Gratitude And Responsibility

Pic. We not me

This has been one of the happiest years of my life. So many things have been so right—whether it is writing or art—things seemed to have unfolded to bring tremendous joy into my life. I am really happy.

Yet I can’t ignore the sadness and hatred all around me.

Hatred: it seems to be exploding everywhere around the globe, and the ugly rebirth of fascism in our own country is beyond distressing and alarming.

No matter which is our political party, how can any of us tolerate the things that are being thrown at us every single day, and yet, be silent. This is exactly the way it was when Hitler was starting his rise to power.

What is wrong with us as a country if we can tolerate and seriously consider the filth and hatred coming out of the mouths of our politicians?

And Donald Trump? A “physically healthy” war monger who received medical deferments to stay out of the military, is willing to send our men and women to their deaths without blinking an eye.

Do you honestly think this narcissist, this fascist, this ignorant fool and others like him will make our country safe?

Facisim will not make us safe.

If our planet is not safe—whether it is from global warming, the extinction of animal and plant life, or the proliferation of war and hatred—we are all in jeopardy.

Fear is the enemy and there is no place to hide.

America is part of a global community.  In that spirit of cooperation, as the Canadians have demonstrated, we have to care that people are displaced from their homes and thrown out into nothingness.

The Syrians are our brothers and sisters—we have to care that they will die if we do not help them.

It is time to understand and revel in what it means to be human—it is a heavy responsibility, but a joyous one, as well.

As 2015 ends, I’m hopeful that sanity will win and we will turn away from the hatred and ugliness that is trying to poison all of us—instead, recognize the beauty that makes us all one.


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                                  Some Reviews of THE KILLING VOTE:

 Ambition, greed, hypocrisy—and murder. Bette and JJ Lamb have taken the battle over medical care and fashioned a droll, lightning-paced political thriller with more plot twists than Washington has scoundrels. I thought of the great Ross Thomas as I hummed through the pages. Prepare to laugh–and get ripping mad.

David Corbett
Writer & Teacher

 “The Killing Vote starts off with a bang, literally, and never lets up. Bette Golden Lamb and J.J. Lamb pull no punches in highlighting behind the scenes politics. Gripping.”

Cara Black
Aimée Leduc Series

“…I don’t want to spoil anyone’s enjoyment of the book, so let me say that I locked all the doors and turned on all the lights in the house then stayed up all night reading.

Ana Manwaring
Writer & editor


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