A Message From Jeny:

Hello Friends,

Happy 4th of July!

I LOVED the 4th of July when I was a kid.

Lighting off smoke bombs and watching black snakes ooze out of small black pellets. I loved the fountain displays and sparklers, watermelons craved into baskets, BBQ’s and cheeseburgers and lemonade!

The 4th was always a block party and the only negative thing that came out was a few sparkler burns from flying fire and a stomach ache from eating too much. As I got older, going to huge fireworks shows and seeing marvelous colors dance like diamonds across the sky, was such a highlight. Being with friends and just happy and blessed to live in the USA.

Finally, as we had our children and watched them grow, the 4th of July always felt like the day of respite. We played games, ate, drank and everyone tried to outdo the other in the firework presentations. When family and friends got together and just enjoyed hanging out, without worrying about work for the day.

Yes, I’m really looking forward to our Independence Day and feel very fortunate to live in such a beautiful country, where I hope we can all put things aside and have one day where we are united patriots together and feel the blessings of living in this great nation!

Cheers!

 

GREEK SPOTLIGHT:

Hades

God of the Underworld, the Dead, and Riches

Ah, Hades, the dark one, the devil, Mr. Death himself. Well, no. Actually, Hades gets a pretty bad rap. Yes, he is the god of the Underworld and likes to chill there rather than on Mount Olympus, but that’s just because he’s an introvert.

When Zeus came into power he, Poseidon and Hades drew lots to see who would rule Heaven and Earth, the Sea’s and the Underworld. You guessed it Hades drew the short straw. Officially, his job description is to make sure the dead don’t leave and places guards, not least of which is his beloved three-headed dog Cerberus, to ensure they don’t.

He isn’t even death…that’s Thanatos. Hades was a pretty quiet dude and his biggest crime was falling in love with the beautiful goddess Persephone. Instead of courting her and getting permission to marry from her daddy Zeus or devoted mother Demeter, Hades thought he’d just steal her and bring her to the Underworld to chill with the dead. Of course this didn’t go over well but eventually, Persephone came to love Hades.

Since the Underworld was so deep, it housed many ores and minerals of which Hades also ruled over. So, though his crib was dank and a little macabre. It was also one of the richest areas of real estate.

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