Sunday, July 5, 2015


“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.”

Erma Bombeck

And from my Father’s favourite tv show….



  1. I like that painting of a tree house and Andy Griffith is a favorite tv show of ours. Many of the founders of the USA said that the Fourth of July should rightly be observed with prayer. Prayer, and yes, lets add parades and picnics too.

  2. Pamela, you touched on two of my favorite people - Erma Bombeck and Barney Fife.

    1. And where did you find that clip? Hysterical. I heard once Barney was the brains behind the show; directed and wrote it. That was a good one.

  3. Happy Independence Day to you all over there in The Big Apple.

  4. Irma still makes me smile.

    We had a few au pairs when the kids were small, and our town's little Fourth of July parade - high school marching band, drill team, vintage cars, cheerleaders, middle school band, Scouts, goofy Fire Department Float, kindergarten band (little kids tootling on recorders), Garden Club, Senior Center Band (kazoos) - never failed to astonish. No tanks, closest thing to military was some few dressed-up old guys with antique muskets. Thinking back, they must have been reenacting Norman Rockwell's fife and drum picture.

  5. oh wonderful post!
    both for what beloved Irma said with such simple wisdom...
    and for the always delightful barney and andy... americana just doesn't get much better for me than that!
    happy America day pamela!

  6. Oh how we all miss them - and the great country America was! Today I fear we are headed down a slippery slope - we need a replacement for Andy and Barney. . . . . . .heck we need an awful lot of something to bring this country back. What has happened here, what has happened to the world in general? Sad to say but I am scared - I truly am glad I'm no longer a young person - I fear for the coming generations unless things change.

    Anyway dear Pamela - hope your day is fun. My love went home to meet his brother in their hometown in NH to celebrate the 4th with baseball and beer - and then again tomorrow the 5th when my Bob will turn 75! Gosh where have the years gone!

    Hugs - Mary

  7. I wrote a post yesterday telling how we began celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks. A great history lesson contained therein.
    And, your's today tells of how the American people really are. The spirit of independence shines brightly today, just as it always has, we just hear more about the bad stuff because of our 24/7 news media who will report on anything salacioius. We are strong, we are united, we are Americans !!!

  8. Thanks for the funny video. I really needed to laugh tonite. Your comments on the South were so appropriate.

  9. Wonderful Pamela!! I forgot how funny that holey show always was, priceless!!

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  10. Happy July 4th. May you have a bug free picnic.

  11. A belated Happy Independence Day! I love the holiday and it always marks the official start of summer for me.
    Erma Bombeck always made me smile when I read her pearls of wisdom!


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