The Humor of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a man of many accomplishments. In addition to founding the Republican Party, winning a Civil War and ending slavery in America, Lincoln was an accomplished storyteller and humorist.  Learn about facets of his personality that today few know, and laugh at some of his endless collections of jokes and anecdotes.

Flash Fiction

A half hour into the dynamics of the fiction form under 1,000 words. Short history of, as well as, global references to this old and now revitalized style of fiction. Then one half hour of writing six word stories, twelve paragraph stories, short vignettes of life experience, episodic scences of compressed narrative. Depending on skill level and needs of group, we may do as many as four styles, or focus on one. Sharing if desired will end session. Follow-up comments or sessions of writing may be arranged.

Predictions and Promises that Proved To Be Wrong

Self-proclaimed and acknowledged experts believe themselves to be “the smartest person in the room” never hesitate to show off how much they know. However, in a significant number of instances, history has proven many of their “statements of fact” to be completely wrong.

From Here to There: Crossing the Delaware on Ferries and Bridges

In early times, the crossing of the First State’s waterways, particularly the mighty Delaware River, presented a challenge. Getting from here to there was often dependent upon river conditions, and the prebridge solution was the ferry. This program looks at the story of getting from here to there, with a particular emphasis on the Delaware River. Once the Delaware Memorial bridge opened in 1951, ferries were put out of business.

Nothing to Fear: The Triumph of FDR

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt took the oath of office as the 32nd President on March 4, 1933, he famously said that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. Over the next twelve years and one month, as he led the country though the Great Depression and World War II, the generation that he said had “a rendezvous with destiny” summoned the same courage that he himself had shown twelve years
before when he was stricken with infantile paralysis. This illustrated talk will look back at FDR’s life, his presidency, and listen to some of his most eloquent words.