I want you to know about two events that are happening at the same time. You really should be paying attention to both. Zulah Talmage with you from The Shady Pines Gazette news team. On the one hand, our nation is still waiting to hear the results of the 2020 presidential election. Unlike other elections, this one is taking a long time.

So many people voted by mail, it’s taking a good deal of time to count all those additional votes. Volunteers are working around the clock to make sure they do everything they can to be accurate about the vote totals.

Meanwhile, people are marching in the streets to demonstrate to officials how importat they feel it is their vote be counted. It’s clear that a lot of voters are really stressed out right now. They desperately want to find out as soon as possible whether their candidate won.


At the same time all that’s happening, we’re heading into International Kindness Week. It wraps up next Friday, November 13th. That day is known as World Kindness Day. This week people all over the world are being asked to pay attention to the way they act and speak to one another. One of the slogans you might hear is this: “If you can’t find a kind person – be one.” Isn’t that great? Here’s another one: “In a world where you can be anything, Be Kind.”

Listen, I get it. Scoop, The Cub Reporter and I have been all over Shady Pines Story Town covering this election. People have very strong ideas about who should be our next president. You’ll meet people who’ll tell you all the reasons why we should re-elect our current president, Donald Trump.

Then just like that, you’ll bump into someone else who thinks the country needs a different direction. They will tell you in no uncertain terms why former Vice President, Joe Biden, is the right man for the job. Because emotions are so high, we sometimes forget to consider that eveyone is concerned about how this election will be decided. We tend to forget that just like everyone’s vote counts, so do their opinions – even if we don’t agree with them.

As this week, or weeks go along, Scoop and I will continue to cover all the twists and turns that this year’s presidential election will throw our way. There will probably be calls for states to hold re-counts of votes and who-knows-what else? 2020 has been an unusual year, and there’s no reason to expect a “normal” election, is there?

But along with all the election madness, we know it will come to an end. It may not be the result you were hoping for when you cast your ballot. 

We need to remember that our co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members feel strongly about the candidate they wanted to win. So, since this is International Kindness Week and all, maybe we can focus on compassion. We don’t want to lose and neither does anyone else.

This week, like every week in Shady Pines, kindness and caring can go a long way!