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What is Independence Day?

By JeanAnn Taylor Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States. On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. There were several key factors that led the Patriots of the thirteen original colonies to fight for freedom. The colonists were heavily taxed by Britain to pay for previous wars and imported goods. These taxes were imposed on them by Parliament—not by colonial governments. The needs and ideas of the colonists were unheard and unrepresented. Colonists were required to worship by the stan

The flowers of July ...

The flowers of July are larkspur and water lily. Both varieties are dramatic and are considered to offer positivity, grace, and dignity

Raise the Barre

Dance and fashion are complementary art forms. Fashion designers are inspired by the dance.

An American Mom

By JeanAnn Taylor As I write this piece, it is a stormy, March morning. We are isolated in our homes while we wait for this latest virus to dissipate. Although the daffodils and cherry trees are blooming, the world seems to be quite the dismal place right now. I have to admit, it’s easy to let myself feel depressed about the state of our country and the world; the unknown aspects and repercussions seem too big to process. The only way I know how to stay positive is to remember what I have to be grateful for—which is a lot. I also need to remember that we can, individually and collectively, come out of this stronger and better. There are two important holidays in May: Mother’s Day and Armed F

Strawberries Are Here

Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. They are versatile, sweet, and beautiful.

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