All Hail the Lap Desk - Happy 4th

For poetry nuts, "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keiller provides a daily dose (available via email or at Publicradio.org).

I'll spend much of this week 'catching up' on the must-read stack standing ready at the bedside, and in honor of Jefferson's contributions (lap desk??? the man was brilliant, despite ah, certain failings) thought I'd share this nugget (from today's TWA post). Apologies in advance to readers from across the pond:

"Today is Independence Day, celebrating the day in 1776 that the Second Continental Congress unanimously adopted the Declaration of Independence, and the United States officially broke from the rule of England.

Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in a second-floor room on Market Street in Philadelphia, on a little lap desk that he had designed himself. He described the task in a letter to a friend, saying, "The object of the Declaration [is] not to find out new principles, or new arguments... but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take.... [It is] intended to be an expression of the American mind."

To blogging friends in the medical sector - may you be blessed this day with a markedly low volume of cases caused by conspiracy theorists, sunburn, alcohol, 'happy pills (and every other kind)', and pyrotechnic displays gone awry.

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