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Book Title: Wilderness Spa: Where Physical Survival Meets Psychological Survival by Jim Halverson
Category: Adult Fiction 18+, 212 pages
Publisher: Gail Force Publishing
Release date: June 2021
Content Rating: PG-13: Only language (one f-word, some sh*t, d*mn
After rocky starts when new members enter the group, they learn to find the best in their fellow travelers, how to help, follow, and lead when necessary. Nothing is ever easy. Without attacking each other, they dig deep to reconcile their differences.
Join the group as they make the best of what they have. Struggle along with them and reconcile your own philosophical belief systems with logic and science.
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Jim Halverson is the author of Trials & Trails (2019) and Ponce, What Actually Happened at the Fountain of Youth (upcoming, 2021). Jim grew up in the rural, gold-mining town of Mokelumne Hill, CA and received his MBA from Golden Gate University. He spent part of his life on a ranch and is an avid student of psychology. He recognizes the struggles of all men and women seeking equality and respect. Jim and his wife, Gail, spend their time traveling from their small farm in Forestville, CA.
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Guest Post – Jim Halverson, Wilderness Spa
A Level Playing Field
I wrote about white privilege in Wilderness Spa. Immediately after writing the book, I continued an in-depth exploration of how pervasive and damaging white privilege is in America. That exercise went as far as an old white man could go. I do not pretend to understand and appreciate all the intimate personal effects white privilege has on non-white Americans. I can only imagine how angry, fearful, and reactive I would be if my family were subjected to it every day when we left the house or turned on the television.
What is white privilege? Obvious examples of white privilege include career promotions because one looks and sounds like the boss, invitations based on building a homogeneous gathering, or inadequate polling stations in inaccessible locations designed to create long waiting lines. Less obvious (but no less damaging) examples include the wink and a nod, casting suspicious glances, granting credit, and biased media. All white privilege is hard to prove, and most is not illegal, but it is wrong, unfair, and unjust. It must stop.
Think about the privilege of being ignorant of racism. Those who experience such privilege won’t often address it. Societal changes over the past decades may appear to have solved many problems, but there is still work to do. Law enforcement and voting rights are two ongoing issues that come to mind. The first step toward correcting injustices must be to admit they exist.
My passion for equality has driven me to incorporate social justice issues in my writing. My debut novel, Trials and Trails: Adventures and Unexpected Discoveries of Life, is a Western novel that explores themes of equality, vulnerability, and acceptance. Similarly, Wilderness Spa explores the various perspectives of a diverse group through reasoned, considerate discussions.
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