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Thank You — Gratitude – 19 — July 4th American Style

Black and White Flags!

I’m grateful for July 4th in America! We are a free, united states of America!

I’m a Buckeye (Ohioan) born and raised, but I’m an American, first!

I’m white, but I’m a non-racist, first!

I’m a Lutheran, but I’m a religious free thinker, first!

I’m growing older, but I’m still the child who was loved by her parents and taught to respect others and do right, rather than wrong, because the difference impacts all those around me — first!

I’m a farmer’s daughter, a believer in conservation, because this Earth is all we have in the universe — first!

I’m grateful for my life in the United States of America, first and last!

What can you write about freedom in America and American traditions?

(BONUS Trivia: Manish Mamtani, who grew up in central India, was inspired to photograph American national parks at night when he came to the United States to live and found that most Americans can’t get a view of the Milky Way. TRUE, or FALSE?
ANSWER: True!)

Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg

(Also check today’s July 4th-oriented post at my blog: )

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Thank You–Gratitude-8–A 9/11 Prayer


Forgiveness is difficult to extend; in some cases, it’s nearly impossible. Aircraft attacks on American society in New York City (and elsewhere) on September 11, 2001, destroyed the lives of thousands. It killed, maimed, and sickened Americans of all creeds and genders.

Even today, doctors from Ohio, and/or California, estimate that of 90,000 people who helped sort things out that day in the affected area in New York City alone, only 65,000 are registered in a program responding to reports of their illnesses. Many are going untreated for respiratory, and other possible aftermath sickness.

As many as 9,500 medical responders came from areas outside New York City to give aid and offer help on September 11. These people also are suffering from lung failures after being overly exposed to the toxic fumes created when huge clouds of concrete dust fell like fog over the city streets as the Trade Center Towers pancaked onto sidewalks and other buildings.

My gratitude today is for the power of prayer: for the survival of our country following those unwarranted attacks, for remembrance, and for those who continue to suffer to find peace.

God Bless America. What can you do to help? What can you write to help spread the word about freedom and the power of prayer?

(BONUS Trivia: Which park is home to the highest peak in North America?
ANSWER: Denali National Park in Alaska!)

Photo from the personal and  copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg