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SAVING PEN | Authors Helping Others

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By Dale Szewczyk

AN IDEA:

As many of you know from my posts on FB (yeah I post a lot), I plan on taking select titles of my stories and donating the money for the purchases to specific causes.

So far, two titles which I am hoping to be some of my best works will be selected. NATIVES, a three-season serial that is a fantasy-steampunk-alternate history about what if the Native Americans won the Indian Wars against the USA. I plan on donating the money to causes that help out families on the reservations and help break alcohol abuse. Two things that continue to grow on the Rez (more on this story later).

And there’s HEARTBEAT. A story about a black elderly woman with dementia who’s found on the street when a rich stranger finds her talking to herself. This mysterious man puts her in a very nice and expensive hospice. She from time to time remembers who she was before, and writes the brief bouts of memory like a novel. As it turns out, she was a famous literary writer, who lived a very painful life in her youth. One point when she was a teen, she had an abortion. Then a few years later, was about to have two more when she’s raped and becomes pregnant from it. She decides not to abort, but the twin daughters lead two completely different lives. One is an example for the pro-life movement, the other an example for the pro-choice.

This is the heart of the story that drives this woman to not only become strong, but to inspire the world through her writing.

Okay, that one, the money will go to three organizations, one of which to the niece of the late MLK Jr. And then to Claire Culwell who is an abortion survivor, and then to Sydna Masse who had an abortion in her youth, and went through hell until finding healing. She now has a ministry that helps post-abortive women heal.

So, there are two things I plan to do, but there’s one more, and this one is the hard one. I am outlining a story called, ONE MORE TIME, it’s a story that is much like the Ferguson shooting, only I cover both sides of the issue. I show the worst and the best of both sides, and bring the very good together in an effort to fight racism. More on that soon. But, I want to take those proceeds and donate to an organization that helps those living on the streets who are lucky to eat. The problem is that so many con-people out there want to take advantage. I need to find something that actually can get the food and other products to these starving people without jackals coming in and taking it.

I am not sure how to do this one, so any suggestions would be awesome.

While I’m very opinionated, to the point that I have lost friends, I actually care about people. And I do want to put my money where my mouth is, even though I am barely getting by. I don’t do it to be Politically Correct (PC), I don’t do it because the Obama Admin told me so, and threatened to paddle my bottom red if I didn’t. I am choosing to do this on my own because I WANT TO!!!

There are people in this world who will move the planet if only they had the ground to stand on. And I am seeking that ground as I build the hands to lift the world.

So, regardless of what you think of me, if you can help me with this quest, I’d really appreciate it. Because there’s no reason all social justice warriors can’t come together for the common good.

God bless, and peace!

P.S.

I will be adding to the list of those I help as I write more stories. This is only the beginning…

 

TIME TO BECOME AN EQUALIST | Fight the Hate by Living Your Walk

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By Dale Szewczyk

In case you caught what I just said in my title, I created a word. And it is a good word. A wonderful word that atheists and Christians, Liberals and Conservatives can get behind. I see many liberals thinking they are all for equal rights, well, some of them are. Not very many. You see, being an equalist has nothing to do with a political party. Anyone can be one. I am so much an equalist that I am pro-life! I am pro-baby and pro-woman. I am also a believer in that the constitution supports gay rights. And no, I am not an agent for the *cue spooky thriller-like music* Gay Agenda Agency. Aside from chasing homophobes around my workplace (with my arms open for a hug) on occasion, I am straight, I am a Christian who does believe what the Bible says. I am also an American who can read the Constitution. I got skillz, yo.

The thing is, you can be a real Christian and respect the choices of others. You can say, “while my faith condemns gay marriage, it’s America, and you have the right to live how you choose so long as it does not hurt or kill anyone (hence why even an atheist can be pro-life, like this post-abortive young lady who is my hero).” You can believe that women can have jobs, can be bosses, can make just as much as the man, can lead a country. We are not the old Jewish culture of Moses’ day, we’re Gentiles.

Gays are no different than straights, for the most part. They can’t help their attraction any more than you can help yours. What they do with that attraction is their free choice, just as falling into straight lust is our choice. Just as not accepting Jesus is a choice. We have what is called limited free will. We have the right to choose our lifestyles. Unless it takes the life of another (and when that act is legal, that is called eugenics). Two men who are married are not hurting anyone, and, in fact, are often times much kinder than those who play politics and wish to take their rights away.

Now that I have ticked everyone off, I am not done. Hehe.
Christians have many denominations and many different ideas among those denominations. I prefer to keep it simple and to the point of the original message. But there is a growing number that hate others. Like this guy. Who by-the-way should either join Westboro or the KKK. Both groups think that they’re Christian. I won’t go into detail the context of love in the Bible (I do so many times on my FB profile, and at some point I will write about love from the Christian point of view). The point is this, if you are for equality, you need to support the freedom of choice so long as it does not hurt another person. That being said…

…both the gays and the Christians need to stop attacking each other. So a bakery won’t bake a cake for a gay couple that is going to get married. Go to a bakery that will bake the cake. Vote with your dollar, don’t make a scene on the news and drive some Christian, elderly couple out of business. That does not make you an equalist, that makes you an oppressor. A bully. Same is said for the reverse. Lets say you’re a gay couple, you have your own bakery and you refuse to bake cakes for straight couples, totally your call as a business. I mean either side could bake the cake and give the customer the tools to design the words, and the decorations, and let them make it their way. But what-ev.

Personally as a writer I will write about gay characters who are bullied by the church who give their lives to their the Lord. Again ticking off both camps. People make a religion out of their pious opinions, and I am that guy checking all sides with a love tap upside the noggin’.

As a Christian, I know the world will take issue with me, but I want it to be for the right reasons, the reasons that are found in the Bible, not because I’m a jerk. I can be a jerk at times, and I hate that. I do. But I am also an equalist. I believe in love. I believe that no matter your color, sexuality, gender, faith or lack thereof, you have rights same as me. I believe you can live your life how you choose, so long as you don’t hurt or kill anyone.

Do I believe in Christ Jesus? Yes. Do I believe He is coming soon? You betcha! Do I believe that without accepting Christ and following Him we’re doomed? Absolutely!!!! Do I believe in bullying others to make converts (I shouldn’t even have to answer this) HECK NO!!!!

Some of the worst bullies are those who have been bullied, I know of such person, he started on me at a very early age (two-years-old, one of my earliest memories, and he still bullies).

I am opinionated. I am vocal. I am not one to fit into your box, I set fire to your box and play a fiddle (not very well, I never learned how to play). But I love you. Not like that, I am happily taken by a gorgeous woman, so stop blushing. I mean I love you as Christ loves you. Meaning that if you were hurting in some way, I’d try to do my best to help you. I want you to succeed in life, I want you to be a part of my family, but I know you have the right to choose your life.

I am walking this topic, who will join me? Who will put action to their words? Who will lead by example? Who here can say more by loving acts, than condemning words?

A challenge to everyone of every faith or belief system. Lets change the world a little by living up to our ideas of who we are.

God bless! And group hug! Assuming you’re a hugger. And hugs are open to all sides.

STARING INTO THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST WHY I LOVE HISTORY

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By Flint Macwood

As I write the beats for my upcoming novella, REFUGE, which takes place during the American Civil War, a racial calamity is transpiring in our very generation at this very moment.

I am sure most of you have heard the events going on in Ferguson, Missouri. It is beyond tragic although I say that from a different point of view.

CNN reported the case as officer Darren Wilson gunning down a black teenager. Almost right off the bat every one jumped on the white verses black train. Not caring one bit WHY Michael Brown was shot dead. Because what we read in the news is not always true, and no matter how much truth is in a headline the event will always hold more perspective than the snippets we read about.

Regardless of which person here you back, we must not back either based on race, for THAT is racist. No matter where we stand, we must stand on love, justice and the facts. Anyways I won’t get into my soap box like I did on Facebook. But my point is, as far as we have come as a nation and in equality, we are digressing in other ways.

One quote I like to say all the time is that the more we change, the more we stay the same. Sure the things we use change, the slang, languages, some minor points of view, but basically we are the same.

Look throughout history. Look at the good, the bad and strange. Look at governments, look at how people have treated each other and why. Look at the reasoning behind evil acts. We are no different than most societies. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot I love about America, but so much of who we are as a nation is nothing more than a repeat of the past because we don’t learn from history.

People are always quick to say, “I care!” but hold their hearts to the fire and you will see their true selves. The fact is, almost everyone has their own right and wrong, and a lot of the times that is dependent on what the majority says. If the majority says that Michael Brown was a black teenager gunned by a white racist cop–in a time where police brutality climbs and so does the deaths of blacks, and yes even innocent blacks that did not deserve it nor was it any kind of justice–then that is the Pipe Piper that everyone follows in spite of who gets hurt.

So, as a person who is taking Darren Wilson’s side, where exactly do I stand?

I stand on the side of those who are treated unfairly. I do not care about skin color. Your skin pigment does not give you more or less rights than me, to say it does is an insult to us both and that would make you racist.

The fact of the matter is, all men and women are created equal.

The fact is when a grown man (eighteen is grown) continues to assault a cop, they are taking their life into their own hands They are play Russian Roulette. Attacking a cop is a crime as well it should be. A cop’s number one goal is to get home alive. The second is to protect and serve. I learned this from a cop in one of my criminal law classes, which this goal should be obvious. What if you were the cop?

What happened when Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown in what Wilson claims to be self defense (I have not seen adequate evidence to support that he is lying, so far it looks like he is a victim of a witch hunt) is that very moment the life of a young man ended due to a shaky upbringing because he knew nothing else other than the criminal life he was raised in (as so many are tragically) and the life of Darren Wilson was turned upside down.

Had Michael Brown been white there never would have been rioting or protests. Some would have cared but not near as many. The opposite of how it was back in the 1800’s.

And this is my whole point, who are we as a people (one people, one race) today? Do we understand that in terms of skin pigment there is nothing to tolerate, but to love? Are we so brain dead that we cannot see that we are various shades and tones that make up a bouquet of elegance? Are we so far gone that we cannot learn from what this country has done to one group or the other in regards to oppression and faux equality?

We The People have done amazing things, and unequivocally evil things. We know better as America seeing that we fought the British in the late 1700’s for freedom and equality. We should have got this right from the get go, instead we have been the very worst.

Reading through the Civil War, I am brought to tears. The lunacy and madness of men who thought they could not only make another person property and treat that said property anyway they felt is horrific. And it is obvious. It is spelled out for us across the pages of history. However, when We The People do it in other ways, we justify it, just like those back in the late 1800’s. Are we really any better? How far will we take it? Will whites end up going through the exact thing the blacks once did, and in some ways still go through?

People need to realize as Martin Luther King Jr once said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. This is true for all of us. King was not a well supported man of his time, but today is regarded as a hero. Many of us from all sides even those who are racist love the man and quote him. But King never would have supported a mob action on the innocent business owners of Ferguson, nor would he have supported the mob attack on the character of Wilson. If Wilson is truly guilty of everything that has been said about him, then yes justice needs to be served. But the evidence needs to back it up.

King wanted equality because he knew all too well about oppression, and being treated less than human over the pigment of skin. We all should learn from him, but of course we continue to be horrible to one another, compounding the racial divide further.

The fact is, the more I see the past the more I see the future. We will always enslave and war with one another, the reasons may flip and change, but the acts against each other will always repeat. We are all slaves to this primitive way of life. Unless of course we can evolve into something better as one race.

We will see, I am not holding my breath.

Anyways, I am not trying to be a downer here, but people need to wake up if there is to be any hope for the future. We need to treat each other as we want to be treated. We need to give the same attitude to everyone we want given to us. Because if Darren Wilson is innocent, the man already has lost his career as a cop. It’s not safe for him to go out. His life will never be the same. And the worse it gets for Wilson, will be on those who support this kind of injustice.

Stick to the evidence, and protest in peace. And by that, you will be the very example you wish to make happen in the world. Be the evidence that some people are good, and some people do care, and not every one wants to oppress and war.

God bless, and keep all comments classy. Trolls will be exterminated.

POSTSCRIPT:

After writing this, I feel I need to mention a couple of things. One is that I will be posting more on why I love history, and how it impacts us today. I also want to address that while I have defended Darren Wilson I have done so in respect to the fact we do not know that he shot Michael Brown in cold blood, or that he did so out of racial hate. If those two things can be proven, I will change my view and peacefully protest against him. Because both of those things are horrible and inexcusable.

There a few things that bugged me about Wilson’s news interview, but I don’t know at the facts. Only that some things seemed a little off. What I do know is, if he is telling the truth about fearing for his life, and Brown did charge him, whether or not Wilson could have taken Brown out in a non-lethal manner may not have entered his mind. If Wilson was in the wrong, could have been he reacted instead of thinking. Not to be cold blooded, not to be racial; but possibly out of sloppiness. Maybe.

A stupid cop is not the same as an evil cop. Making a huge mistake is not the same as hating someone based on color. I say if he is guilty of anything, let him be tried on the actual crime he is guilty of.

And is it any surprise that one of my novellas I will write will based on a similar situation as Ferguson? A chiral reflection of REFUGE.