I am now sitting here finishing my coffee. My wife is having a "lie in." My father and my sister are well. We may not have wanted to stay a few extra days, but my dad is now 80 and when one reaches that age you never know what might happen....
Surprise from the United States...
She reminds me of former students of mine who saw something they did not like and were glibly sure they had an "easy" answer. (Because, you know, no one ever considered THEIR idea before, right?)
How about history? The internal combustion engine on which we now rely simply cannot be viewed in isolation without any thought given to what had been before it. It is not as if it had not existed we would all dwell in immaculate urban pedestrianized New Yorker-style cartoon locales where everyone is cycling and doing yoga and going to therapy.
We need to bear in mind that even lying ugly treatises teach us something. If we are to try to understand those who think such ways, we need to read what they write.
George Floyd was not shot by police, yet he was killed as he was largely because of how US policing has mis-developed...
He summoned up a mob to invade the Capitol in looking somehow to disrupt the final congressional certification of the November 3 election of his successor.
What the hell has happened? Many in the country are clearly fearful of innovation, fearful of the future, indeed seemingly fearful of EVERYTHING they do not immediately understand.
We have always had trouble defining with precision what makes an American; but that is actually not a bad thing because that creates a flexibility about boundaries and allows the identity more easily to evolve.
Hello! I know I have been quiet this past week. Let me explain: We are in New York, in the Catskills, at our house here, and have just completed a "mini-quarantine" under New York anti-Covid guidelines for arriving travelers.
I took a moment to be alone with her: I kissed her now lifeless forehead, and paused as I thought briefly on how while her troubles were mercifully over our lives going forward would never be the same...
I voted for her in 2016. I did so because she was much more experienced and competent than him. And I feel 2020 has PROVEN that to be correct.
"I have to tell you, sir, you are in violation of the 'Freedom To Walk Ordinance.' You crossed there with your dog and today is a Tuesday. Is your dog tagged, by the way?"
Gather 'round, kids, and let me share with you a taste 20th century living. We booked our coming trip entirely using the internet: flights, accommodation, taxi. Before the internet existed, to book an airline ticket it was commonplace in those olde days to visit a business - a physical building - that was called a "travel agency."
"Remember, Remember the 5th of November" now means - thankfully - nothing in the United States.