“In a world of change, the learners shall inherit the earth, while the learned shall find themselves perfectly suited for a world that no longer exists.” ― Eric Hoffer

Not One Drop of Blood But What Is American

John Adams (1735-1826), President and Patriot, gave the following account of his ancestry:  “One of the foreign Ambassadors said to me, You have been often in England. — Never but once in November and December 1783. You have Relations in England no doubt. — None at all. — None how can that be? You are … Read more

Change the Sky

Caelum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt. (They change the sky, not their soul, who run across the sea.) — Horace


Mundus vult decipi, ergo decipiatur. (The world wants to be deceived, so let it be deceived.)  — Anonymous

The only sonnet I know by heart

Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,Foul’d by these rebel powers that thee array,Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth,Painting thy outward walls so costly gay? Why so large cost, having so short a lease,Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,Eat up thy charge? Is this thy body’s … Read more

A Prayer


All-Knowing Zeus,Give me what is best for me,Avert evil from me, though it be the thing I prayed for;And give me the good which from ignorance I do not ask.

Favorite Quotes

“Busy hands are happy hands.” — Grandma Swanstrom (1901-1979) “It is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” — Epictetus (c55-c135), Discourses, ii, 17. “If you would be a good reader, read; if a writer, write.” — Epictetus (c55-c135), Discourses, ii, 18. “Never lick a gift horse in the mouth.” — Brian Reedy, … Read more