I made it! It was touch and go for a while, but I boarded my delayed flight to Atlanta, Georgia via Denver International Airport Wednesday afternoon. I arrived at my hotel by 9 pm. If you’re a seasoned traveler you know how exhausting it is simply sitting around all day along with the stress of the unknown.
Our plane flew through thirty minutes of thunderstorms, before touching down in heavy rains. Will someone please give that pilot a raise? It continued to pour throughout the cab ride to my hotel, and then things got really exciting as I watched the thunder and lighting from the safety of my hotel balcony, 21st floor. We never get this kind of weather at home.
I’m in Atlanta, Georgia fulfilling a life-long dream. I’m attending an executive briefing and presidential reception at the Carter Center, where I will meet Past President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter. Together they founded The Carter Center with the mission to: Wage Peace, Fight Disease, Build Hope.
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. It seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health.
- The Center emphasizes action and measurable results. Based on careful research and analysis, it is prepared to take timely action on important and pressing issues.
- The Center seeks to break new ground and not duplicate the effective efforts of others.
- The Center addresses difficult problems in difficult situations and recognizes the possibility of failure as an acceptable risk.
- The Center is nonpartisan, actively seeks complementary partnerships and works collaboratively with other organizations from the highest levels of government to local communities.
- The Center believes that people can improve their own lives when provided with the necessary skills, knowledge, and access to resources.
I’m off! More pics to follow soon.