While one woman examines the cultural implications of Ugandan names, another describes being tortured in a secret prison, and a third traces the mix of African and imported religions that shaped her. One mocks girls’ traditional sex education, while another voices her love of sports and a third reflects on her struggle to overcome a legacy of growing up in a war zone. All challenge social expectations, yet many view "modernization" with ambivalence.
When I was growing up war was just the way things were. No one took the time to explain to me that there were other ways to handle attacks from other countries. I remember sitting in my classroom in middle school as the Twin Towers were hit by those planes. We watched the people jumping from the buildings on our tiny bulbous screen hung in the top corner of our classroom. About the time my teacher realized that people were jumping to their death in front of a class of children she turned the TV off.
Amber has a sweet writing voice and her stories have that soft edge that puts you at ease and helps you fall back into love with life. Her love for her family shines like a beacon through her stories. The whole book almost has a glow to it. It's clear that Amber put her heart into every word.
As a parent there are so many things I wish I hadn't done or could go back in time and change. Things come out of my mouth that I can't believe I even said to my son. For example, My son was wanting something at the store. I had no intention of getting it for … Continue reading Teach Your Children to be Fair.
Everyone experiences some sort of heart ache in their lives. Those experiences leave what I like to refer to as "holes" in our "hearts". Some of my particular holes come from having such a crappy childhood as well as teenage years. As a child, when our needs ( emotional, physical or material ) aren't met, … Continue reading Right in the Feels Friday