Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day to all my American family and friends. My Boyds Bear wall calendar shows the sweet fluffy family all dressed and ready for the celebrations. These bears look far less fearsome than my Grizzlys on yesterday’s post. 🙂

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The quote for the month captured my attention, so I had to investigate it, and I discovered that it’s the final rule taken from the 110 “Rules of civility and decent behaviour in company and conversation,” composed by French Jesuits in 1595. These rules were all copied out as part of an exercise in penmanship assigned by the young George Washington’s school master. The essence of this set of rules is that we should treat everyone with respect, be considerate of others and don’t embarrass them. We should refrain from drawing attention to ourselves, be concise when we speak and not make fun of anything which is important to others. If we must criticise someone,  we need to make sure we’re not guilty of the same failing, and shouldn’t be quick to believe bad reports about others. We should associate with good people, and rather be alone than in bad company. There are also many references to table manners and matters of correct dress, as well as these two interesting items. “Shake not the head, feet, or legs. Roll not the eyes. Lift not one eyebrow higher than the other. Wry not the mouth, and bedew no man’s face with your spittle by approaching too near him when you speak. Kill no vermin as fleas, lice, ticks etc in the sight of others. If you see any filth or thick spittle, put your foot dexterously upon it.” You can read all 110 rules here if you would like to. I found them quite fascinating.

This great man who served two terms as the first US President, realised that the way he handled this onerous job would impact on how future presidents approached the position. Consequently, he handed down a legacy of strength, integrity and national purpose.

George Washington Monument, Washington DC

George Washington Monument, Washington DC

I’m sure that learning all those rules at such an early age, must have had something to do with it, and I think the last one which appears on my calendar, is the most important of all. Perhaps an updated version of these rules to live by, should be introduced into schools, and should certainly be read  and inwardly digested by all prospective world leaders. What do you think?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

The WordPress Photo Challenge ‘Up’ is a great opportunity to share some of my  pics taken whilst looking skywards.

These were taken at our local annual airshow, over the past couple of years. Hubby took them, and I think he did really well. I’m sure I would overbalance if I had to try to take photos of planes flying overhead. 🙂

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You had a view down the steps of the Balinese temple in my last post, and this time you can look up at it.

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Here’s Mount Rushmore from a different angle, showing only George Washington’s profile.

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Another profile now of the Lakota warrior Chief Crazy Horse, in South Dakota. This colossal monument has been sixty-four years in the making, and as you can see, is still nowhere near to completion.

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At the southernmost end of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, is the memorial honouring the great explorer Christopher Columbus, depicted pointing out to sea.

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The dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, designed by Michelangelo, is the most prominent building  in the Vatican City. It’s as beautiful from the inside,

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as from the outside.

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Of course, I can’t do an up post, without including a photo of my favourite landmark, which is just a few yards up the beach. This is something I would really miss, if we move away from here.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my pics for this challenge. To see what other bloggers have come ‘up’ with, just click here.