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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Monday, August 4, 2014

See the USA!

While we all may not have the opportunity, the funds or the time to see the USA, we can certainly enjoy the magnificent beauty of America through some truly awesome photography. America the Beautiful, the land of the free, the home of the brave are all iconic descriptions of America. 

Journeying from the Pacific coast to the mid-Atlantic encompasses what can best be described as a roller-coaster ride. Panoramic views from mountaintops take your breath away, not from the thinness of the air, but from the eye-popping views that extend upward and outward along the horizon. With spacious skies overhead, from grasslands to meadowlands, amber waves of grain, purple mountain majesties and fruited plains are sung to the tune of America.

Spacious Skies of Arizona

Purple Mountain Majesties of Colorado

Fruited Plains of Kansas

This is our land, my land and your land, to be honored in reverence of those who fought and died to make her free, in tribute to those who are still fighting today to maintain that freedom, and in regard to those who are yet to fight to see that freedom is never lost.

Flashback in Time:

Woody Guthrie in 1943. Wikipedia
This Land is Your Land is an iconic folk song written by Woody Guthrie in 1940. Guthrie didn't record the song until 1944, and he changed the lyrics over the years, performing it many different ways. It was not released until 1949 when a small company called Folkways Recording Company issued the disc. Many renditions have been re-recorded by numerous vocal artists, i.e., Bob Dylan, The Kingston Trio, Trini Lopez, Jay and the Americans, The New Christy Minstrels, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bruce Springsteen, and Pete Seeger.

Originally titled "God Blessed America," Guthrie wrote this as a parody of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." When Guthrie started wrote the song in 1940, the last line in the chorus was "God blessed America for me," which Guthrie eventually changed into "This land was made for you and me." It evolved into a protest anthem as generations of Folk singers performed the song, but it is often misinterpreted as a patriotic song. The lyrics express Guthrie's belief that the working class should have the same rights as the rich. Source: songfacts.com

This land is your land! Take time to see the USA!

"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." ~Abraham Lincoln