Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Our nation shall rise from a great divide


  • Our Nation is divided

For so far it is blighted

With our differences so stark

Pure motives are too dark

We fail to reach consensus

As politics have lost their senses

News media have chosen sides

Contributing to a farther divide

Fake news created every day

Facts no longer the only way

Alternate news has created a strong base

Many without a moral compass or space

How can they not know what is true

Have we all got dumber with the news?

Some want to hear news they agree with

They claim that they don’t believe in any wordsmith

The pandemic has made it worse

Combined and brought together under this curse

The past two years have been bad

Seeing our World has become sad

Our Country has been tried

As Some Politicians have lied.

Our Country is our strong hope

We are riding a slippery slope

Amanda Gorman spoke in rhyme

As she read the Hill We Must Climb

She spoke of obstacles and slopes

Most importantly of our many hopes.

We must come together now

Or lose ourselves forever shall

If Americans don’t participate

Anger and ruin will prevail in hate

We as a country must go through tribulation

As we come together as a Nation.

We shall rise like a phoenix

As we reach our zenith

The words that surprise

Our Nation shall rise.

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Marcia herring art sold after in thrift store

 I found a beautiful Marcia herring painting at a thrift store it was marked 275 on the back.  It was an 11 x 11 painting small and square but very beautiful red floral art on rice paper.   I resold it for 60 on eBay.   Marcia herring is a Sotheby s artist .       

Thursday, December 9, 2021

The benefits of Journaling


Journaling can benefit us in the long run because it can help people see something that they couldn’t see on their own and they can improve upon. Journaling can improve a person’s life by aiding in many areas of their life. Journaling can be anything that the person wants to write about. Some people keep a journal about what they eat during the day to help them lose weight. Some people use a journal created for the arts, either with words or with drawings.  Some people keep a journal as a record of their activities during the day. Some people journal for fun and create a scrapbook from their journal.  

Journaling for weight loss

Journaling for weight loss can help the individual examine how much they eat during the day. Some people can make decisions on what to eat or the amount of food they've had. By journaling, it helps the individual change their eating habits as they look back on how much they ate in a day. 

Journaling for art. 

Some people journal for the creation of art whether it be for writing poetry or short story ideas or even drawing art. Creativity flourishes in the journaling process because it helps the individual and improve their craft. One great poet, Dylan Thomas started journaling when he was 14 years old. He became a great poet laureate.  Writing is a form of expression that flourishes as a creative activity. Journaling allows the freedom of creativity to grow and increase their skills. 

Journaling as a historical record,

 There is journaling as a daily record for events for a person. People like to jot down events or daily activities as a record kept. It keeps the individual looking back at the record, in case they need the information that records the events attended. It allows the person to write about their thoughts, and opinions about different experiences. A more detailed record than a calendar. A Diary of events as a family record that could be used for genealogy purposes. 

Journaling for fun

Journaling can be a fun experience if the person decides to create a scrapbook of events or of a family log.  It is fun to create a scrapbook with die cutouts of Cricut to include on the pages.  Creativity is really utilized when creating a scrapbook journal.  

Journaling for Mental health

Journaling for mental health is another benefit for people to use as an outlet to destress, lower anxiety, let out frustrations and pain in their journals.  It helps a person to express themselves and for up tensions that prevent a person from being happy. 

Journaling for goals 

Journaling is a benefit that can help individuals in their endeavors. A journal can be an outlet to write about your goals, your ambitions, your inspirations and aspirations, even new year resolutions. 

Journaling for self-reflection

 People who journal for these main reasons can examine themselves with their own writing. Journaling allows for self-reflection on what they did during the day, how they felt about it.  Journaling helps the person to take a step back and reflect on themselves to improve on what they could’ve done differently. 

Journaling for better writing 

The more a person writes the better their writing improves. Journaling helps to improve writing skills as an additional benefit. The craft of writing takes practice and brainstorming ideas to create interesting writing. Brainstorming ideas is a difficult part of writing because it is the idea of creating interesting topics to write about.   These are the main reasons why journaling is a benefit for anyone that decides to journal.

  1. Top 8 reasons to journal

The Politics of the Holidays

 The politics of Thanksgiving and Christmas

How the holidays are politicized

 When you greet someone over the holidays?, Do you say “Merry Christmas”, or have a Happy Thanksgiving?. Or do you simply say happy holidays?. Depending upon if you are conservative or liberal they are political divisions due to culture wars. Conservatives tend to think how happy holidays is a politically correct greeting as opposed to saying Merry Christmas. Fox News has made this a new story every year. Stating how Americans no longer say Merry Christmas because it is a Christian holiday and that it's seen as discriminating to acknowledge one holiday instead of many.  Liberals will argue that they are people who celebrate other holidays, not just Christmas. A Happy holiday is a greeting that is generic enough to encompass more religious holidays like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. What is wrong with acknowledging holidays other than Christmas? Conservatives have pushed the narrative that Liberals are anti-religion, and are anti-Family Values, and anti-American by pushing these extreme conservative viewpoints on the American public. Simply for saying happy holidays based on your political Viewpoint. You will have a political opinion on this greeting. Isn't that a shame, that the holidays like everything else in America are being politicized? Even your greeting is politicized. Do you think that greeting a person with a happy holiday should be politicized? Or should America continue to divide itself with these culture war?. Are there more meaningful topics that are more important than these culture wars? These are questions, Americans should be asking themselves. Should I engage in these culture wars simply because Fox News thinks it's a story? This is a time of self-examination of where you stand in these arguments.

Fox News, which is a conservative news station, has pushed these culture wars to the extremes. Many Republicans believe that liberals do not cherish American values and American traditions. When that cannot be further from the truth. Many Americans are divided due to their politics. “A new MPR Marist poll reveals that Merry Christmas Remains the favorite seasonal greeting for 56% of Americans with 31% preferring happy holidays” When Americans go to a store about 52% now say it doesn't matter how stores greet them over the holidays”. About a third choose Merry Christmas and Republicans are much more likely than Democrats to say Merry Christmas. “Happy holidays is a popular greeting among Americans under 30, while older people tend to prefer Merry Christmas as a traditional greeting”. Another CBS poll reports “Christmas is on everybody's tongue”, “supposedly a war against Christmas but 67% say that this is the time of year, Merry Christmas is the greeting that they tend to use”. The war on Christmas began in 2005 when an author named John Gibson went on the O'Reilly show to discuss his new book The War on Christmas: How the liberal plot to ban the Sacred Christian holiday is worse than you thought. “Gibson pointed out that the government and corporations were pushing an anti-christian agenda”. Fox News has continued to return to this topic every year since 2005. While other networks have no coverage on this topic. Some networks have begun to mock Fox News coverage on the War on Christmas.

The holidays should be a time of family and unity, not acrimony and division. Fox News, the conservative network, has convinced most Americans to believe that by saying Happy Holidays it is somehow a conspiracy plot to undermine Christmas. Christmas has been politicized just like everything else in America.  America should not engage in these culture wars because it serves no purpose other than dividing Americans. 

  1. Npr/Marist poll. Google answer 

  2. 5 facts about Christmas.

  3. USAToday.  


  5. Harvard Business Review

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

How you can make money writing on

 I am writing on vocal media visit my site at and type in the search box Anna Cruz you will find all of my articles. I have written poetry, short stories, and articles about Christmas and other miscellaneous things.  I could use the support.  If anyone is looking to make money by writing, try  If your writing goes viral the article can make a lot of money.  Vocal media allows creators who create content to publish their writings online.   You can enter their challenges to win prize money on the stories written.   Or simply make your writings stand out so that you can be placed under the top story to be showcased.  Bonuses are sometimes awarded based on the number of articles written.  If your story is selected as a top story your article will get more traffic. You earn 3.80 per 1000 reads if you are a nonmember. If you become a subscriber you can enter the challenges and you will earn 6.00 per 1000 reads.  If you optimize your articles for Seo it will do better and get more traffic. Before writing on vocal, I suggest that you take the HubSpot academy free online course on Seo optimization first it is really helpful.

How Inflation is affecting the thrift stores

  It seems that Inflation has hit a 40 year high affecting everything from gas prices, housing, food, and consumer goods.  Inflation ...