All of us at Health and Science Center wish all of you a happy and safe 4th of July – the best day of the year. We hope you have the opportunity to share the whole weekend with family and friends, and a chance to picnic, swim, sail, barbecue, and enjoy the fireworks we so readily associate with our nation’s birthday.
I’ve been reading a lot about James Monroe lately – the third ex-president to die on July 4 (1831 for him). He was the only one of the three that served in the military – wounded as a teenage lieutenant at Trenton, and a veteran of the battles at Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth before returning to Virginia to serve as a colonel in the Virginia militia. Decades later, Monroe “never left the battlefield” in his approach to the presidency, doing what was necessary to improve America’s military readiness while being circumspect in putting soldiers and sailors in harm’s way – a practice later seen in the Truman, Kennedy, and (GHW) Bush administrations, other “junior” officers who remembered all too well the costs of war.
That said, we know you, like us, will keep in thoughts and prayers those servicemen and women unable to be with their loved ones this 4th of July, but who by their example and devotion carry on the traditions established by Monroe, his comrades, and all those who have followed in their footsteps the past 240 years.
Your Summer Reading Assignments
Well, here we are, boys and girls, the end of another school year, the beginning of summer, and all that used to mean: a summer job, beach trips, a new romance, and that favorite memory of all…summer book reading assignments.
The summer before my summer before freshman year in high school those guys were lucky – they got Dracula and Edna Ferber’s Cimarron.* And, while we got King Solomon’s Mines, we also got Microbe Hunters and North From Rome – the title was much better than the story. The Norbentines saved A Separate Peace for sophomore year (ugh).
But cheer up, dear reader, for our job postings are as exciting as your career allows and easier to read through than a Topps baseball card or the Cliff Notes to Great Expectations. Take a look and see for yourself…and our best wishes for a healthy and adventurous summer!
*Now there’s a book, Cimarron, that no one reads anymore and still should – especially young ladies, because the gunslinger-lawyer-newspaperman-husband isn’t the real hero – it’s his young wife, who rises in prominence throughout the book as his presence diminishes.