Annual PFD debate is similar to a food fight


November 22, 2023

I can be sentimental. Not often, but I’m working on it. I just need to figure out how to increase my sentimentality without decreasing my cynicism.

Nostalgia is my favorite form of sentimentality. I enjoy recalling the more pleasant times before social media, before angry people felt entitled to yell at store clerks, flight attendants and their own mothers, before Donald Trump convinced millions of people it is OK to be mean and even dangerous.

Routines and schedules help calm me. Which is a lot like nostalgia — looking forward to those things that don’t change, that offer stability a...

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