american flag on a piano

Independence is an interesting concept right about now, don’t you think? Most of us are yearning for more than a day too – we like our freedoms and chafe at any idea of losing the liberty to go to a beach or a bar, to open our business for patrons or to visit our parents. This year Independence Day will be smaller and quieter. Fair enough. I might not make the fancy berry cheesecake for friends but a BBQ is still within reason, and I’ll go to the beach before they close for the weekend. Good enough!

Independence, and the feeling of freedom, always comes to me through creative pursuits. Whether it’s cooking, sewing, gardening, composing and playing the piano or listening to music, that is precious time away from earthly issues. Art, in all its forms, is a gift to our spirit – a lift from the ordinariness of life. So sing a song, write a poem, paint a picture, listen to Miles Davis, dance at dusk, or simply play your instrument and enjoy the freedom and fun this holiday weekend – and always.


grid of lisa hilton's independence day favorites