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Old 07-04-2015, 02:06 AM   #11
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Neighbor up the street had a nice horseshoe pit. Organized a neighborhood league, too. He had fun. He also had a wife and two kids. Seems like he had so much fun hangin' with the guys he ended up divorcing the wife. I rarely see him on the street visiting his kids. ~ I think we'll stick to Croquet. Still have the old set from when I was a kid. Wooden balls. Probably no safer than those horseshoes, from a lawsuit standpoint...


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Weather willing, we'll grill out. Just the two of us. And think about all the battlefields and historic sites we've visited over the decades. I was just talking to someone today who said they were taking a leisurely drive down to FL to visit family, was there anywhere I could suggest to stop? I told her to take her two kids to Fort McHenry. We stopped there on our way back from Williamsburg one year. It was evening, just a couple people around. A bagpiper was walking the earthen embankment at the top of the fort, playing "Taps". When he was done I looked around. Just Himself and me at one end of the fort, another couple waaaaayyy on the other side. I faced the flag, cleared my throat, and sang our National Anthem. So proud and happy to be a U.S. citizen that day, and every day.
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Old 07-04-2015, 02:47 AM   #12
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Neighbor up the street had a nice horseshoe pit. Organized a neighborhood league, too. He had fun. He also had a wife and two kids. Seems like he had so much fun hanging' with the guys he ended up divorcing the wife. I rarely see him on the street visiting his kids. ~ I think we'll stick to Croquet. Still have the old set from when I was a kid. Wooden balls. Probably no safer than those horseshoes, from a lawsuit standpoint...


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Weather willing, we'll grill out. Just the two of us. And think about all the battlefields and historic sites we've visited over the decades. I was just talking to someone today who said they were taking a leisurely drive down to FL to visit family, was there anywhere I could suggest to stop? I told her to take her two kids to Fort McHenry. We stopped there on our way back from Williamsburg one year. It was evening, just a couple people around. A bagpiper was walking the earthen embankment at the top of the fort, playing "Taps". When he was done I looked around. Just Himself and me at one end of the fort, another couple waaaaayyy on the other side. I faced the flag, cleared my throat, and sang our National Anthem. So proud and happy to be a U.S. citizen that day, and every day.
Thank you for singing "our" song. Today, very sadly, they no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag in school, they don't place their hand over their heart when they see our flag passing in a parade, the males no longer take off their hats as the flag passes. and they complain that they have to stand when they sing or play The Star Spangle Banner at sporting events. Today's young parents have no idea of any of this to pass down to their children. And our schools don't teach any of it. So where do today's children learn this. I guess it is up to us, the grandparents that learned all of this growing up. I can't remember the last time I heard the Pledge of Allegiance spoken. I wonder if it is a requirement for folks who want to be citizens to even learn it. It used to be.

Okay, I am off my soapbox. But it still breaks my heart to think of all of this.
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Old 07-04-2015, 08:38 AM   #13
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Today, very sadly, they no longer say the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag in school, they don't place their hand over their heart when they see our flag passing in a parade, the males no longer take off their hats as the flag passes. and they complain that they have to stand when they sing or play The Star Spangle Banner at sporting events.
None of this is true in the town where I live.
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:08 AM   #14
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Having the privilege of standing in Independence Hall in Philadelphia just last month, this Independence Day is especially reflective for us. To actually be in the room where it all happened was remarkable.


Happy birthday USA!!





We'll be celebrating with waving flags and a barbeque.


Please wait till the BBQ is cold before waving it!!
Happy 4th!

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Please wait till the BBQ is cold before waving it!!
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It's finally sunny, but still in the 90s.

I'm enjoying a cooking day after my marathon shopping yesterday.

I'm also enjoying wearing a new red, white and blue plaid shirt.

It's a great day.

I'm thankful to be an American with social security, food stamps and low income housing. I feel very very lucky to have all this so I can enjoy my "golden years."
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Old 07-04-2015, 02:26 PM   #17
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It's finally sunny, but still in the 90s.

I'm enjoying a cooking day after my marathon shopping yesterday.

I'm also enjoying wearing a new red, white and blue plaid shirt.

It's a great day.

I'm thankful to be an American with social security, food stamps and low income housing. I feel very very lucky to have all this so I can enjoy my "golden years."
I am with you on that Z. We are able to enjoy this time in our lives. We can't have all those dreams we had for years, but is okay. We have something better. Peace of mind.

I don't know about the part of the country where you live. But here in Boston, we have a ton of free treats. Transportation for shopping. Where ever you want to go. And the driver will bring in all your bags. Free transportation to and from all medical appointments. Five major hospitals that are all teaching institutions. And they all are involved with research. Each facility has it own subject and disease to research. We have one of the finest children's hospital on the continent. And we also have the premier institution for diabetes. The Joslin Clinic. Quite a few elderly have diabetes. A lot of great findings have come from them with their research.

We have more than 500 institutions of higher learning. Some are very small and specialized, but the student do very well and can have a job waiting for them when they graduate. And if the school receives any monies from the state or federal government, senior citizens can attend free. And on and on. Senior citizens in this city are well looked after.

With all the social and medical programs for senior citizens, we have nothing to complain about. Not only are our needs being met and supplied, but also our social needs. There is no reason why anyone of senior years should be lonely. A lot of the colleges and university make it mandatory that in order to graduate, you have to do volunteer work. And most of those kids choose to work with senior citizens. A study once showed that when senior citizens are exposed on a daily basis to young people, they fare much better. They found that the attitude of the young people was infectious. They love to hear about their comings and goings.

I am forever grateful for living in this city.
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