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Getting Ready for the 4th!

What did one flag say to the other flag? It didn’t… it just waved.

Why did the British soldiers wear red coats? So they could hide in the tomatoes.

What is Uncle Sam’s favorite snack? Yep… Fire-crackers.

Ok, I will stop the July 4th bad humor. Here’s some usefulness from a National Kidney foundation email . It’s titled 7 of the Best and Worst Condiments for Health. Something to think about for your hot dogs and hamburgers. A tease to tempt you to read it. Which is better for you… Ketchup or Mustard? Is Hummus really good for you or is it a hidden “weight gainer”?

I hope you have a wonderful July 4th.the 4th

melon

A July 4th Wish and Remembrance

     For Independence Day, Wikipedia gives us the following history:

“In a remarkable coincidence, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on this memorable day. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only President to have been born on Independence Day.”

     How can those dates be so randomly historical? Still, that’s fun history to me. I made reference to this in our July e-blast newsletter. If you did not receive it and want to be on the e-blast email list, you can send a request to joel@joelbieber.com (shameless plug!) 

     Blogging note: I will be off a few days. So, no new blog until Monday.  I hope you have a time of fun and celebration for July 4… our day of Independence!

Happy July4

Trips and Drabs

     I thought that the title was a creative use of the expression “Dribs and drabs”. Then, I wondered where that expression orginated. So, I googled it at World Wide Words, thinking that I would impress you with my knowledge. Instead, I am disappointing you with my reading comprehension. 

     I read the attached “investigation of the English language” and then reread it. I still don’t understand the origin of that expression. So, I will just stick with “Trips and Drabs”. That came from the creativity that was spun from the picture that my mom sent. (I know… creativity?)  Here is mom’s, “here we are, preparing for our trip”.

mom's trip

 

    They don’t really have a dog, but I think they are like many… preparing for a July 4th trip. So, it gives me a blog excuse to wander aimlessly.     How about this pic o’ that was sent as advice and maybe this is the  “drabs:

2rules

     and for pic o’ day, here’s another from Mom. Yep, dog pictures are all funny!

wewant

 

The History Holiday

This is an unusual work week because the July 4th holiday also means that some employees have taken vacation. Meanwhile some clients have taken vacation and finally have time to call us. Still, if everyone is on vacation, why are the roads so crowded? I guess it’s like the restaurant that was so crowded that no one goes there anymore.

This upcoming holiday is a celebration of history and freedom. On Thursday we will be celebrating the history holiday.

oddcat

That brings me a consideration of personal history and a sign that my wife and I saw this past weekend. We had ambled into a furniture store (shameless plug: Ruth & Ollie) where they had many “boxed signs” hanging on the wall, for sale. There was one that I had to purchase. It teamed history and accomplishment in a way that I could relate.

“Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know why I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.”

I now own that sign and it will be hanging in the office. For me, history is a good thing, but I”m also glad that in life, I am still writing it.

For pic o’ day I am posting one that made me laugh. Once again, I could really relate to it:

scary spider

Happy Birthday, U.S.

     D.L. Moody tells the story of a young boy that was raised in an English orphanage, in the 1800’s. He had never learned to read or write except that he knew the letters of the alphabet.

     One day, a minister came by the orphanage and told the children that if they prayed to God when they were in trouble, he would send help.

     After a time, the boy was old enough by work standards then, to be apprenticed to a farmer. He was sent out into the field to find the farmer’s sheep. Since this was something new to him, he was having a hard time. He remembered what the minister had said about how God would help him.

     A man walking by the hedge, heard a voice. He look behind the hedge and saw the boy on his knees, saying, “A, B, C, D” with the remaining alphabet.

     The man asked the boy what he was doing. The boy looked up from his prayer and said to the man that he was praying.  The man looked at him and said, “That’s not praying. you’re just saying the alphabet”. 

     The little boy told the man what the minister had said about praying for help. He said that he wasn’t exactly sure what to say in his prayer, but if he named the letters of the alphabet,  he figured that God would put them together and know what he wanted.

     When the wording of the Declaration of Independence was formally approved on July 4, the thirteen colonies were saying “No More” to the British Empire. They concluded the document with the following:

     “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each  other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor” 

    Today, we see a nation that is politically divided. I sometimes feel a bit helpless as I watch gas prices and the rocky economy. When reflecting on those events in 1776, it also should cause us to say a prayer for our country.

     With the current events, I feel a bit like the little boy. I’m not sure what to pray. It’s a good time to just pray for help.

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