Month: January 2018

Parable of the Sower, Chapter 10

When apparent stability disintegrates, As it must– God is Change– People tend to give in To fear and depression, To need and greed. When no influence is strong enough To unify people They divide. They struggle, One against one, Group against group, For survival, position, power. They remember old hates and generate new ones, They create chaos and nurture it. They kill and kill and kill, Until they are exhausted and destroyed, Until they are conquered by outside forces, Or until one of them becomes A leader Most will follow, Or a tyrant Most fear. –Parable of the Sower, p. 103, Octavia Butler

Book 6: Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler

In my last post I said that I hadn’t binge-read a book since Harry Potter 7 came out a decade ago (jeez has it really been 10 years?!), but I only started the binge once I got around half way through the book. This time, I exceeded myself;  I read Parable of the Sower cover to cover in less than 24 hours. I left my family watching TV and went into another room and just stayed there. I’m impressed (with myself 😜) I’m not entirely sure why it’s taken me so long to read another book by Octavia Butler. Kindred sat on my parents’ bookshelf for years before I decided to pick it up and read it, and then I couldn’t put it down. That was also probably over a decade ago. I clearly love this genre, her style of writing. Why have I deprived myself from her other work? This book was phenomenal! I know that I’ve basically said the same thing about every book I’ve reviewed to this point, and that I’m risking sounding hyperbolic and …

30 Restaurants: Mr. B’s Bistro & Galatoire’s

November and December eating was in the French Quarter, which I rarely do because of how annoying it is to get to with parking and now the Bourbon Street construction. But invitations from other people will get me out of my slump every time. Mr. B’s Bistro Mr. B’s Bistro is known for their barbecued shrimp, so naturally, that’s what I got. I would get it again in a heartbeat!! The sauce was so good that had I been in different company, I’d have sopped it all up with all the bread left on the table and then licked the bowl. But since I was there for a lunch meeting I decided to act like I had some sense. As an appetizer, I got the Gumbo Ya Ya. I enjoyed it, but something about the flavor made it seem like something was missing; nothing I could pinpoint. Thought it was salt. I added it. It wasn’t the salt. *shrug* Maybe it was just a new flavor. For dessert I had:lemon icebox cake (Delicious!) And though …

The Impact of Police Violence is Far Reaching and Long Lasting

Last week I, as many others, looked for every update that could be found about Erica Garner. Horrified at the possibility of police violence claiming yet another victim. Hopeful that she would pull through. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. At 27, a woman who had to watch her father get choked to death on TV just 3 short years ago–who had to constantly relive that trauma amplified by the media and played on repeat and be subject to the opinion of every fool who wanted to explain why he [Eric] deserved his fate, who had to endure police harassment, community harassment, and online harassment, who had to continue living in a city where her father’s murderer not only got away with it, but kept his job AND got a raise–had a heart attack. Is it any wonder given all that she went through that her body couldn’t continue on? I have so many thoughts that would take too long to organize into anything coherent and succinct, but luckily other people have been able to put …

30 Restaurants: Compère Lapin & Casamentos

In October I hit up a couple more restaurants on my list. Compère Lapin Everyone’s been talking about Compère Lapin and its chef, Nina Compton, and since she’s a WOC, that sealed the deal on my going. I went for lunch with my husband for our anniversary. While I’d been preparing my stomach based on looking at the dinner menu, the lunch menu didn’t disappoint. First of all, the biscuits they serve as their complementary bread…I could’ve just eaten those for the whole meal. Perfectly flakey and buttery and then the additional butter on top was just the icing on the cake. We always order so we can try the most items without killing ourselves or our budget. For an appetizer we got the cold smoked tuna tartar with avocado and crispy bananas and the radicchio & endive salad. As a second I got the curried goat with sweet potato gnocchi and cashes and he got the drum with apples, collard greens, and fennel. The appetizers were tasty, the tuna tartar was good but nothing …