“A Nation of Immigrants” and Passive Racism

The acts of the white supremacist terrorists in Charlottesville VA, the notifications posted of more “rallies” planned by these terrorists, and the White House response to it―laying the blame equally upon those who were beaten, mauled, and killed―had me shaking in my shoes. When I finally calmed down, I started wondering what actions I can … Continue reading “A Nation of Immigrants” and Passive Racism

Hotdogs, Ice Cream, Fireworks … & Russia?

Thought this might be a good day to re-post this article from last September…

Cowboys & Irishmen

I may be the only person alive who objects to the Russian National Anthem being played to celebrate America’s Independence Day.

Our July 4th celebrations here in my new home town were cancelled this year due to heavy rains.  I found out today that there will be fireworks locally to celebrate Labor Day this weekend.  Which put me in mind of the Fourth just passed.

Regardless of the rain, I wouldn’t have been able to attend the local fireworks on the 4th, as I was spending the weekend in New Jersey with friends and family.  In much of NJ these days, fireworks come at a premium; the cost of admission is anywhere up to $25 per person, and we’re a really big family.  So, at the end of a lovely day, we gathered in my mother’s living room to watch the Macy’s fireworks on TV.

4th of July Fireworks 4th of July Fireworks

Not quite as good as live, but…

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Hotdogs, Ice Cream, Fireworks … & Russia?

I may be the only person alive who objects to the Russian National Anthem being played to celebrate America's Independence Day. Our July 4th celebrations here in my new home town were cancelled this year due to heavy rains.  I found out today that there will be fireworks locally to celebrate Labor Day this weekend.  Which put me … Continue reading Hotdogs, Ice Cream, Fireworks … & Russia?

Broken Treaties, Broken Lives – Part 1: Promises to Keep

When I started this blog, I had no intention of getting into current affairs or social commentary. Really. But recently, a couple of issues have changed my mind. What is a writer if she doesn’t write about what’s most important to her? As you all probably know, the US has a very long-standing tradition of … Continue reading Broken Treaties, Broken Lives – Part 1: Promises to Keep