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Moments of Joy in Troubled Times

The COVID-19 pandemic. The war in Ukraine. Mass shootings. They upend our lives and test the limits of our spirits.


But through it all, there are moments of joy, uplifting reminders to restore our sense of wellbeing.


These events have it all: poignancy, courage and optimism when we need it most.


Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman premieres “The Hill We Climb.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZ055ilIiN4


President Biden awards the Medal of Honor to Ret. Col. Ralph Puckett, with an eloquent presentation by South Korean President Moon Jae In. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OalB0eWqmIY


Brittany Young found B-360 to help troubled youths, end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities. And it works! https://b360baltimore.org/


Science delivers COVID-19 vaccines faster and more efficacious than we could have imagined, shining a ray of light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.


Russia's senseless war against Ukraine lays bare the very soul of the Ukranian people. They band together with courage and fortitude, regardless of age, religion or ethnicity, to fight for their autonomy and democracy. They dare to hope for a better future and they will not give up.