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The Fourth of July is a big patriotic holiday in the US, but it isn’t the only one. The National Park Service has a ton of great activities, many of them free, at the National Parks, and in the US, fourth graders can go free and take the whole family with them (also free). State and county parks also often have free or inexpensive special events, especially during the summer. If you are on vacation, check out the government-funded parks wherever you are visiting. Some of them are spectacular.

Summer is a good time to visit some places like your state capitol and public parks (county, state, and national). Take some time this summer to visit places (like your capital) that most of us leave on our “someday” list until we die, having never actually gone there.

Nearly a Year
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Nearly a Year

It’s been nearly a year since I posted something on this site. I’ve been focused on our parenting website, WiseFathers.com, but I am inspired to start writing about politics again. Many other parenting sites discuss politics and the owners say it’s part and parcel of parenting because political decisions affect our kids. I completely agree […]

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National Parks Rock!
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National Parks ROCK!

What do you and your family like to do? There’s a National Park for that! Your specific answer really doesn’t matter because there are hundreds of national parks for every possible interest, and they each have special events that cater to even more special interests. I grew up going to national parks and historical sites […]

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Getting Started Hiking as a Family
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Getting Started Hiking as a Family

The Wise Dad and I both used to be active, but we’ve become more sedentary over the years. We both want to be more active and healthy (and lose weight), and we want our kids to be active and healthy so we’re trying to get more active, including hiking as a family. Going to the […]

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The Butchering of a Frederick Douglass Speech

In 1852, before our Civil War, Frederick Douglass was asked to speak at a Fourth of July celebration. The entire text of his speech is given below. The words in red are the ones read by Morgan Freeman in the video from The History Channel. It is worth noting that their description is “Morgan Freeman […]

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Individual Liberty

Individual liberty. You won’t like what everyone else does with theirs. Get over it. Devon Austin Generally (FB post) My kids have shared a room for nine years. The younger one just decided he wanted his own room. Given the level of bickering they had been doing, I made it happen that same day. (Luckily, […]

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