Hardcover image of Becoming by Michelle Obama

February Inspirations

Last month, we launched our Inspirations series with the January Inspirations survey, designed to get a snapshot of what’s on your mind.  Here are a few of your answers from last month’s survey.  Don’t forget to take a few minutes to share your February Inspirations.

Books and podcasts

Many, many, many of you have read and are reading Michelle Obama’s Becoming  (public library).  You’re reading a few pages each night and talking about it in book clubs.  I’ve heard from a few who enjoyed listening to Michelle read on Audible.  They report that it feels as though she’s sitting in the room, relaxed, and sharing stories.

Pod Save America is a popular podcast.  If you don’t know Pod Save America, here is the description:  “A no-bullshit conversation about politics hosted by Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor that breaks down the week’s news and helps people figure out what matters and how to help.”

Your Inspirations

Your friends inspired you this past month.  One of you is taking a couture sewing class, and I hope you share images of your work with us when you are ready.  Jose Andres and World Central Kitchen, which served meals at the border, inspired you.

The November mid-term elections also inspired.  You mentioned the number of women who ran and won, the composition of the newly elected members of Congress, the black sheriffs in North Carolina.

Many of you followed Stacey Abrams campaign for governor last November.  You described her as an “excellent candidate” and “history making”.  “She is the real deal and Georgia needs a smart Democrat!”  One of you followed the Chris Collins and Nathan McCarthy race to represent the 27th Congressional district of New York in the United States House of Representatives.  Interesting facts there. Although Chris Collins was under indictment for insider trading, he won re-election in November.  Following his indictment, the House GOP stripped him, and other GOP lawmakers indicted on felony charges, from serving on committees.

What do you want to tell the 116th United States Congress?  You want more bipartisan coordination and cooperation.  You also want Congress to stand up to the executive branch and focus on improving the lives of those who are being left behind in the 21st economy.

February Inspirations Survey!

What’s on your mind?  Complete the February Inspirations survey and let us know!

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