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Independence Day – 2017

“Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.  We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.  Happy Fourth of July.” (Ronald Reagan)

Enjoy your day!









I consider it a responsibility to help my children grow up with an appreciation for those who serve and an understanding of how a dedicated few, just a tiny fraction of our citizens, are willing to go forth and risk everything so that the majority can can go about their lives putting little on the line but benefitting so greatly.  We are happy to take the gifts they give but those gifts weren’t ginned up out of thin air.  Those who lost their lives in the the service of our country gave everything to win them for us. Those gifts were paid for by men like Danny Dietz and countless others whose names we’ll never know.

My son, who is 12, wrote a couple of lines about Memorial Day

“Memorial Day is important for people to recognize.  People in the military work to keep us safe.  Some of them never make it home.  I think if that was me, my mom would be sad but proud.  Sometimes fighting is necessary and there are things worth dying for like freedom, honor, our country and protecting people.  It’s that whole, better to die on your feet rather than live on your knees, thing.  Memorial Day is to recognize these people and pay tribute to them.”


While on a road trip earlier in the spring, we spent some time at the Danny Dietz memorial sculpture. We talked and reflected for a while while we sat on a little bench next to it.


One of the quotes I think about a lot is something George S. Patton said. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”  I appreciate that but suffice it to say that Patton was a little tougher than I am.



It seems that not everyone is interested in “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” and that is certainly encouraging. Nevertheless, there is always more work to be done. As Ronald Reagan said,

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

Yes, there is work to be done and only some are willing to shoulder that responsibility. Many people are content to ride in the wagon but patriots must be resolute in their calling to pull that wagon.  It’s heavy, but what better work to dedicate oneself to than protecting the liberties we were handed by our forefathers?

While I’m not interested in fundamentally transforming America, I am always looking for new and fun ways to transform my physique. Adding muscle has always been a particular challenge and I’ve tried lots of different ways to sculpt the physique I want to see in the mirror. Just recently, to help me along, I got a fancy new blender. Actually, I didn’t know I needed a blender until I saw an infomercial on TV that effectively explained that I absolutely did. The man demonstrating of all the delicious, nutritious things you could whip up with the thing was very convincing….mesmerizing actually.

I definitely played the part of the snake.  My eyes were glued to the infomercial and the spell  wasn't broken until I placed my order!

I definitely played the part of the snake. My eyes were glued to the infomercial and the spell wasn’t broken until I placed my order!

I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen while he was making all manner wonderful things. I started watching the infomercial and the next thing you know I had the phone and my credit card in my hand.

I’m not sorry I bought the blender. Just today, after a very hard morning workout, I whipped up a great tasting smoothie. It was made up of

a cup of coconut milk
half a cup of water
a big handful of fresh spinach
two big leafs of kale
two small chunks of pineapple (this makes is slightly sweet)
one scoop of vanilla protein powder

Looks funny but it sure tastes good!

Looks funny but it sure tastes good!

I mixed it all up and voila! It was delicious…and an easy way to get some veggies in without thinking much about it.  Let’s hope all this smoothie drinking will help me transform my physique!

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