How to Celebrate American Flag Day Today!

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Five ways to celebrate American Flag day

The Origin of American Flag Day

The holiday commemorates the adoption of the national flag in 1777 by the Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day, and in 1949, Congress passed legislation establishing it as day of observance. The day inspires parades, essay contests and other community events across the country to show support for America and its service members. -CNN

Pay the U.S. women’s soccer players a bounty. They’re an American treasure. – The Washington Post

It’s time…

-John

I don’t want to hear another word about whether the Americans scored too much or over-celebrated. This is a team in full attack mode, fighting not just to win a World Cup but to prove a larger point about their worth. They have been denied fair pay compared with their men’s team for years, and they’re out to make a statement about just how good they are, both on the pitch and in the court of public opinion. You don’t make up a chronic pay gap with ladylike restraint. You do it by kicking through a wall.

Source: Pay the U.S. women’s soccer players a bounty. They’re an American treasure. – The Washington Post

The confusing irony of life…

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written by john c ashworth

It seems a ridiculous irony that I should be wiped off the face of the earth at a moment’s notice. But that’s a reality we all face every moment of our lives. Mostly, we ignore it.

As I write this, there are words that come to mind…

Unfair?

Scary?

Ridiculous?

Cathartic?

Heart-stopping?

Cold?

Hot?

Anxiety laden?

Confusing?

Meaningful?

Meaningless?

Totally overwhelming?

Completely incomprehensible?

Which is it?

Today it feels like that last one – completely incomprehensible. But on any given day, it could be any of those things. Or all of them.

On any given day, it could be my time. I might depart. Leaving behind a legacy of love, understanding, laughter, work, expertise, inspiration, sadness, years of grief and mourning, and countless other things that will mean nothing to me and everything to those that love me. At times, that burden is heavy and hard to carry.

Staying fully present with that idea, however, can enrich your life right now in this moment in a profound way. It is an idea that forces you into the present like nothing else can. Once you’re here, almost anything is possible.

Imagine for a moment…

Right now, you’re hear reading my blog.

The next…

Poof!

You’re gone.

What will you do next?

-John