Sunday Post | Terrible isn’t strong enough

July 10, 2016 Sunday Post 8

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Basically it’s a chance to talk about the books you bought, borrowed, blogged about, and read for the week and what’s coming in the week ahead – and then share them with a much wider blogging community. Check out the details here.

News at Home – Terrible isn’t strong enough

What a sobering week, huh? I know that I’m not alone at looking at our country and feeling heartbroken, terrified, and just plain old terrible. It all hit really close to home for me when police were targeted in downtown Dallas, a mere 10 minutes from my home. Even more terrifying was that one of my very good friends is a Dallas Police Officer. His wife and I are best friends – as soon as everything started on the news I messaged her to see if Michael was at work. He had just walked in the house and shortly thereafter was called in. Despite her basically begging him not to go, for obvious reasons, he told her he had to go. How could he not, that night of all nights? He left her and their 2 1/2 year old son and went in, knowing that they still hadn’t caught the sniper. Not knowing where he’d be assigned. And that’s why we owe police so much respect. They go into danger, when the rest of us would run from it. I don’t want to turn this into a long post about issues that we’re being bombarded with on social media non-stop. I do think, though, that it’s good that it’s something we’re being bombarded with. The tragedies of the past week – both towards black men and police officers – are not new problems in this country. Their problems that have been ignored and swept under the rug for too long. I can only hope that this past week and all the dialogue that’s resulting from it will actually create some positive change. In the meantime, I won’t lie, I’m scared. I’m a black woman. More importantly, my dad and brother are black men. My good friend is a police officer. It’s scary.

On a lighter note, I spent the week making a lot more progress on school planning. I finally got access to my curriculum and for the most part I’m excited; my new school district seems to have everything planned out much better and more usefully. I’m feeling more and more confident about the upcoming school year. I also ran into one of my former kinder kiddos last night at Walmart. First time I’ve seen one of them since school let out and it was so nice. She ran from her dad and gave me a huge hug and told me how much she missed me. Her brother, 1 year older, also ran up and gave me a hug and asked me where his teacher was. LOL! Apparently they expect us to always be together. It was so nice to see them. She talked excitedly about how she’s been practicing her letters and reading and math, just like on the calendar I sent home for the summer. Yay! That’s at least one parent using it to keep their child from regressing too much! It gives me hope that several are!

Blog News

So I semi-forgot… but yesterday was my 3rd blogoversary!! I can’t believe I’ve been at this for 3 years already – on the other hand, I feel like I’ve been blogging forever. I’m not doing anything to celebrate this year – I just have too much on my plate. But yay!!!’

Michelle and I announced ANOTHER challenge we’ll be co-hosting in August. I know, we’re crazy. But it was too good of an idea to pass up (Michelle’s idea). Will you join us? Click picture for details and to sign up 🙂

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Challenge Hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun & Michelle @ Because Reading

#FitReaders Update

I’m feeling good about my diet and exercise this past week. I’ve still been doing my clean eating challenge, which I think I’ve found enough of a rhythm with to sustain, for the most part, all the time. I’ve enjoyed the foods so much and I’m getting way more veggies this way.

For exercise, I’ve mainly been walking. But I think I’ll reactivate my gym membership in August because my new school is VERY close to the gym. I don’t know my official end of day time yet, but I think I could make 4:30 classes and I would love to start doing zumba again. Plus a weight lifting class would be so good for me, since I suck at toning exercises on my own.

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

8 Responses to “Sunday Post | Terrible isn’t strong enough”

  1. Ann Royston

    I have relatives and friends who are police officers here in Chicago. Everytime the news speaks about an officer being gunned down the heart always skips a beat until you learn more. I deeply respect what they do!

  2. Danielle @ Coffee and Characters
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    That sounds like such a fun challenge! I wish I could jump in. It would be great to use as a reason to dive in to the Darynda Jones books that are collecting dust on my bookshelf but August is full of edits for me so I doubt I’ll be doing much reading outside of my own series. There’s always next time though 🙂

  3. Lola (Hit or Miss Books)

    Reading your post made me feel so many emotions, wow. I was sad reading about the Dallas shootings… but then you talked about that kiddo who ran to you and it was so adorable it upped my spirits! And yay blogoversary!! You actually reminded me that mine is in 4 days!! My god, I would have totally forgotten otherwise. Happy reading!
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  4. Melanie Simmons
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    There is so much that has happened that makes me wonder about the future of this country and at the same time have a lot of hope for it as well. I’ve always been one of the people who believes that most cops are good people. I just wish that cops were held to the same accountability as everyone else. I would love to see the FBI (or some federal entity) start tracking all police involved deaths and reports of brutality. Then we could see which cops/districts are having issues and address them.

    Happy Blogoversary!! It sounds like besides the trouble that has been in the news, you had a great week. I’m glad to hear it. I had my mom in town, so I had a great week too.
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  5. Lola
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    I heard bits and pieces of what happened and it’s horrible indeed. Let’s hope there is something that can be done about things like this.
    That’s good to hear your school planning is going nice and that you ran into one of your previous students, that’s must’ve been fun!

    Reaching your blogoversary is always fun even if you don’t do anything to celebrate. Congrats on the 3 years! I saw your new challenge, but don’t think I can fit in to read a whole series in a month for exactly the reasons mentioned in the sign-up post, lol. I hope you’ll have a great week!
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  6. Bea
    Twitter:

    Happy blogaversary! The new challenge sounds fun but I’ll pass this time around. I’m glad the new school seems to be working better for you. I can only imagine your friend’s fear and what you and your dad and brother go through, terrifying. *hugs*
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  7. Lark
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    Happy Blogoversary!!! Three years is awesome, so be proud of what you’ve accomplished!

    It seems almost jarring to be celebrating blogoversaries and thinking about light books when there is so much tragedy. But I think it’s important to remember the joys in the world–like your kiddos’ hugs!–even as we must acknowledge and talk about the terrible things that have happened in Dallas and Minnesota and Louisiana, and the systemic injustices that lie behind them. Of course you are afraid for yourself and the people you love; how could you not be? I pray that you and all those you hold dear will be safe. Beyond that, I hope and pray that you are right, and that we as a nation can finally start talking about and finding ways to eradicate racism in our culture and in our institutions.

    I’m sending you a big hug, Berls. I’m glad your policeman friend is OK, and that you and your dad and brother are safe as well. Please stay that way, OK? {{{hugs}}}
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  8. Katherine
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    That sounds great about the new school system. I know last year was rough so hopefully this new school district will have better communication and just be a better fit overall. I can’t imagine what your friend was going through. I have a cousin who was a SWAT officer in Texas and was killed in the line of duty 2 years ago leaving behind a wife, 2 children, and so many other family members. My heart just hurts for everyone.
    The new challenge sounds fun! You and Michelle always come up with the best stuff! Have a great week!
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