- ("Tommy Dorsey, the jazzman and father of Gospel Music, was singing at a religious gathering in St. Louis when he got awful news. A telegram was handed to him that read: 'Your wife is dead'. The place was packed. People were having a good time, asking Dorsey for another song. But he had just been handed the shock of his young adult life. She was gone. He had left her back home in her last month of pregnancy. All seemed well..." and several other illustrations)
- ("Some years ago a book was written by Gene Smith, a noted American historian. The title was When The Cheering Stopped. It was the story of President Woodrow Wilson and the events leading up to and following WWI. When that war was over Wilson was an international hero. There was a great spirit of optimism abroad, and people actually believed that the last war had been fought..." and many more)
- There’s a private group on Facebook known as “McCrea Family.” It was created for my Aunt Mary and her extended family to keep in touch with each other. Even though it’s designed for use by my cousins — most of whom I haven’t seen in decades — I was invited to join, too. That’s where I learned that my first cousin, Jennifer McCrea, was recently interviewed on a national radio program. That’s not all that surprising since Jen is a nationally-known leader in the field of fundraising. She is faculty member at Harvard University, co-author of the best selling book, The Generosity Network, and is a fundraising consultant for a large number of non-profits. So I was interested to hear what she had to say in her interview. One of the things that stood out to me came early in that interview when she was talking about her background. She talked about graduating from a small college, which, if I remember correctly, was Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania — the same school my father and several of my cousins attended. Jen said that when she graduated with a degree in philosophy, she was offered a job with the school’s development office — that is, the fundraising group. She was given plans for a proposed new building and a list of wealthy alums and then sent off to New York City. For the next six months, she worked very hard, meeting with the people on her list and making presentations to them. Yet, in spite of her efforts, she was getting nowhere. As she returned to her hotel from the latest rejection, she began to think about searching for a new job. But before she did that, she tried to figure out why she was being so ineffective. And that’s when she had her epiphany...
- Seven days changed the world. These seven days have been the topic of millions of publications, countless debates and thousands of films. These seven days have inspired the greatest painters, the most skilled architects, and the most gifted musicians. To try and calculate the cultural impact of these seven days is impossible. But harder still would be an attempt to account for the lives of men and women who have been transformed by them.
- ("A friend and I went to the Final Four Championship game last Monday night at the Metrodome. We bought tickets from a scalper and didn't get scalped too badly. It was really exciting to be a part of it. There were thousands and thousands of Duke fans cheering their team on and thousands and thousands of Arizona fans rooting for their team...")
- ("When I was a child growing up the neatest thing in the world to me was to march in a parade with the other Cub Scouts! When I went to high school I took drum lessons. One day Mr. Jerry Friday who was the band director at Octorara High School came to me and asked me if I'd be willing to join the high school's Marching Band...")
- ("Even before the dawn one Friday morning, I noticed a young man, handsome and strong, walking the alleys of our City. He was pulling an old cart filled with clothes both bright and new, and he was calling in a clear, tenor voice 'Rags'. Ah, the air was foul and the first light filthy to be crossed by such sweet music...")
- ("In 1501, the Opera of Florence commissioned Michelangelo's David. Michelangelo found a single block of marble for this enormous statue, a block previously worked on by another artist, but then discarded as an inferior block of stone. Michelangelo's approach to sculpting, however, was 'to take away', and not 'to add'..." and another illustration)