A huge weight has been lifted off of our shoulders. Can you feel it? Over the last few days, I’ve found myself in a better mood, smiling more and hopeful again about the future. We have a long way to go, but I think we will get there.

Since I started this blog, I’ve tried to keep it positive and I think I’ve succeeded most of the time. I’ve ranted here and there, but I always come back to the good things.

Speaking of good things, I want to hear from you! Tell me some good, positive stories that you’ve heard or experienced this year. The year of COVID 19. The year of the big orange baby losing his job. The year of people coming together to survive, help others, and do the best they can with what they’ve got.

I want to hear the good stuff. Let’s turn the narrative around and speak kindly, bringing to light the heroes and inspiring people that are all around us. Spew and spill the stuff! Is there a particular person, organization, business or something else that helped you or others you know to better deal with the issues of 2020? Was there a particular story that gave you hope and strength?

My examples: The streets in Italy where musicians, singers and music lovers shared wonderful performances from their balconies to lighten the hearts of thousands all over the country (and the world with the help of social media).

Millie Bailey, the 102 year old WWII Women’s Army Corps veteran that went skydiving and checked it off of her bucket list. She was also one of only two African American women in her class at Adjutant General School.

The barbershop owner in New Jersey that helped his neighbor Aaron Kahn run his restaurant when a staff member tested positive for COVID 19. Andre Fersa, the barber, became Andre Fersa the bartender when Kahn re-opened with limited staff.

A retired music teacher, Grover Wilhelmsen, hospitalized with COVID 19, intubated and unable to speak, played his violin for the ICU hospital staff as a thank you for taking care of him.

I know there are many more. Tell me. I want to hear them. Leave themin the comments below, or post a link. I will read every one!

Thanksgiving is a few days away here in the USA. I know it’s hard to think about, but we do have things to be thankful for. For me, I’m relatively healthy. I have my family, my partner and my son. I have a roof over my head and enough to eat. I have a job, and I’m doing my best to make ends meet. I’m okay. My partner and son are okay. Our pets are okay, and they are a huge comfort. Life isn’t great, but it’s okay. We can deal. We can get through this. Please celebrate safely, in smaller groups. Wear your mask everywhere. Keep others safe by doing so.

As always, thanks for reading. If you are interested in either of my books, go here to check them out: .

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And finally, an update. I’m still writing. Book three of the Coffee and Emeralds series is still underway. I also have a couple of post apocalyptic novels in the works and will try to get it all out there for you as soon as I can.


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