Since most of us (in the US, at least) have the day off from work to celebrate, here's some food for thought from an excellent essay on busyness:
"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done." --Tim Krieder, from "The Busy Trap" NY Times 6/30/12
It's a really great piece.
Hope you have some freedom to be lazy or wander or shirk obligations and play today! And enjoy the fireworks, too.
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