Hello all and a merry, merry, holiday to each of you and your loved ones.
It is hard, to say the least, to read and see the turmoil across the world. . . man’s inhumanity to man. It is hard to see people turned out of their homes. With a middle class that is fragile, with abuses continuing in Medicare and Welfare, in Congress, in city halls across the country, on Wall Street, with an ex-governor and others padding their own pockets. . . it is hard not to be skeptical about what lies ahead. Can we all pull together and make this a country that will show the world that, yes, we can govern ourselves, we are not a house divided, we are the UNITED States of America?
Taking a line from a new play I am about to start rehearsal on in DC — “Knowing what we have done, what can we not do?” I have not done enough in my life to help others. . . I suppose the most an actor can wish is that some enjoyment be gotten from the plays, the films, the television shows. I have been fortunate to participate in so many and see the satisfaction many of those shows have brought to people (a couple of plays closed after one night and a couple of films. . . well). Like many of you, I look forward to seeing the new Tim Burton-Johnny Depp Dark Shadows film.
So — knowing that none of us can simply decree the world to be what we want it to be, what do you say to taking a day off from the newspaper, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX – and all the other media? Don’t tweet, don’t check Facebook, put the cell phone on vibrate — not power off because your mother may call or son or daughter or dear friend — just take a quiet moment to be thankful for life because it can be so very wonderful.
There is no way for me to adequately express my appreciation to those who have supported me over the years. I’m sitting at my computer looking out at the ocean, the sun is bright with a slight chill in the air. . . and my wife and I have four glorious grandchildren. Can grandchildren be anything but glorious? How blessed I am.
My love to you all and let us each do what we can for peace, freedom, equality, and progress. And may our hearts be touched “as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature.”