Happy Birthday, George!

“If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

American general and politician, 1st President of the United States, George Washington, was born on this day in 1732 (d. 1799).

Yes, I know President’s Day was yesterday. Today is Washington’s actual birthday.

My Aunt used to say that she believed our family line was descended from George Washington because an uncle “looked just like him.”

Unfortunately, while George Washington may have been the Father of His Country, he was not, as far as we know, the father of any children. He and wife Martha together raised her children from a prior marriage.

I am, on a different side of the family connected to the Lee family of Westmoreland. So, they at least would have known the Washingtons.

I’ll take what I can get.

If George happened to show up today, I wonder what he would think? No, I don’t mean what he’d think about

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the development and technology.

But if he looked at what is happening to free speech in this country and around the world, what would he think?


That’s just a gentle reminder that free speech does not just apply to speech you like or that makes you comfortable.

It’s Tuesday and it feels deceptively springish out there.

But this is Virginia and we’re probably not done with winter just yet.

I’m ready to move the houseplants back outside, but I like them well enough to think that I’ll keep them in here until at least April.

Projects continue, maybe not at the pace I’d like, but they continue.

How about you? We’re sailing to the end of our second month of 2022. What have you accomplished?

Or like me, what have you started?

Or talked about?

Whatever that might be, now is not the time to give up.

Just keep going.

George would want you to.

American singer and actress, Ellen Greene, was born on this day in 1951.



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1907 – Sheldon Leonard, American actor, director, and producer (d. 1997)
1907 – Robert Young, American actor (d. 1998)
1918 – Don Pardo, American radio and television announcer (d. 2014)
1930 – Marni Nixon, American soprano and actress (d. 2016)
1932 – Ted Kennedy, American soldier, lawyer, and politician (d. 2009)
1938 – Ishmael Reed, American poet, novelist, essayist
1950 – Julie Walters, English actress and author
1962 – Steve Irwin, Australian zoologist and television host (d. 2006)
1971 – Lea Salonga, Filipino actress and singer




Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Ephesians 3:20–21


Ronald Wilson Reagan
February 2, 1911 – June 5, 2004

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