I’m more excited than ever about Southwest Airlines’ inflight magazine, Spirit. Mail is pouring in for our June issue on dogs, nearly all of it having to do with the moving story about Puppies Behind Bars, “How Mya Saved Jacob.” I’m prejudiced, but I think it’s one of the best stories ever published about veterans’ post-traumatic stress disorder.
It’s hard to top dogs, but I think the July issue gives June a run for the money. Creative Director Kevin de Miranda attended five naturalization ceremonies for immigrants who did the hard work to become newly minted Americans. We sent a photographer to a big ceremony in Houston, then Executive Editor John McAlley got their individual stories—stories that together tell a richly patriotic tale.
For my part, I wrote a piece about what citizenship means for the rest of us. I live in New England, where the annual tradition of Town Meeting still thrives and where I occasionally make a fool of myself—including a time when I verbally abused a beautiful young elected official I happened to be in love with. Ah, politics.
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And now for the Numbers: The average person has about 1,460 dreams a year. One bottle of wine contains 2.8 pounds of grapes. George Washington still owes $300,000 in library late fees. And seventy percent of women enjoy being single. That’s compared to only half of us men. Maybe we should stop yelling at beautiful elected officials.