Situational Analysis – February 17, 2021

It’s Ash Wednesday today, the beginning of Lent and also National Random Act of Kindness Day. Seems like a particularly nice way to begin a season of reflection and sacrifice.

Also, snow is blanketing Utah’s roadways this morning. Be careful out there. You know some people have forgotten how to drive in snow – don’t be that person.

If you only have time for one thing today: Jane Bolin was a trailblazer. She was the first Black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first Black woman to join the New York City Bar Association and the nation’s first Black female judge. In an interview after becoming a judge, Bolin said she hoped to show “a broad sympathy for human suffering.” She served on the bench for 40 years. Before her death at age 98, she looked back at her lifetime of first. “Everyone else makes a fuss about it, but I didn’t think about it, and I still don’t,” she said in 1993. “I wasn’t concerned about (being) first, second or last. My work was my primary concern.” Read more about her remarkable story here and here

Countdown

16 days to the end of the 2021 Utah Legislature (3/5/21)
56 days until the end of the Cox/Henderson administration’s first 100 days (04/14/2021)
72 days until the Biden/Harris administration’s first 100 days are up (04/30/2021)