Come election night, we may be celebrating the winner; then again we may not. Our country, and the world, may still be waiting to see who will be sworn in as president next January. One thing I think we will all celebrate is that the seemingly never-ending political ads are over for now.
What happens next?
What happens next will depend on who wins 270 Electoral College votes. I have lived through the Vietnam War protests in the 1970s. As divisive as they were, I don’t think they divided our country as badly as it is now, mainly because we are now at odds on so many levels.
What our country needs immediately is for our president to speak out and douse the flames of dissent and divisiveness that are rampant. He can calm the fears that have arisen as a result of the unknowns of COVID-19 by acknowledging that it will be here for a while but that the scientists are close to the production of a vaccine. Until then, we need to wear masks and socially distance.
We need to stop the vitriol and false stories on social media. Countless lies have been posted and shared on Facebook alone. Do you verify content before sharing an accusation or before posting an angry reply? Take a few minutes to check out the next post you see.
Protesting is a sacred right. However, when it devolves into rioting and looting, the perpetrators of violence should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Violence is not protesting, and it dilutes and harms that which is being rightly protested. Vast majority of police officers are there to serve and protect us all. Defund them? Of course, not. Look inward and talk to each other. Learn from each other.
I hope we can once again learn to agree to disagree – agreeably. When we truly listen to each other rather than preparing our retort, we can often learn things. My fervent prayer is that whoever wins the presidential election will lead the healing our country so desperately needs. Who won? I hope our country did.
Be on the lookout for The Painted Porch Bookstore on Main Street. It is waiting for the COVID numbers to allow it to open.
Black and White Interiors, at 1015 Main St., was set to open Oct. 31. It says: “At Black & White Interiors we believe in creating personalized spaces that reflect your own unique style and taste.” Interesting.
Ojas Bastrop is passionate about assisting customers in choosing high-quality CBD products, along with all natural and healthy food products. It was established with compassion and convenience in mind and to help educate the Bastrop community about the health benefits of CBD oil. It can be found at 601 Chestnut St. #G near Neighbor’s Kitchen and Yard.
Nature’s Divine specializes in holistic health through massage and hot stone therapy, rose quartz facials, salt glow body scrubs, cupping and oxygen bar therapy, and essential oils. It also carries great gift items such as jeweled water bottles and dispensers and several types of bath products. It’s located 705-C Pine St.
The Bridges Building at 920 Main St. has seen the opening of some new businesses. The Painted Bunted “is on a mission to make everybody’s world just a little more artful through original fine art and well-designed gifts.” Monarch Gallery is “full of artisan made gifts” and “is a great spot for holiday gifts this season. Original art, prints, photography, pottery, and colorful alcohol ink products.”
Local shops offer unique and one of a kind Christmas gifts without a long drive or crowds.
“Making Bastrop Bright,” makes its debut and is the brain child of one of Bastrop’s leading cheerleaders, Debbie Denny. We are encouraged to decorate our homes and/or businesses. Competition is open to everyone in the city limits, Tahitian Village, and The Colony. Then turn your lights on from 6-10 p.m. beginning Dec. 1.
Go to https://www.cityofbastrop.org/page/Making_Bastrop_Bright to register now thru Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. and for more details on voting online from Dec. 1-13. Winners will be announced on the Downtown Bastrop Facebook page on Dec. 16.
This Bastrop Main Street Program and Debbie Denny project will be a great way to end a crazy year and help make this holiday season merry and bright!
Until next time
That’s all for now. Until next time, be good to yourself. Let me hear from you by email at email@example.com so I can share what’s going on in and around Bastrop.
Remember: “We must specially be aware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.” — President Franklin Delano Roosevelt