Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Millinery Jaunt to Colonial Williamsburg

On this day I ran away to Colonial Williamsburg by myself (with permission, of course)! I had a wonderful day with a wonderful friend...and got to take a few renderings to share along the way!

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Horseback Riding at Fort Valley Ranch

Our first time horseback riding in the Shenandoah at Fort Valley Ranch!

We had our choice of helmets: bike helmets or English Riding helmets. Since English Riding is so popular here in Virginia, I chose that helmet. It was much more fashionable than a bike helmet!

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For a portion of the trail we rode in the George Washington Forest.

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I don't know that this is part of the property, but it was part of the view on the trail.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A Video from Me About Sharing about Convention of States at my Polling Station on Virginia Primary Day

My busy life has very much revolved around volunteering for Convention of States. In fact, I am now Grassroots Coordinator for NoVA Central. Here's a peak into my day...



Come join me! We are a group of Patriots intent on protecting the Constitution. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Arlington Cemetery, My Cousin, and More

As always, we walked first to the weeping willow...

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...where my mom's cousin and his crewmates are buried.

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John Glenn was recently buried...

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Texan, Audie Murphy...

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George Washington Parke Custis, who first lived on this land...

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...and his wife, Mary.

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Abner Doubleday...

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General George C. Marshall, whose home we visited a month ago...

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Teasers from Smashing the DC Monopoly by Tom Coburn

On my airline flight home from Texas I read former US Senator Tom Coburn's book, Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop Runaway Government.

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Former medical doctor Tom Coburn represented Oklahoma while he served 3 terms in the US House (1995-2001) and 2 terms  in the US Senate (200502015). First hand knowledge of waste and abuse, over $400 billion worth, prompted this book. Currently Coburn serves as senior advisor to the Convention of States Project, for which I volunteer.

"Limited government promotes individual and economic freedom; expansive government diminishes both the people and the economy. Americans must always remember: the larger the government, the smaller the people." (xvi)

 "The people have the constitutional right and the means to determine their future." (xvi)

"As Americans, we should appreciate the opportunity to act in the nation's best interest at an amendments convention of the states." (xvi)

That is one of my favorite quotes. After teaching world history to my kids, from the beginning of time to the present, I saw proof after proof of a people across the ages of time who yearned for freedom...yet suffered through many a tyrant who was born to a throne.

America is all about freedom: opportunity to be keepers of that freedom through self-governance. Yet most often, we merely sit back and hope for the best with each election. Yet election after election yields individuals focused on self-aggrandizement instead of serving the people. Washington DC has forgotten the Constitution. It is up to us to remind them what it says and means. It is time for us to take our civic duties beyond the ballot box. That is why I volunteer with the Convention of States Project.

"What we truly should fear is the failure to act in the face of growing dysfunction and impending fiscal disaster." (xvi)

"A fondness of power is implanted in most men, and it is natural to abuse it when acquired." -Alexander Hamilton (7)

Coburn exposes DC corruption in the opening chapters of his book. The subtitle "America's Road to Serfdom" (50) details how we are pawns in the hands of big government. Our modern age is reducing us to a similar fate as those from the days of yore when people suffered at the hands of government. Currently our federal debt is at an unsustainable $20 trillion, that continues to grow at the hands of those who care more for their current creature comforts than for the future of our children and grandchildren. Our ancestors who risked their lives for self-governance in the 18th century hoped for a better future for their progeny.

The Framers knew such a day would come, so they provided We the People with Article V of the Constitution, which Coburn details throughout his book. Article V allows the People to call an amendments convention through the state legislators...for that day when Washington DC refuses to rein in the power that they stole from the people. The Framers never intended for the federal government to be powerful. That day is here. The time to use Article V is now.

It is the states that created the federal government to do only those things a individual states could not, like provide for the defense of the nation through a military, arbitrate between states, and engage in international treaties (to name a few). These are called enumerated powers. But that list is short.

Washington DC needs to be reminded what the Constitution really says. At the Convention of States Project, we seek to protect the Constitution with the Constitution.

I highly recommend this book to learn more through the eyes of former Senator Coburn who tried to be a voice of reason while surrounded by DC insanity. Since he could not effect change in Washington DC, he has taken his message to the People...where the power lies through Article V.

Let your state legislators know you support a Convention of States by signing our on-line petition here. Then scroll down and join me as a citizen-volunteer to Keep a Republic. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Invasion of Monticello Reenactment-236th Anniversary

On June 4, 2017, we went back in time to see the Invasion of Monticello, a reenactment of the actual British invasion upon Monticello on June 4, 1781. To the day, this was the 236th anniversary. We attended the premier of this event last year, which I heavily blogged. I will link to various portions to retell the story.

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Martha Jefferson...

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Martin Hemings...

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The reenactment...

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Jack Jouett...

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Dragoon Demonstration...

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My favorite part was talking to the actor who portrayed Captain McLeod. I asked him a question, which he fully developed with lots of background information...all because of his hat. Well...we had been talking last year about other aspects of British v American regimentals, which he amazingly remembered! So he inserted our discussion from last year into my little question of this day. He made the little question a grand story of regimentals causing confusion on the battlefield, as in the case of Lighthorse Harry Lee.

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Stay tuned for the story of Jefferson's epitaph...a lesson for today.

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