Gone With The Wind

“Yes, I want money more than anything else in the world.” “Then you’ve made the only choice. But there’s a penalty attached, as there is to most things you want. It’s loneliness.” Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind   Today, on June 30, 1936, Gone with the Wind was released to the public with great fanfare.  …

The Classical Music Man

“Do whatever you do intensely.” Robert Henri Happy Birthday, Nelson Ackerman Eddy!   Born on June 29, 1901, Nelson Eddy would single-handedly introduce millions of young people to classical music, inspiring many to follow a musical career.  What is remarkable about Nelson was his superstar appeal to both the devoted opera traditionalist and the wildly enthusiastic…

Defining the Future

“Study the past if you would define the future.”  Confucius   Throughout the centuries, June 28th has given us historical moments that defined our present. “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.” Alexander, the Great was born…

The Decline & Fall

“Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.”  Edward Gibbon There is a book that I have not had the courage to start.  It comes in three volumes and resides quite contentedly on one of my bookshelves behind two wooden elephants….

I Never Heard His Name

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with Annotations – 1841-1844 Dr. Zabdiel Boylston! I confess I never heard of his name, but I am very glad that he lived. In fact, many have…

He Gave Us 1984

“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” George Orwell, 1984 Today, in 1903, Eric Arthur Blair was born in Motihari, Bengal, India.  We would come to know him as George Orwell, the man who gave us “Animal Farm,” where “All animals are equal,…