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welcoming Dr. Zudans to the Center for Advanced Eye Care team! Val Zudans, M.D. is Board Certified by the Val Zudans, M.D. is Board Certified by the AMERICAN OF OPHTHALMOLOGY AMERICAN BOARDBOARD OF OPHTHALMOLOGY. Dr. Zudans completed his ophthalmology residency at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Mi-

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In Memory of

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Ronald Yeaw America mourns the loss of Navy SEAL Captain (R) Ronald E. Yeaw who passed away June 21, 2021. During his 30 years of service in the Navy, he completed three operational platoon combat tours to the Republic of Vietnam with SEAL Team TWO. He filled such positions as Chief of Staff of the Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, NC, and Commanding Officer of both Underwater Demolition Team TWENTY-ONE and SEAL Team SIX, the world’s premier commando force. A few years ago I was privileged to have the opportunity to interview him. Though he said otherwise, he is truly an American hero. Here are excerpts from that interview. –Rhett Palmer


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t’s my honor to welcome you, Navy SEAL Ron Yeaw. What was your official title? After 30 years you go all the way from Assistant Platoon Commander to Commanding Officer of a team.

we were in Vietnam, whether we should have been there or not been there. I was an Economics major in college, and I knew a lot about communism and socialism, and I believed in the domino Is SEAL training as daunting as theory which was prevalent in the they say it is? I recently heard that early ‘60s: communists taking there were 278 guys who came in over countries. The first time I to become SEALs but only four went to Vietnam was to prevent graduated? The normal attrition rate is the growth of communism into between 75% and 80%. I was in Class 37 out of South Vietnam. Second time I went Little Creek, Virginia in 1966, and we started with to Vietnam was because I had to 48 trainees and graduated 13. It’s 85% mental. You don’t have to be the strongest runner or the pay back because of the grenade incident on the first tour. And the Lt Yeaw reviewing the day’s completed mission in the Delta, fastest swimmer. You just have to do what they enroute to base camp; September 1969 third time I went to Vietnam was tell you to do and not quit, bottom line. because it was career-enhancing. The SEALs didn’t go to Vietnam You were in authority in the SEALs, knowing whether we should have weren’t you? Towards the end I had command of SEAL Team SIX, which is the world’s been there or not been there; premier maritime counter-terrorist force. SEALs went to Vietnam because if you wear the name, you play the Wow! So at that point in time, yeah, you game. And if you’re going to be in could say I was a big deal. That was quite an the team, you can practice all day accomplishment to finish your career as the long and shoot at paper targets commander of that team. and mannequins, but the only way you know if you really belong is What would you say were the when those targets shoot back. So, highlights of your 30-year career? we did what we were trained to do, The first was probably 13 March 1968. I was go into combat, and that’s where on an operation in Vietnam, and I ended up on we thrived and we did very well. the wrong side of a Chinese communist hand LT Yeaw on patrol in the Rung Sat Special Zone, southeast of grenade which stitched me up, my entire left Saigon, September 1969” Who are your war heroes? side, and put me in a hospital for three months. Certainly George Patton. But at that point in time, in the 1960s, in Oh, my word. How many Purple SEAL Team TWO, if you didn’t have a Purple Why? He led from the front. He was Hearts? One. That’s the North Vietnamese Heart, two Bronze Stars, you really didn’t feel aggressive. He was successful. He pushed the Marksmanship Award, we call it. Just one, but like you were a part of the team. So, once I shed envelope and kept pressing forward. that’s my proudest one. blood for my country and received a Purple But others include the Superior Service MedHeart, then I really knew I belonged, and had two When I see guys like you, I go, “Wow, al, Navy Legion of Merit, five Navy and Defense more successful tours to Vietnam after that. I’m not even worthy of tying your Meritorious Service Medals, nine medals with a The second highlight was taking command shoelaces.” I don’t agree, I don’t see myself Combat V which indicate Valor in Combat which of Underwater Demolition Team TWENTY-ONE as an American hero; I see myself as a guy that I’m also proud of, including four Bronze Stars, as an 05, as their commander. And then the last, did what he really enjoyed doing, was really the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry; numerous taking command of SEAL Team SIX as an 06 good at what he was doing, was able to serve his Vietnamese campaign and service medals. Captain. Certainly, the highlight of any officer’s country. But the Purple Heart and the four Bronze career is when they’re commander of a team. Stars are my favorites, because I believe if you’re Now, how many medals and ribbons going to wear the name, you play the game. If You wrote a blank check to the did you earn and what’s your you want to be a SEAL, you’ve got to go to comAmerican people saying all you have, favorite? Good question. I think it was 45 bat, and if you’re in combat you have to keep up to and possibly including your medals and ribbons. going as many times as you can. very life. Absolutely. I’m not here to say why CONTINUED NEXT PAGE

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ow many combat tours did you do? Three. The first one I was an Assistant Platoon Commander, spent from September of ‘67 to March of ‘68. On March 13, 1968, I came on the wrong side of a Chinese- Communist hand grenade and got med-evaced back to the States. Got back out of the hospital around the end of June ‘68, I immediately signed up for a second tour. Went back in most of 1969 as a Platoon Commander. Finished up that seven-month tour and got back to the States and then signed up to go back with a third tour. So I was very fortunate that I’m one of the few, if not the only, officer from SEAL Team TWO who was able to get three complete combat tours. How old were you when you joined the Navy? I went right from Officer Candidate School to Underwater Demolition Team SEAL training, so I was 23. You mentioned knowing your limitations earlier in our conversation. And one of the things you learn as a SEAL and I teach my men is that we had limitations. We were really good, but we could not do everything. So there’s a time to engage and then there’s a time to just close up and go home, and do it again tomorrow. Interview by Find the entire interview on our website,, back issues 88, 90 and 92. Or listen to Rhett Palmer Live Podcasts on your favorite podcast platform.

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St. Pete, Florida, is alive and bursting with abundant creation and thousands of plants and flowers I never knew existed! Sunken Gardens is St. Petersburg’s oldest living museum – a botanical paradise in the midst of the city. Sunken Gardens was created in the early 1900’s, long before my grandmother moved to Florida from Yonkers back in the 1960’s. A plumber purchased the four acres and drained a lake in the ancient sinkhole, leaving rich soil for his gardening. By the early 1930’s he was charging a nickel for tours. (At its deepest point, the sinkhole is 15 feet below street level!) The narrow pathways are a marvelous delight to the eye and scream the artistry of a power and intelligence greater than human. The paths wind through more than 50,000 tropical plants and flowers with lush gardens, waterfalls, and a flock of flamingos. Flowers whose colors are almost psychedelic in a wild variety of hues. Blossoms that look like lobster claws and little angels with faces. There’s a 100-year-old gator turtle and butterflies flitting by with gentle grace. (Did you know man has discovered 18,000 varieties of butterflies in the world thus far???!!!!) The lush vegetation is like a daytime fireworks display for the eyes. I’d never heard of Sunken Gardens. It is a lovely old-timey Florida treasure to discover, an oasis in a jungle of Florida sprawl. I’d recommend going early in the morning to beat the summer heat, though, and purchase a bottle of water to take with you. St. Petersburg is a three-hour drive from Vero. We stayed two nights in the downtown area near the Dalí Museum (which we reviewed in a previous issue and recommend!). Lots of little shops and restaurants to explore. We also had fun at a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game against the Orioles. Rays won. Bottom left inset: Rhett and Barbara, niece CeCe, husband Joel, sons Eli and Jonah Center: Red Lobster Claw Heliconia Rostrata Flower Top right facing page: Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

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by Doolin Dalton

I watched and loved everything as a kid. If I had to narrow it down it would probably be The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series. I had a proton pack, which was a toy despite what Spangler says in the live-action sequel, and a ghost trap.


I’m going to have to say Home Improvement. I always liked building things and working on cars, but just like Tim, I can be quite clumsy as well. My most memorable Christmas gift was a wooden box that folded open and had a bunch of tools in it. It was the first hammer that I hit my finger with and the first saw that I nicked myself with. I always loved the real bond that they shared as a family on the show and something that I genuinely loved as I was from a broken home. I really appreciated the memories of believing in what they portrayed as what could be real— a real home that was an improvement from the one I grew up in.

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Transformers! They were more than meets the eye! The tale of the epic struggle between good and evil… with robots!

MASH. It had everything: comedy, drama, and action. Plus, I have happy memories of watching it with my mother.



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When I was young, I loved watching Rainbow Brite, but when I got older I watched a lot of Adventure Time. Heroic adventures, outstanding morals, and creativity.

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Some of my earliest memories was watching Cheers with my parents. I’d sit and watch with them and laughed when they laughed. I had no idea what I was laughing at; I just knew that it was time to laugh!


SpongeBob was my favorite show as a kid, and I’ve always thought the humor was so clever. Aside from the jokes, I loved the absolutely random moments that get thrown in there just for the laughs. It’s one of the only shows I will rewatch these days for entertainment value. It always brings me joy to quote SpongeBob with friends, or even strangers. The unique humor will always be a big part of me.

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Walker, Texas Ranger! I grew up watching every episode with my dad on Saturday nights, and have been a huge Chuck Norris fan since I can remember.

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I loved watching anything with dogs. Courage the Cowardly Dog taught me bravery because despite his fears he could save anyone. Scooby-Doo showed me that monsters or scary things aren’t what they seem to be or that sometimes people aren’t always who they make themselves out to be—and of course Shaggy made me appreciate the importance of a good sandwich!

-Alyssa Bronson,

That’s harder to answer than it should be. There were so many in the 90’s that I loved. How can I pick from Mr. Show, The Tick, The Simpsons, and The X-Files? I’m going with Seinfeld because I still quote it to this day.


Oh man, for me it had to be the Saturday morning X-Men cartoon series. I was so into comic books when that show came out and was hyped every Saturday morning when it came on. That theme song was epic!



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aybe it’s because I spent 25 years in the hotel business and have a passion for lodging, but there are some hotels that are destinations unto themselves. They may be situated in amazing locations where you can leave the hotel and explore the local area, enjoy the restaurants, history and activities, but there is nothing that gets me more excited than going to a hotel that is the focal point of the trip. There certainly are resorts both new and historic that fit this bill, but this month we explore destination hotels that take the concept to a whole other level. Some you would need to travel at least a day or so to arrive, and one is actually in our backyard – they are tropical or arctic – but they all share the same thing…they’re cool! Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort Have you ever wanted to stay in an igloo? You probably think that it would be uncomfortable, but you can think again if you head about 130 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Lapland, Finland. The resort centerpiece is a chalet with traditional restaurant and Finnish charm, but the coolest feature is its array of igloo accommodations. There are traditional igloos made of snow, and log cabins that have partial glass igloos (think greenhouse), but the coolest are the glass igloos. Imagine going to sleep while looking up and seeing the spectacular Northern Lights, then waking up to snow and forest all around while you are in your cozy bed the entire time. Hotel du Glace A brand new hotel every year! Brave the cold to stay in North America’s only ice hotel just 20 minutes north of Quebec City in the resort area of Vacance Valcartier. While Canada is still off limits, that will change soon enough and there are plans to build the 2022 hotel.

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It takes 30 workers and 15 sculptors six weeks a year to create the hotel each January. The beds are on ice, but surprisingly warm enough, and some of the more expensive rooms are spectacular with amazing ice sculptures. You’ll want to wear your long-johns when you sleep, and probably only want to spend one night, but how cool!!

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Hilton Conrad Rangali

Hilton Conrad Rangali Island Resort, Maldives In my opinion the Maldives have the best beaches on the planet, but that isn’t why you head to this resort. Indulge in luxury underwater in a two-level villa with a glass roof that sits 16 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean. There are several underwater rooms at resorts around the world, such as Atlantis Dubai, but this is your underwater glass igloo! Lie in bed and gaze during the day and night at the beautiful reef life. The others simply feature windows, and while cool, feel like you are observing an aquarium; at the Hilton Conrad you feel as if you are in the aquarium and the fish are looking at you! Want an underwater experience closer to home? You need head no further than Key Largo to Jules Undersea Lodge! The very first and ONLY truly underwater hotel is located just a few hours’ drive from Vero Beach. It is designated as the only true underwater hotel in the world because you need to scuba dive 30 feet under the water to get to the entrance chamber. While this hotel has only windows in Jules the two rooms, given the fact Undersea Lodge that you had to dive to get there you’ll feel submersed in the sea.

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Loire Valley Lodges Now that travel is open to France, experience life in a luxury tree house to escape the world. Without Wi-Fi or cell service, you are connected to the main resort via walkie-talkie. The lodges in the forest are a hike (or golf cart for those who don’t wish to hike) away and are exquisitely designed with wood and glass to give you the sense that you are one with nature. The pool is understated and the restaurant has a top chef cooking farm-to-table cuisine. And, you don’t ever have to leave your lodge; just have their room service - picnic baskets delivered each day. For a true getaway in the treetops to unwind post-pandemic, this is the place to relax, unwind, and enjoy. What makes this better? You are near the wonderful castles of the Loire Valley and can also explore this wonderful region of France.

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REVIEWS Mare of Easttown TV-MA Crime, Drama, Mystery Currently streaming on HBO by Chuck Cannon


had so many people recommend this to me with promises that I would love it that I almost passed on it. Too much hype usually disappoints. I would normally start out knowing I have to give it a few episodes to see if it grabs me or not. Kate Winslet and cast had me from the first scene. It’s meticulously crafted and the characters are so well developed you feel as though you’re watching your next door neighbor play a part in a TV show. It doesn’t scream Hollywood, which gives it such a real feel that you almost forget you’re watching a show and not a documentary. The plot was not exaggerated nor was it predictable. The scenes and characters around the blue-collar Pennsylvania town put me in a funk that I didn’t enjoy but allowed me to feel the characters’ emotions in an uncomfortable way. Some episodes I finished and was truly upset with the character or plot. The story is about a young woman who is murdered in a small Pennsylvania town. On the case is Detective Sergeant Mare Sheehan, a highly-skilled crime investigator. She has spent all of her life in Easttown and knows everybody in it, be it good or bad.

However, her life is dark and troubled, due largely to the recent death of her drug addict son. She is also dealing with her divorce and has her ex-husband and new wife living next door. She’s also raising her grandson because her widowed daughter-in-law is still completing rehab. Mare’s mother is living with her as well as a teenage daughter, who seems to be the most likeable levelheaded character to me. All this drama while trying to solve a local murder makes this a plateful of a story which is disturbingly enjoyable.

MARE OF EASTTOWN I love the show and give it 4 ½ stars out of 5

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Watermelon! Summertime’s Unofficial Mascot

The watermelon. As American as apple pie and the 4th of July – and good for you. It’s full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and contains niacin, thiamin, vitamin B6, zinc, and magnesium. And, it’s only 45 calories per cup of diced melon!

WATERMELON GAZPACHO This requires some prep work, but it’s worth the time. Serve at a brunch, light lunch, as an appetizer, or first course. INGREDIENTS 3 cups seedless watermelon 1 cup seedless watermelon, cubed into 1/2-inch pieces 2 tablespoons ​fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon lime ​zest 1 teaspoon salt, or more to taste 2 cloves minced garlic 1 cup ripe tomato, cubed into 1/2-inch pieces 1 cup seedless cucumber, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/2 cup sweet yellow or orange pepper, cubed into 1/2-inch pieces 3 tablespoons minced red onion 1 tablespoon balsamic or red-wine vinegar 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeno pepper, optional Freshly ground pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons minced cilantro, dill or parsley Pinch of sugar, to taste INSTRUCTIONS • Purée 3 cups watermelon and transfer to a large nonmetallic bowl. Add lime juice, lime zest, salt, garlic, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, red onion, vinegar, oil, fresh herbs of choice, sugar, and jalapeno if using. • Add 1 cup cubed watermelon. Mix well and chill until serving time. • Fill clear glasses with the gazpacho and garnish with a slice of lime and fresh herb sprig. Adapted from

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WATERMELON PALOMA A paloma is a tequila-based cocktail. The watermelon gives this Mexican cocktail a sweet colorful punch. This recipe is versatile – you can switch up the fruit juices and choice of alcohol. Or skip the alcohol and enjoy a Paloma Mocktail. INGREDIENTS 6 cups watermelon, diced (try mango instead) 1 cup orange juice (or grapefruit juice) 1 1/4 cups tequila (or vodka, gin, white rum) 1/3 cup lime juice (or lemon juice) 3/4 cup sparkling water Ice Lime wedges, watermelon and mint for garnish Salt to rim the glasses INSTRUCTIONS

• Add watermelon to a blender and pulse until smooth. Strain into a pitcher.

• Stir in orange juice, tequila, and lime juice. Add the ice.

• Rub a lime wedge over the edge of the

glasses and dip in salt to rim the edges.

• Fill 3/4 full and top with sparkling water. • Garnish with lime wedges, watermelon, or mint sprigs.



WATERMELON FROSÉ INGREDIENTS 1 bottle rosé wine, chilled* 4 cups seedless watermelon Juice of 4 limes 2 tablespoons sugar (optional) 2 tablespoons sweet mint, stems removed, for garnish Watermelon slices, for garnish

by Barbara Freund


• Cut watermelon into 1-inch cubes and freeze. • Blend half the wine and half the frozen watermelon cubes in a blender until smooth.

• Slowly add more frozen watermelon cubes and/or wine and blend to desired consistency.

• Add in lime juice and sugar if using. • Pour into a pretty glass and garnish with mint and watermelon slice.

*Note: Pinot Noir and Malbec rosé wines tend to be a beautiful pink color for this frosé, but select a wine you enjoy drinking on its own. Recipe courtesy Ashley, Tamsin & Heather, KW Luxury International


A refreshing change for summer, enjoy with tortilla chips, or spoon over grilled chicken or fish. INGREDIENTS 3 cups diced seedless watermelon 1 cup diced peeled cucumber 1/4 cup chopped red onion 1/4 cup minced jalapeño pepper, seeds removed 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt Tortilla chips, for serving INSTRUCTIONS

• In a large bowl, combine the watermelon*, cucumber, red onion, jalapeño pepper, fresh cilantro and fresh mint.

• In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, lime zest, lime juice, and salt. • Add the dressing to the large bowl and gently toss to coat. • Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. The salt will help draw out moisture from the watermelon and cucumber to add just the right amount of liquid.

• Serve immediately. • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. *Note: As you dice the watermelon, it will release liquid. To avoid a soupy salsa, allow the diced watermelon to drain in a colander before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.

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o you like to walk on the sidewalk? In most cases being on the sidewalk is the safest place. When it comes to the latest sidewalk being created by Amazon, however, being on the Amazon Sidewalk might not be the right move. Amazon Sidewalk, according to Amazon, is “a shared network that helps devices work better.” In reality it is a hijack of a portion of your Internet that is an opt-out versus an opt-in feature. What that means is your Ring, Echo, Smart Locks and Tile devices will link your home network, via the devices, to your neighbor’s network and your neighbor’s neighbor and so on. The idea is to create a massive network, using a portion of your bandwidth, to extend the range of your devices, to help you find a lost pet or item and potentially more. Amazon claims they have created high levels of security to protect your location and personal information. Yet they are opening development of new devices to other companies. Google Apps approved for android smartphones are regularly pulled after finding they have been placing malware on devices and tracking financial and other private information. Having

potential access to an entire neighborhood’s private WiFi, and all activity that happens inside and outside that home network is a frightening concept to those of us in the tech world who follow cyber security. pple AirTags do something similar, but Apple tends to care more about privacy and security than Amazon has proven to. It always comes down to convenience. What risks are you willing to take with your privacy? George Orwell’s “Big Brother is watching” idea he laid out in his seminal book 1984 is getting closer and closer with each Amazon Sidewalk, Apple AirTags, Echo, and Ring Device or smart device we install in our homes. Thankfully, for now, you can choose to turn Amazon Sidewalk off, or not install an Echo or Ring or other smart device at all. But if you do, make sure you change the default settings, use strong passwords and turn every security setting to the highest level of privacy you can. Since Amazon Sidewalk currently requires you to opt-out, follow these steps to disable it: For Alexa devices, open the Alexa app, select More in the bottom right corner, then go to Settings Account Settings – Amazon Sidewalk and turn it off. For Ring devices, go to Control Center – Amazon Sidewalk and select Disable. Since this is the first version of this new service, err on the side of caution and opt-out. Perhaps down the road it will be safer. WiFi networks and smart devices have been hacked before and they will be again. Ask yourself: Do I need whatever Sidewalk is supposed to give me, or is it more for Amazon to track all that’s going on in my neighborhood and within my devices? I know my answer.


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by Beth Walsh Stewart

the American Spirit Did you know?

• Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team as a sophomore.

• George Washington lost twothirds of his battles before winning the Revolutionary War. • Sam Walton, creator of Walmart, had to wait seven • Abraham Lincoln lost 9 elecyears before opening his sections, became a widower, sufond store to ensure financing. fered a nervous breakdown, and filed for bankruptcy twice before being elected President of the United States. • Oprah Winfrey was fired from her job as a news anchor and told she wasn’t fit for TV. • Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job for lack of ideas. • Steven King’s first novel was rejected 30 times.


• Garth Brooks was turned down by every music label in Nashville at least twice.


hese people personify vital messages about bringing your gift to the world. First of all, be tenacious. Employ the “never give up” attitude. Second, be patient. You can’t rush God’s timing. If you have a time frame in mind, make it flexible. The majority of a person’s life is spent “becoming” rather than “being”. Finally, if you don’t believe in yourself, it’s unlikely that others will. However, if you do believe in yourself, it doesn’t matter whether others do or not. July is the month we celebrate the American dream and the country that provides the opportunities to create the life of our dreams. God has blessed America! It’s time for America to bless God.

• Tom Brady, six-time Super re you tenacious? Sometimes that’s what it takes to be Bowl winning quarterback, successful. For many of us, we make an attempt but crumble wasn’t drafted until the 5th when we feel the sting of defeat. On a strong day, we may give round, meaning he was rejectit one more try, but then we fall back into that old self-talk ed by every NFL team at least that scolds and demoralizes. “You can’t pull it off.” “You’ll 4 times. never measure up.” “You’re not good enough.” • Steven Spielberg was turned Believe it or not, some of the most effective Americans throughdown by both UCLA and USC out history had to overcome defeats and ignore negative self-talk. film schools. Their stories show that the key to success hinges on persisting • Steve Jobs was fired by Apple amid losses. They believed in themselves and their talents so they Computers early in his career. wouldn’t accept that the world wasn’t vying for their contribution. They persevered and kept steady. Beth Walsh Stewart is Cofounder of BethWe, a Here is an impressive list of losers-turned-winners. Reading nonprofit dedicated to rescuing the stragglers lost through these names is the perfect way to encourage the American in the shadows of the road of life. Best-known for her weekly blogs, regular articles in Vero’s Voice, and spirit that lives in each of us. Success stems from self-belief. Without workshops aimed to help people live their priorities, that, the ‘Average Joe’ won’t continue in the face of negative circumBeth is a Biblical Counselor and Professor at New stances. Let’s take a lesson from these folks that pushed through Covenant Bible College in Vero Beach, FL. You can Beth Walsh Stewart find more of her work at and found their niche in life.

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THE SIGNERS of The Declaration of Independence


by William J. Federer

n July 1, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia, and on the following day 12 of the 13 colonies voted in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s motion for independence. The delegates then spent the next two days debating and revising the language of a statement drafted by Thomas Jefferson. On July 4, Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence, and as a result the date is celebrated as Independence Day. Nearly a month would go by, however, before the actual signing of the document took place. (Source:


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ohn Hancock, the 39-year-old President Richard Stockton, 46, signed and was of the Continental Congress, signed the dragged from his bed at night and jailed. Declaration first, reportedly saying “the Fifty-year-old signer Lewis Morris had his price on my head has just doubled.” home taken and used as a barracks. Next to sign was Secretary Charles Thomson, Signer Abraham Clark, 50, had two sons age 47. tortured and imprisoned on the British Seventy-year-old Benjamin Franklin said: “We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.”

starving ship Jersey. More Americans died on British starving ships than died in battle during the Revolution.

“Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that Posterity will triumph in that Day’s Transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.” When 54-year-old Samuel Adams signed the Declaration, he said:

“We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He Signer Rev. John Witherspoon, 53, had his The Declaration referred to God: son, James, killed in the Battle of Germantown. reigns in Heaven and from the rising to the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God ... setting of the sun, let His kingdom come.” Sixty-year-old signer Philip Livingston lost “All Men are created equal, that they are endowed several properties to British occupation Thirty-four-year-old James Wilson signed the by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ... and died before the war ended. Declaration. He later signed the Constitution and was appointed to the Supreme Court by “Appealing to the Supreme Judge of the Signer Francis Lewis, 63, found out that George Washington. Wilson stated in 1787: world for the rectitude of our intentions ... the British plundered his home and carried away his wife, Elizabeth, putting her in prison. “After a period of 6,000 years since Creation, “And for the support of this Declaration, with The British wanted to make an example of the United States exhibits to the world the first a firm reliance on the protection of Divine her, so they denied her a change of clothes, instance of a nation ... assembling voluntarily Providence, we mutually pledge to each other a bed, and gave her nothing but the most ... and deciding ... that system of government our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” meager food. She was treated so harshly under which they and their posterity should live.” that she died shortly after being released. This was revolutionary, as kings did not believe everyone was created equal. enator Daniel Webster stated in 1802: Signer John Hart, 65, had his home Their belief was called “the divine right looted and had to remain in hiding, “Miracles do not cluster, and of kings,” namely, that the Creator gives dying before the war ended. what has happened once in 6,000 rights to the king, then he dispenses them years may not happen again Forty-one-year-old John Adams wrote to his at his discretion to whomever he wishes. … Hold on to the Constitution, for if the wife Abigail of the Declaration July 3, 1776: The Declaration of Independence bypassed American Constitution should fail, there “I am apt to believe that it will be the King, declaring that the Creator gives will be anarchy throughout the world.” celebrated, by succeeding generations, as rights directly to each individual person. the great anniversary Festival … It ought to John Jay was President of the Continental Many of the 56 signers sacrificed their be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by Congress, 1778-1779, and later nominated by prosperity for their posterity. solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty … George Washington to be the First Chief Justice of Supreme Court. John Jay wrote in 1777: Of the Signers: 11 had their homes destroyed; “It ought to be solemnized with pomp and 5 were hunted and captured; 17 served in parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, “The Americans are the first people whom the military; and 9 died during the war. bells, bonfires and illuminations from Heaven has favored with an opportunity of one End of this Continent to the other ... choosing the forms of government under Twenty-seven-year-old George from this time forward forever more.” which they should live. All other constitutions Walton signed, and at the Battle of have derived their existence from violence Savannah was wounded and captured. Gustave de Beaumont, a contemporary of Alexis de Tocqueville, wrote in Marie ou or accidental circumstances ... Your lives, Signers Edward Rutledge, age L’Esclavage aux E’tas-Unis, 1835: “I have seen your liberties, your property, will be at the 27, Thomas Heyward, Jr., age 30, a meeting of the Senate in Washington open disposal only of your Creator and yourselves.” and Arthur Middleton, age 34, were made with a prayer, and the anniversary festival of the prisoners at the Siege of Charleston. Yale President Ezra Stiles, in 1788: Declaration of Independence consists, in the Thirty-eight-year-old signer Thomas Nelson had United States, of an entirely religious ceremony.” “All the forms of civil polity have been his home used as British headquarters during tried by mankind, except one: and John Adams continued in his letter to his wife: the siege of Yorktown. Nelson reportedly offered that seems to have been reserved in “You will think me transported with five guineas to the first man to hit his house. Providence to be realized in America.” enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware Signer Carter Braxton, age 40, lost At the time of the Revolutionary of the toil and blood and treasure that it his fortune during the war. War, nearly every other country on will cost us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. earth was ruled by a king. Forty-two-year-old signer Thomas


McKean wrote that he was “hunted like a fox by the enemy, compelled to remove my family five times in three month.”

William J. Federer is a nationally-known speaker, best-selling author, and president of Amerisearch, Inc., a publishing company dedicated to researching America’s noble heritage. Visit his website: July 2021 / ISSUE 126 / Vero’s Voice 31

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