Sep 21, 2014
A well-known writer named Wilford Funk loved words. He wrote multiple books to help people increase their word power. Once, to understand the idea of "genius," he researched to see how geniuses themselves defined the word. The pianist Paderewski said, "Before I was a genius, I was a drudge." Alexander...Read more +
Sep 16, 2014
Sherry was a tutor, hired to review grammar with 10-year-old Bobby in the hospital burn unit. The unit shocked her, and the boy was hard to look at. But she stayed, taught verbs and adverbs, and the next day, she forced herself to return. On her second visit, the nurses...Read more +
Sep 11, 2014
Pulitzer prizewinning historian David McCullough loves history and loves quotations about history. He peppers his speeches with sayings such as: “Why is it that no one listens when history repeats itself?” and “Past things shed light on future ones.” And “The only new thing in the world is the history...Read more +
Sep 1, 2014
In storms of crisis, Joe was a haven of calm. When projects went wrong … when upper management was out of reach … Joe held the course. A team member asked Joe his secret. He said: "In the Army, I served in a Cavalry Regiment. And we had a saying...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014
When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, he was only 33 years old. When Benjamin Franklin wrote Poor Richard's Almanac , he was 26. At age 18, Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein . Isaac Newton was 25 when he formulated the law of gravity. But wait. Emanuel Kant wrote...Read more +
Aug 18, 2014
It was the 2000 Olympic trials. Two competitors prepared to face off in the taekwondo finals. The winner would represent the United States at the Sydney Olympic Games. The loser would find a seat in the stands. And the winner was a foregone conclusion. Because in the semifinals one of...Read more +
Aug 12, 2014
Lieutenant Colonel Eileen Collins, America's first female shuttle commander, received official word of her history-making assignment while she was at the White House. Here is what Collins said: "When I was a child, I dreamed about space—I admired pilots, astronauts, and explorers of all kinds. It was only a dream...Read more +
Aug 3, 2014
Three stonemasons were building a cathedral when a stranger wandered by. The first stonemason was toting rocks to a pile, near a wall. “What are you doing?” said the stranger. “Can’t you see that I’m carrying rocks?” The stranger asked the second laborer, “What are you doing?” “I’m building a...Read more +
Jul 27, 2014
Jim Thorpe was arguably the greatest American athlete of all time. He won the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics. After that, he played pro baseball and football. In college, his Carlisle track team was invited to compete against the powerful Lafayette College. His school arrived with only five...Read more +
Jul 20, 2014
Walter C. Meloon founded the Correct Craft boat company in the 1920s. His goal was to build the “best world-class towboats for the glory of God.” During World War II, General Eisenhower asked Correct Craft to build 400 boats in fifteen days, for crossing the Rhine River. Working around the...Read more +

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