Waldo Emerson

Emerson in Good Times and Bad

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson is considered one of America’s most influential philosophers. A prolific essayist and speaker, he … Continue Reading →


Shirley Temple child star

Are There Animal Crackers in Your Soup?

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph. Shirley Temple. Shirley Temple may have … Continue Reading →


Jacopo Bassano, Saint Valentine baptizing Saint Lucilla, 1575

Valentine’s Day is for the Birds

“For this was on seynt Valentynes day, Whan every foul cometh ther to chese his make.” Chaucer. Not up on your Middle English? In our modern idiom, this line from … Continue Reading →


Zig Ziglar Believes in You

Who Needs Money?

“Money won’t make you happy…but everybody wants to find out for themselves.” Zig Ziglar. Zig Ziglar was a child of the Great Depression. Originally from Alabama, his family moved to … Continue Reading →


Christmas for Scrooge

Have a Merry “May be” Christmas Mr. Scrooge

“Are these the shadows of things that Will be, or are they shadows of things that May be only?” Ebenezer Scrooge. At this point in A Christmas Carol, we’ve already … Continue Reading →


Bobbie the Wonder Dog

Bobbie The Wonder Dog’s Christmas Tail (?)

“Well done, Bobbie.” Frank Brazier. There are some things that simply defy rational explanation and Bobbie’s story is one of them.  Bobbie—better known as Bobbie the Wonder Dog—was a collie … Continue Reading →


Modeling

How to Fix Christmas

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they’ve never failed to imitate them.” James Baldwin. I can personally attest to the truth of Baldwin’s observation. … Continue Reading →


Candles

Christmas Dark and Light

“It is far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” W. L. Watkinson. It’s obvious, isn’t it? If you want to pierce the darkness, you have to … Continue Reading →


Thanksgiving Harvest Blessings

A Novel Idea for Thanksgiving

“When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep…” Irving Berlin. Irving Berlin couldn’t sleep. Try as he might, the relentless pressures of his hectic … Continue Reading →


Vanderbilt

The 200 Million Dollar Man

“The workman now earns the equivalent of a barrel of flour each day.” William H. Vanderbilt. William Vanderbilt knew his business. After inheriting 95-million-dollars from his father, the venerable Commodore … Continue Reading →