FINDING OUR FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE
That was the headline that stared out at me from the 鈥淥pinion鈥� section of the Oakland Press in my local community. As I started to read it I was struck by the content鈥xplaining how one can be rooted in the sameness of everyday life. Going to a restaurant and always sitting at the exact same booth or table. Attending church and always sitting in the same seat week after week. If someone takes your spot you become territorial and protective of it. I talked about this same phenomenon at my church in the following鈥�
Vondie Curtis Hall鈥e had a sister and a brother and they always came to church together, well dressed, and they always sat in the front row. Everyone always had a particular seat that they claimed every Sunday and so you were known by where you chose to sit鈥攏ot necessarily by your name.
Gong to work every day, eating and sleeping, cleaning our surroundings鈥his is our Fortress of Solitude. It鈥檚 funny how habits can shape your life and how much we are creatures of habit. And we do become territorial in our routines. Just like the earth goes round and round the sun each day and night, we live by a routine and balance. If the balance is ever upset we become ill or off balance. This world of ours is so profound that we must protect it. If the balance is off just slightly, it could be catastrophic. That might explain why we become creatures of habit and rituals.
Shirley Harris-Slaughter is a Michigan native. She is a community activist having been a school board trustee in the Oak Park School District and mentored four freshmen girls in the Winning Futures Program. Shirley loves trains, vintage clothes, and old buildings with historic significance. So it was a natural that she would write about growing up in historic Royal Oak Twp. and keep alive a catholic community that was about to lose its history and identity. It seems that everything she loved closed down and she was not about to let any of it be forgotten. Shirley joined Rave Reviews Book Club because she recognized the need to support fellow authors in order to move forward in her own endeavors. She already had a thriving relationship with like twitter followers. 鈥淲e all had the same goals so it was a natural fit.鈥�
Question: What is your Fortress of Solitude?
SHIRLEY HARRIS-SLAUGHTER, AUTHOR
Book title: Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community
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Twitter Handle: @sharrislaughter