My First Inoculation for Fear

Ecover_TheRaptureofGenusApis_V2 copyCurrently available on Amazon in digital format:
The Rapture of Genus Apis by Lester Lakey

The following is a brief synopsis of TROGA:

The Rapture of Genus Apis has two parts that alternate between the story of Frank Bernard and that of an unnamed narrator. The unnamed narrator complains of voices in his head and believes his country of Nacirema has deteriorated into a society of apocalyptic hysteria. He mocks strangers nearby that God has raptured the honeybee after he reads a daily newspaper headline: “Where have the honeybees gone?” However, to the narrator’s surprise, and to the people around him, he vanishes. The narrator finds himself on an artificial planet where he is confronted by the entity that has abducted, or raptured, the honeybees for their own purposes.

While the narrator’s journey is filled with wonder and danger, Frank Bernard is caught in the turbulent events occurring after 2012 in the country of Nacirema, during a time of religious hysteria and unchecked corporate influence. Frank’s path leads him to an unlikely friendship with a medicine man named Jonah Redsands. Unbeknownst to Frank, his future is about to collide with the Old Energy Corporation and its attempt to make weather into a commodity.

The Rapture of Genus Apis is adult fiction with elements of science fiction and satire. This novel includes themes such as loss, ritual, humor, and healing, around topics of end-time beliefs, privatization of society, and dwindling resources.

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Books & Current Events: Columbus Day is Dead, Long Live Indigenous Peoples’ Day & Italian Heritage Month

Thank you Howard Zinn

Thanks to the great Howard Zinn (and no thanks to my grade school teachers) I was disillusioned of Christopher Columbus before I left my twenties.HZ

And now an increasing number of cities and states are changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Seattle, WA & Minneapolis, MN); to Native American Day in South Dakota; and Discoverers’ Day in Hawaii.

According to the Pew Research Center, “only 23 states give their employees Columbus Day as paid holiday.”

Indigenous Peoples’ Day & Italian Heritage Month

Though some people are upset about the dwindling number of people who are interested in celebrating Christopher Columbus, and that more cities and states are adopting an alternative celebration for the day, there is no reason that Americans can accept the awful truth about Christopher Columbus and cease having a day of celebration in his name and celebrate the day instead for indigenous people. The month of October is already celebrated for Italian Heritage, and American Italians have numerous of other reasons to celebrate and be proud of their heritage than having the specter of Christopher Columbus hang over this month. With renouncing the second Monday in October as Christopher Columbus Day and renaming it officially to Indigenous Peoples’ Day during Italian Heritage month would show recognition and solidarity.

 

In Memoriam Gabriel García Márquez

I recently listened to Gabriel García Márquez’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech for
100 Hundred Years of Solitude from 1982. His words were eloquent and his description of this spectacular work seemed to, not only provide insight into its essence, but also, into our individual lives. I felt like sharing a transcription of a paragraph from his acceptance speech and two videos of Gabo to celebrate him as a gift to humanity.

GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ: [translated] “The country that could be formed of all the exiles and forced emigrants of Latin America would have a population larger than that of Norway. I dare to think that it is this outsized reality, and not just its literary expression, that has deserved the attention of the Swedish Academy of Letters. A reality not of paper, but one that lives within us and determines each instant of our countless daily deaths, and that nourishes a source of insatiable creativity, full of sorrow and beauty, of which this roving and nostalgic Colombian is but one cipher more, singled out by fortune. Poets and beggars, musicians and prophets, warriors and scoundrels, all creatures of that unbridled reality, we have had to ask but little of imagination, for our crucial problem has been a lack of conventional means to render our lives believable. This, my friends, is the crux of our solitude.” From Gabriel García Márquez’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech in 1982

In the Spirit of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary

Promotional dementia, n. A mental disorder occurring when an individual within a company, corporation, or organization receives a promotion—an award that generally increases the person’s responsibility and possibly salary—and causes the individual to develop one or more of the following symptoms: increasing irrationality; mood swings; delusions of grandeur; decreasing use of common sense; memory loss; and alienation from his or her subordinates.
Bob may have promotional dementia because ever since he received that promotion he has ignored his friends at work, yells at anyone who goes into his office after inviting them in, and has forgot about the raise that I asked for.
Note: Promotional dementia may increase exponentially with each promotion.Ambrose Bierce

Current Inoculation for Fear

Ecover_TheRaptureofGenusApis_V2 copyCurrently available on Amazon in digital format:
The Rapture of Genus Apis by Lester Lakey

The following is a brief synopsis of TROGA:

The Rapture of Genus Apis has two parts that alternate between the story of Frank Bernard and that of an unnamed narrator. The unnamed narrator complains of voices in his head and believes his country of Nacirema has deteriorated into a society of apocalyptic hysteria. He mocks strangers nearby that God has raptured the honeybee after he reads a daily newspaper headline: “Where have the honeybees gone?” However, to the narrator’s surprise, and to the people around him, he vanishes. The narrator finds himself on an artificial planet where he is confronted by the entity that has abducted, or raptured, the honeybees for their own purposes.

While the narrator’s journey is filled with wonder and danger, Frank Bernard is caught in the turbulent events occurring after 2012 in the country of Nacirema, during a time of religious hysteria and unchecked corporate influence. Frank’s path leads him to an unlikely friendship with a medicine man named Jonah Redsands. Unbeknownst to Frank, his future is about to collide with the Old Energy Corporation and its attempt to make weather into a commodity.

The Rapture of Genus Apis is adult fiction with elements of science fiction and satire. This novel includes themes such as loss, ritual, humor, and healing, around topics of end-time beliefs, privatization of society, and dwindling resources.