#LongandShortReviews Blogging Challenge 5.6.2020

Goodness! How is it Wednesday already??


You’d think that was a no-brainer because I writer romance books and what’s the one day of the year devoted solely to romance, but Valentine’s Day?

You would be wrong.

Well, then you might think the happiest holiday of the year, Christmas, would be my favorite. All the presents, the joy, the family get togethers.

Wrong again.

Easter? GroundHog day? Thanksgiving?

Nope, nope and nope.

My favorite holiday of the year isn’t a publicly celebrated one, but believe it or not, it’s FLAG DAY.

I can see your mouths all drop open as you read that! hee hee.

Let me ‘esplain.

When I was a kid in grade school 175 years ago, we were taught about Flag Day and its significance for our country. Serendipity is a real thing, because the night after we studied Flag Day in school I happened to be watching the Red Skelton show on tv ( yes, I am that old!) and he did his famous rendition of what the Pledge of Allegiance really means. If you’ve never seen it, you can click on here and the marvels of You-Tube will play it for you.

From that day to this I never miss commemorating this wonderful day.

I’ve always known and believed America was a great county – I didn’t need anyone to tell me to make America great again because it always has been.

I am honored to live in a country that, even though it has many, many heart wrenching problems and issues like poverty, racism, and insane,  illegitimately elected political leaders, we were founded on the concept of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, which every human being should consider natural rights.

I can imagine some people will roll their eyes at this, or feel the need to write a scathing comment. Go ahead. You prove my point because you have the freedom to disagree with me and the right to say so publicly.

Now, let’s see what some of the other writers in the blog challenge consider their favorite holiday: L&SR

And I would be remiss if I didn’t remind you of my upcoming 5.20.2020 release and preorder sale: Hee hee

VANILLA WITH A TWIST releases this month ( the day after my birthday, in fact) and if you preorder it now thru Amazon, it’s just #99cents.

Tandy Blakemore spends her days running her New England ice cream parlor, single-parenting her teenage son, and trying to keep her head above financial water. No easy feat when the shop’s machinery is aging and her son is thinking about college. Tandy hasn’t had a day off in a decade and wonders if she’ll ever be able to live a worry-free life.

Engineer Deacon Withers is on an enforced vacation in the tiny seaside town of Beacher’s Cove. Overworked, stressed, and lonely, he walks into Tandy’s shop for a midday ice cream cone and gets embroiled in helping her fix a broken piece of equipment.

Can the budding friendship that follows lead to something everlasting?

Get your copy here:

Amazon // Nook // itunes-apple books //

Until next week, kids ~ Peg



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17 responses to “#LongandShortReviews Blogging Challenge 5.6.2020

  1. I absolutely love this post. And I am marking June 14 on my calendar right now. Thanks for a great reminder.


  2. lydiaschoch

    What a unique answer. Good for you. 🙂

    My post.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. rachellepaigecampbell

    Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Yanno, I have yet to forget the preamble to the constitution because we had to learn it for school (and schoolhouse rock helped). Reading your post reminded me of that. Thanks! Good answer. 🙂

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  5. Karen Hulene Bartell

    Hah – a friend of ours bought a company that sells flags. She insisted the date be June 14th 😀

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  6. Patrick Prescott

    Red Skelton’s was before they added “under god” to it. He did an amazing job of it. I remember him growing up. He always funny and clean.


  7. The pledge of allegiance was written by a minister who was a pro-union activist. His friend owned a flag company, and complained that after the Civil War, folks weren’t buying flags like they used to. So in 1892, 400 years after “Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue”, he wrote the pledge It quickly became popular, and civic meetings and schools adopted it as a requirement to start proceedings. His friend sold LOTS of flags. Quintessentially American story,right? BTW, the words “under God” were added during the McCarthy era in the 1950’s, when they wanted to prove we weren’t a country of “Godless Communists.”


  8. I loved that Red Skelton rendition. Still have it on the desktop of my computer. Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine. https://www.tenastetler.com/lsrs-wednesdays-blog-challenge-favorite-holiday-of-the-year-and-why/


  9. Michael Mock

    Lovely choice. I have, perhaps, a slightly more jaundiced view of what our country was founded on, but I do feel that we at least attempt to live up to those ideals. My response is here.


  10. dixiejackson

    Love, love, love this! I always try to do a post on Flag Day because so many people don’t even know it exists or what it is for. Thank you!


  11. Thanks for that education, Peggy. I had no idea what flag day was (I’m Australian) so this was great to learn.


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