Bourland Library Shelf 1

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Black lives matter. Women are people. Science is real. Read books to children. Teach real history. Fight for voting rights. Dismantle patriarchy. Dismantle rape culture. Dismantle white supremacy. Constrain capitalism. Keep religion out of government. Separate church and state. Pay reparations for centuries of slavery. Restore stolen lands. Stand up to bullies. Respect veterans. This is not radical. This is the least a civilized society can do. – EB

Advice on writing fiction

Think of an interesting story you will enjoy telling. Make a plan for your story and mend the plan as you go. Have at least one likeable character. Villains can be likeable. Each character needs a distinct voice. Characters should learn. Build characters, not worlds....

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grandmother

Happy birthday to Latha Berneice Dollar, my grandmother (mother's side), who would today have been age one hundred and nine. She wrote long, lonely letters to me in her spidery handscript mostly while drunk. An articulate, observant writer who had a difficult life not...

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I wear a mask because

1. there are people in my life too young to be vaccinated 2. and people who are old and more vulnerable 3. and immunocompromised (eg. fighting cancer) 4. because that crap is airborne 5. and has already killed a bunch of people 6. and keeps mutating because people...

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Know your vulnerabilities

Know your vulnerabilities. It's ok to have them; just know what they are. Marketers, bullies, and other manipulators see your vulnerabilities more clearly than you do (usually), and use them against you. It's also ok to be afraid -- act responsibly anyway. You got this.

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Planned Parenthood

Yet again, a group of cowards has massed in front of the Planned Parenthood in my neighborhood to harass women seeking healthcare. A smug demagogue stands in the road & smirks through a bullhorn. One reason I contribute to PP every month. Down with bullies....

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Re-reading The Lord of the Rings

I've been slowly re-reading The Lord of the Rings; I'm into the Return of the King now. It's as spellbinding as it was when I first read it forty years ago. It's worth returning to every few years. A few things of which I'm reminded, as I read: 1) Tolkien had a story...

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Lazy words

amazing, astonishing, astounding, awesome, and so on let me decide for myself if something is amazing amazing means you stand and stare at something, not necessarily because it’s neato breathtaking brilliant chilling effervescent egregious . . . this word means “out...

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