Unknown History

I've been scouting pinterest because I have no bookshelf in my living room. And I need a place to put my books out in the public areas of my home, not just hoard them all in my bedroom.

I was over on Janet Reid's blog (a literary agent) today. One of the commenters had written about a rejection she received on her story idea from an editor who had implied she hadn't done her research. But the commenter had; she'd written it from a different point of view that's not often seen. 

It's important to hear different sides of history. I remember dad asking, back in the 1990's when I was in seminary, why do we need to rewrite history books. Because the history I learned in school was only white history. I learned very little about Native Americans and African Americans except from a white point of view.

And think about it. What is the first things colonizers often did and sometimes still do? Forbid use of native languages, burn or bomb or disrespect sacred sites or libraries which hold the history or the heart of native people--whether it's Iraq, Rwanda, the highlanders of Scotland, or the Native or African people of the U.S., etc. 

For the past three years, I have been pastor alongside an African American pastor who brought his small and struggling church with him. I'm learning many things--black people who were inventors, who made important contributions to science or mathematics, or who were movers and shakers. And as we develop relationships of trust, we share stories about our lives and who we are with one another. 

There are so many nuances and shades of gray in our world, so much to learn and so much beauty in our cosmos. Aren't you curious about everything, about people who are different from who you are?