Giving Thanks

It’s a rather off-week, isn’t it?  There’s a lot going on.  The post I had planned to share today feels rather…outdated already with the news that’s been coming out.  There’s a lot I want to talk about, want to address, want to air.  But I think we’ve all had enough of that, and there will be plenty of time for that next week.

So I’ll just say ‘I am thankful’.  Thankful for what?  Thankful to whom?  Details.  No trivial details, but details all the same.  I am thankful and I reflect on that more and more each day.  I encourage you to do the same.

With Thanksgiving the day after next, take a moment to think about the holiday and what you have to e thankful for.  Disregard the rather onerous origins of the holiday that is newer than motor cars and focus just instead on your life and all that you have to be grateful for.  Odds are, if you start counting, it is quite a lot.  Let that illuminate your coming year.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Excelsior

Stan Lee was the American dream.  The son of immigrants, he was born to modesty, grew to wealth, and made a million people smile along the way.  He never took himself too seriously and he respected what he did.  He spoke for those who had no voice, looked to the future, and left the world better than he found it.  His legacies are many but I hope the legacy of creating smiles and feeling proud of doing just that is never overlooked.

I never had the honor of meeting him, but I’ve known many who have and to the one, they all spoke of a man who was modest and pleasant and a delight.  He seemed encouraging and fun and kind.  As you scroll through social media and see people sharing their pictures and their stories of him, note how many of them show genuine, unguarded smiles.  Stan Lee helped create much of our modern world, in ways big and small.  He helped pioneer ‘the great hero as an ordinary person’ perspective of fiction.  He inspired.

Not a bad legacy, that.

RIP, Stan Lee.

New Short Story!

Sorry for the delay!  Technology isn’t as reliable as it once was, it would seem.  Which seems apropos because this story is about an up-and-coming DJ trying to track down the origin of a mysterious record.  Distantly inspired by HP Lovecraft’s The Music of Erich Zann, Block-Rockin’ Beats is live now, in the Serials & Short Story section.

I’ll see you on Tuesday morning for Election Day!

One Week Away

There are two types of voters: informed and misinformed.  There are no uninformed voters because in this day and age, you cannot help but draw information and form opinions of the world around you.  And given the misinformation campaigns at play these days, without actively seeking out facts, a person is almost certainly misinformed.  It is only a question of by how much are they misinformed.

I don’t want to urge you to vote.  I want to urge you to become informed.  By being informed, by learning the facts, by learning the reality of the world, the course of action will become clear: you MUST vote.  Not should.  Not have a vested interest in.  Must.  If you don’t know in your heart of hearts, in your soul, in every fiber of your being that you MUST vote, then you are not informed.  You are misinformed.

Learn the facts.  And then do what the facts reveal to be absolutely necessary, absolutely imperative.

Learn.  Study.

Vote.