"When I look out the window, I exhale a prayer of thanks for the color green, for my children's safety, for the simple acts of faith like planting a garden that helped see us through another spring, another summer. And I inhale some kind of promise to protect my kids' hopes and good intentions we began with in this country. Freedom of speech, the protection of diversity -- these are the most important ingredients of American civil life and my own survival. If I ever took them for granted, I don't know."
-Barbara Kingsolver, novelist