Independence Day weekend 2011

We here in the United States will be celebrating the birth of our country on Monday, July 4 — a different kind of birth story from the one we usually consider at Birth Story.

Given the difficult times many Americans (and others) are now experiencing, Paul Simon's wistful "American Tune," performed here during a 1981 reunion concert with Art Garfunkel, seems to me a suitably reflective way to head into the holiday weekend.

The rousing anthems and the fireworks will still be there on the holiday itself. I hope it's a happy one for you.