As the need for The Postcard Storm continues, the value of composing messages from a base of love, rather than from a base of anger gains my front and center attention. Those of us seeking to help our country maintain a functioning democracy–a grand sounding endeavor, but with some truth in it for all of us thinking so much of the day about politics–need fuel to sustain our political energy. Personally, anger and frustration wear me out, so I’m leaning on love as my message prompt inspiration. In the days ahead, you can monitor whether this freshly clarified perspective holds. It has been a long break–about six weeks–since I last posted. We’ll see what this new surge of energy brings. So many of us may want to send a letter of love and appreciation for Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus’s gifted leadership in 2017 which we with Friends for Civil Action believe resulted in our state, for the moment anyway, being a kinder and economically more viable place (a good economy that all can share in is an important kindness) than it would otherwise have been. We will miss Joe Straus in the role of Speaker.