I am using this space to condemn racism of all kinds. I hope that everyone who reads this post will take a moment to ask what they can do in defense of these appalling acts.
While still grieving incalculable losses due to COVID, I am concerned that a possible palliative effect of this new year could be a false reassurance that somehow a new year will make our problems disappear.
As the year comes to a close, I suspect that many are looking forward to kicking it figuratively to the curb and toasting its conclusion on New Year’s Eve. It has been a trying year at the least. One of my personal guidelines is “If I am going to go through H – e – double hockey sticks, I am going to learn from it.”
The IRS is allowing a special charitable tax deduction this year for people who do not plan to itemize their 2020 taxes next year. Every donation is important and will be put to good use, in support of children and families affected by the criminal justice system. Thank you for your consideration and we hope you all have a nice and healthy holiday season.
Children with incarcerated parents face the holidays without one or both of their parents, amidst reminders of what the holidays are supposed to be — happiness, family togetherness, and bounty.