Vol. 15  No. 26
DECEMBER 28, 2020
Our Stories
Columns & Features
by Heidi M. Pascual
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers
Editor's Corner
by Jonathan Gramling      
Rays of Hope
I’m not sure when people will be reading this with the big snowstorm and a possible printing delay rooming
due to my own Holiday Blues. The end of the year is always demanding on top of the usual family and other
celebrations that take place. As a non-profit accountant, I have budgeting and agency close-out and a lot of
other tasks to take care of on top of the challenges that COVID-19 poses.
The Naked
by Jamala Rogers

Creativity is also an important quality of optimists, although it is not totally owned optimists for I have looked at the work of some artists and have thought, ‘They are
really depressed and despondent,’ although their craft was truly splendid and absorbing.

But creativity leads to solutions for the creative person sees outside of the box. They can imagine solutions where nothing else exists. They can imagine a city like Las
Vegas where only a desert exists.

And so in this COVID-19 pandemic era, we must remain creative and optimistic. We do have a future where we will be able to see each other again in person, lots of
us together in person. While there are so many features of our lives right now, even in this pandemic, that make life worth living — the true acts of kindness and
giving that happen every hour of every day and the rediscovery of people near and dear — just think about how much our lives will be enhanced once we are free of
these pandemic chains that bind us to our dwellings. Just think about the thrill that those moments will have for each and every one of us.

I must admit at age 68 that there were parts of my life that I took for granted, whether it was family gatherings most holidays or events like Juneteenth, La Fete de
Marquette or Africa Fest. These things happened year after year after year so that I could almost sleep walk through them. And even though you may be at them, you
don’t fully appreciate them. It’s kind of like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ where you don’t appreciate what you have until you experience your life without them.

And what is important is that we remember that each and every one of our lives are important. Without our presence in the universe, the universe would be forever
altered. We all mean something to someone and play an important role in someone’s life. .--
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But I am a glass half full kind of person. I might even say that a glass ¼ full is darn near close to full. I try to always be optimistic and
encouraging no matter what the outlook. I always try to be optimistic and hopeful because creative solutions demand that we remain hopeful
and optimistic. Otherwise, why bother to try to find the solution? Every problem has a solution. Sometimes it just matters if we are willing to
pay the price to make the solution happen..