Why Write Today?

It’s just so easy not to write today, tomorrow and the next. You just have to keep after it. Because both are designed to build momentum.  _writingtonight@wordpress.com

Advertisements
Posted in on writing, quote of the day, Randall Johnson, the writer's mind, things I've learned along the way, thoughts, Uncategorized, why write today?, write, writing, writing advice, writingtonight@wordpress.com, writingtonight@yahoo | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Transitioning for Transgenders

I work at one of the leading hospitals in the U.S. in the southwest region of Ohio. Whereupon I was taking a quick break from my busy day to use the restroom outside of my department located in the front lobby. There in front of me was a person walking slowly that could have been mine or anybody else’s dad that would be around my age, I am 53. I was really needing to hurry, but in respect, I didn’t dart around this man but walked patiently behind him since he was our guest here at the hospital. He walked slowly due to his weight and age which gave me the time to notice he was bald on top except around his ears. He stopped briefly at the first door on his right being the private family restroom that was wheelchair accessible for public and employees. The door was locked and in use. I still waited, not wanting to seem rude. When he came upon the men’s room which is the next door on the same side as the family restroom. I watched him cross over to the ladies room that was direct across from the men’s where he opened the door and walked in.

It caught me off guard but I responded quickly by saying “Oh sir, the men’s room is to the right”. There seemed to be a brief pause before he looked up at the sign on the door and said something that was too low for me to hear, followed by a light hearty laugh and said: “Oh yes, thank you”.

I didn’t laugh with him for thinking, did I just make an error? Could I have been wrong to assume what gender this person might be? Possibly this person was choosing the restroom they feel most comfortable in. I only saw this person from the back and I observed without any prejudices except what is already, there from my involvement with my environment. I started to ask myself this question living under Ohio laws. Could it have been, this person’s right to choose which restroom he or she felt most comfortable using based on gender and did I make this person feel uncomfortable?

I ask you. Though it has been quiet on this topic lately, but as we proceed forward, will this be some of the new experiences people will face. How would your human complex mind have responded?

If this person would have proceeded through that door, is it in his right as an Ohio citizen? I googled this question and read that. In Ohio, there are no Transgender restroom laws. So what if you would have been in there and this person walks past and enters a stall?

You have to ask yourself this question. Does this happen more than we might believe? This person did try to use the private restroom for families before opening the ladies room during which he never knew I was behind him the whole time until I spoke.

_____Randall Johnson May 03, 2017

Posted in gender, North Carolina restroom controversy, Ohio restroom laws, Randall Johnson, restroom, right to choose, rights, Target's restroom policy, transgender, Uncategorized, writingtonight@wordpress.com, writingtonight@yahoo | Tagged | 2 Comments

Transitioning for Transgenders

I work at one of the leading hospitals in the U.S. in the southwest region of Ohio. Whereupon I was taking a quick break from my busy day to use the restroom outside of my department located in the front lobby. There in front of me was a person walking slowly that could have been mine or anybody else’s dad that would be around my age, I am 53. I was really needing to hurry, but in respect, I didn’t dart around this man but walked patiently behind him since he was our guest here at the hospital. He walked slowly due to his weight and age which gave me the time to notice he was bald on top except around his ears. He stopped briefly at the first door on his right being the private family restroom that was wheelchair accessible for public and employees. The door was locked and in use. I still waited, not wanting to seem rude. When he came upon the men’s room which is the next door on the same side as the family restroom. I watched him cross over to the ladies room that was direct across from the men’s where he opened the door and walked in.

It caught me off guard but I responded quickly by saying “Oh sir, the men’s room is to the right”. There seemed to be a brief pause before he looked up at the sign on the door and said something that was too low for me to hear, followed by a light hearty laugh and said: “Oh yes, thank you”.

I didn’t laugh with him for thinking, did I just make an error? Could I have been wrong to assume what gender this person might be? Possibly this person was choosing the restroom they feel most comfortable in. I only saw this person from the back and I observed without any prejudices except what is already, there from my involvement with my environment. I started to ask myself this question living under Ohio laws. Could it have been, this person’s right to choose which restroom he or she felt most comfortable using based on gender and did I make this person feel uncomfortable?

I ask you. Though it has been quiet on this topic lately, but as we proceed forward, will this be some of the new experiences people will face. How would your human complex mind have responded?

If this person would have proceeded through that door, is it in his right as an Ohio citizen? I googled this question and read that. In Ohio, there are no Transgender restroom laws. So what if you would have been in there and this person walks past and enters a stall?

You have to ask yourself this question. Does this happen more than we might believe? This person did try to use the private restroom for families before opening the ladies room during which he never knew I was behind him the whole time until I spoke.

_____Randall Johnson May 03, 2017

Posted in gender, North Carolina restroom controversy, Ohio restroom laws, Randall Johnson, restroom, right to choose, rights, Target's restroom policy, transgender, Uncategorized, writingtonight@wordpress.com, writingtonight@yahoo | Tagged | Leave a comment

Creation

Life is parallel to an artist with her paintbrush and canvas. As she applies her paint, she noticed; she got her red in her white, brown with black and her yellow in green. She saw what she had done, and thought she had created a mess and would start over new. The colors are no longer the same. Her blue is not blue. What happened to her brown? She stepped back away from it, but she could not look away from it with her artistic eye and said, “What is this now?” She saw new life, a new world that her colors created. Soon she learned to mix all the colors on the pallet. “Not too much at first, she said. Just a little here and a little there.” Soon she created a masterpiece.

-Randall Johnson 6/28/2016

Posted in artist, color, inspriration, paint, poetry, Randall Johnson, through an artist eye, Uncategorized, unknown, writingtonight@wordpress.com, writingtonight@yahoo | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Not a Decision, But a Discussion

I remember reading as a kid in the “New Testament” of the King James Version how Jesus spoke of many parables about life. If you would just stop and take a moment to look around you, you will know that everything is connected like the parables Jesus spoke of. Love thy neighbor was not a parable however but a commandment- I had to look it up- but Love thy neighbor was number two on the list of The Ten Commandments. First, was “Love the lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind.” Second, was “Thy shall love thy neighbor as thy self.” One parable my young mind could easily grasp was if you plant a seed on rocky soil you will reap minimum at harvest but if you plant a seed in good fertile ground you will harvest plenty. It’s a simple a choice we all can make.

Just as it was that far back in history, the same applies today. We need to come together to plant seeds so our harvest will be fruitful for tomorrow. We seem broken as a country, as people of different races, until we accept change we will never mend.

Of course, it’s difficult to find answers to questions we don’t know. That’s because the other side may have all or part of the answers. Until we can do what we keep talking about, by coming together and open our minds, we will never have those answers.

It’s time now to take action and stop the polarization between our black community and our law enforcement division to find ways to close the gaps. Instead, we can use mind opening efforts in ways to save lives of citizens and law enforcement officials creating rest in the conciseness of all Americans.

It’s to put different groups of people from different backgrounds into a room together with a common goal in mind for an extended period of time and watch what transpires. Not only one time but over and over again until we go beyond true understanding so that there is a relationship- like a highway we must lay through the mountains- and to get there we must endure, setbacks and that would be necessary because we would be moving only deeper and that means progress.

It isn’t a decision to make anymore, nor can it be put off! It’s agreed that we need to come together not at some town hall meeting where we have other issues thrown in, that’s just a way to avoid it. Nor, again at city hall after another incident. I’m talking about the forming of a new committee one that feels like an actual effort is being made. Not where it feels the same, where the people seems to be going to another town hall meeting that seems like they’re making all the effort. I’m sure there are those among us who are willing to conduct this meeting in a way that’s educational and beneficial for all of us.

“It’s not us vs them.” President Obama says as he urges local Police Departments and communities across the country to work together as the nation sits on edge. “I’ll be honest with you.” Obama continues. “It’s going to require all of us not to close ourselves off and go to corners but rather require us to come together and listen to each other.

 

Black lives matter comes together in peace. In Wichita, Kansas a bond was made during a community cookout where local police where invited. The cookout went over with great success as everyone open up with their condolences and concerns. “It was a bonding moment where the police saw them as children and my [sons] got to see them as people!

It was a great first step Chief Gordon Ramsey and Wichita PD!

One woman voiced it’s kind of an outreach that will heal tensions, not protests, that only cause more division Communities coming together to talk it out, and have fun together is the way forward.

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:J_Yra4aU468J:www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/07/19/486581466/police-and-black-lives-matter-hold-a-cookout-and-praise-rolls-in+&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Reported by Bill Chappell Reporter, producer of NPR.

This may be a seed that I have reaped from following the events on The National News, plus my meditation and writing. If we can make joyful progress, once selected representatives have come together in a committee to put an end to the polarization of our black community, to protect the lives of citizens and police officers, while they’re out on the streets keeping us safe. Then why don’t we teach what we learn to all our young students of all future occupations and future police officers so that they have a complete understanding of the history before them and how to conduct themselves when encountering each other through respect and the knowledge gained by our selected committee. In school, students can be taught in classrooms and have discussions, which again, these discussions can be used as a tool and brought back to our committee. Students in the class can get an instructional driver, police ethics along with learning Driver’s Ed.

Country music singer Coffey Anderson would make a great candidate. You can see his instructional video that went viral about a lesson he learned from his father on interacting with police. It didn’t go without its critics, but you have to give Mr. Anderson credit, he is doing something from his heart and I believe from watching his video, it could save some lives. https://youtu.be/ZpcxN9JsoN8

After all, it is our youth who comes forward, concerned for their country, their brother’s lives and their own futures asking the President his toughest and most embarrassing questions how can we fix this.

Alton Sterling’s 15-year-old son, Cameron said after his father’s fatal shooting in Baton Rouge by police. “ Protest in peace.” followed by “You have to make things better by making peace.”

 

Jermar Taylor 12 years old son shielded by his mother who was shielded by Dallas police to protect their lives from a sniper during the slaying of five officers on that horrific night. He told President Obama that he now wants to become a police officer so he can “Tell kids and adults that not all police officers are bad. Some officers make mistakes.”

We can’t afford to wait and see if these issues will be resolved under a new president. We have done too much waiting already. To have more senseless killings under a new president will only have a negative impact, for our country and in our hearts.

0 comments

Posted in Black Lives Matter, police shootings, protest, race, Riots | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Challenged

“You don’t know what your capable of until you are challenged.”

-Randall Johnson 7/25/2016

Posted in inspriration, intelligence, living, quote of the day, Randall Johnson, self doubt, the writier's life, unknown, writing, writingtonight@wordpress.com, writingtonight@yahoo | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Writing Fiction

“Write arduously, by looking for the truth your characters reveal to you in their lives.”                                                                                                                                      -Randall Johnson

Posted in characters, inspriration, muse, quote of the day, Randall Johnson, writing fiction | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment