"While our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not. What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that our founders displayed. What is required is a new declaration of independence, not just in our nation, but in our own lives — from ideology and small thinking, prejudice and bigotry — an appeal not to our easy instincts but to our better angels." (President-elect Barack Obama, speech at Philadelphia train station, Jan. 17, 2009)
I've been excitedly following all the hoopla leading up to the historic inauguration of Obama tomorrow. I wish I could be there, but I am living vicariously through my sister, Amy. She and her husband, along with their friend Kathy in Baltimore, have tickets not only to the actual swearing in ceremony but also to the Illinois ball, which Obama is likely to drop by. Lucky for all of us, she is blogging about her experiences. Check it out at: Inauguration Vacation. Even though I can't be there, my clothes are. Amy is wearing one of my formal dresses to the ball.