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Wonder: Happy birthday, America, from the nation’s capital

Happy Birthday, America

Happy Birthday, America. Photo by Christa Avampato.

I went to the Nats game on Saturday night and when I heard that national anthem just before the game started, I got a little shiver. I know we have enormous, disgusting, hideous problems in this country. There are still too many people struggling and falling through the cracks in our economy and in our society. There is too much hate, too much intolerance, and too much violence. And still, I believe in this country because I know we can and will do better.

I got to Nats Stadium by taking a very long walk from my apartment right through the center of Capitol Hill. Every time I see that beautiful dome and the lawn that expands down the Washington Monument, I can’t help but fall in love with this city and this country again. America, you’ve come a long way in your 240 year history, and you’ve got a long way to go. Today, I celebrate your journey and promise to do my part to help you become all that you are capable of being for everyone who calls you home.

About Christa Avampato

I make a living in business and I make a life as a writer, artist, and yogi. I use my business and storytelling skills to build a better world. My first novel, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, will be published in the Fall of 2017 by Thumbkin Prints, a children's and YA imprint of Possibilities Publishing Co. My creative career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, and financial services. In every experience, I have used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, program, and events to help people live happier, healthier lives. A recovering multi-tasker, I am a proud alum of UPenn (BA) and the Darden School at UVA (MBA). When not in front of my Mac, I’m on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I am proud to New York City my home, and I've been called the happiest New Yorker by friends and strangers alike. They're right. Follow my adventures on Twitter at and Instagram at


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