Celebrating Freedom and Remembering Freedom Isn’t Free

This has been the month for celebrating freedom and remembering freedom isn’t free. So to bring my celebrating freedom series of posts to a close, I’ve created a short video. If you don’t have the time for the video, scroll down for the transcript (though you’ll miss out on cool images and great music).   Remember What Freedom Is Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. ~ Albert Camus   For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~ Nelson Mandela   Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche    Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson   May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. ~ Peter Marshall   Who Deserves Freedom? Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it. ~ Albert Einstein   In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; […]

Fun Facts and Trivia about America’s Patriotic Music

Let’s celebrate this month’s theme of Independence and Liberty and Freedom with fun facts and trivia about America’s patriotic music. Can You Name the Patriotic Song that Matches These Lyrics? 01. “Where the grapes of wrath are stored” 02.“Thru the night with a light” 03.“There’s pride in every American heart” 04.“We fight our country’s battles” 05.“The banner of the western land” 06.“broad stripes and bright stars” 07.“Mind the music and the steps” 08.”A thoroughfare for freedom beat” 09.”Land where my fathers died” 10.“That ribbon of highway” 11.“See what freedom costs in each marble cross” 12.“Silver wings upon their chest” 13.“All is well, Safely rest. God is nigh.” 14.“You’re the emblem of the land I love” 15.“A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam” 16.“When you hear mother freedom start ringin her bell” 17.”Where we dream as big as we want to” 18.”some stood through for the red, white and blue” 19.”I’m out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight” 20.”We’ll rally round the flag, boys” (Answers at the bottom of this post.) The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key  Spangled Banner” written by Francis Scott Key was originally a poem based on his observations of the British attack […]

Touch the Stars

To Touch the Stars is a song written and produced by astronaut Scott Tingle’s son. It was written to honor his family’s journey to reach his dreams.   Watch me touch the stars is one of the lines of the chorus. Fitting for the videos he used. Fitting for his father, the astronaut. But oh, so appropriate for anyone who’s reaching for a dream. Touching the stars implies we have to stretch–a long way. Anyone reaching for a dream must stretch themselves. You must do what you never thought you could do. “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~ Maya Angelou That doesn’t mean you must reach the stars on your first stretch. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~ Nelson Mandela Sometimes it’s difficult to break the dream down into small steps because you may not know what it takes to get there. “Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.” ~Susan L. Taylor Too often we think of the missteps, the mistakes, as wrong or bad. “I love myself for […]