Did you think of her, RBG, when you saw that word, notorious? I was amazed that she embraced such a flagrant description with her special quiet humor.
Then I looked it up. One definition used words like infamous, disreputable and scandalous. Not the RBG I highly respect. But wait!
Notorious can also mean notable, esteemed, legendary, or memorable. OK, that’s more like it. Quite a positive legacy to leave us, don’t you think?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg made Dissent an esteemed action.
In her dissents, RGB insisted, explained, and educated. And because she often bucked an unequal system, especially for women, she became notorious, legendary, and historical. The more I learn about this remarkable woman, the more I admire her.
It’s okay to dissent. That’s how change occurs. Well-behaved women rarely make history. RBG worked through Constitutional Law to improve life for all. She taught us that discrimination on the basis of gender is unequal under the Law. That women belong in all places where decisions are made. That We the People includes ALL the people of this country.
RBG made us think of what’s not right in our world and what can we do about it? And that even Rock Stars 🌟 have a heart.
That’s a pretty good legacy and inspiration!
I may not be able to change the social injustices I see, but my characters certainly can. They are activists in their own small world and persist until change is made. Sometimes writing fiction is the most notorious tool for dissent and change.
UNDER THE DESERT SKY, has Mayor Lacy dealing with a dying town’s economy and homeless kids. Her decisions could ruin her relationship with Holt, a guy with one child and determined to keep it that way. But she must do what she thinks is the right thing.
In UNDER THE DESERT MOON, Annie is faced with the unthinkable — harboring illegal immigrants on her apple farm. Her decisions risk her relationship with Brett, a law and order guy to his core. But she must follow her heart and do what she thinks is right.
Both of these e-books are on sale for 99 cents this month and can be purchased at www.marytateengels.com.
Hello August, come on in quietly. Please leave your shoes at the door and grab a chair. We need to have a talk.
I’m greeting you in Portuguese because Portugal is where I’d like to be right now - plus they’re the only ones who might accept us without quarantining 14 days.
We’re in a big mess here and have great expectations for the remains of our 2020 summer under a bubble. This COVID-19 Pandemic has messed up everything, and tragically has taken many lives. We’re doing our part with masking, social distancing, and washing hands. But we need a little help coping with other things.
Rain. Desperately needed here in Arizona. July failed miserably with almost no rain and we’re drying up in the extreme heat. Weekly showers would be nice, daily even better. I have faith in you, August. Actually that leads to the second Big issue.
Heat. We’ve had too many days of triple digit temperatures. Enough already! It’s damned oppressive, along with everything else. Need a break here. And hope for cooler days.
No more violence. Listen up. This has to stop! Right now! Need To spread a bunch of Love 💕.
Relief for our healthcare workers is critical. They are divine, but wearing down from the stress.
Guidance about educating our kids would be appreciated. Extra points.
Ok August. You have your marching orders. Did you take notes? It’s a lot to ask but I’m sure you’re up to it! Otherwise, see Portugal because we’re outta here!
Thank you. Virtual hugs.
While you’re isolating, you might want to check out my books at www.marytateengels.com By the way you can read them with your mask on.
PS. Photos, top to bottom:
Classic pastry of Portugal, Pasteis de Nata;
Typical Lisbon sidewalks, inlaid with tile;
Tremendous monument honoring Portuguese world explorers;
Ponte de Lima, Roman bridge from 1 AD, still in use;
Our favorite Michelin-recommended restaurant in Viana do Castelo.
Seeking Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness seems illusive when we are Social Distancing, Masking, and Isolating for the good of the Realm.
On top of that, we’re in a dry heat spell with 100+ temperatures almost daily and there’s a 3-week ongoing wildfire on the mountain near our home. Oh, and we have long-smoldering fear and fury in the streets. Did I mention it’s election season with political claptrap flying hither and yon over every media?
Sounds like a Sci-fi novel. No where is safe.
Not exactly the best Creative environment for a writer, especially one who favors Romance. So what’s a writer to do?
I try to be positive (& creative) within the social boundaries imposed on me so I made a list of things I enjoy. I encourage you to do the same. What I really want is to escape, get away, breathe in clean air, walk on a beach, play golf, eat seafood and salads. And drink wine at sunset overlooking the Dordogne River Valley in Southern France. In my dreams.
But I see that I’m way off mark. Here is what’s trending now in our isolated world:
Guy Fieri - who is feeding front line healthcare workers and helping out of work food workers. Yay Guy!
Reruns of Downton Abbey. So we think we have it bad! Okay, I feel better. Writing about it helps. Highly advised. I’m off to find my inspiration to do my favorite happy thing. Write! And maybe read a bit. While isolating....with out my mask.
What’s on your list for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of happiness during these unusual times? If reading is one of your favorites, may I recommend my three featured books this summer. They’re on sale on my HOME page (see above) for 99 cents each! Fall in love again with:
Rare Breed - A crash in the Grand Canyon brings them together. When adventurer Brit Bailey is rescued by Navajo professor Jake Landry, she can’t help falling in love. Will her rescue tear them apart?
Speak to the Wind - Apache leader, Joe Quintero helps put out one fire, only to start another. Maria Eden’s mountain cabin is saved. But the wildfire between them ignites a love that soars beyond their ability to control.
Texas Sizzle - Sophisticated widow, Kathryn Coleman steps out of her league in Texas when she falls for local football hero, Max Logan. He arouses her desire for love, laughter and country music. Is she a cougar, intrigued with a younger man or a lonely woman looking for love?