What message do the 1960s still have for today?
The 1960s was a tumultuous era in the United States. Young people questioned the older generation’s way of doing things, the civil rights movement was front and center, women were also stepping out of traditional roles so it was a time of exploration. Sometimes that caused conflict because the status quo felt threatened. Tensions were high, attitudes were strong and definite, people were divided about what they believed was right and wrong. On subjects as diverse as the war in Vietnam, women's rights, civil rights, the environment, music, and the way people wore their hair, everyone had an opinion.
I think this era still has relevance today when we see things like Net Neutrality at risk. Expression can’t really be fit into neat categories…and neither can the Internet. Those who don’t really understand what the Internet has evolved into are threatened by it and want to put rules and boundaries on something that has blossomed way beyond legislation. Just like older generations did when music and art began exploring real expression in the 1960s.
The message for us today is stay as open as you can. Change will come whether we like it or not. We can seek to understand it rather than be afraid of it. People were terrified of rock and roll when Elvis Presley swayed his hips on stage. Many couldn’t see why JFK wanted to go to the moon. Humans weren’t meant to be put into neat little categories or remain stagnant. When we stay open and receptive to all the changes and possibilities that are available to us we can make better decisions about how to deal with them.
I love your answer Dana. To be alive, we have to accept change, so let's stay receptive, willing, and ready to grow wiser day by day. There's an excerpt from Dana's novel below, and some details about both book and author, plus a great giveaway, so don't forget to read the rest of this post. And thank you again for letting me be a stop on your blog tour Dana. Burnt Edges sounds like a powerful read.
Title: Burnt Edges
Author: Dana Leipold
Published: October 21st, 2014
Word Count: 56,000
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Content Warning: contains sexual abuse and domestic violence
Recommended Age: 18+
Abuse or an uncertain future. This is Laurel Lee Page’s choice when she is faced with an unplanned pregnancy at 18. Born into a broken family, all she has ever known is guilt and shame. No matter what she does or who she meets, Laurel appears to be living a condemned life but she is determined to find independence and freedom in spite of her family’s legacy of hatred and self-contempt. Can Laurel see that she is in a powerful position, poised to break the cycle of abuse? Set in Southern California during the tumultuous 1960s era, Burnt Edges is based on true events and proves that strength can be found even in the most horrific situations.
About the Author:
Dana Leipold is a freelance writer, author, and member of the Association of Independent Authors and Creativity Coaching Association. She has self-published two books: a collection of limericks in Dr. Seuss-style for adults entitled, Stupid Poetry: The Ultimate Collection of Sublime and Ridiculous Poems, and a non-fiction book entitled, The Power of Writing Well: Write Well. Change the World, to help writers get their message heard, create stories that connect, and leverage the power of writing well. In addition, she coaches other writers on story structure, messaging, and writing skills so they can achieve their dreams to become published authors. Leipold lives with her husband and two children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Find out more: Follow the Tour:
- November 17th – Laurie @ Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
Blog Tour Post with Tens List
- November 18th – Sarit @ Coffee, Books & Art (Guest Post)
- November 18th – KaSonndra @ The Seraphine Muses (Spotlight)
- November 19th – Kristin @ Second Book on the Right (Guest Post)
- November 20th – Matt @ Overly Verbose (Spotlight)
- November 21st – Amber G. @ Lady Amber’s Reviews (Spotlight)
- November 24th – Yolanda @ Defending The Pen (Guest Post)
- November 25th – Lindy @ Author Lindy Zart (Spotlight)
- November 25th – Sheila @ Sheila Deeth’s Blog (Guest Post)
- November 26th – Jaidis @ Juniper Grove (Spotlight)
- November 27th – CCAM @ Mythical Books (Interview)
- November 28th – Amber @ Jazzy Reviews (Spotlight)
- December 1st – Julianne @ The Flipside of Julianne (Guest Post)
- December 2nd – Niki @ Niki’s Book Corner (Book Review)
- December 3rd – Darcia @ A Word Please (Interview)
- December 4th – Amber @ The Wonderings of One Person (Spotlight)
- December 5th – Patricia @ Room With Books (Spotlight)
- December 8th – Victoria @ Victoria’s Pages of Romance (Spotlight)
- December 9th – Cameo @ Cameo Renae (Spotlight)
- December 10th – Victoria @ Deal Sharing Aunt (Book Review)
- December 11th – Lee @ Behind Closed Doors (Book Review)
- December 11th – Shanae @ Sit Back and Get Cozy (Book Review)
- December 12th – Angela @ I Feel the Need, the Need to Read (Book Review)
- December 12th – J. Hooligan @ Platypire Reviews (Book Review)
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
- 5 Lucky Winners will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card.
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