Let Freedom Ring in the Wed. Hodgepodge

1. What do the words 'freedom' and 'liberty' mean to you? Does your mind go more in the direction of not being persecuted or discriminated against or does it head in the direction of doing what you please?
Freedom & Liberty mean that we have "unalienable rights".  I decided to look that phrase up, and learned that the Declaration of Independence states that we have "unalienable rights", not "inalienable rights".  Huh.  I never knew that.  What's the difference?  Here you go:

The state of a thing or right which cannot be sold.
Things which are not in commerce, as public roads, are in their nature unalienable. Some things are unalienable, in consequence of particular provisions in the law forbidding their sale or transfer, as pensions granted by the government. The natural rights of life and liberty are UNALIENABLE. Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition
"Unalienable: incapable of being alienated, that is, sold and transferred." Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 1523:
You can not surrender, sell or transfer unalienable rights, they are a gift from the creator to the individual and can not under any circumstances be surrendered or taken. All individual's have unalienable rights.
Inalienable rights: Rights which are not capable of being surrendered or transferred without the consent of the one possessing such rights. Morrison v. State, Mo. App., 252 S.W.2d 97, 101.
You can surrender, sell or transfer inalienable rights if you consent either actually or constructively. Inalienable rights are not inherent in man and can be alienated by government. Persons have inalienable rights. Most state constitutions recognize only inalienable rights.
Bet you had NO idea you were actually going to learn something when you clicked on my blog, did you?  (That's assuming you were in the dark as much as I was!)  You're welcome!  :)
2. Nathan's sponsors a hot dog eating contest every 4th of July. Last year over 40,000 people attended the event and almost 2 million watched it on TV. The winner ate over 60 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. How do you like your hot dogs?
I like my hotdogs with mustard & ketchup.  Sometimes with chili & onions, especially if I'm a little place called "Ebenezer Cafe" in a town outside of Charlotte, NC.  It's located in the town where we lived in SC, and it's just a run-down hole on the side of the road.  On Saturdays, it's hard to find a parking spot, even in the gravel parking lot behind the building.
3. If you were going to enter an eating contest what would be on the menu?
Cake, maybe?  
4. Do you run your house more as a dictatorship or a democracy?
Does the phrase "Our house, our rules" tell you anything?  As the boys get older, we get more lenient...to a certain extent.  They know not to come in during the middle of the night, waking up mama.  That's a HUGE no-no! 
5. Where was your favorite summer place when you were a kid?
The river in the mountains.  Just in case this is your first visit here, I'm the 8th of 10 children.  We didn't have air conditioning until I was in high school, so when it was really hot, we'd pile into the station wagon and head to the mountains for some splashing & tubing in the river to cool off.  
6. Do you have a guest room? Would you want to stay there?
Our house has 4 bedrooms, and we have 3 boys who are still in & out of the house, so, no, we don't have a guest room.  Maybe someday!
7. Next Wednesday America celebrates her independence. Do you have any special plans for the 4th of July? If you live outside the USA when and how does your country celebrate its own patriotic holiday?
No plans here.  It's going to be a very quiet 4th!
 One of my brothers usually hosts a swim party at his house, but they're going to NC to visit his oldest son, dil, and their 2 kids.  Boo.  Now I know where we rate!

8. Insert your own random thought here. 
The school system where I work requires teachers to get some professional development (PD) hours on our own during the summer, or work the "Banking Days" designated during the school year.  This year, that number has jumped up to 30.  YIKES!!!  It really isn't that difficult to do:  we can do some free online courses that are 1 or more hours long, as long as we get a certificate for it as proof.  In the past, since the Speech Pathologists are "special", we have also had the opportunity to endure a day of a reading conference, and a day of a math conference.  They really aren't bad; there's usually quite a few sessions that we can translate into our field.  This year, however, we're having our own PD activities!  Hooray!!!  Today marks the first one, we have one in July,  then 2 consecutive days when the other conferences are going one.  That only means 6 hours on our own, and we can count after school meetings as parent conferences for those.   Or we can go ahead and get them some other way, or work during a Banking Day during the year.  Yeah, like that's going to happen!
Of course, this means that I'll be out of my pj's before 10:00!


  1. Tubing on the river sounds like so much fun...I've never done that yet.

    So glad you're going to get a lot of your training out of the way painlessly.

    Have a great day.

  2. I did know that about #1 and always get mad when the wrong word is used!
    Your guest room will come soon enough, hang on to the kids for as long as you can.

  3. Love tubing in the river up there...you will not be surprised to know my mother in law has gone with us too : )

  4. We have to do PD's too. I started two through ACCESS online before we got out for school that finished up June 19th. I have earned 60 hours. We have to get 25 each year for a 125 over a 5 year period total...and you can't carry them over. I usually have over 100 each year. I wish they would excuse us from the system boring ones if we did online courses...but they don't sigh....who says we get three months off.

  5. I've never gone tubing in the river ... it sounds like fun! Maybe your brother will give you the key to his house so you can go have your own swim party at his house this 4th! ;-)

  6. I like those house rules! :)

    Um.. I'll enter that eating contest! :) Make sure it has chocolate icing though.

  7. I grew up with no a/c either, in Florida, lol! We loved tubing too :)

  8. Love it...Our house, our rules! I agree 100%. Tubing in the river sounds very refreshing. Have a nice 4th, quiet is good.

  9. Thirty hours of PD? Wow! We're only required to get PD as part of our IPDP (our evaluation system), but our district doesn't mandate how many hours. Of course, as part of the recertification process for renewing teaching licenses, we do have to be working toward a certain number of hours. Needless to say, I'm way past the required number of hours with all of the reading classes I've been taking!

  10. Enjoyed your answers and your little bit of schooling in number #1. lol. Tubing on the river sounds quite fun!
    until next time... nel

  11. Tubing on the river sounds like great fun & yay for being able to knock out your PD easier.

  12. Tubing is the best ever. Well, unless your Mom loses it (herself and her tube) and you have to let your kids go on without you and then rescue your Mom by yanking her out of the river. Years later, she will remind you of her shoulder injury. I'm just saying.
    Happy early 4th to you and your sweet family!


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