I used to enjoy going to the local Halloween parade. My kids are grown up and on their own, so I have not attended the parade in recent years. One of the largest Halloween parade's on Delmarva is now simply called a "Community Parade." Other community centers no longer celebrate Halloween, instead they have a "Fall Festival." I am told the celebration of Halloween is a sensitive subject. Some families are choosing not to participate in Halloween activities of any kind because of religious convictions.
As a child in school, and later as an employee of a school district, I anxiously awaited the Christmas break every year. That week off from Christmas Eve until the start of the new year, was a special time of year to celebrate with family and friends. Searching for the Christmas Break on many school calendars I find that it is now officially the Winter Break. I am surprised that my official state list of holidays hasn't changed Christmas to "Recycled Pagan Celebration of the Winter Season."
Now the world is angry and fighting over the meaning of red Starbucks coffee cups. According to those drawing attention to Starbucks, the company is taking part in a so-called "war on Christmas" because the red coffee cups no longer acknowledge the Christmas holiday. According to Starbucks the company tries to embrace diversity. Does our world now define diversity as not showing any references to history or culture? Let's forget about all traditions that have any possible connections to anything someone claims is against their beliefs?
Some people take vacations at time shares or resorts, I go on road trips to explore new places. I Just came back from a road trip to the Detroit area, including downtown Detroit as well as the Dearborn area that included a stop at the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
It amazes me how bad the perception is of Detroit. We did not stay in downtown Detroit, but we drove to the city, I parked in the Greektown area, and walked around town for a few hours before going to a Tigers game. Detroit Tigers Comerica Park is really nice and we enjoyed walking through the GM Renaissance Center. I wish I had allocated more time to explore the downtown Detroit area, time went by quickly.
People asked me, how was Detroit, and when I say I loved it, they really look surprised. I really enjoyed my trip to the area, never felt threatened and was pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Using travelers "common sense" of knowing where I am going and not venturing into new areas without a clue, I felt less threatened in Detroit that I have in many others cities. I'm sure there are nasty neighborhoods I did not see, but around the areas I was in, it was not bad at all. Of all the road trips I have taken in recent years, the Detroit area is one of the few I hope to plan a return visit.
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