#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Have a Safe and Happy 4th

Please don’t forget that firecrackers and other Independence Day noises can frighten pets, and they may need special care and reassurance over the next few days. Most types of fireworks are illegal in Spokane County, but that never stops a few fools from setting off explosives. (These people can usually be identified by their missing digits.)

I’m planning to stick around home and work on my new book, with a little art and gardening thrown in for comic relief. Since I have no intention of going to the trouble of barbequing a 3 1/2 oz chunk of beef or chicken, which is what I can have on the wonder diet, I won’t be celebrating with food. That’s okay. I’d rather have good news when I get on the scale next week. :) It’s really true that nothing tastes as good as seeing those numbers go down feels.

To paraphrase the Allstate commercial, we can be remembered as the generation who lived through the Great Recession, or we can be the generation made great by it. For all our problems, we are still darned lucky to live in this country.

So be safe, be kind, be happy.

And while you’re at it, be grateful.

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