Update and 4th of July

Just a quick update. I was fortunate enough to perform in concert for the Ancient Order of Hibernians Richmond 1 Division - Augusta, GA along with Lillie Morris and Solstice, The Skelligs and The Augusta Irish Dancers. We had a packed house and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves quite a bit. Bill Berry, the State President of the AOH along with everyone on staff for the event came through like the champions they are. Speaking of champions, the Augusta Irish Dancers had a number of their members qualify recently for the Nationals as well as the World Championship competitions. That's really something to be proud of, as you all probably know. We also had luminaries from Georgia Southern University, Joe Dougherty and his wife, from the National AOH as well as a couple of surprises for me - Gene Owens, a newspaperman in the Ben Hecht/Charlie MacArthur mould, Dave Patterson from Hendersonville, NC and a fine former Marine and genuine patriot - who is still in the arena - Zach Zittle and his lovely wife, Aleksandra. There is a picture of Zach and me in the photo section. I was lucky enough to get picked up for a few dates in August, September and November at Delaney's of Spartanburg, SC. You can see the listing on the calendar section of my website. As we come up on the 4th of July, I invite you to remember along with me the words of The Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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. With these words acting as impetus, I am reminded further of the words of Mark Twain: It is a worthy thing to fight for one's freedom; it is another sight finer to fight for another man's. And with those words in mind, I can't help but think - with gratitude - of all of the fine representatives of the United States who are doing just that. For as Franklin Roosevelt said, "In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." Cpl. Charles W. Lindberg, USMC, the last of the original Iwo Jima flag raisers, Purple heart and Silver Star recipient, passed away Sunday, 24 June. He wasone of those fellows who were "just doing their jobs" during World War II. Take care for now and all the best. Drop a line if you like. I'll see you down the road.

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