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A Year That Will Live in Infamy – 2017!

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Thank you for your patronage of NoHo Arts District's online magazine.  As NoHo hits its stride once again, I am honored to be a voice from the community.   Thank you for reading the stories and  reviews brought to you for our community and ask that you indulge me as I’d like to wrap up the year from my perspective and from my heart.

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A Year That Will Live in Infamy – 2017!

Well, 2017 began an era of bellowing cries of discourse that resonated through industries, businesses, schools, places of worship, homes, families and out onto our streets.  We as Americans had felt that America is immune from blatant acceptance of bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, religious persecution and hate because we are a nation overflowing with “good” people. 

However, for me, 2017 has been like ripping duct tape from my eyes.  I thought the excruciating pain of tearing duct tape off my eyeballs was more than one could possibly take.  Imagine my horror as, blinking, grimacing, I regained my sight to bear witness to the ugly truths of my America.  I believed that smarter people than I had the best interest of the commonwealth at heart and would show themselves.  I waited for swift unwavering consequences to be doled out equally over transgressions brought to public attention.    

I was wrong.  So rather than trying to find blame or get on my soapbox and throw shame, I instead found the silver linings? 

What silver lining you say?  It doesn’t require much to see the silver lining, look around.  Do you see it now?  That’s right!  The Ostrich fever has broken and we are engaged; children, parents, mothers, fathers, neighbors, it’s pouring out and into the streets.  We're engaged, we have opinions on current events, or to use a more current term, we are “Woke.”  This is a good thing.  This is the silver lining.

Our differences are out in the open.  Now we have only to seek through democratic processes egalitarian solutions.  We can employ a platonic spirit. We can argue without quarreling, quarrel without suspecting and suspect without slander.  We can listen and hear, look and see, absorb and understand ideas and ideals outside of our own.  You know why? Because Woke is the silver lining!  And where there’s Woke, there’s hope.

Here is hoping you have a Happy Woke New Year!

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