I hope all my readers are enjoying America's birthday celebration today.
A year ago this time I was working on Three Weeks with the Coasties, a novel based on my service during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery.
It was also the most depressing Independence Day I've ever spent. You can read about it in Chapter 8.
My purpose in mentioning it isn't just to push my book (but what do you expect from an author's blog?) but instead to remind people that holidays of all sorts generally wear two aspects.
If they're happy and fun, treasure that, and think to back to times that weren't as good. Never take it for granted.
If it's miserable, remind yourself that there are others ahead that can be the best you've ever had.
Basically, create in yourself a sense of gratitude for what you have - especially the freedoms we treasure.
And then buy my book!