Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

When Thomas Jefferson came into the world, April 13, 1743, his parents couldn’t have imagined the man he would become. He was a philosopher, inventor, statesman, and revolutionary.

Throughout his illustrious career, he served as the governor of Virginia, author of the Declaration of Independence, secretary of state, vice president, and president of the United States.

brain puzzle

Years ago, when she was a high school freshman, my daughter played the role of Sophia in Neil Simon s comic fable, Fools. The script is full of knee-slapping dialogue such as this exchange between Sophia and her suitor Leon: SOPHIA: I never know what I mean. I do have thoughts, but they seem to disappear when they reach my lips.

Daylight Savings

In 1784, Benjamin Franklin, then America s ambassador to France, playfully chided Parisians on their frivolous use of candles, suggesting in an anonymous letter to the Journal de Paris that they economize on resources.

The Memphis Belle and crew

American bomber crews had one of the most dangerous jobs of World War II. They had an estimated one in four chance of their next mission being their last, with some theaters presenting even deadlier odds of one in two.

Online screenshot

The New York Times recently declared 2012 as the year of the MOOC. What are MOOCs you ask? They are massive open online courses and for believers in lifelong learning, MOOCs are a godsend, offering anyone free access via the Internet to the most elite universities in the world.

Couple sleeping

We live in a world where gigantic MRI machines produce images of our internal organs. Where bionic limbs replace real ones. Where once deadly and debilitating diseases are now easily cured. Medical research and science have made significant gains in just about every area of human physiology but one. Sleep.


With the holidays just around the corner, why not give your adult children the one gift only you can give them the security of knowing you are safe, happy, and living life to its fullest.


As English professor Mark Bauerlein sat in the quad on Emory University s campus, he noticed something about the students. Few of those zipping from class to class communicated with others, at least not with anyone around them.


As the saying goes, the early bird gets the worm.