From Kosoma to Bama: Happy Forever Home Day

Six years ago today "Bama" came into my life and found her forever home. I found my best friend. She's been my dream dog and I hope she's been as happy during these years as I have. I think she adores me as much as I adore her. I'd wanted a dog for over a year but started my little family with a shelter cat I named Bumble. More about Bumble in another post. Today is Bama's day. I successfully … [Read more...]

Martha Washington, Emma Peel and ideas

In 1998, I published an essay titled "Martha Washington, Emma Peel and ideas." At the time, Martha Washington was a popular subject for biographers and historians and my childhood TV hero, Mrs. Emma Peel, ever-popular among cult-TV types, was back in the spotlight. Given the theme of my most recent post ("Celebrate the Power of an Idea"), I thought it might be interesting to revisit the … [Read more...]

Celebrate the power of an idea made manifest

“... We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed....” Many people celebrate Independence Day as a military … [Read more...]

Ignite Birmingham 1: Connecting-the-dots

I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate in the inaugural Ignite Birmingham event held Thursday, April 29, 2010. As I listened to the other talks throughout the evening I began to realize that most of them featured themes or ideas that were compatible with points I planned to touch on in my own talk, also named The Ben Franklin Follies. I thought it might be fun to commemorate the … [Read more...]

My memories of Lynn Redgrave

I’m not much inclined to follow the daily doings of celebrities but there are a few who, for varying reasons, hold a special place in my life. Lynn Redgrave was one such person. The announcement of Lynn Redgrave’s death on May 2, 2010 took me by surprise and left me with a melancholy that lingered for several days. I had intended to write this post immediately after I learned of her death but … [Read more...]

The importance of quality journalism

The following (shown as a quotation) is the full text of a lengthy comment I submitted to the blog, Occam's Razr in response to Ike's post about whether Birmingham is ready for an online newspaper. As [John] Archibald points out, a properly-functioning democracy depends on voters who are informed about issues (and, I would add, sufficiently educated and thoughtful to properly evaluate … [Read more...]

The Ben Franklin Follies will debut soon.

I've had the idea for this blog for several years but never have had time to pursue it.  In fact, back around 2006 I started blogging under this title (using another blogging service) but let it fall by the wayside, due to professional responsibilities at the time. But now the time is right. Ben Franklin is my hero. I love his approach to life. He wasn't constrained by "disciplinary" silos that … [Read more...]