The US Represented MUSE-Letter for December 18-December 24, 2016

Habitually Distracted – I’ll Be Somewhere for Christmas – Gary Walker

Tomorrow, my wife and I will be embarking on our annual December trip from Colorado to Alabama. We’ve been living in Colorado since 2011, so every year since then we’ve had to make the decision about whether to set out across the U.S. for Christmas. For the sixth time, we’ve decided to make the haul. We’re as excited as you might expect.

DeLyn Martineau’s “Clean Living”

Colorado Springs sure has evolved since its founding in 1872 when the first stake was pounded into the ground near the intersection of Pikes Peak and Cascade Avenues. Those who pioneered the city were said to often stop near the center of town to marvel at Pikes Peak and the handsome Front Range mountains that seemed much closer than they really were.

Jerome Parent’s “The Erosion of Compassion”

In the essay “The Erosion of Compassion,” Jerome Parent uses a personal incident with a friend on Facebook to examine why so many people become less empathetic and compassionate as they get older.