Ben Franklin

Poor Richard Keeps His Coat

“We may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.”   Benjamin Franklin. Almost everyone’s heard of Franklin’s colonial bestseller, Poor Richard’s Almanack. Beginning in 1732, he produced the work under the … Continue Reading →


4th-Century Roman Bikini

Would You Wear a 3,600-Year-Old Bathing Suit?

“It’s that kind of thinking that holds people back for thousands of years.”     Diana Vreeland. Diana Vreeland had been a Harper’s Bazaar columnist for a decade when she made … Continue Reading →


Egg Puzzle

Columbus, Disney, Eisenhower and Eggs. No Problem!

“If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.”  Dwight Eisenhower. Ike was no stranger to big problems that seemed insoluble. As America’s chief Nazi-buster, he led the campaigns in North … Continue Reading →


Emile Coue

Cure Yourself the Coué Way

“Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better.” Émile Coué. Ok—cynics will immediately dismiss Coué’s “autosuggestion” as just so much latent-hippie, New Age, Kumbaya, group-hug bunk. And … Continue Reading →


Albert Einstein

You, Too, Can Be an Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein had issues with authority. He was a rebellious spirit chafed by the routine and ordinary. This became immediately apparent during … 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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →