Contemporary Expression


Reflections from MILK

7.7.08 watercolor by Nancy VanReece (c) 2008 Contemporary Expression, a div. of Carpe Diem Copyright Management

I have been profoundly moved by a story. It’s not someone else’s story. It’s my own. Reflecting on life has been literally blinding for me lately.

“Am I doing the greatest amount of good?”- This question was raised recently and it rang loudly. Am I, in this new dawn of hope and hard work, where I need to be? Am I using the talent, creative skill and knowledge I have accumulated for what matters most to my family? My objective is to find a new beginning that embraces the truth that the Grand Canyon was not built with a giant tsunami but rather a river, rushing on as rivers do.

Why is any single story story relevant? What can one person do? What is it that must be done? What is it than can be done today? There are so many of us in Nashville, TN that have worked so very hard to make this a city that we want to live in, a place where we can be proud of our unique and diverse backgrounds, cultures and core values. Like any city, we citizens want great schools, clean streets, green spaces, good jobs and fantastic art to motivate us further.

I really believe that we are at the dawn of individuals rising up to understand that their story is part of that rushing river. We need everyone to do what they can do each and everyday to move the water. It’s not just another gay story, or a civil rights struggle or a cry for simple dignity, it’s a human story. It’s our story, our struggle, our cry.

To Do List:
1. Learn more about your local government at this link . Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get to know more of your county or city officials in 2009. Prepare the way for progress in your community.
2. Join one of the TEP our county committees. They are throughout the State. If you would like to get involved with the committee closest to you or start one in your county, contact info@tnep.org .

You can not live on HOPE alone, but you can not live without it. And you, and you and you, have got to give them HOPE” – Harvey Milk

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