Why are we only ‘merry’ at Christmas?

The passage of Christmas marks the end of two traditions people often forget. First, the usage of the word “merry” drops off to practically zero until October of the next year. I don’t why “merry” is so closely associated with Christmas and not any other occasion, but so it goes. Merry is a perfectly fineContinue reading “Why are we only ‘merry’ at Christmas?”

Will Taylor Swift and the Rock save Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving fares poorly as a holiday in the 21st century. Some people argue the holiday represents the oppression of Native Americans and the violent seizure of their land and resources by white, European colonists. These people probably have a point. Certainly, our history is more complicated than the cartoonish myth of Native Americans and EuropeanContinue reading “Will Taylor Swift and the Rock save Thanksgiving?”

Your ‘I Voted’ sticker doesn’t impress me much

The election is over. It’s safe to watch football games again without being bored by candidates’ attack ads trying to convince you a vote for their opponent plunges us into the apocalypse. We can go back to the good commercials where Flo dates Jon Hamm in insurance commercials, AT&T deals on the latest iPhone detailedContinue reading “Your ‘I Voted’ sticker doesn’t impress me much”