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Word of the Week: Spacious




1. containing much space, as a house, room, or vehicle; amply large.
2. occupying much space; vast.
3. of a great extent or area; broad; large; great: the spacious prairies.
4. broad in scope, range, inclusiveness, etc.: a spacious approach to a problem.
When I hear the word spacious, the lyrics to “America the Beautiful” always pop into my mind. I can remember singing this song when I was in the first grade for a school program. When you are six and waiting for the arrival of permanent teeth, some of the words can be a challenge. But I love the words and the meaning of them and the feeling of pride in our country this song always evokes.
The lyrics were written by Katharine Lee Bates and the music composed by church organist and choirmaster Samuel A. Ward. Here is the first verse, my favorite:

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

Stay tuned for a week full of ideas, tips and recipes to help you celebrate the 4th of July in simple Patriotic style.

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