• 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

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

– Seneca

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

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

– Aristotle

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

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

– A wisdomism

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

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

– J.R. Ward, Lover Mine

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

– Frederic Nietzsche

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

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

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

– Carlos Castaneda

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Martha Beck

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

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

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– Bruce Lee

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

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

– William Jennings Bryan

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

– Lewis Carroll

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

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

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Winston Churchill

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

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

– Lao Tzu

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

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

– August Rush

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

– Charles Dickens

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

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

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

– Martha Beck

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

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

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– African Proverb

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
of the dreams you want to realize.
 The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience.”

– Sonia Croquette

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

– J.K. Rowling

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

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

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Byron Katie

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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