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Solar Storms

One of my favorite things to do during my summer break is sit in coffee shops, observe the people around me as they go about their busy life like ants, and drink coffee of course. The other day, I sat on my bed and I began to think about a novel that I read as an undergraduate student. The book is called Solar Storms by Linda Hogan. I want to acknowledge that Linda Hogan has been criticized because allegedly she lied about being Native American. I’ll let that be your homework after you’re done reading this blog post or maybe you’ll open up another tab and secretly look up the information that I’m telling you, the choice is yours. Anyways, I decided to pick up her novel once again because I wanted to reread any important things I might have missed. When I was in school, I feel like I never got the opportunity to focus and hone in on what I was reading. In her novel, Solar Storms, she writes about a young woman by the name of Angela Jensen. She is a Native American young woman, who was taken away from her mother when she was a child, and she does not know her biological family. Angela has been thrown from foster home to foster home and she is in desperate desire to find her biological family. When Angela looks in the mirror she sees scars, scars that plague one side of her face, and that run in parts of her body like battles ready to tear open wounds again. Unfortunately, Angela has no idea how her scars got to be where they are. She is the prime example of intergenerational trauma in Native American communities. I just finished reading the first chapter and as I was reading the story it made me reflect on my own traumas. Like Angela, we all have deeply embedded traumas–some that are more apparent than others. I feel as though this book sheds light on the unspoken taboos that could exist in dysfunctional families- specially communities that historically have been subjected to oppression and marginalization. I recommend this book, and I will try keep you all updated with the novel, as I continue to read. Angela is a young woman that seeks passion and drive; she is determined to get to where she wants to be even if she has no idea of her destination. Angela wants to face the demons behind her scars. I want to acknowledge that this novel is about fictional characters but the places that are explained are real. Linda Hogan has a lovely way of capturing figurative language, which makes the story come to life. Whether you decide to pick up this book or not is your decision- but if you decide to read this marvelous book, I encourage you to ask yourself questions about your own life. The power of reflection is very important and it could help us stay active with our thinking. It is important to understand the voices that exist in our mind and constantly reflect on our own life. After this you can, WRITE about how you feel. I’m here to tell you that you don’t need to take a course to reflect and do self-healing work. You have the power to reflect, listen, and heal. This is only one example of how this could be obtained.

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