People Magazine has a franchise in which it names 100 Reasons to Love America. Admittedly, it is heavy on celebrities. Given the current reality: animosity, fractures, incivility, and despair, and the fact that July 4th is around the corner, I thought it an appropriate invitation (notice I did not say challenge!) to come up with 100 reasons to love America.  Can we do this?  Can we reach 100? Share this column and invite others to participate. I will cull, and share, responses.



I’ll go first:
1) citizens have the right to vote
2) highest individual charitable donations as a percentage of the national GDP
3) NYT’s Wordle and Metropolitan Diary
4) innovation upon innovation upon innovation
5) our national parks

OK. Your turn.

Photo courtesy of Martin Darvick