Change. Dignity. Hope.
In the past 7 1/2 years I have watched friends lose their jobs, their homes, their businesses and their dignity. It's these fundamental things that provide one with self-esteem and are basics to everday life. People my age and older are working harder and making less. When people lose hope they have no reason to look forward to becoming old. A health care system that is run by insurance companies for profit and out of reach to so many Americans is not something they can buy into. We have a government that has disenfranchised the people of this country and this world. Not a united states, but a divided, splintered country. I see this division among family members who dare not discuss the reality that has come to this country by way of poor leadership. Corporate interests cannot supercede the lives of individuals who have worked and fought so hard for this country. Wealth is about so much more than money! It's about passion and compassion.
This election has to bring about change!!!
We spoke with a wonderful couple today at the show who were retired and well in to their late 60's. It was refreshing to have a conversation with these older folks we could relate to! I respected their wisdom and open-mindedness. They lend their hope and votes, as do we, to Barack Obama! They work with their church in efforts to help the people of Darfur. They have traveled and worked with the people of Darfur to help bring in clean drinking water. Something we take for granted in this country.
Below is the group they work with:
I have other artist friends who will begin collecting Social Security this coming year. If the art business doesn't sustain them, they have decided to work on re-building homes in New Orleans with Habitat for Humanity. They feel compelled to humanitarian work and making a difference.
This is the America I am proud of!
People who care and stand with the conviction of their beliefs and act upon them!
Jon and I are gifted with a wide array of friends who inspire us daily. I feel blessed!