Normandy

Anonymous Beach This is NOT a beach in France's Normandy region, but I am on Omaha Beach today, celebrating the 4th of July, America's Independence Day, on the 75th anniversary of D-Day. I am humbly paying my respects to all WWII veterans, and praying that younger generations will learn to appreciate the privilege as well … Continue reading Normandy

July 4th

Three years ago the grand kids painted bird house gourds on July 4th, while waiting for the fireworks.  All took them home but one; the 15 year old at the time, thought he was too old to hang a hand painted gourd in his back yard. This year mother wren selected the lone gourd for … Continue reading July 4th

Fruit Pizza

One family July 4th tradition that has evolved over the years is the fruit pizza resembling the American Flag.  It started long before 2014, I just couldn't find the pictures. Hope you enjoyed the Fourth. Thought for the Day:  We have the right to express our pride in what our forefathers did, and our joy … Continue reading Fruit Pizza

Small-Town July 4th

Cedar Creek, Nebraska (pop. 300) has its own parade on July 4th.  Unpretentious, spontaneous, last-minute entries, no rules and no politicians make it fun for all ages.  The parade winds around the four nearby lakes of summer homes, so no one has to leave their yard to see the parade.  The only vehicles on the … Continue reading Small-Town July 4th

July 4th Campfire

After a full day of swimming, boating, fishing, rope swinging into the lake, decorating the parade trailer, riding in the parade, badminton, feasting on bar-be-qued pulled pork and chicken wings, it's time to relax around the campfire, roast marsh mellows, eat s'mores, and watch FIREWORKS! What a great holiday ... my personal favorite. Thought for … Continue reading July 4th Campfire

July 4th Parade

July 4th parades are de rigueur across the country, but nothing is more Americana than a small-town parade (Cedar Creek, NE.  pop. 310).  No public funds are available for fancy float contests, judges' grand stand, professional clowns, balloon artists, etc. The parade comes about from a hand-made sign posted a week ahead of time at the only prominent … Continue reading July 4th Parade

Gettysburg

I'm late again.  I was hoping to post a piece on July 4th, but I was out celebrating my favorite national holiday ... July 4th, Independence Day.  To me, every Fourth of July is special, but this one is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Battle of Gettysburg lasted three days, beginning … Continue reading Gettysburg