America the Beautiful
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America the Beautiful
by Sheryl Simons
What do you see when you think of America? Do we envision a
small child on his father's shoulders waving an American flag during
a Fourth of July Parade or do we see a parade of protestors fighting
for yet another `right' that they claim? Do we see a family
gathered for a reunion in a park with watermelon and apple pies or
do we see soldiers with automatic weapons patrolling our downtowns
along with shoppers as so many other countries have? Do we see a
family attending church on a sunny morning or will there be more
clouds of smoke rising from terrorist attacks on our country?
Every four years we have a chance to vote. But what are we
voting for? We are, very simply, voting for America. Every four
years the stakes get higher as we move farther away from the simple,
yet delicate structure that was set up by our very own ancestors.
These are the men who prayed not for three minutes, but for three
hours on their knees, not in airconditioned chambers, but on hard
floors and with sweat and tears. They prayed for our great nation,
still only a concept. They prayed for their families who had
cleared the land and sowed the crops by hand. They cut wood to warm
their hearths for winter heat, and preserved and gathered food for
winter. They struggled with putting their very families in danger by
putting pen to paper to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Primitive? Yes. That's what we were made of. Simple principals that
made us who we are. But what have we become?
Voices that can be heard loud and clear tell us that the
traditions we have held dearly for over 200 years are no longer
needed. They have not kept up with the `times' we are told. Ancient
history. The chance that one or two might be offended seems more
important than what is best for our country as a whole . We have
lost much of our religious freedoms and cannot even choose for
ourselves if we want the "Ten Commandments" displayed in our
courthouses across the nation or to have a prayer at graduation
(fortunately, here in Marion, we still do but don't tell
anybody!) No, we can't vote on the issues, but judges across the
land, who earned their degrees at some of the most progressive
institutions are making the decisions we must not be capable of
Three years ago our nation was shaken by terrorists who would
destroy all we hold dear. We fought back, but our fingerholds are
crumbling. Why? Because it is easier to listen to the shouting,
jeering mob than our own history. We don't need terrorists to defeat
us, we are voting against our own values the values that have held
out country together like glue. The history that held God in His
rightful place at the head of our nation, and not gagged and bound
in the back row.
Does this election really matter? Few democratic nations have
held together more than 200 years. We are already passed that
mark. Each election becomes more critical, but our citizens only
become more complacent.
We have a chance to cast a vote for our great nation. We
don't have to do anything but push a button. Will we vote for
America or will we just wait to see what happens to her?
America Land of the Free and Home of the Brave!
It's just that simple.
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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters
compared to what lies within us" ~~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Our laws and our institutions must necessarily be based upon and
embody the teachings of the Redeemer of mankind. It is impossible
that it should be otherwise; and in this sense and to this extent,
our civilization and our institutions arte emphatically Christian."
~~U.S. Supreme Court, decision in Church of the Holy Trinity v.
United States, 1892
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Simple Crockpot Apple Pie
8 tart apples, peeled and sliced
1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 T butter, softened
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 c. biscuit baking mix
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
3 T. cold butter
Toss apples in large bowl with cinnamon, allspice, and
nutmeg. Place in lightly greased crockpot. Combine milk, softened
butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and the 1/2 cup biscuit baking
mix. Spoon over apples.
Combine the 1 cup biscuit baking mix and brown sugar. Cut
the cold butter into mixture until crumbly. Sprinkle this mixture
over top of apple mixture.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours, or until apples are
Easier than raking. Mow those leaves! Breaking the leaves into
small pieces by mowing them, will actually put nutrients back into
the soil, while raking and burning them is just a waste. Mow
regularly before they pile up. Your yard will look just as good,
and it is good for your yard!
Keeping life simple,
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