New Dreams for MLK Day

Today is the solemn anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. I would like to use this post as a tribute to MLK’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Given all that has transpired since the 2016 elections, I would like to add some clauses to the dream…
I have a dream that the leader of the US will believe in and uphold the principles of the Constitution that all men and women are created equal and have the right to free speech. This includes the freedom of the press- not the suppression or demonization of it.

I have a dream that children will no longer need to practice lockdown drills and people can freely walk their neighborhoods and attend concerts without fear of being gunned down because the Supreme Court will realize that the intentions of the second amendment are not reflected in today’s reality.

I have a dream that race and ethnicity no longer matter as we all recognize that we have immigrants in our near or distant ancestors; and that people do not come from “s…hole” countries, but are judged by the situation they are in which brings them to seek residence in the US.

I have a dream that healthcare and social security will become civil rights. With the prospect of artificial intelligence taking away our jobs and well-being, we need a safety net that puts human beings before corporate profits.

I have a dream that nuclear war is never again on the tip of our tongues. There will be no reason to panic that we are about to be attacked, because we have all signed a nuclear armistice and have plans to deactivate our warheads.

I have a dream that people embrace the truth of science and history and agree to accept facts as facts and not seek to find their own “alternate facts”.

I have a dream that we can come together and compromise through civil debate and drop our partisan leanings for the common good; because we are not influenced by money, hate or tweets.

I have a dream where voting districts are drawn fairly and do not give excessive advantages to one party over another. And where people can vote without fear of being called in by ICE or the IRS. There should be no hardships presented to voters due to identification complications.

I know this is a lot to dream about, and it will not happen without action on the part of everyday citizens like ourselves. So write to your representatives, speak out at local meetings and events and contribute to causes that speak to your heart. We should each do what we can to make this world a better place tomorrow than it is today. That would be a fine tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King.

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It is Good to Be a Dog

img_2968  While my mind and emotions are still in turmoil following this week’s presidential election, I find comfort in my canine companion. How great it would be to be my dog for a day! Relaxed and content without a care in the world…

No concerns about when he will get his next nutritious meal. No doubts that he will always be able to snuggle on his bed, warmed by a cozy fire. No consideration that he will not be able to get his medications or see the vet when he needs to. No fears that the beautiful parks and nature preserves where he loves to roam will no longer exist. img_9310

Taking for granted that his day will always be filled with kind, caring people who will continue to shower him with abundant treats. Falling asleep each night to chase dreams about squirrels and waking up in the morning being able to fulfill them.

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Having the expectation that everything will always be the same and there is no reason to assume that anything bad could happen.

It sounds nice, but I suppose it would get a little too routine and boring for us humans after a while. So, instead I will try to tap into some of my dog’s calm and steady reassurance that life goes on, the sun will always come up and a new day is ahead- which will hopefully put me in a better state of mind.

So now, please excuse me, my dog is letting me know that it is time for our daily walk. Who knows what exciting things we will find today!

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(I would like to post this in tribute to all the dogs we have known and loved who bring peace, happiness and a bright outlook to their humans.)