04 July 2015

independence day.

*** AMERICA *** 

  holding dear that which is too often
taken for granted in every day life..

Charles C. Coffin
{you can learn more about him here}
was an American journalist
during Civil War era. 
he wrote a few books
about the history of the 
United States ..
.. which do not
contain revision, rather - truth.
no sugar coating. worthy reads
.. certainly for those who 
home school like we did
once upon a time .. though i'd
read them first before allowing
your children, as the content
is sometimes rather graphic.
age appropriate decisions
by you as parent.
perhaps consider reading
them as a family!

it appears there is now a study guide
for Sweet Land of Liberty
(the 2nd book)..
when we used these books 
our daughter was in high school
& i made our own study guide
which included a webbing unit study 
of sorts for all focuses 
of understanding,
from military to medicine to financial 
to fashion to food, and more.
i should have kept my designed guide
and shared it with others. sigh.
hindsight is always 20/20
as is history, for ..

"Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it."
{George Santayana}
. . .
"Those who don't know history
are destined to repeat it."
{Edmund Burke}
. . .
"Those that fail to learn from history
are doomed to repeat it."
{Winston Churchill}
. . .
. . .

the two books i own can be
purchased at the links below.

{{ . . Land of Liberty . . }}

{{ . . Sweet Land of Liberty . . }}

the hubs and i have projects
to complete this morning.
we've been invited to a couple
4th gatherings but have chosen
to stay home. evelyn the pooch
has high anxiety during fireworks
so it's best we're here with her.
this morning i'll make a cherry pie,
potato salad (using cauliflower instead of potatoes), 
simple slaw, and later we'll grill juicy
burgers and top them with plenty of
veggies and sauce. 
last night we watched the documentary entitled 
*America* by Dinesh D'Souza
and tonight i'm sure our choice of film will be
* The Patriot * .. for us an annual viewing.

have a blessed 
4th of July 
celebration! pause & remember
with clarity why, how, and when
this United States .. this Republic ..
was established, and the sacrifices therein. 

God bless America.

with love,


Highmtn said...

I'm so happy I read this Sherry... so much insight and heart written out. So much of this country is slipping away while self promoting politicians (all of them) muddy the waters and compound future dangers for our children. We will also see the evening in with our 2 not so brave dogs, Eva and Pip. Blessings to you and yours.

Adrienne said...

Oh, I wish we could stop by and enjoy the movie with you! Love your menu. Ours - pulled pork sliders, cole slaw, baked beans (from-the-can kind) and watermelon. Sharing an afternoon indoor picnic with my dear, little mother. Happy Fourth of July, dear friend. We are blessed!

Mrs.Rabe said...

Yes! Beautiful sentiments, I completely agree with you!

Happy Fourth!


Deanna said...

Hi Sherry.
The best 4th of July evah.
The Patriot is one of my favs.
If I missed your recipe for potato salad made with cauliflower, I hope you'll share it again.
I've had mashed cauliflower before and gobbled it up. Sounds like Thanksgiving.
Blessings to you this 4th,

Sherry said...

my husband and i were talking tonight about politicians (all of 'em or the vast majority anyway) in it for themselves rather than for the people. watched a couple documentaries tonight about the leading to revolution. mind expanding. blessings to you, eva & pip. sweet names. do you have a blog? :)

Sherry said...

yUm. i'm sure your indoor picnic was delish and lovely. happy 4th to you and yours, precious friend.

Sherry said...

what vast changes we've seen in our own lifetimes, hm? with the threat of much more....

Sherry said...

i close my eyes, lower my head, and cover my ears during a few particular scenes in the patriot. do you? as to the "potato" salad: i'll dig up the recipe (it's somewhere on my blog) and share it with you.

Emma said...

Thank you for the book referal!!! Still schoolin one. Sounds like ya'll had a sweet celebration of God and Country. So grateful! ~tammy

Sherry said...

you're welcome! in this country we're increasingly realizing our liberties lost and constitution's meaning twisted ... *not* what our founding fathers intended.

Deanna said...

The Patriot does have some scenes that are tense and not easy to watch. I will watch this movie again soon. The first time I saw it was when it came out over the 4th of July Holiday in 2000. It was so well done. Will be looking for the recipe! I bought a head of cauliflower for raw salads this week. Delicious. Blessings,

Sherry said...

easy peasy. make your potato salad (no potatoes though) as usual. steam cauliflower chunks, cool, add to salad and toss well then refrigerate. i like to add a couple more eggs than usual - tastes better with the cauliflower. :)