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
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!