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Saturday, June 18, 2016

July 2nd,July 4th or August 2nd!!!!!

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule.  After voting for independence,  Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have long disputed whether Congress actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.
Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but another Founding Father who became a President, James Monroe, died on July 4, 1831, thus becoming the third President in a row who died on the holiday. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872, and, so far, is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

"Oh! My Pa-pa" the song that always makes me cry!

“Oh!  My Pa-pa” – always makes me cry!

I never knew that this beautiful song was actually a German song (“O mein Papa”) as related by a young woman remembering her beloved, once famous clown father.    It was written by Swiss composer Paul Burkhard in 1939 for the musical Der schwarze Hecht.

Eddie Fischer’s recording became number 1 on the USA Billboard Chart in 1954. 
Here are the words.
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so wonderful,
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so good.
No one could be so gentle and so lovable,
Oh, my Papa, he always understood.
Oh, my Papa, so funny, so adorable,
Always the clown so funny in his way.
Oh, my Papa, to me he was so wonderful,
Deep in my heart I miss him so today.
Gone are the days when he could take me on his knee
And with a smile he'd change my tears to laughter.
If you have never the song, take a minute to listen to Eddie Fischer’s version.  It has recorded by numerous other artists including Jim Nabors for the TV show Gomer Pyle.

Happy Father’s Day (June 19th) to all the pa-pas of today and yesterday!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Montana - Credit for Caring Act

Senator Jon Tester was in Billings on Wednesday, announcing new legislation that would give financial support to those taking care of aging loved ones.
Testers bill, the Credit for Caring Act, would create a non-refundable tax credit of up to $3,000 for certain individuals.  To qualify, individuals must spend more than $2,000 on care giving expenses. The bill is designed to help families pay for things like home modification, medical supplies, and also to help cover some wages lost when a family caregiver has to take unpaid time-off to provide care.
According to AARP, more than 100,000 Montanans serve as family caregivers, and provide $1.4 billion in uncompensated care every year.
"Well we are an aging state, and the demand for caregivers is going up and will continue to go up, and to do nothing is not an option. So this is a step in the right direction, I believe, to be able to help keep elderly people in particular in their own homes and allow their family members to give them care...which is the best way to do it in my opinion," said Senator Jon Tester.
The bill has gained bipartisan support.
Senator Tester says this is not all that is needed, but it would be a good place to start.