OF PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS - Mend Thine Every Flaw

(07/25/2014)

By Tony Russell
taorivertony@gmail.com

The naturalization ceremony at Monticello each 4th of July, where people who have come to the U.S. from all over the world stand and take the oath of citizenship, is a stirring event. Bob thought it would be a feel-good story for these troubled times, and sent me to do a feature this year. “Be sure and get some interviews,” he reminded me as I was heading out the door. “First-hand accounts are what make history come alive.”

“Sure thing, Chief,” I told him. “Patriotic music, a celebration of democracy in action, and heartwarming stories. I could write this in my sleep.”

“Ah, so that’s why your stories usually sound the way they do,” he said.

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