The Price of Freedom..

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..and climbing faster than the space shuttle in orbit.

According to Webster: “free·dom,” n. 1. The condition of being free of restraints. 2. Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression. 3.a. Political independence. b. Possession of civil rights; immunity from the arbitrary exercise of authority. 4. Exemption from an unpleasant or onerous condition: freedom from want. 5. The capacity to exercise choice; free will: We have the freedom to do as we please all afternoon. 6. Ease or facility of movement: loose sports clothing, giving the wearer freedom. 7. Frankness or boldness; lack of modesty or reserve: the new freedom in movies and novels. 8.a. The right to unrestricted use; full access: was given the freedom of their research facilities. b. The right of enjoying all of the privileges of membership or citizenship: the freedom of the city.

According to Webster: Freedom means “a lot” of things…

Question: What does “Freedom” mean to you?

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If you’re currently logged onto my website and reading my blather, it means that you “don’t have anything else” to do right now, so let’s look into what freedom (really) means together.

When I check my comment page every other day or so, one of the most common and reoccurring questions I encounter is; …

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..and in the beginning I used to take the time to answer that question, until I realized how much of my time I was taking to answer that question.

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So I stop answering that question.

Webster’s definition number one; “The condition of being free of restraints.”

Which is the reason I listened to my father as I grew up and ”worked” for what I wanted.

Webster’s definition number two; “Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression…

I could go on down the line, albeit I would risk (losing) your interest, so let’s get on with exploring what freedom means in America?

As America is, and has always been (large) on symbolism, let’s begin there…

Question: What are America’s most prevalent symbols?

For me, in my journey, (they) were…

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The American flag, “as a Nation,” is unequivocally our most precious symbol.

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And of course, who doesn’t love their mom?

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So let’s fast forward to Apple pie and examine what an Apple pie is, ..and what it means to America?

Apple pie recipe

Preparation time; 10 minutes.

Cooking time; 60 minutes.

Ingredients: …

3 to 4 medium apples, (peeled, cored and sliced).

1 cup sugar.

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg.

1/2 stick “unsalted butter,” (cut into bits).

For simplicity and expediency;

Use store-bought pie crusts.*


Place bottom crust in baking dish, (glass or metal).

Add apples, sprinkle with the sugar and nutmeg.

Top with butter, place top crust over your finished

product and vent with slits in pastry top.

Bake at 375° for one hour.

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So here we are at our favorite grocery store to purchase the ingredients to make ourselves an Apple pie.

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In the produce department you will discover multiple bins of fresh bright shiny red and green apples

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In the canned goods section, we find cans containing apples pie filling ready to go into your pie crust without all the hassle of peeling and slicing.

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Albeit, canned pie filling can be a “God send,” it’s still not as simple as the bakery department where you can find a ready to eat Apple Pie for (much less than the price) that you’ll pay for the ingredients you require.

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In the final analysis, for those that really want to write a blog, this is how you do it.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…


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