This Fourth

In 2020 as Americans yet again we are extra-engaged in reflecting upon what we were and what we are, what we believe, whether we really act on what we state we believe, and how we may put such beliefs into better practice.

On This Fourth Of July 2019

To my fellow Americans, wherever you are in the world, Happy Independence Day. 🙂

The 2018 National Birthday

What Americans celebrate today is not national perfection, but independence as a nation-state.

“From one End of this Continent to the other”

Happy U.S. Independence . . . weekend! Future U.S. president John Adams, who had persuaded the younger and largely unknown Virginian Thomas Jefferson to draft the independence declaration because - among other reasons - Jefferson had a knack with a quill, had foreseen almost exactly what independence day would develop into as a national holiday: … Continue reading “From one End of this Continent to the other”

Circle Of Thirteen

Happy Fourth of July!: Uh, sorry. Of course that's not the current version of the U.S. flag. I'm spending way too much time lately in the 1790s. 😉 We've never been perfect. We never will be. What we must always do, all we can do, is simply strive to be better than we were or … Continue reading Circle Of Thirteen

“Land of lovely dames”

A bit more "history." Please don't run for cover. I think you'll find this amusing - especially given this is 4th of July weekend in the U.S.: That excerpt is from a recent biography. The first part is from a 1782 letter written by the subject while he was traveling; the second half is from … Continue reading “Land of lovely dames”

Happy Independence Day, 2014

A few thoughts on today's U.S. Independence Day. It's an extra-special one for us because it's my wife's first as a U.S. citizen. And she is - as you know if you visit regularly - British. It's also the first one for some time in which we are actually physically present in the U.S. We … Continue reading Happy Independence Day, 2014