Monday, January 23, 2017

Meals from Mars - A Parable of Prejudice and Providence by Ben Sciacca

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Tyndale House Publishers has provided a complimentary copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own. For those in the United States the aforementioned statement is for compliance with FTC rules.

I finish reading a soon to be released book Meals From Mars, A Parable of Prejudice and Providence today, and of all places in a waiting room. It’s a story that makes you think. With all of the tension between individual people today, classes and groups, this author is couldn’t have arrived soon enough.

Race and discrimination are two subjects that most are at a disadvantage with. I often don’t know how to address them myself. It seems like if anyone talks about it, arguments start and it makes it worse. This leaves people wanting to avoid these subjects. More often than not, there’s an appearance of the agitators controlling the ground game.

Meals From Mars doesn’t offer a feel good plan. It doesn’t offer a quick fix. I do think it offers an explanation how we got where we are today and a direction on how to possibly turn it around if people will talk, and listen.

The books author is trying to start a more constructive dialog. It’s asking people to be open about their differences. And for people realize we’re different and to accept those differences. It's OK to be different.

A few memorable lines from the book that are quite haunting,

“…violence is a curious thing, and it requires great scrutiny. On one hand, it is the currency of the powerful, of the bully, of the agitator.”

“…it is also the cry of the dying and of the downtrodden. It’s a last gasp…”

Author Nadine C. Keels (Prismatic Prospects) has also reviewed the book. She made a good point about the book remarking, “...it raises questions without trying to tell the reader exactly what to think.” If you would her full perspective, her review is here.

A highly-recommended book because no one else is addressing this subject like Ben Sciacca has.



Monday, January 9, 2017

Victory Motorcycles Autopsy


A few years ago I was already starting to ask the questions about a future here.

Here's a few samplings of a models I test rode. I've missed the Kingpin since it was axed to make room for Indian. The Kingpin was one of the finest power cruisers I've ridden.

White Victory Kingpin I test rode.

Red Victory Kingpin I test rode.

Red Cross Country (with added trunk) I test rode.

Advertising swag I picked up.


Motorcycles for mental health