Happy 4th of July?

She asked:  “What time do you have to be in formation tomorrow for the parade?”

He said:  “The parade starts at 10:30, they want the marching band on-site at 10 a.m.”

She said, “Okay. There’s time between church and the parade then.”

He said, “Oh, that reminds me.  We have to be at church at seven in the morning.”

She said, “Church is at eight.”

He said, “I know, but Terry and I have to practice.  We’re doing an organ-trumpet duet in the service tomorrow.”

She gave him that look, and said, “You know I made you brownies?”

He looked a little confused by the change of subject, but said, “Yes, and I’d love one with some vanilla ice cream.”

She said, “Well, I wouldn’t have made them if you’d have told me this earlier!”

He laughed.

“So,” She said, “Church at seven, parade at ten, the community band immediately following, and then home to the block party?”

He said, “That’s about it.Yes.”

She said, “It’s Independence Day, honey, and you signed up to be a slave.”

He shrugged and fidgeted a bit, “You know I like to help out.”

She said, “They already made church an hour early because of the parade, then you made it an hour earlier, and I have to stay up late to watch the fireworks.”

He asked, “Have you ever heard of naps? You could always take one, you know.”

She said, “Yeah, and the party in our front yard won’t bother me a bit, will it?”

He said, “I don’t know.  The bedroom is on the other side of the house.”

She gave him that look and changed the subject. “Are we going to the labs to watch the fireworks?”

He asked, “Why? Do you really want to?  I might be too tired.”

“Oh,” She said. And then she asked, “Do you want a brownie and some French Vanilla ice cream?”

He looked surprised since He’d already answered that question, but happily answered, “Yes.  I would.”

And she said, “Tough!” Then walked away mumbling, “Church at seven a.m., no fireworks …” And her voice kept getting louder. “It’s Independence Day not National Exhaustion Day!”


Amoeba and I hope that you and yours have a wonderful day!

Dinner Entertainment?

I suppose some of you are thinking that having a full band play in a fast food place is a bit of commercial overkill — not to mention the lack of space they left for customers ….

It is interesting how photographs change perspectives. Not only was the band not in the fast food restaurant, there was an open air hall between them and the restaurant. The band played Kahala Mall the afternoon of July 4th, and they were on the entertainment platform. However, lots of folks grabbed food from the various restaurants and sat down to enjoy.

Why don’t you enjoy, too? Again, the video quality is bad, but the sound is good!

You are listening to, The St. Louis Blues, by composer William Christopher Handy. This has to be the sexiest march ever written.


Once upon a time I lived in a land I was unquestionably proud of. The National Anthem would play and I would stand with my hand on my heart, my head held high, and tears in my eyes. I truly believed that truth and justice were the American way. My eyes have been opened to unhappy truths. Questions have been raised. Some of them have ugly answers.

Many blame the current World climate and the status of America on George Bush and Co. Others blame it on the bombing of the Twin Towers. Or the Taliban. Or Osama Bin Laden, himself. Most blame in on a combination of all of the above. I disagree on ALL counts.

If you want someone to blame for the opinion the rest of the world holds of Americans step to your window and look out at your city streets. Do you see people reaching out, helping and taking care of one another? Do you see people stepping out of their SUVs to conserve fuel for things like heat and electricity? Do you see people cleaning up the streets, or dumping garbage without care?

Are there recycling bins on every corner? Is an active effort being made to conserve and preserve? What have you done to become more green at your house?

If you want someone to blame for the opinion the rest of the world holds of Americans step into your bathroom and look into the mirror — and then start questioning. What is it you can do to help? One thing I hope you are certain to do — a lesson Americans should have learned because it came at a very high cost — is to vote, and do so with deliberation and caution.

Am I still proud to be an American? Yes, most of the time, but I would like to be even more proud. I would like to be once again a citizen of a nation that the rest of the world looks up to — not out of fear, but because the world is better for our being in it.

Happy Birthday America. May your future find you living up to your promise of allegiance of life, liberty and justice for ALL.