May 12, 2013
Dear Honey Run Friends,
As I write this letter the sun is shining bright, the air is warm with a slight chill, and signs of rebirth and rejuvenation are all around me at Honey Run. I have been watching the developments over the past few weeks of the Boston bombing case and listening to the anger that abounds in the citizens of our great country over the events that unfolded on April 15. I think of the hundreds of people who died or were injured by the actions of a few. I hear the hateful speech directed at immigrants due to the fear people have of different cultures and ideas. While their anger over the bombing is justified, their anger at all immigrants and other religions is not. As I review the history of America this has always been present. We enacted laws in the 1920’s to create quotas to limit the entry of immigrants into our great nation. The funny thing about this is I am a product of “those” immigrants that were looked down upon by the residents of our country. Many of the great inventions and advancements that America has offered to the world have been through the work, ideas, and struggles of immigrants who came to America to make their life and the life of their family better. While evil is ever present in this life and world we do not have to allow this evil to destroy our peace and joy. It is up to each of us to choose to look at life through fear or hope. I pray that you choose hope.
The month of May is the birth month to two of our countries great immigrant stories. Irving Berlin was born in Russia and his family immigrated here when he was a young child. Even though he could not read or write musical notation, he became one of America’s greatest songwriters, blessing us with God Bless America and many other classic songs that give us a glimpse of hope through their words and melodies. Frank Capra was born in Italy and immigrated to the U.S. as a child also. After several years of odd jobs he landed his break in the film business and began creating successful films for Hollywood. As he matured in his career he began a string of celebrated films championing the common man and offering us a view of his Utopian vision. What I love about Capra’s films is that he takes the challenges of life, shows how these challenges directly affect us, and then journeys us to the correct perspective of loving one another and seeing that we are all blessed in this life. Mr. Berlin and Mr. Capra both gave our country the gift of hope through their work.
My hope is that in this world of evil and danger, our body of work at Honey Run provides you hope for a better tomorrow. I hope that the relationships that you share with friends and loved ones when visiting us and with our team members who become friends during your years of repeat visits, provides you a Capraesque vision of our utopia here at Honey Run. I look forward to seeing you soon and sharing with you our hopes and dreams for you as you escape reality for a moment and rejuvenate your soul so that you can return to your daily life and gift your positive attitude and love to the world.