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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
This morning I made Cream Cheese Pancakes. Always delicious!
2-lb bag self-rising flour
1/3 cup Sugar
3 large Eggs
5 cups of Milk, + extra if batter is too thick
1 8 oz package Cream Cheese, softened
3 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.