Why do I call this blog Hope and Stone?
To me, hope is a deep-seeded sense that goodness can prevail over darkness. But “stone”? Have you ever watched a craftsperson lay a stone path or construct a stone bridge? They start with an idea, something they hope to accomplish. Then they turn the hoped-for idea into a carefully laid plan. The plan becomes a tangible reality only through the hard and exacting work of laying one carefully selected stone after another.
For example, I hope my descendants will live in a nation where clean air and water are commonplace; where they do not have to worry about toxic chemicals leaching into their food sources; where waterways and wetlands, parks and wildlife are protected. The young Democrats in the 2019-20 House of Representatives have a plan that articulates my hope, The Green New Deal. It is a good plan, but it will not be hoped or forced into reality. It must be assembled with exacting detail and hard work, stone by stone.
Bill Jamieson’s career has included leadership positions in business, government, and education. He was also an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church and his ministry centered around advocacy for low-income families and children.