“What are my highest priorities in life?” asked the American statesman, philosopher, and inventor Benjamin Franklin when he was only 22 years old.
From his introspection, he developed 12 virtues that would serve as his governing values which he conceived as a “bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection.”
When He shared them with a Quaker friend, seeking his opinion, he suggested that Franklin overlooked one important virtue ￼which became #13, with a simple four word description.
Today’s list is Franklin’s list with his brief explanation. Continue reading
“Temperance is moderation in the things that are good and total abstinence from the things that are foul,” wrote, Frances E. Willard, a 19th-century American educator and president of the Women’s Temperance Union.
In Willard’s time, the concept of temperance was often linked to the total abstinence of alcoholic beverages. Continue reading
In his book “How Much Is Enough? Hungering For God In An Affluent Culture,” author Arthur Simon writes about Bryce and Ellen, “a couple in their mid-thirties. They have two sons and a daughter, and on Sundays the family attends church more often than not.”
“Bryce manages about twenty people in a medium-sized accounting firm. He receives a good salary and is on a path that he believes may eventually move him into a circle of company executives, so he goes to work early, often stays late, and usually works some on weekends. Continue reading
“The apology that wasn’t” was the headline last week in an Atlantic magazine article regarding Joe Biden.
By now you’ve probably heard the former Vice-President has come under fire for his treatment of women. Pictures and video of Joe hugging, kissing, rubbing noses and smelling hair have blanketed the airwaves. It’s interesting that women are just now coming forward with their complaints and it’s making news. Continue reading
Saturday night we set our clocks up one hour to begin the semi-annual debate about Daylight Saving Time.
Some like it. Others loathe it.
President Harry Truman called it “a monstrosity in time keeping.”
Benjamin Franklin justified Daylight Saving Time as having “the pure light of the sun for nothing,” as opposed to burning expensive candles. Continue reading
Today is a special day in history for all Americans. On this day, September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris was signed. It officially marked the end of The American Revolution.
Representatives of the United States, Great Britain, Spain and France met to sign this treaty which signified America’s status as a free nation. Britain agreed to formally recognize the independence of its 13 former American colonies. The boundaries of the new republic were agreed upon: Florida north to the Great Lakes and the Atlantic coast west to the Mississippi River. Continue reading