In the Midst of COVID, Comes Gun Violence in New York City, which is the Problem of All New Yorkers

COVID Still Reigning Over Us Comes the Heartbreaking Tragedy of Police Officers Passing

Statistics that are Out of Control as Lives are Taken

Gun violence in New York City is at an all-time high. In fact, literally around the corner from where I live with my family, on pretty much a weekly basis, we hear of shootings that often lead to deaths.

Lives Taken, tragically is Business as Usual

Unfortunately, when the gunfire that happened on Friday took the lives of two police officers, I am sad to say that in our community, which is just a few subways stops away, was yet another home-grown homicide.

The Shootings Triggered involvement of the Blog Coalition Site

We have not heard from the main Blog Coalition overview website, though, coverage by this coalition journal’s participating sites has been happening, just not documented. I am involved with these sites, helping with content creation and such. In addition to the Blog Coalition, other blogs that are mentioned in B.C.’s latest post include Save NYC Together, USA Make a Difference and the return of Manhattan Coronavirus, which is the site that documented the pandemic daily for the first one hundred days.

Lives of Police Officers Taken

This recent shooting got more attention than many of the others because it solidified the extreme nature of what is happening in our dear city. The first officer to pass was only 22 years old and at the start of his career as a police officer, a position he took because of his desire to make a difference in the upper Manhattan community. The other officer was hospital and eventually passed also.

Pain into Purpose

Our new mayor, Eric Adams, is a former police officer. He pledges that he will “turn pain into purpose.” We’ll see…

Happy New Year’s Day! In the Past, Resolutions I Have Made Usually Result in Me Dropping the Ball (Pun Intended)!

It is Not About Having Enough Time; It Has to Do with the Outcome Sought

I think that in theory, creating a bucket list at the beginning of the year can spice up what is to come. It is a great concept actually. A time to review what you accomplished the prior year, and then to make a list of things you wish to achieve in the coming 12 months. But I don’t know about you, I have not always had the best follow-through in terms of making it across the finish line.

My New Year’s Evolution

I am definitely planning out of the coming 365.25 days. Today is Day #1. I am doing the whole mapping out the year differently than I have in the past. Part of the strategy is to be accountable to other coalition websites. And then for 52.17857 weeks I will be helping with the development of a project, the evolution of which will be seen on blogs like this one.

The Coalition and Education

As several of you know, there are around 60 or so sites in the Blog Coalition. Yesterday, four of these blogs, including the Blog Coalition website itself, made it known publicly that they have a commitment to be engaged in the procedure or creating learning materials. The three remaining that put up blog posts yesterday, New Year’s Eve are the sites the Platinum PIAs, Save NYC Together, and USA Make a Difference.