Monday, March 22, 2021

Monday Musings - March 22, 2021

1. Today is the fourth Monday of March and the first Monday of Spring. There is one more Monday in March and the 12th Monday of the year. There are 40 Mondays remaining in 2021.

2. Baseball Saturdays are awesome--even if it is youth baseball. 

Easter Cactus
Elkridge, MD
March 21, 2021
3. I may have to mow the lawn in about two weeks. I put the tractor battery on the charger to be ready. 

4. Our Thanksgiving Cactus has had a change of heart and is now and Easter Cactus. It is in full bloom right now. 

5. Fun evenings around the fire pit have begun to happen almost nightly. And it is a good way to get rid of the sticks and branches which have appeared on her lawn during the winter. 

6. The first golf outing of the year is in the books. Chris and I spent the afternoon whacking at the little white ball enjoying being outside and getting some much needed sunlight. Fortunately we started by playing only nine holes to get into shape. I have three new clubs, one of them a replacement for my driver. To say my game was ragged would be a compliment.

7. Mondays are the beginning of the workweek which stands between me and the weekend.

8. Today in History. In an effort to raise funds to pay off debts and defend the vast new American territories won from the French in the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763), the British government passes the Stamp Act on March 22, 1765. The legislation levied a direct tax on all materials printed for commercial and legal use in the colonies, from newspapers and pamphlets to playing cards and dice.

Though the Stamp Act employed a strategy that was a common fundraising vehicle in England, it stirred a storm of protest in the colonies. The colonists had recently been hit with three major taxes: the Sugar Act (1764), which levied new duties on imports of textiles, wines, coffee and sugar; the Currency Act (1764), which caused a major decline in the value of the paper money used by colonists; and the Quartering Act (1765), which required colonists to provide food and lodging to British troops under certain circumstances.

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Ronald Reagan Quote for the Week

For just a moment, let us listen to the words again: ``We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.'' Last night when we rededicated Miss Liberty and relit her torch, we reflected on all the millions who came here in search of the dream of freedom inaugurated in Independence Hall. We reflected, too, on their courage in coming great distances and settling in a foreign land and then passing on to their children and their children's children the hope symbolized in this statue here just behind us: the hope that is America. It is a hope that someday every people and every nation of the world will know the blessings of liberty.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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