January 20, 2017, Prescott-
The snow came, in the afternoon. Then, it turned to rain, for a while, this evening. Now,snow is back, is falling lightly, here, and heavier, in higher parts of Prescott. The snow discombobulates our students, but we were able to get everyone in an orderly line and to the bus, without incident. I hope they get a lot of activity and enjoyment of the snow, this weekend, just as I did as a child.
The bluster was tame, in Washington, this morning. I caught the new President’s Inaugural Address, on my laptop, when I got off work, this evening. It was neither among the best, nor was it the worst, speech I’ve heard, from a sitting President. Mr. Trump gave us, basically, what he felt necessary to say. I do want to see a better shake for the nation’s long left-behind towns and cities, of the Midwest and Northeast- the Eries, Dubuques, Zanesvilles, Wheelings and Tauntons of our collective back-burner memory. I also do NOT want to see a back-slide, with regard to the rights and well-treatment of people of colour, of gender transversal or of either gender. I don’t see any need for a dichotomy between the two; no cause for an either-or mentality.
So, there has been a changing of the guard. It’s not how I would have wanted things, but as the now-former President said, on Wednesday, this is our system and we each need to do what we can, to make it work. I will be very vigilant, watching closely so that no one in power misleads the blue-collar people, with whom I grew up, and that no one mistreats the people on the margins, whose safety and well-being have been close to my heart, for at least the past fifty years. My prayer is that we all hold our leaders accountable and guard those we love.