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Independence Day – “Freedom is not Free”

Image of Jefferson, Franklin, and others in discussionSurprise, surprise, America’s independence was actually declared by the Continental Congress on July 2, 1776. The night of the second the Pennsylvania Evening Postpublished the statement:”This day the Continental Congress declared the United Colonies Free and Independent States.”  However, the Declecaration of Independance,  was adopted on July 4th  and this event overshadowed the actually declaration.

American History was not one of my favorite subjects in school.  Shame on me!  History is a lesson, not just of what happened in the past but what can be prevented in the future.  History is a tool that helps us learn how to prevent the bad history from repeating itself.  I believe this is possible, but only if we know and understand the whole truth of history.  If we go back and understand the people of the time, their passions, their hopes, their dreams, their faith, then we as Americans can go forward and know that when we mouth the words “Freedom is not Free” we will know the cross we will have to bare in order to keep those four words alive.    The first Americans, who by the way were not Americans, but English subjects who came to a new land not to be separate, but just to be free from a  tyrannic King.  And in the course of time, and by the will of God, America was created.

The Declaration of Independence was comprised by men who truly had passion, hopes, dreams, and a faith that help mold America into the land of the free.

If we lose this freedom,  “Where would you go to be free and what would you sacrifice for it’  

On July 4th, 1776, fifty-six men signed a document declaring
their views and beliefs on how a people should be governed.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men
who signed the Declaration of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors,
and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army,
another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died
from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,
and their sacred honor.

What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants,
nine were farmers & large plantation owners; men of means, well educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader,
saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy.
He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced
to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding.
His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted
that British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home
for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington
to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed.
The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying.
Their 13 children fled for their lives.
His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.
For more than a year he lived in forests and caves,
returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.

Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution.
These were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians.
They were soft-spoken men of means and education.
They had security, but they valued liberty more.
Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:
“For the support of this declaration,
with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence,
we mutually pledge to each other,
our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

They gave us a free and independent America.
The history books never told you a lot of what happened
in the Revolutionary War.
We didn’t just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time
and we fought our own government!
Some of us take these liberties so much for granted…
We shouldn’t.

So, take a few minutes this 4th of July holiday
and silently thank these patriots.
It’s not much too ask for the price they paid.

source:  http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080703193123AAwR0oi


“Whenin the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them.…. http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/






Kids And Pets

Here is a list of pets from the most to least kid-friendly, according to Parenting Magazine.
Large dogs like Labs are typically friendly and encourage kids to be active outdoors.
Cats are playful and pretty easy to care for, but won’t hesitate to scratch.
Hamsters can be fun to watch and handle, but they require frequent cage cleanings and have a short life span,
Fish require bowl cleanings and can’t be handled, so kids get bored.
Turtles, like all reptiles, can carry salmonella (!).


Gary Ryder D.V.M. www.parenting.com

Food and Health

A Healthier Life – More or Less


These simple additions and subtractions can lead to a better health life.

Whole Wheat Bread because a diet rich in fiber food is even better for you.  It can protect against heart disease and infectious and respiratory disease.

Eating plenty of berries may cut the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, preliminary research suggests.  It’s not clear which berry is best……so go wild and enjoy them all everyday.

Zinc For Colds may indeed shorten a cold by about 2 days if you take lozenges or syrup within 24 hours of the start of the symptoms.  FDA has warned that some zinc nasal sprays or swabs may harm your sense of smell.

Stop being annoyed with those Hot Flashes because a recent study suggests that hot flashes and night sweats early in menopause may signal a lower risk of heart disease and stroke years down the road.

A recent study found that a rapid PSA rise does not necessarily mean cancer and should not cue a biopsy, as long as levels remain in the normal range.

 You know it’s not good for you – all that sugar.  Soda may raise blood pressure, according to a new study.  The link is not foolproof, but why not cut down anyway.

Source: Readers Digest



Did You Know

Marriage Rules You Can Break

Marriage has rules?  Rules that you can break!  To my suprirse the 10 rules listed are the 10 that once upon a time were very important.

So if you have broken one or more of these rules don’t fret looks like your on the way to a healthy marriage.

1. Don’t go to bed angry – Trying to work through a problem when you’re tired and stressed won’t get you anywhere, says Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D. “Agree to disagree for now, and to revisit the issue when you’re rested.” – Thank God.  How many times I have gone to bed angry.  I did feel to tired to continue the battle, the only problem is I would forget about the issues when I woke up.  So I guess it was never that important.

2. Always be 100% Honest – in marriage, no-holds-barred honesty is not always the best policy. “You don’t need to share details of past relationships,” says Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW. The bottom line: You need to be polite and caring when it comes to your partner’s feelings. – Wow, this is great.  I always thought that to much honesty can be more harmful than helpful.  I really don’t want to know to much of the past. Do you?


3. Never Vacation without each other -The received wisdom here is that if you have time off from your jobs and lives, you should naturally prefer to spend it together. The danger, says Dr. Lombardo, is the belief “that you have to be each other’s everything, and that’s just not realistic.” – Not sure I agree with this one, but if you take an occasional trip with girlfriends that may work, but always doing it in my book can be asking for trouble.  Now this is me talking.

4. If you fight your headed for Divorce – Actually, says Bartlein, research shows that couples who never fight — assuming that means they’re holding back to avoid conflict — are more likely to split. – Totally agree.  It was always the couple that never fought that would break up.

5. Always put the kids first -Making your relationship top priority is better — not just for you, but for your children, who need to see you in charge and who feel safer and more secure with parents who have a loving relationship. –Yep, this is a big thing.  Your children should never trump your husband.  It is about you and him and the rest falls into place.  Remember children grow then they go.

6. Never sleep in separate beds – It’s a myth that couples always sleep better and more cozily together than apart. So if one of you occasionally decamps to the guest room, don’t sweat it. – An occasional sleep away never hurt.  I think the key word is occasional.

7. Partners should sync up their hobbies -Giving up your passions is akin to forgoing your independence, and “without independence in a marriage people feel trapped,” says Bartlein. Pursue your separate interests and find activities you both enjoy. – Never give up your passions.   But I think finding something that you both enjoy together never hurts.  Even if it is just watching T.V.

8.If there is no spark your doomed – Many still believe that when the spark dies out, it means they’re in the wrong relationship, and should seek something new,” says Bartlein. Long-term relationships survive on commitment and trust, out of which grows love. – Totally true.  Love is based on trust and commitment to each other, which gives love strength.

9.boring is bad – The problem with this so-called rule, says Bartlein, is when couples confuse a calm, predictable union with a bad one. A drama-filled relationship may feel exciting, but in the long run it’s not likely to be healthy. – Boring is good.  I use to always want to go and do something, now I just want to stay put, and enjoy the quiet boredom together.


10.You should have sex with you partner to make him happy -“Sex becomes yet another item on your to-do list, and you think you have to do it for the sake of your marriage and the happiness of your spouse,” says Dr. Lombardo. While neither of those reasons is wrong, they shouldn’t be the only reasons. – Ok this is good news.   Sex is not always a top priority.  At a certain point of your married life sex becomes something you will need to schedule.



source: msn.com