I was riveted by our president's speech on the State of the Union. I felt he addressed the issues and was very clear with Congress, the military and the Supreme Court. I have listened to no commentary, just turned it off when it ended and let it percolate. For me, by the end, there was a hush through that vast room that had me thinking maybe everyone there was remembering why they went into public service and service it is and was meant to be. They are beholden to someone, to us.
I am not for nuclear power, though I know Stewart Brand, who I admire, can make an argument for it. I am also opposed to off-shore oil drilling. Between my junior and senior year of high school, I attended a summer program at UCSB. The beaches were covered with tar. That is something I won't forget. That was 1966. I believe we can figure out how to use wind, water, and solar power to capacity, and I don't expect to have everything my way.
I am happy to hear there is a deadline to bring our troops home. I think he gave the lecture this country deserves and I am pleased.
And as he said, now there is work to do. Individuals have been tightening their belts. Now, the country will too.
The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor has a wonderful comment on and explanation of serendipity today. May we each enjoy a day filled with serendipity.
It was on this day in 1754 that the word "serendipity" was first coined. It's defined by Merriam-Webster as "the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for." It was recently listed by a U.K. translation company as one of the English language's 10 most difficult words to translate. Other words to make their list include plenipotentiary, gobbledegook, poppycock, whimsy, spam, and kitsch.
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