Friendship among nations, as among individuals, calls for constructive efforts to muster the forces of humanity in order that an atmosphere of close understanding and cooperation may be cultivated.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Friends are like walls. Sometimes you lean on them, and sometimes it’s good just knowing they are there.
I felt moved today to thank everyone who has stopped by my place of words and inspiration. Thank you to those who landed on the doorstep and those who decided to come in and stay awhile. Thanks to those who, like old friends, return again and again and those who also tell their friends to come by and visit.
I appreciate you.
Every day, I thank God for the gifts of writing and speaking and being able to share them with all of you — my friends. We may not have met in person but we are friends just the same.
I know you are there. For that, I am grateful.
“But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one’s deepest as well as one’s most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely.
Oh, the comfort – the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person – having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.” — Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Equality for women is progress for all
“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.”
Women are half of the world’s potential and every single one has the right to a life free from discrimination. I honor the strength, wisdom and compassion of all women.
Image: UN WOMEN, “One Woman”
Apollo 11 plaque inscription.
This lunar plaque, attached to the ladder on the descent stage of Apollo 11, carries the signatures of President Richard M. Nixon and Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr.
“We came in peace for all mankind,” derives from the 1958 National Aeronautics and Space Act’s “declaration of policy and purpose.”
The United States of America and France are old friends. France proved itself a friend in deed, aligning itself with American rebels during the Revolutionary War, providing troops, naval power, arms, supplies and even uniforms to a Continental Army outfitted mainly in determination. With France’s support the rebels prevailed and the “colonies” became a United States of America.
In 1876, to mark the centennial of America’s Declaration of Independence, France commissioned Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi to sculpt a magnificent statue to symbolize its friendship with the people of the United States. The gift, Liberty Enlightening the World, was dedicated 10 years later in 1886. The Statue of Liberty is now one of the most famous monuments in the world. It is one of my favorites.
Each July 14, in the spirit of friendship, I join the people of France in celebration. July 14, La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or as Americans know it, Bastille Day, is the day the people of France celebrate the beginning of their Revolutionary War which led to France’s First Republic. I salute the friendship between our countries and the love we share for liberty. May our friendship endure and may the light of liberty continue to shine, bringing light to every corner of the world.