Good News Edition – January 6, 2018


Who knew that after the atrocity that was 2016, 2017 could get more stressful and more bananas? But, 2017 surpassed all expectations of chaos and calamity. We were barraged on a daily basis by unbelievable headlines and tweets. Our eyes were opened to all manner of corruption and injustice. And many of us found ourselves flailing for any kind of purchase on reality.

Still … as the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger; and we have definitely become stronger.

For every heinous act perpetrated by this so-called administration, heroes and heroines have arisen from every walk of life to do battle and – often – emerge victorious. The judicial branch of our government remains a a bastion of the truth and of liberty and justice for all. Journalism has seen a renaissance that was unexpected but sorely needed. And everyday people like you and me have joined ranks to stand up against tyranny, fascism, bigotry, and autocracy. We are finding our voices and learning to use them. We are reengaging with the political process, and that endeavor is bringing us closer to our neighbors and our communities and to like-minded people all around the world.

Yes, 2017 was a bumpy ride, to say the least; but it was also a much-needed awakening. And now, as we step into the New Year, it’s time to sharpen our resolve and get down to the hard-but-worthwhile work of fixing this democracy. The midterm elections are nearly upon us, and we need to be fierce and furious in our commitment to making sure every person gets a vote and every vote is counted.

In other words – buckle up, Buttercup. Things are just getting interesting.

In the meantime, we need to remember to take a moment when we can to acknowledge all the Good Things that are happening in the world – here at home and abroad.

Happy New Year!

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In local good news:

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Planet Earth:

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There’s also some good news on the elections front.

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And here’s what’s happening on the social, civil, and economic equality and justice front: 

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We’re also hearing some promising news on the Russia investigation front:

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And in miscellaneous, fun, and slightly snarky good news:

 

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* Hat tip to What Went Right (WWR)
Hat tip to Jen Hofmann 

§ Hat tip to Small Victories

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Photo Credits:

“Mass State House Dome”: Photo Credit: twiga_swala Flickr via Compfight cc“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“Planet Earth”: From Morguefile
“I Voted”: standing8 Flickr via Compfight cc
“Blind Justice”: Government of Prince Edward Island Flickr via Compfight cc
“Russia Sickle”: AK Rockefeller Flickr via Compfight cc
“Snark Kitty”: Gratisography
“Cardinal”: Photo Credit: Chad Horwedel Flickr via Compfight cc