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Monday, July 05, 2021

Reader's Diary #2214 - Michael Dickel: Independence Day

We seem, as a collective, to be more reflective these days, skeptical even, about all that patriotism stuff. Certainly this was true in Canada on this recent July 1st, and I'm sure to a large extent for many Americans this past Sunday.  

This is especially true for the central character in Michael Dickel's short story "Independence Day." Someone who has benefited from the system recalls a time when she fought against injustice and realizes that injustice hasn't gone away, she's just learned to turn her back to it. 

It sounds like the story could be preachy, but it's more thoughtful than that. More of a story of a personal journey. The title takes on extra significance. 

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