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July 4, 2021

Happy Independence Day!

We have a new newsletter that came out at the very end of June. If you haven’t seen it yet, please have a look.

A note to those that got the emailed version of the newsletter, the bookshop.org link to the book “Sam!” no longer works. As far as I know, it was still functioning up to the time it was emailed.

I’m not sure of the reasons why it’s been delisted on bookshop.org, but if you’re still interested in the book, have a look at the Amazon page for "Sam!" If you use this link, we’ll still get some credit for it. So feel free to purchase this book from Amazon.

I’ve updated our website version of the June 2021 newsletter to use this Amazon link.

Since the newsletter was emailed, I heard about an event. There’s a virtual pilgrimage for Tule Lake on July 31st. To find out more and to register, go to this link.

There’s also an interesting website that’s a comprehensive website about Japanese American incarceration camps and the pilgrimages to them called “Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages."  Their event page looks well maintained and up-to-date – have a look.

Last year I wrote something for the 4th that was my ode to the Gettysburg Address written for the times that we’re living in. I don’t have anything as creative, but here’s a poem made with three haikus.

Happy Birthday America! Glad to have made it through another year.

Backyard Fiesta

Screams of joy from kids

Enjoying the day’s freedom

Americans all

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They are our future  

Spanish and English spoken

It doesn’t matter

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Our founding fathers

Would be happy to see us

Going strong, thriving

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Poem coyright © 2021 by Leonard D. Chan