Happy Birthday, America

The Declaration of Independence might be more relevant today, in 2020, than it has been in years. The second paragraph strikes me as particularly relevant today. (Emphasis added)

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That, whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness”.

Below is my favorite rendition of America the Beautiful sung by a great America, Ray Charles.

Abigail Update

My granddaughter Abigail came over today for a visit. Her mom has figured out that it is easier to work-from-home at our house, so we can play with Abigail and she can get some work done. Works for me!!

Of Crabs and Buckets

There is an old saying that the worst thing a crab can do is crawl out of the bucket. This article at HikeandSeek.com explains it in more detail and claims that the saying is a great metaphor for human group dynamics.

This week I learned that crawling out of the bucket is not the worst thing a crab can do. In my experience, the worst thing a crab can do, is not crawl back into the bucket when the opportunity presents itself and all the other crabs are assuring you that all will be forgiven.

Friday Wisdom

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”–William F. Buckley

Turtle

Shari and I went for a walk on the Alpharetta Greenway this afternoon.  We saw this turtle and someone said it was laying eggs.  Odd that it was so close to the main trail.

Penny’s Baptism

This afternoon we attended the baptism of my Grand-niece at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Yonge’s Island, SC. It was a very nice ceremony. The church staff made it special, despite the Wuhan Virus restrictions.

Welcome to your faith family, Penny.

Family

We are in Charleston, SC this weekend visiting my sister, niece, and new baby. When we first arrived, we were a bit stand-offish because of the Wuhan Virus. Then my niece Daisy saw Albert and it was hugs and kisses. So much for social distancing.

Wuhan Virus sentiment

China did this. If you think that’s racist, you’re out of your damn mind and I don’t care what you say about me.

These are uncertain times and it’s hard to tell who you can trust, but one thing is certain, you can’t trust the Chinese Communist Party.

25th Anniversary

I can honestly say that on my wedding day, I didn’t consider that this day would ever arrive. 25 years is an inconceivable amount of time. However, here it is. It has been an amazing, fun, loving, exhilarating , blessed 25 years. I would love to say it was without it’s trials and tribulations, but that isn’t life. Yet, despite them, I lover her more than I did the day we were married. I was very smitten that day, so that is saying a lot.

Cream Cheese Pancakes

This morning I made Cream Cheese Pancakes. Always delicious!

2-lb bag self-rising flour1/3 cup Sugar
3 large Eggs5 cups of Milk, + extra if batter is too thick
1 8 oz package Cream Cheese, softened3 tablespoons Butter, melted
2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

In a large bowl cream sugar and cream cheese until light and foamy.  Add eggs and incorporate.  Add melted butter.  Next, add 1/3 of the bag of flour and 2 cups of milk, mix thoroughly.  Again, add 1/3 of the bag of flour and 2 cups of milk, mix thoroughly. Finally, add remaining flour and 1 cups of milk, mix thoroughly. At the end add 2 teaspoons Vanilla.

Pour 1/4 cup of batter on to a hot, lightly greased griddle.  Cook the pancakes until tops are covered with bubbles and edges appear cooked; turn and cook the other side.