Sometime a mulligan is more than just a mulligan. It’s a way forward that breaks abruptly with the past and establishes a whole new perspective on the world. Here are two Mulligan Moments that may be harbingers of new understanding and appreciation of what’s best about our great nation and the towns that we live in.
The most startling and emotional moment came at the contentious location of Standing Rock, when a gathering of veterans offered a very public apology for transgressions of the United States government, military, and citizens upon the native peoples of the land of North America. Seeking forgiveness is a humbling step. And accepting forgiveness is a tremendous gift to all parties involved. May this moment be the mulligan that heals and protects and brings peace and justice to our nation and our Native American family.
A dear friend and inspiration of mine, Joyce Marin, pointed out that that not only do people have comeback stories, but a town can too. Joyce, the executive director of RenewLV, reminded me of Iron Works Catasauqua and the work of their municipal council to push this project forward over the last 10 years. According to Joyce, this year the council, led by Vincent Smith, Catasauqua, PA’s borough council president, passed the mixed-use zoning required to take a former industrial site and turn it into a new 13 acre walkable-bikeable neighborhood connected to their downtown. May it be the start of something even bigger for what may become the Lehigh Valley’s Mulligan Town.