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Saturday, July 2, 2011

The most powerful phrase in American history is probably this: 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

Those words in the Declaration of Independence were a collaboration by Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Jefferson originally wrote: "We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable." When he turned over his draft to Franklin for the sake of proofreading, Franklin removed the words "sacred and undeniable" and inserted "self-evident."

Saturday, July 2, 2011

On Monday, our nation will celebrate the 235th anniversary of the day we declared our independence.

If it wasn't for those brave men, who like many of our soldiers today, believed that our freedom was worth standing up and fighting for, who knows where we would be now.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

When I was a kid, a nun told our class that after we died, we would be judged on how we spent our time on earth.

Well, while that little kid is all grown up now, she still believes in carefully monitoring how she spends her time. There's a simple reason for that and it has little to do with religious beliefs: time is the most precious thing we have. It represents life itself.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

While most of us will be celebrating Independence Day with picnics, fireworks and parties on July 4th as we have done most of the time for the last 235 years, we really need to stop and consider the health of this country today.

This country was an infant through its first 74 years or so and then finally fought a bitter puberty at its 84th year that lasted five long bloody years only concluding with a surrender at Appomattox on April 9, 1865.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

By jim zbick

jzbick@tnonline.com

The popularity of sports on Sunday has never been an issue in our lifetime, but a century ago it was a hot-button topic locally.

The controversy over playing ball on the Sabbath in this state can actually be traced as far back as 1794 when legislators in the Pennsylvania Assembly passed "an Act for the prevention of vice and immorality, and of unlawful gaming, and to restrain disorderly sports and dissipation" on the Lord's Day.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

No. A lexophile isn't a person with some kind of perversion, unless you consider extending your vocabulary as something perverted. A lexophile is a lover of words, someone who knows the dictionary and the meaning of the words included in it.

Word games can be fun, as evidenced by the following list supplied by a loyal reader. It's a clevor play on words that would make any lexophile proud.

1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

2. A will is a dead giveaway.

3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

4. A backward poet writes inverse.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

The older we get, the more we are thankful for every single thing – things we once never thought about but now are important.

Here is one small example. For most of my life, I have hated my legs. Even when I was so thin that I could pose as a starving waif, my legs were heavy.

But lately, I find myself feeling really grateful for those legs.

I felt it especially as I was carrying a kayak up a slight hill, having to step carefully over the rough terrain. While I was carrying the kayak, I said a short thank you for legs sturdy enough to do that job.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Driving leisurely down a beautiful country road that leads to my house, I was deep in thought about my daughter who is currently going through a difficult time.

If you are a parent, you'll know what I mean when I say ... when your child hurts, you hurt.

Add a lot of frustration on to that, because no matter what you do, you can't wave a magic wand and make it all better.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

I love to fly! But I hate boarding a plane.

When I say this to people, they look at me a little strange. I guess I can't blame them.

My love with flying started a long time ago.

When growing up in the 1960s in South Dakota, seeing a silver jet liner so high in the sky flying over our farm was a sight I never got tired of seeing.

I remember one especially hot and windy summer day when I was about 10 years old. I decided I would try to fly.

I found one of my mom's old bed sheets and carefully crawled to the top of the largest haystack in the pasture.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

There are certain milestones all children reach and cross as they grow, but I think in this modern cyber age there are some additional ones that our generations have not experienced as children but perhaps many of us have as adults.

Last Friday evening, when I arrived home from work for dinner, the three of us decided it was a movie night. Kathryn selected "Cinderella III" as the evening film. We cleaned up after dinner and moved to the living room for a Disney fantasy.