Musings

It's All Work: For Parents, Everything Must Be Planned, Including Leisure
A recent visit from a friend that left me feeling both delighted and guilty got me thinking. Friendships, and leisure more generally, like anything else important, require prioritisation, time, and energy and planning. In other words, even pleasure is work.

Patriotism and Family
Today is July 4, a holiday in the US celebrating its founding and independence. With everything going on, I’ve heard talk of Americans opting out of July 4 celebrations. I understand the sentiment, but I disagree with it. I am American; I was born and raised there and lived there till 2006, when I moved to London. I am also half Spanish. So I have plenty of distance and perspective to turn a critical eye to the country I called home for so long. And yet, I am proud to be American - as...