An Ode to the 4th of July

245 years later we are still talking about the same thing — how to be America?

Photo by Dan Mall on Unsplash

It’s the smells and sounds of summer that most enlivens my memories of our nation’s birthday: freshly cut grass, the cool early-morning breeze carrying hints of a barbecue a few yards over; and, the voice of my grandmother on the phone with her older sister discussing the likelihood of…