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Happy Fourth of July

Posted by mcm0704 on July 4, 2018 |

“It’s my birthday and I’ll cry if I want to…” For some reason that line always fights with “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy” for prominence in my mind on my birthday. The “why” of the second song is understandable, but I’ve never quite understood the significance of the crying until this year. There were lots […]

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Taking a Break

Posted by mcm0704 on June 29, 2018 |

I will be offline for the most part during the next week and a half. First to spend a few days with my kids over the weekend celebrating my birthday without attachments to electronics. They have arranged everything for the party, and I don’t even know the venue, or what is planned for Saturday. I […]

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Birthday Bash

Posted by mcm0704 on July 3, 2017 |

Happy birthday to me and Happy birthday, U.S.A.  Company is slowly drifting in to help me celebrate my birthday, and it is always great fun to have some of my kids here with me. I know it is a day early for a Fourth Of July blog post, but bear with me. I plan to […]

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Putting Differences Aside

Posted by mcm0704 on July 6, 2016 |

When I posted this last Wednesday, I had no idea how fitting it would be in light of the shootings in MN, TX, and LA.  I truly wish it wasn’t. Slim Randles, my frequent Wednesday’s Guest, is a man of humor and wisdom, and today he shares a touching essay on how the Fourth of July […]

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Prizes! Prizes! Prizes!

Posted by mcm0704 on July 4, 2016 |

It’s my birthday once again. They seem to come quicker and quicker each year. Funny how that happens. My grandmother told me they would, but I was sixteen then. What could she possibly mean? That summer I spent with her, the days moved as slowly as the cool breeze that wafted through the trees that shaded her front […]

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Happy Fourth of July

Posted by mcm0704 on July 4, 2015 |

And Happy Birthday to me.  Here is a picture of some of the early birthday presents I received. It is always so much fun to have a birthday celebration span several weeks, and this year has been one of those years. The first present that arrived was the dragon that one of my sisters painted. […]

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Friday’s Odds and Ends

Posted by mcm0704 on July 3, 2015 |

All the flap about the Confederate Flag and other symbols of the time in our history that condoned slavery, makes me wonder just how far are we going to go to the extreme in dodging sensitivity. That era was not one of our more honorable ones. Neither was the time that we pushed the Native […]

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Happy Birthday America

Posted by mcm0704 on July 4, 2014 |

In addition to being a national holiday, the Fourth of July is my birthday. For years I thought all the fireworks and picnics and parades were just for me, and, boy, did I feel important. Then I found out that 99.99 percent of the American public was celebrating Independence Day, and just my family cared […]

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Happy Birthday

Posted by mcm0704 on July 4, 2013 |

To me and to the USA I thought I would celebrate with some pictures of past fireworks displays that my kids have put on out here at “Grandma’s Ranch.” There have been some good ones.   I will come to announce the winner of my free short stories sometime late in the day. Like my […]

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What the Fourth of July Really Celebrates

Posted by mcm0704 on July 3, 2013 |

Today’s Wednesday’s Guest is my friend, Slim Randles, with some thoughts on the Fourth of July and what the parades and picnics all mean. I think he is on to something here. The annual Fourth of July picnic was a celebration of time and freedom. We’d all watched the parade, earlier, because that’s what you […]

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