Harry Truman once said, "It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours." We may feel sympathetic when something bad happens to someone else, but it becomes a catastrophe when it happens to us. No one in the United States has been left unaffected by the economic crisis of the last few years. It may have started with your neighbor, but most likely the troubles have come to your door as well. We hear a lot about how bad things are... and even some good news about how it is (slowly) turning the other way. Until we see or feel a noticeable difference in our own circumstances, it's difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today, I was graced with an obvious sign of economic recovery in our part of the world. It's not as though things are back to normal around here... but today's news was a marked improvement over the last few years. We still have a long way to go, but we got a glimpse of the possibility of improving and that's always good news.