Hello Friends of Independence Plus!

Happy, sweaty, sticky, dusty summer to you!  But even with the yucky weather, we still manage to get things done.  I am writing this message on the day Aretha Franklin’s death was announced.  While sad, her passing makes us think about our own mortality.  Aretha was an incredible soulful singer.  When she sang you felt the amazing energy of her gift.

Something I recently learned about Aretha is that she and her father, Rev. Clarence Franklin, were active in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.  He worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Respect is something Aretha sang about.  Something we can relate to and hold in high regard.  Respect for the person who begs on the street.  The person who is missing a hand.  A transgendered individual.  An undocumented resident.  The wealthy.  ALL PEOPLE.

Respect is not approval.  It is attention to feelings, wishes, admiration, and rights of all people.

R.E.S.P.E.C.T.  Find out what it means to me!!!

Yours in Service,
David A. Brieno