Hi Adventure Philanthropists,
I’m as patriotic as any American (read: lots), maybe even more so, since nothing makes you more appreciative of your home country and its way of life than traveling overseas.
That said, on America’s 238th birthday, I couldn’t be more disappointed in the direction this country is heading, led by our Supreme Court, the branch of government I once revered the most.
This isn’t a political blog, so I won’t rant, but I am deeply sadden by recent court decisions that I believe are limiting the freedoms that many American hold dear. So this July 4th, instead of celebrating, I’m left contemplating the future of my country.
AP the Book > Looking for some fireworks? I’ll give you fireworks! There’s plenty of smack, bang, and sparkle in the pages of my book Adventure Philanthropist: Great adventures Volunteering Abroad. Grab your copy today on Lulu.com or Amazon - Happy Reading!
And now for the articles this week:
Recommended > 7 Facts about the Star-Spangled Banner
In lieu of writing a new piece this week, I opted to share this Smithsonian article by Victoria Altman on 7 little-known facts about the U.S.’s first flag. I like this kind of historical snapshot and hope you do too! Don’t miss the video on (undoing) the flag’s restoration effort = fascinating!
Favorite > Searching for American’s Small-town Values
During my “Thelma without Louise” American West road trip a few years back, I was curious to check on the pulse of our so-called American values. I found lots of examples of down-homeness—not all that I agreed with. Here’re 3 “values” that struck me…
Photo of the Week > Fireworks over the Capitol
This photo is a Getty image from USA Today’s article recommending the 10 Best Firework Displays on the 4th of July. Purty!
Want more Go Erin Go?
See you on the road! (and careful driving out there during the holiday weekend, ya hear?!)