• 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

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

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

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

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

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

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

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.”

– J. Robert Oppenheimer

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

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

– John Quincy Adams

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

– Steve Jobs

We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

– Joseph Campbell

Challenge is a dragon with a gift in its mouth. Tame the dragon and the gift is yours.”

– Noela Evans

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

– Gandi

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

You must learn to be still in the midst of activity 
and to be vibrantly alive in repose.”

– Indira Ghandi

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

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

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

– Benjamin Franklin

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

– John Quincy Adams

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

– Muhammad Yunus

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

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

– William Shakespeare

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Abraham Lincoln

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

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

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.”

– Robert Fritz

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

– William Blake

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

– Alan Webber, author, "Rules of Thumb"

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.”

– Marcel Proust

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

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

– Charles Dickens

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

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

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

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

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

– J.K. Rowling

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

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