I spent an evening in Kansas City this week. Walking the streets on the Country Club Plaza offers such a great reminder of how beautiful architecture takes the edge off the hurried, impersonal feel of city living. This view inspired my list of thankfuls this week.
The world feels very ugly these days, but if I take a closer look back over the past seven days, there has been beauty too. That beauty smoothed the rough edges of each day.
Baby laughter and mother love.
The celebration after a hard fought football victory finally in the last game of the season for my kids at school.
The First Lady's powerful speech as she talked about how sexual assault and its glorification harms not only mothers and daughters, but fathers and sons as well.
Warm autumnal colors outdoors.
Friendship. The opportunity to do something kind for someone I enjoy. The opportunity to do something kind for a complete stranger.
An Ethics conference on Friday which provided endless examples of how my colleagues work every day to do the right thing improving children's lives as they do.
A break from the relentless negativity of the election campaign during a weekend of renewal.