Today's holiday reminds us all of patriotism and the birth of our nation, but my favorite quote about the holiday may well be these words from Erma Bombeck:

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, 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."

So when the day is winding down, you may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.

I'll greet Independence Day shoppers at Borders Express in Wheaton Mall. The mall is at 11160 Viers Mill Road, Wheaton, MD and I'll be signing books there from 11 am to 3 pm.

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