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Every July, I was at Camp Wyldewood in Arkansas for a glorious week. It was my church's camp so we had Bible classes ( I'm surprised how much I remember ), hiking, swimming and at night, after our coffee can cookouts, we'd have a song session ending with sitting around a campfire as our young voices sang "How Great Thou Art" into the clear star-studded night. It was so inspirational and filled my heart with promises to be a better person and give more of myself to our faith. I just wish I could go back to that camp as an adult and do all the same things again. Why can't we have camps for adults?
I need to work on that !
Camp Wyldewood | A Place to Meet God

If you've never had a coffee can cookout, you need to do it whether it's in the backyard or away somewhere... Collect empty coffee cans from neighbors or friends and wash them and allow to dry.  Chop up some meat (your choice), potatoes, carrots, and celery. Add salt, pepper, and onion powder if desired. Wrap meat and veggies in foil and stuff down into the coffee can. Put in the coals of the fire until cooked. It's WONDERFUL and FUN. And for desert, nothing is better than s'mores.

This is a copy of the " Dunlap Broadside" printed by John Dunlap on the evening of July 4th, 1776. 200 copies were made and distributed throughout the colonies -- 24 survive today in various states of repair

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

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

Can you pass?
Independence Day Quiz

12 Simple American History Questions All Patriots Should Be Able To Answer | MRCTV

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

History of the Fourth of July Video - July 4th -

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

How did the bald eagle become America’s national bird? — Ask HISTORY — History Q&A

This the America I want
John Wayne's America - YouTube

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 Bald Eagle, Symbol of our Nation


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.

"Summer is filled with breaking the rules, standing part, ignoring your head, and following your heart."


Get Mom and Dad in on this
How to make your own giant bubbles - bubble recipe

How to Make Bubbles: The Best Homemade Bubble Recipes!

13 Incredible Facts Turtles Are Hiding Inside Their Shells

Learn a new language over the summer for free
Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free

Don't leave kids, dogs or cats in a hot summer car

*****PARENT ALERT*****
Fireworks: The Blinding Truth - YouTube

1 in 5 Teens May Be Bullied on Social Media - MedicineNet

7 Ways to Teach Kids What July 4th Means -

Fourth of July - Holiday -

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

50 Fun Free or Cheap Things to Do With Your Kids This Summer | Money Talks News

37 Ridiculously Awesome Things To Do In Your Backyard This Summer

How to Protect Our Kids’ Credit Now |

U.S. Kids Not Drinking Enough Water Each Day - MedicineNet

I find this VERY sad
VIDEO: New High School Grads Fail Basic History Quiz | MRCTV

12 Recipes To Make With Your Kids |

15 Outdoor Activities for Summer | Six Sisters' Stuff

Creative Family Fun

Take those kids to the library !
Make the Most of Your Library Card
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Yukon Parade Fun

John... Keeper of memories for all of us




Spam? Delete, Delete, Delete! – Nibbles and Bytes

6 Tips for Protecting Your Communications From Prying Eyes - ProPublica

Copy and Paste ~ Keep handy

50 Keyboard Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier


Reviews of Cheap Products |

Ask Stacy: The Definitive Guide to Slashing the Cost of Eyeglasses and Sunglasses | Money Talks News

How to tell if your battery is charged

'Bout time !
FCC Cracks Down On Robocalls


Home Remedies to Get Rid Of Ingrown Toenails

NHS to give volunteers 'synthetic blood' made in laboratory within two years - Health News - Health & Families - T

Court Rules for Administration on Obamacare, Upholds Subsidies | White House Dossier

How to spot a cancerous mole

Avoiding Snakebites— And How To Treat One If The Worst Happens | Blog | eNature

Make the above patriotic luminaries


"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."
--James Dent

‘Diamond Ball’ Clematis is a Stunning Compact Vine - HorticultureHorticulture

What Hot Weather Can Do to Your Plumbing - Lindstrom Air Conditioning & Plumbing

Zap Those Mosquitos! Tips, Ideas and Projects | The Garden Glove

Homemade Mosquito Repellent {Just 3 Ingredients}

9 plants that`ll protect your home from mosquitoes

DIY Mosquito Trap that WORKS! - YouTube

Have you ever seen all four verses of the Star Spangled Banner?
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

I'm still angry
Courtesy Of The Red, White And Blue (The Angry American) - YouTube

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
~Berthold Auerbach

The most relaxing song ever composed

Blessed are the purr and grrr of heart.

We give dogs and cats time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs and cats give us their all.
It's the best deal man has ever made.
~ M. Acklam

Fireworks Can Be Dangerous For Pets

7 Tips for Storm Stressed Pets

Come on in !

Cat Named Dog of the Year | Venice-Mar Vista, CA Patch

Watching cat videos may actually be beneficial to your health - National News |

Good info resource
ExpertVet, Julio, Lopez, Veterinarian, Los Angeles, Veterinario, Españ

You may have wondered about this....
Why Are Vet Bills Higher Than They Used to Be? | petMD

This is such a fun idea for any readers with dogs – or just anyone who knows someone with a dog (which is pretty much everyone!) It keeps dogs entertained and cool in the hot summer months.

Here’s how it works…

Fill a large container (such as a bucket) with a mixture of water and chicken stock and add some of your dogs favorite toys. Freeze the mixture (it can take up to a day depending on the size) and once frozen solid, upend the container and place on a stand. Your dog will lick away at the tasty chicken stock and water mixture keeping them cool and entertained!
What a fun idea!

Doggy Ice Treats
3 cups water
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup doggy treats*
1/4 cup peanut butter

Mix water and broth together to make a very light broth that the dogs will love. You can also just use water though.
Find a sturdy four cup freezer-safe bowl or dish. Add some treats in the bottom and add a cup of your broth/water mixture.
Let the mixture freeze for about 30 minutes. It doesn't need to be completely frozen solid at this point.
Add a thin layer of peanut butter to the top of the ice and return to the freezer for another 30 minutes.
Keep adding layers of treats and broth or water until you get to four cups. You can put small toys in the ice block along with any treats. Try not to use cracker treats as they will just get mushy.
Freeze the block solid for at least two hours.
To unlock the ice block, just let it thaw on your counter for 5-10 minutes. It should pop right out of the container. You can also run it under warm water to release the block. DON'T do this if you used a glass bowl, as it could shatter from the sudden temperature change.
Place the ice block in a large high-rimmed bowl so the dog can reach it but it won't melt all over your floor.
If your dog is hesitant to lick it, put a dab of peanut butter on the outside. Once they get the hang of it, they will love it!

Great Chilled Dog Treats for Summer

Frozen Pet Treats For Dogs and Cats | POPSUGAR Pets

Cat Videos Really Do Help Us Lick the Blues | Money Talks News

A film about a man, his dog, and saying goodbye -- Winner of the Best of the Festival award at the 2015 5-Point Film Festival, this touching tribute to friendship, loyalty, and beating the odds takes us inside one adventurer’s last days.

The dog that took care of abandoned kittens

RELAXING DOG Music ( Full Album ) Pet Music Dogs and Cats Sleep Chillout - YouTube

Pygmy Hippo baby makes a splash - YouTube

31 Dogs Who Are Making This World A Better Place

Rescued pit bull credited for helping to save owner's life -

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More Americans will travel this Fourth of July, forecasts AAA

July Fourth Travel: Best Cities For Celebrating America's Birthday (VIDEO)

TAKE THE TOUR from One World Observatory on Vimeo

If you come to Florida, don't do this. Not only is it dangerous, it's against the law

Summer Camps for Families - Family Vacation Critic

America’s Best Towns for July 4th | Travel + Leisure



Apparently, kids don't like Michelle Obama's lunches. I had to laugh at these boys who are true entrepreneurs.
Kids Create Salt Black Markets in Cafeterias Due to Michelle Obama’s Lunch Rules | Washington Free Beacon

Does Iceberg Lettuce Have Any Nutritional Value?

Everything about peaches you want to know but afraid to ask
Everything About Peaches : Extension : Clemson University : South Carolina

The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 10 Facts You Need To Know

Here Is The Definitive History Of Mankind's Finest Food: The Salad

This Is Why FDA Is Banning Trans Fats | TIME

Making s'mores in your own backyard
Smores Recipe, How To Make Smores, Whats Cooking America

Campfire cones
As I mentioned, you can heat them in the fire
Ice Cream Cones Aluminum foil Favorite s’mores toppings: peanut butter, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, etc.
Fill the cones with yummies of your choice
Wrap cone with heavy aluminum foil.
Hold over campfire with a wire contraption of your choice for about 5 minutes.
Open and enjoy

Best Barbecue Techniques - YouTube

Start with water.....
1) lemon/cucumber:
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + 1 cucumber and a lemon, thinly sliced + 1/4 cup fresh finely chopped basil leaf + 1/3 of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

2) Strawberry/Lime or Raspberry/Lime Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 6 strawberries / 0r Raspberries and one thinly sliced lime + 12 finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

3) Fennel/citrus First: infuse 1 to 3 grams of dried and crushed fennel in 150 ml of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Allow to cool.
Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water + lemon juice (put the leftover lemon in the mix) + a small thinly sliced orange + 12 fresh chopped mint leaves + the infusion of fennel seeds. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

4) Blackberry/Sage Note that a part from the berries, sage leafs is the herb that has the highest antioxidant content.
Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of blackberries that have been very slightly crushed + 3-4 sage leaves. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

5)watermelon/Rosemary Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of watermelon cut into cubes + 2 rosemary stems. Leave in refrigerator overnight before serving.

6) Pineapple/Mint Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of pineapple cut into cubes + 12 fresh mint leaves finely chopped. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

7) Apple/cinnamon Mix in a pitcher : 10 cups of water + 1 cup of apple cut into cubes + 2 cinnamon sticks + 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

8.) The zingibir : Ginger/tea In advance: heat 1 teaspoon of ginger in two cups of tea, let it cool down.

Mix in a pitcher: 10 cups of water with two cups of the ginger tea infusion + 4-5 pieces of fresh ginger cut into cubes. Leave in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

Recipe: Cast Iron Nacho Supreme | Megan Hamby

Produce-Packed Recipes for Summer - Eating Well

Rocket Pops
Total Time: 7 hr 30 min
Servings: 16
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Cherry Flavor Gelatin
1 cup sugar, divided
2 cups boiling water, divided
ice cubes
2 cups cold water, divided
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Brand Berry Blue Flavor Gelatin
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed

1. COMBINE dry cherry gelatin mix and 1/2 cup of the sugar in medium bowl. Add 1 cup of the boiling water; stir at least 2 min. until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add enough ice cubes to 1 cup of the cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Pour evenly into 16 (5-oz.) paper or plastic cups, adding about 1/4 cup of the gelatin to each cup. Freeze 1 hour.
2. MEANWHILE, combine dry blue gelatin mix and remaining 1/2 cup sugar in medium bowl. Add remaining 1 cup boiling water; stir at least 2 min. until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add enough ice cubes to remaining 1 cup cold water to measure 2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Refrigerate 1 hour.
3. SPOON about 3 Tbsp. of the whipped topping over red gelatin in each cup; top evenly with blue gelatin, adding about 1/4 cup of the gelatin to each cup. Freeze 1 hour or until almost firm. Insert wooden pop stick or plastic spoon into center of each cup for handle. Freeze an additional 4 hours or overnight. To remove pops from cups, place bottoms of cups under warm running water for 15 sec. Press firmly on bottoms of cups to release pops. (Do not twist or pull pop sticks.) Store leftover pops in freezer.

4th of July Recipes -

My Mom made this every summer
Choose your favorite soda (2 liters), add a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk (could be fat free), throw it in an ice cream maker, turn it on and 30 minutes later you have a creamy blend of deliciousness. The variations are endless, like Sunkist orange for a dreamsickle taste or a root beer float.

4th of July Recipes: Menus, Drinks & Entertaining Ideas

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

July 4th Recipes | Taste of Home

Not for kids
Oklahoma State Vegetable - Watermelon
Enjoy a Spirited Fourth of July - National cocktails |

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.

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.'

The Art of the Bar-B-Q (actually it's grilling --BBQ is low and slow) -- It's the only type of cooking a real man will do.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:
1) The woman buys the food.
2) The woman makes the salad, vegetables, and dessert.
3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill -- beverage in hand.
Here comes the important part .
More routine....
5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.
6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring him another beverage while he deals with the situation.
Important again
More routine.....
8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.
9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most of all .
10) Everyone PRAISES the man and THANKS him for his cooking efforts.
11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off." And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women!

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

Ronald Reagan Tribute -- Bel Air Presbyterian Church - YouTube

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