“I like my body when it is with your body.
It is quite new a thing.
Muscles better and nerves more.”
—  e.e. cummings

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”
— Emma Goldman

Watercolor sketch of rose petal heart

Watercolor sketch of rose petal heart

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Watercolor sketch of rose petal heart

Watercolor sketch of rose petal heart

 

 

 

“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journeywork of the stars,
And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the egg of the wren,
And the tree-toad is a chef-d’oeuvre for the highest,
And the running blackberry would adorn the parlors of heaven . . .”
— Walt Whitman

Rose petals and blackberry pie

The running blackberries may one day adorn heaven, but this month they are taking over our yard.  I picked about 4 cups of fresh blackberries and decided to make a blackberry pie.  After finding a recipe on the internet, I thought this wasn’t quite enough fruit, so I added some diced rhubarb.  (My rhubarb is flourishing this summer, even better than it did this spring.  I can’t remember ever picking rhubarb this late into summer before.)  The resulting pie was a heavenly taste of pure summer.

Fresh picked berries from bushes in our yard

Mixing some diced rhubarb into the berry filling

From-scratch pie cooling on the kitchen counter

And an extra rhubarb pie, too

 

 

 

 

“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.”
— The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Red, white, and blue

Vintage canning jar with small flags

Fourth of July patchwork

Flag in felted wool

When you consider today’s contentious and polarized political climate, it truly seems a marvel that the delegates of the thirteen colonies came together to unanimously declare their independence.  And we descendents are very gratified that they did. We too often take these rights for granted and seldom ponder what they mean until we feel they are threatened.

Marilynn Robinson talks a bit about rights in When I Was a Child I Read Books:

“Jefferson says that we are endowed with ‘certain’ rights, and that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are ‘among these.’  He does not claim to offer and exhaustive list.  Indeed, he draws attention to the possibility that other ‘unalienable’ rights might be added to it.”

Robinson points out that the framers of our Declaration of Independence were quite clear where these rights come from: “Each person is divinely created and given rights as a gift from God.  And since these rights are given to him by God, he can never be deprived of them without defying divine intent.”

Life.  Liberty.  The pursuit of happiness.  What other God-given rights might you add to the list?