North Dakota's first lady, Kathryn Helgaas Burgum, launched a near mythic task last year with "Recovery Reinvented," her odyssey to fight stigma and ameliorate support and solutions for the thousands of North Dakota families struggling with substance abuse. I'm enthusiastic that her goals include eliminating our "drunkest state in the U.S" status--a dubious claim to me, but with enough repetitive reporting about that title to lend some credibility to the insult.
Waves of horror stories continue to taunt us as children's lives are shattered by adults in our city, state and our country. Charles Dickens' observation has significance to me: "I love these little people and it is no slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us." Admittedly, I'm a man that finds grace in holding a baby, purpose tending a 5-year-old boy and his kite, and joy counting squirrels in Island Park with a precious girl of 2.