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    • #6354
      David the Gnome
      • Total Posts: 3,527

      Couple days early – and a few too late for Christmas.  I meant to write a Christmas post that would make Tiny Tim walk and Scrooge bawl his eyes out – but posting issues.  Finally figured out I wasnt supposed to use bad words.

      A lot has happened in the last year, much of it “unpleasant”, but there are other things.  Things to make you smile, to take pride in, to give some relief.

      Some times, we just have to search for them.  Watching the kids play on Christmas, good food, crappy television shared with family.  Music, football, heck, gnome wrestling.  We all have our own reasons to keep trying.

      Yet, some of them we truly share.  The will to make the world a better place.  The struggle for the common good.  An awakening, throughout America and much of the world.  The new revolution in thinking and in spirit is not limited to one people or one Nation – but is growing like wildfire all over the world.

      A consensus.  An acknowledgement of our shared humanity and vulnerability – and the strength we find in each other.  No one, citizen, Country, “human being”, makes it alone.  By our very nature we rely on each other.

      Yes, the masters of the world are foul and corrupt – but left or right, I see people everywhere who are growing as human beings.  Dare I say it?  Emotionally evolving.

      I believe what we are experiencing now is the darkness before the light.  Hints of that have been seen in Mexico, in France, in Britain, even here.  Sanders, Corbyn, AMLO and AOC.  Our leaders – those we prefer, anyhow, are better people than they were in years past.  That, or we have begun to be able to recognize the qualities that make good leaders.

      2019… a new year.  There is reason to despair, if we so choose – but also reason to hope.  Reason to hold fast to faith in humanity.  Nothing remains stagnant forever, no kind of darkness or pain is forever.  Always, in the grand scheme of things, our humanity – our will and compassion – they push us always forward.

      Dont let the news of the day rob you of smiles or laughter.  Dont let the government shutdown shut you down.  I know that’s easy to say – but I say it as someone who has often been poor and at times, hungry.

      Look around you.  To your friends, your neighbors, your family – even your enemies.  Forward… together.  A better, kinder, more enlightened age draws ever closer.  All we need is the will – the hope and faith to make it so.

      WE will make the world a better place.  Us.  Regular people all over the world.  So, in the spirit of the new year…

      Happy new year to you all! May this be the year that our hopes and dreams of a better world become realized.  May you find the wind at your back, sunshine on your face – and your heart filled with laughter.

      Forward.  Together.  In this year in the next, or in any year to come – we continue to grow.  The greatness of humanity has not yet begun to be realized – but it will be.  No other alternative – even obliteration – can destroy all we have known and loved.  Energy cannot be destroyed.  Neither can hope, unless we allow it to be.

      Hold on… that brighter day is coming.  It might even be today.


      Affection and respect for all,


      JPR’s crazy gnome,



    • #6373
      Ohio Barbarian
      • Total Posts: 24,983

      “Forward together,” or was it Onward Together?, was the campaign slogan of a certain Vichy Democrat whose disastrous policies and stupid campaign brought us the monster-child in the White House now. We cannot move forward together with those people.

      The rest of us, together, can run over them. Here’s some spirit of Genghis Khan to help us along. From the Mongolian People’s Party, the Hu Band:

      Never let your morals stop you from doing the right thing.--Isaac Asimov

      The United States is also a one-party state but, with typical American extravagance, they have two of them.--Julius Nyerere

    • #6376
      David the Gnome
      • Total Posts: 3,527

      Just because some assholes once used it as a campaign slogan, doesnt mean we cant use it to go all Temujin on em.  He was a a bad mother butterer BEFORE he became the Khan.

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    • #6382
      David the Gnome
      • Total Posts: 3,527

      I used a bad word and it posted!  Fahking cool.  I bet this is all Deadpools fault.  Taking the whole super hero thing too seriously, trying to make us all stop cussing.  Well, score 1 point for the nasty little gnome!

    • #6393
      HalfCentury Man
      • Total Posts: 862

      To missquote an old song “If our good fortune never comes; here’s to whatever comes. L’Chaim”

      Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

      John F. Kennedy: 13 March 1962.

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      Cold Mountain Trail
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