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Outsiders and Mockingbirds

The OutsidersTo Kill a Mockingbird

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton will always be my favorite book ever written because to this day my heart breaks for all those boys — fictional characters that brought me to tears when I was twelve and read it for the first time (I STILL cry even now in my 30’s) — simple, poignant characters fighting to belong in a world where things are so unfairly divided.

In that vein, I think there shall never be a BETTER book than To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The Outsiders is my favorite of all time but in my (humble) opinion, the best book ever written is To Kill a Mockingbird.

There are no two books I hold in higher regard — books that have changed the way children and perhaps some adults think about the world they live in and the people that inhabit it. These books are not perfect, they’re not politically correct, and they have angered plenty of people over the decades, but the one thing these two books have done to thousands, perhaps even millions of readers is to make them think about the world in which they live — to think about the people on the fringes of society (in one case it is an economic/social divide, in the other it is a racial one) and the courage it takes to live there.

I read a LOT of crap over the course of a year, but when I need to reset, I read these two works and remember why I love words and the people who weave them together.

People die every day, but some words, some works, live forever.

“They grew up on the outside of society. They weren’t looking for a fight. They were looking to belong.”
―     S.E. HintonThe Outsiders    

“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.”
―     Harper LeeTo Kill a Mockingbird    

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Supernatural Tuesday

Supernatural Tuesday

There are some days when I have so much to do I wonder how I’ll ever get it all done. My calendar becomes a highlight color wheel of must-do’s, appointments, errands, and the like. I stress about getting every little thing done before heading into work — I have to cook, clean, go to the store, pick up kids from school, all while trying to carve out time to write somewhere in between everything. I turn on the TV to listen to some background noise as I fold laundry while cooking and getting a jump on my day when something totally ridiculous and stupidly unfair happens — I hear the dulcet tones of Dean Winchester yelling at someone (or something) on my television screen. It is at this precise moment in time I realize my day is officially shot. I sigh as I go sit on my sofa, drink my coffee and proceed to engage in a three hour long marathon of one of my favorite shows of all time. The chicken burns, my work clothes will be horribly wrinkled, and those dishes will stay in the sink until the next morning but I could care less. Nothing else matters as I succumb to the inevitable pull of the Winchesters as they go around kicking ass, taking names and crying at some point.

Well played Supernatural…well played.

 

Jensen Ackles

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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

My sister reworked this old picture from the VERY early 80’s (possibly even late 70’s) our brother took from our old fire escape on Delancey St in New York City. I know it’s not as clear and perfect as the photos a person can take nowadays with the cheapest camera phone but I still love it. I love all the old cars coming off the bridge, the old stores that no longer exist, and the view of the Williamsburg that is such a part of the New York landscape today as it was back then. We spent so much time on that fire escape, I wonder how we didn’t fall down and die. If anyone saw a kid just hanging out on one today, the cops would be there ordering him or her to get their butt down faster than you can say “Stop & Frisk!” Ahhh…some things change but it’s always fun to get it on film!

Here’s to Throwback Thursday!

Stay inspired!

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