Thanksgiving is coming. Sort of.

Thanksgiving will be here next week and, frankly, I’m pissed. Do you know how you’ll be celebrating this year? I don’t. Not exactly. I mean, I knew we’d not be socializing with anyone who doesn’t live here in Vermont. I … Read More

Four Veterans Day Myths

There are some interesting myths surrounding Veterans Day. Let’s have a look. #1 Veterans Day celebrates the official end of World War I November 11, formerly Armistice Day, was not the original end to World War I — yes, that … Read More

What Do You Know About our Pledge of Allegiance?

For the Americans among us, when’s the last time you thought about your Pledge of Allegiance? Do you remember reciting it in grammar school? High School?  Could you recite it from memory today? I could, and I imagine you could … Read More

A New Look at Thanksgiving: the strange ritual we pull off each year

It really is a strange ritual we pull off each year. We mean well, with this Thanksgiving of ours, but intention only carries so far. The Thanksgiving myth, you know, is a fiction. A nice fiction, a Norman Rockwell fiction, … Read More

A New Look at Halloween: who loves it and why?

It’s Halloween, the time to celebrate death. ghosts, goblins, vampires, and zombies. It’s the time you get to be someone or something else. For me, it’s the holiday when costumed strangers show up uninvited and demand some form of extortion … Read More

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