Daily Archives: November 12, 2019

Arresting the Churro Lady Was Unnecessary

We all have to earn a legit living. But not everyone, for any number of reasons, can or will earn their living by sitting behind a desk.

Last Friday, New York City police arrested a woman for selling churros in a Brooklyn train station. Her name is Elsa, but the press has labelled her the “churro lady“.

I understand the reason for the arrest. She is an unlicensed vendor. I also understand that this is not the first time she was asked to leave the station. However, I don’t agree with the decision of the police officers. She is just trying to earn an honest day’s pay.

With all of the problems with the MTA, this woman is the least of those problems. The police and the MTA should be worrying about fare evasion and people who think that the subway is their sexual playground.

It’s no wonder that the MTA is messed up.

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Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel Book Review

When readers meet Marilla Cuthbert in the initial chapters of Anne of Green Gables, she is middle-aged, stubborn and unyielding.

Sarah McCoy’s new book, Marilla of Green Gables: A Novel, takes the reader back in time. Decades earlier, Marilla Cuthbert is thirteen. Her life changes forever when her mother passes away. Now she must take her mother’s place as a farm wife.

The only way out of farm life is her aunt. Elizabeth “Izzy” Johnson never married and earns a living as a seamstress in St. Catharines. Izzy encourages her niece to expands her world. This expansion includes joining the local Ladies sewing circle and helping to raise money for an orphanage that is part of the Underground Railroad. Along the way, Marilla falls in love with John Blythe, the son of a neighboring family.

It seems that her future is set. But politics, history, and personal choices have a hand in changing that future.

I loved this book. I am also a huge Anne of Green Gables fan, which was the main reason I picked up this book in the first place. In telling the story of Marilla’s early days, Ms. McCoy is able to draw a complete picture of Anne Shirley‘s adopted mother.

Though this book is not strictly for the hardcore Anne of Green Gables fans, I would recommend that the reader goes into the book with at least some knowledge of the world that Lucy Maud Montgomery created.

My only criticism is that the beginning of the book is a little slow. But when it takes off, it really takes off.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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