Saturday, August 1, 2009

Remember Independance...Ben Franklin

These days everyone is thinking about the roots of our country. I saw this video on YouTube called Remember's very thoughtful and could be a hit. Take the time to listen to ROLYO

After listening, I became curious about our forefathers so I found Declaration of Independance Signers.

Interesting that the youngest was a mere 26 with the oldest 70.

There are very brief biographies of each...some were not formally educated others were extremely privileged...they all shared a passion for this country.

I'm copying the one of Benjamin Franklin..I'd forgotten what an interesting outstanding man he became from very humble beginnings..I think you will enjoy refreshing your memory.
Benjamin Franklin
Representing Pennsylvania at the Continental Congress

Born: January 17, 1706
Birthplace: Boston, Ma.
Education: Self-taught, apprenticed as a printer. Honorary Doctor of Laws, Universities of Edinburgh and Oxford.
Work: Printer, Publisher, Scientist. Clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly, 1736; Founded the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1731; Postmaster of Philadelphia, 1737-1753; Member of Pennsylvania Assembly, 1751-1764; Deputy Postmaster general of the British colonies in America, 1753; Founded Academy of Sciences of Philadelphia, 1753; Agent to Europe for Pennsylvania, 1757-1762, for Pennsylvania, Georgia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, 1764-1775; Elected to Continental Congress, 1775; Testified before Parliament concerning the Stamp Act, 1776; Postmaster General of the united colonies, 1775; Commissioner to the French Court, 1776; Minister plenipotentiary to the French Court, 1779; Negotiator in and Member of the Treaties with Gr.-Britain, 1781-1783; Member of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, President of Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery, 1785; Senior member of the Constitutional Convention, 1787.
Died: April 17, 1790
Benjamin Franklin, born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706, may by his life alone be the most profound statement of what an American strives to be.

With no formal education beyond the age of 10 years, Franklin was celebrated throughout Europe, welcomed in any Royal Court, sought out by every prestigious society. Indeed, when the reputations of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson had yet to be sorted out, Franklin was worshipped wherever his name was known.

He attended grammar school at age eight, but was put to work at ten. He apprenticed as a printer to his brother James, who printed the New England Courant, at age twelve, and published his first article there, anonymously, in 1721. Young Benjamin was an avid reader, inquisitive and skeptical. Through his satirical articles, he poked fun at the people of Boston and soon wore out his welcome, both with his brother and with the city.

He ran away to New York and then on to Philadelphia at the age of 16, looking for work as a printer. He managed a commission to Europe for the purpose of buying supplies to establish a new printing house in Philadelphia, but found himself abandoned when he stepped off ship.

Through hard work and frugality he bought his fare back to Philadelphia in 1732 and set up shop as a printer. He was appointed clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1736, and as Postmaster the following year. In 1741 he began publishing Poor Richard's Almanac, a very popular and influential magazine. He was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1751 and served as an agent for Pennsylvania (and ultimately for three other colonies) to England, France, and several other European powers. He was elected to the Continental Congress in 1775, where he played a crucial role in the rebellion against Gr. Britain, including service to Jefferson in editing the Declaration of Independence.

Franklin, who was by this time independently wealthy and retired from publishing, continued to serve an important role in government both local and national. He was the United States first Postmaster General, Minister to the French Court, Treaty agent and signer to the peace with Gr. Britain, Celebrated Member of the Constitutional convention (See Work, above). Benjamin Franklin: Businessman, Writer, Publisher, Scientist, Diplomat, Legislator, and Social activist, was one of the earliest and strongest advocates for the abolition of Slavery, and for the protection of the rights of American aboriginal peoples. He died on the 17th of April in 1790. On that day he was still one of the most celebrated characters in America. So should he always be.

Remember Poor Richards Almanack? First published by Benjamin Franklin in 1732, Poor Richard's Almanack was a guide to both weather forecasts and wise maxims. Franklin used the pseudonym Richard Saunders in writing the text, which soon became an annual publication up until 1757. Response to the almanac was tremendous, and it sold as many as 10,000 issues a year.

Franklin wrote Poor Richard's Almanack as a service to the American people, hoping to educate them and entice their intellectual appetities. Since it was extremely common for the almanac to be the only publication a person ever purchased, the author felt indebted to write as much as he possibly could.

As Richard Saunders, Franklin was given both the freedom to express his thoughts and the freedom to do so with dramatic license. Consequently, he continued to emphasize the two qualities he found most essential to success: industry and frugality.

We need to cherish and protect all the freedoms that we have been given.

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Senior Sex Advice...Can't Hurt..Might Help...Dating in the 50's

This is from Suddenly Seniors

The Archives of Internal Medicine tells us that drinking a cup of Joe translates into "a higher rate of sexual activity in elderly women and a decreased prevalence of impotency among elderly men." No one knows why. I adore coffee and read just today that some speculate that the brew promotes more liberal behavior. Well, can't hurt...who knows might help?

Shoot, why not have a romantic cup 'o brew tonight before going to bed with your precious...might keep you awake a bit longer. It may be just what you need to get a leg up (so to speak) on the 'situation'. Remember, though, if you encounter an erection lasting four hours or more, contact your Dr, don't blame me. Photobucket

Oh, did I tell you? According to a recent scientific survey, the less sex you have, the worse your memory becomes.


and then......
I was MUSING the other day about the 'good ole days' of the 50's...the morals, problems of the young people of that's a memory from my sheltered life...

Do you recognize this instrument of torture?

Gals, did you have a mother that would insist on you wearing your best rubber band type girdle (hot, sticky, objects of torture with garters that become imbedded into your thighs) when you went out on a date or to a social event?

Well, mine did and I just thought she wanted me to look nice and have good posture! I just wore one without a word. I was such a good girl!!

Now I know better....Photobucket...she didn't give a whit what I looked like...she knew that girdle was certainly couldn't 'spread' anything with that RUBBER BAND around your lower body. Matter of fact, I don't even remember knowing what a condom was....didn't need to know about em...I had to wear a girdle! Rubber girdles didn't come off could figure the first 43.3 minutes after arriving home was dedicated to wresting that wet tool of torture off.....UGH!!

Can anybody else remember those 'good ole days'? Got any stories?

Enough reminiscing...just wanted to call your attention to a new IKEA shower curtain that I bought and never used..


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