It’s 4th of July and in the United States this date is America’s Independence Day holiday. It marks the nation’s birth after rebellion and separation from the British Empire.

Although we’ve lived in several countries outside the U.S., including the U.K., Japan, Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Colombia, and have widely travelled to some fifty-odd countries around the world, we were born — and mostly grew up — in America. We’re currently based here.

In spite of its current political, social and economic turmoil, made all the more distressing by the slow-burn global nightmare of the COVID-19 pandemic, America is a distinct and historically unusual country. It’s a superpower that also symbolically represents some important universal ideals, despite the nation’s historically imperfect practice of those ideals. It’s truly a nation of immigrants, and it’s one of the most ethnically, culturally and racially diverse countries in the world.

We celebrate America’s independence and success. While we hope to make it better than what it is and fix its problems and truly live up to its ideals of liberty, equality and justice for all persons.

We post a photo of American artist Jasper John’s famous encaustic painting “Three Flags” to symbolically mark the occasion.