Sunday, January 10, 2010

In God We Trust: Daily Life In America

I started this blog as a way to organize family recipes for the young bunch of our family, and that continues. It has also kind of evolved to include notes about traditional American life and culture, both as it was, and as it still is.

I avoid posting about politics here, aside from some links in the sidebar. Our political climate comes out of the ground of our culture. And our culture grows out of the daily lives of ordinary people. In a time of change, we can still choose to pace our own lives by natural rhythms, and this gives us a firm ground from which to select which of the modern elements we choose to take part in.

Towns like Mayberry still exist, even in the cities. And yes, we can still find ways to live real lives. America isn't in Washington, it's in our own neighborhood. As always, we have to build it ourselves.

America didn't come ready made from a foreign factory: it was built with our own two hands, walked with our own feet.

It is time today to remember that, and just start doing it again.

The photo on this post is a billboard outside of Granbury Texas, advertising Dublin Dr Pepper. Dublin, Texas, has an old bottling plant that still stubbornly uses the original recipe for Dr Pepper, including Imperial Pure Cane Sugar. The sign reads:

"Dublin Dr Pepper
In God We Trust"

No fanfare. Just a statement of one of the facts of American Life.

Psalm 56:4 (New International Version)

In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?

God Bless America. God Bless Texas. And God Bless All of Us.


  1. This is really great stuff, Tina. I love checking in here to see what you are up to. Joann

  2. Thanks so much Joann! That's nice of you to say, and I am glad to hear it :-)


  3. In God WE Trust is no more Dublin Dr Pepper is GONE deleted do to greed from Dr Pepper/Snapple company. Love your articles expecally this one

  4. Hi,

    Alas, Dublin Dr Pepper is no more, as you say. It's my understanding the bottling company (Dublin Bottling Works) will continue to produce interesting products around the Old Doc's Soda Shop theme. All best wishes to them, and to Dublin for future success!

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog. It's always nice to hear from a reader. :-)




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