Monday, July 04, 2005

Happy Independence Day!

This year, Independence Day has a new meaning and importance for me. Over the course of the last eight months of this blog's existence, I have thought about my country, my government, and my society in a way that I never had before, at least to this degree. Being able to put into words what I feel and think clarifies them for me. As I've mentioned before, I didn't go to college, and therefore did not spend the requisite hours in writing that most people do. Although I'm a voracious reader and an autodidact, I didn't realize how powerful it was to write.

As much as I enjoy writing on this blog, the best part of it for me has been the people that I have come in contact with through blogging. I have learned so much from what you all have to say, and new ways of looking at things, and support when I get discouraged. A lot of laughter, a lot of insight, and a lot of inspiration.

So I would like to dedicate my Independence Day post to my friends who come here, and who I visit regularly, and who share their wisdom and information and humor and strength and common sense and hope with me.

Happy Independence Day -

Mr M. at Left of Center and UPC
Wanda at Words On a Page
OldWhiteLady at It's Morning Somewhere
Crabletta at The Curmudgeonly Crab
Helen Wheels at Just Ain't Right
Robert at A Little Left of Centrist
Cookie Christine at It's Recess-Time Somewhere
Marie at The Right Left Story
Karena at Karena's Blog
Mud at MudHoler
kissfan at TrueSpeak
Lab Kat at Lab Kat
ae at arse poetica
Catherine at Povertybarn
Karlo at Swerve Left
G at Library Bitch
Every Seven at Every Seven

...and also to all the bloggers who are keeping the "Spirit of '76" alive and well in spite of the dearth of independent journalism we are faced with...thank you!

God Bless America!

14 comments:

Robert Rouse said...

Not to offend the non-believers, but I have to shout out a great big AMEN!

kissfan said...

Happy Fourth, Alicia! I enjoy reading your blog and I agree completely with what you've said here. I've been doing this for over a year and it's truly the most cathartic thing I've ever done. But just as satisfying as that is the new people I've met.

Alicia said...

Thanks - here's hoping for some real independence in the near future!

cookie christine said...

Where else besides the blogosphere can you get a person you've never met before who lives on the other side of the country to buy an I Love Karl Rove t-back.

Gosh, I love the internets!

G said...

Thanks, Alicia!

Backatcha with a belated Happy Canada Day from July 1st! :-)

Cheers
G

Alicia said...

That suave, smooth talkin' Karl Rove could get me to do anything!

Mr. M said...

Thanks luv. Keep up the great work.

M

Helen Wheels said...

Thank YOU, Alicia! Happy 4th! I love your writing and your work. You are awesome and likewise, I hope you keep it up!

Here's hoping that next July 4th Rovie 'n' co. will be history!

Karlo said...

Happy Independent Thought Day!

Crabbi said...

Hi Alicia,

Happy 4th to you, too! I, too, love your blog. And you can teach this madministration a thing or fifty about patriotism.

Crabletta

PS Happy Canada Day to everyone, too.

oldwhitelady said...

Oops, I guess I'm a little late... Happy late 4th, anyway...Thanks for the mention, too!

Your blog has been in existance for 8 months?... Do you realize, mine has, too? I started mine in November 2004. I, like you, was very concerned about the election. We had reason to be, sister!

Alicia said...

No kidding? I guess we were both impelled by the same awful circumstances to speak up and speak out in this way.

We'll celebrate in Nov.!

wanda said...

Thanks for the good wishes! You will be happy to know my 4th was just fine. I hope your was as well.
By the way have I told you lately how proud I am to be in the company of such great bloggers? You make me proud to be a 'lefty'!

everyseven said...

Thanks for including me in your list! Interesting about referring to yourself as an autodidact; that's probably the best education. There's a wonderful book "Autobiography of an Autodidact" -- I think that's the title? I can't remember the exact title; I'll find out for you. Anyway - You have great insight into today's political climate. I hope your message gets out even more. I really enjoy your writing; it's got courage and PUNCH! :)