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“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” — Erma Bombeck
I love this quote from Erma Bombeck because, frankly, I’d never thought about the Fourth of July in those terms. She’s right, though. The very fact that we celebrate our country’s independence with family and community fun—barbeque and fireworks, apple pies and ice cream—is a testament to the values we hold dear. And, although we don’t celebrate with a show of strength, that strength is there in our military and our first responders, without whom these grand celebrations, and these freedoms, may not be possible. Even the opportunity to serve is a testament to our country’s ability to change with the times. For decades, women have served in all branches of military and in all first-responder departments. Recent and upcoming laws have made these positions more easily accessible to the LGBT community, as well. In my opinion, this ability to grow and broaden our collective minds is something our nation should be proud of.
In the spirit of independence and service, we’ve profiled a few distinctive and exceptional women who serve in our community—be it the first responders who work hard to keep our community safe, and who show up first when tragedy strikes, or the members of our military who protect our freedoms and interests at home and around the world These women, and the men and women who share their work, should be applauded for their dedication and service. We hope you enjoy getting to know them.
And speaking of exceptional women, in this issue you’ll find information on a Shannon Addison, a local woman who has created the Breadcrumbz characters to help empower young girls. You’ll also find a fun Q & A with one of the Pensacola Roller Gurlz, who are participating in Seville Quarter’s annual Running of the Bulls festival taking place July 21 through 23.
All this plus summer reading suggestions, watermelon recipes, fitness tips, and the skinny on Bubba’s Sweet Spot—the perfect place to cool off during what is sure to be a hot July! Stay cool and enjoy the issue.