My third winter in the Lehigh Valley, Pa area. This is the time for her creatures to rest and rejuvenate. The circle of life / death completing and re-starting. The beauty of a white blanket covering imperfections made by her creatures (humans).

A cemetary is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places during a snowfall. Even one that borders a major road is quiet at night. The reminders of those laid to rest, almost covered in warmth and safety. At night, their spirits, almost visible in the white light of nature's warm embrace.

In contrast, the almost unnatural piles of snow created by our machines and other devices. The mechanical sounds of scraping to clear our roads. The varied, almost harmonious, scrape and occasional thud of a person clearing the unnatural walkways. A neccessary process to keep some of her creatures safe. A species she created to guard, protect and care for all of her other children.
 
Looking closely at both, the natural and created, the beauty can be missed. Like clouds, stepping back, we can see shapes form. The beauty of both is then realized and appreciated. The night is where you can truly see it. When the machines have slowed or stopped, the silence like a constant noise. Go out, take a short walk, look around. The combination of where the blanket is and is not forms a painting no human could duplicate. The chaotic storm and removal leaves us with a peace that is hard to equal.
 
 
"If you truly want to end racism and prejudice. Join 2013 and stop giving people reasons to think that way." - Michael Phoenix

I do not see skin color or base any personal / professional choices base on it. I know a few people, from another race, who constantly bring it up. When they do, it pisses me off. I know they are from a different race, I honestly do not give a shit. Thank you for thinking I am stupid by bringing this up. Congratulations on proving you are. And doing your best to turn me into a racist. Keep trying, not going to happen.

One even mentioned how a bar is not friendly to their race. I go to the bar, on occasion. As a journalist, I will be going to that bar again. When I do, I will make the owners aware of this complaint. I will also take note of their response. If I feel this is a serious problem, I will do an article on it. Here is what I thought weird. The person knows I am an indie journalist. When I mentioned about the bar, they did not ask me to look into the problem. The response was: they do not go there because of the alleged problem. It does not happen at the bar they go to. I am curious why this person did not try a different approach with me. Maybe ask me to do an article or at least check it out? There are subjects I will gladly do this for.

We live in a country and world where it is easier to end this than ever before.

There are great people, from every race, in the history books. The greatest ones are often not mentioned in those books. The United States of America was built by by people of all races and religions: Black, Hispanic, Italian, German, White, Christian, Pagan, Hindu, are on the long list. The people who truly built the country, names are listed where? The ones who died working on the railways. The farmers who fed the country on plantations. The Native Americans who welcomed and helped the settlers. Factory workers who were almost not human with the hours and work. Different races and beliefs with something in common: A better life and belief in the future.

I am an author and journalist. I do my best to see things with eyes wide open. I also know when to close my eyes and see life without looking. Here is one song everyone needs to hear and listen to: Living in a World by Janet Jackson. Especially the very end. Another music suggestion: Lives in the Balance by Jackson Browne.

It's time we moved beyond doing everything possible to separate the human race. Move forward, do your best for other people and yourself. Screw the outdated concepts like racism and prejudice. I live in 2013, not 1813.
 
 
Due to having to price it so high, I am going through another re-format for A Dream in the Night. I call this hell for writing because it can be the most frustrating part of the whole process.
 
 
One reason these still exist is because without them, people would have one less thing to bitch and cry about. For some people, it is the only way they can draw attention to themselves.

After a recent conversation with someone who informed me a local was not friendly to certain categories of people.
 
 
I seriously have to laugh at this one. Apparently, the Lehigh Valley Pa areas has a lot of writers. I was told most of them are very good. I recently had a conversation with someone about this. I gave her several suggestions and even offered to have a class / lecture. I am not an expert by a long shot. I am always learning from experience.

I told her, unlike the arts and music scene, there is no place for people to go other than open mic nights. With the exception of one or two coffee shops, there are no weekly or bi-weekly open mics. There are no places for people to hear the writers. Unlike local bands who do shows regularly. Art galleries where people can see local artists every day. Another question I had was how many have published? By published, I explained can they be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. Self-publish if they choose. She said they have to organize. I agree to a point. Organizing will not bring people's attention to them. I informed her, on the author side, I go beyond the Lehigh Valley. From experience, with one exception, the local media has no interest in self-published authors. 

The last, consistent, event for writers was Word Wednesday, last year. Word Wednesday did draw a crowd. I found one or two great writers / poets there.

Here is what some people on the writing scene do not realize. The bands, artists, art galleries bust their asses on self-promotion. How many local writers do the same thing? Believe me, you can do it for free, easily.

Another thing certain people do not realize is they screwed themselves to a point. Even if it's only sharing and retweets, I promote other authors, musicians, artists, galleries, etc. Last year, I did seriously consider trying to help get the local writing scene on the map. I also realized this is a fairly closed clique. I also realized that people who organize events for writers are not serious about helping them. Otherwise, they would welcome all assistance with open arms.

Oh, the response to my suggestion about having a class / lecture? I was told to contact other people. When event organizers realize they do need help and acknowledge everyone on some level, I will do everything I can to support the local writing scene. Until that point: music, art, authors, businesses, events, my projects are top priority.
 
 
I am starting to seriously focus on the writing, both sides. Trying to get caught up tonight from the past 2 days.
 
 
Food and sleep have officially made the bottom of my list.
 
 
One step closer to having the life completely organized: Hubpages done! After I finished Facebook and my laptop, I realized I need to look at every part of my life. I really needed to look at certain websites and figure out how to organize and improve. This site is next followed b
 
 
I agree with all the talk about stronger gun control and laws. No one is addressing the main problem: Get the guns off the street. It's easy to attack the simple solution to a problem. If someone can not buy a gun in a store / shop, get one illegally.
 
 
I am, finally, getting my entire life organized and slightly simplified. First up was Facebook. Laptop was knocked out next. Working on Pintrest right now. Next: Hubpages. I did not realize how chaotic I let things get last year.