Juneteenth Thoughts

We have so much to learn. Such a long way to go.

Black Americans, we see you. We hear you. And we honor you.

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We see your ancestors, who were taken from their homeland and enslaved with no rights for their own bodies, their own minds, their own substance. We see your fathers and mothers, who fought for basic rights and did their best; in spite of everything managed to create homes and businesses, music, beautiful art, families. Who lived and endured the unspeakable disrespect of an entire people during Jim Crow, during the civil rights movement, and who were beaten, abused, and killed by those who swore to protect all citizens.

Black Lives Matter.

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We honor all of them. Our hearts break as we learn their stories. We are in awe of their strength, their presence, and perseverance.

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And we are sorry for our contributions to their pain throughout history. It’s not enough to apologize, we must, we will continue to be anti-racist. We push back against intolerance and inequality.

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So often, it appears that there is so little we can do. But by using our privilege, holding space for those who need to be seen and heard, by listening and offering our hands and hearts, our work, and yes, our cash – sometimes, it helps.

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We will continue to try to do more. We believe in freedom, for all, for each one. We celebrate black lives, black creativity, black fortitude, black art, black writing, black history, and so much more.

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We will continue to tear down the vestiges of white privilege, to shine the light on the erasure of history. Juneteenth was the day that all former enslaved people in the United States were finally freed. Two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Here’s a small token of our gratitude, and our promise to continue to work hard, and fight hard, on behalf of ALL black lives.

In honor of Juneteenth, ALL of our currently available ebooks are FREE all weekend! (Preorders not included.)

Holiday week

As busy as we all have been this month, it’s no wonder the holidays crept up on us. However, it is our hope that you will be looking forward to a healthy, safe, and happy time with family and perhaps a few close friends. Here’s to quiet moments, and lots of reading.

Peace and blessings,

The Team at Propertius Press

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Pre-orders: Something Like My Name

Something Like My NameYou can now pre-order your print or digital copy of the fantastic new novel by Adam Phillips, Something Like My Name. Pre-orders allow you to receive your copy at a substantial discount and before many online or brick-and-mortar dealers have the book in their stores. Books will begin shipping next week, and if you order now, we waive the shipping charges!

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To read more about this breakthrough debut, we invite you to review the press release for Something Like My Name.

 

Veterans Day Honors Those Who Served

November 11th is Veterans Day in the US, and is celebrated in other countries worldwide as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. It recognizes the moment when major hostilities ceased, marking the end of the Great War, or World War I.

Today, we honor the service and the life of everyone who served honorably in any branch of the military. For the curious, some handy facts are posted at Defense.gov.

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All of us know a Veteran. Please be sure to let these persons know their service is acknowledged and appreciated today. The Veterans Administration has this list of nationwide deals exclusive to Veterans, including free or reduced prices at restaurants, retail outlets, museums, and services such as haircuts and flu shots: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/67508/veterans-day-discounts-2019/

More are listed at this website: https://www.offers.com/blog/post/veterans-day-freebies/

In addition, many of your local indie and small-scale retail and service outfits are also offering Veterans deals. Check for deals in an internet search using your locality + the search terms “Veterans deals” and they’ll come up for you!

Today, we are announcing that

EVERY DAY IS VETERANS DAY at Propertius Press!

If you are a Veteran, contact us through the Military and Veteran link at the top of the page, and we will send you a discount code good for 25% off the retail price of any of our books, including ebooks and print, when purchased through the Shopping Cart in our Bookstore.

From our own catalogue, we love the story told in Acropolis, by Howard Winn (Veteran), DSCN0336adjustabout a small group of soldiers who enter university courtesy

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of the GI Bill, as each attempts to settle in to a civilian life. The clash of cultures between privileged and working classes combined with personal struggles with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and simple real-world adjustment battles amid the creative intellectual world of higher education makes for an engaging read. This book helped us to better understand the everyday challenges returning Veterans can face upon returning home.

 

Finally, in soon to be released…

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Some may not be aware of the actor Marlon Brando’s own work with Veterans, which stems all the way back to his very first movie, The Men, in which he portrays a soldier who has to adapt to the loss of the use of his legs. In preparing for the role, Brando actually lived for several weeks at the Veteran’s Hospital near the filming location. He insisted on being put through the exact same rigors as the paraplegic men in the wards, having great sympathy for what these men experienced. As noted by several friends and biographers, Brando felt the best way he could help them was to make them laugh, maybe forget their troubles for awhile. Here’s an excerpt from the upcoming book, “The Impish Humor of Marlon Brando,” by Aubrey Malone:

…he was looking forward to his cinematic maiden voyage, being an admirer of Kramer’s social dramas. When he first met the director, he was dressed in his standard jeans and torn T-shirt. A number of paraplegics from Birmingham Veterans Hospital were also there. They expected an “actor’s actor,” so were pleasantly surprised at the offbeat man they encountered in his place. They were even more surprised when he expressed an interest in moving into their hospital with them full-time.

In fact, Brando stayed in the institution, which was located in the neighborhood of Van Nuys, in Los Angeles, for several weeks. In what would become typical Method, he wanted the experience of living as one of the injured and told his relations, “You can visit me there, but don’t be surprised if you find me in a wheelchair with a urine bottle.”

He even managed to convince a therapist that he was a paraplegic. As he was being fitted for leg braces, the man in question informed an attendant that he was “paralyzed from the tenth dorsal vertebra down.”

One day near the end of his sojourn, he was eating in a restaurant with the paraplegics when a wild-eyed woman entered. She started talking to them about Jesus, about how they might be able to walk again if they believed enough in him. They weren’t interested in her ramblings but Brando pretended to be. He gazed at her with rapt attention. He said, “I believe in the Lord.”

The woman said, “You should believe, soldier, because I know that with the Lord’s work you can recover.”

With that, Brando started to rise from his wheelchair. “I do believe!” he roared, “I do believe!” He gripped the sides of his wheelchair until his knuckles whitened. “I feel the Lord has come right into this room,” he said, “and into my body. The Lord is in my body. I feel it.” He walked to the bar and started dancing and leaping. The woman shrieked and fled the room to hoots of laughter from the veterans.