Hi Everyone. So, you may have noticed a lot is happening right now that not only has far reaching consequences for America, but also the world. When I first started By Hook Or By Book in 2014, my idea was that it would be primarily a place to discuss books, with occasional funny posts, and (hopefully) inspirational ones. While I addressed current events, they were few and far between. And then Donald J. Trump came along. For the past week or so, I’ve been in a conundrum. You see, I want this blog to continue to be an entertaining book-related one for the most part, but to be honest, I cannot stay silent while a deranged demagogue sits in office and uses the power that comes with being the President of the United States to trample on people’s rights and freedoms. Whether it’s building a wall, banning people of a certain religion from entering our country, stoking the flames of prejudice and bigotry, setting women’s rights back 44 years, or the insane denial of climate change, I feel a light needs to be shined on what is happening. I realize that not everyone agrees with me and I respect that. I truly do. But as you may have guessed, I feel pretty passionately about what is happening and I simply can’t sit this one out silently, hoping we all survive until the next election in four years. Because of my health I find it impossible to attend protests or rallies. But, I have a voice and this little blog whose subtitle reads: Book Reviews, News, and Other Stuff. So, I’m hoping y’all don’t mind some more frequent posts concerning the News and Other Stuff. I welcome any comments whether you agree or disagree, as long as we can keep it civil. And I hope I don’t lose any of you due to my decision because that would just break my heart. If you decide to keep following, thank you. I really love you guys!

To finish this post off on a positive note, I’m going to leave you with this: