Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1

I'm revamping 30 Days Until Done so that it is about writing politically in an absolutely effective way. We're going to effect change on the other side. It's not impossible, but it requires focus. Watch the video to get started. I'll be checking and commenting here on most mornings.

Please forward this blog post to anyone you think might be interested in taking part in this.
--John



13 comments:

  1. I'm struggling to write anything at all.

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    1. I have been too. It's been overwhelming, but I want to use this to get beyond my sadness over the way the world has changed. You have an extraordinary vision and writing style. We need your voice now!

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  2. thanks so much. I'm going to use my blog "magically real" to write about 18th Century literary texts. I'm going to revisit my position on gun control, because it seems to be so crucial to alot of people. My priorities are religious freedom, civil rights for lbtq+ folks, sanctuary for undocumented workers, in particular DECA students and alums, and the local ecosystem. I'll try to winnow those down a bit more, but that's about as tight as I can make it.

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    1. With all that's going on, it's difficult to know what to defend! I'm going with the eco writing because I know I can do it and it's so important. I'll be in there for other progressive causes too.

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  3. I will focus mostly on clean energy and specifically battery operated transportation by concentrating on global warming environmentally and transfer from fossil fuel and coal, more than the wind and solar ideas. I wish to follow and see the changes we can make happen. My idea is to write poetry and essays which can prompt the specifics of air pollution.

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    1. That's great. I love the focus of this.

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    2. Wild Denial

      Believing is the key
      to end controversy
      and contemplate the hate
      we see in the other side’s conviction
      with their chief beliefs contradiction
      The right fights for relief while the left is
      left to be right in their grief
      On the one hand we stand
      to see the difference between the two
      and on the other hand we understand
      the interest in the truth
      One side decides what we want
      as the other side resides in a unified front
      The agenda recommends wasting the earth
      And takes offense to the defense defacing our worth
      The pollution solution proves correct as the illusion
      Of confusion moves to neglect
      We both loathe self destruction
      We both know wealth has dysfunction
      We both know greed breeds corruption
      As we read in the tea leaves the instruction
      Grieving our species real reduction
      As destiny and fate invests in
      rescuing before it’s too late arresting the rest of
      those who think erasing the best of the human race
      There is nothing redeeming in arguing
      while we dream and start the bargaining
      To be alive as we survive beginning to give
      back to the planet with the means to live

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    3. I love this Daryl and you're ahead of me!

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  4. John, I REALLY like what you’re doing here. Writers are the beginning—no doubt—always.

    I want to participate, but I have never been an advocate. I have my opinions of course and I do follow local, national/world news. I am a liberal and I support liberal causes, but I have always been reluctant to man the barricades as it were. Raising four kids on a blue-collar wage is a battle in itself.

    But this I like, and I agree with the premise one hundred percent: An organized argument, rather than judgmental/biased reportage, or worse hostile satire, the kind we see so much of now.

    So okay maybe I can do this. One singular issue that seems dire to me is employment. How will people “earn” a living in the robotic future/now? Uber has plans in the near future, as well as most common carriers, to use driverless vehicles, resulting in sixty million drivers out of work, and that’s just one story. I work at a newspaper. Do the math.

    My oldest is graduating from Portland State’s engineering program this year, but my other three are workers. What is their future?

    There is a lot to explore and propose…I suppose. People freaked out about Bernie Sanders but the answer needs to be fleshed out.

    Okay I’m in.

    Sean Reynolds

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    1. I'm so glad Sean! I think you have a voice and perspective that's vital to what we need in the US.

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  5. Wild Denial

    Believing is the key
    to end controversy
    and contemplate the hate
    we see in the other side’s conviction
    with their chief beliefs contradiction
    The right fights for relief while the left is
    left to be right in their grief
    On the one hand we stand
    to see the difference between the two
    and on the other hand we understand
    the interest in the truth
    One side decides what we want
    as the other side resides in a unified front
    The agenda recommends wasting the earth
    And takes offense to the defense defacing our worth
    The pollution solution proves correct as the illusion
    Of confusion moves to neglect
    We both loathe self destruction
    We both know wealth has dysfunction
    We both know greed breeds corruption
    As we read in the tea leaves the instruction
    Grieving our species real reduction
    Destiny and fate invests in
    rescuing before it’s too late and yes
    There is nothing redeeming in arguing
    while we dream and start the bargaining
    To be alive as we survive beginning to give
    back to the planet with the means to live

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  6. I guess a topic that has been hampering at me for a while would be in regards to early childhood. It would be logical for our country to have accesses of equality, to high quality early childhood-education programs for children ages 3-4. Nonetheless, our country falls behind by far in this matter. Yes, there are programs available for lower class, nonetheless many individuals who are sliding on the outer rim of the middle class may not qualify. Meaning that they would have to pay for their children’s early education, meaning that they might opt out in such an expense. It is rather conflicting, and hits a home run to my heart. Yet, I have never written from a political stance, and would not know from where to start.

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