Recently, a couple of reporters at The New York Times published an intriguing story about conversations between House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other members of his leadership team. It was shortly after the events of Jan. 6 at the Capitol, and they were talking about what to do about then-President Trump.
If you ever want to examine American patriotism in action, watch Americans vote. I say that firsthand after another successful election season in Indiana.
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I have been a fan of Garrison Keillor’s work since I first listened to “A Prairie Home Companion” on the radio back in the day. Later, when his first book, Lake Woebegon Days, (1985) came out, I discovered another side to his talents. Last November I learned that he had published three new books since the beginning of the pandemic. I set about ordering and then reading Serenity at 70, Gaiety at 80 (2021). After that, I read his autobiography That Time of the Year (2020). And just a few nights ago, I stayed up past my bedtime to finish the last two chapters of his latest novel, Boom Town (2022).
We’re lucky, in Indiana, to have “the greatest spectacle in racing” in our very own backyard. As soon as the street banners are hung and the parade bleachers erected in downtown Indy to welcome another season of the Indianapolis 500, it’s almost as if the state drops the green flag for the start of summer. As a kid, the Indy 500 and Memorial Day weekend meant packing our winter clothes away, the first picnic of the year, and evenings spent in the backyard trying to catch lightning bugs. As soon as school was out I was at the local little league hanging out with friends and buying way too much Laffy Taffy from the concession stand. Or riding my bike to the Putt Putt Golf off of Southport Road when they offered all-day play for just $5. My brother and I would only stop to get lunch at our grandma’s house or an ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. Summers were carefree and filled with memories of impromptu experiences and well-planned vacations.
Whenever I explain why Indiana needs more kids to attend college, I get some version of the comment, “a young person doesn’t need college to do well; we need more people in the trades.” While it is true for a few talented individuals, that is not true for a city or state. Economists call this the ‘fallacy of composition,’ which I can explain with a few facts.
We know “home is where the heart is.” And, “there’s no place like home.”
One down, 12 (or more) to go.
I see women in my neighborhood mowing their lawns. My wife doesn’t mow our lawn. I don’t think she will ever mow the lawn. Lawn mowing season is here and it just kinda drives me crazy trying to figure out why she won’t mow the lawn.
What’s in the names we give our children? Contemporary parents might choose names to honor ancestors, to signify something from the family’s religion or ethnic heritage, or simply because the parents like the name.