Veterans Day: A Lesson in History

Holidays have turned into retail sales opportunities but holidays have history worth learning about. And while boosting the economy can be a patriotic activity, it is very important to understand the truest meaning behind Veterans Day. World War I fighting ended with an armistice between the Allies and Germany that went into effect on the [...]

Tenting on the Old Camp Ground

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Coming home from where I go Sunday mornings, I listen to a replay of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Yesterday he sang the Civil War song “Tenting on the Old Camp Ground,” by Walter Kittredge.  I sang along and, for the first time, I listened to the words I was [...]

Followup on the Senate’s Symbolic Gift

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Last week I wrote about the Senate’s gift to President Obama in the form of a unanimous resolution authorizing him to establish a no-fly zone over Libya and do whatever else is necessary to protect the Libyan people.  There’s no point in my repeating the whole thing when you can read [...]

The Senate’s Symbolic Gift

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson It’s barely likely that any American who’s been paying attention to events surrounding this business in Libya is surprised at the scope creep that is taking place before our eyes. (“Scope creep” describes how a task you’ve agreed to do grows larger once you’re shaken hands and pocketed the check.) First [...]

I Just Don’t Understand

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I wish someone who approves of what we Americans are doing in Libya will explain to me why it qualifies as a humanitarian act. It seems to me that when you pick up a gun and start shooting people — whether you’re a tyrant or rebelling against a tyrant — you [...]

Memorial Day in Tiny Town

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Part of the Memorial Day tradition in the town I love best is that we don’t observe the day on the day itself, but on the Saturday nearest to it. I’ve never been part of the planning, so I’m not sure of the reason, but I can think of a few. [...]