My many (thank you) Friends – my Birthday is this month as are the birthdays of many of my friends – something must have happened in our respective histories 9 months ago 😂 But, here we are. Millions suffering from Harvey. A nuclear holocaust about to happen on the Korean Peninsula. Hurricane Irma PROBABLY (get with it weather.com) hitting the U.S. as a Cat 4. What?? After all my generation has gone through? That’s the point. The challenges do not ever and will not ever end. They (the challenges) will just look different. What we must do to honor those before us (especially the Greatest Generation – may God bless each one of them) is to come together and defeat these challenges. We all want the same things: life, liberty, health, a better world for our children – we can be victorious in all these fundamental inalienable human rights and create a better world if we ALL come together RIGHT NOW! What will YOU do RIGHT NOW? Put it on paper. Tell it to the world right now. And it will become true. Let’s GO!
I am passionate about life, work, helping others, and exploring the world.
I grew up in a warm and loving family. My best friends were my parents, who lived an extraordinary love story. I also had the benefit of four grandparents, an aunt and uncle and their four children, six great aunts and uncles, and more. My first priority in life is to continue my family. My next priority is to be surrounded by many true friends.
When I was growing up in a small town, I did not imagine that I would have a role in ending the Cold War, or helping to rebuild countries and regions devastated by war and natural disaster, or assisting in protecting America against more terrorist attacks, or protecting our future by empowering new strategies for sustainabiity. But I did. More to come!
What I have witnessed in Washington is a substantial lack of empathy for the challenges most Americans are facing. Through numerous roundtables, I have been fortunate to bring key stakeholders together to identify real solutions to problems. But I am not content with this, even though it has been very successful. I am embarking on new strategies to directly make the lives of others better.
Some of my most cherished moments in life have been the people I have met and God’s natural wonders I have seen during my travels to 48 U.S. states and 53 countries. As President Kennedy stated, “In the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.”