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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Fun Way to Get Facts and Wisdom

Picture of my Snapple drink at my home office. Like the plants? Read in Richard Wiseman's new (2010) book that having plants in site increases creativity.

Reading is the key to discovering wisdom.

You already know this if you've read my book
Discover Hidden Secret Wisdom

Beleive that wisdom is hidden in books.
You must be an avid reader to discover these secrets.

My favorite motivational speaker, the late Jim Rohn who passed in Dec. 2009 had often said, "the book you don't read won't help you."

Reading the smallest thing can reveal wisdom.
The person who is not able to read will miss out on so much wisdom and knowledge.

That is why part of the profits from my book, Discover Hidden Secret Wisdom, went to the non-profit, First Book that provides free books to children at risk addressing one of the major factors regarding literacy: access to age approrpaite books.

Snapple's Peach Tea is one of my favorite drinks. Love it. of course you might not like this drink. Always enjoy the Snapple fun facts, too. They're listed on the bottom of the bottle cap.

Have had three Snapples in the last week. I was thinking that a person who couldn't read wouldn't be able to understand the facts on the bottom of the cap. This makes me sad. Want to help promote literacy. Maybe I should volunteer to help teach at the library during the evenings. Will look into that and get back to you.

Here are three fun facts that I had received within the last week:

Real Fact # 922: Maine is the only state with a one-syllable name.

Hmm.. must be the main state. My state, West Virginia has three syllables. It has one more than our good friend to the east, Virginia. Just count the syllables for this little town:

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. 7.

Okay, here is real fact #788. The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Hmm... sometimes I can fall asleep that quick even after drinking coffee. Sometimes I struggle.
Think just lying down and doing some deep breathing and day-dreaming could help me to fall asleep faster. Staying up late on purpose could be my problem. Will try to fall asleep faster tonight (on time.)

Here is fact # 867: Franklin Roosevelt was related to 5 U.S. Presdients by blood and 6 by marriage. That fact is for now. Maybe he'll have a relative in the future to become President, too. You never know. I'm certain Teddy Roosevelt was one of them.

Oh, how I love the internet. Let me count the ways. One google search and here is what I found:

Genealogists have determined that FDR was related to: George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft (Click here for source). This source shows many more than six. How shall we find out?

I recommend Jean Edward Smith's book, FDR. Smith is a professor at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Smith will also be at the Ohio River Festivle of books. I plan to get a copy of FDR and have him sign-it. I'll be at the festivle, too, signing copies of my book, Discover Hidden Secret Wisdom.

Here is a link for FDR:

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