A Woman of Endurance
Author, Dahlma Llanos-
Review by Julie Carpenter
A Woman of Endurance tells the story of Keera, renamed Pola by her captors; it's a complex and heartbreaking tale, the history of a woman whose life pushes the limits of human endurance.
Young Keera has a special gift, given to her by goddess Yemayá, a deep sense of touch that allows her special knowledge - she knows and feels more deeply than other people, but when she is stolen from her homeland she begins to lose both her faith in the goddess and in herself. When she arrives in Puerto Rico she finds herself assigned to the cruelest of fates, she must work the cane fields and be used as a breeder for babies she herself will never mother.
Death in the Mourning
by Jarad Johnson
I was thinking about death this morning.
Cheery topic, I know. I’m full of them.
I was thinking about death, and it made me ponder, as I often do, why we as a culture, are, “death-
phobic.” After all, it happens to everyone. It’s the great equalizer with a 100% percent success rate.
What else can you say that about?