July 4th 1776, The Birth of the Greatest Nation Of All Time.

The Signing of the Declaration of Independence, as depicted by John Trumbell in 1819.

July 4th, 1776 was one of the greatest days in the history of the world, for this was the day the American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, and were transformed into the United States of America.

Never has such a country, whatever its shortcomings over the years, provided the world with such hopes and opportunity. This is why most of the world would love to live in the United States. People die trying to come here.

The Betsy Ross flag, the flag of the American Revolution.

The Fourth of July is a great moment, a time of birth and renewal. I feel blessed to live in this great nation.

The Winter Solstice

There is a strange and melancholy beauty to the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. On the one hand we experience the day with the least amount of light, and that is always a bit disconcerting, but on the other hand we are about to see the amount of daylight slowly increase now, until we reach the glorious warmth of the summer solstice on June 21.

Twilight is a beautiful thing on this day, for the sadness of such little light, and the hope and reality of the renewal of light beginning the next day.

Ancient Things

The Via Appia, or Appian Way.

This is a nice photo of the Via Appia in Rome, (also known as the Appian Way) one of the worlds oldest roads. First begun in the year 312 BC by the Roman consul Appius Claudius, the rode provided a paved route from Rome to important strategic positions to the south. Today parts of the road remain paved, and even used by cars, especially the section right outside of Rome itself. Other sections, like this one, are nice walking tours for those interested in exploring and experiencing the ancient Roman world in a first hand way.

The Pyramids

Wonders Of The Ancient World, Giza, Egypt.

It is always amazing to realize how old the Pyramids are. Imagine, these structures were built around 2500 BC. That is, as of today in 2021, 4500 years ago. Imagine, these structures have existed through nearly all of recorded history, and have been seen by every generation from times and places so different from ours. It boggles the mind.

There is certain mysterious beauty to such ancient structures! It never gets old to appreciate them.