Read: Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America

I just typed a really eloquent long freaking review of this book.. and LJ killed it. *F You!!!

I had not heard any reviews or read anything about this book. I found it while googling Black Lives Matter book recommendations. In an effort to educate myself and be able to discuss history of Black America, I'm trying to read more on the history and struggles. I purchased it from an independent bookstore in Furguson, Missouri. Today I finished it and read the New York Times review from 2011. I completely agree with the final statement of the review "Sometimes writers tell us something familiar — something that we already know, or that we should know — but they do it in such a creative and cleareyed way and with such force that we begin to see things differently independent of any new information."

Things that I took from the book:
(1) History of Jim Crow laws and the generational understanding of race struggles
(2) Reasoning behind wealthy Blacks blaming poor Blacks for thier own situation rather than the institutional reasons
(3) Black America was unified as one body during the Civil Rights movement but over time in an attempt to be equals, there is no unification. Today there is no solid Black America, only Black Americans.
(4) Struggles of immigrants and biracial people in America. I'd like to read more about this and will likely look into it.. add some immigrant books to the list
neslihan and I are going through together! :)
       On this note, I enjoyed the references to Barack Obama and his struggle as a biracial "black leader" and how that has effected the culture of Black Americans. Many Black people did not support his candidacy because he wasn't black enough and didn't offer many special privileges to blacks who felt they deserved special treatment. Obviously, a lot of white people were against him too, for being too black. He just couldn't win.. BUT HE DID!
(5) Think about the way Blacks are treated in general society, regardless of their socio-economic status.. they can't escape judgement from "old timers" as well as new immigrants and one another.

I would definitely recommend this if you are into case studies and books that really inform you and make you think simultaneously about what you think you know. I really had to think about the things I've believed about different sects of the Black community here- stereotypes of the poor, and judgment of the wealthy, and why people struggle and police still target them.

My next read will be We by Y. Zamyatin.. it is the first book in the Bil-Leslie book club! There is still time to get in the book club, just order a book on your ereader or in paper copy and we'll read together and chatter away.

sling mail

Postcard RoundUp

26 postcards this week!! 2 won't be shown because I was lazy and didn't photograph them before tacking them up in Joyce's room. She really likes cats and I give her the pick of those postcards. :)

My favorite card this week:
20151010_214103 Dogue de Brodeaux, one of many cards from Shelby!

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Virtual Book Club - you are invited!

Dearest neslihan and I have started a Facebook book club. We are going to read a new book each month or less frequently if the book is too heavy. If anyone is interested but isn't my facebook friend, please send me a message so I can friend you and add you to the group. Our first official book will be read in November but Leslie has an unofficial October book going right now!

I am so excited to discuss books with other people! 

Postcard round up.

There were A LOT of cards this week. Mosly because I did a stretch of offering 5 cards for swap every day of the popecation and ended up with a million requests and people have to send me a card in return. Here's my mail glory this week..

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[Facebook card swaps]
hawaii Aloha is private swap for Pope card (mailed from other location)
holland     hong kong
Holland Card was private swap for Pope card                                                Hong Kong is private swap for Pope card- signed from Hong Kong Postcrossing meetup!
Both Holland and Hong Kong used unique stamps, gotta love that!
Texas card was private swap for a Philly card
tea time

Save a life

Can you help my friend's nephew out? He isn't even 2 weeks old and he'll be having surgery in the coming week. Today he flies from Iowa to Philadelphia to undergo surgery that will hopefully save his life.


For every $15 that you donate (can't be anonymous because I can't track anonymous donors) I will mail or deliver one dozen cookies to you.

This little guy and his family are going to be a thousand miles away from home for a long time if he makes it through the first surgery this week. Unpaid leave for his parents, plus the cost of feeding themselves, and extra medical expenses during this unforeseen situation are exorbitant. They know no one in my city and I'm doing everything I can to help them navigate Philly and feel welcomed during the stressful time.

Thanks in advance for prayers and donations.


Carmelized Salmon with Orange Pineapple Salsa

This recipe was EASY! If you're going to try it, please marinade your fish the night before so that it gets nice and flavorful. I forgot the marinade part and had to delay making it by one day so I could let it sit over night.

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We served the fish with the salsa which is really delicious!! Cole also grilled some vegetables as our side. I'd say it was a nice and healthy dinner. Do try it if you like fish and yummy food combinations. 
tea time

Eye Emergency

Here in Philadelphia we have a world class eye center, Wills Eye. Last night the regular ER referred me there because they have an eye emergency room (what?). Today I went in and was seen quickly and had 2 hours of poking. Result: 2 issues in my right eye- retina hemorrhage and my eye is steering on it's own (lazy/wandering eye).
To fix: get a long eye test done next week to see if the blood in my eye changes at all and come up with action plan. To fix the wandering eye I have to see a specialist with a weird name. They'll give me prism glasses and figure out if I need anything else to help with that. That's also a few hours long test that I'll have in August.

Meanwhile, my eyes are sore and dilated. I want to sleep for 20 hours for the soreness to wear off.

tea time

Stationary Subscription Box

Perhaps you are a lover of paper or you have several (dozen) penpals.. this might be for you! I got my first subscription package yesterday from La Pappiere. I've been ordering stationary from them for a few years, it's all printed by them at home! I love the cutesy or vintage designs best.
I received 25 pieces of stationary (I didn't count, this is a guess) and I love it all! Time to get to writing.  {PS If you are going to get a subscription use my name! PM me for that information if you do not have it already)