Mixed Feelings On Memorial Day

By Monday, May 25, 2009 0 0

This piece of mine was first published by the Philadelphia Inquirer on Memorial Day, 2003. I have some mixed feelings about Memorial Day. On one hand, I deeply respect people - in this case, soldiers and veterans - who work and struggle for causes larger than themselves, and are willing to die for their cause. ...

Thanksgiving, Patriotism and Right-Sized Eating

By Tuesday, November 20, 2007 1 0

For Thanksgiving I’ll suggest (and practice myself) a novel idea: to not eat a great deal. Just a normal-sized meal, with more sociability than usual.

“Unpatriotic!” I can imagine you criticizing me. “Killjoy!” “The economy would nosedive!” “Anti-consumption equals Anti-Christ!” (OK, pardon my drama.)

In truth, I’m very patriotic. I love our forebears. In fact I suggest we be more like them — by not being overweight and