Where Will We Be After The Orange?

I’m not in this book, but several of my friends and acquaintances are. You might find it worth reading.

A guest-post by Karen G. Anderson

Writer Way

Screen Shot 2018-07-27 at 8.12.06 PMThe writers and editors who put together the Alternative Truths and More Alternative Truths anthologies have taken a collective leap into our uncertain future with a new book, After the Orange: Ruin and Recovery.

Edited by my talented friend Manny Frishberg, the newest B Cubed Press anthology has stories by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Paula Hammond, Mike Adamson, J.G. Follansbee, me and 24 others. Our stories in After the Orange provide a glimpse of the world in 2032 and beyond.

Manny says: “Some stories are about imagined Resistance fighters while others, like ‘Garbage Patch Kids,’ envision people cheerfully making the best of their situation. Generally, the farther in the future a story looks, the more likely it is to be optimistic.”

“Maybe the Monarchs,” by Endeaver Award-winner Brenda Cooper, and J.G. Follansbee’s “The Orange St. Parking Garage Is FULL/OPEN” are all-to-plausible, and disturbingly so. I heard Brenda read “Maybe the…

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Saluqi Mom, Saluqi Wife

My son, as I’ve mentioned before, attends the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which makes him a UTC Moc and me a proud Moc Mom.  However, during the summer he is getting some of his general education (GE) classes out of the way at Southwest Tennessee Community College.  My husband lost his job for medical reasons.  He’s decided to write, since he has time now.  Therefore, both my my son and husband are taking English 1010 (English Composition I).  This makes me a Saluqi Mom as well as a Saluqi Wife.

Yes, Southern Illinois University also uses Saluki as a mascot.  No, I don’t know why the schools spell it differently.

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My son will be returning to UTC.  He’ll transfer his English class there, and go back to being a Moc. He’ll take more of his GE classes, and then start his preparation for major prerequisites.  He’s seriously considering Criminal Justice Studies as a major.

My husband had originally only intended to take the one composition class to improve his writing.  However, his adviser convinced him to go back to school to earn an associate’s degree in History.  Studying history will help him as a writer, especially as a fantasy author.  Next semester he’s planning to take English 1020 (English Composition II), which focuses on writing reports whilst English 1010 focuses on writing essays.  He will also take a history class, possibly US history, possibly a history elective.

Because of his medical issues, my husband doesn’t drive.  I’ve been driving them to campus,  then sitting in on the class to take notes for my husband.  Next semester, we’re compromising on schedules.  I intend to sub three days a week.  He’ll take classes twice a week.  I’ll also try to write and proofread on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

As much as I love both my Saluqis, I wish Shelby County had better bus service so I didn’t need to chauffeur them both.  Driving to and from campus is cutting into my writing time.  I have a novel to finish.

Feature image by Thomas R Machnitzki for the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, posted here through Creative Commons.  The picture of the dogs is from the SIU website.  No copyright infringement is intended for either photograph.


Founding Father Haym Salomon

Some of our Founding Fathers are famous:  George Washington, Ben Franklin, Alexander Hamilton (especially after Lin-Manuel Miranda’s prize winning musical), John Hancock, etc.  Other of our Founding Fathers (and most of our Founding Mothers) have been forgotten and ignored.

Financier of the American Revolution

Haym Salomon was an American patriot who does not get the attention and respect in the 21st century that he deserves.


By unknown artist – USPS, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2963517, stamp issued by the US Post Office in 1975.

Haym Saloman was born in Leszno, Poland (called Lissa on German maps) in 1740.  He traveled in western Europe as a young man, practicing and studying foreign languages and finance.  In 1775 he emigrated to New York City, where he quickly became a fervent supporter of the cause of independence from England.

He continued his profession in the New World by acting as a financial broker to colonial merchants involved in export and import.  He joined the Sons of Liberty.  He was twice arrested by the British as a spy.

Among his many other contributions to the Colonies, Salomon subscribed heavily to government loans, endorsed notes, gave generously to soldiers, and equipped several military units with his own money. Robert Morris, the superintendent of finance from 1781 to 1784, appointed Salomon as broker to his office. Morris records in his diary that between 1781 and 1784 Salomon lent more than $200,000. In addition, he made private loans to prominent statesmen such as James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe, from whom he would not take interest. In all, the government owed Salomon more than $600,000. Generations of his descendants tried in vain to collect some portion of these loans, which had helped to impoverish Salomon in his last years.  {Encyclopedia Britannica}

While a prisoner of the English, Haym Salomon was required to act as a translator for the Hessian troops.  He also helped American and French POWs escape during this time, and urged the Hessian soldiers to desert.

Jewish Founding Father

In 1777 Haym Salomon married Rachel Franks, the daughter of a respected Jewish family, at Shearith Israel Synagogue in New York.  They had four children.

  • Ezekiel, born July 20, 1778
  • Sally, born October 17, 1779
  • Deborah, born January 12, 1783
  • Haym, born April 23, 1785

After the second time he was arrested by the English, he was forced to flee for his life, leaving Rachel and Ezekiel behind.  They were eventually reunited in Philadelphia.

In Philadelphia Haym Salomon joined the Mikvah Israel Synagogue, which was founded in 1740, and included many patriots among its congregation.  Salomon and other members of the congregation protested the religious test oath required by the Pennsylvania state constitution for all state office holders.  Although originally intended to disenfranchise Quakers, who cannot take oaths, it also prevented Jews, atheists, agnostics, and those who followed traditional Native American beliefs from being elected to the Pennsylvania State Assembly.  This eventually led to the United States Constitution not requiring a religious oath to hold office.

“I am a Jew; it is my own nation; I do not despair that we shall obtain every other privilege that we aspire to enjoy along with our fellow-citizens.”  Haym Salomon


By Morris Levin – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33837925

Why Is Haym Saloman Ignored?

Why doesn’t Haym Saloman have the fame and respect he deserves?  There are three reasons for this.

  1.  Soldiers are more exciting to read about than the men who pay soldiers and make sure they have uniforms and supplies.
  2. Haym Salomon was Jewish, and anti-Semitism is a real and ugly thing.
  3. Guilt.  Haym Salomon died in debt, because his many loans were not repaid.  His descendants tried for years to seek recompense.

Haym Salomon died too young, only in his forties,  on January 6, 1785, largely because of health problems he developed as a prisoner of the British.

Claude Rains starred in the Oscar-winning Sons of Liberty, about Haym Salomon.  It won Best Short Subject Film in 1940.  It’s only twenty minutes, in black and white, but if you get a chance to see it, do so.

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Statue of Robert Morris, George Washington, and Haym Salomon in Chicago’s Heald Square, designed by Lorado Taft, completed by Leonard Crunelle, Nellie Walker and Fred Torrey.


DOUBLE FEATURE: A Movie Review of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Incredibles 2”

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Saturday night we went to the drive-in.  We saw a double feature of Ant-Man and the Wasp and Incredibles 2Other than the rain during Ant-Man and the Wasp, we enjoyed the movies.

The two movies have some things in common.

  1. Both are superhero movies, with a good blend of action and humor.
  2. Both pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.
  3. Both have competent female protagonists, antagonists, and supporting characters.
  4. Both examine the role of superheroes in society.

Ant-Man and the Wasp, the 20th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), takes place two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War and contemporaneously with Avengers: Infinity War (Part 1).  Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, is on house-arrest.  He has parted company with Hope Van Dyne, aka Wasp (Jr.), and her father Hank Pym; they are on the run, and have been for the past two years.  Scott provides a clue that Janet Van Dyne, aka Wasp (Sr.) may still be alive in the Quantum Dimension.  Dr. Pym and his daughter are determined to rescue her, with or without Scott’s help.

The physics are less than believable, but the movie is so fun that you’ll turn off your brain and ignore that.  Luis, Scott’s long-winded, silver-tongued friend from prison (and now his business partner), steals the show.  Like Black Panther, it’s a female friendly movie.  Hope Van Dyne, Janet Van Dyne, Ghost (Ava Starr), Maggie (Scott’s ex-wife), and Cassie (Scott’s beloved daughter) are all well developed characters with plausible motivations for their actions.  As with Killmonger in Black Panther, Ghost as a valid reason for what she’s doing.

Incredibles 2 begins literally seconds after the first movie ended.  Unfortunately, the Parr clan’s attempt to defeat the Underminer is less than successful, resulting in some collateral damage.  The superhero relocation program is being shut down due to budget cuts.  With their house destroyed in the last movie and Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible, having been fired from his insurance job a few months ago, they’ve got two weeks in a motel before they’re homeless.

Luckily, Frozone is approached by business executive Winston Deavor, a gushing fanboy when it comes to superheroes.  Winston and his genius sister Evelyn want to bring superheroes back into the public eye so their heroics can become legal again.  They hire Elastigirl, aka Helen Parr, to be the first super to make a comeback.  (Her collateral damage record was far less than her husband’s.)  The Deavors provide them with a home which must have belonged to a superhero at one point; it’s a cross between stately Wayne Manor and Tracy Island, and Tony Stark would love it.  She meets other metahumans, some of whom regard her with awe.  As Elastigirl goes after Screenslaver, Mr. Incredible is busy playing Mr. Mom : helping (or attempting to help) Dash with his homework, dealing with Violet’s broken heart, and trying to keep up with baby Jack-Jack who is a polymorph.  None of the female characters — Elastigirl, Violet, Evelyn, the Ambassador, Voyd, Edna Mode — are two-dimensional ciphers.

“Unhappy the land that needs heroes.” Unglücklich das Land, das Helden nötig hat.  Bertolt Brecht, 1898 – 1956

Screenslaver, the antagonist of Incredibles 2, believes superheroes make the rest of the population weak, because they then rely on superheroes instead of themselves.  Ant-Man used the power of his suit to help Captain America, but in doing so broke the Sokovian Accords.  What are the duties and obligations of a superhero?  Who decides when they should intervene?  Who is responsible for the damage after a fight between superheroes and supervillains?

“With great power comes great responsibility.”  Stan Lee

I recommend both movies.  Both were small-scale superhero movies, threatening only one city and a small group of people rather than the entire world, yet both had consequences beyond their own setting.

Images of movie posters “borrowed” from IMDB, both copyright Disney Entertainment.  Videos from YouTube.