Thanks “Cubbies”

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This is the first year I watched the baseball playoffs and the world series. My interest in this tournament is genetic. I was born and lived in Chicago for more than 30 years. I’ve heard the story of the “billy goat” from the neighbors talking over the fence to my mother as she hung her laundry on the line. Yes, once a Chicagoan, always a Chicago sports fan.

 

The final game of the 2016 World Series garnered more than 40 million viewers. Those viewers needed the diversion. This presidential election presented the worst of us. Watching the fans at the final game proved to me American fans live another day after their team loses.

Both baseball teams played hard. My husband said, “These two teams are evenly matched. God made it rain because He couldn’t decide which team should win”

When Chicago won, the fans in Chicago made noise as my son reported to me from his townhouse in the downtown area. There were no reports of property damage or looting. What about the five million fans  lined the parade route to greet their “Cubbies?” The live footage and photos showed a diverse Cub fan base celebrating.

Five million people, together in a seven mile area, no fights, just joy, this is America at it’s best. This is who we are as a people. Thank you baseball, thank you Cubbies, thanks Chicago for modeling to our children how real Americans behave.

 

 

Millennials Wanted

Miillenials don’t throw your vote away.

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Millennials your vote counts in this  2016 American Presidential Election. You showed us your political passion with your support of Bernie Sanders. You knocked doors. Handed out information reminding us to register to vote. You reminded us that we could register and vote online. You diverted your energy to helping local candidates by door to door canvassing.

Yet, you hesitate to declared your Presidential pick. It’s your right to remain mute about  your selection.  You are an American. You have the right to your silence, but you also have the privilege of voting.

Voting is the price we pay for being able to speak out, choosing how we want to live our life.  Voting supports our ability to be part of a religious group or to declare our agnostic position.

Elections determine educational funding, taxes (city, state, federal), who is on the Board of Education. Health plans: who, how, and why you and I are covered is decided by the voters.  Are you going to be one of those people who vote for a person because you know where they stand issues not only facing you today but in the future?

Millennials, this isn’t a scolding. This is the conversation my family is having around the dinner table. Our millennials speak their minds with their friends and at the polls.

Your vote counts. If you vote for a third-party candidate, you give up you voice. A third party candidate will not be president. One of the major party candidates will be president.  Which can you live with?  Which candidate has your future in mind? Which candidate represents you?

Why not look into the platforms of the two  major party candidates. Decide if you really want to throw a vote away. Check out what PoliticalFacts.com has to say about Clinton and Trump using the links below.

This is link gives you PolitiFacts.com article about Hillary’s Plans  http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jul/22/hillary-clintons-top-10-campaign-promises/

This link gets you to PolitiFacts.com article on Donald Trump’s  Campaign  Promises.http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/jul/15/donald-trumps-top-10-campaign-promises/

Story 108 Years Supressed

bldgfireA news story of business burned to the grown and the owners massacred not revealed for 108 years sounds unbelievable to us.  We live in  world of multiple social platforms with 24 hour news.

Yet  only a generation or two Wilmington, South Carolina families shared a story no one spoke aloud. It as a tale of the injustice,  murder, and discrimination.

An organized white mob massacred the black majority of the town of Wilmington, South Carolina on November 10,1898.  Yet it wasn’t until  2006  when the South Carolina  it General Assembly first published a report about this horror. Prior to this publication, the Wilmington citizens of both races spoke in hushed voices about the dark day.  The white men claimed they captured the city back. The Negro families spoke about  killing of the black business owners and the burning of their property.This is one of many repress incidents in Black History. It is one of many stories told from generation to generation.  Each story retold with emotion and pain.

The  September 19,2016  edition of the New Yorker  published Lauren Collins article “A Buried Coup D’Etat in the United States.”    Collins interviews Christopher Everett, the director of the documentary -“Wilmington on Fire,”  depicting the events of the massacre and upheaval of Wilmington.

Everett  took Collins on a tour of the Wilmington City  and pointed out where the events occurred on November 10, 1898. This story seething from generation to generation of cannot be discarded. Everyone who has concerned for this nation needs to have an understanding for our propensity to be cruel to each other.

There are those who say “don’t open old wounds.” There are those who argue that what’s done is done. Live in the present.” Yet, we know when individuals feel they have been wrong for centuries, forgiveness is not easy.

Lincoln said it best: “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it we must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

Americans awaken the better angels within you. We must. We need to be open to differences. Our nation was built on differences. We take pride in being the world’s “melting pot.”

Americans:We Are One

A plane drilled through the North Tower in Manhattan.
“It must be an accident.”
The city shook.
First responders rushed.
Tower occupants told love ones,
“Don’t worry, help is on the way.”A second plane circled round.
It plowed through the South Tower.
“This is more than a coincident.”
“We’re under attack!”The twin buildings burn.
The first Tower hit is an inferno.
The firefighters hampered by bodies falling from the sky.
Love ones disconnected.

Numb from the horror unfolding in New York,
A plane crashed into the Pentagon.
American’s eyes scan the sky.

A plane goes down in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
We later learned of the heroic passengers.

The unthinkable, the first Tower imploded.
The giant guardian crumbled.
Tons of steel, concrete, glass, plastic crushed all.

The second Tower’s dwellers fate revealed.
Some took the stairs.
Others sought their salvation flying through the air.

Humans covered in white grit, stream from the site.
They all looked the same.
The fumes, the horror, the residue took away any distinguishing differences.
We saw our fellow Americans.
Our hearts ached for our fellow Americans.

On 9/11 remember the Americans we loss.
On 9/11 remember we all became one nation.

Photo: http://cdns.yournewswire.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/911-john-lear-planes-twin-towers.jpg
Source:http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-timeline

 

 

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Be Fearless: Wrestle Your Characters!

term-paper-writerWell, I never thought this would happen to me as a blogger, but I missed the opportunity to blog for an entire month.  I could blame NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), my Critique Group, Thanksgiving, housekeeping chores, but the real culprit was the conflict between my story idea and my main character.

I was drowning in a sea of ideas and misdirection for two weeks. Yes, I did outline my story. I had a neat, readable mind-map on the wall in my office. I had a character, a plot, and an ending. Then it happened, the  main character took over the story. I’ve had characters do this in other NaNo Challenges, but this one had her own plot in mind. She took over the story in Chapter Three.

What I had planned to write changed. The story bore no resemblance to my map.  My main character decided to bring in four more characters, and three more dramatic incidents. My character’s disregard for my plot threw me into a serious case of writer’s block.

 I looked for help. I found it in the pep talk written by Charlene Harris published November 17, 2015. Miss Harris suggested to write your story’s ending when you can’t more the plot forward.  Following her advice was magic, my character was under control. Yes, once my main character knew how her story was going to end, she started working with me. I made the 50,000 mark with a few more words to spare.

This isn’t the finest first draft I’ve written during a NaNoWriMo Challenge. It’s okay. I have a first draft of 50,000 words of a novel that needs some serious work. I can’t wait to wrestle with this story, plot, and these characters in 2016.

October 2015 Be Fearless: Take the NaNoWriMo Challenge

Ghosts, goblins, and pumpkins don’t fill my mind during October. It is the multiple ideas that come to me at odd times that need to be jotted down as potential book ideas for November’s National Novel Writing Month’s (NaNoWriMo). It is writing at its best. It is you, your ideas, and your imagination. Some WriMos (NaNoWriMo  participants) have an outline, some just write by the seat of their pants (better know as “pantsers”) all write for 30 days to attempt to achieve 50,000 words,

Now, there are doubters out there reading this blog saying it is not possible. Well, it is possible, with a little dedication and determination. The Office of Letters and Lights sponsors this world-wide annual event and helps all participants with tips, newsletters, and writing sprints for daily warm-ups. Sponsors of this writing celebration give authors several free 30 day trial options for new or standard writing tools.

 You can be a loner and write each day without talking to another writer or you can form a group of WriMos who meet and discuss their writing and write together. This event is for every level of writer.  You can take on the challenge and let your mind, heart, and muse echo the spirit of creativity.
Yes, I am a big fan. I have written four books in four years. Are they all published? Hell no, the revision process alone takes a year, and then there are the beta readers, editors, and proofreaders, Formatting for submission and much more, but if you want to write and you have a story to tell, jump in, and have the time of your creative life.
Now is the time for those of you who have been writing forever and have never participated in NaNoWriMo to jump start your imagination. Stimulate that rush of being on a roll as the words fall onto the screen or page.  Bring back the memories of wanting to do an all “nighter” because you can’t stop writing.
Go to nanowrimo.org and join with authors around the world and scribe. Link up with other creative types on the following links:
 Prepare! The challenge begins at midnight on November 1, 2015.
Write on!

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