Those of you who have been here before will notice that I've changed my blog template and header image for the second time in 2010. Hopefully, you will like it. I took this header photo of petroglyphs near Steens Mountain in Harney County, Oregon, and have had it in mind for my blog for quite awhile. With Blogger's new template designs to play with a change is now easier and the results are much more rewarding than in the past. With this switch I don't expect I'll change the look of Writerquake for some time to come. I'm quite at peace with it.
During the past week I've posted two photos taken by my uncle, James H. Swearingen, and mentioned that I would have a Fourth of July post via a clip from his tapes of lifetime memories of his mother and father that he made when he was an old man in 1982. His memory had not dimmed with age, nor had his oration skills weakened, and what he left for his family after his death three years later is a demonstrable act of family love and legacy. This Fourth of July post is the second clip of Uncle Jim's I've featured and if you are interested in hearing the first one click here. There you can also read how my husband and I remastered Jim's tapes onto four discs and reproduced for family members.
With thanks to my husband for figuring out how to force our software to work within the confines of this aging (and increasingly temperamental) computer, I wish him a Happy Fourth over a well-deserved three-day weekend. Happy Fourth of July to all of you in the U.S. Have a safe and happy holiday. I hope my readers in other countries will find this recorded memory interesting and festive as well.
This memory runs 4:05
My uncle's memories of his boyhood Fourth of July fireworks. James H. Swearingen, Jr. was born in Kansas City, MO in 1901, and the family moved to a property outside the city (mentioned at the end of the tape) in 1909 -- which places these memories in the first decade of the 20th Century.