Thomas Jefferson: born April 13, 1743

Let me describe to you a man, not yet forty, tall and with a mild and pleasing countenance…An American, who without ever having quitted his own country, is at once a musician, skilled in drawing; a geometrician, an astronomer, a natural philosopher, legislator, and statesmen…Sometimes natural philosophy, at others politicks or the arts were the topicks of our conversation, for no object had escaped Mr. Jefferson; and it seemed as if from his youth he had placed his mind, as he has done his house, on an elevated situation, from which he might contemplate the universe.

Description of a visit to Thomas Jefferson at Monticello in 1782 from Travels in North-America, in the Years 1780, 1781, and 1782 by the Marquis de Chastellux.

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13, 1743, at Shadwell in Albemarle County, Virginia. A member of the Continental Congress, he requested that only three of his many accomplishments be noted on his tomb at Monticello: Author of the Declaration of American Independence; Author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom; And Father of the University of Virginia.

A man of many conflicts.

While he lived a simple lifestyle, greeting guests in homespun clothes and slippers, it is reported that his wine bill upon leaving the presidency was $10,000. He certainly knew how to live well. He believed in a “wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another,” but that otherwise left them free to regulate their own affairs. In an effort to minimize the influence of the central government, he reduced the number of government employees, slashed army enrollments, and cut the national debt.

Jefferson had to deal with the political war waged between his Republican Party and the Federalists. There were many occasions where his personal philosophy contradicted his professional actions. The battles were focused on the nation’s judiciary branch. The landmark ruling in Marbury v. Madison, which established the independent power of the Supreme Court, was handed down during Jefferson’s presidency.

Of his relationship with the slave Sally Hemmings, many still debate today.  Although he denied the affair, current DNA evidence supports sexual relationships between the two and was indeed fathered two of her children.  While he fought for the prohibition of slavery in new American territories, he never freed his own slaves. Some historians argue that he felt it was for their own safety and they were better off at Monticello. However, one still cannot overlook the sacred words “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” in light of his ambivalence toward slavery.

Time has passed and two hundred thirty years later I wonder…Are these truths self-evident? It’s rhetorical, in my view yes. However, the more important question is when? When will we as humanity act, that all men are truly created equal?

Photos and other material from the Library of Congress. Check it out, it’s your library.

Open Trackbacks and featured artist Steve Hanks

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And for your viewing pleasure here are a couple of watercolors by featured artist Steve Hanks. His beautiful studies of the female form is attracting national attention. An intimate portrait of thoughtful serenity and subtle sensuousness.

“A healing process can be a lengthy one, says Steve Hanks.” This is, in fact, the final painting in a series of three that have used the ascent of the staircase to track this woman’s passage. By reaching the landing at the top, she has completed her growing process and is ready to move on. This staircase reminds us to take things in life one step at a time, that a promise of reward and satisfaction—the top of the staircase—and a new view of the world around you, is a situation you can help create for yourself.

In my paintings, when there’s a sidewalk or shoreline going off into the distance, I sometimes use this area to represent people in the subject’s mind. You may notice that in A New Beginning that there are no people down the sidewalk, and that the background is left blank; the woman has visualized an open road in her future. Additionally, I used a different model for this painting than I did in the first two, to further illustrate the metamorphosis: you are not the same person at the top of the staircase that you were at the bottom.

Where are you on your Staircase?

Have a Tasty and Wholesome Morning meal

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The History Behind The Knife And Fork – Why Is Cutlery So Called And Why Was The Fork The Work Of The Devil?

No matter where you go to eat there will be a set of cutlery for you to use (excepting, of course, Chinese restaurants where you can obtain cutlery rather than chopsticks if you wish). The cutlery is always the same, one knife and one fork for every course, or a spoon for soup. The designs may vary but the tools remain the same. There has been some evolution in recent times though, to accommodate our desire for fast food and food on the run, which has led to the development of the spork, a half spoon and half fork creation designed especially for one-handed eating. But where did the use of such eating implements come from, who decided that these were the tools that we should eat with?

Humble Beginnings

We need to go back to the seventeenth century to see the first use of the fork at the dining table, making it something of a recent addition to the cutlery drawer. But journey back around three hundred thousand years and you will discover that our ancestors were even then using crude knives to the first butcher and then carve the meat for their meals. Though these were very rough and formed from the stone they are the basis for the tools that we use today. When the Iron Age arrived the knives were refined, made stronger and sharper, their shape changed and became something that we would recognize today as a knife. Iron was the metal of choice for centuries, right up until the development of stainless steel in the nineteenth century.

Why Cutlery?

The men who crafted the iron knives of old were known as cutlers. This name is a derivative of the Middle English ‘cutellerie’ which is itself derived from a word in old French which can be traced back to the original Latin ‘cutellus’ which translates as the knife. So you see not only has the design of the implement changed very little over centuries the name also remains true to its roots. The introduction of the fork posed something of a challenge to the masses, it was seen as something revolutionary, the work of the devil, after all, it was pronged just like the devil’s own fork. It took a long time for it to be accepted and used by the population of Europe; from its early development in the eleventh century, it wasn’t until the seventeenth century that it was accepted for popular use.

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