THANK YOU, YOU BIG OLD TREE ON MAIN STREET, for witnessing the divine, the sacred, and the frailty of humanity.
Gratitude for John Lewis for saying "When you see something that is not right, you have to do something, " For Elijah Cummings for saying. "They are human beings, " For Father Gregory Boyle for saving the lives of LA gang members by creating the Home Boys Industries...For Judge Sharon Gleason for helping to spare the Alaskan wilderness...For Lt. Colonel Vindman for speaking the truth about the quid pro quo, For Allegra Love for protecting the Dreamers in NM...For Jimmy Wales for helping to launch Wikipedia...For Abigail Disney for giving raises to the Disney employees...For Andy Lipkis for planting so many trees and creating "The Tree People" at age 17...For US District Judge Arenda Wright Allen for saying "Gender non-conformity is not a crime...For Al Green for speaking truth to our US Congress, even if the room is empty...For Katie Porter for asking hard needed questions of Jeffery Diamond and his ilk...for "Orange is the New Black" for exposing women's and immigrants' prison life...For Doug McMillon for removing assault weapons from Walmarts' shelves...For Mitch Landrieu for removing Confederate icons from New Orleans. ..for Emily Ashby for being the best DJ for joy making Northern NM music on KUNM... For President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter for modeling goodness and staying alive so long.....For Harriet Tubman for helping so many...for Temple Grandon for defining love..... for Marley Dias for opening eyes to the lack of children's books with black girl heroines.... for Jane Fonda for your long rap sheet...for Darnella Frazier for your courage standing witness for George Floyd.
Thank you, Jan, for this much needed reminder of those who are speaking truth to power, showing strength and compassion. You are among them.