As I reflect on the election and the attack on the Capitol, I’m searching for wisdom to guide me as a citizen, a parent, and a public official. In my mind loops a line from a favorite children’s book, Madeline. ‘In the middle of one night, Miss Clavel turned on the light, and said, ‘something is not right!’


For a long time, many have known ‘something is not right’ in this country. Bitter disagreement of what is ‘right,’ however, keeps us from agreeing on what the many ‘somethings’ are.


One is our use of words. Your livelihood, friendships, even your life, depends on getting the words just ‘right.’

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