Situational Analysis – February 26, 2021

We’ve made it to Friday and I owe you an apology. I missed a big milestone yesterday! Sean Astin turned 50! I mean, I don’t know about you, but the thought that Samwise Gamgee is 50 is mind-boggling.

Breaking news this morning: Latter-day Saint Charities is donating $20 million to support COVAX, a global campaign to provide 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines to low and middle-income countries. It is the biggest private sector donation to the largest immunization campaign in history.

If you only have time for one thing today: Read this inspiring story about aerospace engineer Diana Trujillo who was a flight director on the landing of the Perserverance rover. Her dreams of reaching space and wanting to understand the universe came as a young person in Cali, Colombia. Her parents were divorcing and as 17-year-old, she decided to go to the United States, arriving with only $300 and not speaking any English. She worked housekeeping jobs to pay for her studies and later joined NASA in 2007. “I wanted my — especially the males of my own family — to recognize that women add value,” she said, adding, “it came from wanting to prove to them that we matter.” 

Countdown

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