Pausing....

9:45 AM


.....as I went about my walk this morning, and observed the golden, pink light spilling across the heavy, rain-laden clouds, I stopped to think about my personal freedoms:

• to walk unafraid in my neighborhood, alone • in clothing of my choice • to do work I love without fear • to think thoughts that may not agree with my neighbor's • and to express them without fear • free from a fear of hunger • free from a fear of violence • and this is just a beginning of the list that went on for over 45 minutes!

These freedoms are not free. I am ever grateful to the men and women who have won them for me.

Today, I pause to remember that this country, no matter its ills, is STILL a great country!

Happy 4th of July!

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  1. Amen. Happy 4th of July to you too.

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  2. I could not have said it better. Happy 4th of July!

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  3. So true, Laure! Happy 4th to you and your family!!

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  4. Wonderful words to celebrate today.

    Happy 4th.

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  5. Very well said!! and like you, happy to be an American! Happy 4th of July to you too!

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  6. We are truely fortunate to live in this country. And thank you for the reminder that we have others to thank for our good fortune.

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  7. Very well said :) Happy 4th to you and yours :)

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  8. So very true--I was teary-eyed watching fireworks just a few minutes ago, thinking some of these same things, Laure. Happy 4th!

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  9. Thanks, everyone, I hope each of you has a beautiful (and safe) 4th of July!!

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  10. Yes we are free! And our country is still a great one which I wouldn't trade for any other. Happy Fourth of July.

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  11. What beautiful realizations to have while walking through our steamy summer landscape. Thanks for sharing them!

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  12. Happy 4th to you as well (a day late - so you can extend your celebration)!

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  13. Resounding agreement on that. This is a country worth respect and celebration.

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