My first blog was in August 2014: DOES ANYONE HAVE BONO’S CELL NUMBER? Unfortunately, no one did, so I “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.
My first year of blogging, I did so weekly and Blog #52 offered a Top 10 retrospective of that year: BLOGGING FOR JUSTICE OVER A YEAR’S WORTH OF SEEKING.
Looking back on the last three years of monthly blogging, there have been many renewed calls for justice and sorrowful farewells to warriors who have left us.
Reviewing my last 36 blogs, I’ll limit this anniversary reflection to my ToP 5.
#5 HAPPENING HERE? – January 2017: Comparing Trump’s inauguration to my alternative history, envisioning the inaugural speech that President Robert F. Kennedy could have delivered in January 1969.
#4 WAIT, WAIT… DON’T TELL ME… REDLINING LIVES? – February 2018: Anticipating that all Trump financial regulators will be “bluffing” when it comes to enforcing the Community Reinvestment Act [CRA] and that building local economies and encouraging racial and economic diversity will be regarded by Trump as “Not My Job!”
#3 MAKING PEACE…RESPECTING DIVERSITY – March 2017: Remembering my June 1996 visit to Belfast as a member of a delegation convened by Senator George Mitchell, who noted: “When I first came here, people on both sides of what is ironically called the peace line told me, without any rehearsal, exactly the same thing – that there was direct correlation between the level of violence and unemployment.”
#2 HEEDING A WARNING TO HUMANITY – October 2017: Observations from my tour of Auschwitz in Poland as a place forever to be “a cry of despair and a warning to humanity.”
For those who know me, I’m sure you beginning to guess that there was a life-time moment for me on November 2, 2016 that is the #1 blog: GOING ALL THE WAY… CUBS WIN!! CUBS WIN!!
It’s still unclear how the Cubs will fare this Fall. I’m rooting for a Cubs / Red Sox World Series. Our political landscape remains hazy. Perhaps, a blue wave will reclaim the House & Senate. Chicago faces a Mayoral Election next year for its very soul and future opportunities for all.
As I pledge to keep blogging in the months ahead, it’s only appropriate to add another song from Bruce to the U2Cando playlist. I look forward to meeting you in a land of hope and dreams. U2Cando!
Well, I will provide for you
And I’ll stand by your side
You’ll need a good companion now
For this part of the ride
Leave behind your sorrows
Let this day be the last
Tomorrow there’ll be sunshine
And all this darkness past
Big wheels roll through fields
Where sunlight streams
Oh meet me in a land of hope and dreams
— Bruce Springsteen