Why We Celebrate July 4th

We celebrate July 4th with a lot of hoopla.  Flag-waving parades.  Backyard barbecues with beer and laughter.  Fireworks.  Good times. We celebrate the creation of a new country, a new ideal, in 1776.  It was a country that rejected hereditary aristocracies, that called for equal rights for (most) men, that endeavored to create a new…

Learning from Europe’s Dark Past

b. traven On a trip to Berlin my son and I spent some of our time looking into the crannies that elude most visitors.  In Europe I have researched how some countries memorialize (if at all) their resistance to fascist occupation during World War II.  The French Resistance Museum is a disgrace!  It’s poorly lit,…