by Linda Rodriguez
People who have been reading my posts on my own blog, here at Writers Who Kill, and on my other group blog, The Stiletto Gang, know that I have had to battle disapproving neighbors and the city about my front yard, which is planted in native, drought-hardy plants for the most part. (See recent photos of my yard here.)
The neighbors and the city both would prefer that my husband and I have only bluegrass in my yard, and they’d like to force us to do that. They periodically threaten to come clear-cut our front yard and charge us for it. Fortunately, we’ve been able to fight it for the past eight or nine years.
Now, along comes Pat Robertson, that ancient, uber-wealthy televangelist, to give us just the excuse we needed to stand up to the neighbors and the city. Not too long ago, Robertson said on his television show on the Christian Broadcasting Network that you never saw Jews tinkering under their cars or mowing their lawns because they were too busy polishing their diamonds. My husband, who’s Jewish, sent me the link to the video.
He included a subject line in his email that read, “We Have a Jewish Lawn,” referring, of course, to the problems with the city.
I watched the video with the demented old rich televangelist and emailed my husband back. “You’re right. We do. But where are the diamonds?”
And I’m still waiting, darn it!
Linda Rodriguez’s three novels featuring Cherokee campus police chief, Skeet Bannion—Every Hidden Fear, Every Broken Trust, and Every Last Secret—have received critical recognition and awards, such as Latina Book Club Best Book of 2014, St. Martin’s Press/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Award, selections of Las Comadres National Latino Book Club, 2nd Place in the International Latino Book Awards, finalist for the Premio Aztlán Award, 2014 ArtsKC Fund Inspiration Award, and Barnes & Noble mystery pick. Her short story, “The Good Neighbor,” published in the anthology, Kansas City Noir, has been optioned for film.
For her books of poetry, Skin Hunger and Heart’s Migration, Rodriguez received numerous awards and fellowships. Rodriguez was 2015 chair of the AWP Indigenous/Aboriginal American Writer’s Caucus, immediate past president of the Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime, a founding board member of Latino Writers Collective and The Writers Place, and a member of International Thriller Writers, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, and Kansas City Cherokee Community. Find her at http://lindarodriguezwrites.blogspot.com.