July 4th 2023…Happy Birthday, Land That I Love

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July 4th 2023…Happy Birthday, Land That I Love

Happy Birthday, America! 

At 247 years young, it is time to celebrate our nation’s birthday.  



While we are not without our faults, I would not want to live in any other country.  


Like families around the world, we fight, argue, and have different opinions about everything. 


However, it is important to remember that in times of crisis, We The People come together. 


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I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Thomas Jefferson



As it is customary to bring a gift to someone celebrating a birthday, I give to you, America, my commitment to continue to honor, protect, and support you.

And, I thank you for being the country that I am forever grateful to have been born in.




I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
Abraham Lincoln

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

George Washington

Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.
Ronald Reagan

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Comments (16)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Very well written. Wishing you a fantastic Independence Day celebration filled with joy, laughter, and memorable moments!

Jul 04, 2023 04:37 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 Thank you very much.    We spent the day at home after our walk and loved it. 

Jul 04, 2023 05:54 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I wish you a wonderful 4th of July as well. I think this morning the George Washington quote about freedom of speech was most impactful!

Jul 04, 2023 05:01 AM
Kathy Streib

Thank you Kat Palmiotti This country's strength has always been the freedom to speak freely. We cannot lose that. 

Jul 04, 2023 05:55 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Like bookends, George Washington and Ronald Reagan summed it up very well. Enjoy the 4th! 

Jul 04, 2023 05:04 AM
Kathy Streib

Wayne Martin I love those two as well. I would love another Ronald Reagan. 

Jul 04, 2023 05:57 PM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I will NEVER FORGET seeing my friends Mother with the number tattoo on her wrist. She was a young child and captured by the Nazi's and sent to a concentration camp. An  absolute miracle she and her siblings survived.

If that doesn't affect a person and what it means to be free, I don't know what will.

Jul 04, 2023 05:04 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

faye schubert hi Faye, I also knew people with number tattoos on their wrists. It's something I will never forget.

Jul 04, 2023 05:10 AM
Kathy Streib

faye schubert that has to have been very moving. We have freedoms that others wish for and yet I see many taking them for granted. 

Jul 04, 2023 05:59 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy. Loved the message of your post, loved all the quotes. In my case,  "I thank you for being the country that I am forever grateful to have emigrated to."

Jul 04, 2023 05:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker When I write of our country and thankful I am to have been born here, I think of you!! I love how much you love our country. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:01 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

faye schubert - reading your comment gave me a bit of a shiver on this very warm summer morning. I am glad that your mother survived.  

Kathy Streib - thank you for this post- I loved the lines

As it is customary to bring a gift to someone celebrating a birthday, I give to you, America, my commitment to continue to honor, protect, and support you.

We don't bring enough of our gifts to our country anymore. Instead we bring discord and division that is not designed to build us up together. very sad

Jul 04, 2023 05:25 AM
Kathy Streib

Lise Howe I feel as you do. There are many who want us divided and uneducated.  It is important to remember how we all came together after 9/11 and other tragedies. That is where our strength lies. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:03 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never lived anywhere else, so I have nothing to compare it to, but overall life is good here.

Jul 04, 2023 05:52 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England we have our ups and downs, but I'd still rather be here. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:04 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Tuesday morning, Kathy.

Enjoy the holiday and have an outstanding week.

We have a sunny and hot day for our community parade and activities.

Jul 04, 2023 07:00 AM
Kathy Streib

Roy Kelley Happy Fourth of July and hello to Chef Dolores. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:05 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - As a proud citizen of the United States of America,  I would not want to live anywhere else.  I do believe that Ronald Reagan's quote is very prophetic and scary at the same time. Enjoy this wonderful day of celebration.

Jul 04, 2023 08:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® Ronald REagan's quote is one of my favorites and I agree with you. The words are even more important now given our current state of affairs. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:06 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy 4th of July Kathy and Larry and hope you are BBQ today and enjoying the day with others.  Here we have salad, burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, devil eggs, bake beans and Harvey Wallbanger cake.

Have a good one.

Jul 04, 2023 08:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Will Hamm We had a quiet day and I loved it. Ribs, corn and tomato - cucumber salad. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:10 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Kathy,
Abe Lincoln has always been one of my favorites for quotes. I have not heard the one you included today, but it resonates with me. It reminds me of the JFK quote about asking not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country. 

Enjoy this special day, celebrating our nation's birthday.

Jul 04, 2023 08:49 AM
Kathy Streib

Carol Williams I wasn't familiar with that quote either but I love it. Hope you had a good July 4th!!! Astros won so we're happy. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:12 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, we should all be grateful to live, work and play in this great country.  Happy 4th.

Jul 04, 2023 11:18 AM
Kathy Streib

Joan Cox I couldn't agree more!!!  I give thanks always fro being born here!

Jul 04, 2023 06:26 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I hope you got to spend this special day with family.  Happy 4th of July.

Jul 04, 2023 02:24 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi George Souto Thank you!  We had the family over on Sunday so today was quiet. I loved it!Hope you had a good Fourth!!!

Jul 04, 2023 06:27 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Kathy Streib Happy Birthday & Happy 4th of July Independence Day to you and to all everywhere, land that I love.

Jul 04, 2023 05:09 PM
Kathy Streib

Hi John Pusa I hope that your Fourth of July was a good one!!!  And Happy Birthday Land That I love. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:30 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I hope you are having an enjoyable 4th of July Kathy.  

Jul 04, 2023 05:31 PM
Kathy Streib

Myrl Jeffcoat and I wish you the same!!! Happy Fourth of July. 

Jul 04, 2023 06:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved your post and it is so sad and true what  Ronald Reagan had to say, he was spot on and I do not like what I see....Endre

Jul 04, 2023 08:56 PM