Category Archives: Special Days

Happy Veterans Day 2021

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Happy Veterans Day to all those who fight for our individual rights and freedom. Even though I may not always agree with the political agenda that drives the military, in America and abroad, I do honor the men and women who risk their lives fighting to protect the lives of others.

My hope is that President Joe Biden will lead the nation on a peaceful mission but will stand strong when faced with challenges by those who wish to harm others with their political or religious agenda.

Since I am an advocate of prison and criminal justice reform, my hope is that President Joe Biden, will work towards ending mass incarceration, by changing practices and policies that will help free thousands of Americans incarcerated for non-violent crimes and minor drug-related offenses, and any others who received unjust sentences for acts that did not infringe on the rights or safety of others.

One of President Joe Biden’s campaign promises concerned changing private prison policies, something that former President Barrack Obama focused on during his term of presidency, which President Donald Trump reversed immediately and caused private prison stocks to soar.

Maybe there is a happy medium, but to me, allowing companies and investors to profit from high incarceration numbers and financially-driven policies that help to put and keep men and women in jails and prisons does not seem morally-correct.

I wrote a blog to try to find that happy medium, Prison Privatization and Recidivism. Private prison companies have shifted some of its focus into Residential Reentry Centers that help returning citizens reintegrate into society.

And, yes, incarceration-related issues do relate to Veterans Day, in my opinion, because thousands of former soldiers are in American prisons and other countries. Some of whom end up going to prison for events that may be the result of the military experience. Teach a man or woman to kill for their survival and in the name of justice, and then it becomes natural, right or wrong.

Many of the veterans who went to or are still in prison, went for drug-related crimes; wars often create addicts and alcoholics because of the stress and psychological trauma associated with acts that occurred during their tenure in the military.

For all of the above reasons, I do wish ALL veterans a Happy Veterans Day.

Independence Day 2021 by Wayne T. Dowdy

Leaving the Past Behind

Happy Independence Day to those who celebrate America’s independence for traditional reasons.

In 2020 I wrote about my personal perspective on Independence Day which may be read by clicking this link: Happy Independence Day | STRAIGHT FROM THE PEN.

Independence Day means freedom for me. In that blog I included another link for the historical aspect of Independence Day. Please feel free to read.

Today I am wishing a Happy Independence Day to those who may have freed themselves from an abusive, unhealthy relationship. For those who may still be trapped in one, I hope the day comes where you, too, find freedom from the one who mistreats you and fails to provide the love, respect and kindness you deserve.

Do not hesitate to seek professional assistance if needed.

Never lose hope!

For me, I continue my fight against recidivism (not returning to old behaviors with negative consequence (addiction, crime, etc.)), and to help others to live their lives where it is not necessary to revert to old, destructive, and unhealthy behaviors.

My focus today is to become a successful affiliate marketer and entrepreneur, as well as to begin my long-term goal of building a business that makes the world a better place, to help others to live better lives, and to reduce the damage we do to Mother Earth.

May the remainder of 2021 bring each of you an abundance of love, good health, and the successes in life you desire.


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Happy Father’s Day 2021

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Happy Mother’s Day Everyday-2021 by Wayne T. Dowdy

Heart Chained by Love Created by Wayne T. Dowdy for the Mothers

Mother’s Day 2021

Happy Mother’s Day to all the special women we call Mother, Mom, and many other variations of names used that represents our love and appreciation for the one who bared the pain and shed their blood to give us life.

COVID-19, other illnesses, accidents, and natural processes caused millions of Mothers to move on to the other side where only spirits can go. But in my opinion, Mothers continue to watch over their children from above. Though helpless in regard to showing love in their special ways, a Mother’s love continues to thrive for the child she lamented for months to bring into existence with the help from the One who gives ALL life.

Heart Chained by Love-2

My Heart Chained by Love goes out to all children and loved ones left behind who miss their loved one, a feeling I know well.

My Future Home with Saints on a Hill

Yesterday I spent time with my brother by visiting where our Mother’s body was placed in the ground in 2016 to rest beside our father and brothers.

We replaced the old flowers with new ones and brushed debris from the markers to show our love to her. Even though she was flawed in many ways, as are all humans, she is our Mother and endured years of pain to care and provide for all her children.

In considering my past, I feel blessed to have had a mother who continued to love me regardless of what I did while living a life I am not proud of; a life that kept me in prison for decades instead of at home to help care for my Mother as she aged and became ill, in need of the same love she had given to her children in the best way she knew how.

Children don’t come with instruction manuals, and with me having Broken-the-Mold when I came out of her womb, I cannot fault her for any errors she may have made as a parent.

She did the best she could and never gave up on me becoming the man she knew I could be, the man I am today as I write this blog in her honor and to pay tribute to all other Mothers who shed blood to give their children life.

For all you Mothers, if no one told you today that they love you, I do. I love you for who God made you to be in this thing we call life. Thank you for your sacrifices.

Just as I wrote in 2020, Every Day is Mothers’ Day!

Happy Easter from Wayne T. Dowdy

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Happy Easter to those who celebrate!

What surprised me was to learn that the Stock Market is closed on Good Friday every year, since Easter is a large marketing opportunity for retailers.

Thousands of Easter Sales are going on as I type, which will now turn to After-Easter Sales to attract more customers looking to save on left-over products on the shelves. Sale prices will continue with many companies after Easter passes over.

One business I promote is Rexing that now has a sale on several great items relating to dash cams and other visual monitoring devices. Visit WonderfulThingsDone for a promotion I wrote as a Rexing Affiliate.

In reference to affiliate marketing, my most popular blog on this website is PriceWaiter Affiliate in which I wrote about another company I promote, PriceWaiter. That blog blessed me with several new followers and the most likes ever for any single blog post. I am grateful for each!

As for Easter, I commented to a customer at Goodwill about Good Friday celebrating the execution of Jesus Christ, and it not seeming to be so good to me for Him to have been killed. Of course she explained that it is celebrated because Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Now that is one thing, but I still cannot figure out what little chickens and rabbits have to do with Easter?

Beside that, I don’t know of any rabbits that lay eggs either but Easter Eggs and milk chocolate rabbits have been around for decades, long before the stock market began trading for profits. I am hoping to find After-Easter Sale Prices on Stocks. 🙂

Women’s History-2021

Running behind schedule this year is no excuse to not have already posted something on this website to give the ladies’ props to celebrate Women’s History Month.

The lady in the above photo stands in a park next to the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta, a few miles from where I write. Though some women may not feel a connection to what this statue represents, her divine presence radiates the power of women in history, as well as in the present.

For more on Women’s History, please read this revised and modified blog. This is for all of the Wonderful Women of the world.

Happy Valentine’s Day 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day to Everyone!

“Enjoy the special day celebrating life as a living, breathing, human being. No matter how screwed up things may seem, know that there are millions of others who’d love to trade places and to have your problems. That is something I have to remind myself of when disgruntled because the world isn’t working according to Wayne.”

The above quote comes from a previous post, two actually, because on February 13, 2019, I reposted the last Happy Valentine’s Day message that I sent out to my publisher in 2018 to post for me while still living in the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons. #Happy Valentine’s Day | STRAIGHT FROM THE PEN.

When I posted the other blogs and wished everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day, I would not have believed that on Valentine’s Day in 2021 that I would be single and without a Special Someone to spend precious time with, celebrating each day filled with gratitude for having her in my life.

Well, the world just won’t work according to Wayne on most days, and that is okay with me today, because even though things don’t always turn out the way I hoped, the main thing is that I have continued to do the right thing and have succeeded at doing many good things throughout my life.

I do feel blessed for having people in my life who love and care for me and who are always willing to help me to accomplish some of my goals.

Okay, maybe that’s not completely true because I still cannot get friends and loved ones to use links for Amazon.com from WonderfulThingsDone to begin their search for gifts or product so that I get paid a small commission as an Amazon affiliate, if they order within twenty-four hours. But if I was in serious need of something, I know that I can count on most of them to help if possible.

Before ending this blog, I must confess that I don’t have a Sweetheart by choice to a certain extent, as I have resisted the urge to get involved with quite a few women interested in me.

Right now I am focused on trying to become financially secure and have a long way to go. And even though some of the women interested in me could have helped in many respects, I feel that my love and attraction to someone would make it more difficult for me to stay focused on doing what I need to do to leave behind a legacy.

If I could get Google to pay me just one dollar for each of my magnificent photos and reviews (7.4 million views), I could retire and ride off into the sunset with that Special Someone I know awaits me. Pay Up Google!

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I reckon I need to be grateful for being in a position to help others, and for being a free man, because I know of millions of others would love to trade places with me.

Happy New Year 2021

2020-2021

May 2021 Be a Year of Health, Wealth, and Happiness for All

2020 was a good year for me, since I accomplished a lot as I wrote about in a recent blog, Personal Progress in 2020, but I know that 2020 was not a good year for millions of others who may have lost their jobs or loved ones to COVID-19 and other illnesses or accidents.

My hope is that 2021 will be a year that provides us with more enjoyable events and activities that allow us to experience spectacular moments of happiness that fills out psyche with gratitude, peace, and serenity.

After all, quality of life is a matter of perception. May we perceive greatness in all events to brighten our days in 2021 and beyond.

That will be something to celebrate as we walk along a path towards a bright future!

Christmas 2020

Santa’s Landing Strip

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Straight from the Pen!

Santa Clause is Coming to Town!

Ice and snow settle across parts of the United States as Santa moves in to deliver gifts and toys to all of the good little boys and girls.

Naughty girls and boys get gifts, too, because Santa doesn’t want to be sued for discrimination and lose his reindeers and sled in court.

For me, I haven’t felt the Christmas spirit in 2020, even when it began to look a lot like Christmas before this day arrived, with Santa packing weapons to defend himself against those who wish to take his goodies. (See photos of Santa’s Anti-Terrorist Sled.)

Gratitude

What I do feel is gratitude for my health, family and friends, and for having an opportunity to walk the streets or to get in my car to drive wherever I wish, or to go to the refrigerator to get anything I want to eat, at whatever time I chose.

My life changed a lot since I began this blog several years ago to get my voice outside of the walls and rows of barbwire that held my body but couldn’t dampen my desire to succeed upon release.

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For my freedom, I fought many battles against demons and dragons and slayed them all, one at a time, until victory opened the doors.

I held my head up as I walked away, with no desire to ever return.

Years later, I sit at a computer writing blogs that I often send in to a select few inside the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons. My hope is to encourage and inspire others to change their life to become better men and to have a more fulfilling life, and so that if the day comes to walk out the doors, that they, too, will be able to live a life that does not include crime or behaviors that will put them back into prison or the graveyard.

Uh, oh, I hear Santa cruising the neighborhood so I need to get in bed and act like I am asleep so that he will stop and leave my presents because I have been really good this year. 🙂

Check out these two older blog posts and you will see Santa’s High-Performance and Heavily Armed sled that will get him put in prison for life if the Feds catch up with him.

Santa, Stars, Sex and Politics

Plot to Stop Santa

Happy Memorial Day 2020

Heritage Park, McDonough, Georgia

Memorial Day in America probably means something different to most Americans than it does to those who hate US for whatever reasons. And should one wonder if the capital “US” is a mistake, no, it is meant to be inclusive, for I am an American and am proud to call myself one, even if not proud of everything that has been done by Americans.

For me, though, Memorial Day is not just about America, even though it is an American holiday. I remain conscious of all who have died from the effect of war or who have died fighting for the lives of others; whether Americans or not, whether for the “right” or “wrong” reasons, human lives are lost, mostly innocent lives lost in the crosshairs of another’s agenda.

Search “Memorial Day” on this site to see other blogs I’ve written on the topic, including some controversial ones where I speak out against the twisting of historical facts and attempts to erase America’s not-so-favorable history.

https://straightfromthepen.com/2017/05/11/mothers-memorial-days-by-wayne-t-dowdy/

https://straightfromthepen.com/2019/05/27/give-me-liberty-or-give-me-death/

In the end, though, everything worked out the way it should for whatever reason. I am not in control, and nor I am responsible for what others have done in the name of God or America, but I am proud to be an American and honor those who have died protecting our shores.

Today, I honor those on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19, here in American and all across the world. WE are all in this together, like it or not!

Lee Greenwood says it best in his tribute to America, God Bless the USA