Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In light of atrocity and injustice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. chose to standup against the status quo and become a voice for change. Dr. King’s legacy lives on today in the revolutionary progress made possible because of his willingness to give everything, including his life, so that everyone might experience our God-given, inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Equal opportunity in America and around the world is a monumental story that did not happen overnight, but came about after years of struggle and sacrifice. Dr. King gave his all, his life cut short by an assassin’s bullet nearly 50 years ago. But bullets did not silence Dr. King’s voice or evaporate his legacy.

 

It is clear, that we still have a lot of work to do. Much progress has been made. But there is still ample room to grow and plenty to fix. That’s evident in the divide that still exists between too many of us. Dr. King did not seek to divide us. Rather, Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to unite us. Dr. King worked tirelessly to bring us together regardless of our differences, striving to overcome inhumane judgments based on the color of one’s skin.

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We will always have our differences. But let us not forget, you and I are more alike then we are different. Yes, we are unique individuals. God  made us that way. We can respect our differences while celebrating our oneness. Hate, after all, does not conquer hate. Only love overcomes all.

Dr. King revolutionized the world with ideas, not violence. May we follow his example, as we lead future generations into a new tomorrow.

May the dream continue moving forward.

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Achieving Results by Sticking to my Creative Goals in the New Year

In spite of battling a virus since Christmas night, I’ve managed to salvage a few moments of productivity. I am happy to report that between coughs and shivers, my writing goals for 2018 remain on track. In addition to several blog posts and a short 2,000 word paper, I’ve pounded out about 3,000 words on my current work-in-progress (WIP).

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There have been ups and downs of course. At first, I would have one healthier day followed by the virus making a comeback in the late rounds. This last time, I was fortunate to have about 2 good days where the virus seemed to be moving on before waking up at 3 a.m. Sunday morning with a fever and a throat so sore that I couldn’t really swallow. I contemplated cutting out my own tonsils, but opted for aspirin and throat spray instead. Around 9 a.m., I passed out and redeemed a couple of hours of lost sleep. When I awoke, my fever had broken. My throat felt parched. I drank water.

Lots of water. 

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My current work of progress is something I have been working on for sometime. It’s undergone several revisions, a number of trips back to the drawing board, hours and hours of mental anguish working through the plot, and a couple of reinventions and re-imaginations.

Writing is hard work. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that it is not. There is no substitute for time spent physically writing. You simply can’t write an essay, let alone a full-blown book, without fingers pounding out words on the keys of your favorite laptop or retro-typewriter.

How about you? How are your writing goals coming along so far in 2018? Are you making progress? Are you writing?

You can do it. I believe in you.

God bless. Happy writing…

~TDG