• 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 is launching 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.

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 is launching 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 going to be 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, who was 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 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 favorites 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 the perfect 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

Grateful American™ Kids Rock — Here's Why!

David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation is proud to release the first look at the upcoming music video, “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.

The full video will be live on July 4, 2016, when the Foundation launches its newest project, www.GratefulAmericanKids.com,

“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 at dress rehearsal, as seen in this video, and at the final filming on May 31.”

Stay tuned for the official launch of “Grateful American™ Kids Rock!” when GratefulAmericanKids.com launches on July 4.

Learn more about David Bruce Smith’s Grateful American™ Foundation at www.GratefulAmericanFoundation.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 the maestros at The Steward School who put music to the words and taught the students to rock out with history: Bonnie Anderson and John McAlister; Director of the Bryan Innovation Lab Cary Jamieson; and Director of Marketing and Communication Rachel Williard.


Grateful American™ Kids Rock: The Music Viedo c2016

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

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

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!

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

– John Quincy Adams

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

– Steven Schussler

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.”

– Bruce Lee

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Marcel Proust

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

– Barack Obama

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

– Muhammad Yunus

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– Brian Tracy

The music is all around us. All you have to do is listen.”

– August Rush

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Magical

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

– Lewis Carroll

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

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

– Byron Katie

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

– Martha Beck

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– Martha Beck, from "Leaving the Saints"

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

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

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

– Lao Tzu

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

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

– Abraham Lincoln

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

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

– J.G. Holland, novelist

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

– John Lennon

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

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

– Martha Beck

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

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

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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

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

4oz tequila + 1oz TripleSec + 2oz lime juice + 1oz simple syrup (sugar=water), 1 cup crushed ice. Shake + dance around the kitchen.

– Avenida Margarita

The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer.”

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

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

– William Blake

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"

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Some things are destined to be—it just takes us a couple of tries
to get there.”

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

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 landmark for visitors—as well as a spot to host parties, weddings, and attend events for kids that bring history to life.

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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 Thomas Jefferson’s Crème Brûlée

In this thoroughly captivating book by Thomas Craughwell, the culinary biography recounts Thomas Jefferson’s historic time spent in France.

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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? Who helped to preserve the c. 1730 residence? Which famous dignitaries have visited the museum in recent years? And what happened to Franklin’s famous home and shop in Philadelphia?

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Management

James and Dolley Madison Offer Five Strategies for Successful Management

Madison’s biggest contribution to history was the idea of expanding the sphere of republican government and allowing more people to participate in it. “Just look at an American public school classroom today,” insists Kat Imhoff, President of the Montpelier Foundation.

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Quotes

Revolutionary Ideas: Wisdom from the Founding Mothers

“While much has been written about the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, battled the British, and framed the Constitution, the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters they left behind have been little noticed by history,” says author Cokie Roberts.

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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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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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