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A friend shared this article with me from where, I do not know.  It really made me think and took me back.   I remember all the non-green things we did "back then."   On the fourth of July, we didn't have AC in the house so we celebrated out under an oak tree and ate food hand-made by our mothers and grandmothers.  Fathers and Grandfathers kept an eye on the watermelons cooling in the spring that ran not too far from our oak.  And the younger were hand-cranking ice cream to go with those home-made pies and cakes later.  
  I don't like the way America is heading right now and I pray a time comes again when a hand shake is as good as a contract like it used to be.

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained,"We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."

The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today.  Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
She was right -- our generation didn't have the 'green thing’ in our day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store.  The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.
So they really were recycled.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books.  This was to ensure that public property,(the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling's.
Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags.
But too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building.  We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right.  We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby's diaper because we didn't have the throw away kind.  We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 5000 watts/hour -- wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.  
Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV if any at all, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room.  And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.  
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.  When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap (and wrapped it in brown paper bags).
Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn.  We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.  We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen,and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
Back then, people took the street car or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost more than twice what a whole house did before the "green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint. We ate our burgers at home.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?

We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to tick us off...  Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced someone who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much,


Declaration of Independence - Hear and Read the Full Text - Thomas Jefferson - YouTube

Bet You Didn't Know: Independence Day — Video't-know-independence-day

If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. -- Author Unknown

John Wayne's America - YouTube

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence--it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and fearful master."
- George Washington

You might wonder why we use fireworks to celebrate the 4th.    Because John Adams wanted to !

He wrote to his wife on July 3, 1776, "it ought to be soleminzed with pomp and parade and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more."     And the rest is history to be enjoyed by us all.

"The government is best which governs least."
- Thomas Paine

Can you pass?
Independence Day Quiz

The Bald Eagle, Symbol of our Nation

Bald Eagle - National Wildlife Federation

Why Is the Bald Eagle America's National Bird?

Bald Eagle, Identification, All About Birds - Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Five Bald Eagle Cams to Watch Now

The Chinese are not only the inventors of the fireworks they are still the masters.  Just click and enter this dream world.  Enjoy!


Never let your children surf the net alone. Always check links from this column. I have checked them but they can be hacked between the time I put them in and the time you read this.


Independence Day and the History of the American Flag (Cool School) - YouTube

A Very Special Country - YouTube

Fourth of July Crafts for Kids

 Fourth of July Coloring Pages

Happy Fourth of July! | TIME For Kids

Independence Day: The Fourth of July

Fourth Of July Song | Patriotic Songs For Children | Happy Birthday America - YouTube

Stars & Stripes FOREVER! - YouTube

Fourth of July Printables for Kids - Kids' July 4th Printables -

Hey smart are snakes???
Are Snakes Smart Enough to Open Doors | How Smart Are Snakes | LiveScience


7 Ways to Teach Kids What July 4th Means -

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) | U.S. Department of Education

Fourth of July - Holiday -

Fourth of July Fun Activities . Have a Standout Summer | PBS Parents


50 States Song | US Geography for Children - YouTube

Memorize the 50 states song. The easy and fast way to learn the 50 states for kids and adults. - YouTube

The States and Capitals Song (Slow) - YouTube

Might be something here interesting to learn about your state or a state y ou are vacationing in
State Symbols, 50 State Capitals, Flags, Maps, Geography, Facts, Songs, History, Famous People from NETSTATE.COM

19 funny Fourth of July jokes -- Boys' Life magazine

Jokes | Trivia, Fun, and Games

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Consumer Reports Survey: Majority Of Americans Look For 'Natural' Label When Shopping,... -- YONKERS, N.Y., June 1


 Fireworks Eye Safety - Eye M.D.-approved information from EyeSmart

And not a moment too soon
British university makes antibiotic resistance breakthrough - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent

Where Are The Highest-Rated Doctors In America? - The ZocDoc Blog

Health Experts Warn Of New Virus Carried By Mosquitoes « CBS New York

Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux


 Bounce Fabric Softener Keeps Mosquitoes and Gnats Away

Why do fireflies flash after dark?
They are all males and they want to attract a mate !

Garbage Disposal Troubleshooting - Fixing a Garbage Disposer

Pollination nation: Create a pollinator-friendly habitat in your yard : TreeHugger

Why didn't I think of that?
 33 Incredible Product Designs You'll Love - Ingenious Products

In small amounts, Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate) can be a beneficial addition to many gardens because it is rich in magnesium. In greater concentrations, however, Epsom salt can have a powerful destructive impact, which makes it a popular tool for stump removal. If you have a stubborn or unattractive stump that you need to remove, Epsom salt can provide a simple, cost-effective solution.

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Toilet bowl cleaner that's GREEN
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Have you ever heard the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner?
It's time you did !
Marine Sings 4th Part Of Star Spangled Banner - YouTube

Elvis Presley - America The Beautiful (BEST VERSION EVER!!!) - YouTube

Star Spangled Banner Awesome! US National Anthem C17s - High Definition - YouTube

Liberty - The Spirit of America

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood - YouTube

Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American) - YouTube

Blessed are the purr and grrr of heart.

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Cats too !
Dogs and fireworks: an uneasy combo

How to Keep the Boom and Roar of July 4th from Scaring Your Pets - Pet360 Pet Parenting Simplified

6 Tips for Keeping Your Cat Safe on the Fourth of July - Pet360 Pet Parenting Simplified

How Hot Does it Get in a Parked Car Dr Ernie Ward - YouTube

Pet Medication | petMD

Stray Cat Sneaks Into Zoo Enclosure, Finds An Unexpected Friend... - The Meta Picture

My Rosie (half dalmation/half poodle) sounds just like this 
 English Bulldog Lip Snoring - YouTube

Of course animals sing

Wolf Pup Hiccups! - YouTube#t=34

Animal law
Michigan State University College of Law

Is Ice Water Dangerous For Dogs? Vet Debunks Online Rumor

It's too hot to do this

Cat Diseases A-Z | The full list of cat Diseases | petMD

18 things you didn't know about dog paws | MNN - Mother Nature Network

Discerning Cat Walks 12 Miles Back to Old Home Because He Didn’t Like His New One | TIME

 I've checked this to see if it was a hoax...I haven't found anything to deny

Obama puts 1200 military dogs to death

Dog Saved Baby From An Abusive Babysitter - YouTube

32 Hilarious Struggles Only Cat People Can Understand! - Imgur

Make this yourself

The Glam Cat: DIY Cat Puzzle Tutorial

Harmful Foods Your Cat Should Never Eat: WebMD Slideshow

Man takes time out of his day to save a ground squirrel.  You think this little squirrel is a goner but just wait......

Cat Care Center | petMD

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Family Camping Gear - Tips for Family Campers

 Family Camping Checklist (and a few great tips!) |

RV camping Vs. Tent Camping?

 Summer Camps for Families - Family Vacation Critic

No such thing !
Your Guide to Stress-Free Family Travel

7 Innovations that Will Transform the Airline Experience

Health Risks On Cruise Ships | What To Do - Consumer Reports News

Why Senior Travel Discounts Aren’t Always the Best Deal-Kiplinger



How to cook steak with Alton Brown
Steak on Coals - YouTube

Meat, poultry and fish prices spike to all-time high | New York Post

One of the best parties I ever had on July 4th was an Ice cream sundae party.
We kept big tubs of ice cream with dry ice and had big bowls of all kinds of  toppings  Everybody made their own and it was so fun !

Don't let bugs get into your drink.   Use cupcake liners and for this occasion, I'd use red, white, and blue

How to Stir-Fry - YouTube

Iconic 'American' Brands That Are Foreign-Owned - ABC News

“I will not move my army without onions!”
General Ulysses S. Grant speaking to the federal government.

10 things you probably didnt know about onion rings


It's the Year of Quinoa! Discover 9 Easy Recipes

Who needs French fries ?
Plated Cooking School: How to Make Zucchini Fries - YouTube

 Simple Food, Easy Recipes | Real Simple

Easy Fourth of July Recipes and Cocktails : Decorating : Home & Garden Television

If you want to fit into your bathing suit AND have cocktails, here's some good recipes
Low-Calorie Cocktails –

Ruth Chris' creamed spinach and so easy
1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
dash pepper
dash nutmeg
dash cayenne pepper

1. Cook the spinach following the directions on the package. Drain and squeeze all the liquid from the spinach when it's done.
2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Be careful not to burn it.
3. Add the flour to the melted butter and stir until smooth.
4. Add the cream and heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Stir constantly so that sauce does not burn.
5. Add the spinach, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and cayenne. Cook 2 to 4 minutes, stirring often. Serve hot.

It's Peach time !
Cream Cheese Peach Pie Delight
1 package of white or yellow dry cake mix
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
2 large eggs, divided
29 ounce can of peach slices, drained
8 ounces of Cream Cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 13 x 9 pan with cooking spray.  In large bowl combine cake mix, butter, and 1 egg.  Mix until crumbly.  Set aside 1 1/2 cups of crumbs for topping.  Press remaining crumbs in bottom of prepared pan.  Bake 10 minutes.

Cut Peach slices into 1 inch pieces.  You can use frozen or fresh peaches if you choose but I like canned for this particular recipe because of the short baking time.  Spoon into partially baked crust.  In large bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and vanilla extract.  Beat with mixer until creamy.  Spoon over peaches.  Sprinkle with reserved crumbs.  Bake 30 minutes.  Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke,
To get some humor out of life,
And to pass it on to other folks.

Nicholas took his four-year-old son, Bryan, to several baseball games where "The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung before the start of each game.
Later, Nicholas and Bryan attended St Bartholomew's church on the Sunday before Independence Day. The congregation sang The Star-Spangled Banner, and after everyone sat down, Bryan suddenly yelled out at the top of his voice, 'Play ball.'

The Fourth of July weekend was approaching, and Miss Pelham, the nursery school teacher, took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism. 'We live in a great country,' she announced. 'One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free.'
Trevor, who was a little boy in her class, came walking up to her from the back of the room. He stood with his hands on his hips and said loudly, 'I'm not free. I'm four.'


How Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord Ps33:12

Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”

Diamond Rio: In God We Still Trust -

"If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."- Ronald Reagan

All this time, I thought this was Billy Graham's prayer.  It isn't.
Prayer for Our Nation

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your Forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word Says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have Done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We Have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded Laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it Choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable... We have Neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We Have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's Possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity And pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the Time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search Us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and Set us free.
In Jesus name, amen!' With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and Wholeheartedly become our desire so that we once again can be called 'One Nation under God!'

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