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!