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WA flower. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Strength and beauty: I start every day with this image on my desktop. (Hadi Dadashian photo)

Today, I am grateful for strength.

I’m grateful too, for four of the toughest words in the English language: I am not afraid.

Eleanor Roosevelt teaches me, a new American citizen, the value of saying those words over and over in my adopted country.