Nov 272013

It has been over fourteen years since the first state quarter was released (January 1, 1999 – Delaware). All fifty are in circulation with Hawaii being the last state quarter minted in 2008. Despite their unique artwork, they generally go unnoticed; it is just a quarter, but they do have similarities among them. See if you can recall some of the details they exhibit as featured in this quiz about U.S. quarters. There should be no cheating for you who are collectors!

A. Which quarter has a gun on it?
  1. Massachusetts
  2. Illinois
  3. California
  4. Connecticut
B. On which state quarter would you find a duck?
  1. Arkansas
  2. Minnesota
  3. Hawaii
  4. Louisiana
C. Which state has a cow on it?
  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Colorado
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Oklahoma
D. How many state quarters have horses depicted?
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Four
  4. None
E. Which states have American bison (buffalo) on them?
  1. South Dakota and New York
  2. Kansas and North Dakota
  3. Colorado and Nebraska
  4. Wyoming and Montana
F. How many states have a fish on them?
  1. One
  2. Two
  3. Three
  4. Four
G. Which one has an astronaut on it?
  1. Florida
  2. Ohio
  3. Texas
  4. Nevada
H. How many states have a trumpet displayed?
  1. Two
  2. One
  3. Zero
  4. Four
I. Which one has the most presidents depicted?
  1. South Dakota
  2. Illinois
  3. New Jersey
  4. Virginia
J. How many states depict the state’s boundary or outline on them?
  1. Forty-eight
  2. Four
  3. Thirteen
  4. Fifteen
K. Which state quarter has a race car on it?
  1. Georgia
  2. Florida
  3. Indiana
  4. Alabama
L. How many states display a boat or some sort of water craft within the design?
  1. Three
  2. Five
  3. Seven
  4. Nine
Nov 262013

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.”

— Walter Lippmann

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

— Winston Churchill

When you come into the presence of a leader of men, you know that you have come into the presence of fire — that it is best not uncautiously to touch that man — that there is something that makes it dangerous to cross him.”

— Woodrow Wilson

Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to higher sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.”

— Peter Drucker

Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.”

— Warren Bennis

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.”

— George Bernard Shaw

Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”

— Norman Schwarzkopf

The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict?”

— Max De Pree

Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.”

— Stephen R. Covey

Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.”

— John D. Rockefeller

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.”

— Unknown

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”

— John 10:27
 Posted by at 11/26/2013  Quotes  Comments Off on Quotes on Leadership Part 3
Nov 212013

The X-100, Kennedy Limo

The X-100 pulls away from the White House, February 1963. (2011.241.14.36)

This month, we mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most dramatic — and traumatic — turning points in American history: November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States was assassinated while riding with his wife in the back seat of an open, midnight blue convertible limo. Half a century later, events of that Friday morning still replay in the minds of Americans as they did then — where they were; what they were doing — will forever be etched in their memories. An integral part of that tragic event was the open limo the President was riding in. Iconic photos of the First Lady crawling over the trunk, assisted by a Secret Service agent are familiar images to most Americans. History of what happened is well documented: a new President was sworn in onboard Air Force One, the accused shooter was shot on live television by a night club owner, the funeral with a young boy saluting the coffin, a nation in mourning. But where did that new Lincoln go?

The President’s car, built in Wixom, Michigan, when completed in 1961, was a four-door Lincoln Continental convertible. It was modified at Hess & Eisenhardt of Cincinnati, Ohio where it was cut in half and had a three-foot extension added. Along with the extra length, it had a special rear seat installed with special padding and leather. This rear seat had a hydraulic lift that could raise the seat ten and a half inches so the rider(s) could have an elevated yet comfortable view. Besides a special seat, the car had a PA system installed, two radio phones, special lights inside, flashing red lights outside, sirens, and additional exterior hand holds on the trunk and footholds for security personnel. The Secret Service code-named it the “X-100”.

It had three different rooftops — one being made of clear plexiglass — and this roof was almost used that day, as it had rained the day before. However, none of the roofs were bulletproof. During 1963, the wheel covers (hub caps) were replaced with the “sombrero” style covers of the 1957 Lincoln Premiere. Also, the grill was replaced with a 1962 model grill.

Right after the events had transpired in Dallas, the limo was loaded onto a cargo plane and flown into Andrews Air Force Base. From there it was taken to the White House garage and thoroughly inspected, documented and analyzed. This inspection continued for months by the FBI, Secret Service, and members assigned to the Warren Commission. When the investigation was concluded, the car was sent to Cincinnati for an overhaul by the company which first made the limo.

During the overhaul, a larger engine was installed, to give the car added power to accommodate the additional features being built into the car. One major replacement was the installation of a permanent, bulletproof roof. Additional titanium armor plating was added to the rear section of the car, as well as to the trunk area. The floor was also replaced with heavy steel to withstand grenades. Run-flat tires were installed and all the glass was replaced with extremely thick, and bulletproof, glass.

Not all modifications were just for safety — a second air conditioner was installed in the trunk to keep the backseat passengers comfortable. These additions nearly doubled the weight of the car. During the Johnson presidency, he insisted that he be able to roll down his window in the back, so back to the shop the car went again, for a window that could be raised and lowered. He also demanded that the car be repainted black.

The rebuilt X-100 at the White House, October 1964. (2011.241.14.45)

The car was kept in service for into 1977, and was used by each president up to and including President Carter. Ford Motor Company actually owns the Lincoln, and only leased the car to the White House. Upon retiring from the Presidential motorcade, it has been preserved at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, where a special “JFK Remembered” exhibition will be on display through the November 22nd, 2013. A program guide with more information about the exhibit can be downloaded from the museum’s website:

 Posted by at 11/21/2013  Almanac  Comments Off on This Month in History
Oct 292013

God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.

— Hudson Taylor

Joy is the by-product of obedience.

— Unknown

If you do not connect with others, influence is out of the question.

— Greg Schaffer

While we live we must be moving on. When we stop we begin to die. Rest is necessary, but only to renew our strength that we may press on again. An anchor is needful for a ship, but anchoring is not a ship’s business; it is built for sailing. A man is made for struggle and effort, not for ease and loitering.

— J. R. Miller

Why stay we on earth except to grow?

— Browning

Every life is meant to help all lives; each man should live for all men’s betterment.

— Alice Cary

There are nettles everywhere, but smooth green mosses are more common still; and the blue of heaven is larger than the cloud.

— Unknown

Holy joy will be oil to the wheels of our obedience.

— Matthew Henry

Jesus died your soul to save;
For your life He freely gave
All He had in heaven above,
Just to show His wondrous love.

Wondrous love so rich, so free—
Can it truly be for me?
Yes, dear friend, ’tis true, ’tis true!
All Christ did, He did for you!

—Jennifer R. Leaf

True, saving, justifying faith carries the soul through all difficulties, discouragements, and natural impossibilities—to Jesus Christ!

— William Bridge

God sends no one away empty except those who are full of themselves.

— D.L. Moody

 Posted by at 10/29/2013  Quotes  Comments Off on Inspirational
Oct 092013
October 1

331 B.C., Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia at the battle of Gaugamela.

1800, Spain ceded the territory of Louisiana to France.

1880, John P. Sousa became leader of the U.S. Marine Corps Band.

October 2

1187, Saladin’s siege of Jerusalem ends recapturing the city from Crusaders.

October 3

1835, the Staedtler Company is founded in Nuremberg, Germany. Staedtler is a producer of writing instruments, drafting and artist supplies. The Staedtler family had already been making pencils for generations, dating back into the 1660’s. Staedtler celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2010 and is still making pens today.

October 4

1955, Having lost seven previous attempts, the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first and last World Series.

October 5

1947, President Truman makes first TV address.

October 7

1763, British King George III issued the Royal Proclamation of 1763 declaring all lands north and west of the Alleghenies off-limits to settlement for the colonists.

October 12

1492, Christopher Columbus landed on the islands of the Bahamas, believing he had reached eastern Asia.

October 14

1954, Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” began filming on location in Egypt with a cast of 25,000 people.

October 15

1582, Pope Gregory XIII implemented the Gregorian calendar.

October 16

1773, Pennsylvania Gazette publishes the first article denouncing Britain’s unfair tea tax, leading up to the Boston Tea Party two months later.

October 17

1933, Albert Einstein fled from Nazi Germany to the U.S.

October 19

1765, the American colonies Stamp Act Congress passed the Declaration of Rights and Grievances in response to the British imposed Stamp Act.

1781, British General Cornwallis surrenders to Washington at Yorktown, Virginia, ending the Revolutionary War.

October 20

1944, General Douglas MacArthur returned to the Philippines, fulfilling his promise to return when he was forced to leave by presidential order in 1942.

October 25

1760, in Britain, King George III succeeded his grandfather, King George II, as ruler of the British empire.

October 26

1881, the shootout at the OK corral occurred in Tombstone, Arizona.

October 27

312, Constantine the Great was said to have had his vision of the conquering cross on this day. The next day, he met the Roman Emperor Maxentius and defeated him.

1682, the city of Philadelphia, (Pennsylvania) was founded.

1795, the United States and Spain signed the Treaty of Madrid establishing navigation rights on the Mississippi River and the boundaries between the U.S. and the Spanish-American territories.

October 28

306, Maxentius was proclaimed the Roman Emperor, but six years later, he is defeated by Constantine I at the battle of Milvian Bridge.

1775, the British impose a proclamation forcing all citizens of Boston to confinement within the city.

October 29

1886, President Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty followed by the first ever ticker tape parade in New York City.

October 31

1939, drilling ceased on the creation of the Mount Rushmore memorial. The original design was to include the Presidents’ likeness from head to waist, but lack of funding curtailed the work and only head busts were carved.

 Posted by at 10/09/2013  Almanac  Comments Off on This Month in History
Oct 082013

The following conditions were researched and found to be the undermining of a great world power. How illuminating, these observations made by Edward Gibbon, who, after twenty years of study and research, published his work and hallmarked these five conditions for the fall of this nation.

  1. The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society.
  2. Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace.
  3. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal.
  4. The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within, the decadence of the people.
  5. The decay of religion—faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people.

After reading these five reasons for bringing down the nation, will it surprise you to learn that Mr. Gibbon’s research was not about the United States of America? His published work is entitled: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1776-1788 (six volumes).

Another five accompanying characteristics of the Roman Empire were:

  1. Bizarreness masqueraded as creativity, art became freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original.
  2. Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth.
  3. Obsession with sex and perversions of sex.
  4. Widening disparity between very rich and very poor.
  5. Increased demand to live off the state.

Source: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

 Posted by at 10/08/2013  Articles  Comments Off on Decline and fall
Oct 082013
By Evangelist Joseph T. Larsen

America’s greatest sin and the real cause of the present depression is forgetting God. That means failure to obey God, to listen to His Word, and to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Godlessness leads to disregard for law, corruption in politics, fraud in educational and state life, and hypocrisy in the Church.

America has forgotten God! Its parents, youth and citizens as a whole — these have forgotten God. Even ministers, educators and church officials have forgotten God. True, millions of Christians have not yet forgotten God, but the whole tendency in state life, school life, commercial life, and even in religious circles, is to forget God.

Though there are fifty million church members in the nation and many more Christians who are not church members, yet there are about seventy million outside the churches, living as if there were no God or hereafter.

America’s History Has Been Phenomenal

From the first there were many immigrants coming to America seeking religious liberty. In Godly worship they settled our eastern shores, then moved westward, until they settled almost three million square miles of territory. They built cities, made marvelous inventions, improved everything possible, and now support approximately 124,000,000! For 157 years, God has been the God of this nation, piloting us safely through the pioneer periods, the five wars for freedom of oppressed people; and as a culmination, the people following the recent period of prosperity, have turned largely away from God! Then came the events which brought a general depression!

How Does America Forget God?

By largely banishing the Bible from schools and by misinterpreting it in universities, criticizing it in theological seminaries and colleges, and scoffing at it among the infidels and atheists of the nation. False cults numbering nearly ten million are sweeping the land with propaganda of denial, deceit and devilish doctrines. Atheists, modernists and communists have formed a deadly alliance against God, Christ, the Church, and the Bible. “But he that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, the Lord shalt have them in derision.”

Pleasure, newspapers, magazines, business and society have largely taken the pre-eminent place that God and Christian living ought to take. Crime gets the eye, not Christ! Society not salvation, business and not betterment of souls, money and not missions, earth and not Heaven is foremost in thinking. True, there are a few million Christians in America who still adore, worship and serve Him; but they are like salt in a rotting nation.

Judgment Is Coming

Ancient Babylon, Greece, Rome, Medo-Persia, Assyria, and other empires all forgot God, and have been ruined and forgotten; but only until the judgment!

Oh, citizens of America! Will you ever learn a lesson from past history, from experienced adversity, from former judgments on the nations, that forgetting God does not pay? Can the professing Church of today continue to exist if she joins the world, praises the communists and denies God’s divine rulership?

Macaulay, the English historian, writing nearly one hundred years ago, said of America, “She will be pillaged and looted in the twentieth century by vandals, and forces within her will cause her destruction.” Indications prove him to be right, and unless something can be done by Godly people to stem the tide of lawlessness, communism, modernism and immorality, she will go the way of the ancient nations. Will Christians, will governmental leaders, will its citizens awaken in time or too late?

What Will Cause America to Return to God?

Only a nation-wide revival of Christian teaching, the preaching of a crucified Christ, the return to the Bible, banishing communism, deposing false cult-teachings, baring worldly and sinful amusements, and all dangerous teachings in our public schools. God must find His rightful place in human hearts, the family altars must be restored, and the Church must cease pandering to worldly aspirations.

The prodigal son “came to himself,” and America must come to herself. God’s voice calls upon her to repent, confess her sins and return to the God of love and life. Mercy pleads with justice, grace pleads against judgment, truth opposes falsity, and wisdom foresees coming disaster, unless there is a change through national revival.

May God’s faithful ones keep crying to God for a revival and “give him no rest” until He heard from Heaven with a mighty power as of old. Let us pray unceasingly, “Wilt thou not revive us again, that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Ps. 85:6)

Source: July 1933 Moody Bible Institute Monthly;

 Posted by at 10/08/2013  Articles  Comments Off on America’s sin in forgetting God
Sep 262013

Our life is always deeper than we know, is always more divine than it seems, and hence we are able to survive degradations and despairs which otherwise must engulf us.

— William James

God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work, not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.

— John Piper

Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.

— Walt Anderson

The very essence of leadership is [that] you have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet.

— Theodore Hesburgh

I would neither have you be idle in duties — nor make an idol of duties!

— William Secker, 1660

A person who is a winner may have been counted out several times, but didn’t hear the referee!

— Attributed to several sources

For a righteous man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.

— Proverbs 24:16

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.

— Frank Tibolt

There are two levers for moving men: interest — and fear!

— Napoleon Bonaparte

Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.

— Isaiah 48:17

We shall not become like Christ until we give Him more time.

— Frank Laubach

A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.

— Holmes

When befriended, remember it: when you befriend, forget it.

— Ben Franklin

Throw away those books and cassettes on inspirational leadership. Send those consultants packing. Know your job, set a good example for the people under you and put results over politics. That’s all the charisma you’ll really need to succeed.

— Dyan Machan

 Posted by at 09/26/2013  Quotes  Comments Off on Leadership, Part 2
Aug 302013

“And the Apostles said unto the Lord, increase our faith.” Luke 17:5

Prayer is the expression of need. The earnestness of prayer is evidence of the appreciation of what is asked for. The Apostles are in the presence of the Source of all good from whom many and great things may be received; but that which they felt to be their greatest need was not earthly good of any kind, but an increase of their faith; and for this they prayed. This is a genuine Apostolic prayer, and implies some facts that we desire to notice.

I. It Implies that Some Faith is Already Possessed.

The petitioners already had some faith in the great fundamental truths of religion; but they desired more. All men have faith to some degree. It is so impossible for the worlds of man’s creation to hold together without faith, as for the worlds of God’s creation to maintain their integrity without gravity. It is the faith that merchant has in merchant that keeps the mercantile world from falling to pieces. It is faith that maintains the social world. What would become of the felicity of the domestic world if faith were eliminated from the families that compose it?

It is through faith that we have the knowledge that we have. Few of us are original thinkers, very few of us are given to original research; hence the knowledge that we have is very largely what we have accepted as true from some one who has given it to us, either in a book, or by direct address. Indeed, it is faith that keeps heaven and earth together. If we had no faith in a future world heaven would disappear from the vision of our souls. More than this, if we had no faith we would be unable to posses ourselves of the blessings that have been made possible to us through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Hence it is apparent that some faith is possessed by all men; that all who subscribe to the Christian creed possess it in some measure.

II. It Then Implies That There Are Degrees in Faith.

One man may have stronger faith than another, there are some who have stronger eyesight than others. One man may take a tighter grip of an object than another; so may one man’s eye of faith be stronger than another’s; one man may take a stronger hold upon the great spiritual verities of religion than another.

It was their faith that made men in the early times renowned; it is through the exercise of faith that men still gain glory. We read of Abraham, Moses, Daniel, Paul; but their names would never have reached us but for their great faith in God and Christ.

It is by men of strong faith that the way of advance is pioneered along which people rise to higher glory.

Some men have greater influence with God than other men; but this is not because of their standing in society, their intellectual attainments; but because of their faith in God.

There are those whose composure of soul amid life’s trying circumstances make most profound impressions on the minds of those who behold them. But this composure is not because of being swayed by any stoical philosophy; it is because of a profound faith in the promises of God. There is no fact more patent than that there are degrees of faith in the great fundamentals of religion, as there are in faith of any object.

III. It Implies the Desirability of Faith’s Increase.

The results of this increase show the wisdom of desiring it. Look at some of these results:

  1. There follows a deeper conviction of the facts of the existence and imminence of a personal God. This conviction puts far away from the mind all the influences of those reasoners who would argue God out of the universe, or make all things Deity. In proportion as this faith grows, do conceptions of God become more sublime and soul-uplifting. And, too, influenced by increasing faith in the imminence of God, our views of earth change. It ceases to be a mere marketing place, a playground; it becomes more and more a sacred place, because of the increasing conviction that God is everywhere present in it. How comforting is this conviction to the Christian! He knows his God is at hand with all the kindness of a heart of love to help him.
  2. Increase of faith will make the promises sources of greater comfort to the soul. What glorious things God has made available to men on the exercise of their faith. What king ever promised such marvelous things to his subjects as God has promised to those who believe in Him. But there are many of the professed followers’ of Christ who take very little good out of those promises. They read them, and often think that they are too glorious to be realizable. But as filth in God’s Word increases confidence in the availability of all those blessings that the Bible promises to man becomes so strong that those promises are taken in their fullest import and their fulfillment claimed. What comfort and peace of soul he has who has implicit faith in all that the Bible declares may be man’s portion!
  3. There follows the increase of faith deeper convictions of the reality of God’s providence over men and nations. The stronger our faith becomes in the fundamentals of our religion the more firmly will we hold to the truth that God rules in the affairs of men and nations. Men of strong faith in God never think of this world as abandoned by its Maker. They never think of any of the children of men as being outside the realm of His loving care. To them it is a truth, as true as any ever penned by men, that the nations are not left to be controlled by the wisdom of statesmen, nor the will of tyrants; but that God sways His scepter over thrones, and orders the march of the events of the nations.
  4. There follows this increase a clearer, truer, knowledge. We do not get true conceptions of many things through our physical vision.We do not see the stars so as to have proper conceptions of their magnitude. The Polar star appears to our eye so small that it might be held in the hand of a man; but to the eye of faith it is a world of marvelous magnitude. We have a better view of ourselves by faith than by sight. This is also true concerning Jesus Christ. As a means of knowledge, faith is more to be relied on than are the senses. How important then that it becomes strong?
  5. There follows the increase of faith a greater confidence that the mission of Christ to earth shall be accomplished in all the vastness of its purpose. There seem to be insurmountable difficulties in the way of Christ’s march of conquest; but however great may seem the difficulties, to that faith that is strong in the wisdom and resources of Christ, the final victory is certain.
  6. Increase of faith in the religion we profess makes the future real, and its prospects more soul-cheering. As thus it is seen that the increase of our faith is followed by such delightful and important results, the great desirability of its increase must be apparent.

1909 W. Downey Preacher’s Fingerpost

 Posted by at 08/30/2013  Articles  Comments Off on Increase of Faith
Aug 302013

It’s ‘ketchup’, even though the English sailors who brought it back from Singapore in the 1600’s didn’t have the slightest idea of how the word should be spelt.

The original ketchup was the Chinese ke-tsiap, a pickled fish sauce. The Malays got hold of it and used the name kechup, only instead of using fish in the sauce, they used mushrooms.

When Americans got the recipe, they added tomatoes. Much later, Mr. Henry Heinz would be the first to make it a major product, and in 1876 introduced Heinz Tomato Ketchup. Since the Chinese, Malays, English and American concoctions all start with the “ke” sound, most word purists would tell you it is definitely ‘ketchup’, but never ‘catsup’.

In addition, several Journalists and bloggers dug around to find the history and reported that:

According to a Heinz spokesperson, Henry John Heinz first brought his product to market as “Heinz Tomato Catsup,” but changed the spelling early on to distinguish it from competitors. Del Monte did not switch spellings until 1988, after it became clear that ketchup was the spelling of choice for American consumers. Hunt’s switched the name of their product from catsup to ketchup significantly earlier.

 Posted by at 08/30/2013  Just for Fun  Comments Off on Is it Ketchup or Catsup?