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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Happy Fourth of July!



Happy Fourth of July! to all my fellow Americans.


John Adams, not only one of the signers, but a member of its writing committee, triumphantly believed that from 1776 on, the date of the adoption of our Declaration of Independence would be celebrated with "Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."


He thought, however, that the date remembered would be July 2nd, 1776 - oops!  However, from the start the date the people chose to remember and celebrate has been the 4th of July.  We've been calling it Independence Day since 1791.  Since 1870 it's been a federal holiday, as well.


And we've had three presidents whose lives have oddly intertwined with the holiday: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, on the 50th anniversary, and Calvin Coolidge was born on July 4th, 1872.


And we've even been celebrating it here in the South for over a century.  (From 1865 up until the end of the 19th century, and in some places until World War I, it was a holiday only for blacks and Yankees down here in the South.  We Southerners can hold a grudge.)


So today let's follow John Adams' advice and remember the sacred date with parades, flags, baseball games, patriotic bunting, fireworks (my poor cat), barbeque, mom, apple pie, and everything else that's good about America.