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Janet Vincenti

August 2021 update: Not that I think this year has been any better than the last, and globally the challenges continue to push humanity to the brink, but somehow we've no choice but to roll with it the best we can, individually making sure we aren't any part of the problem. I thought it was too sad to face the more difficult stories, because of the dreadful 2020 year of the beginning of the global pandemic and all it's sickness and death, so I began "publishing" my writings that had more of a humorous tone. What I've realized since then is that no matter how individually we try to live our best lives, it doesn't work that way. There are unexpected and tragic times sprinkled inbetween the few normal moments we can grasp again, even if only for a minute here and there, and there are stories that should be shared at all costs because in all the tragedies we find the light that leads us back to our best selves, abeit the obvious changes in our spirit. We are our own light and the master of our own spirit. I believe the daily nourishment required to sustain life includes lessons learned. Sometimes the lessons become stories. Those are the stories I hope to share. To touch the spirit of another via commonalities between perfect stangers, is just one of life's emotional blessings. Sometimes it can be good medicine. So all my stories going forward (after "All The Lovely Creatures" chapters) will be dedicated to the one person in my life that has always been my mentor, my biggest fan, and my most loyal supporter. My BFF/Sister-in-Law, Donna Vincenti has been that creative light along my path. Thanks, sis, for never giving up on my writing projects. Here's to that light making its way onto the positive paths of others...

2021 entry: Sometimes it is impossible to continue the creative flow when unexpected (and sad) news about someone you love hits home, hits hard, and hits fast. I know that life giveth and life taketh away, that is just how things are, but it can be a crushing emotional disaster for all involved and this isn't my first rodeo either. I'm unsure of when I'll be able to post new stories. This hurdle is one of many in my life that is taking an extraordinary toll, but hoping that life experiences continue to teach me things I can share with others through heartfelt stories that allows for others to understand that as humans we share so many similarities when it comes to love, friendship, family, our dreams, or failures, our fears or our sense of humor... just so many commonalities. More similarities than differences, I'm sure.

With a heavy heart I now put those stories aside so that I can fully grasp the challenges and struggles present in my life right now because the love that drives those emotions deserves everything I've got in me. One day soon, I hope I can get back into the groove of storytelling, which for me is the air of life itself, and there are so many stories that deserve to be told. I've just had to muster the guts to write them and have to be exactly where I need to be to do so because they are deep and impactual. If anyone is reading this and is spiritual, please say a prayer for all those that have suffered this past year. There are many for so many different reasons. This is about a health crisis of a loved one. We all could use a little more understanding, kindness, and love too.

2020 entry: Retired hairdreser, Registered Nurse, Nurse Paralegal, musician, and lifelong creative writer with various new projects in the works. A colorful life, which included five US states, I can't think of a better time to share experiences through stories and photographs taken along the way.

Thanks to the time retirement and nenewed health has now provided me (I have MS), coupled with the oxymoron of all the sad historic challenges of 2020 (most seriously the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, and unprecidented damaging US events caused by climate change) (and all the other 100+ record breaking insanity this past year), this has resulted in a sort of forced introspection. The old saying of "what doesn't break you makes you stronger," couldn't feel more timely. We all now find ourselves emotionally treading water and figuring out how it is we will rise out of the deepening water line to feel dry ground again.

The power of words are important during these times, and the sharing with others a necessary human element to help one another through unimaginable difficulties. Relatability feels virtuous and medicinal. It is the much needed compassion and unification necessary for us to get to the other side of this present raging river called life. Perseverance and will are necessities. This has been a historic year in an unbalanced and scary way. Nobody was prepared for it. I believe that there is much work to be done to upright the listing ship upon which we currently float, leaving many feeling directionless, or hopeless, and that we will, once again, reach the promised land once looked upon by all as the safe (and free) Americas.

This is the time for truth over fiction and conspiracies, for love over hate, for unification over division, for life over death (please wear a mask!), for healing over suffering, for promise over poverty, for fairness and equal opportunity for all, and for leadership that works for it's taxpaying people. This is our house, our world, our democracy. Let's make the necesary changes to keep it that way; each of us have the power to contribute to a better life for all. If somebody is uncapable of doing so, that's alright, those of us who can... well, "we got you."

Sharing the power of words are akin to powerful medicine, spiritual emotion that evokes thought... and change. More powerful than that, is prayer. We can do this.

Unlike most social media sites, HubPages is a monitiored site for writer's and readers, with submissions reviewed prior to publishing, and is why I chose this as the forum for which to make a difference, to contribute. It is a refreshing example of a creative format that has proven itself a real contender among so many other mediums which have not resulted in the level of positivity and change this site has. My personal goal as an author is to share the best of what I've got within my own creative ability... and that someone else's life is inspired because of that. Had it not been for the mentors and inspiration I've had along my own journey, I'd still be on that listing ship.