Bring On the Fireworks: Dissent on the 4th of July

I read somewhere that they are expecting 4th of July celebrations across the country to be somewhat low-key this year because people aren’t feeling very patriotic.

But surely being concerned for the health of our democracy and feeling patriotic aren’t incompatible, are they? No. In fact, I’d say they are one and the same.Continue reading “Bring On the Fireworks: Dissent on the 4th of July”

In With the New

My friend called me today: she was feeling depressed. She had sent both her kids back to college, and she was cleaning up the last of the Christmas decorations. Another Christmas season and another year come to an end.

I get depressed and anxious about plenty of things, but I never thought to be depressed about the holidays coming to an end. Yes, I was sad to ship my kid back to school and I’ll miss her, but she has so many adventures ahead of her this semester that I can’t help but be a little jealous that I’m not 20 with my whole life ahead of me and everything new and fresh and exciting. And a debit card with my daddy at the other end. Skype and Facebook make it so easy for us to stay in touch that I almost feel like I’m with her during her adventures, but without the stress of having to remind her to do her homework or the worry of waiting up when she’s out late.

Continue reading “In With the New”