My last last book I read was by R.J. Koreto, Death on the Sapphire. He has a second call Death among Rubies. Lady Frances Ffolkes travels with her dear friends Gwendolyn and Thomasina to Kesrel’s eyrie. The estates belongs to Gwen family. Before traveling to the estates, Lady Frances learns her friends have been threaten and seeks to find the individual(s) responsible. As she and her friends make their way to the estates, Gwen’s father, a powerful diplomat is murder with his most valuable ruby dagger. Knowing that her brother wouldn’t approve of her getting involved in solving this case, Lady Frances along with her maid June Mallow get to work to finding the murder. Interviewing guest and the servants working at the estate, but also learning about the family relationship between Gwen and her Aunt whose task is to run the affair of the estate.
Russia, Russia, Russia! We have all heard it on tv, radio, read it online, newspapers. The media and the democrats obsession to tie President Trump with collusion with Russia. Even now there is still no evidence that Trump had any collusion with Russia. Still the media and democrats will not drop the matter and hoping evidence will appear out of thin air. I will not bore you with details cause am sure this make news across globe to where there freedom of the press.
Why the obsession with Russia? Why are Americans so desperate in making Russia the “Bad Guy”, the enemy, and why now? Yes! these are the two toughest kids on the block and have been close to all out war with each other. Maybe our obsession with Russia lays within our culture and society. We are influenced that Russia is the bad guy, the number one enemy that the United states needs to defeat. This influence doesn’t come from education, nor is taught in home, but by the entertainment industry. Hollywood notion to depict Russia as the ultimate enemy for the United states and to the rest of the free world. Movies that are created to entertain us with action and scenarios of war, are only to stereotype the Russia government and people. The world fear the Russians and it only the United States who can defeat them. The movie clips below are a few examples of movies where it the United States vs Russians.
I’ve recently filled up my 3rd journal. Its filled with written journal entries along with watercolor portrait paintings and other things. For this journal I used the portrait travel journal that I brought at Hobby Lobby. Its a perfect size journal that you can take with you every where you go. Compared to my second journal a strathmore mixed media which is about the same size, this portrait travel journal was much easier to keep open as I work in it. I was hoping to to use my dip ink fountain pen, but it bleed through the paper. Using regular pen was okay. The paper did hold up when I use watercolor. Sometimes after watercolor dried the colors would sometime stain the paper next to it. The same thing would happen when I drew something using the Faber castell artist pen.
As I continue on with my search to find a full-time job, I decided to attend a career fair. The last one I went to was about a year after I finish school. Now I’ve attended many during my college career, but felt that as student in the liberal art school, these fairs never benefited liberal arts majors compared to those career fairs suited for business or engineering majors. I attended them with the hope something good came out of it and to practice my networking skills. In my opinion I think career fair are a waste of time. For people such as myself looking for work and needing a job, they don’t really help. For this career fair that I attended, it was small and was organized by the public library along with alamo workforce solution. So keeping a positive open mind I thought I give it a shot and attend. I didn’t forget to take a few resume with me and luckily I called in advance to see what companies would be attending.
The career fair was held at a local library near my neighbor. Got there about five-minute before they started. The first company recruiter I spoke with was from JPMorgan Chase. It was a very informative conversation and the recruiter gave me a lot information about the company and the position they were looking to fill. The downside to the conversation was that I would still need to apply online. The recruiter did take my resume and I hope something great comes out of it. After talking with the Chase recruiters I went to two other companies. Speaking with these companies is why I think career fairs are a waste of time. All they told me was these are the positions we are hiring for and you would need to go to their career website and apply. No questions about my experience or ask for my resume. The last company I spoke with was a staffing agencies. I introduce myself and passed on my resume. Mention what job positions I was interested in and she wrote down the information. I’ve work with staffing agencies before, but felt like there was never progress. I would constantly called them about positions I was interested in or applied for. Only to hear, will get back to you or just never hearing from them.
I left the career fair not disappointed, but okay knowing that nothing has really change. People want a job and come to them hope to get something, but at the end it just telling you what we all already know. Go to the career website and apply. If you lucky enough you’ll get a phone for an interview or won’t hear a word from the employer about your application.
Death on the Sappire by R.J. Koreto. Lady Frances Ffolkes, a young lady who is intelligent, a very out going personality, and you can say a independent young lady. I would compare her to a Marry Poppins, but a younger version. Of course without the nanny like traits. Major Colcombe who is a war veteran and a close family friend dies from a mysterious circumstances. Major Colcombe was in the process of completing a manuscript about his war experience in South Africa. Detailing the lost of life from fighting the war, but now with his death, the manuscript are missing.
Lady Frances Ffolkes take task in tracking down the missing manuscript and to find who responsible for Major Colocombe death, along with her loyal lady’s maid, June Mallow. Not only facing society sexist views against women, she find herself in the mist of challenges trying to track down this missing manuscript.
Since I finished college 9 years ago, I’ve been on the constant search for a full-time job. Looking here and there, applying for this job and that one. Within this 9 years time, I’ve only had a few job interviews. Resulting in zero job offers and the job hunt has left me exposed. Not sure what else to do since it seems most employers could see right through me. My little job experience not enough for them to consider me for any position. I get it, I lack the experience, but doesn’t mean am not motivate to get my hands dirty and learn. These behavioral interview questions only relieve my introvert personality. I accept for who I am and that is something I can’t change. I may not show my excitement for the position during an interview or have an out going personality, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t do the job require. It doesn’t mean that am anti-social, hate being around people or am not a good fit for you company. It just mean that am a calm, down to earth individual and asking me a few hard question is not enough to know who am really am.
For my third book of the New Year 2017, I decided to change it up a little and read about an important person in our nation history. The book called, What so Proud We Hailed by Marc Leepson. A biography about the life of Francis Scott Key. Key is the founder who wrote our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. He wrote the song from his observation during the battle at Fort McHenry or known as the Battle of Baltimore.
I wanted to read a book about Francis Scott Key from recent event in 2016 the dealt with our national anthem. Pro athletes deciding to knee during the national anthem, people calling it racist and that Key was a racist himself because he came from a family who owned slaved and owned a few himself.
There a lot of history discuss in this book. What I got out of it personally was the Francis Scott Key wasn’t a racist. Yes, he was born in a family that had slave, he marry his wife whose family owned large plantation fields and owned many slaves. Keys owned only a few himself, but from the historical context, that how life was. It was the norm for that time, where today we know its wrong. Key represented many black slaves in court who were legally free, but wrongfully taken across states line to states where slavery was legal. Francis Scott Key did a lot for slaves whether you agree with it or not. At the same time he also prosecute slaves accordingly to the law.
There a lot more that you can judge the man’s character from, but you can’t deny that he did a lot for slaves and had an important role in the early years of the United States.