Friday Things Considered: The Independence Day Edition

Though I was raised in the ruby red heart of the Rocky Mountain West, I live in midnight blue territory. With friends and family on both sides of the political spectrum, my own leanings tend to a more moderate shade of rosy periwinkle. But I was genuinely happy about how the Supreme Court decisions played out this week and tickled pink by Senator Wendy Davis’s fuschia-sneakered filibuster.  Inclusion, respect and female empowerment are all principles my red state community taught me to value. You can travel far from either coast and still find intelligent, kind people who are trying to make sense of things through the lenses of their own experience. I hope my bluest neighbors and friends keep that in mind when they decry opinions in various shades of scarlet. My true-blue Republican parents taught me that everyone should feel welcome at the God Bless America parade.

Oh look--a 4th of July bouquet from my very own garden!

Here are some other things worth celebrating this week:

1. Moms playing video games.

2. Defense of my college (English) major.

3. Wendy and the Boys.

4. Yankee Doodle Dandy decor.

5. Simple flag decorations for drink straws.

Oh, and remember that Google Reader goes away this weekend (sigh.) Personally, I’ve switched over to Feedly and the process was painless and free.  My husband is going with Feedbin based on this article.  Clearly we value diversity in our household. I hope you’ll keep reading wherever you land.

 Happy 4th Y’all!

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  1. Posted June 29, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Love your colourful writing! “ruby red heart of the Rocky Mountain West” Beautiful! :) Thanks for th reader update – gotta start transferring mine over!


  2. Posted June 30, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink

    In the aftermath of 9/11, I planted a red, white, and blue garden here in Blueland. Everybody should own the concept of America, right? I’m as Blue as they come, but consider myself a patriot. I hope those who bleed Red consider themselves advocates of liberty and justice for all.

    Right? Superordinate goals, as we say in the business world:):

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.