One of the things that keeps coming back to mind when I think about Alton and what our city needs is encouragement. There is joy lacking. The practical problems facing our city are daunting, and doing concrete things to help the poor has to be a cornerstone of our mission. But I wonder, too, if other things might help lift the spirit of our city.

With that in mind, watch this video. It’s not too long and it’s pretty funny. Maybe it will get some ideas stirring about how we can bring joy to our neighbors.