It has been an exciting week, with another peaceful and orderly transition of government in our country. This is the sort of thing I actually feel patriotic about, as opposed to the necessity of wearing a flag lapel pin to show my patriotism.
I love to vote, and always do so. I think of the people who fought and died for our rights, and especially those women who achieved suffrage. I think of places like China where democracy has made some inroads, but the implementation of free and open elections is a long way away.
I also love transitions and have always been interested in those moments in between different states, the interregnum between "The King is dead. Long live the King," or the lame duck period between presidents. This is one of those cases where the magical incantation of words creates a new state, in this case literally. It was fascinating that the oath of office was re-administered by Chief Justice Roberts. The words really do matter.
D is also for Daring.
These photos are of my assistant, Kelli Rayburn, climbing in Eldorado Canyon. She is only the second woman to complete this route.
In the background of the following image you can see our red house up on the ridge:
Kelli obviously exemplifies a bunch of D's: discipline, dedication, devotion, desire.
Go, Kelli, Go!