I’ve gotten a bit behind on blogging here, as I’m involved with another major website project and internet radio network, aside from Writestream and ghostwriting duties. If you’ve missed an episode with hosts Lisa Tarves, John D. Gresham and me, click on the Writestream Show Page on Blog Talk Radio to listen to the archives.
In honor of Independence Day and coinciding vacation plans (at least for many of us), we cancelled this week’s Military Monday and Writestream Tuesday, but you can tune into Lisa Tarves’ June 30 broadcast on hypnosis and online dating here.
Also on my To Do List: reading and reviewing the forthcoming novel Song of the Storm by Mariam Kobras; Night Machines by Kia Heavey and By The Hands of Men, Book One – The Old World by Roy Griffis. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing all of these authors on Writestream and am looking forward to posting reviews of their excellent literary works very soon.
Last but definitely NOT least: I published my thoughts on Independence Day over at WBTN. Here’s a sample:
To our readers and soon-to-be Blog Talk Radio listeners, we hope you have a happy and safe Independence Day! I avoid referring to it as “the 4th of July” because it tends to cloud the significance of the holiday — independence. It’s also a commemoration of the most courageous, important and world-altering political event in history. How sad that in our dumbed-down culture people tend to lose all sense of Independence Day’s significance.
Part of the reason for this is also human nature. We’ve all heard true adage, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.”
When you’ve always had your freedom, it’s easy to take it for granted. It’s way too easy to get comfortable and lulled into complacency — and into the false belief that liberty is a natural political state.
As any history buff knows, this is definitely NOT the case. Governments since the dawn of time have mostly been comprised of some sort of centralized control — whether it’s a monarchy, oligarchy or dictatorship. While God endows every human being with unalienable rights, flawed human nature consolidated in the form of oppressive political systems has trampled all over them throughout the centuries. While freedom is a natural state of man, it’s not a natural state of government.
Which is exactly why what America’s Founding Fathers did on July 4, 1776 is the greatest political event in history. Knowing that by signing the Declaration of Independence they were also signing their death warrant, our Founders nevertheless stood strong and united against tyranny and in defense of every individual’s God-given right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. (Note: it’s pursuit of happiness; not a guarantee of it). That is what we celebrate every year on July 4 as the blessed recipients of their legacy.
So yes, have a blast watching fireworks, eating burgers and hot dogs and hanging out by the beach. But remember to bless the memory of America’s Founding Fathers who made it possible for all of us to live in freedom. Then rejoin the fight to preserve it.
Have a great week everyone!