today I need a little help

Dear Anybody,

More images of killings in our streets, parking lots, playgrounds, classrooms, movie theaters, night clubs, houses of worship, baseball fields, homes, offices, You Name the Scene of another one before Shazam does.

Another series of cases of blatant disrespect for the law by the highest officials sworn to protect the law and its constitution.

Another year of refugees held in “detention” camps that look, smell and sound very similar to the concentration camps of the Nazi regime in the 1930s and 40s.

What can we do? We feel helpless, hopeless.


The American People

Dear American People,

Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.


Dear American People,

We gain strength, courage and confidence every time we look fear in the face. We must do that which we think we cannot do.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Dear American People,

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear American People,

Sometimes you have to give up on people not because you don’t care,

but because they don’t.

Maya Angelou

Dear American People,

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.

George Bernard Shaw

The American people need more help today to understand how we have allowed ourselves to become a nation without a moral compass adrift in a sea of blood and lawlessness with no way home to the promises still unkept for the potential of equality for all.

Stay tuned.




About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is a personal historian, essayist with humorist tendencies, lesbian activist, truth seeker and speaker in the tradition of other female Texas storytellers including her paternal grandmother. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike, Charly and Carl. She is also Naynay to her two granddaughters Ella and Molly James who light up her life for real. Born in rural Grimes County, Texas in 1946 her Texas roots still run wide and deep.
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7 Responses to today I need a little help

  1. Infidel753 says:

    What can we do?

    There’s not much we can do about the government’s behavior until the election next year. The outrage about the Trump regime’s malfeasance and abuses will be most effective if it’s channeled into working to elect a Democratic President and Senate majority. That’s the only thing we can do to actually stop this stuff.

    We’re not “adrift in a sea of blood and lawlessness”. Overall rates of murder and violent crime in general have come down substantially since the nineties. Even with mass shootings, you’re still safer than 30 years ago. What gets on the news is a very poor indicator of the overall state of things, because the news focuses on unusual events, which by definition aren’t representative of the overall situation.

    As for our moral compass, remember that 20 years ago it was illegal to be gay in large parts of the country, 60 years ago Jim Crow was still in effect, and a century before that we had slavery and the Indian genocide. The country has been getting more moral over time, not less. Trump hasn’t changed that. He’s an evil man, yes, but the majority of Americans didn’t vote for him, and we’ll get our chance to remove him next year.

    Liked by 4 people

    • Yes, thank you so much for your thoughtful comments that remind me of the progress we’ve made in finding a moral compass that steers us ultimately toward justice and equality. Sometimes during this administration I tend to lose sight of that progress.
      Vote for a Democratic president and get rid of the Republican majority in the Senate as well.


  2. Wayside Artist says:

    I want that disreputable, despicable, deplorable, depraved, debauched, debased, demeaning, disgraceful, dishonorable, dissipated, dissolute, degenerate out of office. It’s a start toward regaining our civility.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. cindy knoke says:

    We are a country at war.
    With ourselves.
    All any of us will get from this,
    is more terrible loss,
    to come.
    There is no positive spin to put on this.
    Some of us are still talking……
    thinking it matters.
    While miserable, troubled boys,
    go hunting,
    with mama and daddy’s,
    ak 47’s.
    Hunting people.
    Like a new sport.
    This is what our country is now.
    This is how far we have fallen.
    There is no dinner party talk,
    to fix this.
    I used to wonder,
    how many dead,
    it would take,
    for us to wake up,
    to deal with this,
    I don’t wonder,
    Love to you Sheila.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Thank you so very much for your reflections on my post and on the conditions that exist in our country today. I couldn’t agree more, but you give me hope today, Cindy.
      If you read my message in my right-hand column, you will know that


  4. A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. You and I and other women remain unconquered by fear in our hearts or in our minds. We have words. We have voices that we will continue to use to raise the consciousness of our friends, neighbors, and hopwfully even our enemies.
    Love to you, Cindy

    Liked by 1 person

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