Good afternoon campbellsworld visitors.
This afternoon in the Author’s Corner we have an author who visits often. When she does she never disappoints us with her well-written stories.
Today is no exception. What is disappointing is the subject matter that Jo has dropped by to share with us.
In this world which seems to be ever changing with its new technology as well as many other wondrous advances we seem to be stuck in one thing. What is that thing? Ignorance.
I hope you who read this will give this some thought as you read. Then I hope you’ll share this post with all your blogger friends and help folks like Jo and me change the world just a bit more.
Once you’ve done that be sure and pick up a copy of Jo’s book, The Bright Side of Darkness. It too might help change the ways in which we think about the world in which we live.
I try hard to be a positive person, but frankly, times aren’t changing fast enough to satisfy me. It angers and saddens me that prejudice and ignorance have to happen at all, especially in front of impressionable children.
I had to get blood drawn at the hospital a few days ago. The woman who checked me into the lab was nearly young enough to be my daughter, but she still should have kept her ignorance to herself, at least in a professional setting. During her long list of routine questions, she inquired about my insurance. I told her I have Medicare.
She saw my white cane and asked, “You’re disabled, right?”
I affirmed that I’m blind.
She said, “So you don’t work.”
Irritated, I started to ask her what my disability had to do with not working. But before I got my mouth open, my ten-year-old daughter spoke up. “My mommy edits books.”
The woman turned to my little girl and said, “She edits books? But she does it for free, doesn’t she?”
“Why would my mom work for free?” my daughter asked. “That’s silly.”
“Oh … um … she’s disabled and she works for money?” the woman stammered.
“Sure, she does. Lots of disabled people work for money,” my daughter replied, as if the woman had grown two heads.
“I’m self-employed,” I broke in. “I draw Social Security Disability payments and freelance as a braille proofreader. Let’s move on with the relevant questions, please.”
This is 2018, people. Ten-year-olds get it when they grow up with it, but we’re still explaining the basics to professionals. I related the experience to my dad later, and he understood. He’s Spanish-American, and he said it happened on job sites till he retired this summer. People often assumed the white man was the boss, no matter his age or experience level,, not the one with dark skin. I feel like crying or tearing my hair out, but both actions would be pointless. Thirty years ago, I thought we could change the world; these days I’m not so sure.
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.
Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.
The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.
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