A Year to Remember...

A Year to Remember...

A Review of the Events that Characterized 2017

From bombings and attacks that broke our hearts, to rallies and movements that restored our faith in humanity, 2017 was an eventful year we won't soon forget. So before we break out the champagne to toast the beginning of 2018, let's take a look back at some of the biggest headlines from this past year.

January: Banning of Refugees

On January 27, the New York Times published the headline "Trump Bars Refugees and Citizens of 7 Muslim Countries", causing a stir within the American community. Hundreds of people joined together, protesting the legislation and showing their support of refugees, while others struggled to bring their family members home from overseas.

February: Oscars Mistake

Big "Uh-oh" moment at the Oscars held in February 2017, when La La Land was named the winner of Best Picture, only to discover, after a number of acceptance speeches had been made, that the award actually belonged to Moonlight.

March: President Trump Accuses Former President Barack Obama of Wiretapping

Ah, yes, the wiretapping scandal. On March 4, President Donald Trump tweeted accusations against former President Barack Obama of wiretapping the Trump Tower during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. After a number of press releases, briefings, and investigations, the final verdict was released on March 20, 2017 that there was no evidence to suggest validity of the president's accusations.

April: Gay Officials Elected to Anchorage Assembly in Alaska

A huge achievement for the LGBTQ movement occurred on April 3, 2017 when two openly gay candidates were elected to Alaska's Anchorage Assembly. Christopher Constant and Felix Rivera became the first openly gay officials to become elected officials in Alaska.

May: North Korea Accelerates its Nuclear Weapons Program

In response to President Donald Trump's "aggressive stance towards the regime," North Korea announced its plans to "accelerate its nuclear war programme to 'maximum pace' and test a nuclear device 'at any time'". Thus began the theme in the news of 2017 of increasingly hostile relations with North Korea.

June: London Terrorist Attack

On June 3, 2017, "a van was driven into pedestrians" on the London Bridge; the drivers then exited the vehicle and proceeded to stab a number of people in Borough Market until they were shot and killed by Metropolitan Police. At least seven people were killed and many others were injured.

July: Priest Arrested and Questioned for Drug-Induced Gay Orgy

The secretary to Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio was arrested when his apartment was raided by Vatican City police during a "drug-fueled gay sex party" . The priest was questioned for his possession of the drugs, "as gay sex is legal in Vatican City" (NY Daily News).

August: White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

A white nationalist rally held in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017 to protest plans to remove the Robert E. Lee statue became violent counter-protesters arrived. Several people were injured and one person was killed when a vehicle was driven through the crowd of counter-protesters. President Donald Trump called the event an, "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides," inciting disgust from multiple critics.

September: Cleveland Indians Break Major League Baseball Record

The Cleveland Indians beat the Kansas City Royals after tying the game in the eighth and ninth innings, breaking the record for the longest winning streak in Major League Baseball with 22 wins in a row. The record was previously held by the 1935 Chicago Cubs with a record of 21 wins in a row.

October: New York City Terrorist Attack

On Halloween night, 2017, eight people were killed when a man drove a truck down a bicycle path into a crowd of people. The man, identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, claimed he did the act in the name of ISIS.

November: #MeToo

The hashtag #MeToo appeared across the Internet in October 2017 as thousands of people spoke out against sexual harassment and assault. On November 12, thousands met and marched in Los Angeles, California chanting a number of phrases, including "Whatever we wear, wherever we go, 'yes' means 'yes', and 'no' means 'no'" and "not in pots, not in plants, keep your junk inside your pants".

December: Geminid Meteor Shower

On December 13, the sky was filled with meteors as Mother Nature displayed her beauty with the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower . A spectacular showing and a beautiful ending to another year.

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He Changed Everything.

My soul is richer & my heart is fuller 

Sept 2013 I found myself writing to an evangelist Jennifer Beckham looking for more, looking for answers cause at the time I was in a dark place, and stuck no matter what I did. She wrote back! I cried as I read her respond. She sent me scriptures of who god is and what he wants for us. God says we are more than conquers and endurance develops strength and character. She encouraged me that I was on the right track. Not to give up and she would be praying for me. I saw Jennifer Beckham at a conference that year. I don't remember what she specifically talked about but I remember the feeling. The feeling of wanting to burst out crying, I could feel my eyes being filled with tears, and my heart racing but I wouldn't let out the tears. My pride was too big. I wanted to be strong so I did my best to hold it all in, and I did. At this conference they offered the audience who wanted to go up for prayer and dedicate their life to Jesus Christ. Surprisingly I went up, but I went up with other people that were seeking out salvation. I wasn’t sure if I was going up to support the other people or if it was truly for me. I was confused, even though I said the prayer. I became more confused as the days went on and I wasn't feeling a difference in my life. Nothing was changing. I started reading the bible and many books, listening to sermons, and surrounding myself with positive people. I gave my life to Jesus, but I didn't feel like I was set FREE! I continued feeling empty, lost, broken, guilty, and hurt from the past. There were so many days where I just wanted to give up. Almost felt pointless to fight for my life. At this point in my life I didn't know God very much, but I had just a little bit of faith. My faith was a big as a mustard seed and God took care of the rest. Day by day, year by year I started noticing my life changing. I noticed I was changing. I started feeling happy with who I was and where I was in life. I no longer questioned God about the things that happened to me. In my heart I was ok with the wounds, the hardships, and trials from the past because I now understood those wounds and trials. I realized I was SET FREE! not perfect but set free. I started understanding who I was as a child of our heavenly father. Now it’s Jan 2018 and I’m in awe of who I am and where I am in life, all because of Jesus. His so faithful! I think of the favor, the grace, his mercy, his love, his joy and blessing that he gives me even when I’m undeserving of it, it’s overwhelming. He has never left me nor forsake me. I can say Jesus you changed everything and my heart so forever thankful. 

Today, I encourage you like Jennifer Beckham encouraged me. Keep going and don't give up. No matter what your past looks like believe in your heart that you were created for greatness. Don't let your past determine your future, be the change you want in your life. You have it in you. There is so much more to life, don't miss out on it. It's time to take back your happiness, love, joy, freedom and so much more. It's time to take back EVERYTHING the enemy has taken from you. God has made you an overcomer. I speak it right now, that you will be victorious in 2018 and the years to come. Remember, God loves you! 

Psalm 136:26 (AMP) O give thanks to the God of heaven, for his mercy and loving-kindness endures forever!

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Oprah Winfrey Running For President?

Golden Globe speech sparking some ideas.

As of Sunday, January 7, 2018, Oprah Winfrey made a few remarks during her Golden Globe speech, hinting to her possibly running for president in 2020. Later, two of her friends, who wish to remain anonymous confirm this speculation. One of the friends said that this idea has been looming for months now but that Winfrey did not come to a conscience yet.

The main point of Winfrey's speech at the Golden Globes was the #MeToo movement. She also made a statement of, "A new day is on the horizon", which many liberal celebrities and viewers heard as a possible campaign cry.

At the moment, there is no serious talk right now about her running for president, but some of her fans have voiced their opinions through Twitter and Facebook after she had her speech. Along with her fans, her long time partner, Stedman Graham also mentioned that her running for president was a possibility

However what Winfrey does not have is political experience. When she needs political advice she looks to the Obamas and she fully endorsed Hillary Clinton. We may have our next Democratic candidate for the 2020 election. Although the race for president does not start until after the 2018 midterms, many candidates are getting a head start. Maybe this is her making her first move. What do you think? Will America choose another TV star as our president?

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