After getting back to Spain from our recent three-week trip to the US, I have written up my reflections on the country. (As anyone who knows me might guess, these are pretty negative!)
Back in the U.S. of A.: Reflections, May, 2023
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As a retired teacher who has fled the US and is now living in Spain, and as someone who has until now eschewed most forms of social media, I am belatedly beginning to create an online presence. To that end, I am using this WordPress website to archive some of my miscellaneous non-academic writing. I hope that some of my friends and former colleagues may enjoy this collection, which consists mainly of political editorials, light-weight essays, and silly poems. I also post here the latest version of my US History textbook, Key Moments in American History. View all posts by murraymcclellan
2 thoughts on “Back in the U.S. of A.: Reflections, May, 2023”
Thanks so much for your perceptive “return” to the US essay. I wish you would come back to Keene so we could have a beer and talk. I find a huge disconnected between what I experience every day–friendly people, natural beauty, and a well-ordered society–and what I see in the media–an angry and fearful populace on a planet falling apart. It’s hard for me to be pessimistic in a world where weed is legal, women wear yoga pants in public, and I can read and write on a machine from the comfort of a recliner.
Thanks. Yes, Ernie, it would be so nice to be in beautiful Keene and have a beer and a chat with you. I know what you mean by a disconnect between what one experiences in one’s daily life in the States and the country’s horrible political divisions and the disregard for our dying planet. (I also noted those yoga pants, something that we don’t have here in Spain!) But, as my essay amply demonstrates, I find my new Spanish, European, lifestyle much more congenial for me.