In just a few weeks, we will be commemorating “Independence Day.”  Our festivities often focus on family and friends, barbeques, parades, and fireworks. Our get togethers are joyous, often rowdy, and always a great time – despite the mess to clean up. But what are we celebrating? Why do we choose to get together when […]

Diplomatic Mission

When our parents were young, a typical graduation gift was a fountain pen. We couldn’t find the definitive history of the reasoning behind this gift, so with some poetic license, here’s our take: John Hancock signed the Declaration with flairDid he know it would symbolize something so rare?He saw a future that would change the […]

Blue Skies

Blue Skies Smiling at me Nothing but blue skies Do I see… This Irving Berlin classic has a long, distinguished history. Written in 1926, at the last minute for a new musical, Betsy, it was a surprise, instant hit. The audience demanded 24 encores on opening night. Betsy itself only lasted for 39 performances. But […]


When you hear the word “lemon” what’s your first thought? Perhaps you envision the deep, rich yellow color of the ripened citrus? Or maybe your mouth instinctively puckers up for its sour taste? Or did you just get a clean, fresh scent of this amazing fruit? Many of nature’s plants secrete a lemon aroma – […]