Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

I’ve seen a few of Dr. DeGruy’s videos over the last 10(?) years and every now and then someone mentions her book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome on a blog or Facebook. When I saw it mentioned in January I decided to read it.

I reserved a copy via ILL (Thanks College of William and Mary for letting me borrow your copy!) and expected it to be a slow and painful read. It wasn’t slow at all and it wasn’t nearly as painful as I expected it to be because Dr. DeGruy covers topics I’ve heard about before or that I already believe to be true.

There are a couple of places where I really wish this had been a book that had an editor rather than her self-published thesis. For example, when she talks about AA women who are abused by men who are abused by women, I suspect she lost a lot of women (and some men) and never got them back. I think an editor would have been able to help her make her point more effectively.

As for the basic premise of the book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — I think it’s a definite possibility. Nature vs nurture etc. People who grew up in poverty have a different relationship with money, with food, with “things,” and sometimes with people than those who did not. Those who grew up with child abuse or domestic violence have a different relationship with money, with food, with things, with people than those who did not. (You could go on… survivors of the Holocaust, survivors of Vietnam, etc.) Yes, people CAN overcome those things — they vow to do better than their parents, be better than their parents but when you add systemic racism to the mix, well that’s something else entirely.

I can definitely see the possibility of PTSS.

Very interesting book.

Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope

Nope, we didn’t march yesterday but I did stumble across the Why We March: Signs of Protest and Hope book just sitting on the shelf at the library, so I checked it out and flipped through it last night.

It’s primarily photos from the last year’s Women’s March with the occasional quote from women sprinkled through.

I enjoyed looking back at last year’s signs while thinking about this year’s… same shit, different year. Keep resisting, keep fighting, keep marching.

Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? A Guide to Happiness for Kids.

I can’t remember where I saw Have You Filled Your Bucket Today? but I thought it might be worth checking out for JMP.

Unfortunately, it’s not quite right. Besides the illustrations that portray people of color and disabled people as those who need help rather than those being helpful… the overall premise just doesn’t quite work for me. I think talking about these concepts with kids is important but I think there’s an awful lot of dependence on other people filling your bucket and we all know that doesn’t necessarily happen. (The co-dependence aspect is also potentially troubling, depending upon your child’s overall nature.)

Gainesville Punk: A History of Bands & Music

I kind of like that the last book I’ll finish in 2017 is Gainesville Punk: A History of Bands & Music. Seems fitting somehow, after having Michelle home and Chris here, too.

We always do a lot of reminiscing about the old GNV, even if the old GNV isn’t all that old to most of the people we know here.

It was interesting to learn more about the history of punk in GNV. While it didn’t really touch the time Michelle spent immersed in GNV punk, the end of the book touched on the years when we moved here and Chris was trying to find his people. He spent a lot of nights at Common Grounds. (Yay for all ages shows!)

It was also fitting to read this book right after Wild Iris closed her doors. So many places have gone away but Hardback Cafe has re-opened, so there’s always hope, right?

The Princess Diarist

Don’t ask me why I picked up The Princess Diarist at the library. I am not a Star Wars fan and Carrie Fisher … makes me… uncomfortable. But whatever, it was on the shelf, I saw it was based on the diaries she’d written during the first (don’t start with that “third” BS) Star Wars and thought this might be something that would help me like Fisher more.

It didn’t. But it also didn’t make me like her less.

It also wasn’t quite the book I expected it to be. I expected more diary entries and less Carrie Fisher being Carrie Fisher. Silly me. As expected, the diary entries portion was my favorite portion of the book. The rest… sigh. Not my favorite.

Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and Retreat from Racial Equity

Welp. I finally read Colorblind and it was exactly what I expected it to be.

Smart, well-written, and anger/sadness/frustration/anger inducing.

You are not colorblind. I am not colorblind. Nobody is or should be colorblind.

Post-racial politics is stupid. Stop it. There’s no such thing as post-racial any-damn-thing.

March Book 3

I finished John Lewis’s March series. Book 3 was just as well-written and well-drawn as the first two books in the series. If you and your kids have not read this series, do it now.

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids

Here’s another one I spent a long time reading, in bits and pieces when I happened to have a spare minute or two. It was not as detailed as the Ultimate Guide (obviously, since it’s like half the size) but it has all of the basic info you need. What it didn’t have was extra info about WDW with kids. So… buy the Ultimate Guide, instead.

The Unofficial Guide to Disney World

I finally finished The Unofficial Guide to Disney World it took many, many weeks — because this is a MONSTER book, (864 pages.) OK, fine. I didn’t read the part about sports at WDW and I just skimmed the section on Universal rides because I am not going to Universal any time soon and when I decide to go, I will read the Unofficial Guide to Universal… or join the Universal Touring Plans site… but I read every other word in the book.

I was pleased with just how much I already knew and how often I was able to say “oops, that’s not true anymore.” Which brings me to the only problem with this book. Because so many things at WDW don’t really change from year to year, some of the content in the book is identical to the content from the year before. That’s fine, it makes sense to not reinvent the wheel. However, there were some bits of info that weren’t accurate and hadn’t been accurate since what feels like before the book went to the publisher. I can’t remember what those things are but there were definitely two or three times when I said, wow – that’s not just a little outdated, it is really outdated.

I definitely recommend the book. And, then join Touring Plans and the Lines app. (Now I’m moving on to read the version for families taking children to WDW. lol)

My (not so) Storybook Life

The title caught my eye and while I didn’t hate My (not so) Storybook Life, I didn’t love it either. TW quit the book before she’d made it through four chapters. I thought about quitting it but stuck with it and enjoyed it more towards the ends.

The “Friendship and Faith” part of the title escaped me, so I struggled with that aspect of the book. I’m not opposed to memoirs that explore the author’s relationship with religion or God, but this one just wasn’t interesting to me.

I did find the re-written literature sections at the beginning of each chapter to be fun (TW did not like them one bit.)