Stress makes it hard to think

Giving up the delusion of control helps. Driving cross country is a great way to see the US of A in all its variation. And there’s more than one way to do it. East-west comes to mind first, and there’s the northern tier states, the southern tier, and the middle. Then there’s north-south—east coast, westContinue reading “Stress makes it hard to think”

Of Crackers & Yankees

We’re not so different. New Englanders think Southerns are all the same. And Southerns think Yankees are all the same. So I guess we’re even. Or maybe we’re more alike than we think. I’m a Maine Yankee, even though I don’t sound like one. People are skeptical when I say I’m from coastal Maine. NoContinue reading “Of Crackers & Yankees”

US History from a Latino Perspective

European colonization of what is now the United States starts with the English landing in Virginia and Massachusetts. Well, not so fast, says Felipe Fernández-Armesto. In his book, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States, Fernández-Armesto points out that in 1508 Puerto Rico became the first permanent European settlement in what is now US territory. St.Continue reading “US History from a Latino Perspective”