They invited every single person they knew. Yet, so very few came. (Stamp photo: U.S. Park Service)

First Day Cover of Donald Trump's Inauguration.
First Day Cover of Donald Trump's Inauguration.
Crowd photo courtesy National Park Service.

We cannot allow another Grotesque Grifter to create Liar Fests and Dumpster Fires anywhere near the White House now or in the future. We can’t tolerate them in politics, period.

I’m married and gay—Jacob and I are about to celebrate our 28th anniversary and our 15th year of being legally married. We’re apprehensive about the status of our marriage, the rise in hate crimes, and our future.

We don’t have children, but we worry about our nephews and nieces and the kids of our friends who could grow up watching the earth going quickly to hell as global warming increases—melting polar caps, more extensive and more prolonged droughts and wildfires, rapidly-spreading ocean inundation of our cities from Florida to New York to New Orleans. I’m skeptical about their future.

I’m a proud American, and I’m dubious about the future of democracy—not only democracy in the US but around the free world and in emerging markets. Going forward, I fret about free speech, the repression of the arts, the burning of books, and the lack of funding for social-support programs essential for millions of citizens to survive.

I’m apprehensive about the possibility of a progressive, positive future for all.

Other than that, it’s just another Monday.

See you at the polling place on election day.

By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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