On this Veteran’s Day, I feel it’s important to discuss what it means to support our troops and our veterans. The rhetoric surrounding our military often is a conservative talking point, as is patriotism and the idolatry around the American flag. But here in lies the problem. Supporting our troops and our vets means paying taxes which contribute to the VA and other social programs including welfare. According to HUD, there are roughly 40,000 homeless veterans in the US, with a rise in these numbers seen in 2017 (https://bit.ly/2O45Qzh). If these numbers, there is a disproportionate number of black and…


Ok, so let me get this straight. Taking down a statue of a losing general in a war fought 150 years ago, according to many white supremacists including Peter Cvjetanovic, threatens the rights of “white European culture.”

And yet liberals are the snowflakes? Maybe you should get over the war that your great great grandparents fought and lost…if I am supposed to get over an election that happened 9 months ago…

Fox news reported joyously in 2003 when the statue of Saddam Hussein was torn down that “It was a historic moment: the people of Iraq conveying to the world…


Last night, I went to see Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny and Anais Mitchell play at Harvard’s Sanders Theater. The concert was a wonderful, funny, and impressive evening of banjo, new and old songs, and jokes. It was a welcome distraction from the chaos in our lives.

Both Anais and Noam included songs that spoke to their fears and sadness about the current situation. Anais sang Woody Guthrie’s Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos), which Guthrie wrote about the 1948 plane crash which killed 28 migrant workers. I had never heard this song, but found myself crying.

Deportee (Plane…


Who will gainsay that the parks contain the highest potentialities of national pride, national contentment, and national health? A visit inspires love of country; begets contentment; engenders pride of possession; contains the antidote for national restlessness…. [He/She] is a better citizen with a keener appreciation of the privilege of living here who has toured the national parks.” Stephen T. Mather (the first director of the National Park Service who served from 1917 — 1929)

When life is chaotic (as it has been recently), many Americans turn to the outdoors as a place of solace, relaxation, and reflection. And the National…


Yesterday after work, I headed to the neighborhood pub with my friends to have a beer and write postcards to my representatives, as part of the #womensmarch action list, 10 Items/100 Days. As I wrote my first postcard (to John McCain), I realized I had a lot more to say than a 4 x 6" card could hold. I wanted to be concise, so that the letter would fit on one page. So I wrote this. Please comment with additions, as there are so many troubling issues at stake.

Dear Senator/Representative,

Do you want to go down in history as…

Jayme Kurland

Museum Musicologist. Historian.

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