NY Times Op-Ed Response

Dear Nicholas Kristof,

I read your op-ed: Thank God for Canada! Our boring neighbor is a moral leader of the free world. It was well written, as it should be for a column in the NY Times. Your points were well thought out, made a lot of sense, and I agree that more people need to “wake up,” as you like to say, but there’s just one thing: you’re included in those who need to “wake up.”

Don’t get me wrong, I am not giving you backlash, only trying to explain a little further beyond your scope of thinking. It’s a good thing that you are woke enough to point out to your readers how Canada is emerging as the world’s moral leader, but how long did it take you to get there? Many of us have known this to be true for a long time now. They are the world’s moral leader and have been.

The Hulu show, The Handmaid’s Tale, has seen a lot of American’s comparing the state of our government to that of our future government through the lens of the show; A group of pro-life conservatives overrunning the White House, and Canada excepting US refugees. This helped direct Americans towards the original show, and then the book of the same name, written by Canadian poet & novelist, Margaret Atwood, in the early 1980s, and published in 1985.

So now I’m pressed to ask, if Canada is only now becoming the moral leader of the world, is Atwood a Canadian psychic? Probably not. Authors write what they know, as I’m sure you are aware of from your 18 years as a columnist for The Times.

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Copy & Advertising Examples

Hi there!

Below are some examples of how I advertised with my old business. This blog post is somewhat my portfolio for copy & advertising. I’ll be adding more as I complete further examples & if I gain permission to share what I’ve done for others. Enjoy and thanks for taking a look.

-Elizabeth Miner (Twitter: @Lizseeds0311)

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Gettin’ Back Into It: A Pictorial Journey In My New Beginning

About 3 months ago I found my old paints from making ornaments the Christmas before.  There was a lot and I decided that I wanted to teach myself to paint.  I’ve always been kind of creative and like to draw/sketch with charcoals and chalk, but I never really got into painting.  Putting a little snowman on a globe is a lot easier than painting on canvas and having it actually look like something.

So, I decided to get back into being artsy fartsy and paint some stuff.  The following is a journey from my first eyeball sketch to loosen up through a couple pieces that really mean something to me. (And hopefully mean something to you too.)

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As you can see, these are the first three pieces I completed after my art store shopping spree.  My little brother bought me an easel for Christmas so I was off to the races!

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Santa’s Spirit

Introduction:

I began writing this book for my sons, and for every other girl and boy that was, or will struggle with their belief in Santa Claus.  There has always been a line drawn between those that believe in Santa and those that don’t believe. Many children grow up believing in Santa only to have their beliefs come crashing down around them.  Whether it’s because a classmate or older sibling tells them that Santa’s not real, or because they don’t get what they wrote on their Christmas list, every child stops believing at some point, or at the very least questions their belief.  And while I may be just some adult writing a book, I need you to know something about me; I’m a believer. “Why?” you might ask. Well, I’ll tell you why in this book. I know some stuff and I want you to know it too. I’m tired of there being a yes or no answer when a child is asked if they believe.  Sometimes things just aren’t that simple, so I decided to share what I know.

 

Now, when I started writing I thought I was just going to clear up the whole believing or not question, but I’ve realized that I can’t stop there.  I discovered that no one knows Santa’s full story anymore, and that’s such a shame.  So, while this book may leave you with some answers, it’ll also leave you with more questions, but please don’t fret.  Your questions will be answered, I just can’t fit everything into one book and Santa’s story is kind of broken up by age appropriateness.  For example, if you had read this book when you were 5 years old, you would have been completely lost. But now that you’ve grown up and are hearing from friends or siblings that, “Santa doesn’t exist,” you’re old enough for this part of the story.  And please keep in mind that just because someone doesn’t exist now doesn’t mean he never did…

 

So now is the time where you can take a brief pause and get ready for a long story.  Grab your hot cocoa and popcorn, a nice, comfy blanket and get comfortable. Go on, I’ll wait…

 

Okay, you’re back.  Here we go!

 

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A silence filled the air and he was afraid of being seen.  The freshly fallen snow acted as an insulator and you could hear for what seemed like miles away.  But he had done this many times before, seventy to be exact, so he knew he would be okay. Santa was out delivering toys to good girls and boys.  He filled their stockings and had a quick snack, always leaving a thank you note and some crumbs. It was another long Christmas night, but no matter how tired he was, Santa pushed on.  He knew there were children fast asleep dreaming of what he had left them under the tree.

 

When he got home he took off his boots and shook the snow off his suit’s coat.  Mrs. Claus already had the fire roaring and his hot cocoa steaming on the stand next to his chair.  She knew he would be freezing coming back from this one. All nestled in, it was around 7 o’clock that morning when Santa got the first of many visions as all the world’s children began to wake up and see what awaited them.20181216_090505

 

You see, Santa was magic.  How else could you explain wiggling his nose to shoot up the chimney or through your vent?  And when he got home every Christmas morning he had visions of children shredding wrapping paper and wearing bows on their heads.  It always gave him a warm feeling in his belly, seeing all those smiling faces, which is where his “Ho Ho Ho,” originally came from.

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Well Hello There!

I know, it’s been a minute. No excuses, totally my fault. But let me tell you what I’ve been working on!

First off, many of you know I am looking for a job. And not just any job, I’m looking for my job. You know, the one I’m happy at and will retire from.

It’s been a bit of a challenge. I put a lot of work into four different resumes for different industries, individual cover letters for each position, writing samples and taking application tests. Yet, I barely get responses. Almost never get an interview, but when I do, I rarely get the call back. And of course, pay is an issue too.

But enough with all that whining. With everything going on, you know, life, I completely spaced on sharing something pretty special on this blog with you all: I wrote a children’s Christmas book!

Yup, I sure did. I wrote a book I’m pretty proud of, and I even illustrated it. My family all thought it was great and my youngest son’s teacher said she loved the story and it was very well written.

Santa’s Spirit is a book to help explain Santa to the children that aren’t sure what to believe. It takes us on Santa’s journey to becoming a staple of out Christmas holiday.

If you check out the hashtag #SantasSpirit on Twitter you’ll find a few snippets that I shared along the way. I wasn’t sure what to do with it; try to publish, keep it as a family memento… I still don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that I’m going to share Santa’s Spirit on this blog. (A little past last Christmas, but plenty of time before the next!)

I hope you visit back here soon. I will be posting Santa’s Spirit very soon! Like today!

Catch you all later!

✌💖🌈🌞

Reality Winner: A Case of Misogynistic Oppression

As a strong advocate of gender equality and women’s rights, I have taken a particular interest in Reality Winner’s plight.  I am one of many supporters of Reality and not only have I spoken to other advocates, but I’ve also done some independent research on different aspects of her case in order to understand more.  Not quite shocking in the current political times, but the more I learn, the more I am appalled.

I’ve written about Reality’s treatment, and why we should be paying attention. I’ve written about how mainstream media continues to ignore her case, even after reporting on her initial arrest. And I’ve written about how we need to be talking to our government officials and candidates running for office in the upcoming elections about closing the gaps in whistleblower protection laws, and about the use of the Espionage Act against whistleblowers. It would seem that with a case of this magnitude, more people would be paying attention. But due to lack of media coverage, with the exception of various shout outs from big names such as actress Rosie O’Donnell, political Twitter personality Brian Krassentien, whistleblower attorney and Expose Facts founder Jesselyn Radack, and Thomas Drake, Reality and her family mainly gain supporters one tweet at a time, one Facebook post at a time, and one protest march at a time.

Just recently, a billboard appeared in Georgia, advocating for Reality.  Many of her supporters thought this could be a turning point in main stream coverage because Magistrate Epps and Judge Hall weren’t happy with the billboard.  Supporters took this chance to spotlight Reality’s silencing as her defense team was even being scolded about this billboard, someone else’s First Amendment Right to free speech, that they had nothing to do with.  But still, there’s little media coverage, and nothing main stream.

Now that I’ve written a few pieces on Reality, I’m starting to see a bigger picture.  When I look at what I have written as a whole about her case there seems to be a common denominator that keeps popping up, and I can no longer ignore it. This pattern I’m seeing is what women are currently fighting back against. A pattern that has gone on for decades, nay, centuries, of men having the upper hand. A pattern of women’s oppression & inequality. You see, sexism hides everywhere, from the darkest corners, to right under our noses. And Reality is feeling the full force of it.

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Risking Freedom By Telling The Truth

As we get closer to November 2018, many people are thinking about voting out the corrupt representatives who have plagued our government.  Candidates and incumbents alike are pushing campaign ads and sending postcards; some are even knocking on doors.  If the committed voter numbers in November are anything like the hype we’re hearing, this will be a voter turnout for the history books.  And with the political environment being what it is, we can see why.

News that Russia had hacked into our election systems rocked many Americans, and the belief that we, the people, have a patriotic duty to vote, and take our country back, is strong.  The feeling of needing to rid our government of the money-hungry representatives who are only in office to line their pockets is overwhelming among any group that talks politics these days.  Of course, voting corruption out should be Priority One, but then shouldn’t Priority Two be finding candidates who fit what we want and need as Americans?  Are we asking our candidates, who want our votes, everything that we should be asking them? Probably not.

There’s so much going on week to week, and even day to day, that it’s hard to keep up with all the political agendas arising, that we once thought were safe.  Because of how busy we are, and how much things change day to day, just because an issue deserves our attention, doesn’t always mean it will receive our attention, and that could be a big mistake in one case. If there’s one issue that deserves our attention and has been overlooked, it would have to be the one that is pertinent to identifying and alerting the proper authorities, including the general public, of illegal, immoral and corrupt activities in order to keep corruption out.

This one issue, that many don’t think about, and has gone largely unspoken, is whistleblower protections.  Fraud and corruption run through our government like a snake slithering through high grass.  It can be hard for the decent high-level government officials to spot, because it succeeds as it’s concealed right under their noses.  Lower-level officials and private citizens, by contrast, sometimes have an advantage of seeing it from the outside, or a bird’s-eye view.

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