Why We Write . . . June 10 2014
We write because we are tired. . .
It seems a strange way to launch a publishing imprint which we hoped would have a lasting impact upon the lives of others, but in fact, JGA Press is the culmination of a series of events that were sparked because we were tired.
We have grown tired of the impact that our economy has had on the forward motion of the relationships among men and women and among various cultures who share this planet which we all call home. During desperate economic times, we have observed that tolerance is short. People lose the care that they have for human life and human suffering is simply disregarded.
We write because we are tired of being a lone voice flaying against the stereotypes which others seek to impose upon our sex, our race and our contributions to the forward motion of society.
History shows us that women and minority groups have made great contributions to our society. Sadly, these contributions are not always recorded in the annals of history. Many of our contributions and advancements are passed on and celebrated by word of mouth from one generation to the next, evolving and losing shape over time until they are mere wisps of the substantial contributions which they once were. We found our sensibilities under constant assault while some members of our society berated our brothers and sisters and questioned our very existence and purpose.
We sought to change that. We sought to claim a small corner of this world where we could make a stand. Where we could make a difference. Where we could tell our tales, based upon the recorded history available to us.
In doing this, we hope to serve as a marker for current generations and for future generations as evidence that "we were here" and that "we mattered"! We hope that you will join us in this challenge!
In the meantime, to paraphrase that old Negro spiritual . . .
We write because we are happy. . .
We write because we are free. . .
His eye is on the sparrow. . .
And we know He watches us. . .
Peace and good wishes!