Since election day, I’ve been in a state of nervous agitation on top of being unusually busy with work and home duties. Happily, my Thanksgiving break starts today, and I’d like to start it off by applauding some smart, courageous, and creative people I know who are doing admirable and inspiring things. For example, one of the smartest women I know just sold her house, loaded up her young children, and hit the road in search of “where she really wants to live.” Quite a bold move! A friend from high school is serving as the Regional Board Chair for the Anti-Defamation League in Los Angeles. She’s fighting bigotry and championing women. A former colleague– a most excellent English teacher, counselor, and yearbook adviser– opened her own exercise studio with her sister. I’m extremely proud of her because I know that opening a dance studio has long been her dream, and she is working hard and taking risks to make it happen. Then there is this astounding intellectual endeavor co-written by the mother of a former student! I knew that Philippa was accomplished and brilliant, but to create a play like Margaret of Anjou is something so original and audacious that my jaw drops. I’m finding comfort in knowing that brave, smart women are daring to try new ventures and work for themselves and others. So I salute all of us: those working to design new lives, art, or businesses, and those of us working to keep up with laundry, weeds, and essays. Keep fighting the good fight.