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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams

A statue of Samuel Adams adjacent to Boston’s Faneuil Hall

Just after school was over earlier this year, my daughter and I took a trip to Boston and New York. For each of our children I’ve taken a father/daughter or father/son trip with them after they turned sixteen. Taylor, hereinafter referred to as T-Hol, wanted to go the urban route. Her favorite place in the world is New York City. But, since she has been there a few times, she wanted to include another East Coast city in the trip. After much discussion and research we settled on Boston.

We stayed in the Back Bay and rode the T to various parts of the city. Of course, being a history freak, I wanted to walk the Freedom Trail again. T-Hol hadn’t been on it before. So, we took the better part of a day to explore Boston on foot via the Freedom Trail. It’s truly amazing to walk through America’s past and to be on the same streets that were trod by Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Samuel Adams, and a whole host of other American patriots.

I was struck by this statue of Samuel Adams. I’m sure it’s been photographed hundreds of thousands of times, but framing the strong image of Adams against Faneuil Hall made for a very compelling image to my eye. I normally don’t like strong shadow, but for this image, the shadows seem to intensify the strength of Adams that seems to exude from his likeness. I hope you enjoy the image. And don’t miss the opportunity to connect with America’s past by walking the Freedom Trail the next time you are in Boston.

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9/11 Memorial at Milton High School

9/11 Memorial at Milton High School

3000 flags are placed on the front lawn of Milton High School each year as a memorial to the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001

This is an image from a post I made five years ago, but it’s certainly appropriate today. May we never forget the tragic events of September 11, 2001. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Happy Independence Day!

Sea of Flags

A display placed on Boston Common on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate those who have given their lives in service to our country

Despite all of the issues that push to divide us, may we all take today to remember what unites us as a country: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I hope that today is one of celebration for you and your family for the country we are so blessed to live in. I give thanks to God for allowing me to live in the United States where I can freely express my thoughts and beliefs while living with such abundance. Happy Fourth of July to each of you.

Happy Birthday America

Flag and Fall Colors in Zion National Park

The American flag flies amidst gorgeous fall color in Zion National Park

Despite all of our focus on important current issues and regardless of our political affiliation, we all need to step back sometimes and reflect on the blessing it is to be an American. I have traveled a bit internationally and not once – never – have I visited another country and wanted to live there. I am always grateful to touch down back in the United States. That’s not to say that there aren’t things to appreciate in other parts of the world. There are. But this American is extremely grateful to live here.

So, take a few minutes today to reflect on all the blessings you have as Americans. There’s a reason that we have a very small handful of people renounce their citizenship each year (usually over paying less tax) and millions risk their lives or beg to be able to live here. I think that says it all about where we live.

Happy Birthday America. May our liberties linger, our citizens prosper, and we remain one nation under God.