I started this blog with one daughter, kept it up with the other, to spend time together doing something we enjoyed.
However, things change and people evolve. My daughters are older, busier, and not as interested in writing.
From now on this blog will be mostly mom with occasional contributions from my daughters and maybe even my husband.
Nothing else will change. We'll still focus on sharing fun places to go, fun things to do, and more, and we would  still love to hear your views too

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Tips for Tuesday - Books: Black Man on the Titanic & Film: Just A Drill

We may have been give one or more of the books and/or other products listed below or complimentary access to to any movies mentioned below for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.

Books: Black Man on the Titanic

Mom - Today I am talking about Black Man on the Titanic by Serge Bile. This book is a true story that many people may be unfamiliar with. It is about a black man named Joseph Laroche who was a second class passenger on the ill-fated Titanic voyage. He was travelling on the ship with his pregnant wife and two daughters. His daughter, Louise was one of the last surviving passengers when she died in 1998.  The book is more about the life of Joseph Laroche up to and including his fateful voyage on the ship. It is less about the Titanic or Joseph's time on the ship.  Only about two chapters of the book actually  discuss the Titanic at all. The rest of the book is about Joseph's life prior to that time. The history of Haiti is discussed in great detail. Joseph Larouche was born there. A lot of his relatives and people he knew were very politically active and even held high positions in government at one time or another. Accordingly, this book is a very different book than what you think you will be reading based on the title. If you really want to delve into the history of the Titanic, you should probably read another book. If you want to read a detailed history of Joseph Laroche's life and/or the history of Haiti, read this book.

Film: Just A Drill

Mom - Today I am recommending Just A Drill. This short film made by filmmaker Megan Jordan and an all female crew is about what happens when a teacher is faced with a situation which starts out as an active shooter drill but quickly escalates into something real. Although, you don't actually see anyone shot in this film, the film is still heart stopping. It shows how hard it is know what to do and make the right decisions when faced with the frightening realities that far too many students and teachers today actually face.

And that's Mom's view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

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