On Trying New Things

Sometimes you just need to switch it up

changing-minds-logo72dpiThere comes time in the life of every writer when there is a need to shift focus. I have done this before over the past ten years I have been keeping this blog. Not that I consider myself in their league, but even the great writers like Stephen King, Robert Ludlum, John Grisham, etc., change things up from time to time. Not necessarily to shift away from the things that inspire and drive us as writers, but a change in perspective. As you know, constant reader, this blog focuses mostly on current events and civil rights issues.

Not so say that this will not be part of what you read here. I am now, and have been for a very long time, an ally of the LGBT community and a fierce defender of the civil rights of minorities, women, and the disenfranchised. But I am growing a little weary of all the bad news. All the negativity is seriously causing me a level of melancholy that is, frankly, not healthy for someone who has been diagnosed as clinically depressed and on anti-psychotic meds.

But don’t leave me just yet, my friends. There is plenty of good news out there. There are heartwarming stories of personal triumphs against all odds. There are accounts of big wins in the areas of civil rights that result in new doors being opened. There are plenty of these to go around, and it has occurred not just to me, but to hundreds whom I have spoken to or otherwise communicated with that feel these stories should be shared, that they should be celebrated, that they would be an inspiration to all who are experiencing the hatred, bigotry, and discrimination that is part of the daily lives of so many people.

So, there you have it. I hope this doesn’t sway those of you who read my blog. I trust that if you hang in there, you will be inspired, lifted up, and hopefully end what you have read with a smile on your face and the desire to share the good news you’ve just read with your family and friends.

There is too much hate in this world, and adding fuel to the fire just seems like a counter-productive move. If you still want information, then I recommend “The New Civil Rights Movement,” “The Southern Poverty Law Center,” and “Truthdig.” These are reputable sites that I draw a lot of information from, and their reporting is solid. But for the foreseeable future, this will be the place to come for good news, and articles that are safe to post on your social media.

Until I have time to write again….

– Al

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