A Cat in Gloves

A cat in gloves catches no mice. -- Ben Franklin from an issue of Poor Richard's Almanack. This may be my favorite of all the aphorisms compiled and published by Ben in Poor Richard's Almanack. And, thusly: "A cat in gloves catches no mice" marks the launch of a new Monday feature on The Ben Franklin Follies — The Monday Motivator. Look for this post each Monday between 6 and 8 a.m. One reason … [Read more...]

Food, health and the I-want-mine-now mindset

As Poor Richard, Ben Franklin popularized the ancient adage: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." We all know that an apple a day isn't going to prevent all health problems. But the general principle is sound. Fruits and veggies should be at the center of our diets. It surprises me that the importance of a healthy diet doesn't get more respect among policymakers who want to deal with the … [Read more...]