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None of us is born thinking we are ordinary. Feeling special is an essential part of the human birthright. If you don’t think you are special, you won’t seek to contribute your gift to the world. -Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Celebrating Our Independence Day

Good morning to one and all.

Today, here in the United States we celebrate our Independence Day.
I thought and thought about what I would write about but for the love of all that good and chocolaty, I could not come up with anything that was not mournful or harsh given the direction this Country and our Politics seem to be heading.

Lucky for me. I found this awesome quote from Richelle E. Goodrich on GoodReads.

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I think it perfectly sums up what Freedom means to me.

“Some say freedom is a gift placed in our hands by our forefathers.
Some say freedom is a human right that none should be denied.
Some say freedom is a privilege that can and will be seized if taken for granted.
Some say freedom is the key that opens doors otherwise meant to imprison.
Some say freedom is power to do, to be, to say, and to accomplish what the oppressed cannot.
Some say freedom is a responsibility—a weight to be carried and shared by those willing to protect it.


Perhaps freedom is all these things.

But in my eyes, I see freedom as a treasure. It is a gem so rare and precious the fiercest battles rage over it. The blood of thousands is spilled for it—past, present, and future. Where true and unblemished freedom exists, it shines with perfect clarity, drawing the greedy masses, both those who desire a portion of the spoils and those who would rob the possessor of the treasure, hoping to bury it away.

Without freedom I am a slave in shackles on a ship lost at sea.

With freedom I am a captain; I am a pirate; I am an admiral; I am a scout; I am the eagle souring overhead; I am the north star guiding a crew; I am the ship itself; I am whatever I choose to be.”

Richelle E. Goodrich


HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICAN!

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