At the eve of Independence day on July 4th 2010 I contemplate our rough and tumble ways;
Our advances in understanding and concurrently the ideological hardening of minds that are in fear of change;
Our ethnically complex struggles to continue building a more perfect union!
I have done many things in my life. I travelled from Europe at the age of twenty-one in pursuit of happiness, and finding it, in addition to unfettered opportunity in the United States of America, I have settled here. I am the ideal immigrant to this rough and tumble land and I know in my heart that I would have succeeded here at any point in history, and made this land my home.
Once here, I had the privilege of experiencing many of life’s true pleasures such as a husband and child; studying at the best educational institutions of the Mid-west; developing an exiting career in the Windy City and traveling around the globe. I have made friends and I have lost them; I have rescued creatures in need and I have given them shelter; I have built a safe haven that surrounds me with blessed solitude and stunning beauty.
A part of my journey has brought me great grief; the loss of love and the pain of separation; the realization that illness is here to stay like a silent companion who is not welcome; the realization that my time of exploration is over and that my fervent dream of travel into space will never be fulfilled.
Yet, the mind is an incredible instrument, it allows participation in anything one desires. So let me share another image of our sun, so far away, yet so very near in my mind’s eye.