Protesting is as American as the Boston Tea Party. The First Amendment to our Constitution includes the rights to speak freely, to assemble, and to petition our government for redress of grievances. That sounds like a pretty good description of a protest march like the Women's March in Knoxville which I attended today....more
Listen, I’m the first to admit I’m not a particularly patriotic person. When I was in Brighton (that’s in England) and this guy at a bar was all “wow you’re pretty okay for an American,” I didn’t get into a fistfight defending my country’s honor. I was just like “cool thanks” and moved on. Because I don’t care, and he was probably right anyway.Also I can’t throw much of a punch. ...more
My husband grew up in a small town farming community in Northern California. Very small. There were only 20-something seniors in his whole graduating class! He can't even relate to typical high-school drama when I tell him some of my stories from my high school...and I didn't come from a very big town either, although it was much larger than his....more
Somewhere in the past few weeks of the 2014 World Cup, I became a sports fan.Or actually, let's not take it that far. I became a fan of U.S. soccer.But let's go back a little bit first. It should be said that I've never been a sports fan. Like, at all. ...more
The news has been full the last few weeks with tracking Edward Snowden's every move. I do have a thought on the matter.My thought does not involve what he did or why he did it. It also does not involve the NSA; what they did or why they did it. It involves something else entirely.My thought on the matter concerns Mr. Snowden's assertion that he is an American patriot. Not the fact that he made that statement; but how and where the statement was made....more
Surfing the internet - my favorite "wake-up" activity. This morning I have two grandchildren asleep upstairs. Oh happy day!!! Usually I spend my first hour playing games, surfing the net and drinking coffee. Today is a stand-out day. Not only do I have the pleasure of waking my grandchildren and starting their day in a flurry of "happy" but I came across something that started my "happy" for the day. If you don't know who Richard Blanco is, you are not alone. Until today I didn't. But now my world has changed. And he is the cause. If you have a few minutes, read his poem "America"....more
Despite the fact that the word "patriot" is included in the third line of our national anthem, the idea of "patriotism" really isn't - at least, not in my experience - a significant part of our dialogue or identity as Canadians.
Don't get me wrong...
We've started a joke with some of our friends, where whenever someone gets a bit dramatic about their daily struggles, whether it's a late dinner or a baby who won't sleep or traffic on the freeway, we all sigh and say, "Well, you know, in THIS economy..." It's purposefully over-the-top and we all laugh knowingly, at ourselves and at the talking heads who constantly tell us that we're incapable, that life is bad, that America is on the brink of disaster, or worse, is declining and will continue to do so, with no end in sight....more