Cosmic Cow Pie: Connecting the Dots


July 4, 2011 Five Minutes For Freedom

July 4th has always had special meaning to me because it is my birthday!                                                                      It's a big party and America celebrates with me!      4th of July 

Memories for a lifetime are made on this special day in summer!

Thinking about the Declaration of Independence and what it means to me and what it meant to the colonies in 1776 requires some quiet time to ponder. Let's all take Five Minutes For Freedom with our families and friends this 4th of July!

It is with great humility I am asking that you to take 5 minutes to think about our freedom, the men and women who continue to fight for it on a daily basis and where we fit in with responsibility to America today.   Please think about what is really going on in America NOW, think about the debt we have and how we are going to pay it back. We are one big family and if this was happening to your family think about what you would do.  When looking at the debt picture with more money going out than coming in does it spell bankruptcy to you?  Why do we keep borrowing?   Think about how we can we make a difference with participation and what that really means. To balance the budget things have to be cut which is going to be painful.  Elected representatives need to KNOW what you are thinking and what your ideas are.  If we are silent the special interest groups continue to get their way.

Please take 5 minutes on the 4th for Freedom with your family and friends.  Share together this burden we need to shed!  We can do it with joy and peace if we all unite and work together to get back on track.... it is "one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all."

Where do we fit into the vision that emerged in July of 1776?

Below please find the beginning of the document and this is the link to the balance of the work which started American Independence.

                                  The Unanimous Declaration 
of the Thirteen United States of America
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 to 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 shown 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. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.......

America is great because we have many freedoms through our Constitution: speech, religion, press, the right to vote, justice, the right to bear arms and on.  We are free because our forefathers fought to give us these freedoms. Taking 5 minutes with your family and friends to think about the unique freedoms really shows respect and gratitude for what they did to give us what we have. 

Thank you for reading along with me today and I am have high hopes that your family and friends will feel as moved as you did to share the five minutes for freedom thinking with others even after the 4th.  

Celebrate the 4th and ignite your freedom of speech and action!

Williams, Arizona the Gateway to the Grand Canyon has a wonderful day of fun on the 4th of July! 

One of the longest parades in Northern Arizona starting at 4pm on Rt. 66 at town center. 

Rotary BBQ

Kiwanis Korn Roast

Old Fashion Ice Cream Social @ Methodist Church.

Activities at the Williams Rodeo Grounds and Barn with family fun for everyone.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • July 03 2011 08:33PM


Hi Carra, and Happy Birthday to you, as well as to all of us that reside in the United States.

Thank you for writing this post, and I will definitely make sure that my family takes 5 minutes, (or hopefully, much more---I have a large family who loves to discuss and debate...), to think about our freedom, what it means to us, and what we need to do to preserve it!

Happy 4th of July!

Posted by Kathleen Donovan, GRI, CBR, SRES, South County RI Residential Speci (RE/MAX South County) over 9 years ago

Carra- you are so right.  So many of our holidays focus on what day we get off... where we'll go... what to cook.... and we often forget about what we're actually celebrating.  Thank you for reminding us just why we have our July 4th to celebrate.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 9 years ago

Kathleen ~  Thank you for the birthday wishes!  We all will benefit from the 5 minutes for freedom.. come back and show what your family thought!  I would love to read that and know that we can one person at a time make a difference in our world... Thank you again!


Kathy ~  I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts!  We have so much change coming down the road we all need to be aware of it and be prepared!  Thank you for recognizing that!


Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Great patriotic post Carra-- we are celebrating with friends in Pasadena-- and we will pause to reflect on how lucky we are to have our freedom!  Happy 4th! Kathy

Posted by Kathy Schowe, La Quinta, California 760-333-8886 (California Lifestyle Realty) over 9 years ago

Great post, Carra - and a very Happy Birthday to you on this awesome day!   Happy Fourth to you and yours!

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Hi Carra, Hope your day is fulled with happiness and joy. Happy Birthday. We'll get together and enjoy and listen to the music that comes down the road from the VFW post and the celebrations that come as well. With 4 ex military members in attendance Freedom is something we well understand.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 9 years ago

Kathy ~  So happy to hear you are having fun with friends!  Life really is about our memories and experiences so sharing with those you love is a wonderful part of our experience.  Thank you.

Dagny ~  Thank you so much.. it is a wonderful day to share!

Ed ~  So happy to hear you will be sharing with those who have helped us maintain our freedom.. please let them all know we sincerely appreciate what each and everyone of them has done to provide us the life we have today!  I know you will have a day filled with happiness and joy.. thank you Ed!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago

Happy Birthday Carra...and as always you share what is so beautiful with all of us...Clint Mckie has a wonderful Youtube video on his post all should watch...our freedoms can never be taken for granted!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Ginny ~  Thank you so much!  I am glad you like the thoughts.  I was talking to Margaret Rome last night and we agreed that after the journey around the world my perspective has deepened.... so I am glad you like what I am writing.  Thank you again Ginny I sincerely appreciate the comments and support from you and all sharing on this thread! 

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) over 9 years ago