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Update: There’s No Sugar Coating 2020

Hi everyone, it’s Retro Dee with an Update for June 2020. And this time I’m not going to sugar coat things, so please be prepared for an honest post.

So let’s get one thing out of the way:

I am not refraining from posting content this week because to me having the right to post content online is an important aspect of FREEDOM. Freedom and justice for all is what we are working towards here, isn’t it? I don’t feel that it’s all that productive to boycott your own content to show that you support all walks of life and equality. You can proactively take a stand against racism and injustice and post a blog at the same time.

Anyone else doing it, I totally respect their decision, but that particular movement is not for me. So my posts will continue this week as scheduled.

That does not mean that I don’t care. I DO care. I cried when I read about what happened to George Floyd. And I was devastated back when I heard about Michael Brown and Freddie Gray and Eric Garner. I remember them and each of their stories. What happened to them made me sad and extremely angry. This kind of injustice is sickening and the epitome of inhumanity.

So I’m showing my support. I’ve posted anti-racism posts on Instagram and posted the blank black square on “Blackout Tuesday” to show solidarity. At first I wasn’t going to do it, because I didn’t want to follow the herd and I believe that ALL lives matter. But folks were saying that African American people need our support RIGHT NOW. And I can understand that. So I did it to show my support. Then today I find out that some people on Instagram are bitching about the people who participated in Blackout Tuesday, because all lives matter. Seriously? I mean, WTF?

A wise young man once noted that one sure way to fail is to try to please everyone. No truer words could ever be spoken. No matter what, there will be someone who’s unhappy with what you do, even if you have the best intentions. The only thing I can do is be a decent person and be myself. Because as that young man once noted, trying to please everyone is impossible.

Now if I may be so “self-centered” and get back to my own blog.

Last month (May) I published a total of 12 blog posts. I want to thank each and every one of you who checked out any of those posts. I truly appreciate your interest and the time you spend reading my blog. I’m hoping to write as many posts for the month of June. Think I can do it? We’ll see!

Unfortunately, I’m not loving the new WordPress editor. I won’t say it sucks, per se, but I really hate writing in blocks. It messes up the flow of typing, plus the new editor itself is not all that easy to navigate.

However. I am still grateful that WordPress exists at all, and to have an account here is a writer’s dream come true. So I suppose I will stop complaining and not look a gift horse in the mouth.

May’s scheduling of posts helped organize my thoughts and ideas. Making a schedule could be useful for any blog, and the blogs that adhere to a weekly schedule are often the ones I continue to go back to again and again.

The schedule I set for May was simple: Publish a 1950’s-related post on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Fridays, publish a post that tells a story. That way, I was able to keep the theme of this site, as well as have some personal creativity which I really enjoy.

And guess what? There’s finally more in the Study Hall section! I’m thinking that perhaps the new editor can help with the fact that 50’s Study Hall is a reference section, therefore each item is listed as such, rather than in a long, written format.

So while I’m working on that, you can still check it out, and hopefully get some useful information about your favorite stars of yesteryear.

I’m not going to Peggy Sue’s Cruise this year. I go with my family and they are definitely not up to partaking in any crowd-related events right now. I will miss all the beautiful cars and the diesel fumes, but maybe next year.

Thanks for reading this Update.

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Be well and be kind.

-Retro Dee

PS: Holly says hi and she’ll post a picture in her Summer cherries collar soon!

Holly B. on her cat tree.