I am portfolio hopping this afternoon. I am visiting all of those I fan'd. There are so many wonderful ports and some give me ideas how to rework mine. I had the bright idea to put my items in alphabetical order last month. I see except for the N and P that are in reversed order, the rest of yours are in alphabetical. Your cover art is unique. I had not been exposed to much poetry. I can see this will be a great place to read some. Hope you have a great upcoming weekend. We're halfway there!
I listened to a writing.com story on my way to work this morning. How, you ask? I had Siri read it to me. She's not exactly a brilliant voice actor, but if I can read while out and about, it's worth it.
To do it on an iPhone, do this:
1. Open Settings.
2. Choose Accessibility.
3. Choose Spoken Content.
4. Turn on Speak Screen.
5. Go to a web browser and pull up the story you want read.
6. Swipe down from the top of the screen with two fingers.
I never realized how much American political stuff there was on the WDC newsfeed until today. It's been great reading as research for my novel, which features a Republican elected official as one of its two protagonists.
I'm also amazed at the fear expressed with regard to "liberals" not respecting and wanting to make changes to the U.S. Constitution. The changes many seem to fear most seem to relate to the Bill of Rights. I find the whole thing a little amusing because the Bill of Rights is, quite literally, a change to the Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution allows for changes to itself. That was perhaps the most brilliant aspect of the founding fathers' work--their humility in acknowledging the imperfections and lack of foresight inherent in any human endeavor. If they didn't consider their own work sacrosanct, why should we? Why does it come across as weakening America to be in favor of doing something that the founding fathers of our nation seemed to readily acknowledge would be necessary. Laws, nations, and institutions must change or they will not endure. Actually, they are likely enough not to endure even if they do manage to change, though changes can probably add a bit of longevity. :)
It baffles me that people who genuinely seem to love what America is about are horrified by the thought of doing something that Americans have been doing for 200 years--changing the Constitution.
Watching the different news networks of late has been an enlightening experience as well. Flip to Fox News, and you get fears of the southern border being overrun. You get fears of critical race theory. Flip to CNN and you get fears that no one will have confidence in elections any longer. Fears that there will be attempted coups. These fears are quite literally rolling across the bottom of the screen on both networks nearly all the time.
Perhaps that's our real problem. That there is more fear than hope. More selfishness than selflessness. Luckily, that's an incredibly easy problem to solve. All we have to do is stop tuning into messages of fear and start tuning in to messages of hope. To consider the feelings of others over our own. I have faith that good things will happen the more we are able to do so.
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