On this Fourth of July, as P. and I celebrate the Declaration of Independence from the deck, I want to raise my glass to not only independence but also union. It's an American holiday, but it's also my parents' wedding anniversary. Married in Germany 54 years ago (my father an American soldier, my mother a German bride), they are a wonderful example of how love can weather differences. And isn't that what being an American is all about? Cheers, Mom and Dad!