#MondayThoughts: A good day to ask ourselves


We’ve gotten a dusting of snow, only enough to turn patches white with browny-green grass around the edges. The sky is threatening though, it looks like more snow to come.

Today I feel like I have a chain of tasks, the next thing only to be done after the previous one, a tightrope that can only be walked in a particular direction.

No side diversions today.

So that’s fun.

Besides that, it’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the US, and a good time to think about how much people tried to undo over the previous several years. How much hatred they fanned; how much division they continue to try to sow.

Already diverting but have you noticed if you use the homonym, “sew” it actually fixes the problem? So instead of sowing division you sew division?

English is weird.

Anyway, today is a good day to ask ourselves whether we are doing our best to ensure equality, dignity, fairness and justice for all. If we aren’t, how can we do better and serve the legacy of the Rev. Dr. King?

And with that, I’m off to put one task in front of the other. Have a great Monday.

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Don’t Ever Doubt the Power of Words


As writers, words are our tools, words are our materials, words are our product. Words can feel impermanent, nebulous. But don’t be fooled, not for a moment.

Words can change the world.

Words have changed the world. Words can be strung together in ways that ring throughout time, throughout history, until the words themselves become the history. Words can breathe life into a possible future far from the present in which they were spoken.

Words can tell us of a dream.

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose beautifully shaped words changed people’s idea of what was possible. Thanks to this man and his words, my life is  a wonderfully colorful place where I can connect with other people without a thought to skin color or religion or any of the other categories that are used to divide us.

Through a speech that lives on and on, he painted a picture of this future, which formed my current reality. Now is very different from then. That is what words can do.