New Milford Life: 2020 Needs The Lights

By Christopher Ryan

The late fall evenings have been deeply dark, like dusk got fired and midnight was forced to come in to work early. Night descends quickly around 5 pm and that seems to figure into all that 2020 has been.

We need the lights.

Driving around town, we see many families have lit their holiday decorations early this year, and it inspires gratitude.

Cracking the gloom with grace, the lights offer hope.
Whether subtle or celebratory, the lights speak out against the night, offering to brighten our way regardless of our differences.
Be they a quiet welcome…
… or regal display…
… the lights offer hope and unity to our community.
So we thank all who extend the lights this season, and encourage of our gorgeously diverse community to shine as well.
This year has been rough for so many. Showing a light at the end of its tunnel can be seen as encouragement.
We can take each push back against the darkness as a statement that we can get to the other side of all our challenges …
… and we can do it together.
Happy Thanksgiving, New Milford.

About chrisryanwrites

My name is Christopher Ryan. I am a former award-winning journalist turned high school teacher, and I have written since reading S.E. Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS when I was in elementary school. I have independently published an award-winning debut novel, CITY OF WOE, plus the prequel short story collection CITY OF SIN, the sequel novel CITY OF PAIN, a high school thriller novel GENIUS HIGH, and several high adventure novelettes for the Rapid Reads series featuring Alex Simmons' African-American adventurer BLACKJACK All are available via amazon.com, as is my children's book, THE FERGUSON FILES - THE MYSTERY SPOT. Additionally, I was nominated for a supporting actor award for my work in the multiple award-winning independent film, CLANDESTINE, from Feenix Films. I blog about writing, life, pop culture, the journey of learning to promote my independently published work, my efforts to secure a traditional publishing contract, and my career as a teacher.
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2 Responses to New Milford Life: 2020 Needs The Lights

  1. Mo Britt says:

    thank you, Chris! that is beautiful, and just what I needed to hear today! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! M. Britt

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