A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

God Bless America!

God bless America! Land that I love!

Stand beside her, and guide her,

Through the night with the light from above;

From the mountains,

To the prairies,

To the oceans

White with foam;

God bless America! My home, sweet home!

All photos by the Cornelius family:
1) Memorial Day, 2007;
2) Hunting Island lighthouse, SC
3) Antelope Canyon, AZ
4) Blue Ridge Mountains From the Blue Ridge Parkway, NC
5) Western prairie flowers
6) View from Hunting Island Lighthouse, SC
7) Linville Falls, SC
8) My father's flag on Memorial Day.

May God bless this country, and make it a beacon in the world for true freedom and peace. I would like to leave you with the words of John Winthrop, in 1630 (edited for spelling and punctuation):

"Now the only way to avoid this shipwreck and to provide for our posterity is to follow the Counsel of Micah,
to do Justly, to love mercy, to walk humbly with our God.

For this end, we must be knit together in this work as one man,
we must entertain each other in brotherly Affection,
we must be willing to abridge our selves of our superfluities, for the supply of others' necessities,
we must uphold a familiar Commerce together in all meekness, gentleness, patience and liberality,
we must delight in each other,
make others' Conditions our own,
rejoice together, mourn together, labour, and suffer together,
always having before our eyes our Commission and Community in the work,
our Community as members of the same body."

We are all one people. Let us be a just people. Happy Independence Day!



At 7/5/07, 5:17 AM, Blogger CaliforniaTeacherGuy said...

What a feast for the eyes! Thank you!

At 7/5/07, 3:53 PM, Blogger mrschili said...

This was a BEAUTIFUL post. Thank you!

At 7/6/07, 7:15 PM, Blogger 40 said...

Beautiful. And inspiring.

The 4th is always special to me... because it is my anniversary.

At 7/8/07, 3:01 PM, Blogger Darren said...

Muy bueno.


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