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Benjamin Franklin

Dangerous Speech: Would the Founders Be Considered Domestic Extremists Today?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Do we negotiate the Constitution, or do we embrace it, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel, no matter how hateful or ugly it gets, and no matter how much we may dislike its flag-bearers?

5 Ways a Penny Saved Can Equal Big Bucks

David Rae | Posted 02.10.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

Fulfilling any meaningful financial goal means saving a lot of pennies, true, but it really can be easier than you think. One of the first tips I give my clients is to look for ways to save money that don't actually require you to cut back.

Meet Jake Marcionette, the Youngest New York Times-Bestselling Author

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.05.2016 | Books
Xaque Gruber

When he was twelve years old, Florida-based Jake Marcionette released his debut book, Just Jake, a loosely autobiographical, laugh-out-loud comedy adventure.

Giving Thx

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Kimann Schultz

Comical, colorful, picturesque and grand as is our land, turkeys are the unsung swans of the open fields. They chirp melodically and their guttural cacophony we have immortalized with the famously phoneticized "gobble, gobble, gobble."

GIve Us Your "Huddled Masses," but "Syrians Need Not Apply!"

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 11.20.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

We need to face the reality that we played a significant role in creating the refugee crisis by overthrowing the Iraqi government in 2003 destabilizing the region. We now have a moral responsibility to those who are fleeing the warzones in Iraq and Syria.

From "Freedom Fries" to "We are all French." The Republicans' History of Vilifying the French

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

One hopes that the recent events in Paris (at a time when ISISphobia has replaced Francophobia) will begin the process of forging a new trans-Atlantic sense of solidarity with America's historic enemy and perhaps remove some of the allure of French-bashing among the American Right.

3 Ways People Deal With Uncertainty

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Jill L. Ferguson

People who choose to focus on the now aren't ignoring the future. They acknowledge that it will happen regardless of their planning or their emotional estate surrounding it. They choose, instead, to focus on their reactions and attitudes to uncertainty.

First Nighter: Simon Russell Beale and Other London Come-Ons

David Finkle | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts
David Finkle

Though Samuel Foote is not remembered today and therefore another instance in the annals of the millions once famous and now forgotten, he was celebrated in 18th-century London as a wit as well as an actor.

#Whyilovephilly

Marion Leary | Posted 07.14.2015 | Travel
Marion Leary

Philly is the underdog city, we are scrappy, we never give up, and we have heart. That is why we are now winning the match against other East Coast cities. Can you hear it?

'Beyond the Mask' Is Adventure With a Message

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.13.2015 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Beyond the Mask is not your typical fait- based film. It has a Christian message, but it is deep inside this tale of a man who was a hired assassin for the East India Company back in pre-Revolutionary days.

Do You Really Know Yourself?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 06.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Samantha Boardman MD

Benjamin Franklin said, "There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self." Self-knowledge is a tricky business indeed ...

Birth of a Lion and the Great American Bildungsroman

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 05.27.2015 | Arts
Mario Tenaglia

I was in Philadelphia all day on Saturday. I went to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in the morning, the Italian Markets, Reading Terminal, the Barnes Foundation, and Chinatown in the afternoon, and saw The Lion King at the Academy of Music in the evening. It was, in short, an absolutely incredible day.

3 Ways to Turn Worry Into Wonderful

Panache Desai | Posted 05.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Panache Desai

Worry is wasted energy -- energy that can be spent productively living our wonderful lives, not spinning our wheels. The future can be frightening at times. However, when we let go and trust in our limitless abundance and divine path, it's much easier to keep in the sunlight.

Happy Takes an Earnest, Moving Look at Positive Psychology

Alex Simon | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Alex Simon

Of all the subjects covered, none is more harrowing than the story of Melissa Moody, a former debutante and beauty queen who was run over by truck in 1992, resulting in the permanent disfigurement of her face.

I'll Vote for That

Katharine Rose | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Katharine Rose

The mere idea that members of Congress should be required to take annual ethics training speaks volumes about how far we have strayed from our founders' values, but may be necessary as a first step toward restoring decency and respectability in our nation's capital.

5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Day

Rachael Yahne | Posted 03.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Asking yourself the following questions will do just that: clue you in to your own behaviors, positive and negative, and help you see where you can alter your life in little ways that will make a big difference.

A Republic or a Democracy -- Let's Get This Straight

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Diane Dimond

From Washington to the heartland, we are not behaving well. We've become a selfish and myopic melting pot on many levels, working against each other toward narrow goals and not the common good.

The Unquenchable and Endless Thirst for War -- Thomas Paine Warns the NeoCons Are Coming... Again!

Ian Ruskin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Enter Thomas Paine, the one truly radical Founding Father, who was fighting for that soul of America. He was also the man who inspired a long and bloody war through his words in Common Sense and American Crisis, words often quoted by Neocons.

Excerpts From Texas's New American History Textbook

John Blumenthal | Posted 01.25.2015 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

And so it came to pass that God persuaded the Founding Fathers that all fellas should be permitted to bear these weapons to protect theyselves from intruders and folks who wore hoodies. Thus was it written in the Constitution and it remains the holiest of all laws in this here land of ours. Amen.

Election '14

Paula Gordon | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Based on his polls, Mitt Romney was so confident that he would be America's president today that he neglected to have a concession speech written. Vot...

7 Habits of Highly Successful Entrepreneurs

Daniel Scalco | Posted 12.28.2014 | Small Business
Daniel Scalco

Success is not an overnight phenomenon. It requires a unique set of skills built over time. While there is no manual outlining what makes someone successful, the most successful entrepreneurs in the world seem to share these 7 habits.

The Myth Of The Self-Made Man

Slate | John Swansburg | Posted 10.01.2014 | World

In 1990, Susan Orlean published a book called Saturday Night, in which she set out to document how Americans spend their weekly reprieve from work. ...

Dear Medical Science: What's Taking You So Long?

John Blumenthal | Posted 11.06.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Guys, we don't want to go through all this suffering anymore. We're sick of getting sick. Stem cells were discovered in 1978. You promised us limitless possibilities, yet here we are, 36 years later, still twiddling our thumbs.

Happy Birthday America

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
William B. Bradshaw

he process of debating and revising Jefferson's declaration continued on July 3 and into the late morning of July 4. In the evening of July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress "unanimously" approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence.

Ben Franklin: Ahead of His Time?

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 09.01.2014 | Books
Thomas A. Foster

Why we now view Franklin as modern instead of old-fashioned says a lot about how we view our national narrative of the history of sexuality. Historians of sexuality have long argued that the story of American sexuality isn't a simplistic arc that bends toward increased freedoms and progress for all.