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I’m thankful for so much these days — for bears, especially the three roly-poly cubs that waddled past me two weeks ago; for big trees — the kind that bridge mountains and sky — but also for the twisted krummholz that hang on to hillsides. I’m thankful for the lulling sound of a stream as I lie with my eyes closed on a cool summer night, and for air so sweet I can taste it. I look around at the forests, streams, and mountains surrounding me, and I am thankful.

Let freedom ring and the sun shine

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July that brings out patriotism. But patriotism is more than just flags and fireworks, parades and beer tents. We sure learned that this year. This year’s holiday highlighted more of the celebration of what makes this country great — freedom.