Celebrating pools, celebrating America

For July 4, nine opinion writers from the Washington Post wrote about things they wanted to celebrate.

They included block parties, the youth of our country, sacrifice in service of freedom and our country’s women athletes.

One of my favorite writers, Alyssa Rosenberg, was grateful for public swimming pools.

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History after dinner

“You want to go for a ride?”

Sounded like a good idea to me. My wife and I had just left dinner at the local Italian restaurant, but it was still early, the sun was out and the weather was pleasant. The alternative would have been to just go home, and that would have been a waste.

I had no idea until she then asked, “Have you ever been to Old North Bridge?”

I had not.

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Seven days of my books and me

Reggie Jackson was my first favorite baseball player and I always read way above my grade level as a kid …

… which is how I wound up reading a book published when I was 9 that had the expression “uppity (you know the word, starts with ‘n’)” in the third paragraph and “If bull—- was religion, he’d be the Pope” on Page 9.

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Nashville travels: The arc of history in Centennial Park

Since Nashville is the “Athens of the South” — I’m curious to know what the home of the University of Georgia thinks of that — why not have a full-scale replica of The Parthenon?

Built in Centennial Park for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, The Parthenon is the city’s art museum includes a full-scale statue of Athena inside, which we were able to see this morning.

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