinking about how power plays into the history we are taught. What would it actually mean to acknowledge these hard truths? (edited) 1w
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Those in power (white cis hetero men) will not allow their power structures to be dismantled without delegitimizing those that challenge it. “Patriotism” is often weaponized in this way. Speaking ill about America (even if it is the truth) makes one unpatriotic and thus, unworthy of attention. In reality, this “patriotism” whitewashes our history and in reality, threatens our democracy. (edited) 1w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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Here are some additional resources/further reading to go along with this week's reading! #1619GroupRead

Interviews w/ Nikole Hannah-Jones:

The 1619 Podcast, Ep. 1: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/podcasts/1619-slavery-anniversary.html

Africa's Great Civilizations, a 6 part series w/ Henry Louis Gates:

Chrissyreadit Wow! Your facilitation would have been used for my homeschool if my kids had not graduated! 🙌🙌🙌🙌 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit Aw, thanks! I love doing this kind of thing! Unrelated, I just had my last #lmpbc package containing 2 of the books returned to me months after I shipped it due to insufficient postage. Oops. 😳 I had no idea it never made it to the next person! 2w
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MallenNC Thanks for these resources! 2w
IndoorDame These are great resources! Thank you so much for curating them for us! 2w
Megabooks Oh wow. Thank you! I love Gates‘ scholarship. This was a 5⭐️ read last year. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures Thank you! I am making a list of all of the books mentioned in the book and if anyone wants I can post it at the end 2w
JenReadsAlot Thanks for doing this! 2w
Bookish_Gal I love podcasts!! Gonna follow it now. Thank you for adding more references to aid understanding 2w
kspenmoll @ChaoticMissAdventures Thank you! So overwhelmed by all the info as I am reading- booklist would be great!!!! 2w
kspenmoll @4thhouseontheleft Have looked at curriculum you suggested, now want to try some of these others. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures @kspenmoll yes, overwhelming, the notes section has so much information I couldn't figure out what books to read after this. Not even to the first chapter and I have so many notes and lists. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @JenReadsAlot You‘re welcome! 2w
4thhouseontheleft @ChaoticMissAdventures you should share! I love seeing people‘s notes and annotations. 📝 2w
Catsandbooks Thank you for sharing these! 2w
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story | Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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The #1619GroupRead starts tomorrow! In the first week, we will be reading and discussing the Preface, Origins, and the poem The White Lion by Claudia Rankine.

I‘ll be posting discussion questions throughout the week, and links to further resources to explore!

ChaoticMissAdventures Excited to dive in. I know I have so much to learn. 2w
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megnews Can‘t wait! Looking forward to it. 2w
Chelsea.Poole I‘m still waiting for my copy 😱 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Chelsea.Poole Hopefully it arrives soon! There will be plenty of time to catch up, since we're only reading one essay each week. 2w
peaknit Oh this is a wonderful group read idea! May I still join? 2w
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Prodigal Summer | Barbara Kingsolver
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It‘s my first quiet day home alone since before Thanksgiving! 🎉🙌🏽

Although I do have some chores to do (and a 60 min work out), I‘m really looking forward to some downtime to read my #ecofeminist pick for #booked2022. Anyone have a suggestion of where this could fit for #pop22, doesn‘t seem to work for any of those prompts. 📖


BookHoarder32 I have no idea, but I love the socks! 3w
4thhouseontheleft @BookHoarder32 Thanks! Out of Print makes them, I found them at my local indie book shop last month and a friend and I each treated ourselves to a pair. 😃 3w
Soubhiville Cute socks! 3w
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Know My Name | Chanel Miller
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✨ Read 100 books, complete a gazillion reading challenges, continue to read #OwnVoices

✨Unpredictable. Oh wait, that was 2021. 2022 - Persevere

✨Know My Name, for #newyearwhodis and it is an incredibly powerful book.

Megabooks Has the #1619GroupRead started yet? Thanks for running it. I‘m looking forward to the discussions. (edited) 3w
Amiable This is a powerful, amazing book. It was on my list of best books read in 2021, too. 2w
4thhouseontheleft @Megabooks not yet! I‘ll tag you on the schedule post 2w
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Review in my previous post, but this was also my selection for this photo. #aestheticallymatched @Clwojick

Clwojick Awesome! One of my favourite pictures of the bunch! ❤️❤️ 3w
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I was not expecting Tarantino level gore mixed with slapstick comedy in a novel that takes aim at White supremacy, racism, and the legacy of lynchings. This book is quite unlike any other I‘ve read, and I thought it was fantastic.

You will notice names on the cover. Those names fill a chapter as well. A chapter that should be read aloud.

#tob #tobshortlist
#booked2022 #murdermystery

TheLibrarian I‘m excited to read this! 3w
Ruthiella Totally agree. I loved the mash up and the message in this book. 3w
CSeydel Percival Everett is such a unique voice. I want to read this one now! I loved 3w
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BarbaraBB Well said. I loved it too. It‘s my favorite on the shortlist so far. 3w
BarbaraBB @CSeydel I‘ll check out Erasure. I want to read his backlist too. I loved Telephone and So Much Blue! 3w
Cinfhen Excellent review❤️ 3w
squirrelbrain Great review - really looking forward to this one. 3w
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting! I have this one stacked 3w
4thhouseontheleft @TheLibrarian it‘s getting a lot of Litsy love! @Ruthiella he‘s an excellent writer, funny yet still a blistering critique. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @CSeydel @barbaraBB I‘m definitely going to read more of his books! 3w
thebluestocking I wasn‘t expecting it either! I really loved the writing and themes. And while I see that the gore was integral, it was a bit much for me. 3w
ClairesReads Isn‘t this book incredible?! 2w
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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This book is fantastic. Definitely my favorite #TOB book so far. I wish I had more reading time so I could finish it!

Ruthiella Definitely a fan favorite among TOB readers! I thought it was fantastic. 3w
Flaneurette My favorite of the tournament too! So far anyway 3w
BarbaraBB My favorite too so far! 3w
Megabooks It‘s fantastic! Really thought provoking. 3w
Suet624 Now my favorite as well. It‘s stunning. 2w
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Non-bookish post.

A few weeks ago, I shared the emergency intervention work I have been assisting with. Well , phase 2 - the activism part - is slowly coming to fruition.

Barring any major events happening, on Thursday the front page story in the Charlotte Observer will be an investigative report into Catholic Charities neglect and mistreatment of Afghan evacuees arriving in Charlotte. And how a bunch of local liberal moms stepped in to help. ⬇️

4thhouseontheleft I am so proud of the bravery and courage it took for more than a dozen Afghans to speak to journalists about what they have experienced since arriving. I‘m proud we were able to build a trusting relationship in a short period of time. They spent 3 hours with a journalist today. I truly hope this brings positive attention to their plight, makes a difference, AND holds Catholic Charities of Charlotte accountable for their misdeeds. ♥️ full today. 3w
4thhouseontheleft One last note - I‘m also grateful that I am part of a group that has worked actively to be mindful in our approach, to avoid white saviorism (we are a very diverse moms group) and to be culturally sensitive. Our group is transitioning support over to the local Islamic community, which was shocked to hear what is happening and has happily stepped in to help. Local synagogues are also getting involved in helping on a more long-term basis. (edited) 3w
Lauram Love this! Thank you!! 3w
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AmyG Amazing! What wonderful work. 🙌🏻 3w
Jas16 So amazing! Thank you and your moms group! 3w
DrexEdit Amazing! Thanks for standing up for what's right! 3w
marleed Wow - impressive work. Good for you! 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures Thank you for doing the work!! Hoping with your help the needy will get the help they need. 3w
Megabooks So glad they are receiving the help they need. And Catholic Charities is being held responsible. 3w
tracey38 This is awesome. Thanks to your group and the local synagogues getting involved! 3w
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Who else is watching the reunion this weekend? ⚡️😍

BethM I borrowed a friend‘s log in ❤️ 3w
TheLudicReader My daughter and I watched. There were tears. 3w
BayouGirl85 I teared up. 3w
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The Almanac 2022 | LIA. LEENDERTZ
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I am going to try to start posting my monthly goals for #bfc again!

📖 Read 5 books
🏋️ Workout 60 minutes/day
😴 1 rest day each week (60 min will be meditation, walk, restorative yoga)
🧘🏻‍♀️ Meditate every day
🫒 Eat healthy 90% of the time

These overlap with a 75 day personal challenge I am doing that is a softer version of 75 hard (because 75 hard is NOT a healthy program)


Read-y_Picker Great goals! 90% is fantastic. I might try to implement this. Happy new year! 3w
KathyWheeler I had never heard of the 75 Hard challenge before, so I looked it up. It looks unsustainable. 3w
mklong Which 75 day challenge are you doing? I have looked at 75 Hard and you are right, it seems too demanding and unforgiving for me. 3w
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4thhouseontheleft @mklong I made up my own. My rules are: 1. Eat healthy 90% of the time 2. Read a chapter (or 30 min) of nonfiction every day 3. Workout 60 min/day, 6x/wk 4. One recovery day/wk 5. Meditate 10 min/day 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Read-y_Picker happy New Year!!🎊 3w
4thhouseontheleft @KathyWheeler The guy who created it has zero background in health, wellness or nutrition. It‘s definitely unsustainable and can lead to injury or other problems if done to the letter. 3w
KathyWheeler @4thhouseontheleft The idea that you have to start over again if you miss one task during any given day seems completely demoralizing. Anything with no flexibility built into it is setting the person doing it up for failure. I don‘t trust things like this from people who have no background in health or wellness. (edited) 3w
4thhouseontheleft @KathyWheeler I agrée! The all of nothing approach rarely works. I just like doing challenges of all kinds, which is why I made my own version ? (edited) 3w
wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻👏🏻 3w
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I‘m really enjoying this #tobshortlist book so far. As long as I have enough reading time, I‘m hoping to fly through this one today. It‘s my first time reading Everett, and I really love his style.

squirrelbrain I just got this the other day…I‘m really looking forward to it. Enjoy! 3w
Megabooks This was pretty fast paced for me and I loved it! I hope you have the time to finish today. 👍🏻 3w
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Bad lighting, but here‘s my last minute #bookspin list! Filled with #tob, #booked2022 and other challenge books!

sprainedbrain Prodigal Summer! 😍 3w
4thhouseontheleft @sprainedbrain it‘s one of the few Kingsolver books I haven‘t read yet! And it fills quite a few challenge prompts…😂 3w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3w
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I always like to have a book I finish just after midnight on NYE to kick off my reading challenges!

This year it was my last #booked2021 read 🤣. Hubby is also reading it, but not enjoying as much as I did. Not plot driven enough for him.

#pop22 #parallelreality

Cinfhen Love this photo!! Happy New Year, Alisia. BTW: I wasn‘t a big fan of this one, so I‘m “siding”with your hubby. 3w
Megabooks I enjoyed this, so I‘m siding with you! 👍🏻 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @Megabooks Happy New Year! Looks like we need another person to break the tie 😂 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy New Year!!🎊🎆 3w
Cortg This one made me think a lot about life in a good way. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @Cortg Same. And gave me a new perspective on regrets, and how to let some of them go. 3w
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy New Year! 🎊🎆 3w
Cortg @4thhouseontheleft YES!!! Glad you enjoyed it. 3w
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Know My Name | Chanel Miller
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Started my first #newyearwhodis pick tonight!

bio_chem06 This book was so powerful. 3w
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This month has been crazy! But in a mostly good way. Glad to finish out 2021 on a high note, personally.

As the crazy warm weather continues, I‘m finally making time to sit outside and read. Can‘t wait to kick off all the 2022 reading challenges!

Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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One of the few times I disagree with one of Roxane Gay‘s recommendations. This was one of her book club books earlier this year, but I had a very difficult time staying engaged with the story. I‘m just glad to finally finish it.

#tob22 #tobshortlist

Ruthiella Bummer it didn‘t quite work for you. Either it or the Ruth Ozeki will be the after I finish 1mo
Suet624 I'm feeling a little bummed out that this year's TOB is falling a bit short. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Ruthiella I‘m debating between Trees or this one next 1mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Suet624 oh no! I‘ve only read two so far. I hardly had any time to read this month. 1mo
sarahbarnes I loved Trees for what it‘s worth! And sorry this one fell short, that seems to be a theme in the reviews here. I may skip it. 1mo
Cinfhen Yeah, this book was a bit of a slog. I think you‘ll appreciate Trees. And it‘s a quick read. 1mo
squirrelbrain I think I‘m the only one who has liked this book! 1mo
BarbaraBB I felt underwhelmed too. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @sarahbarnes @Cinfhen looks like Trees it is for my next #tob read! I definitely need a quick read right now, I‘d love to squeeze one more in before the end of the year. 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s quick but impactful 1mo
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Charlotte Afghan Refugee Update

We‘ve got a family medicine doc, & OB/GYN coming to the hotels on Thursday for a triage clinic. According to medical staff at the nearby hospital, every person they‘ve seen (about 10 refugees have needed medical attn) has been so severely malnourished the hospital reported CC to social services. 🤬 We‘re now collecting donations of Ensure & multivitamins to give out on Thurs.

11 translators are now helping us! ⬇️

4thhouseontheleft Two local halal grocers are providing hundreds of dollars in food donations. While many people arrived malnourished, it has been exacerbated by little access to food since arrivals started 2 months ago. The mood has significantly improved in the hotels in the past week. Those families moving into apts are seeing toilets that don‘t work, mold, and other unsafe conditions. The difference in response between our two local orgs is extreme (see photo) 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘m sharing all of this because I want people to be aware that any city that is receiving Afghan arrivals, the orgs NEED YOUR HELP!! Hopefully, it‘s not as bad as here. Just pay attn to how your local agency is responding. If you want a list of questions to ask, reach out to me! Find your local agencies here: https://find.usahello.org/#/welcome 1mo
DGRachel That‘s appalling. Thank you for sharing 1mo
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bnp Thanks for sharing. I suspect this also attests to the fact that the federal government used to supply a stipend to refugee families and no longer does. 1mo
bnp People can also donate money to organizations that are helping. In the Atlanta Georgia area I like the International Rescue Committee (IRC) 1mo
Mynameisacolour I want to help. There seem to be several different organizations near me that come up on the link you provided. I'd like the list of questions. My email is heathergray903@yahoo.com 1mo
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Here‘s a winter break bingo for the kids! Although who are we kidding, adults can do it too!

Maya‘s school has a competition over break to get as many bingos as possible, and the school librarian created this bingo sheet.
#bookbingo #bingoboard #wintergames

MaureenMc My daughter‘s school is doing a winter break reading challenge, too. I‘m way more excited about it than she is. 😂 1mo
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Non-bookish post:

No reading this week, but that‘s okay. I‘ve been working non-stop helping Afghan refugees arriving in our city. Local agencies are overwhelmed, and one has REALLY dropped the ball. 80 families in temp hotel housing, many have not had access to food or medical care, inc. newborns and pregnant women. It‘s atrocious. A group of us have stepped in to help after a young Afghan mom spoke out: https://vm.tiktok.com/TTPdjVfof4/ ⬇️

4thhouseontheleft In 3 days we‘ve raised $5,000, got donations of pack n plays and car seats for the babies, hundreds of $$$ in halal meats and other food, org a local GP to come to the hotels & triage any medical concerns, helped get clothes for the families that had lost luggage or arrive with nothing, and more! Check on your local resettlement agencies, they need your help. 1mo
AmyG That is mind-boggling that these people have been brought here and forgotten. Bless you and other kind people stepping up. Thanks for posting this. 1mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️ I‘m so glad you have a group of genuine humanitarians to provide support. Is it possible to know where the ball was dropped? 1mo
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DivineDiana @AmyG expressed my exact sentiments so well. 🙏🏻 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit @AmyG @DivineDiana yes, we do know where, and how, but right now aren‘t publicizing that to protect the volunteer who has been assisting the last few weeks with interpretation. Once emergency needs are met, there will be a focus on calling out the agency through the media. The more descriptive videos of what was happening have not been shared anywhere yet to protect her, since she is essentially a whistleblower. 1mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! Good for her for being courageous ❤️ 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit @DivineDiana @AmyG but also, agencies were severely short staffed due to trump years and Covid. If they didn‘t scale up staff to prepare for arrivals, or didn‘t have the funds to do so, that makes serving a mass influx of arrivals difficult. There was an article in WaPo about it recently https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2021/12/12/afghan-refugees-washington-vi... 1mo
reluctantangeleno Thank you for being such a lovely compassionate human! This brought tears to my eyes! 1mo
Vansa This is amazing that you're helping out with this. Incredible work. 1mo
Chrissyreadit @4thhouseontheleft I think that is what I‘m curious about Im not Bidens biggest fan, but he is trying to dig out of a dumpster and many states are also continuing to ride the Trump train and blame the current admin. All the while people suffer. This is why I get angry at the concept of civic engagement being unrecognized and politics continues to be the word of choice. I am so busy trying to help people in WV who have similar struggles while 1mo
Chrissyreadit Manchin and Capito play games- but if there is a way I can support the Refugee community in your area please let me know. #oneearth 1mo
Nutmegnc Thank you!! And if we can offer assistance, let us know!! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Chrissyreadit we have an Amazon and Walmart wish list that gets updated daily. I‘ll post them in the next two comments 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Nutmegnc I just posted two wish lists we are using and get updated daily. Today‘s focus is getting Nair for women and brooms/dust pans/vacuums which were both requests to help families prepare for Friday evening prayers. Foods like dates, nuts etc are also really needed since they are in small hotel rooms with a kitchen but very little space, and halal meat is really expensive in our area. 1mo
DrexEdit Bless you for stepping up and doing what needs to be done. Thanks for posting the links as well. 💜 1mo
Singout Good for you, Alisia. Such important and needed work. 1mo
LeahBergen That‘s wonderful 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
ravenlee I just placed an order with Walmart - it says most of the items should arrive by Saturday. 🤞🏻 Thanks for sharing this information. 1mo
Chrissyreadit I am trying to place order- whose name is wishlist under? I have to many and want to make sure 1mo
Nutmegnc @4thhouseontheleft thanks for the registry info. Just sent a few things! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Os the person on receiving end of wishlist Sarah in NC? 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @Nutmegnc Thank you!! @Chrissyreadit She is one of the other organizers with me. If you want time to send you an email with more info, I‘m happy to! Although we‘re almost good right now on many of the wish list items (at least, until more families arrive). And 2 of the local halal grocers are giving hundreds in food! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft @ravenlee thank you so much!! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Thank you so much! ♥️ 1mo
tpixie @4thhouseontheleft amazing stewardship in action! 💝 1mo
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