Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 29, 2022

Happy Independence Day – July 4, 2022!

Wishing all of my friends, near and far,

Happy Independence Day – July 4, 2022!

Enjoy the Celebration!

Cheers, Ashley

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 29, 2022

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #29

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #29

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

–Viktor E. Frankl

My two cents (or another favorite quote), but please share yours:

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

– Nelson Mandela

Today’s theme = Freedom

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 29, 2022

Writers’ Corner – 2022 – Post #4

Writers’ Corner – 2022 – Post #4

What is the Carrington Event, and how can writers prepare?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Carrington Event occurred on September 1, 1859. Astronomers Richard Carrington and Richard Hodgson each independently observed a solar flare that was tied to a huge coronal mass ejection (CME). The CME hit the Earth, severely damaging the telegraph systems of the day, injuring telegraph operators, and, in some cases, causing fires. Auroras appeared across most of the Earth, some nearly as bright as daylight.

Another Carrington-scale CME, on July 23, 2012, missed the Earth by a little over a week. If it had hit, the damage around the world from the electromagnetic pulse would likely have been in the trillions.

Going forward, writers can prepare by keeping paper copies of manuscripts and important documents like bank statements, keeping ample food and water supplies to last through prolonged power outages, and having a wood-burning fireplace with plenty of wood on hand during the colder months.

For further information on this subject, the following link is a good place to start.

Carrington Event – Wikipedia

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 22, 2022

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #28

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #28

“The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.”

–Walter Gilbert

My two cents (or another favorite quote), but please share yours:

“Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. I am not unmindful of the fact that violence often brings about momentary results. Nations have frequently won their independence in battle. But in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today’s theme = Independence

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 22, 2022

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #27

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #27

“The important consequences to the American States from this Declaration of Independence, considered as the ground and foundation of a future government, naturally suggest the propriety of proclaiming it in such a manner as that the people may be universally informed of it.”

–John Hancock

My two cents (or another favorite quote), but please share yours:

“All great enterprises have a pearl of faith at their core, and this must be ours: that Americans are still a people born to liberty. That they retain the capacity for self-government. That, addressed as free-born, autonomous men and women of God-given dignity, they will rise yet again to drive back a mortal enemy.”

– Mitch Daniels

Today’s theme = Declaration of Independence

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 22, 2022

Movie Corner – 2022 – Post #6 – Perfect for July

Movie Corner – 2022 – Post #6 – Perfect for July

What movie would be perfect to watch in July?

My two cents, but please share yours:

For this coming month, I’m going with the classic musical, 1776 (1972). I watch this film every year as a delightful reminder about the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Enjoy.

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 17, 2022

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #26

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #26

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”

–Abraham Lincoln

My two cents (or another favorite quote), but please share yours:

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.”

– George Washington

Today’s theme = U.S. Constitution

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 17, 2022

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #25

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #25

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

– Benjamin Franklin

My two cents (or another favorite quote), but please share yours:

“Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.”

– Andrew Johnson

Today’s theme = U.S. Constitution

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 17, 2022

Picoblog Question – 2022 – Post #21

Picoblog Question – 2022 – Post #21

When was the U.S. Constitution ratified?

My two cents, but please share yours:

The Constitution become officially ratified on June 21, 1788, when New Hampshire joined on as the ninth (of 13 states) state. I always celebrate the anniversary by reading through the whole Constitution.

For those in the U.S., how will you celebrate the upcoming anniversary?

Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 8, 2022

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #24

Favorite Quotes – 2022 – Post #24

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

– Helen Keller

My two cents (or another favorite quote), but please share yours:

“One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.”

– Lucille Ball

Today’s theme = Optimism

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