Royal Prince Has A Name!

In just two days, the royal prince has a name: Prince George Alexander Louis.

Read all about it:

http://www.today.com/news/meet-prince-george-royal-baby-gets-name-6C10729858#news/meet-prince-George-royal-baby-gets-name-6C10729858

Royal Prince has arrived!

The long awaited birth of the royal baby is finally over. His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge, as he is now officially called, has arrived. A rep for the palace said that Duchess Kate will be spending the night in the hospital. Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were thrilled and excited at becoming grandparents. Queen Elizabeth had originally hoped the baby would come soon before she goes on holiday (on vacation, as we Americans say it).

By tradition, we won’t know the baby’s official name until days or probably even weeks later.

George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty in Murder Trial

After deliberating for more than 15 hours, the 6-woman mostly white jury found George Zimmerman not guilty of all charges. Their options included: manslaughter, second-degree murder, or not guilty.

After the verdict was read, Judge Debra Nelson told Zimmerman he was free to go. Reactions across the spectrum include Al Sharpton calling the verdict an “atrocity” while Ann Coulter tweeted, Hallelujah. The verdict also sparked protests across the nation from California to the East Coast.

Zimmerman had maintained his self-defense stance throughout the trial.

Smashwords Summer Sale! July only!

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Smashwords has kicked off their annual Summer/Winter Sale this month. For the month of July only, you can get my books on Smashwords half-off. The promotion doesn’t apply to retailers; Smashwords.com only.

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Monsoon Season is Here!

Monsoon season is here in southern Arizona. Today it rained for two straight hours. Yesterday, it rained a little. The weather reports have us between 10% – 40% chance of rain this week. Hopefully, it’ll last.

In other news…

Get your summer reading deals this month at Smashwords, July only. For twitter, the hashtag is #smashwords.

Three Favorite Movies To See Today

If you’re in the mood to see movies celebrating our independence, here are three I recommend:

1) The Patriot

A reluctant hero joins the fight with the French against the British.

 

2) Johnny Tremaine

A blacksmith’s apprentice joins the Sons of Liberty to fight in the Revolution.

 

3) Independence Day

The world unites to fight aliens threatening Earth.

 

There are probably more, but these are three I love most.

 

Happy Independence Day!

237 years ago, our founding fathers signed a declaration to the King of England stating that they were fed up with the way the colonists were being treated and so declared their independence from England. The king wasn’t too happy because the colonists provided tax money to England so they could fight the war with France. Without that money, England couldn’t pay its soldiers and officers. Determined to keep the colonies under England’s control, the king sent armies over to America. The colonists united and fought a long hard battle which resulted in England’s surrender and the birth of a nation.

Fun facts about the Fourth:

– There were actually fourteen presidents before George Washington. The Articles of Confederation allowed one president per year. George Washington was elected president under the new Constitution.

– Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776.

– The Liberty Bell rang on that day, to summon the citizens together for the first official reading of the Declaration by Colonel John Nixon.

– June 14th, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the flag with thirteen stripes, with thirteen stars to represent a new constellation.

– The first White House Independence Day celebration happened in 1804.

– Both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on Independence Day, 1826, within hours of each other.

– 56 signed the Declaration, but not all at once. 50 signed it on August 2nd, 1776. The last one to sign was Thomas McKean in 1777.

– In 1941, the White House officially made Independence Day a federal holiday.

– Massachusetts was the first state to make Independence Day a state holiday in 1781.

– John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress at the time, was the only one to sign the Declaration on July 4, 1776.

– Thomas Jefferson was selected by a Committee of Five to author the Declaration.

– Benjamin Franklin was the only one to sign both the Declaration and Constitution.

You can find more fun facts and trivia around the web. Make up fun questions and quiz your friends and family on their knowledge of the history of our great nation.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day!