I love to read, take notes, and research. That’s how Silent Ties began. It wasn’t a story and was never intended to be a novel. It began as a quest to learn more about a time in our history that begged to be understood. I can’t say I have developed a complete base of knowledge. I can’t definitively explain why a system of segregation existed for so long, or why the ghostly effects linger on. It is a subject that I continue to learn about each day from things I read, programs I come across, and real-life current events. The opportunity to know more is always there waiting to open my eyes a little wider.
As I wrote Silent Ties, I was tempted to fill in the picture of Addie’s life. However, it would not have been true to Missy’s experience with her friend. Just as Addie had to hide her reality from Missy, she had to hide it from us. It is time to take off the blind-fold and open our eyes to segregation from Addie’s point of view through the true life stories of people who lived during that period.
The first Friday of each month I hope you’ll visit this blog and my postings on “Not Your Typical Book Club!” I can’t wait to share what I learned about education, stores like Mr. Jefferson’s, the richness of the church communities, the written laws as well as the unwritten, the strength of Miss Emily, passing as white, how Missy and Addie could be friends, as well as personal stories about my second grade teacher Mrs. Dennis, my mother’s dearest ring, and her recipe for Divinity Fudge. This is a sampling of what’s to come. Please join me for this journey into the time period of Silent Ties.
I invite you to read “So let’s discuss Silent Ties“ at “Not Your Typical Book Club!”
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana