I love the Fourth of July. It reminds me of sweet
This year was particularly special. I packed my whole family into our not-so-eco-friendly SUV and made the 3.5-hour trek to
It was a world apart from the Martha Stewart-style affair that I was originally planning for my own backyard in
In the aftermath of the heated debate at this years AOA meeting in D.C., the simple life was calling my name. I was done with votes and delegates. I needed a vacation from board certification.
I also arrived in
The peoplethe REAL peoplewho are suffering most in todays economy are often the most well intentioned. Sadly, though, they are being kicked while they are down, whether it be by credit card companies, government or any number of organizations. They just cant catch a break.
Perhaps, in their defense, the more cunning in our midst are acting out of fear, doing whatever they can to make a buck and ensure their own financial futures at the expense of the average Joe. But, is now the right time to be seizing opportunities if it means trampling all over your customers, citizens, members or friends?
In a time when money is tight, Id argue that, for many hard-working Americans, its costing more to live. Well, that is unless youre looking to buy an eight-bedroom beachfront property in
But, none of that mattered this weekend as my 2-year old sprawled out on a blanket in my parents back yard, playing with a larger-than-life dollhouse that someone in my family built by hand a lifetime ago. I was shooting the breeze with Deb, whose 90-year-old dad still chops his own firewood. (Did I mention how cold it gets in
As it turns out, my simple-life vacation wasnt so simple after all. It doesnt matter how far outside the belt you areas long as there is government, money and leadership, there is no absolute independence. Perhaps there never was. But, we keep on living, fighting for what we think is right and celebrating the little thingslike roasted pork.