For the past several Tuesdays, I have used this space to highlight a region to which I have traveled as a sort of escape since most of us have been staying put due to the pandemic. Today, however, given the current atmosphere in this country and particularly in light of the protests happening across the country and around the world, it seemed more than a bit shallow.

I try very hard to keep this site apolitical but when the president of the United States orders federal police to disperse peaceful protesters with the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, and brute force so that he can have a photo opportunity in front of a church, I have to violate my own pledge.

This country that I love so much, already fragile due to the impacts of Covid 19, teeters on the verge of chaos. What is needed is a calming hand, a sympathetic ear, and a uniting spirit. None of those attributes are being exhibited currently by the current resident of the White House.

As Americans, we can do better. We have to do better.


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