From My Bookshelf – No Place to Hide by Opa Hysea Wise

When I saw that Kirkus Review called this book a “queer thriller”, I was intrigued. Now that I’ve read the book I would add that it also is a touch atmospheric. The author allows us to glimpse Smythe’s thoughts and allows us to experience her journey as it’s happening. Along with the “thrill of the chase”, Smythe’s growth throughout the course of the story adds an element of relatability to the story.

I love finding new authors at the beginning of their careers and I can’t wait to see how Wise follows up this captivating debut!

Pretty Dark Clothing

I call my Wednesday blog post “Wild Card Wednesday”. For the next few weeks, I will be using that wild card to share some small businesses I’ve discovered and done business with.

First up? Pretty Dark Clothing! They have some great girl power graphics on their items and their service is FANTASTIC. I ordered their “girl power” tank and it fits fabulously! Super comfy fabric and the graphic is shiny!

Check out the etsy shop HERE!

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What I’ve Learned – #TikTokGrandma

Someone of a VERY different political bent than myself recently said to me – after finding out that I had dealt with death threats over the summer – “Well I hope you learned a thing or two.”

I did. But I’m almost positive that the things I learned were NOT the things she was thinking of.

I learned that there is no way to predict what piece of your social media life will go viral.

I learned that shining a light on injustice will always anger those benefitting from that injustice.

I learned that speaking up for the oppressed will always infuriate the oppressors – and sometimes the person who is angriest doesn’t even realize that they ARE one of the oppressors!

I learned that one political party is VERY diverse, full of people with ideologies that do not perfectly line up all the time. But they are always down for a good conversation and will ask really fantastic questions.

I learned, sadly, that many Christians will justify all sorts of immoral behavior over one political issue that they just can’t get past.

I learned that there are SOOOOOO many people who have been badly hurt by religious folk masquerading as Christians.

I learned that “white privilege” has nothing to do with money or social status, marginalized groups need allies who will educate THEMSELVES and then speak up, and I learned that there are a HUGE number of people who just want to know that they are loved without condition.

Most importantly, I learned loads about myself and how to put the faith I claim into practice in a hurting world. I know what real contentment and inner peace feels like and my faith walk has NEVER been stronger.

So yeah. I learned a thing or two.