It is always amazing to think back on the events of the past year: writing for major theme parks, regional theater, singer/songwriters,  historians, educators and so much more. I am always privileged to work with Broadway talent,  scenic artists, directors, composers, lighting designers and writers, all with their remarkable passion for our business. I am also privileged to work with people just as talented in the heartland and in Texas and Missouri, Florida and California, Tennessee and Louisiana and of course at home in Virginia.

How did we get this privilege of chasing our life dreams? We inherited it through the sacrifice of others.

On July 4th, remember men like my Dad and so many others who served in harm's way at sea, in the air and on land and those who came before them, the men and women of the First World War, the Civil War and War of 1812 and the visionaries who had the crazy idea to found a nation on the idea that all of us, each of us is created equal and should be treated as such. No small undertaking. With all its imperfections, challenges and struggles somehow we pull together to try and do the right thing.

The great French Political Scientist Alexis de Tocqueville famously said: “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

So this 4th, remember those who came before and try to "do a little good" with your families and friends, in your neighborhoods and workplace. We have inherited the rich and unusual experience of liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is ours to cherish, celebrate and protect.