I made the mistake of turning on the news today. Bomb threats and destruction at a local jewish cemetery; a muslim professor, an American citizen, is not being permitted to return to the U.S. after traveling overseas; and stories of deportations occurring across the nation. Hatred, our country has become filled with hatred. If it’s foreign, it doesn’t belong here.
I don’t recognize it any longer. I’m ashamed of it. I thought we had progressed beyond these issues. I know now that I have just been wearing rose-colored glasses. I’m so disheartened by it all. I feel like the past is repeating itself, did we learn nothing from the wars of the past, the intolerance of those who believed something different, who had different customs and ideals.
Why is it so difficult to learn from one another and accept one another. It isn’t necessary to agree or all believe in the same thing, but we can have respect for each other. This is a pretty big world we live in, there is room enough for all of us.
Let’s Get Emotional
My goal with the challenge this year is to use it as an exercise to write something focused on a particular emotion. I hope to convey that mood or feeling through word choice in the story. I welcome your feedback on what worked or didn’t for you in each piece.
Once upon a time...
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