These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


Tomorrow, December 6, 2007, is an important day. My dear daughter-in-law, Connie, is taking her examination for citizenship in the United States of America. She is prepared. She will do fine. I'd still like to ask each of you to keep her gently in your thoughts through the day.

A few weeks ago when I was visiting at their home Connie and I were talking about the national anthem. I said that I wish we had a different song because The Star spangled Banner is so hard to sing. I'm very partial to America the Beautiful. Connie said, "Oh, no, it is the perfect song. Just listen to the words. They are amazing."

I sing the anthem at sporting events and at the theater, but I realized that I don't really pay attention to the words. Do you?

The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

It is pretty amazing, isn't it?

PS added 4:45 PM:

A note from Connie:

Hello All,
Just letting you Know my citizenship test is done and my application was granted. Next step is the Ceremony (don't know when).
Thank you for all the support and the good wishes, I love you all

A note from me:



  1. How wonderful for Connie...can't wait to hear how she found the day!

  2. Very amazing!

    I will keep Connie in my thoughts today. Let us know how it went for her.

  3. Will be thinking of Connie today. I am sure she will do just fine.

  4. Connie is definitely in my thoughts today - wishing her the best!

  5. Good Thursday to you and the dogs, Lynilu.
    It is a wonderful song, and I hope Connie passes with flying colors :)

  6. Hey there.

    YAY Connie!!!

    Actually, yes, I have paid attention to the words of the SSB. But I'm pretty anal at times and I pay WAY too much attention to stuff :-).

  7. Thanks, everyone. See the postscript!!

  8. That is so great! Congrats to Connie!!!!!!

  9. Congrats to Connie. How exciting.

  10. Another thanks to everyone for the well-wishes! I'm eager now to hear about when the ceremony will be, hopefully when I can travel there to be with her when she takes the Oath of Allegiance. So exciting!


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