I told my 16-year-old daughter it’s time for her to stop pining for this summer to be like last summer, and start thinking about … what, exactly?

I’ve been reading Erik Larson’s fine new book about Churchill in 1940, and I think it had something to do with a conversation Monday afternoon at the tennis courts at Smith Park, with my 16-year-old daughter.

I’d just accidentally reduced her to tears by telling her a soft-soaped version of a New York Times Daily interview I’d heard. The newspaper’s health and science reporter sounded damned credible when he said that American…