• 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

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– Steven Schussler

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

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

You must have chaos within you, to create a dancing star.”

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

– Thomas Edison

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

– Abraham Lincoln

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

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

– Jimi Hendrix

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

– Goldie Hawn

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.”

– Carlos Castaneda

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

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– Avenida Margarita

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

Entrepreneurs willingly assume responsibility for the success or failure of a venture and are answerable for all its facets.”

– Victor Kiam

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

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

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Andrew Carnegie

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

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

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

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

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

– William Blake

Treat the attainment of happiness in the same way an entrepreneur would approach building a business — with a vision, plan, goals, and a systematic approach.”

– Ted Leonsis

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

Traveling is one way of lengthening life, at least in appearance.”

– Benjamin Franklin

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

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

– Hindu Proverb

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

We are all of us born with a letter inside us, and that only if we are true to ourselves, may we be allowed to read it before we die.”

– Douglas Coupland

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

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

– Charles Dickens

Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities.”

– W.E.B. Du Bois

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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