John Wayne

When John Wayne Spoke You’d Better Listen!

“I won’t be mean, I won’t be small, and like an old friend, I won’t let them down.”   John Wayne. John Wayne was talking about his fans. He was explaining … Continue Reading →


Crew of the Canary

The Canary or the Champagne?

“We will not hand over Schreiber to the police. He participated in our perils and is now part of our team.”   Armand Lotti. Everybody’s heard about the Spirit of St. Louis … 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 →


Flower and sunlight

Five Ways to a Kinder You

“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” Seneca. Everyone agrees kindness is a good idea in principle, but is best left to someone else … 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 →


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 →


Alice Roosevelt

Alice – The Other Washington Monument

“If you haven’t anything nice to say, come sit by me.” Alice Roosevelt. Alice was Teddy Roosevelt’s oldest child and by all estimates, she provided the President with some of … 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 →


Memorial Day and Civil War orphans

Memorial Day 2016

     “Dear Sisters, By the love of God be so kind as to take this poor orphan child and if she should die, please to bury her for me and … Continue Reading →