** 80 years ago, a white racist mob destroyed the Ft. Worth family home of Opel Lee. Her parents worked hard and long to purchase their first home on Annie Street. The angry “neighbors” threw out their furnishings, burning their home to the ground, with police nearby. Opel Lee, now 97, is the “Grandmother of Juneteenth,” a nationally recognized courageous woman and special day. The current landowner, Trinity Habitat for Humanity, will be building a new home on the same Annie Street lot for Mrs. Opel Lee’s new home.
- My writer friend Meg, with her 80th birthday approaching, is using AI to write stories for her Chicago nephews and cousins. The speed and time taken to create books is allowing Meg to read to and be with her family rather than staring into her laptop screen. I have not used AI with my Sunday Letter and other writings…yet. I will let you know if I do. Tis good to have adventurist elder friends lighting the path.
** There are reporters calling for the end of bowl games, to only have National Championship games. “All these bowls get in the way of the important games” spoke one. Another view would be to praise the local commitment of civic, business, and community organizations of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – Music City Bowl – New Mexico Bowl – Cure Bowl – The Myrtle Beach Bowl – and the Armed Services Bowl. We will see!
- One climate activist, Katharine Hayhoe, said she is often asked what gives her hope. She responded by saying that she turned the question around to hundreds of people. Their response basically boiled down to…”Seeing other people act, recognizing we are not alone, that as an individual I can use my voice to advocate for change in my place of worship, where I work, within my neighborhood, in our schools and community organizations as part of my city, state, and country.” The trick to over-coming “don’t want to talk about that,” she says, “is to talk about what people really care about.”
** I like going to the gym. A rotating workout of stretching, cardio, weights, and machines have become a valued, looked forward to part of my 2024. My weights may be 5 & 10, not the 25 or 50 of others, and I walk the treadmill, not full out running of my younger self. I do awkward stretches and not nimble rising from the floor mat. For me, all good and a commitment to Beth and our togetherness in 2024.
In last night’s watching of “Queer Eyes” on Netflix, one of the 5 guys asked the person on the episode to turn and face a mirror. I am repeating, as my best memory allows, what this person was asked to say, “I am comfortable with who I am. I have personal strengths and wisdom to share with others. I will continue to become the person I am meant to be.” Each statement was repeated multiple times before doubts began to fade and personal beliefs seemed to be gained in strength. This is a good, although challenging, exercise for all of us.
Roy, now before my own mirror