• July 2016

Is Your Business Part of a Revolution?

When it comes to making your mark as a small-business owner, there’s nothing quite so effective as being part of a revolution.

As American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller said: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

To that end, we dedicate the July 2016 issue of Be Inkandescent magazine to looking back into history so that we may all be better prepared to make effective change.

For guidance and assistance, we turn to David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history for kids and adults. On July 4, the Foundation launched a new site focused solely on the nation’s children, GratefulAmericanKids.com.

“We’ve all seen the research about how kids are not being taught history effectively, and with that comes the tendency to slough it off,” explains Smith, a Washington, DC-based author and publisher. “We need to have the same feeling of patriotism that existed after 9/11, but without the framework of a disaster. Grateful American™ Kids will be educational, entertaining, and help stimulate some of those thoughts.”

In this issue you’ll find:

We leave you with this parting thought from Benjamin Franklin: “We need a revolution every 200 years, because all governments become stale and corrupt every 200 years.”

Here’s to your revolution! — Hope Katz Gibbs, publisher, Be Inkandescent magazine • founder, Inkandescent Public Relations

Image (above) by Benjamin Franklin: Frustrated by the unwillingness of Colonial legislatures to accept his “Plan for Colonial Union” out of fear they might lose individual power by agreeing to work jointly, Franklin designed and published this simple warning: “Join, or Die.” This icon would later gain popularity and importance as a revolutionary symbol. Source: assumption.edu.

Grateful American™ Kids Rock — Here's Why!

David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation is proud to release “Grateful American™ Kids Rock!” Starring the students of The Steward School in Richmond, VA, the song is a rap that honors America’s Founding Fathers and Founding Mothers.

“David Bruce Smith and I are incredibly excited to launch GratefulAmericanKids.com, and I can’t think of a better way to do it than to have 30 students from The Steward School sing about the founders in a fun, educational manner,” says Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer of the Grateful American™ Foundation, and author of the lyrics to “Grateful American™ Kids Rock!”

“We are especially grateful to The Steward School’s music teachers Bonnie Anderson and John McAlister, who put the beat to the words and helped the students rock out on the lyrics,” Gibbs adds. “We had a blast making this video.”

Learn more at www.GratefulAmericanKids.com.


Many thanks to the students at The Steward School in Richmond, VA, who starred in our music video, including:

  • Kindergarteners: Ava, Ozzie, Gabe, and Grady
  • First Graders: Kadan, Lucky, Jennifer, Tison, Virginia, Dylan, Scarlett, Hanna, and Nora
  • Second Graders: Colby (as Thomas Jefferson), Kamran, Nadine, Jack, Karina, and James
  • Third Graders: Lillie Grace (as Dolley Madison), Luke (as Alexander Hamilton), Kamillah, Luna, Jadyn, Spencer (as George Washington), Nels, Marc, Sadie, Jordyn, and Anne

Special thanks to Bonnie Anderson and John McAlister, the music teacher maestros at The Steward School who put music to the words and taught the students to rock out with history; Cary Jamieson, director of the Bryan Innovation Lab; and Rachel Williard, director of marketing and communications. And kudos to the marvelous moms at The Steward School who supplied all the costumes and helped dress 30 students.


Grateful American™ Kids Rock: The Music Video c2016

Lyrics by Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer
Grateful American™ Foundation c2016

Music by Bonnie Anderson and John McAlister, teachers
The Steward School, Richmond, VA

SING ALONG!

Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
And here is why …

We are the kids who are grateful to
Hundreds of heroes who just knew
They had to fight for what was right
Freedom from the king … the Bill of Rights!

They risked their homes,
They risked their lives,
They didn’t know
If they would win or die.

But they had to try, they had to try
Freedom was the prize
Freedom was the prize!

Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
And here is why …

George Washington was a founding pop
He was brave and strong and refused to stop
‘Cross the Delaware he took his men
Through freezing months they lived in tents
Freedom was the prize
Freedom was the prize!
Yorktown was their final battle
Blood was spilled, but George was never rattled
Lives were lost, spirits tossed
He knew Revolution came at really high costs.

But they had to try, they had to try
Freedom was the prize
Freedom was the prize!

Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
And here is why …

Ben Franklin was a clever man
He gave us electricity and the “fireman”
In Philadelphia he made his mark
In London and in France he was an international spark!
Called the man on the moon, he never waned
His brilliant mind is revered today
For war, he knew came at a terrible cost
But he knew that liberty was worth the loss!

He knew they had to try, they had to try
Freedom was the prize
Freedom was the prize!

Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
And here is why …

Thomas Jefferson, a science geek
Many rewards did his experiments reap
For the Declaration he is renowned
In Paris, France, mac-n-cheese he found!
The Louisiana Purchase was a crowning jewel
And, owning slaves — that was a complicated rule.
But, none of this would have come to fruition
Had he not supported the “Revolution.”

He knew they had to try, they had to try
Freedom was the prize
Freedom was the prize!

Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
And here is why …

Dolley Madison, a founding mom
Had skills that went so far beyond.
She changed her role, it was no mystery
Became the first lady — and changed our history!
The very first, first lady — thank you Dolley
For seeing that America was more than just folly
You gave us heart, you made politics fun,
And you showed us that patriots weren’t just sons!

She knew we had to try, we had to try
Freedom was the prize
Freedom was the prize!

Alexander Hamilton, where would we be
If you had not figured out
What to do with our money!
The duel that you fought turned out to be your doom …
Why couldn’t you just have said Aaron Burr was such a loon?
Still we give you props, for standing up for your honor
You were a great role model, a humble Founding Father!

He knew we had to try, we had to try
Freedom was the prize
Freedom was the prize!

Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
And here is why …

There are dozens of heroes, if not hundreds
Who made America stand for somethin’
The Revolutionary War was just the beginning
What the founders fought for was much more than winning!
They dreamed of a nation for the brave and the free
People who’d forever strive for liberty!
The outcome we know turned out to be fateful
For generations to come we are ever so grateful!

Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
Grateful American Kids … rock!
Now you know why!

The Power of an Attitude of Gratitude

David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation is dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history, for kids and adults.

Founded on President’s Day 2014, the mission of the organization is to provide insight and increase interest in the people and events that helped establish the United States. The first phase of the project has highlighted the work and lives of the founding presidents, from George Washington through Abraham Lincoln.

This year, on July 4, 2016, Smith launched a new website that is completely focused on kids: www.GratefulAmericanKids.com.

Scroll down for an interview about Grateful American™ Kids between Hope Katz Gibbs, executive producer of both projects, and Smith. The interview was conducted at the historic site of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech — at St. John’s Church in Richmond, VA.


Hope Katz Gibbs: What inspired you to launch Grateful American™ Kids?

David Bruce Smith: We’ve all seen the research about how kids are not being taught history effectively, and with that comes the tendency to slough it off. We need to have the same feeling of patriotism that existed after 9/11, but without the framework of a disaster. I think the title, “Grateful American™ Kids,” will be fun and help stimulate some of those thoughts.

Hope Katz Gibbs: What are your goals for the project?

David Bruce Smith: GratefulAmericanKids.com is focused solely on making history come to life for children. Every other month, we will feature a new cover story with a video that stars kids. And we’ll have a history book of the month, fascinating historic facts of the week, recipes from the Colonial era, art and essays by kids that feature what they are learning in school about American history — and more!

Hope Katz Gibbs: What is the first video about?

David Bruce Smith: That one is really fun. It’s called Grateful American™ Kids Rock, which you wrote the lyrics to. We had first, second, and third grade and kindergarten students from The Steward School in Richmond perform it, and the music was written by two of The Steward School’s music teachers, Bonnie Anderson and John McAlister.

Hope Katz Gibbs: What will some of the other videos feature?

David Bruce Smith: We have already shot a video about Charles Willson Peale, a Revolutionary Era painter. And we’ll be doing one on Patrick Henry. Then we’ll head up to Mount Vernon to feature George and Martha Washington, and to President Lincoln’s Cottage later in 2017.

Hope Katz Gibbs: This approach to making history fun sounds like a better approach than textbooks, facts, and dates.

David Bruce Smith: Textbooks can be part of the problem, in that they cover the sweep of history unevenly or not at all. Sometimes they are also too complicated and verbose. I think it’s good to mix standard texts with films, biographies, diaries, and guest speakers.

Hope Katz Gibbs: When you were a kid, who was your favorite president, and why?

David Bruce Smith: Definitely Abraham Lincoln. Ever since I was a little boy, Lincoln has been my favorite for one reason: He freed the slaves. Had he not, it would have been many years before anybody else was bold and brave enough to do it.

Hope Katz Gibbs: You also have a great appreciation for the nation’s first ladies, and the women who shaped America’s early history. Why is that, and what are some of your favorite stories about these ladies?

David Bruce Smith: Some of the first ladies are under-recognized for their contributions to their husband’s successes. For example: Had it not been for Abigail Adams, I don’t think John Adams would have become president. He was difficult and moody, but she evened him out. Dolley Madison filled in the weaknesses of James Madison. While he was bookish and scholarly, she had personality, and she was a great hostess. As a couple they were a perfect combination.

Hope Katz Gibbs: If you could accomplish one thing with Grateful American™ Kids, what would it be?

David Bruce Smith: To develop an appreciation for history. This shouldn’t be a difficult thing to do, especially if the challenge is properly framed. If one thinks about the whole — or a piece — of it as an Ancestry.com on the country, it should make more sense, and be fun to learn.

For more information, visit GratefulAmericanKids.com

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

He who knows he has enough is rich.”

– Tao Te Ching

Change is a math formula. Change happens when the cost of the status quo is greater than the risk of change.”

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You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

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Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

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Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

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No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.”

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Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

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If you would create something,
 you must be something.”

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‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”

– Mark Twain

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

I can’t go back to yesterday—because I was a different person then.”

– Lewis Carroll

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”

– Helen Keller

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.”

– Winston Churchill

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

Books

Novelist Tom Fleming Takes Us Inside “The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers”

How do you write a book? That was the question that 24-year-old Thomas Fleming asked best-selling writer Fulton Oursler in 1951. “Write four pages a day,” Oursler said. “Every day except Sunday.”

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Diplomacy

President Lincoln's Cottage Director Erin Carlson Mast Shares the Diplomatic Genius of the 16th President

Just 3.5 miles from the White House, President Lincoln’s Cottage at The Soldiers’ Home stands as a testament to his revolutionary courage.

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Education

Discover the Hidden Treasures of the New-York Historical Society

The doors of the Historical Society opened in 1804, when it was more of a club for the city’s elite. But in the 200 years since, it has been transformed into a thriving gallery, filled with more than 60,000 artifacts, that has been visited by people from around the world.

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Finance

Finance Rules From Alexander Hamilton

Learning about the life, career, and accomplishments of Alexander Hamilton is more than just a fascinating history lesson. The curators of his home, the Grange, are so knowledgeable that they provide a greater understanding of the founding of the country, and our financial system.

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Fine Art

Children's Book Author Roz Schanzer Turns History Into Fine Art

If learning about American history never tickled your fancy, you haven’t read one of Rosalyn Schanzer’s illustrated picture books. Filled with facts and detailed artwork, they appeal to all ages.

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Food

Take a Taste of Treats Thomas Jefferson Brought to Colonial America

In “Thomas Jefferson’s Creme Brûlée,” author Thomas Craughwell recounts the Founding Father’s historic time spent in France. Among the history lesson are recipes including macaroni and cheese.

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Leadership

Historian Márcia Balisciano Shares Leadership Lessons From Benjamin Franklin

What savvy governing agreements was Franklin working out while in London to benefit the United States?

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Management

James and Dolley Madison Offer Five Strategies for Successful Management

What was John Madison’s biggest contribution to history? The president of his Montpelier Foundation explains.

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Quotes

Revolutionary Ideas: Wisdom From the Founding Mothers

“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” — Abigail Adams

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Inkandescent Radio

Look Back at the Future of Politics with American University Professor Richard Semiatin

Richard Semiatin, the Academic Director of American Politics at American University has spent decades studying politicians and elections.

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Inkandescent TV

Why Do Historians Consider President James Monroe the "Forrest Gump" of the Revolutionary Era?

“We joke that he’s like Forrest Gump, because he comes up everywhere. He was part of the American Revolution, the Continental Congress, and the Louisiana Purchase,” explains historian Cassandra Good.

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Wine

Who Planted the First Vineyards in America?

Pour yourself a lovely glass of vino and sit back and relax as you watch this episode of Grateful American™ TV, starring Gabriele Rausse, director of gardens and grounds at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

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