Jacob’s ladder is a reference to a dream.

According to Genesis 28:10-17 [NIV] …

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down

Yes, faith provides for persistence which is key. In fact, Calvin Coolidge might have an even greater perspective on persistence. He is noted for this quote:

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost

So, coming full circle on this Original 13 of the United States, above is a more distinct idea of what each state claimed.

As far as why then, though Britain was giving up. France provided the backstop at the Mississippi River.

But for France’s involvement as the “higher authority,,” as can also be demonstrated by

Above is a map which depicts the Louisiana Purchase which was signed on April 30, 1803.

There is plenty of treatment on this which I decide not to relate in this post.

What is important is to ask what happened in the interim between the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and this purchase.

Is there an

Above is a general map of the original 13 Colonies before 1763. Notice how boundary lines extended to the Mississippi.

There were some that didn’t. Those which had fixed western boundaries were Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Delaware.

So what about all the others? Maine, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South

Imagine how much influence the four men above influenced the world.

“The Four Vagabonds” from left to right are Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone.

Ford remains not only synonyms with cars, but also with techniques of industrial production.

Firestone was able to mass produce the wheels that went on all those

Hey There! Big opportunity. We have exactly 365 days to get 20/20 perspective.

Maybe you are like me and wish you had it yesterday.

But as the Fleetmac suggest: “Yesterday’s gone, [so] … don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.”

Notwithstanding that upbeat tune which Bill Clinton and company adopted as their campaign anthem in 1992, there

It’s the last day of 2018! Has it been as great a year for you as it has been for me?

The year did not start out stellar. I had a lawsuit which was the absolute death, another locked in mortal combat, and of course all of this was happening while I still was undergoing