No potentates

In a few hours we’re walking up Monticello Mountain for my favorite legal event. People from all over the world take the oath of citizenship, and become Americans.

“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”-Naturalization Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America

write the names down

I found this gentleman in a drawer today. There is no identification on the back of the photograph and I can’t read the characters on the right. I’d guess it was taken in China (there is a dragon embroidered into the subject’s garment). Help!


Gary Morris was my teacher back in the 1980’s. I was his helper. My job was to anticipate what he’d require next to get the job done. Gary’s work was careful, strong and excellent.