Today is America’s birthday, but coronavirus might cause a few of its birthday parties to look a little different this year.

Since the 2020 celebrations might be a little more muted than normal, I decided to take a trip to the archives for a story about a Fourth of July past.

There’s a lot I’d change about how this story is written if I wrote it today, but I think it’s still a worth a holiday share.

It highlights some of my family’s normal traditions, and it offered a chance for reflections on Independence Day.

First published July 7, 2009 — and moved to WordPress in 2011 from its original home — here’s a story about fireworks and fire ants.

Happy Fourth of July, and God bless America.


This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is, “reflections.”

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During today’s Fourth of July festivities, I am stuck at home with the police scanner because everyone else is out of town.
I can’t venture outside of the scanner’s range, but I’ve had a lot of time to think.
I’ve spent most of the day watching “America: The Story of Us” on the History Channel so I thought about some of the things being an American actually means to me. (more…)

In honor of Monday’s “How I Met Your Mother” series finale, I have “suited up” my blog.

OK, the change really came about because it’s spring break, no one is at school, no teams are playing games yet today because a deluge is falling from the sky and I am stuck in the office.
While I try to make a decision about whether to take my lunch break, I have compiled a list of three things I’m looking forward to when the rain stops.

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