“The Hill We Climb” wise words by an amazing young lady Amanda Gorman

Inspirational words and the text of the poem written by this amazing young lady..

“The Hill We Climb”

Author and Auditory by Amanda Gorman

“When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade. We’ve braved the belly of the beast, we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace and the norms and notions of what just is, isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, somehow we do it, somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one. And, yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect, we are striving to forge a union with purpose, to compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

So we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another, we seek harm to none and harmony for all.

Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: that even as we grieved, we grew, even as we hurt, we hoped, that even as we tired, we tried, that we’ll forever be tied together victorious, not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division.

Scripture tells us to envision that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one should make them afraid. If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade, but in in all of the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it because being American is more than a pride we inherit, it’s the past we step into and how we repair it. We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it. That would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy, and this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can periodically be delayed, but it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith, we trust, for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us, this is the era of just redemption we feared in its inception we did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour but within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves, so while once we asked how can we possibly prevail over catastrophe, now we assert how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us.

We will not march back to what was but move to what shall be, a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free, we will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our inaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation, our blunders become their burden. But one thing is certain: if we merge mercy with might and might with right, then love becomes our legacy and change our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left, with every breath from my bronze, pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one, we will rise from the golden hills of the West, we will rise from the windswept Northeast where our forefathers first realized revolution, we will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the Midwestern states, we will rise from the sunbaked South, we will rebuild, reconcile, and recover in every known nook of our nation in every corner called our country our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful, when the day comes we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid, the new dawn blooms as we free it, for there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”

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Author Chris Edwards 

Executive Operations Coach & Author of

#1 Football Biography Track & Field Category Top 10 Bestseller

Coach Robert (Bob) Sepulveda: The Early Days 

January Important Issues Poll 2021

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Day 2021 with renewal & hope…

Thoughts on this MLK Day from myself and Rene Sepulveda… “This MLK Day 2021, is even more important than in past years, as it is on the eve of a historic inauguration. On this day, we as a nation seem more divided than at any time since the days of Dr. King. It is my hope, that we take this day, as a day of reflection on the messaging of Dr. King and in that reflection remember the many things that unite us. Today let’s use his message and his memory as a means of healing and moving us forward toward unity and bury those things that divide us.”

The words of my little brother Steven Edwards… ” Its crazy to think how the works of one man can impact your life and society as a whole. I have friends who have greatly enriched my life that I can say for certain, I wouldn’t have been able to have, if we didn’t live in a world Dr. King helped push forward.Because of the efforts of him and other civil rights leaders, not just black Americans, but ALL Americans, should be thankful for his efforts and sacrifice; as every child in the rainbow, has gained from his message.

I was bummed when Chadwick Boseman died. He was my age and grew up near me. If it hadn’t been for the work of leaders like Dr. King; Boseman, one of my fellow South Carolinians. would have been held back by a system that discriminated against him for about the dumbest of possible reasons…imagine a world where we discriminated because of eye color or hair color or race, and how dumb that would be, and the talent we would all miss out on.

As such, I am grateful for what civil rights leaders such as Dr. King and others like Congressman, John Lewis or Novelist, James Baldwin did and sacrificed for us. As a result of their legacy, some personal friendships and relationships I have will last a lifetime, and for that I am thankful. Our culture as a whole would be so much poorer if guys like Chadwick, Lewis, Baldwin and the celebrated Dr. King didn’t have their opportunity to leave their mark on our world. May the spirit of their legacy endure for generations.”

Authors Chris Edwards & Rene Sepulveda

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Celebrating Officer Eugene Goodman protecting Democracy- Send a Thank You

🚨ACTION🚨: Several of my friends are sending a heartfelt “Thank you” note to Officer Eugene Goodman, the hero that saved lives during the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol. This is the officer that realized the Senate door was unguarded and tricked the rioters into following him away from the senate chamber doors and up stairs away from the elected officials. In doing so it has now been proven he potentially saved the Vice President and others as a few of those chasing him were indeed armed and one had restraints with the intention of holding senators hostage so as they would not be in session to count the votes for president. This officer with only a baton is an America Hero. He is who should be receiving the Presidential medal of Freedom. Show your support of this courageous officer and send a thank you in support of the Blue to:

Officer Eugene Goodman

US Capitol Police

119 D ST NE

Washington DC 20510

This officer protected democracy and is an example of the Blue Line

🚨ACTION🚨: Several of my friends are sending a heartfelt “Thank you” note to Officer Eugene Goodman, the hero that saved lives during the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol. This is the officer that realized the Senate door was unguarded and tricked the rioters into following him away from the senate chamber doors and up stairs away from the elected officials. In doing so it has now been proven he potentially saved the Vice President and others as a few of those chasing him were indeed armed and one had restraints with the intention of holding senators hostage so as they would not be in session to count the votes for president. This officer with only a baton is an America Hero. He is who should be receiving the Presidential medal of Freedom. Show your support of this courageous officer and send a thank you in support of the Blue to:

Officer Eugene Goodman

US Capitol Police

119 D ST NE

Washington DC 20510

“Love Lives Here” Valentines Window Display

Turn up the sound, watch and enjoy something joyful and full of love. Thank you Alamogordo Artist, Delia Lopez for creating the beautiful window display at Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Participating Artist Delia and the 40 partner artist, remind us, “this is where love is” for “Valentines Day” and every day!

Come join Roadrunner Emporium owner Debra Reyes and the 40 local artist. Shop early and shop local for this upcoming Valentines Day – February 14th, 2021.

Again, thank everyone, for your support in shopping local and support of the arts community during these difficult times.

Please support small business, stop by with a mask, and see Debra and the team of over 40 artist at 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, 9 to 5 Monday thru Saturday.

“Love Lives Here” Valentines Window Display created by Artist Delia Lopez for Roadrunner Emporium, Alamogordo, New Mexico – Video production by 2nd Life Media Author/Executive Coach Chris Edwards & Artist/Author/Fitness Coach Rene Sepulveda

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A Gas Mask & an Atomic Vault protected Democracy 1-6-2020

The events in the capital raised an amazing memory from my teen years.

When in student congress, several years ago, we toured the capital, held a session of student congress, and I sat at then Congressman (Jim) James Ralph Sasser’s desk, since I represented Tennessee as a student legislative representative.

I dropped my pen and found a bag attached to my seat. Congressman Sasser’s aid laughed and said don’t touch that, “it’s a relic of the Cold War period, masks are provided to every member of the house and senate while on the floor and in their offices as a safety precaution in the event of terrorist attack or a gas attack by the Russians.”

Congressional Gas Mask

Imagine my shock, 30 plus years later, when I watched the news and watched members of congress sustain a domestic terrorist attack, and hear the order for members of congress to huddle to the floor, and to place on their masks.

We witnessed a true assault on our democracy, not by a Cold War adversary but initiated by the occupant of the White House, 70 plus congress persons and about 7 Senators as co-conspirators.

Shame has been brought on the capital dome by those individuals. A Cold War relic that was put to use on this day, January 6, 2020 by a group domestic terrorists and thugs. This day will be marked in the annuls of history.

A sad day, as a copy of the constitution is protected, in the national archives, sealed in a vault, that would withstand an atomic blast, today it was attacked and its guidance and wisdom was chipped away at, by the occupant of the White House, his co-conspirators in congress and the senate and the mob whose violence he instilled.

US Constitution stored at the National Archives in a vault that can withstand an atomic blast, yet it was chipped away at, by the violence and antics, of the occupant of the White House and his co-conspirators that breached the Capital and attempted a Coup against the Democratic Process of Counting the Certified votes of state via the Electoral College- Jan, 6, 2020

Patriots? No, terrorist and insurrectionist, cowards; who use the name patriot and the constitution in vain. You bring shame on our forefathers and everything they represent. Luckily the wisdom of the leadership of the house and the senate the the reverence to the constitution by the Vice President allowed the constitutional processes of democracy to prevail.

Author Chris Edwards January 7, 2020

2nd Life Media & Boutique Winter Wonderland in Lights Window Display Roadrunner Emporium Wins 1st Place in Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Competition by Author & Artist Chris Edwards & Artist & Coach Rene Sepulveda

Thank you Alamogordo Chamber Of Commerce. Our Winter in Lights Window Display representing the natural environment of the area desert and Forest won the Christmas Winter in Lights contest in the business category. We appreciate the community support.

We will keep the display up a few more weeks, so the community can come by and enjoy if you’ve not seen it in person.

Thank you Roadrunner Emporium owner Debra Reyes for allowing Rene Sepulveda and myself via 2nd Life Media and Boutique the opportunity to showcase our appreciation for the region’s beauty.

Again, thank everyone, for your support. Please support small business and stop by with a mask, To see Debra and the team of over 40 artist at 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo.

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Winter in Lights Window Display Christmas Window Display Roadrunner Emporium 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo New Mexico by Author Chris Edwards & Artist Rene Sepulveda 2nd Life Media & Boutique Featuring Cholla Art (Cholla Cactus Art by Rene Sepulveda)
Winter in Lights Window Display Christmas Window Display Roadrunner Emporium 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo New Mexico by Author Chris Edwards & Artist Rene Sepulveda 2nd Life Media & Boutique Featuring Cholla Art (Cholla Cactus Art by Rene Sepulveda)

Merry Christmas with a Tularosa New Mexico Luminaria Christmas Celebration 2020 Festival of Lights

This Christmas Eve 2020 we wish all of our family, friends, business partners, associates and followers a Very Merry Christmas. Tonight we showcase the luminaria or “farolito” of Tularosa New Mexico and end our Christmas Greeting with our window display at our location of 2nd Life Boutique at the Roadrunner Emporium in the historic Main Street Area of 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo. The Village of Tularosa sets out thousands of small paper lanterns (a candle set in some sand inside a paper bag) which is of significance to the state of New Mexico at Christmas time, especially on Christmas Eve. Typically used in Hispanic culture, the paper lanterns have to some extent replaced the older tradition of the vigil fire luminaria with which they became confused. There are sometimes conflicting opinions about the correct use of the term “luminaria.”

Most of us refer to the paper bag lantern in this way, but some traditionalists insist the correct term is “farolitos.” Historically, a true luminaria is a series of small bonfires lining the road. Originally, small bonfires were used to guide people to Christmas mass. Often, they are associated with the final night of Las Posadas, which is the symbolic representation of when Mary and Joseph were seeking shelter in Bethlehem, walking from home to home for a place to rest.

In that honor every Christmas Eve thousands of luminarias are displayed throughout the Village of Tularosa. This tradition is decades old. We then end our video Christmas Greeting with a view of a Christmas in Lights Winter Wonderland Window Display at Roadrunner Emporium and a wish from our 18 year old 4 legged friend Sammy. To each of you we wish a safe, healthy and peaceful holiday!

Christmas Window Display Alamogordo Christmas in Light Alamogordo Main Street 928 New York Avenue Alamogordo New Mexico designed by Artist Rene Sepulveda and Display Artist & Author Chris Edwards

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Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Christmas Lights Contest Video featuring Roadrunner Emporium -Video created by Chris Edwards & Rene Sepulveda-authors, artists, coaching

Check out a few of the Alamogordo Christmas Lights contest entrants. From Cuba road to McKinley Avenue and beyond and the Winter in the Desert window display at Roadrunner Emporium, 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo. All are officially entered in the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce Christmas lights contest. 

Come check out each vía the attached video or do a Covid SAFE drive by. Locations for each are found 

Trail of Lights Holiday Contest Participants https://goo.gl/maps/TogBGmiYZQLk8o6N8

Come see our window display at 928 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, comment and like us on our and the Chambers Facebook page. Thanks and enjoy a natural Alamogordo lights and our Natural Desert Winter Holiday display..

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