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Just Chillin


Staggering Genius” that brought him much deserved fame. (If you choose to read it, be sure to have plenty Klee- nex nearby. It is a book you can never for- get.) An extremely s e ns i t i ve ,


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intelligent author, editor and publisher of the literary journal McSweeney’s, Eggers wrote a book designated by his publisher in 2017: “American History for kids”: “Her Right Foot.”


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it to someone with Eggers’ in- stincts and powers of observation to point out to all readers, young and old alike: “Say, you probably know about and recognize Te Statue of Liberty, but---have you ever noticed her right foot?” In his own witty style: “She’s in New York. She’s holding a torch. And she’s in mid-stride,


moving forward. But why?” Te artist/illustrator Shawn Har-


ris captures Lady Liberty beauti- fully, showing her entire right leg in motion, with right foot off the pedestal, clearly revealing that the figure is moving forward, holding the torch high, striding out to sea to meet and welcome all who come to this land. Celebrating the bonds of their


friendship during the American Revolution, the people of France gave the huge, neoclassical statue to the people of America. Dedi- cated in 1886, it is our incompara- ble American symbol of freedom and democracy. Te architects who created the 305 foot statue were sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, Gustave Eiffel (yes, the man who designed the Eiffel


Ice cream is my comfort food. ~ Jessie Ware UPBEAT TIMES, INC. • JULY 2019 • Pg 5


ave Eggers wrote a fas- cinating


memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of


Tower in Paris), and Richard Morris Hunt. Construction took ten years. Today one can visit Liberty Island in New York Har- bor—best by ferry approach--, any day


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the week to see her proudly “en- lightening the world.” Her leſt hand and arm hold close a docu- ment dated July 4, 1776. Since 1933, the National Park Service has main- tained it. First, it was brown, the brown of worn pennies. With the years,


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Weird Facts & Trivia - 2 Lady Liberty, Words and Music USA! by Ellie Schmidt of Santa Rosa, CA. ~ eschmidt@upbeattimes.com


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the seven seas of the world, sym- bolizing welcome to all. Another excellent book to


treasure is Marilyn Miller’s 1999 hardcover edition of “Words Tat Built a Nation,” a great collection of excerpts from the most im- portant documents in American history: from “Te Mayflower Compact (Nov.


11, 1620);”


Paine’s “Common Sense” pam- phlet (Jan. 1776); Abigail Ad- ams’ March, 1776 letter to her husband John, advising him “to Remember the Ladies in the new Code of Laws.” She anticipated they would de- termine that at the Conti-


c op - per, “the thickness of


two pennies,” it finally achieved its serene shade of green. Te seven points in her crown signify


nental Congress in Philadelphia; and speeches given at the UN; and more. Although intended to provide ...continued on page 27


Did you know: There are over 1,300 species of bats worldwide. The difference in size and shape are equally impressive. Bats range in size from the Kitti’s hog-nosed bat (also called the Bumblebee Bat) that weighs less than a penny -- making it the world’s smallest mammal -- to the flying foxes, which can have a wingspan of up to 6 feet. The U.S. and Canada are home to about 45 species of bats and additional species are found in the U.S. territories in the Pacific and Caribbean.


Not all bats hibernate.


Bats have few natural predators -- disease is one of the biggest threats.


Without bats, say goodbye to bananas, avocados and mangoes.


Night insects have the most to fear from bats.


Bats are the only flying mammal.


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