Happy 4th Y'all

Happy Independence Day! I'm typically a sentimental fool on the 4th. I love history and am prone to bore my children to tears with stories about how things used to be.

When I was a little girl I went through a long period of time when my desired grownup profession was not a teacher, lawyer or doctor...I wanted to be a Pioneer. I wanted to live off the land. I thought it would be so rewarding to build my own log cabin, know which plant to use to treat an ailment and where to forage for food in the woods. There would be no easy way to do simple chores.

I guess in a way my dream came true. I have mastered the art of learning and doing things the hard way.

Today, as we celebrate one of the most important days in our nation's history, let's share a little of our own. Do you have any childhood memories or stories of past celebrations you would like to share?


It's time to be patriotic about something other than war

I think that was one of the best sayings to come out of the last election.

I figured for my part in the sharing, I'd throw up a few pics taken with my camera.

Boston Public Library:

USS North Carolina:

I've always been a fan of the Betsy Ross Flag.

As far as how I will be celebrating, my usual romping grounds ever sine undergrad at State has been the State Fairgrounds Fireworks, but this year I think I'm going to try out the fireworks here in Chapel Hill at Kenan Stadium since it'll be less of a drive, and maybe less of a crowd, and maybe b/c I'm feeling a little nostalgic for the smaller town gathering fireworks & celebrations back where I grew up in Mt. Airy NC.

Here's the info on fireworks in Chapel Hill:

Here are some other local events:

Wonderful pictures, Jake

Thank you for adding the links and a bigger thank you for always having something positive to contribute.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

To the Founding Fathers

Your light still lingers in our distant morning,
A star that we perceive across the void.
We chart our passage by your words, still burning
Long after your bright core has been destroyed.
No longer do we speak of "natural" rights,
Nor can we think that Reason guides our will.
We've been through far too many gruesome nights
To hope we have reduced our lust to kill.
Yet hope remains the engine of our fire,
Hope that someday all of us will be
Happy in the least that we require:
Well-fed, well-housed, safe, secure, and free.
This dream we still pursue. Though darkness come,
Your wisdom, hope, and courage through us run.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

:D Thanks, George!

Happy 4th! Hope your day is wonderful.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

4th of July Memories

We would have a family cook out and play games together. After I married and when we lived close to family, we would spend the weekend together at a lake swimming, cooking on the BBQ, and just enjoying time together until the fireworks started then we would sit on the lake shore and enjoy the sights. After moving away from family, we would set off our own little fireworks and spend the weekend together with our children playing games. Now, no fireworks due to my daughter is on oxygen and health concerns but we will still spend quality time playing games and enjoying each others company.

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!!!

One of my best memories of July 4th

One year Bill and I were driving back from the beach late in the evening. We tried to find out where the fireworks were to no avail and went on home disappointed. Just after dark we could see an impressive display starting just over the tree line to the south. Since I had a ladder already propped up on the back of the house, we climbed up to the peak of the roof for our own private show. It was glorious.

Happy Independence Day!

I saw the pictures!

I dragged my two to March when they were little and mom was running for state house. This year we had other plans. The pictures are on the Meck Co. Facebook page. Y'all look wonderful.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Happy 4th from DC

We're resting up for fireworks on the Mall tonight. This was part of the parade this afternoon on Constitution Ave.

My brother lives on Constitution Ave.

They always have good seets for the parade and fireworks

Constitution Ave

This was the scene tonight.

More Happy 4th

Columbian music and dancing at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the mall this afternoon. (I'm experimenting with image hosting for comments).