Happy Independence Day!

4 07 2020

Ma Nature does “fireworks” in the very best way.

No bodies of any species in or near Spring Creek Basin were harmed by loud explosions, no fires were started, no fingers were amputated or eyebrows singed off.

Awe was widespread. 🙂

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!

O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

~ Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates; music composed by Samuel A. Ward

This Independence Day, especially, let’s help our fellow Americans hold to the ideals of brother(and sister)hood and all lives being equally valued and cherished. We are bound not only by the country of our birth … but also by our planet of birth.

Celebrate freedom. Celebrate each other. Celebrate the wonderful diversity that thrives all across these United States of America.



6 responses

4 07 2020
Maggie Frazier

Glad you & ponies got thru the 3rd ok – hope it continues. Same here!!

4 07 2020
Karen Schmiede

Happy July 4th to everyone!

4 07 2020


4 07 2020
Ginger Fedak

Awesome! Thank you TJ!

4 07 2020

Happy celebration of the 4th of July and the celebration of our Native friends who live on this land centur9 before the white people were hrer.

4 07 2020
Sue Story

Well said, TJ, with some assistance from Katharine and Samuel! Happy Independence Day, and may we perpetuate our precious freedom!

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