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Musing on July:

"...for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain!"

When Jude turned on the radio this morning, those were the first words she heard. They were words she'd heard--and sung--many times in my life, but she had to admit to a warm feeling of gratitude--and awe--that this is where we live.

Sometimes we have to turn away from politics and pandemics and shortages and shootings. Not because we want to bury our heads in the sand, but because we need to believe that there are still good things about life that we need to appreciate. Like a night sky with Vega bright overhead and a waning moon just rising in the east. Like field upon field of golden wheat, yellowing pea vines, budding sunflowers, or soil simply lying fallow. Like the Appalachians, the Smokies, the Ozarks, the Rockies, and the Sierras rising from the valleys or the plains.

"...for pilgrim feet whose stern impassioned stress, a thoroughfare for freedom beat across the wilderness!"

Ginny McBlain just returned from a family reunion, While her thousand-mile journey didn’t come near to crossing the continent, it did give her food for thought. In her own words:

This country was founded by people seeking freedom, whether it be to earn a better living, or to explore a new world, or to seek a place to worship in their own way. The early settlers overcame the unknown for a new life on their own terms. People came from all over the world to accept the challenge to make a better place for ourselves from what they left behind. They came from every walk of life and over time melded into something special.

I have a DVD of the Irish Tenors Concert in the Registry Hall on Ellis Island, performed on March 6, 2001. The lyrics of the songs sung celebrated those who came here with hope in their hearts. Every time I play the concert, I have renewed awe for those souls who travel from far and wide to be Americans. It took courage and endurance, faith in themselves and their God, and a willingness to learn new ways. Most chose to forge their dream of a new land. Many succeeded beyond their wildest imagination. None were perfect. They were human, after all. But they were people with a vision and the guts to pursue their hopes. It was not easy. They overcame poverty, prejudice, and fear of the unknown. It took hard work, physical and mental, and fierce determination.


The title of Ginny McBlain's novella, Freedom Isn't Free, isn't just a phrase. Her story isn't just about choices, isn't just a love story. Both Megan and Duncan have responsibilities. Hers is to her family, his to his nation. And because they are both responsible, caring people, they know that there will be sacrifices to be made. Will love be one of them? Freedom Isn't Free, ISBN 978-1-60174-063-8, $3.99, at most ebooksellers across the globe.

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Freedom Isn't Free cover

We hope you'll have a chance to experience some of those spacious skies, purple mountains, or fruited plains this summer, despite the price of gasoline. But if you don't, you know you can always travel the world--and the universe--with ebooks (from Uncial Press, of course).

Bon voyage!
Star & Jude