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Celebrating the Fourth of July

Posted by mcm0704 on July 4, 2020 |

Normally, I’m always so excited for this holiday that celebrates the birth of our country. And I’ll be honest in saying a lot of that has to do with the fact that it’s my birthday, too, and, as a child, I always thought it was all about me. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. Kinda self-centered, but don’t try to tell me you weren’t that way as a kid. We tend to be focused on ourselves until about age 10 or so when reality drops an anvil on our heads.

You mean the parade wasn’t for me?

Anyway, my usual patriotism that would have me singing “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” all day long has waned. That’s due in part to the unusual times we’re living in with the current pandemic; exasperated by the state of our government and social systems that appear to be disintegrating before our eyes.

Still, I’ll do my best to pull together a few patriotic thoughts and actions. I’ll put out my 4th of July wreath that has a flag on it. I’ll think about a few of the proud moments in our history. Some are well known, but a few are not and are well worth bringing to light:

  • Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate – 1932
  • Andrew Carnegie (Of the Carnegie Library Program) gives away his fortune 1901
  • 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives women the right to vote – 1919
  • Explorer I, first American satellite, is launched – 1958
  • Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his ―I Have a Dream‖ speech before a crowd of 200,000 1963
  • The signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964
  • The Americans With Disabilities Act is signed in 1990
  • The country pulls together after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
  • The first African American president is Elected – Barack Obama – 2008

Since we are a strong, resilient people, perhaps there are more really proud moments to come, and to give us some inspiration, I’m sharing a wonderful song by Stephen Sondheim. This is titled, “Flag Song.”

You can gripe
All you like,
You can sneer,
“Where are the heroes?”
You can shout about
How everything’s a lie.
Then that flag goes by…

LAST VERSE
There’s this thing you can’t deny,
This idea:
That it’s fixable tomorrow,
We’ve a chance,
There’s a choice.
We can change ourselves tomorrow,
We’re in charge,
We’ve a voice,
An idea about tomorrow
To remember
When the flag has gone by.

Brian Stokes Mitchell sings the entire song at the Kennedy Center. Give it a listen.

There’s been quite a flap this past week over To Wear a Mask or Not to Wear a Mask. Actually, it’s been going on for several weeks. It’s just intensified more recently with people yelling at each other about how the government doesn’t have the right to infringe on their freedoms. I heard one woman shout, “The government can’t tell me what to do about my own health.”

Well, right now it’s not so much about your health, lady. It’s about the health and safety of everyone around you.

To paraphrase what a FB friend posted:

The constitution allows for the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but not at the expense of another citizen. It does not give us the right to selfishness.

On a lighter note, here’s a link to an older post where I shared some of my childhood fantasies about the whole USA celebrating me on my birthday.

Whatever you have planned for the Fourth of July, I do hope you are careful about gathering, wear a mask, and be safe.

In closing, I want to share this neat banner that was made at AllAuthor.com, an online professional organization for writers. One of the perks of belonging is getting these special banners. I like the way the colors in the cover of Stalking Season complement those in the flag. Stalking Season is the second book in the Seasons Mystery Series, and when it came out in hardcover, it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly: STARRED Publishers Weekly Review 9/21/12
” . . . gripping second mystery featuring DallasTex., police detectives Sarah Kingsly and Angel Johnson. . . . Therelationship between the women is just as absorbing as the search forthe killer. Few readers will anticipate the closing twist.”

If you live in the U.S., are you feeling patriotic? Is the impact of the pandemic, as well as the social unrest, dampening your spirits? Most importantly, do you wear a mask when you go out?

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Interview with author Ivan Brave

Posted by mcm0704 on July 1, 2020 |

Ivan Brave, author of the literary novel, They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach, that I reviewed last Sunday, is here as today’s Wednesday’s Guest. He has some interesting things to say about story and the writing process. This is an unusually long blog for me, but I thought you would enjoy meeting this fascinating […]

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Book Review- They Lived They Were At Brighton Beach by Ivan Brave

Posted by mcm0704 on June 28, 2020 |

They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach Ivan Brave Print Length: 325 pages Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited Publisher: Ivan Brave; 1 edition (June 16, 2020) Publication Date: June 16, 2020 Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC Language: English ASIN: B085ZDG2HN     Loyal fans know him as a rising internet star and the resident DJ at […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on June 26, 2020 |

I’m finally back among the living after a week of being really sick. Not the COVID, thank God. Had a bad reaction to some new pain meds the neurologist prescribed for my trigeminal neuralgia. It took several days for that med, and the ones to counteract side-effects of that drug, to leave my system. After […]

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A Guide for Staying Safe- Not!

Posted by mcm0704 on June 24, 2020 |

Well, it’s Wednesday again, and here’s Slim Randles with another bit of fun with Windy Wilson. If the social limitations of the current pandemic are starting wear down your coping skills, you have nothing on good ol’ Windy. He of the fractured English and limited social graces that make the guys down at the Mule-Barn […]

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#Fridayreads Excerpt From Desperate Season

Posted by mcm0704 on June 19, 2020 |

HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE & HAPPY JUNETEENTH I hope the celebrations of the holiday are peaceful and filled with fun and fellowship. In our current political and social atmosphere, it’s so important to curb any impulse toward violence and pull together to mark this day without bloodshed. Because racial issues play a central role in the […]

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The Key To Everything #LSL Book Blog Tour

Posted by mcm0704 on June 17, 2020 |

THE KEY TO EVERYTHING by Valerie Fraser Luesse Contemporary Christian Romance Publisher: Revell Date of Publication: June 2, 2020 Number of Pages: 352 *** Scroll down for the giveaway! ***   Based on a true story, Valerie Fraser Luesse’s new novel takes readers on an incredible journey of self-discovery. The poignant prose, enchanting characters, and captivating […]

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Quilting, Coloring, and COVID-19

Posted by mcm0704 on June 15, 2020 |

Good Monday morning. I hope everyone had a good weekend. I did. I worked a bit on my WIP, then did some coloring and quilting. This is a panel for the quilt I’m making for my granddaughter. The center piece is from one of her t-shirts, and the two side pieces I made from material […]

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#FridayReads and More

Posted by mcm0704 on June 12, 2020 |

First, Happy Friday everyone. It’s good to be at the end of this week, which has not been one of the better weeks I’ve had recently, and I’m looking forward to a restful weekend. Then, “Come Monday, it’ll be all right.”  If I listen to that song enough times, it might come true. Plus, I […]

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Graduating This Year?

Posted by mcm0704 on June 8, 2020 |

Saturday was the official graduation day for my youngest granddaughter in Austin Texas. She’s the last of the grandkids to graduate from high school, and her graduation is so different on so many levels from her cousins. First of all, there was no traditional ceremony in an auditorium where all the kids gathered to sweat […]

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