April is the best. But she’s 20. When April was born, I was already in 3rd grade. So if we were friends back then, I’d have been hanging out with a baby. I don’t know anything about infant care. My God, I could’ve killed her.
“It’s a reminder that despite the fact that the country seems to be very nearly coming apart at the seams, there is still much to recommend it — namely, its spectacular beauty. When it comes to protected public lands, there are none better than America’s.
Ours is a boastful nation, prone to ridiculous exaggeration of our own innovativeness. Too often, it’s empty wind. In a great many areas — like our disastrously inefficient medical system, or our pathetic passenger rail — we’re still far behind where Europe was 50-80 years ago. Heck, we can’t even match Romania at internet speed — and that was developed here a mere generation back!
But national parks are unquestionably an American development. Pushed by American writers and activists, we established the first one in 1872: Yellowstone National Park. This served as a model around the world, from Australia to South Africa to Costa Rica. As Wallace Stegner once wrote, national parks might fairly be called ‘the best idea we ever had.’”
“I’m deputy director now, but I’m hoping someday to be the first female director of the department.” “I don’t think that’s a good idea. Women need a lot of blood to flow through to their baby centers, which leaves less to the brain, you see?”