The term, “hindsight is 20/20” will forever mean something completely different now that we’ve experienced the year 2020.
What follows is a list of some of the significant things that happened in the year that will live in infamy, 2020.
In Australia, tens of millions of acres burned to the ground at the start of 2020. More than a billion animals dead, hundreds of species required emergency intervention in the Australian Bushfires.
Hong Kong protests turn massive. Organizers say as many as a million people protested in a single event.
When we started the year, Flint Michigan still didn’t have clean water. The Flint water crisis started in 2014. …
This story could have been entitled, “Love in the age of Covid-19: confessions of an asymptomatic hopeless romantic”. And the focus could have been about the struggle lonely people are having these days.
But it’s mostly about Love Stories in inspiring films; otherwise known as “feel-good movies”. Perhaps it’s also intended to get you in the mood for Love in defiance of the pandemic.
Let’s face it. 2020 really knocked the wind out of most people. Dating as a means to meet potential romantic partners screeched to a halt back in March due to the COVID-19 (2019-nCoV) pandemic.
We’ve been told to stay home and shelter in place all year. …
I am merely an observer — an astronaut in a flesh suit designed to survive the harsh environment here on Earth. But not merely to live through the experience, but to interact with every aspect of it — nature and the elements in a wholly visceral way — but no less intellectual than anything else.
I am a lowly wanderer, a forward-leaning time-traveler incrementally edging ever ahead in time crudely measured in solar cycles. An Earth-bound dreamer quenching a thirst for life; tasting the textures and touching the flavors of reality.
Life is something all around us that, despite centuries of advancements in science, and thousands of years of philosophy, we cannot describe even to our own satisfaction. There’s always some doubt as to who and what we are. …
Motu Tane is among the magical islands that surround the incredibly beautiful island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia. With Bora Bora framed in your view just beyond the white sand beach and crystal clear warm water, there’s just no words that can describe the feeling you’ll have here.
Have you ever seen a cabin in the woods that made you wish you could live there? Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and found the most incredible and exotic places you’ve ever seen? Well, you’re not alone. Millions of people seek and share amazing things every day. But most people are too busy to focus on rare and unique real estate opportunities around the world. Most of these exclusive finds can’t be found on Instagram.
There are a rare few people who have the interest and access to these signature properties that are more typically only the purview of the rich and famous. Those “in the know” have know where to look for them. And now you’re one of them! …
The horribly failed two-party system has given us yet another “lesser of two evils” situation — by design. I say “horribly failed” because “we the people” should prevail in a democratic primary, and not the will of corporate interests. But that’s what we got after the last two primaries in both parties. Corporate Centrists who are pro-corporations over people.
By late March 2020, I was already feeling the financial woes of the pandemic. A Shelter-in-Place order was in effect, and small businesses began their inevitable economic decline. Most of my clients were thriving small businesses, non-profits, and independent professionals before the pandemic. They all took a huge hit. Which means, my business did too.
Faced with uncertainty, economic ruin, and 2020’s endless bingo-card disasters, I did what any red-blooded American would do — I drank a lot of alcohol. The next day I didn’t feel that great, so I devised a better plan. I had to rethink my life and do something productive with myself. …
“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty”
— Thomas Jefferson
We’ve tried to peacefully protest. We’ve tried to silently protest. We’ve written letters, voted in elections, donated to causes and politicians; and we’ve boycotted products and services. We’ve created unions and non-profits; organized movements, and did everything humanly possible to eliminate injustice, improve society, save lives, and protect the environment.
And yet things have not been getting significantly better for decades. In fact, almost all of the reasons that have created enough outrage for people to protest about, have become worse today than when we first protested them.
It’s been 65 years since Rosa Parks resisted bus segregation. The reasons she resisted have still not been heard, reasonably addressed, or resolved. Peaceful protesting did not accomplish the goals of her protest because minorities are still dealing with these systemic racial injustices. …
Many have noticed all the good people that are doing amazing things right now. Ordinary people going out of their way to do random acts of kindness. Some of you might have noticed how many employers, landlords, businesses, and organizations are pitching in and doing the right thing… offering free services, donating money, goods, services, and food to those in need. Musicians, content creators, and artists sharing their talents with the world for free. Neighbors coming together to help each other, people pitching in to help the elderly in need, the public recognizing that the real essential people are store clerks, delivery drivers, medical professionals, emergency service professionals, and all manner of regular people doing their jobs to serve others. People sharing their thanks for all the people they used to take for granted. …
We are at a historic crossroads in the United States, and indeed the world is watching to see what we’re going to do next. Everyone is looking for us to make the right choice for the future of the human race.
In addition to the current COVID-19 pandemic, here are the two most critical issues facing the world today.