A Peaceful Transition of Power

Many years ago, in what seems like another lifetime, I had the privilege of working for a U.S. Presidential Inauguration. George Herbert Walker Bush had just been elected President of the United States the week before I got married. When Doug and I returned from our honeymoon and I returned to my job as the communications director for U.S. Senator Jake Garn, I got a telephone call from a friend and former colleague wondering if I would be willing to advise the inaugural committee on media … [Read more...]

Trying to Find Words of Comfort

Last night I heard on the news that a post office box has been set up to receive condolence letters for the families of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings. I felt like I should send notes to the grieving parents. But, what could I possibly write? What words of condolence could I share that could uplift these heartbroken, bereaved families? On September 11, when I heard that terrorists had attacked our nation, I immediately drove to the elementary school to pick up my … [Read more...]

Day to Serve and The Snowball Effect

Last January, I received a new church public affairs assignment. One of our first decisions was to encourage the members of our church to dedicate a day to serve. We explored the various needs in our communities. After reviewing some startling hunger statistics, we decided to focus on the needs of those who are considered "food insecure." One in four Americans don't know where their next meal will come from. 11.8 percent of people  in Virginia, one in six people in Maryland, a … [Read more...]