Jack’s Winning Words 9/20/16
“Work while it is called today, for you know not how much you may be hindered tomorrow.” (B. Franklin) The Old Farmer’s Almanac began publishing in 1792. Ben Franklin began his annual almanac in 1732, with similar information…weather forecasts, household hints, puzzles and witty sayings. In Ben’s writings he emphasized thrift, hard work, saving for a rainy day, moderation and wariness of debt. Some people still see these as worthy values. ;-) Jack
FROM ST PAUL IN ST PAUL: amen to all of that!====JACK: It's good to know that you're in my corner with your, AMEN.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: Imagine being one of 17 children, having only two years of actual schooling, and by voracious reading and his fertile brain, becoming Pres. of Pa, U.S. Minister to Sweden and then France, Ist. U.S. Postmaster and founding a college that later became the U.of Penn, among all the other things he accomplished. Boggles the mind! Isaacson's bio. of him is a great read! Sure, he had his flaws, but wow! What an eminent leader to our Country at a time when it was just becoming established! Good advice from him today !====JACK: Most of us don't realize that he was one of the oldest of the Founding Fathers. I can imagine that they looked to him as the elder wise man.
FROM MT IN PENNSYLVANIA: Good morning, Jack...and good words. Since I moved to Ben Franklin’s hometown, I've become much more familiar with some of his less-familiar sayings. People in Philly quote him a lot. This is one I’ve never heard before. But for now, as old Ben recommends, I'm remembering to celebrate every day, because the party could be over in an instant. Have a great day today!====JACK: In your art glass work, have you ever been called upon to do something using a patriotic theme? I'd like to see what you could come up with.
FROM SBP IN FLORIDA: Certainly do! I wonder where, if any place, in today's curricula Poor Richard's Almanac , has a niche.====JACK: There's no place for Ben in the curricula for those who believe, that "History is bunk." It's interesting that Henry Ford, who said that about history, has probably done more than any other private individual to preserve history.
FROM TARMART REV: Grandpa's weather forecaster for the 120 acre farm early on in Beagle, Kansas, a couple of miles off Plum Creek Road.===JACK: I read somewhere that The Old Farmer's almanac forecasts are right about 80% of the time.