It's mid-April and this corner of Maryland is greening and blooming and greening some more. Some thoughts as the days get longer and warmer:
1.) Ramadan Mubarak to all who are celebrating - hoping your days until the next crescent moon are filled with faith, family, friends and love
2.) Congrats to all my friends who have legislated, advocated, negotiated and otherwise carried out the work of the Maryland General Assembly for the last 90 days. So much accomplished!
3.) And yet, as always, there were things left unfinished. As Ted Kennedy famously said, "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." This is how it works - in our government as well as in our lives - it's a rare day when dreams fully come true. And even when they do, we find (pretty quickly!) a new issue, a new challenge, a new passion, a new dream
4.) I've got mix of excitement and anxiety about the impending arrival of cicadas. The science of it is amazing (17 years underground!), but the thought of upwards of 1.5 million of them per acre is unsettling!
5.) One of my sister's dear friends passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Over the years, she was, I believe, involved in a couple experimental treatment protocols. Hoping her contributions to the data help future cancer patients to survive and thrive. Sending love and light to all impacted by her death
6.) I take notes almost all the time (zoom, podcasts, phone, even church) Maybe because it's spring, but I keep coming back to this sentence which I wrote down a couple weeks ago: "We all have choices about where we plant ourselves and how we make change" What choices are you making? How are you making change?