Editor’s Note: I hope you enjoyed your celebration of the Fourth of July week! As mentioned last week, in thinking about my many freedoms, I realized I was free to take a couple weeks off from writing this blog! Critical Conversations will resume next Tuesday, July 16. In the meantime, if you are inclined to continue to pause and reflect on our freedoms, I offer you a post I wrote two years ago: Are we free to love? A 4th of July Reflection. Enjoy and thanks for being a Critical Conversations reader. Look for the next post on Tuesday, July 16.