Stash Diving – Why Does That Sound So Dirty?

Must be my evil mind – although I don’t know what I’m being evil about, LOL!  I took the opportunity this morning to frog a project I just knew I wasn’t going to finish – and another pair  of socks may actually happen someday – now that I’m no longer an anti-socker, thanks to the Yarn Harlot:).  I did find a lovely pattern booklet by the lovely Jillian Moreno – Of Big Girl Knits and More Big Girl Knits fame.  It’s called Curvy Knits: Designs for Shapely Figures.  I got Volume 2 – so if anyone has Volume 1, let me know what you think of it.  There’s a fair isle vest pattern on the cover that I decided to make, but without the fair isle (I know, kind of defeats the purpose, doesn’t it?) But the yarn is a lovely green/blue mix and I think it will stand up well on its own. I’m also knitting it in a pair of
 “square circulars” and it’s moving along.  The vest
 shouldn’t take too long to make and it’ll be fun with a skirt or jeans equally.  I also dove into my stash and used some to try the Channel Island cast on, as demonstrated by “oftroy” (wonder if her first name could be Helen?) on YouTube.  If you don’t know how to do this cast-on and the instructions elsewhere have left you confused (as they did me), this video shows how to do it in a way that makes sense. oftroy’s blog, Golden Apples, is chock full of knitting goodies.  I

have enjoyed all of her videos and her blog and hope that she will make some instructional videos – in the meantime, I’m happy to reap the benefits of free YouTube instructions!
  After doing the Channel Island Cast-on, I decided to create some funky fringe for what I think will be a fun little scarf – maybe for one of the grand angels, out of some yarn I got at Joann about a year and a half ago. 
Life has been moving along.  I have done about 40 plus visits of clients in the past few days to get caught up on work and now I have a lot of paperwork to do – but that’s a good thing:).  Saturday was in much the same way, except this time out in western Merlin.  This morning I had the first service at choir and then the second.  I do not have a particularly strong or wonderful voice and it became apparent by the second service. (Sigh) So I left as soon as we were done with the last anthem and headed out to coffee with some of my long-lost knitting buddies from the Columbia Sip ‘n Knit.  Only problem was, I didn’t bring my KNITTING!!! DOH! But it was great to see Lynn and Brace and Ruth – someone I actually know from my work.  

By the time I got home, I couldn’t keep my eyes open.  I crashed for three hours, in time to wake up to  John having done all the work for the kids coming over for Superbowl Sunday.  As I sit and type this, I hear my granddaughters playing in the background, the unusual commercials (Superbowl is worth watching just for the commercials, LOL!) and the quiet conversation among my children.  Our son is back from a three-week shoot in OK, so he’s home with his sweetie right now – a good thing:)!
Well, I’ve gotta go.  Have a meeting tomorrow morning, then another meeting in the afternoon.  Then hopefully more visits and Stephen Ministry tomorrow night.
Until then, dear readers, however many you may be, God be with you ’til we meet again!
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Goodies:)

I’m typing this at my desk, procrastinating just a little before typing up a couple of pleadings that I’ll be filing when I go back for the afternoon docket (I had a drug court meeting and then only one hearing on the a.m. docket, so what the heck, I went home to get organized – hey, it could happen!)
It’s nice to see the sunshine after those days of nasty weather – and the snow and ice are melting – not too shabby:)!  I’ve been up for a while, which is a good thing, since I ended up online until almost 2 a.m. in a chat with a high school friend while waiting for my phone to restore itself after it went through some sort of electronic hissy fit.  The chat started out pleasantly enough and of course was pleasant throughout because this person is one of the nicest I’ve ever known (I’m lucky that way – my high school class was really kind of a good decent group of people).  Our conversation went to our friend, Marcie, who had died many years ago.  She told me something that was extremely personal, so I’m not mentioning it here out of respect for her privacy, but what she told me affirmed my faith in something bigger than this little life we live here on earth.  Talk about serendipity in the most unusual settings.
Court this morning was not a big deal.  The client is thankfully doing well after a number of hard years.  The master was even nice to him, LOL!  What was kind of fun was that as we left, I noticed he wasn’t wearing a coat (and he was wearing a T-shirt ferchrissakes!).  I give him credit

 for wearing a cap, but hey, he’s old enough to make his own decisions like that.  I actually gave him my scarf.  He genuinely liked it:)  It wasn’t girly or anything, so he didn’t feel funny wearing it – I told him I knit it and he was welcome to keep it since I knit about 2 or 3 scarves in any
 given year.  It was nice to give him something wool and, well, nice:)  I could start to make a habit of this! What a stashbuster that would be, LOL!

Thank you Betsy!

Our daughter, Betsy gave me this for Christmas.  It arrived day before yesterday, but I didn’t get a chance to play with it until last night:
It was a LOT easier than removing all my office supplies from the “Apprentice” on my desk, LOL! And by the time I was done, I was able to wind four of these five balls of yarn (the biggest one was wound at the yarn shop when I bought it about a year ago).
Aren’t these colors gorgeous?  The smaller ones are

part of a Knitpicks  lace yarn sampler 
in wine colors.  (This is just a mosaic of the same five balls of yarn – thought it would look interesting:)) Looking at the website and comparing with the other skein, this is about 2500 yards of yarn, believe it or not.  That’s enough for a large, very thin sweater. Hmmmm – or a large, not-so-thin if you start melding the colors vest.  I’ll have to think about that one – when I’m done with my other 8,468 projects!
Well, I’d better get working on my tasks for today.  Tonight I get to go to bell and choir practices – bells were canceled for two nights, so we’re doing a mini practice this evening, since we are playing next Sunday.  Music for three and a half hours! Ahhhh heaven – what a way to spend an evening.
One more hearing, and a brief visit to the office and then home to schedule more visits and work on paperwork. Then FUN (I hope!).
Be back soon! Until then, dear 3.5 readers, God be with you ’til we meet again!
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Back to Work!

Well, after that long weekend and an amazing time of inaugural bliss, it was time to get my you-know-what back to work.  The last week or so has been spent in a whirlwind of court, visits, court, meetings, court, visits, and when lucky, extracurriculars:)
Of course, I couldn’t come back from a week’s hiatus without at least a small bit of yarn porn.  This is Paton’s stretch socks yarn and it’s actually quite pretty and not bad to work with.  I’m doing a pair of toe-up large and stretchy socks for yours truly with the varying width ankles. I have four balls – two colorways each – of this yarn and plan on two pairs of socks while I’m also working on the following:
Lace Ribbon Scarf for Donna
Aqua Today’s Sweater for moi
Grey heather Spring Forward Cardigan for moi
Spring T for someone else.
Well, hey, at least I’ve got a little variety going – and I’m incorporating projects already begun so as not to feel guilty!
Well, things around the Law Firm have been interesting – in a Chinese curse kind of way.  I don’t like to talk about what happens at work for good reason: it’s confidential and private and all sorts of other stuff.  I usually say that I love my job (and I do) and leave it at that.  We are going through all sorts of things because of the economy and other things I am not free to discuss.  I even thought I might be laid off today  (paranoia springeth eternal) and was determined to just keep on keeping on no matter what.  But that didn’t happen – at least not to me.  It did happen to someone else, though and that’s all I’m going to say about it.  The Powers that Be had their reasons.  I was unashamedly glad to still be employed, though.  So much so, that upon leaving the city office, I treated a couple of homeless guys to a little breakfast from the fast-food place nearby.  Perhaps that’s silly, but I felt I had to give something to someone as a way of saying thanks and they were perfectly nice gentlemen who appeared to have fallen on hard times and it was broad daylight and people were around and……
Even having a job today, there are no guarrantees in life.  About anything.  I am just a little more grateful than usual today.  And I’ll keep the other employee in my prayers (which sounds so vainglorious and hypocritical but I don’t know what else to do right now).
The one thing I am determined to do is even if I have to leave this job, I will leave it in pristine condition.  I want to have done the best job I could have done and leave, I hope, with the knowledge that I may have done someone some good.  Good Lord willing, I won’t have to, but I’m just saying….
Church life is a little tough right now and again, I’m uncomfortable putting into words what is happening because it’s unfair to the people involved.  Suffice it to say that we are trying to pull together to really help each other out and be a community.  Stephen Ministry training has been a lot of learning and although it may be daunting, I am looking forward to helping someone (I hope I help, LOL!).  The people I’ve met – both at my church and the others involved – have been wonderful to know.  
Of course the music at St. John’s is one of the biggest blessings of my life.  I often think about what brought me here.  It was one of the best decisions “I” ever made – and I’ve never regretted it.  Nancy has become my dearest friend in the world and there are so many others I’ve been so happy to meet and get to know. In fact, the music ministry is its own sort of “mini-community” here – one that has embraced me with open arms.  How can I not respond in kind?
Perhaps it is exactly these cold dark months of winter that provide us with a certain solitude – even if one works amidst crowds of people as I often do.  And those times of solitude give me a greater appreciation for the good things  – and especially the good people – in my life.  Cold dark winter nights cause us to yearn for the warmth and sunshine of spring, but they also grant us a form of intimacy with our deepest selves.  And if we’re lucky, with the Eternal.
Until next time, dear 3.5 readers, God be with you ’til we meet again.
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Thank you, Jacob Weisberg


The picture to the right of the “good lookin’ dude” is certainly no “W” – just another Republican to whom I happen to be married (or will go back to considering myself married when my gay and lesbian brothers and sisters can do the same thing in this country!), looking out over San Francisco on a trip we went on for his brother’s wedding in October 2006:)

1. “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

2. “I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family.”—Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

3. “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

4. “Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.”—Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

5. “Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican.”—declining to answer reporters’ questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001

6. “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.”—Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

7. “I’m the decider, and I decide what is best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.”—Washington, D.C., April 18, 2006

8. “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”—Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

9. “I’ve heard he’s been called Bush’s poodle. He’s bigger than that.”—discussing former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as quoted by the Sun newspaper, June 27, 2007

10. “And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq.”—meeting with Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008

11. “We ought to make the pie higher.”—South Carolina Republican debate, Feb. 15, 2000

12. “There’s an old saying in Tennessee—I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can’t get fooled again.”—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

13. “And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I’m sorry it’s the case, and I’ll work hard to try to elevate it.”—speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

14. “We’ll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers.”—Houston, Sept. 6, 2000

15. “It’s important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It’s not only life of babies, but it’s life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet.”—Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

16. “One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures.”—U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 3, 2000

17. “People say, ‘How can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil?’ You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in’s house and say I love you.”—Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

18. “Well, I think if you say you’re going to do something and don’t do it, that’s trustworthiness.”—CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000

19. “I’m looking forward to a good night’s sleep on the soil of a friend.”—on the prospect of visiting Denmark, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2005

20. “I think it’s really important for this great state of baseball to reach out to people of all walks of life to make sure that the sport is inclusive. The best way to do it is to convince little kids how to—the beauty of playing baseball.”—Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2006

21. “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”—LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

22. “You know, when I campaigned here in 2000, I said, I want to be a war president. No president wants to be a war president, but I am one.”—Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2006

23. “There’s a huge trust. I see it all the time when people come up to me and say, ‘I don’t want you to let me down again.’ “—Boston, Oct. 3, 2000

24. “They misunderestimated me.”—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

25. “I’ll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office.”—Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

Jacob Weisberg is chairman and editor-in-chief of the Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy.

And The Crowd Went Wild!!!

Ok, dear readers, can you tell I’m just a LEEETLE bit excited about today’s festivities?  Well, multiply that by about 200 plus thousand and you’ve got a happy dance going on, people:)
Our TV has been on all day, scene from scene from the Inauguration playing.  Despite everything we’ve been through as a country, we have one of those three lasting virtues: Hope!
Now to less interesting, albeit colorful things (well, sort of colorful, LOL): 
Der Hut ist fertig!
Le Meret et complet:)!
The Hat (Meret) is done!
Whoo freakin’ Hoooo:)
OK, I told you it was less interesting, but I thought I’d post a pic anyway:

It’s still drying, so I won’t be able to wear it tonight when I go to bell prx, but that’s OK.  Tomorrow’s another day.
OH yeah, it sure is……

Rev. Lowery’s Benediction (love the end!)

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou who has brought us thus far along the way, thou who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path, we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee. Shadowed beneath thy hand may we forever stand — true to thee, O God, and true to our native land.

We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day. We pray now, O Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant, Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family and his administration. He has come to this high office at a low moment in the national and, indeed, the global fiscal climate. But because we know you got the whole world in your hand, we pray for not only our nation, but for the community of nations. Our faith does not shrink, though pressed by the flood of mortal ills.

For we know that, Lord, you’re able and you’re willing to work through faithful leadership to restore stability, mend our brokenness, heal our wounds and deliver us from the exploitation of the poor or the least of these and from favoritism toward the rich, the elite of these.

We thank you for the empowering of thy servant, our 44th president, to inspire our nation to believe that, yes, we can work together to achieve a more perfect union. And while we have sown the seeds of greed — the wind of greed and corruption, and even as we reap the whirlwind of social and economic disruption, we seek forgiveness and we come in a spirit of unity and solidarity to commit our support to our president by our willingness to make sacrifices, to respect your creation, to turn to each other and not on each other.

And now, Lord, in the complex arena of human relations, help us to make choices on the side of love, not hate; on the side of inclusion, not exclusion; tolerance, not intolerance.

And as we leave this mountaintop, help us to hold on to the spirit of fellowship and the oneness of our family. Let us take that power back to our homes, our workplaces, our churches, our temples, our mosques, or wherever we seek your will.

Bless President Barack, First Lady Michelle. Look over our little, angelic Sasha and Malia.

We go now to walk together, children, pledging that we won’t get weary in the difficult days ahead. We know you will not leave us alone, with your hands of power and your heart of love.

Help us then, now, Lord, to work for that day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation, when tanks will be beaten into tractors, when every man and every woman shall sit under his or her own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid; when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.

Let all those who do justice and love mercy say amen.

AUDIENCE: Amen!

REV. LOWERY: Say amen —

AUDIENCE: Amen!

REV. LOWERY: — and amen.

AUDIENCE: Amen! (Cheers, applause.)

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And the Inaugural Address!



My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control — and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort — even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment — a moment that will define a generation — it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends — hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence — the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: “Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive … that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.