Let's Be Braver and Brigher Together

Hello again, it's me, Joseph and I'm on the move again and so is the United States of America. We're moving in a new direction. I understand that some of you may not be as excited as I am. Trust me, I know EXACTLY how you're feeling. #2016 I also know that because of what we have experienced together, we have reasons to be hopeful no matter what side of the aisle we hang our hats.

We finished the task at hand

There was an attack on the Capitol and both sides agreed to remain steadfast in getting the work done in the People's House. Democracy was not destroyed, only delayed. Many who had planned to make oppostion speeches declined to do so for the greater good. In a time of crisis, being Americans is more important than being Democrats or Rebulicans.

Devasting, heart-breaking, unimaginable to see our Capitol destroyed. Encouraging, inspiring, and powerful to see our elected officials stay the course and ratify the election.

This Dress

Can a dress unify America? Not by itself. Just for a moment, consider all of the thought that went into the making of this garment and then consider how much more thought will go into creating, designing and weaving programs and strategies to unite our nation. What an amazing statement the First Lady made when given a platform to do so.

"Dr. Jill Biden's Inauguration Evening Dress had flowers from all 50 States plus the US territories embroidered on it, with the flower of Delaware sewn near her heart and the other flowers branching out from it. What a lovely message from a lovely woman.

ETA: "Inside of the coat, representing the lifelong calling and service of Dr. Biden as an educator is a hand embroidery on the lining with a quote from Founding Father Benjamin Franklin:

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”'

The materials used were existing available fabrics to minimize the impact on the environment."

Let's agree, to always remain teachable.

This Trailblazer, Madame Vice President

Raised by a single mother to believe that anything is possible, her journey is nothing short of spectacular. Regardless of political affiliation, we have to celebrate that we're finally starting to get it right. #woman #personofcolor

Yes, to the pearls and Chucks. (PSA: just make sure you accessorize well.)

This Remarkable Poet Laureate

Dear Reader, didn't this writer/orator extraordinaire, just knock your socks off? Were you not just awestruck by each word and gesture? If not, please check your pulse, you could be in a coma. Read it again right now! Wake up, to a generation that includes a tremendous human being like this one who has her own story to tell about overcoming obstacles and reminds us what poetry can do for us. What a gift to be able to capture heartache and hope at the same time and leave us believing that we have something purposeful to add in a time such as this.

Ms. Gorman made her own statement too: "During her reading, Gorman wore a ring with a caged bird, a gift from Oprah for the occasion and tribute to symbolize Maya Angelou, a previous inaugural poet. “Here’s to the women who have climbed my hills before,” Gorman tweeted.

Mr. President

We have been waiting for leadership to look Covid-19 in the eye and call it like it is and President Biden has done that on day one. It will take all of us. It's a war time effort. #defenseact We have rallied before against a common enemy. We can do it again. We have to care about and take care of each other.

There is no doubt that our beloved country is deeply divided. It will take every effort to focus on what unites us and to be brave in our efforts to repair what is broken. Let's hang on to the hope we have already seen and use it to build bridges to a better future. Together, we'll shine even brighter.

Be brave. Be well.