Remembering “A Time for Choosing” by Ronald Reagan

Considering the chaos of the nasty political quagmire we find ourselves schlepping through every time the news comes on these days, I thought we might want to take a look back and perhaps, remember just who the heck we are as a nation.

There was a man once who said “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Some of us remember that day with tears in our eyes.

And you know what?

The wall DID come down, opening a whole world up to millions of people who had dreamed of freedom for a lifetime, yearning for that gleaming ideal. It isn’t perfect but the people get to CHOOSE.

As we seethe and boil in our skins from the infighting in our own government I hope we can step away from it for a moment to look back and remember a time when we saw things a bit more clearly.

This video is about half an hour so I hope you can find the time to make yourself something to drink and watch this for your own edification. I was awestruck at the raw truth in this mans words.

That’s it for today. I hope we can all find it in our hearts to remember that our neighbor is our neighbor. Treat each other like the brothers and sisters we are. Do something kind for someone today and you’ll feel better about your own self. Teach your kids to do the same.

Comments are welcome. Keep the faith yall!

Peace,

Lee

WAKE UP!

The following is from Wikipedia concerning Tish James, the liberal New York Attorney General who is bringing suit against the NRA less than 90 days from the election. Total political sniper action. Please read this and let it sink in.

If you believe in conservative values and democracy you better wake up and get out the damn vote.

From Wikipedia: “2018 New York Attorney General election
In May 2018, James, who initially planned to run for Mayor of New York City in 2021 [35], declared her candidacy for Attorney General of New York and won the Democratic primary on September 13, 2018 with 40.6% of the vote; she defeated Zephyr Teachout (31%) and two other candidates.[36][37] On November 6, 2018, she was elected attorney general, defeating Republican Keith Wofford.[38]

Did you get that? She became the AG of New York with 40.6 percent of the vote.

Now she is launching one of the most serious attacks on the second amendment seen in some time.

If you don’t speak up, expect to be done-to, NOT done for, by your government.

WAKE UP!!!

LET’S HAVE MORE WRITER LOVE

Hello friends.  It’s been a rough couple of weeks down here in central Florida but this article really captured me.  I thought it was well spoken and from a really good heart.  I originally found this over on another great blog, The Writer’s Path.  Thanks Ryan.  This was written By Melanie Mole.  Thank you Melanie.  

If you are reading this, please share.  We could all use this.  

You all really should drop over and meet these folks. You’d like them.

Hope your weekend is a great one,  If you’re digging out from the storm as I am, be safe.

Peace,

Lee

 

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by Melanie Mole

Writing can be a lonely business. By its very nature it is often a solitary existence. As a writer I have often thought how sad it is that some writers don’t support each other more. We are probably all after the same goal. We all want to write, and most to be heard. Some do write for pleasure only which is great, because to write just for the pleasure of it is a lovely thing. But whatever the reason, writing is our aim.

Writing affords us a time to reflect and to get our thoughts out onto the page. As each word tumbles out of our brain we can feel both mentally and physically lighter, and know that we are positively getting nearer to our goals as a writer. Each word carries with it a deluge of thoughts, feelings, and a tiny part of us as the writer. Each chapter, note, finished poem, screenplay, or project, is like the birth of a child as we have nurtured and cared for them until they are ready to start a life of their own. Like the tiny fledglings that are now leaving their nests, ready to go out into the world no matter how scary it looks. Flapping their wings abundantly to ensure that they take off and soar.

Earlier this year I watched the Springwatch programme on BBC. It was an absolute delight to see nature in close up. What has struck me is how hard those little creatures work just to survive. But nature is cruel, as is the writing world at times. Not everyone survives. Some get only a short way along the writing path, and others much further. All negotiating the rough terrain, the ups and the downs along the way. Some tough enough to make the distance, and others not making it.

When I looked at the television screen as Springwatch aired, I saw sheer panic in some of their little faces. Some have no idea whether they will survive, but are going to try their hardest anyway. Parents feeding their young and looking after them, sometimes with little sleep, determined to nurture them in the best way that they can.

Nurturing the writer within us is what we all need at some point. You may even need to do that daily. It is important to do so, because without it we will not thrive, just like those little chicks won’t if their parents don’t nourish them.

Like the adult birds do with their young, we need to nourish ourselves. To think about what the writer within us needs. To nourish it with all our might. So that we are both strong enough to write, and to survive the emotional turmoil that the writing life throws at us. It is a tricky road for some, but can be eased by others, especially by those who know what we are going through.

Only another writer can really know what writers go through. Others who don’t write can eagerly sympathise, which is great. But to actually live through the writing life day by day is another thing. Only one who lives it can really understand the highs and the lows, the difficulties which abound in a writer’s life which nobody else sees, but which we feel all too often.

So why then do some writers not think about others who are having a bad time? Why do they not support them, even in the smallest of ways?

A simple message on something like social media is all that it takes. Even one sentence can help. Something to lift their spirits and to help them through their writing day.

Listening helps too. Hearing them at their worst, then seeing them when they rise gloriously in all their splendour. Finding their equilibrium, where they feel at their best, able to write freely and without doubt. A simple question to ask them how their writing is going can be such a tonic when it is tough?

When another writer puts their work out into the world, it is a joy. We then have more words to mull over, each conveying a message from within. So we should be pleased for them, encouraging their courage and their words. Happy that they have finished their piece of writing and put it out there for all of us to see.

Writer love is such a simple, yet effective thing. Let’s have more writer love. There is no better time to start that than today.

Guest post contributed by Melanie Mole. Melanie loves to connect on TwitterFacebook, and her website. Why not connect with her there, or read her books – Man + Woman = Trouble, and Simply Does It.