As we wind down our Fourth of July celebrations and close out this day, I’d like to share with you a piece I wrote for Beautiful Table Settings Magazine, an online publication for a private Facebook group. It was an honor to craft this piece and I enjoyed my walk down memory lane – as well as being reminded of how Independence Day is celebrated not only in our great nation, but around the world.
Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue: Fun Facts about Fourth of July Traditions in America and Around the World.
The Fourth of July, America’s birthday, is celebrated annually all over the United States. National Flags, cookouts, parades, and fireworks are just some key facets of these festivities.
As a nation, we have much to be grateful for. Yet it seems that all too often, people lose sight of what Independence Day truly commemorates and what our jubilant July Fourth festivities are intended to celebrate. Continue reading “Celebrating the Red, White, and Blue: Fun Facts about Fourth of July Traditions in America and Around the World.”
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”— President Harry S. Truman
Today commemorates the day America adopted the Stars and Stripes as our national flag in 1777.
Most posts start with the disclaimer: This is not political. This one starts with: This is indeed political.
No matter which side of the fence you are on, I’m confident you will find value in this piece. I trust that you will read it with an open mind and contemplate my words with inquisitiveness rather than cast judgment. I will then challenge you to evaluate your own perspective and ask if you truly believe 100% in the party that you subscribe to. Continue reading “Why we need Independents. A personal, political perspective.”
“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” — DeepakChopra
Every year we say, “Never forget.” This year I ask, “Have you forgotten?”
9/11. Enough said.
That date is etched in our memory – and our hearts.
2976* human beings murdered. People like you and me. People who had plans that evening. People who had families, friends and loved ones. People who never expected to die that day in such a horrific and brutal manner.
Continue reading “Dear Mr. President, have you forgotten?”
I’m a news junkie. I’m an independent mind who follows politics. I’m a free thinker and a free spirit who listens to all sides, researches information, gets educated and weighs all facts before forming an opinion – and that opinion is subject to change as more information is received and processed.
I’m an American with a deep love and commitment to my country – despite any leadership that is in place – past, present or future. I’m proud to be an American and always will be – even if I’m ashamed and disgusted by what’s transpiring in our country today, or any day.
This is not a political post. This is not a religious, cultural, racial or gender identity post. Continue reading “A moment of silence. A moment of prayer.”
“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” – Wendell Wilkie
“The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea — and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you are going.” – Condoleeza Rice