My time is severely limited. At 8:30, the orthopedic specialist will be checking to see what progress I have made and their office is on the far north side, so I'll have to scoot.
I hope you had a glorious Fourth, and I hope you took a little time from cookouts and fireworks to consider the Declaration of Independence, what it meant at the time, and the men who wrote it. They took an enormous chance; they brought something new in the way of government into the world and we have benefited enormously from their effort. Bear it in mind -- and remember how different they were to one another, from widely-scattered regions and cultures. Despite that, they found common ground for agreement, a set of broad principles and noble ideas that the sought to live up to. If they did that, can we ask any less of ourselves?
8 months ago