Seems like we Americans always like to dream up new slogans and acronyms, slang names, and nick names: "Hang in there," "You Rock," "It's all Good," "Have a Good One, "Happy 4th"........It's like we can't really speak pure or simple English anyway....Hell, we butcher that poor language!! .... So I guess we might as well make up our own language! We have, anyway.
And while I am "on a roll," Here is another observation of mine: All of that which I have noted thus far is "as American as Apple Pie!" It is what it is, we are what we are! Good, Bad, Smart, Silly."We're In this Love Together," as Al Jarreau would sing.
And as much as I criticize my country (and I do), I also "know these truths to be self-evident:" That there are very few places where we can truly do that. I mean openly criticize our own country. We have that ability and we use it....freely. Freedom of thought and expression is not just a phrase, it is not just a "right"...it is, to me, a CONDITION. And if we give up and dispose of that condition, well, the entire world suffers.
We have an ability and privelage that rises from that condition. And we should always try to do what is good, best, and right in light of it.
So have your Hot Dog and your Ice Cream and your Watermelon! Watch Baseball! This is our day - but, you know what? it is also EVERYONE"S day in this World if they value individual thought and freedom of expression. So I say to All - let's have a party! Put on some John Coltrane or Huey Lewis or Lady Gaga or Kenny Chesney or Brad Paisly or Sarah Vaughan., or John Phillips Souza....and have a Happy Fourth of July, everyone.... wherever you are in this small world...you are FREE to join us as we celebrate :-)
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire