Summer has found it's way to the coast..along with the return of the brown pelican! It is amazing after all these years of diminishing numbers, ..how fast their numbers have grown...thanks to the hard work of enviromentalists and the farmers cessation of using DDT.  Even after a year of living here, I still get a thrill  seeing them busily diving for fish and sunning themselves on the breakwater, with their wings spread.  The horses are getting frisky and tend to take a 'catch me if you can' attitude.' And, come just about this time next year..a foal!


On June 14, 1777, at Philadelphia, the Marine Committee of the Second
Continental Congress offered the resolution which resulted in the adoption of
the Flag of the United States. As new states were admitted it became evident
that the number of stripes in the flag would have to be limited. Congress
ordered that after July 4, 1818, the flag should have thirteen stripes,
symbolizing the thirteen original states, that the union would have twenty
stars, and that a new star should be added on the July 4th following admission
of a new state. The permanent arrangement of the stars is not designated, and
no star is specifically identified with any state. Since 1912, following the
admission of a new state, the new design has been announced by executive
order. The original resolution read:

"Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red
and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new

June 14th, the birthday of our flag, became a holiday in New York State in 1897. In the next few
years other states joined New York. But it was not until 1916 that President Woodrow Wilson
established Flag Day by national proclamation.

According to the Department of State, red stands for hardiness and courage, white is the symbol
of purity and innocence, and blue is the color of vigilance, perseverance, and justice.


I sit here overlooking the sea, the waves breaking, seagulls swooping in graceful circles, foghorn's mournful call, white sails on the horizon.

And thats where you are, on that far horizon, just out of my sight.

You've sailed beyond my world, and yet you are still a part of mine.

Tis why I wish you a Happy Father's Day. Simply because your soul took leave doesn't make you any less my Father, any less a part of my life.

Sail on, I wish you fair skies and calm seas.

I love you!















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