This blog is an eclectic collection of interesting things I've found on Tumblr, the rest of the web, and beyond. Its name is taken from this quote by Dinah Craik:"Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away."

Posts tagged with ‘4th of july’

Happy Birthday, America.

Happy Birthday, America.

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From NPR:

Twenty-three years ago, Morning Edition launched what has become an Independence Day tradition: hosts, reporters, newscasters and commentators reading the Declaration of Independence.

Simon Winchester, the author of The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary and Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded - August 27, 1883, is becoming an American today. Here’s his announcement:

The ceremony will be held in Boston at teatime on July 4, aboard the USS Constitution, the majestic three-masted sailing frigate that is the oldest commissioned floating warship in the world. The fact that she played so heroic a role in the War of 1812 against the British invests her with a symbolism that, for me at least, is both powerful and ironic: for I will walk on to her foredeck as a Briton, swear a powerful oath before her commander, and walk back down the gangplank as a newly minted American.

From LIFE, The Fourth of July, Back in the Day.
(Photo by Nat Farbman//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images) July 4, 1954

From LIFE, The Fourth of July, Back in the Day.

(Photo by Nat Farbman//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
 July 4, 1954

National Geographic debunks 9 Fourth of July myths.
Illustration courtesy Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, Library of Congress.

National Geographic debunks 9 Fourth of July myths.

Illustration courtesy Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, Library of Congress.