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Happy Birthday, America!

July 4, 2008

 None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.  

— Pearl S. Buck

I am blessed to be among those who have always been free. It didn’t always feel like it growing up…you know, parents’ rules and all that! But I live in a place and a time that abounds with freedom and opportunity.

Freedom to speak or write blogs for the world to see. Freedom to worship how, when and where I choose. Freedom to  pursue any career path I want, regardless of gender or skin color.

It is the battles fought by countless heroes before me that give me those freedoms. Thank you to the United States’ founding fathers, to this country’s leaders at all levels, and to the Susan B. Anthonys, Martin Luther King Jrs. and Rosa Parks of the world. Courageous and inspirational leaders who each of us should exemplify every day.

Happy Independence Day!

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