Sweet. amiable, kind or gracious. Universally, the term sweet is associated with improving, comforting or satisfying. Part of the sweetness (coupled with responsibility) oozing from others right now, involves people increasingly acting on promptings to provide relief and recovery for others in need. The word recovery includes: healing, rebuilding lives, reestablishing employment structures, reconstructing homes, reviving faith, and restoring relationships. Sweetness still invokes the uncomplicated notion that we can and should invest in each other's well being. Over the years, we've always found lasting and loving ways to do that. As you invest in this sweetness, let it penetrate a chamber of your heart, and help shape or reshape your thinking. Then, through your encounters, I encourage you to use the sweetness that you experience to help others see that they are loved and cared for more than they realize. Come to think of it, that really is good news. Tracey L. Collins was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is 45 years old, with four sisters and lots of nieces and nephews. Tracey is an elementary school Principal in Brooklyn, New York. As an educator, Tracey has promoted youth development and social-emotional learning. To further cascade out her work in this area, Tracey formed "Fully Persuaded for Children and Families Inc." This not for profit organization is designed to facilitate social-emotional learning as an essential part of cultivating responsible decision making, safety, and a positive self image among youth and their families. Tracey's motto in work and in life is: "Together We Can."