Profound Economist's Birthday

Should this gentleman be alive today, he'd be 101.  Born 1912 in NYC, educated at Rutgers University [BA by age 20], University of Chicago [MA, 1933], Columbia University [PhD, 1946], he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal that honors economist und...

Choosing?

Choice, Choosing, Chosen Expression of freedom within in us given To help is a choice is a privilege is an honor given Choices come in flavors Bad and good Wanted or Un But each is our own the form us and mold us they...

The Other Sue's Quotes (21)

Each person must live their life as a model for others. ~ Rosa Parks ~   All I can say is that if every one is trying to do this, some truly need to take a few training courses in remedial model making!

Declared Ratified today

On this day in 1868, Secretary of State William Seward certified the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the uS Constitution after a two year process.   In just two years it received the necessary 2/3's ratification that was not without drama.  Some...

Most Corrosive

It eats away fast or It eats away slow It burns all it touches It is an acid and it is a base Many develop this out of the pain of hurt Some cling to it as their just due Meanwhile it is eating even you It tempts one to harbor and...

I wonder what today's NAACP would say

This gentleman is held in high regard for his achievement against all odds.  He came up from the basest of beginnings to be confidante of the powerful.  At one point in his career from observed practices had serious reservations about the foundational...

Tuesday Intimacy

Seeking souls companion Knowing and being known deeply Complementing and completing Not surface nor superficial fleeting Caring and considering thoroughly - - - - - Interest Nearness Trusting Ideal Magnify ...

Scribbles & Bits 52: Striving the ideal

When I've finally gathered the courage, to exceed my comfort to strive beyond, to dirty my hands in effort toward the mountain, Yet on that journey beyond my sight, yet seeming beyond my strength, shines the ideal that calls my...

C.S. Lewis at his most provoking

‘The Spirit of the Age wishes to allow argument and not to allow argument. … If anyone argues with them they say that he is rationalizing his own desires, and therefore need not be answered. But if anyone listens to them they will then argue...

Revered Philosopher of the Founding Fathers

           Marcus Tullus Cicero,  a Roman philosopher, who is held in great respect through the ages.  His career spanned major changes in the rule of Rome.  He is most known for his writings (philosophy and poetry) and his opposition to the...

A little presidential trivia

This president named his son George Washington. This president was to be the first sitting president to be photographed. This president earned the nicknames "Old Man Eloquent" and "Hellhound of Abolition". This president served several...

The day I nearly

Way back when, long time ago, in the late 1960's or early 70's, I and 2 of my brothers plus one of their friends were heading out on a Saturday to a canoe down a local river.  The night before there had been a presentation of Orson Welles' "War of the...

Kindness Given

An act of mothering that was a common thing in days gone by has in recent years come into practice and has been met with prudish ostracism.  This time it was met with understanding and appreciation that goes along way! Here’s a news report on the...

Thoughts on Ps 15 of Thomas Jefferson

As part of a challenge issued to consider Psalm 15 for the month of July, I looked for things that others might have written about this Psalm.  What I came across were a fair amount of commentaries written by Bible scholars but then I came across this...

And today's Guitar Hero - Grandma!

That video game that she had for her grandchildren certainly was put to good use, though I doubt it was within manufacturers specifications.    I wonder if they replace the damaged guitar? Feisty Grandmother Uses Unlikely Weapon to Fight Off...

Have we been here before?

            One of the things that man seeks in his life is an order and consistency in the foundations of day to day life.  This is aided by a trust in the integrity of those in positions of power given the tasks of securing and presiding over...

OSW: Early popular Song Writer

         If one is asked to name an early American composer/song writer the name Stephen Foster is bound to come up.  Born on July 4, 1826 in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, he spent most of his life in and around the Pittsburgh area even though his...

Scribbles & Bits 51: Mark this Day

  Did something happen in this place at this time that was remarkable and you think you just might want to share with others its significance?  Mark this place! Have you come some distance and come through challenges to get to this point?  It...

A very provoking quote!

 "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.   It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.   The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may...

Context?

Gaining an understanding from being able to ascertain a probable meaning from the surrounding words or circumstances was something that was part of the reading program way back when dinosaurs (such as myself) went to school. For instance:  The...

Is it just a dream?

          A dream, a picture of an ideal, some thing to work for to me this is what a waking dream is.  Here is a dream many of us have that was most eloquently expressed back 1963. I still have a dream.  It is a dream deeply rooted in the...

A couple of provoking quotes

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. Harriet Tubman   All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by...