The Founding Fathers and Sports

At the beginning of our history as a nation, there wasn’t very much to occupy a person’s free time such as sports. Of course, there was no television, so you couldn’t watch a baseball game. And it’s sad, what with the NBA championship coming up, there wasn’t even a game of basketball that had been invented yet. And no football either.

In a Peanuts comic strip, Lucy is wearing a baseball cap and leaning on a baseball bat as she talks to Charlie Brown. He’s also wearing a baseball hat. And a frown. Lucy says to Charlie: “You’re not a good manager . . . you know why?” read more

Benjamin Franklin Sincerely

In his “Project for Moral Perfection” one of the character traits Benjamin Franklin wanted to become morally perfect in the application of was Sincerity. He described this trait as: “Use no harmful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.”

Franklin also wrote a book and titled it “The Art of Virtue.” If you haven’t read it, or even heard of it, go and find it. It’s worth the trouble!

In that book Ben proposed that one of the principles for happiness is truth and honesty. How true that is. He added: “If the rascals knew the advantage of virtue, they would become honest men out of rascality.” Then, about himself, he added “That is my only cunning.” read more

The Easter Weekend

It seems unusual and even shocking that when Pontius Pilate sent Christ down for the scourging that didn’t satisfy the crowd’s desire for his crucifixion. Pilate found no fault in Him after all, and hoped against hope that this would satisfy them. It didn’t.

When Jesus came forth wearing the crown of thorns, with blood dripping from his body from the whipping, Pilate presented him from the balcony to the crowd and said “Behold the Man.” This announcement had real meaning for Pilate as these same words would be pronounced by the Roman Emperor at the Olympic games when a gladiator had won 10 matches and was therefore granted his freedom. Christ was to have been freed. But Pilate was caught by his previous actions against the Jews. read more

Easter Message

With Easter coming up, I though it would be good to quote some from C.S. Lewis, a Christian commentator and writer. He shares a little philosophy about Jesus Christ: “Among the Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. . . . What this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking that has ever been uttered by human lips.” (“Mere Christianity”, C.S. Lewis, 1932, page 51.) read more

Jefferson’s Good Name

There are those who deem it necessary to besmirch the characters of GREAT men in the history of the Unites States. Much that is untrue has been said or written about Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and yes, even George Washington.

I do not know why some have chosen this path. I do know that it is tasteless, unseemly and unacceptable. We should have our heroes to look up to and fashion our own character about. By tearing them down, we do NOT lift ourselves up.

I have created a chapter in my book “Founding Fathers—Uncommon Heroes” to “debunking the rumors” and Myths about our heroes of history. read more

Abigail Adams is Remembered

Abigail_AdamsOn this Woman’s Day, or Take the Day Off for Women, or whatever they called it today, allowing women to take the day off from work and everything else. Darn, I missed what they named it. Anyway it seemed like a good day to see what John Adams said about his wife, Abigail, to his family.

John wrote this 4 years after the death of his beloved Abigail:

“This Lady (Abigail) was far more beautiful than Lady Russell [an admired Englishwomen of the time], had a brighter genius, more information, a more refined taste, and (was) at least her equal in virtues of the heart. [She also had] equal fortitude and firmness of character, equal resignation to the will of Heaven, . . . equal in all the virutes of the Christian life.” read more

Benjamin Franklin a Tory?

JamesMadisonJames Madison, yes, the Father of the Constitution was filled with zeal for the patriot cause. He became so supportive of the Revolution that he was suspicious of anyone who sounded like, or gave outward signs that they were against this cause in America.

Benjamin Franklin had lived in London for ten years, and as he returned home to Philadelphia, rumors were widespread that he had come “back rather as a spy than as a friend, and that he means to discover our weak side and make his peace with the Minister Lord North by discovering it to him.” read more

Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers coverI just read a nice complimentary comment from a reader about my books. It made me feel so good, I thought I’d pass it along. One reader said about reading my book “Founding Fathers—Uncommon Heroes” that it was very interesting reading and it “is filling me with gladness!”

It sure is great to be an author who is honored by his readers. Yes, I love the attention! Keep the good words coming.

PRESIDENT’S DAY

Abraham_Lincoln_2Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln

Getting ready for President’s Day, here are a few more quotes.

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.” –Abe Lincoln

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God, cannot long retain it.” –Abe Lincoln

“My great concern is not whether God is on our side; my great concern is to be on God’s side.” –Abe Lincoln

And from George Washington.

“Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.” –George Washington read more

Merry Christmas From the President!

It was just so delightful to hear President-Elect Trump wish his supporters, and all Americans, A MERRY CHRISTMAS! It seemed that we, as a nation had been so bogged down with political correctness that everyone was afraid to use those words. Happy Holidays became the catch phrase.

West_Point_Cadet_Chapel_Interior_04When you read history, I mean real history, you learn that the nation was born out of Christian beliefs, notwithstanding what President Obama has said about us not being a Christian nation.

It is a foundation of the Christian culture to love your neighbor, tell the truth, and seek for wisdom and peace. Nothing wrong with that. But to hold we are not a Christian nation became politically correct, despite being historically incorrect. read more