WOOF, WOOF, WOOFITY, WOOF! In humanese that’s Hooray, hooray, awesome hooray! The Geezer’s new book will be released in just ten more days. I put the cover in my blog so you could see what it looks like. The old boy is smiling these days. I am too. If he sells a lot of them, I get more treats!
Bully Route Home is being released at a time when the novel’s two main topics top the headlines. Those are bullying and race relations. The Geezer believes history is the best hope we have to avoid duplicating past human errors. Studying it … not rewriting it … are ways we can, at best, improve the human condition and, at worst, keep from rolling it backwards. Bully Route Home is a portrait of the past that help’s us understand today’s problems.
Though the old boy invests a lot of emotion in all of his books, this one is particularly close to his heart. The story is set in the era when he “grew up.” He believes it is important for people who didn’t live through it … to understand it. Today people speak about the past as though everyone lived their “evil” lives without regard for today’s values. It’s true. But then, it wasn’t today. People operated within society’s parameters. Many of those cultural rules were ill conceived, but no more than many of those today that will be scoffed at in the future. And, since he lived part of the story, you would expect that extra connection.
The Geezer laments the giant steps we are taking backwards in the realm of race relations and civility in general. He believes that people can hold vastly varying points of view, but maintain the understanding that others have a right to their viewpoint. Failure to do that is a danger to everyone’s freedom, to our nation, and to civilization itself.
Read the book.
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