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It is rare for me to read a book that makes me cry. I’ve had books touch my heart in the same way a good song will. It was different with Looking for Mary Gabriel. I stumbled onto a part that you don’t see coming, and it’s shockingly heartbreaking.
Bonita Gaberiel wants a normal childhood with a normal sister but there’s nothing normal about her younger sister, Mary. Mary suffers from a mental illness that causes her to act on impulse, see and hear things no one else can, and to take off without warning. Bonita’s father appoints her Mary’s keeper. At times it seems he’s only trying to instill the importance of family. Then there are moments when he’s asking too much and his motives are questionable. Bonita and Mary’s mother had a sister who suffered with mental illness that led her to commit suicide. Their mother worries it’s her fault and she doesn’t want Bonita to ever feel responsible for Mary but rather than share this with Bonita, it is kept secret from her. At times it appears their mother is wanting to protect Bonita and other times it seems she just can’t deal with her sister’s death.
Bonita struggles with wanting to protect her sister and wanting a normal life away from Mary. A tragedy occurs which leads Bonita away from her family and then another tragedy happens that cuts Bonita’s ties with her family. She chooses a quite life hidden away from family and friends who love her more than she thought possible. With the passing of Bonita and Mary’s father, Bonita is forced to emerge from her hidden life to handle funeral arrangements and deal with Mary. What she thought was true is contradicted by what she learns is true.
Beautifully and poetically written, the story of a family that is flawed is wonderfully conveyed on every page. ‘Looking for Mary Gabriel’ is a story that shares the love of family and the harsh truths about family making it relatable. It’s a book that can be read a 2nd and 3rd time; each time bringing some new fascination to the reader. I give it 5 stars and recommend it to everyone who loves reading.
This was written for Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop – Prompt 3. Head over to Mama Kat’s and choose a prompt.
March 31st, 1888 – Imagine if you can, Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe, and Sojourner Truth along with other women organizing The National Council of Women of the U.S. which is the oldest American non-sectarian women’s organization. They must have felt excitement, pride, and a little fear.
It would take from 1888 to 1972 for Congress to pass the Equal Rights Amendments granting women equal rights, however, it was never ratified by the required number of states.
The year before The National Counsel of Women of the U.S. was formed, in 1887, Helen Keller met her teacher and lifelong friend, Anne Sullivan. With the help of Sullivan, Keller became the first blind and deaf person to graduate from college. They began advocating for people with disabilities.
A little over 30 years before any of this began, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabinis’ was published in 1852 and became a best selling book of the 19th century. Two years prior, in 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was published. It explored women’s roles in society in Puritan Boston.
In 1911, the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and it’s first female instructor, Ellen Swallow Richard died.
On March 24th, 1912 Dorothy Height was born. Height served more than 40 years as president of the National Council of Negro Women where she worked to foster interracial dialogue.
In Savannah, Georgia on March 12th, 1912 the first ever Girl Scouts meeting was held. The organization has grown to over 2.7 million members.
March 8th, 1914 the first International Women’s Day is held. After 1914’s celebration and push for equality, the day became the annual staple for global awareness around women’s issues.
Times were changing, slightly. March 4th, 1917 is when Jeannette Rankin – R – Mont took her seat as the first female member of congress.
During March 1924, Bette Nesmith Graham was born. She invented Liquid Paper correction fluid, a brand of white out. Same year, Margaret Butler was born. She would be the first female fellow at the American Nuclear Society and advocate for women in the science and math field.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born in 1933, and is the second female U.S. Supreme Court Justice. Two years before Ruth was born, Geraldyn Cobb was born on March 5th. She would become the first woman to pass qualifying exams for astronaut training in 1959 but wasn’t allowed to train because of gender.
On March 7th, 1938 Janet Guthrie was born. She would go on to become a female race car driver and competed in both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 in 1977.
On March 9th, 1959 Barbie doll made her debut. Barbie has since then been in many debates about setting the wrong image for body types in girls. Was Barbie too skinny and later in years, questions would occur did they create her looking overweight which wasn’t a healthy image anyway.
In 1993, Janet Reno is confirmed as the first woman to be U.S. Attorney General.
Joan Jett’s song ‘I Love Rock & Roll’ hit number 1 on Billboard charts in 1982. Jett was said to be a pioneer for female rock musicians. Then in 2000, Julia Roberts becomes the first female actor to ever earn $20 million for a single film with her ‘Erin Brockovich.’
From March 1986 when Susan Butcher became the 2nd woman to ever win the Alaskan dog sled race to Simone Biles being born March 1997 and becoming the most decorated American gymnast; winning four gold medals at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics women have made huge leaps and bounds.
It seems from 1986 with Debi Thomas becoming the first African-American woman to win the World Figure Skating Championship and Georgia O’Keefe laying the foundation for American modernism art with her paintings that women can strive to be anything they want to be.
There sure are a lot of women to look up to and respect. I think Women’s History Month should be as important to women as Black History Month is to African-Americans.
Then I read about the Women’s March plans for Women’s History Month here in the year 2017. It makes me sad, angry, and it makes me ashamed to be a woman right now.
I am in no way accepting Trumps behaviour of racism, sexism, and hate. However, I watched in January as women paraded up and down streets with pillows on their heads shaped like vaginas. The signs were vulgar. Madonna who was my revolutionary hero in the 80’s and 90’s is now in her late 50’s screaming out the F word and then justifying a threat to the President of the United States.
I watched as women turned protesting into an excuse to riot, to grab themselves, to wear signs saying “Here My P***Y Roar.”
So the women I named in this article, the women who held onto their pride, and self worth in order to achieve huge accomplishments, I feel like the Women’s March of 2017 and the one women are planning now during Women’s History Month was a slap in the face to all the steps women have taken to be respected.
You can not gain respect from wearing vaginas on your heads, leaving our streets filled with debris, vandalism, and anything else nobody deemed important enough to pick up. How can you look at all the outstanding accomplishments of Women in just this month, and then scream vulgar things that make Trump seem like a choir boy?
These Women do not represent me anymore than Trump does and I hope in the year 2017, women at least keep their respect.
Where was everyone’s outrage when Obama tried the same thing back in 2009 and he wasn’t even the first President to try such a thing. This article was from CBS News. Go look it up yourselves
By JEFF GREENFIELD CBS October 23, 2009, 6:43 PM
President Obama’s Feud with FOX News
After months of taking incoming fire from the prime-time stars of Fox News, the Obama White House is firing back, charging that FOX News is different from all other news.
“FOX News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican party,” said Anita Dunn, White House communications director.
“If media is operating basically as a talk radio format, then that’s one thing, and if it’s operating as a news outlet, then that’s another,” Mr. Obama said.
And the White House has gone beyond words, reports CBS News senior political correspondent Jeff Greenfield. Last Sept. 20, the president went on every Sunday news show – except Chris Wallace’s show on FOX. And on Thursday, the Treasury Department tried to exclude FOX News from pool coverage of interviews with a key official. It backed down after strong protests from the press.
“All the networks said, that’s it, you’ve crossed the line,” said CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid.
Tension between presidents and the press is as old as the Republic. FDR was so incensed by the war reporting of one New York Daily News correspondent he tried to present him with an Iron Cross from Nazi Germany. John Kennedy tried to get New York Timesman David Halberstam pulled out of Vietnam; and Vice-President Spiro Agnew’s assaults on the network press is legendary.
“We have more than our share of nattering nabobs of negativism,” Agnew said.
What gives this dust-up special irony is that FOX News success comes in no small part from its ability to convince its viewers that the “mainstream” media are slanted to the left. Now, the White House is arguing that the network is not a real news organization at all, and that has brought some mainstream media voices to its defense.
There’s no question that FOX’s prime-time voices come from the right. Moreover, its owner, Rupert Murdoch is a staunch conservative, and its first and only CEO, Roger Ailes, is a veteran of Republican media wars.
But MSNBC in prime-time has its own lineup of commentators – all of whom are on the left side of the spectrum, some of whom met with the president the White House this week.
So why is the White House out to “de-legitimize” FOX? Not because it has opinions, but because its opinion voices are so hostile to Mr. Obama – and because FOX News is, as it has been for a decade, by far the most watched of the cable news networks. In fact, its ratings have increased 13 percent this summer. So if FOX is feeling any pain from the White House’s stance, it’s crying all the way to the bank.
Riding around, top down, under the sun.
Your smile, your style, you could have been the one.
It wasn’t love but it was fun.
Laughter fades, sunlight turns to rain, look what we’ve become.
Driving away, leaving me behind, it can’t be undone.
Looking back now, I see clearly somehow.
It wasn’t love but it was fun.
Written by: Donetta Sifford for Yeah Write 305