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I saw my first bald eagle this July Fourth weekend!

What better way to spend the July 4th weekend than seeing a bald eagle for the first time, just two miles from George Washington’s house?  That’s like spotting Santa on Christmas Eve, or killing your first vampire on Halloween, or maybe having rabbit stew for Easter, right?

I do realize that you readers cannot see the eagle, as it is only a tiny speck above the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Mount Vernon in the first picture below.  I was too excited at first to snap a picture, and those birds fly fast.

I realize that I have posted before about spotting an eagle for the first time in the hills around my home.  But my Virginian friends have explained to me that, based on my description of that bird, it was probably a condor.

We also saw the eagle in its nest across the parkway, and could hear the cries of both the bird and its mate.  They nest there because they dive for fish in the Potomac River.







Happy Fourth of July, To One and All!!!

Maybe it is a bit rainier here on the East Coast than we had hoped, but we’ll still find some way to blow something up.  (We’re Americans, after all.)

Please don’t drink and drive.  Also, please keep your pets indoors.  (I’m told that more pets are lost on July 4th than any other day of the year.)

Everyone have an awesome national birthday party!!!


“We hold these truths to be self-evident …”

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

—  from The Declaration of Independence