HR Resolutions - July 2018

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FROM THE DESK OF Karen

How did it get to be July? If it’s July, that means we should be half-way through our 2018 budget and plans. Now’s a wonderful time to reflect on how far you have come this year! On a personal basis, I’ve undertaken some new goals this year. Old dogs can and do learn new tricks. I just started running last August, at age 55. (This from a woman who considered exercise a dirty word.) Waylaid for a few months for a back injury, I’ve returned to training with a vengeance. I’m in two different running training groups, with a goal of running (not running/walking) an entire 5K by October.

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF-EVIDENT T he S tory of the D eclaration of I ndependence

Every American knows that the Fourth of July commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 — it’s also called Independence Day, after all. The story behind the document, however, gets less attention than it deserves. It’s a fascinating tale, culminating with the birth of the United States of America as we know it.

THE ROAD TO DECLARATION

What have you done new this year?

Even after the early battles of the American Revolution, which began in earnest during April of 1775, it was unclear what shape the rebellion would take. At that point, independence was still far from certain. As the Second Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia in May of that year, two groups formed around polar opinions. “The fundamental issue between them was were they fighting for their rights as Englishmen within the British Empire, or were they going to fight for independence?” says historian Richard Slotkin. It was not an easy choice, and both sides held passionate opinions. As the calendar changed to 1776, those in favor of breaking from King George III began to gain momentum. The growth of the revolutionary movement had a number of causes, but two in particular stand out. In late 1775, King George III spoke to Parliament with the goal of enlarging the Royal Army and Navy to quash the rebellion. He went so far as to solicit help from foreign mercenaries. Word of this decision reached the colonies in January 1776, making reconciliation seem less likely than ever before. During the same month, Thomas Paine published his famous pamphlet “Common Sense,” which advocated for outright independence. “The custom of all Courts is against us, and will be so, until by an independence we take rank with other nations,” Paine wrote. “Common

What are you doing just for you this year?

Have a great summer and tackle something that you never considered before — it’s actually kind of fun!

- Karen Young

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