A Haven for Vee

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bloglifts, Facelifts, Kitchen Lifts, etc.

Thank you so much for all the wonderful suggestions about kitchen redos. I'm going to do a post sometime next week gathering all this information for my benefit. Does everyone use her blog as a clearinghouse of ideas? I find that aspect of blogging so helpful, though I notice that Miss Sandy is one prepared gal when she goes shopping...check yesterday's post right *here.*

As you can see, I've been at it again. This began all over when I visited Linds and saw her bloglift. I immediately noticed how calm the background was and how easy the page loaded, etc.

The wonderful thing about Cutest Blogs on the Block is that all the information for doing one's own blog is there. I followed directions to the letter and I'm pleased that things have calmed down considerably here. The former background from Cutest Blogs was a bit busy with the green and yellow. The green was a nod in John's direction as that is his favorite color. I think he was a little indignant when I reminded him that my color is yellow. He said that green was the color of new life. I asked him what the color of yellow was and he told me "bananas!"

In order to use a background of one's own creating, you must have a Photobucket account. (Perhaps other photo hosting sites also work.) I've had such an account for years, but was not using it for anything related to my blog. Imagine my surprise when I discovered all the incredible new features there. You'll definitely want to check it out. If you've ever wanted to do your own facelift...just saying! You'll find everything you need via the EDIT button once there.

I'm off on Nonni duty today... Reporting from the Haven snuggled down in the snow....Enjoy your Saturday!

Friday, January 30, 2009


(Imagine a really lovely blue kitchen here with an apron sink. Sorry about that!)

Is it possible that I've been hanging out at Linda's Restyled Home too much? She has a thing for beautiful shades of blue and I think that I've caught it.

The thing is that I've spent years trying to avoid blue. The first home that I owned had a hideous blue kitchen...depressing and unattractive. The seeds of intense blue dislike were sown. My current office has blue wallpaper...depressing and unattractive. The roots go deep.

Now I find myself discussing the kitchen cabinets with "the carpenter" deciding what we can do as a redo without a major remodel. I watch him as he ponders the possibilites. I question him. He says he's "just thinking." Though I'm ready to move beyond that stage to the doing, I'll slow down for him because he always has good thoughts and when he's ready, he'll be ready.

If you were to paint your kitchen cabinets, what color would you choose? What type of hardware would you select? What countertop material would you like? If you couldn't have what you really wanted, what might you take as a less-expensive alternative? One last thing...have you seen a kitchen redo in Blogdom lately that you think I'd enjoy seeing? Thanks for your help!

Have a great Friday...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

An Eclectic Mix of Fluff and Stuff

Today is my 475th post. Good heavens! What have I possibly found to talk about in all those posts?! This blog originally had the subtitle "an eclectic mix of fluff and stuff." Guess this represents a whole lot of fluff.

When the 400 number came up right in the middle of holiday preparations and busyness, I decided that I would allow it to pass by without comment. Now that I have some extra time on my hands, I would love to have another apron giveaway celebrating both my 400th and 500th posts. So, if you'd like to leave a comment on this post and only this post, please do. This is limited to those who have a blog, but not limited to location so feel free to leave a comment no matter that you live in East IshBish. Just one request, do not comment on your blogs or link back to me. This is only for the gal (or guy) who wanders in and finds it on her own! I'm keeping comments open for one week. When you see comments closed, all those who've commented (once is enough) will be entered. The winner will be allowed to select her own color preferences so once the winner is announced, I'll be in touch for all the particulars plus a bit of snooping on your blog.


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Snow Day


* Snowstorm bringing a foot of new snow, as opposed to old snow, I presume. (This weather description always makes me laugh.)

* Snowstorm bringing a secluded day...

* Snowstorm bringing stillness and calm...

* Snowstorm bringing work and lots of it...

* Snowstorm bringing a world of white...

* Snowstorm bringing hidden images in trees...

* Snowstorm bringing the noisy plow...

* Snowstorm bringing fresh, crisp air...

* Snowstorm bringing peanut butter toast and hot cocoa... (John tossed that one in here; I had absolutely nothing to do with it.)

Thanks for the compliments on the header. I'm sure that a lot of my blogging friends are cringing because they are experts and they can see that I'm just a pretender, but a gal's gotta start somewhere. As you can see from the hidden images in trees above, I've become a bit woods queer. Apparently, I have too, too, too much time on my hands.

Hopefully, I'll get some organizing accomplished today or some sewing or something besides giving John new glasses on Photoshop. Ha!

Enjoy your Wednesday...

Monday, January 26, 2009

Vanity, Thy Name Is...

Either one or both of the two Yahoos that live at the Haven that's who...

This all began when I asked my beloved to take a picture of my new haircut so that I could share. Because that's just what I'm all about — sharing.

This meant a bit of a camera lesson for him as we repeated an earlier lesson from way long time ago. So I demonstrated by taking a photo of him seated in the wicker chair where he is wont to sit of an evening watching me putter about at the computer. It's kind of dark here in the evening, but here it is...

Nice picture...thing is, I showed him all about my amazing skills as a plastic surgeon via my Photoshop program. So he wound up looking like this...

He rather likes it.

Ah, now it's my turn...

Oh, ackkk! Where's that knife?!

There! Nothing that some serious cropping and photoshopping can't fix. Wait, do I look puffy to you?

I should have stopped with The Carpenter's first photos of me...

Blurry, but wonderfully so. ;>

Have a great Monday!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Promise

(Imagine a rocky mountaintop.)

I will go before you and will level the mountains... Isaiah 45:2 a

A promise for whatever mountain you may be facing today — financial, family issues, health concerns, spiritual...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wherein this Blogger Finally Comes Through

It dawns on me that I don't often keep my promises on this blog. I say that I will get back to you on this or that and I don't. There are two such promises that come to mind, one in recent days and one from over a year ago. Allow me to set this right, okay?

Here's the first...

This was my attempt to create a nine-inch "beachball" for my grandsons with some leftover scraps from those dozen or so aprons I made as Christmas gifts. Neither of my grands has ever paid any attention to this ball. It sits untouched and has now become an experiment to see how long it will take. At this rate, they'll be 21 and 20 before they notice. I found the directions right here at The Purl Bee. I'll let you know when they notice...yeah, right, sure I will! ;>

And this is the one from away back in October of 2007...

At that time, I had purchased a Butter Bell for my sister's birthday (a green one, I think) and I said that I'd let you know what I thought of the butter keeping system having first seen these featured on the Martha Stewart program. Probably the most pertinent thing that I can tell you is that I have since purchased an additional four. The white one above is my own and I love it because butter must be fresh and when one is dieting and doesn't get more than a smidge, a stick of butter hangs around for a long time. A butter bell keeps the butter fresh (soft, too) for all that span — even in summer!

You can read more about Butter Bells right *here.* (I see that they are having some great savings on Christmas items.) Be sure to check out some of their recipes, too. Now why didn't I purchase that beautiful yellow one? Perhaps I need another... (photo used by permission)

There, I feel better about keeping my promises already...thanks!

(My cold is better, too. I swear by that Airborne and hydrogen peroxide in the ears. Thank you so much for all your good wishes.)

Create a great day!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My Cold Arsenal

Yup, the dreaded common cold strikes again. Ugh. What am I doing with the hydrogen peroxide? *Pouring it in my ears.*

See you on the other side of the scheduled outage...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Have you seen me experimenting with backgrounds over the past few days? I think that I've settled on this one obviously from The Cutest Blog on the Block. They have hundreds of background designs and it's very easy to add one without stressing over codes, etc. Since I'm late to the party, you probably already know all that I'm sharing today.

Aunt Amelia told me about other wonderful backgrounds available at The Background Fairy. Using their backgrounds will also place a little advertising in the top left corner, but that's a small price for a free background. Aunt Amelia says that she changes her background all the time. I can see why it's tempting.

Some time ago, Dawn gave a tutorial on how to change backgrounds on your own (without having any advertising) right *here.* She included some very attractive backgrounds to use as well.

Also, I've been playing with banners at Big Huge Labs Blog Header program where one can easily upload a picture and it will create a header automatically. That was a bit of fun and now when you see it, you'll know where I did it. This is one that I made there without all the finishing touches. I added the title with my own Photoshop program. (I don't like the color match and will be redoing it.)

It's been great fun playing with blogkeeping; now I'm moving on to higher ground...housekeeping. So why am I feeling sad about that?
Enjoy your Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Let's Get Political

February 12, 2023

January 31, 2023

November 22, 2022

November 5, 2022

October 14, 2022

Thank you, Tucker. I agree. 

August 13, 2022

"People like us, you and me, raised in the understanding that we are free, that we have inalienable rights, and that the institutions of this country have our best interests at heart, will tend to tie ourselves in knots rather than contemplate the idea those authorities might actually be working against us now. I took that thought of benevolent, well-meaning authority for granted for most of my life, God help me. Not to put too fine a point on it, I was as gullible as the next chump...

It is hard to think the unthinkable. It’s hard to think that all of it, all the misery, all the suffering of the past and to come might just be about money, greed and power. It is hard to tell yourself you’ve been taken for a fool and taken for a ride. It’s hard, but the view from the other side is worth the effort and the pain. Open your eyes and see." ~Neil Oliver

Source: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/blog/2022/08/13/neil-oliver-think-the-unthinkable-and-accept-that-is-the-better-reference-point/

June 30, 2022 June 18, 2022 Smart College Student...

May 29, 2022

Lady calls out the Hollywood Pukes and Stephen King for Political Virtue Signaling as we grieve for the precious lives lost in Uvalde massacre..

April 30, 2022

March 27, 2022

March 15, 2022

Ivermectin Works!

The FDA lied to you. The CDC lied to you. The corporate media lied to you. Big Pharma lied to you. Your doctor lied to you.

At this point in recent history, we all don’t really need more reasons to despise the corporate media and the federal government’s public health establishment but we have one more reason nonetheless: Ivermectin is an effective treatment for the COVID virus.

This is a reminder that the CDC and the FDA ( and Fauci and Birx and Collins and all the rest of them) suppressed and banned Ivermectin in order to force the America people into taking deadly mRNA vaccines that don’t stop COVID but do change your DNA.

Almost the entire American medical community bent the knee to the CDC and the FDA too — which means that they failed to protect their sick patients from treatments that don’t work (COVID vaccines, Remdesivir) and failed to give them treatments that do work. Our doctors waited to treat sick patients until COVID was well advanced, and then hooked them up to useless ventilators and useless drugs until they died — because our doctors and our hospitals were incentivized by the U.S. federal government to do so.


January 17, 2022

November 14, 2021

August 26, 2021

Fascinating! I'm going to think twice about flu vaccines for sure. 


February 4, 2021

"I am a member of the world population, a world population that observes from some distance and, as a member of this world population, these are the options: 
I can continue cutting the branch I am sitting on...the branch on which others are sitting with me.
I can continue with the mask madness, the creation of panic, the madness of the vaccines and pseudo-solidarity or I can take a different path.

I can take the path of the joy of life.
I can take the path to activate my healthy self.
I can take the path to be loving, loving with myself and with others.
I can take the path of being truthful, being honest and building a real community.

Everyone has a choice.
Everyone can ask the question
Whose side am I on? "

~Professor Franz Ruppert

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:7-10

January 4, 2021



Jon Voight (@jonvoight) Tweeted: America https://t.co/3EDdW4mpCc


November 29, 2020

"The media in your state is utterly corrupt." Tucker Carlson

November 28, 2020

November 18, 2020

So much to fret over if I were a fretting kind of person. Who am I kidding? I am definitely one of those. 

This is how Congressman Jim Jordan stated it on the 16th. Doubtful that things have improved in the two days since.

"Today your freedom: -To go to church -To go to work -To go to school -To have friends in your home -To leave your home -To dance at your daughter’s wedding -To celebrate Christmas and Thanksgiving 

is being taken away < by > government.

November 16, 2020

The Conservative Treehouse is a site where I have read and commented for the past six plus years. It is the reason I have a Wordpress account. When Wordpress kicks the Treehouse off their platform, I will be deleting my Wordpress account. I don't know what this means for my Wordpress blogging friends, but thought I should give a head's up. This may mean goodbye. 😢

November 8, 2020

October 28, 2020

October 25, 2020

Love her! 

October 14, 2020

How interesting! And scary...

July 28, 2020

AG Barr: “What makes me concerned for the country is, the first time in my memory, that the leaders of one of our great two political parties, the Democratic party, are not coming out and condemning mob violence and the attack on federal courts.”

July 5, 2020

<Imagine a video showing fireworks blasting off all over the city. The video has been removed like so many videos of late.>

Fireworks blasted all around my small hometown last evening until well after midnight. I sent a text message to my sister with a small video of the blasts. She responded, "Same here. Isn't it wonderful?"

Yes, indeed it was. 

This video from California blessed me. I sensed that "where the Spirit of The Lord is, there is Liberty." Patriots have often been silent, but not last night. 

June 24, 2020

Excellent interview with Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

When asked what can be done about the rioters and unrest, Dr. Carson says this:

You may be a little surprised at my answer. The answer lies in each one of us. Those of us who actually love this country, love the freedoms that we have, wanna pass them on to our children, are gonna have to stop being quiet...you've got to be brave and stand up for what you believe in; otherwise, it will be taken away from you. 

June 14, 2020

Oh, yes, I'm terribly impressed with Maine's governor....NOT

June 12, 2020

June 6, 2020
May 20, 2020

*A moving tribute to Ravi Zacharias by Kaleigh McEnany.*

At one point, with tears in her eyes, Kayleigh says something like we don't have to grieve because we are Christians. 

If I were able to add a gentle admonition, I would say that The Word does not tell us not to grieve, it's just that Christians grieve differently. Our experience on earth is, after all, much different from Ravi Zacharias's in Glory. 

Comfort to all who are grieving this great man's passing... The Lord is very near. 

ETA March 1, 2021: I considered removing this paragraph and then realized what a cowardly thing that would be. Instead, I am sharing a link to the blog post where Brenda at Coffee Tea Books and Me expresses her views on what has turned out to be a huge fall from grace. My hope is that, though there seemed not to be time for RZ to make public amends, that there was time to talk it over with God. 

You'll find the link *here.*

March 25, 2020

A little fun! Some people are so clever! 

March 20, 2020

updated daily

February 4, 2020


November 4, 2019

Emotional, raw truth. It may make you weep.


May 26, 2019

A Day of Prayer is Called for June 2, 2019


March 25, 2019

Kellyanne Conway Speaks With Media

I love this gal! She can be pleasant and snarky at the same time and she doesn't allow the media to push her around. (I am not a fan of most media. They are truly embarrassing. Not many real journalists left. The genuine ones make a very short list.)

February 14, 2019

January 27, 2019

New York Celebrated...

There is much to be concerned about in the past week's events. Yet nothing compares to what New York legislators did with Governor Cuomo at the helm. Unbelievable and frightening. I much appreciated what *this doctor had to say:*    

November 11, 2018

Used by Permission

October 20, 2018

Yes, it did make me cry...

San Francisco: Now so bad, it’ll make you cry: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/10/san_francisco_now_so_bad_itll_make_you_cry.html

October 8, 2018

The Creepy Line: https://youtu.be/HqlDtjnwyPA

July 14, 2017

Great Interview with President Trump from Pat Robertson of CBN. Pat may be elderly, but he is a sharp cookie and he knows what's going on. Further, he actually allowed President Trump to answer, which allowed me to learn many new things I'd never learn from the Fake News Outlets.

July 4, 2017

June 16, 2017

This has been a difficult week in the political sphere. The tone of political discourse has become totally foul and ugly and I blame many on the left for it. The problem seems to be that we can't courteously disagree. I am in complete agreement with the following quotes from Mark Steyn and I have provided the video sources from which they come. I double dog dare you to listen.

If you don't want to have the debate, you're the fascist; if you're wearing a mask and beating up people at a book launch, you're the fascist; if you're sending a female professor to hospital, you're the fascist. ~Mark Steyn

Right, and if you're shooting Republican senators at a baseball practice or cheering about it, you're the fascist. If you are pretending to stab the President or decapitate him, YOU are the fascist. (Sorry, I know the word should be capitalized, but I refuse to do it.)

We don't actually need unity; we need robust, civilized disunity. 

~Mark Steyn

Now wouldn't that make the best sense of all? Imagine...robust and civilized. We can all heed this good advice. 

June 8, 2017

Used by Permission

May 2, 2017

March 1, 2017

from last night's speech to a joint session of Congress:

My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America.
~President Trump

And a hearty amen to that. Finally, finally, finally, a president who knows his job.

February 5, 2017

Time for some levity...

Click to enlarge...her facial expressions are priceless. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha...

January 30, 2017

Something very fishy going on here...


January 25, 2017

When it comes to public safety, there is no place for politics...we want safe communities for everyone...I will be a President for everyone.

~President Donald Trump
speech to Homeland Security
January 25, 2017

January 19, 2017

November 11, 2016

Three days after the election and progress has already begun. I'm not here to educate anybody so Duckduckgo.com it for yourselves. ☺

Oh the pearl clutching. Oh the hand wringing. Oh the wailing and the tears. I have backed out of so many blogs in recent weeks without commenting. I took note. I frowned. I smiled. I decided not to go there

I thought that I would post my little comments  on the front page, but have since decided against it. My commentary may be perceived as contentious so I'll backpage it. No, I pay little attention to the cute little graphics concerning how I should behave post election. 
Good grief! 
The very nerve! 

So I am thrilled with the election. Thought it would be even bigger actually, but corruption runs deep and that is why you saw so much dismay on those journalists' media types' faces. They could not believe that the vote overwhelmed the plan/cheating/corruption. (A lot of Clinton supporters just don't want to hear all that she's been up to. You know, the nausea-inducing things we learned a week ago. Remember: Duckduckgo is your friend. And she won the popular vote? Go try to get some fool to believe that. Both houses were won  and she has the popular vote? I don't think so. And all those protestors? Democrats wonder why they lost? Here's a clue: We are sick of this kind of behavior. Sick of it. Enough is enough.) This win was God at work. It's not their loss; it's not our win; it's God.

I was in Trump's camp from about week two of his campaign. John was much more reserved. It took him another week. A week of not being on the same team was not pleasant. Finally, I said in total exasperation, "Listen, listen, listen to the man. Listen to what he is saying and he's the only one saying it and he sounds just like you."  Well not exactly just like John, but very close if John had been a more profane man.

A lot of people in my family had plenty to say about Trump's language. The same ones who have a pretty fair potty mouth of their own, but they were pointing fingers. I'd rather have someone who says it when he has a mouthful than some mamby-pamby pukey pc person.

So see? I really have been showing great restraint! I have dropped a hint or two, but restraint was the order of the day. I didn't feel that Trump needed my help as I had felt last time with that mealy Mitt. (What a huge disappointment he turned out to be.) Further, I didn't want to jinx the momentum. 

And I get royally annoyed by those who want to pussyfoot around and say how flawed and rotten Trump is. Really? Really?! He came along when this country needed him the most. The most. Does anyone really think he needed the job? Come on now! He risked his life, put his family on the line, spent his own money, worked like a dog, connected with the people, was not politically correct (thanks be to God because political correctness is killing us). He took a lot of hits; he gave a lot of hits; he knew that he was supposed to do this and he knew that he was the only one who could. I fully expect that with the help of God, he is going to right this ship. If not, the country is heading for the rocks and, as the United States goes, so goes the world.  I was not voting for Pastor in Chief. Definitely not. I remember Jimmy Carter all too well. Those years were rough ones and the past eight have been even more rough and have cost me a lot, including my husband. So, yes, I am feeling pretty passionate about this.  

Godspeed to President-elect Trump. He has my continued support; he has my attention; he has my ongoing prayers.

November 10, 2016

Sorry, I still feel like dancing...

September 1, 2016

To all the politicians, donors and special interests, hear these words from me today: there is only one core issue in the immigration debate and it is this: the well-being of the American people. Nothing even comes a close second. ~ Donald Trump 

in Phoenix, Arizona on August 31, 2016

May 5, 2016

As more folks find this place, I thought it would be interesting to share a post from 2010 that illustrates my evolution from being on the front page to now when I keep things on a back page. I do this so no one feels compelled to comment. (Comments are not allowed here.) We have been through (and still are in) a period of time when many are quite certain that punishment has been doled out to those who speak up in a political way.

I am, by nature, a political gal. I enjoy the discussion and I like to keep up with what goes on. If we visited in person, you'd know that quite quickly. So"Let's Get Political" is my way of not being too forceful on the average reader. For some crazy reason, I have attracted a lot of liberal leaning readers whom I love, but with whom I do not agree. Consider this page my attempt to be true to who I am.

May 4, 2016

My! I have been showing great restraint. ☺
*A Thoughtful Discussion between Huckabee and Hannity* on the state of affairs after Indiana. My sentiments nearly exactly expressed clearly in nine brief minutes.

May 3, 2015

On Baltimore

November 1, 2014

Blog: Kaci Hickox: Ebola's Sandra Fluke

May 9, 2014

Tom Cotton Discusses Benghazi

October 17, 2013

Letter to National Park Service from Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina

August 16, 2013

More Mayberry and Less Fallujah video

May 15, 2013

Really? Trespassers at Boston's Water Supply? Seven? From Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore? After midnight?  What could possibly go wrong?!

May 11, 2013

The Benghazi Lie by Mark Steyn

March 18, 2013

Fascinating Classroom Experiment

ETA: 2019-01-27 This video has been removed since last time I saw it. Ever notice how many suspensions of videos and Twitter accounts there have been? I have. Shocking!

February 28, 2013

Thank you, Mr. Woodward: Woodward is Warned


November 10, 2012

We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it.~Patrick Henry

So you have found IT again. Yes, this is the repository for my thoughts through the coming four years: 2013–2017. My thoughts will be placed here in this one post with a date. The ticker of the national debt will continue to fire off at the bottom. Newer posts will be at the top. If you want to comment about anything you see here, feel free to email me as comments here are closed.

Often, one can settle down after an election when realizing that, while things may not be to one's liking, everything will level out. Not this time. This time there has been a decided shift and if you are a reader of persons, you know this well. You, too, can hear and see it in "the tone." Be wary, pay close attention, and stay well.

National Debt Ticker

Monday, January 19, 2009

I Have a Dream

A decade ago, I was teaching at a small community college. One of the courses I taught was the dreaded public speaking course. I believe that it is still true that the number one fear of Americans today is having to speak before an audience. This means that death would be preferable. ;>

A few weeks into the course, I would ask my students to select a favorite speech and simply read it to the class. Inevitably, a student would select Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech first delivered in August of 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The power of words! One can not read or hear this speech, even today, and not feel a tingle go up the spine.

Even though we've come a long way since then, we have yet further to go. Tomorrow, President-elect Obama will become our 44th President. It will be a day to remember. I think that Martin Luther King, Jr. would be pleased.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of Now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro's legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. Nineteen sixty-three is not an end, but a beginning. And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.

We cannot walk alone.

And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.

We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream."

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."

This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.

With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:

My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.

Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,

From every mountainside, let freedom ring!

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.

Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.

Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.

Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.

Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.

But not only that:

Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.

Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.

Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:

Free at last! Free at last!

Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!


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