Dreamer’s World December 31, 2017 – So Long, 2017


    I am glad to see 2017 pass into history. Like all years, it has been both good and bad for me. If you follow this blog, you have seen what I am talking about, so I wont dwell on every topic here. I am looking forward to 2018 because if the new opportunities that will present themselves to both Hal and myself.

    I suppose that the most significant event here was when Hal lost his drivers license after the state of Virginia changed the vision requirements and Hal found himself outside of the acceptable range for driving under any conditions. It is a testament to our relationship and love for each other that this incident didn’t cause a ripple in our life. I quickly notified my job about the chance in the circumstances, and they reassured me that I could alter my schedule as needed to accomadate taking Hal to places he had to go. I am very fortunate to work for a company that treats their employees so well.

    Speaking of our relationship, Hal and I will celebrate 18 years together early in January. It doesn’t seem like we have been together that long. Our love is stronger than ever, and still growing each day. I honestly believe that he gets more handsome each day.

    We had no incidents other than the driving thing except for moving once again. We did that because of the costs around the DC area. We finally decided that since I work from home that we no longer needed to be close to the city. Because Hal works on the weekends, we rarely go out, and that made our decision easier.

 


    Spartacus is now 16 years old. He has been with Hal and I the longest, and we look forward to another year with him in 2018. He is in good health for a cat of his age, and he is very special to us.

 


    Stevie Nicks is 8 years old. She arrived here when she was around 2 years old and instantly became the diva of the household. She regulates on Hal The Cat, but she defers to Spartacus on most things because of his seniority.

 


    Hal The Cat has been with us for 2 years, and he is now 4 years old. He was the stray that was taken to the animal shelter where we found him. He took a while to adjust to having a home, but now he is content and happy.

    Myself, Hal (person) and The Stooges look forward to 2018 and hope that it will be a safe and happy New Year for everyone.

The Nation’s 2017 Progressive Honor Roll

Rise Up Times

Resistance was the watchword this year. These honorees not only refused to go backward; they challenged old orthodoxies.

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What’s The Real Reason Behind Evangelicals’ Denial For Climate Change Science

Gronda Morin

Image result for photos of RICK WARREN THE GOOD GUY

I have been asking myself how could mostly White Evangelical Christians continue to propagate the denial of climate change science to the detriment of our country’s well being and of the entire planet.

Once upon a time Evangelicals in 2005 were on the verge of affirming the science of climate change but the leaders of this thinking were blocked from implementing any action along these lines by  a group called the “Interfaith Stewardship Alliance.”

A per Wikipedia, The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation is a conservative  Christian public policy group that promotes a free-market approach to care for the environment that is critical of much of the current environmental movement. In particular, the Cornwall Alliance rejects claims of detrimental global warming. Originally called the “Interfaith Stewardship Alliance” it was founded in 2005 in reaction to the efforts of evangelical leaders (such as Rick Warren

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Alabama Police Under Fire For Bloodying Teenager To A Pulp

United States Hypocrisy

Ulysses-Wilkerson-Troy-Alabama Photo of Ulysses Wilkerson after he was terrorized by officers of the Troy Police Department

In the city of Troy, Alabama police officers brutally beat 17 year old Ulysses Wilkerson to a pulp on the night of December 23. Officers of the Troy Police Department cracked Wilkerson’s eye sockets “in three different places” according to his father, causing swelling on his brain. The officers claim Wilkerson emerged from a closed office building at night, and upon attempting to question him he fled. When they caught him they brutalized him and, judging by the images, nearly left him for dead. He was charged with “obstructing government operations and resisting arrest.” Head over To Mic for the full story. 

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Dreamer’s World December 29, 2017 – A Lesson Learned


    I am not the type of person who typically makes New Years Resolutions, and I am not claiming to start in 2018. However, I do want to try to make this blog more interesting in 2018. As with all things, it has to grow because it has become somewhat routine to me. My daily summaries are helpful ways to keep my sanity intact, but I know that I can do more.

    I believe that I can do better. One of the ways to achieve this is to start writing more on subjects rather than using this as a report on my days. I will probably resort to using daily prompts for inspiration on some days, but I really want to come up with my own unique ideas for each post. I write much more profusely when I have something interesting to say, and the daily summaries have lost their impact in my opinion.

    I suppose that some will see this as a resolution for the new year. Personally, I don’t, but that is all a matter of interpretation. The reasons I began this blog many years ago was to become a better writer, and the best way to do that is to expand my horizons. I remember hearing the late David Bowie say that “An artist never repeats the same thing, he does something different each time and this is what art is all about.” Sage words from an extremely learned man, and they serve as an inspiration to me when I read them.

    One of the things that I notice about the blog is that I combine too many ideas into a post far too often. I think that this can be corrected by focusing more on a particular topic with a short blog post rather than a daily summary. I am often long-winded when I write because I have always written in the narrative style. One of the things that happened to me in 2017 was my exposure to the concept of business writing as part of my job. I noticed very quickly that I had to be more precise in my efforts and stick to the meat and potatoes of the subject.

    My initial reaction was to write in two different styles, one for work and the other for the blog. Looking back at this year’s blog, I can see that I actually made the blog more narrative than it needed to be as I compensated for this new approach to writing in my professional life. Rather than taking a dialectic approach to things, I need to be more holistic and realize that a combination of styles is best for the blog.

    One thing that I want from my life is to keep growing as a person. It is time to apply this to my blog as well. I might not have another post before 2018 rolls around, but if I do, I hope that it will mark the beginning of this new “chapter” (pardon the pun) in my blog.