When it comes to war, many generals and high-ranking officers make decisions by the following statement:
The best defense is a good offense.
America is at war. We are at war with the fact that since the Sandy Hook shooting five years ago tomorrow, mass shooting of innocent civilians have become everyday news. After every shooting, we say that things have to change. We have to tighten our gun control laws, we have to ensure that those with mental health issues are receiving the care they need, etc. And then, as it has become par for the course, the outrage and anger slowly begins to fade, that is, until the next massacre of innocent civilians.
Sandy Hook Promise is a non-profit that sprung out of the tragedy of the Sandy Hook massacre. The goal of the organization is to prevent gun violence and to educate everyday citizens on how to prevent gun violence. Their new PSA, called Tomorrow’s News hits home the need for prevention of such acts and learning what the signs are before it is too late.
While we cannot go back in time, we can always move forward. We can find a way to learn from the lessons of our past, if we are willing to do what is necessary.
Last night, decency and intelligence won in Alabama. Doug Jones won the Alabama Senatorial election over Roy Moore via a very slim margin.
Before the 2016 Presidential election, I think most of America was under the impression that democracy and the foundations of our country established by the founding fathers were set in stone. After the election and the swearing-in of the Cheetos colored used car salesman who won the election, the rose-colored glasses were violently knocked from our collective faces. Democracy must be earned and fought for.
Last night, democracy was earned and fought for in Alabama. Roy Moore represents not only the dark side of American culture, but the worst of the Republican Party.
Perhaps this is a turning point in modern political history. The blinders about the shake-able foundations of our country and those who we have elected to lead are off. Democracy both requires and demands participation from the average citizen. Doug Jones won the election because the residents of Alabama voted for him. We need more men and women like Doug Jones in our government, if our democracy is to continue on for future generations.
Love sometimes comes from the most unexpected of places.
In The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke Series #1) by Tessa Dare, Emma Gladstone is the daughter of a vicar who works as a seamstress and has been on her own since she was a teenager. The last thing she is looking for or expecting is say I do, especially to a member of the aristocracy. The Duke of Ashbury has two scars to deal with: the physical scars from the war and the emotional scars from the breakup of his engagement. Emma walks into the Duke’s library wearing what would have been his fiance’s wedding dress, demanding payment for her labors. But the Duke has another idea.
He proposes marriage, but there will be conditions to the marriage. The marital bed is only for procreation of a necessary heir, the marriage is a marriage of convenience and once Emma is pregnant, she will retire to the country to raise their child. But Emma, who reluctantly says yes to the proposal, has conditions of her own: Until such time when she is confirmed as pregnant, they will have dinner together and talk like a married couple during dinner.
At first, Emma keeps her part of the bargain, until she starts to fall for her husband. But the Duke is the harder nut to crack. Despite his intentions of limiting their marital relations, it’s becoming harder to keep his hands off his wife.
I normally don’t read these kind of books, but I found this book to be well written. Ms. Dare easily hooks her reader and has created two lead characters who stand out from the standard lead characters that readers encounter in the genre. Emma is intelligent, strong and not afraid to say what is on her mind. While the Duke initially comes off as this brooding Heathcliff type, he is slowly revealed to be a man who loves passionately and deeply, but also lives with multiple emotional scars that have not healed.
Do I recommend it? Yes.