All posts tagged: Freedom

Lady Liberty, a Symbol of Our Enduring Ideals: Democracy, Freedom, and Hope

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” – Emma Lazarus A gift of friendship from France to the United States, Lady Liberty is a symbol of democracy and freedom. She stands tall through everything we had endured in New York and beyond, a true universal symbol of the strong woven fabric that we are made of and what we can do together. Times may be volatile but there are ideals that remain the same, and the pursuit of these endure not only in our symbols — which help remind us of what we have accomplished, what came before, what can be when all seem hopeless — but also within each of us. Photo taken during a cruise around Manhattan with my parents some years back. Weekly photo challenge: Endurance Advertisements

Accepting More Than One Idea, And Celebrating The Freedom That We Can

Most of us can recall vividly where we were at that exact moment it happened, when everything we thought we knew about the world changed. Generations before us, they knew. They’ve seen the true horrors of war. We were living in a world courtesy of their efforts, blood and sacrifice, the lives of their comrades. Waking up the day after, it was a changed world. How are we to make sense of such an act, why did it happen, how do we honor those who have fallen? In our everyday we take so much for granted. We take a lot of time and spend so much energy debating the right to bear arms, or freedom of choice, school prayer, how much part should religion play, yet this in itself — the right to free speech, the freedom to take a stand, that we can debate and accept more than one idea knowing we wouldn’t have to worry about unrest for our families, friends and neighbors every single hour of every day, that we are blessed …