“Now is the time…”

 

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  • There were so many things wrong with those boys.

They were white, hence inherently evil. They were male, hence toxic. They were Catholic, hence demonic. They were at The March for Life, hence they were haters. They wore MAGA hats, hence they were fascists, and racists.

And they were vulnerable, because they were teens.

  • So grownups taught them a lesson.

Harassed them, threw racial slurs at them, black adults taunted a black boy for being there with his friends that happened to be white.

Then another brave grownup put himself on the line. The adults were clearly “prey” and had to be protected from the “beast” — the children.

So he forced his way into the boys’ group, singled one of them out, and got inches away from his face, all the time banging on his drum.

The full video, mind you, not the snippets that were originally shown. The unabridged, unedited versions that emerged later. The ones YouTube began efficiently deleting. The ones that clearly showed who was targeted, what the chants were, etc.

The mainstream media obviously hasn’t seen them. We should bring the news to the MSM. You think they’ll be interested? Or are they too busy keeping up the narrative, and destroying kids’ lives while they’re at it?

  • So many jumped on the MSM bandwagon yesterday.

So many were quick to condemn, relying solely on what the MSM chose to tell us. We are better than this. We know better. When we’re given all the facts, we can figure things out. But giving us all the facts is not on the MSM’s agenda.

Take advantage of the Internet, Facebook and YouTube, before they’re censored to pieces. Gather information, facts, and draw your own conclusions. Don’t be played. Because it’s our children’s lives that are at stake.

“Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

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Attn. Adventure Writers: Win £15,000

Two Sailboats at Grandcamp (Deux voiliers à Grandcamp)

  • How does a publishing deal with a writer’s advance of £15,000 sound to you?

Have you written an adventure novel exceeding 50K words? You may be the next winner of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize.

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Image: Georges Seurat. Two Sailboats at Grandcamp (Deux voiliers à Grandcamp), c. 1885. Oil on panel, Overall: 6 1/4 x 9 13/16 in. (15.8 x 25 cm). BF1153. Public Domain.

On Thinking Small, Picking Your Brains, & Never Growing Old

Washerwoman and Child (La Blanchisseuse et son enfant)

  • Have you come up with your New Year resolutions yet?

Have you already broken some? If you’re thinking of setting a few goals for 2019, heed Rachelle Gardner’s advice. Her approach helped her reach her goals — try it.

  • Have you picked your brain lately?

Check out the best of Brain Pickings from 2018. A good read to bid farewell to the old year, and ring in the new one.

  • Happy New Year!

“May you stay forever young,” as the song goes. Defy the odds, and prove it possible. And if you feel the odds are winning, write a song, or a poem about it. Read Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas for inspiration.

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Washerwoman and Child (La Blanchisseuse et son enfant), 1886. Oil on canvas, Overall: 32 x 25 9/16 in. (81.3 x 65 cm). BF219. Public Domain.

 

 

Not Surprising

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Back of church envelope featuring the motto repeated by Pope John XXIII, and favored by Pope Francis 

“You cannot with a single stroke wipe out all of the sins people in general are committing within the Christian religion, especially within the clerical order, over whom you should be even more watchful. But you certainly can and are obligated to do it, and if you don’t, you would have it on your conscience.”Saint Catherine of Siena

God help us, and Happy Feast of the Holy Family!

2019 Is Almost Here, Ready To Submit?

Mr. Loulou (Louis Le Ray)

  • Do you feel like poeming about teaching?

Go ahead. Write about K–12 teaching, and/or teachers, and submit your unpublished poem for a chance to win The $1,000 (!) On Teaching Poem Prize. No entry fee. Deadline: January 1st, 2019. Restrictions apply, read the guidelines carefully. Good luck!

  • Do you publish your poetry on Instagram?

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  • Have you put together your submission to Measure Review?

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Image: Paul Gauguin. Mr. Loulou (Louis Le Ray), 1890. Oil on canvas, Overall: 21 3/4 x 18 1/4 in. (55.2 x 46.4 cm). BF589. Public Domain.

Are You Feeling Christmas?

Head (Tête); also called Etude de brodeuse

Christmas Wish

I feel no Christmas, cried a little girl,
I don’t feel any of the Christmas cheer,
the tree is up and lit, the garlands swirl,
and Rudolph leads his pack of swift reindeer,

but I feel nothing. Sobbing would not cease…
Old Santa hugged her, Don’t be sad, my dear,
they are not always real — the things one sees,
what’s real is hidden from the eye, but near.

So close your eyes, put on your largest grin,
unlock your heart and let your Christmas in!

© 2013 Sasha A. Palmer (aka Happy)

Wishing you lots of Christmas cheer!

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Head (Tête); also called Etude de brodeuse, 1904. Oil on canvas, Overall (lower edge irregular): 15 x 12 3/4 in. (38.1 x 32.4 cm). BF553. Public Domain.