From: William Gibbons Jr
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:06 PM
To: william's email list 2018
Subject: Voting Imperative plus
Greetings to each of you,
It seems lately I often begin my emails with "I originally
intended to get this email ready to send out last" . . . in this
case that was two weeks ago. But, it has been a very good year for color,
and there were too many nice days for picture taking drives. So, a reminder
how important it is to vote in a democracy got to wait. Even though
it is a right, and not truly an imperative, or obligation, to maintain
an effective democracy it is still important that everyone includes
their voice by voting a week from today, November 3, if you have not
already done so.
I ran across an interesting graphic a couple of years
ago which I set aside to share in my final newsletter (it might still
make it into it). If the "did not vote" folks had actually been a candidate
in the 2016 election, they would have won all but eight states. I presume
this represents the eligible voters, not just registered. So, when you
hear that there is an exceptional turnout for an election, it is likely
a whole lot of voices are still not being heard from. I hope yours is
not one of them. Some people say if you do not like either main party,
you are wasting your vote to cast it for a third party. But, I disagree.
Until the day "none of the above" appears as an option on our ballots,
I have used it in some past elections as a way to say "I voted," but
was not impressed by either primary candidate. "Did not vote" numbers (the true
waste) are not reported on the election night news coverage. Any influence
they might have had otherwise is gone.
Before I went about picture taking, I did finish
(as far as I could take it) the outdoor classroom I had been working
on. The benches are on their supports upside down for now, until God
sends someone our way who has the skills, and tools, to cradle them
properly. I used dollar store door stops to temporarily keep them from
shifting. So, they are stable enough to sit on even with the rounded
bottom up. There has already been an interest expressed in utilizing the area when
we get through the winter, and back to warmer weather.
I also put the In His Steps groups description, and time availability, sheet
on the In His Steps addendum page in the last newsletter. The note,
"This document was created in Microsoft Word 2013. If you would like
a copy of the original format emailed to you, simply email me your request,"
was included as well. You were sent the original file attached to my
previous email in September. It is important that people know they can
utilize the program without our involvement, and I am happy to send
the original file so they can customize it to their own needs. I believe
this is an offering God has provided. I simply laid it out on paper.
It is not ours. It is His. Please share it with anyone you think might
wish to know about it.
I thought I would share a few examples below of my little (well OK,
sometimes all day) photo color tours. I did take a lot of pictures up
north when I was there with Donna at the very end of September, but
locally I basically started with the one day fall festival (top left)
they did here in Grand Ledge October 10. It substituted for the traditional
three day Fall Color Cruise & Island Festival which fell prey to the
Covid-19 pandemic. Three days later (October 13 - top right) we got
some sunshine early in the day, and I headed for Portland, then up to
Lyons, and back through Westphalia. On October 16 (second row), I started
close in Delta Township, but after an hour, or so, made my way toward
Hastings (chasing the clearer sky and sunshine), ending up at Charlton
Park around five. The very next day (third row), I drove down Shaytown
Road to Vermontville, and took a few back roads in the area before returning
via Round Lake Road. I lost the clear skies quickly that day as well.
With a cloudy spell, I did not get back on the road until October 20
(fourth row). A short window of sunshine was predicted, so I simply
headed west on Grand River to get some shots I noticed coming home on
other days when it was too dark. October 21 (fifth row left), I did
a bike ride around the perimeter of Grand Ledge for my cardiac exercise.
Then October 22 (fifth row right), and October 23 (sixth row left),
I walked in town for my cardiac exercise. Needless to say, a camera
was always with me. What appeared to be reddish color leaves from a
distance turned out to be berries — lots of them — on that sixth row
left photo. Finally, last Saturday (October 24), blue skies encouraged
me to see if Donna would like to take a drive south to Turkeyville to
check if there was still color in that area. We took the expressway
down, but the back roads (sixth row right and seventh row) to return
home. Our last stop (eighth row left) was at Big Marsh Lake, a project
of the Kiwanis of Battle Creek, and the Michigan Audubon Society. It
is a spot where thousands of Sandhill Cranes stop to overnight on their
migration south for the winter. That final image (eighth row right) was
from the October 16 outing. I had returned to my car to head home when
I noticed the flowers in the bushes by a building. I paused to take a few
shots. I like to include such photographs to remind myself, and others,
it is not just the changing colors of the leaves which gives Autumn
its special feel.
During this same time period, I was working on a pro-life web page addition
to my newsletter already online. I actually added it last Thursday when
I changed my picture of the week, but the rest of this email was not
finished yet. It starts out by explaining how I arrived at my beliefs
about abortion, and other pro-life issues. Then it includes pro-life
items I had set aside to share in a newsletter. The introduction on
the newsletter's main page reads . . .
"I do not see abortion as just one issue among many.
I see it as the issue. Everything else relates to how we treat
life from the start. Much like certain animals are regarded as keystones
to a healthy eco system, I see the right to life as a keystone
to a healthy culture. Lack of respect for life at its beginning, will
ultimately translate into abuse and disrespect in many varied forms.
But being pro-life does not mean I am simply against abortion. It influences
my attitude toward the death penalty, end of life issues, and war. I
believe it pertains to how we treat people who are in a crisis pregnancy.
Including how we help them provide for their baby with a healthy support
system, or guide them through adoption if it is their choice. Being
judgmental accomplishes nothing. Showing acceptance, love, and being
supportive offers hope for everyone involved. That is followed by how
we treat, and develop safety nets for, children in general. Especially
those in circumstances with little means. Yet, it all starts with that
first choice. Much like IHS groups, because of its importance, I am
creating a separate set of pages regarding choosing life. Click below
to access them."
"No wonder the subject of judging is fraught with
challenges. On the one hand
are the judgmental folks, quick to condemn and short on mercy;
on the other hand are the 'live and let live folks,'
who act as if nothing much matters to God."
— Erwin W Lutzig
Here is the direct link: Pro Life
Speaking of links, I received a Consumer Reports email debunking
false voting information circulating online. The first link is to
that CR article. The second is to a National Association of Secretaries of State
page which can provide information by state. And, the third is a
general help and information site. The Internet can be a resource
blessing, but unfortunately you have to be able to discern the truth
from the inaccurate, or intentionally misleading items, which abound
as well. If something does not seem to make sense, perhaps these
sites can help.
As always, may God guide each and every one of us through these
unsettling times, and keep us mindful of sharing.
P.S. I am never
quite sure how emails will look at their destination. If you have
any problems with the pictures showing, or the email generally
appears discombobbled (spell check did not like that word), the entire email as originally laid out will
be online this Thursday when I change my picture
of the week. Select "What Is New" or "Newsletters" for the link to