Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B
Here it is December, and I find myself in the last full month of 33 years in elected public office. Yes, there are moments of nostalgia, and much more prominent is my awareness that this is just where I belong at this time in my life.
I hope all of you had a happy Thanksgiving. We had our usual family dinner gathering here in our home, and, as is our family tradition, on the following Friday afternoon our seven living grandkids, now ranging in age from 13 to 19, came over to decorate our Christmas tree, followed by a leftover Thanksgiving dinner, a sleepover on the floor of Lloyd's office, and a French toast breakfast in the morning before heading back to their respective homes. As always, they passed the titanium rod chime around the dinner table, each striking it, waiting for sound to pass into silence, and then giving voice to what they are thankful for in their life. Each one included Zach and the impact he has had on their lives. They also hung their Christmas stockings and those of their parents. I asked Julia if she had any thoughts on Zach's stocking. She answered with hesitation, "hang it up."
So we now have 20 red, green, and white stockings hanging from the serving shelf in our dining room, all hand sewn by me. We begin with Chris, the oldest one at 49 years, down to Katerina's, which was sewn and first hung when she moved to Columbia with her Mom seven years ago to live with my son Cliff.
Almost 50 years of my life on this earth are reflected in those stockings, and the joys and sorrows pass before me every time I enter our dining room. Largely due to Zach's inspiration, I experience much more of the joy than the sorrow. His loving presence continues to be constantly present in my life.
One of the brightest lights of the past campaign was the election of Senator Brian Frosh to serve as Maryland's Attorney General. In this office Brian will serve as the people's attorney. I have worked closely with Brian on campaign finance reform legislation for many years in Annapolis. He has the knowledge, wisdom, courage, compassion, and integrity to serve us well in his newly elected position. Last month when the League of Conservation Voters presented me with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Navy Football Stadium, Brian introduced me with beautiful words including a Shakespeare quote. Now at the Common Cause Celebration I will have the opportunity to introduce Brain with equally beautiful words.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Other Barn (5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045).
Tickets are $100 for one or $150 for two.
You can buy your tickets @ www.md.commoncause.org.
Common Cause is the best chance we have of lessening the impact of big money on our campaigns.
E-newsletter to Continue
At the end of this month, I will send out my final e-newsletter as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.
I have decided, based somewhat on many requests, to continue to send out a monthly newsletter reflecting on my thoughts about what is going on in our local community, state, nation, and world.
Enjoy the holiday season,
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