Thursday, March 3, 2011


This post is brought to you as part of Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday.  Click the button on the right to join the fun.

I'm up way past my bedtime (it's 9:54 PM and I'm thinking I better type fast in case I turn into a pumpkin at 10:00), so I'm asking Mrs. Jenny to forgive the occasional grammar and spelling mistakes when she "grades" this week's post on the letter "U".

I do have a very good reason for still being up.  My dear cousin invited me to join her while she attended the monthly meeting of the Sarah Polk chapter of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).  Our grandmother was very active in the DAR and I remember all of the hard work it took to research her ancestors back to the American Revolution. (This was back before there was the Internet, personal computers, and easy access to a copy machine.) 

Tonight I met a diverse array of women who are dedicated to:
  •  promoting patriotism,
  •  preserving American history,
  •  and securing America's future through better education. 
I learned about the lives of Sevier, Sherrill, and Robertson families from our guest speaker.  These and other early Tennessee families were uncompromising in their belief that people should have the freedom to speak their mind without fear of persecution, to earn a living with dignity, to have a say in the the way they are governed, and to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Those beliefs are not unique to the 1770's and they are not unique to the United States of America.  We have been watching and listening to hundreds of thousands of people in several countries over the last few weeks who are no longer willing to compromise their dignity, keep silent in the midst of injustice, or be resigned to not having a voice in the way their lives are ruled.

These uncompromising souls have shown great courage in recent days.  Occasionally, their voices are heard and governments yield through peaceful demonstration.  More often, however, those voices are answered with violence and further repression. 

Most people want freedom and dignity, but the very strong are willing to show through words and actions that they will no longer compromise a belief "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".

I am very thankful for those who have fought and died for my freedom and I am using the current world events to help Princess understand how hard it was to create this great country of ours.  May we never forget sacrifices made by uncompromising souls for the benefit of others.

Lisa H.


  1. Sounds like you had an unbelievably good evening! I read your blog envy post and I can tell you that everyone does that! Your blog is lovely and I'm sure you'll have lots of followers soon.

  2. I am unwilling to compromise my principles by just keeping quiet and going along with the status quo. We have a lot of bad stuff going on here in Arizona lately, as you have probably read. It makes me sorry that I moved here 13 years ago. The bills being passed by the legislature are definitely not what our founding fathers had in mind in the Constitution!

  3. Neat post! My grandmother was a DAR member too. I am so grateful for all of the research she did on our ancestors. Make the heritage and sacrifice come alive. Thanks for sharing...and Happy AlphabeThursday!

    PS I also turn into a pumpkin at 10:00!

  4. hear hear :P (even though I'm not american jeesh) I just wish Americans weren't so proud like warmongers they could use a little humility when it comes to their next door neighbour - Canada. "Blessed are the peacekeepingmakers" :P

  5. Great post! My mother-in-law was in the DAR. I think it is important to know about your history! I bet you are excited about all the new things coming to Spring was in the news. I hope some of my ideas were useful. Have a great weekend.

  6. I can't imagine what we would find if we were able to my family history. But, we have no oral history to help us do the job. I am so happy that you have all this wonderful information.

    Thanks for the visit to my ugly dog post. I do so appreciate your comment.

  7. howdy. you commented on a picky post a couple of weeks ago, and i’m just now getting around to acknowledging it. i’m not usually this bad about that. sorry.

    thanks for reading picky and leaving it some love. :]

  8. I've always been fascinated with this organiation and really didn't know too much about it.

    I admire anyone who works to preserve can we ever understand where we're going if we don't understand where we're coming from.

    This really sounds like something I would enjoy.

    There are so many times I would like to leave Arizona and move back to where it feels like you can feel time having this day I still miss Ohio, by last house there being built in 1813.

    Thanks for a wonderful stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday.

    This was so interesting to me.