{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

93 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copies left
You can choose from our best books below
Terri Lyons would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Light of the August Moon

By Terri Lyons All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Poetry

Blurb

Light of the August Moon takes the boredom and disconnect out of history and enriches it with music, humor, church and the resilience of our ancestors. Our current challenges can be enhanced through the wisdom and perseverance by those who braved the social elements of the past. After World War I, industrial advances brought steel mills, electricity, consumer goods and most of all, mobility. In spite of limitations because of race, gender or poverty, people began to move and create their version of America that set the platform for modern culture. It is important to keep this history alive in order to have a strong frame of reference when humanity and culture are challenged. It is necessary for all to know what people did when their survival was threatened and their recourse was limited. Light of the August Moon provides a lens and opens discussion to give critical thought to historical achievements and mistakes that still haunts us today. We can learn, cry and laugh at the same time.

Introduction

The Dakota Indian recognizes the month of August as the month when everything ripens. Our best crops come in August. Our ancestors prepared for winter by jarring up fruits and vegetables in August. Much of our history has either occurred or culminated during the month of August;

The Japanese Surrender

Emmet Till

Levittown Pa.,

The Berlin Wall

The March on Washington

Freedom Boys

The Philadelphia and Watts Riots

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party

The Voting Right Bill

The Chicago Convention

Angela Davis Arrest

And in addition;

The Woodstock concert

Wattstax concert

The gruesome Manson murders and the resignation of President Nixon.

It is a peculiar month;

Nearing the end of summer, people are tired of being hot and at times feeling a slight chill of autumn. The sap is just beginning to fall as we’re loosing daylight and children are preparing to return to school.

Light of the August Moon encourages discussion of our recent past. It also encourages questioning our condition;

How long have politicians been campaigning about lifting poor folks out of poverty?

What about the roots of technology we use today?

How did we navigate around looming danger in our culture?

Where is the Golden Triangle, the Golden Crescent and what does it have to do with our current drug use?

Looking back on this history can give just a peek at how long, how mean and how deceptive conventional wisdom can be.

Were it not for the pioneers of the past we may not be as far as we are now, therefore, we cannot let them slip into obscurity.

Why?

Movement for social change in any sustainable way cannot be achieved until we understand how the dynamics from the past placed us where we are. Adjusting our values and behavior to cater to the world around us limits our ability to turn optimistic dreams into triumphant realities.

Without history, anyone can tell us anything and we have no point of reference from which to draw. History is our moral and cultural compass to help us calibrate and navigate through treacherous ebb and flow of time.

Visiting our past can make our story come to life placing us into the vortex of the moment to enjoy food, prayer, music, success and laughter as we wade through the tears of despair. We can renew and develop our resolve to confront the dilemmas that face us now which are tragically similar to the dilemmas one hundred years ago.

The first half of the twentieth century is personally fascinating and historically amazing. Advances in industry, culture, social change and lifestyle occurred at the fastest pace in the history of mankind.

It is not my intention to cover everything that occurred in the twentieth century, but rather to give a taste to some significant events and joyful moments.

To my parents


Get Free Copy
0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Brandy: What a great take on the idea of finding your dream man. The story was very emotional with strong characters. I would recommend this story to any who wants to read a good love story. And yes, Italian food does make everything better.

jseversky: Was amazing loved every second of it I really want to read more, and definitely would. Hope the author makes a 2nd book. Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time, loved it. The author describes everything in in new and innovative ways, and love the 2 separate view points.

Animeviewer: It is one of the best stories I've ever read. This story will have you riding a roller coaster of emotions and nearly dying to know what happens next.You will get very attached to the characters and in my case I relate well with some of their very traumatic or emotional experiences, Just Juliet f...

FreakyPoet: I found this story well written and extremely cute. I like how the emotional roller coaster, otherwise know as love, was done here. it was very believable that these two characters would deny, agonize, then come to except their feelings the way that they did. I enjoyed it very much, thank you ...

OpheliaJones: This story took a different kind of spin on the "normal girl lives with definitely not normal guy" plot. The plot points of Frey's father, Liam's family, and Frey's view of Liam's world were good to read. She did not fall in love with him in the first couple weeks. Their lives were not smooth in ...

AnnaLucia: This fanfiction has an amazing plot. It's very different from the books, yet the author still managed to keep the personalities the characters had in the books. Your Alec and Magnus still are themselves, even though you created a different plot where Bane had to seduce Lightwood to get informati...

RodRaglin: Your writing is very good, Rachel, but remember you also have to entertain the reader and in that regard it's a bit sparse in action and dialogue.Consider when revising...When starting a new story always consider your protagonist's Goal - what they want; Motivation - why they want it; and, Confli...

ryder: This is an excellent read. From beginning to end the author showed his creative and imaginative writing skills. Twists and turns, surprises, humor, and sorrow: This book has it all. I strongly recommend this book, and I am already recommending it to my friends.

Sammi Chan: THIS WAS AMAZING!!! My favorite part of this story was the slow build of Merlin and Arthur's relationship. Their relationship was rlly nicely fleshed out and so good :) The way that you handled the magic reveal was super enjoyable. I rlly liked the switching POVs. Good!Mordred was cute and I'm rl...

More Recommendations

Marie Roane: Loved this story from beginning to end!

Lydia Sherrer: I first read The Speaker almost a decade ago when I first discovered author Sandra Leigh. I loved it then, and I still love it now. It is a simple, easy read, yet deep in meaning and rich in storyline. I do not know what kind of research or prior knowledge Leigh has of First Nation tribes, but sh...

sujitha nair: What's so distinct about this story was that it could easily be real. Praveena can be your classmate, neighbor or that girl you saw at the coffee shop today. The important decisions she makes and the dilemmas she faces, remind us of our own twisted lives.

mariamalkorashy: Simply alluring, I have become addicted. Now the rest of this message is simply words because it notified me saying that my Review was to short haha. It has done it again so yup I am still here writing once more haha.

farziex3: I think this novel is perfect because it had erotic, romance, and towards the end was a twist so I was just on the edge of my seat reading this book. It was honestly really amazing. I haven't found a book I actually liked to read for almost 2-3 years and this was a great book to start off. Makes ...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.