Tag: Benjamin Franklin

When I’m Dead and Rotten

I like to write. But I don’t want to be a bore. I’m reminded of something that Peggy Noonan said in one of her books — (I’ve always liked her easy writing style.) While employed as one of Ronald Reagan’s speechwriters, she bemoaned the fact that most of the staff thought of themselves as writers. Since everyone writes — from letters to journals — it’s easy to assume you are a good writer. But often, people can’t see or hear their own voice — be it written or sung (thus the popularity and hilarity of American Idol.) So, I’m...

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Did Benjamin Franklin start Daylight Saving Time?

Did Benjamin Franklin start Daylight Saving Time? The U.S. government extended it to eight months in 2007 (March to November). At one time the government said it saved energy. But that theory is not holding up anymore. Indiana found that we use more energy during daylight saving time. Was it Ben Franklin’s humorous essay-letter, An Economical Project that started it all? In 1784, he published a whimsical letter in the newspaper. As a joke. It was humor. According to Ben Franklin, he was watching a demo of the new oil lamps, when some of the people questioned whether the cost of...

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Do not anticipate trouble or worry

This is a tough lesson. It seems so simple. But when you’re worried about something, it’s often hard to get out of that vortex. “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” Benjamin Franklin I don’t know what I like best about this Benjamin Franklin quote. Maybe I just identify with all the words– trouble, worry, happen, sunlight.  Maybe I just know that I am guilty. I have been known to worry too much. I anticipate trouble sometimes. Given a situation, my mind can run amuck, thinking of all the possible problems...

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Benjamin Franklin contradictions

Oh boy, if I could only learn to do this better. Benjamin Franklin was always trying to improve his moral character. He said people accused him of being dogmatic and overly opinionated, to a fault. So he set out to improve. He had an interesting way to win an argument. I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradiction to the sentiments of others, and all positive assertion of my own. I even forbid myself… the use of every word or expression in the language that imported a fix’d opinion, such as certainly, undoubtedly, etc., and I adopted,...

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