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Have a Very Safe & Happy Independence Day

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Having grown up partly in other countries, it’s possible I have a slightly different perspective on our country, the United States, than other people might. While having seen alternatives makes it easier to see the imperfections of our great nation, it also helps me see clearly how very, very lucky we are to live here.

I mean no offense to my many friends from other lands, nor do I deny there is much that is great about their countries, things from which we “Americans” (not sure how that came to mean people from the USA) can learn. But let me be very clear, IMHO there is no greater country or people than those from the United States.

Watercolor of Original American Flag - Happy Independence Day!We are going through a rough patch, and much of the world is going through it with us, but let us never forget the freedoms we enjoy. We often take them for granted because we’ve always had them. I’ve visited nearly 30 countries in my travels, and wonderful though most are, I’ve always been very happy to return home.

So join me in wishing the United States of America a very Happy Birthday! If you live in the USA, take a moment today to ponder how lucky we are. Let’s all stick together, for together we can accomplish anything. And wherever you are today, and from whatever country you hail, please have a very safe and happy 4th of July!


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  1. Madison

    Happy 4th of July to you too!!


    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks, Madison! Hope you and yours have super 4th of July.

  2. Jen N.

    Happy 4th! Hope it was a good one (:

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks so much, Jen. Yes, ours was a super weekend. Tons of time with my family, plus fireworks. 🙂

  3. Seattledad

    Great perspective. Hope you had a terrific day.

    1. Michael Schmid

      Loved the photos on your Independence Day post, James. How fun! Yes, ours was terrific, too.

  4. Mitzi

    I agree, though we are going through a rough patch at this moment, we should never forget about the freedoms we enjoy here in the USA and those who fought to give them to us.

    Hoping you had an awesome 4th! And wishing you and yours a lovely remainder of the week!

    Hugs, M

    1. Michael Schmid

      *Hugs* right back at ya, Mitzi. Travel does put things in perspective. Having lived elsewhere at times in my life, and having traveled extensively to several dozen other countries, I see how very lucky we are. M, S & I send you and yours best wishes for a great week and year!

  5. Carolee a.ka. Blogging Biz Mom

    Hope you had a great holiday!

    Wanted to say congrats on being a featured member over at The Blogging Buddies Social Network…

    Your blog will be advertised on the first page for this week- for FREE!

    Have a great week!


    1. Michael Schmid

      Thank you, Carolee. That’s very kind. I’m honored. I noticed you were looking for daddy blogs. Here’s a list of 25 good ones. I might be on there someplace. 😉

  6. Charlotte

    Happy Independence Day!!! Although it is already late… Hope you have a great month of July…

    1. Michael Schmid

      It’s never too late to wish someone a great day, month, year or life. Right back at you, Charlotte! 🙂

  7. Casey Williams

    HI…I always wish everyone a Happy day!!!!Regardless of what day it is…Be happy always…

    1. Michael Schmid

      It certainly should be our goal to make every day special, because they are. Thanks for stopping by, Casey.

  8. Evan Griffin

    It’s nice to have a happy day always!!We can turn sad days into happy ones..Thanks for the post!!!

    1. Michael Schmid

      You’re welcome, Evan. It was a great holiday weekend.

  9. Cher

    Congratulations in having a successful Independence day!!!Hope you had a great time…

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks, Cher. We had a grand old time! Starting new Fourth of July traditions with our little girl. 🙂

  10. Charie

    Independence Day is really worth celebrating… Congratulations to all of us!

    1. Michael Schmid

      Thanks, Charie! I’d like to think so.

  11. Isabelle Cantu

    Your blog will be advertised on the first page for this week- for FREE! Have a great week! Hoping you had an awesome 4th!

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