better than nothing

Our two Texas senators were speaking on campus today, so we joined a few dozen others to be publicly obnoxious about the latest attempt at healthcare repeal. Paul wore his tie-dye in a nod to the 60s, and Annie got pretty into holding this sign. (Thank you, Klingners, for joining us!)

always give

Pope Francis issued some practical moral guidance a few months ago that has stuck with me. When confronted with a panhandler, give. Always give.

Also, touch their hand and look them in the eye and recognize their humanity.

Since reading this, I have done none of it. But I think about it, and I appreciate that there is a moral authority offering me this sort of relevant, day-to-day guidance, and then I look sideways at myself, like, really? You’re listening to the Pope now?

Desperate times.

thanks, Obama

Inauguration day and it’s still surreal, but one thing I know I’m feeling is grief for 8 years with a President I respected and admired. My favorite political blogger rounded up some of his major accomplishments, and current events inspire fresh appreciation for the dignified and reasonable way he operated. Obama made me proud to be an American.