Happy Edison’s Day!

Hi Princess!

Well, today is Thomas Edison’s birthday, or as I like to call it, Edison’s Day. He was a really cool inventor. He might not be as popular as inventors like Tesla, Fulton, and the Wright Brothers, but I always thought he was pretty cool. See, invented the light bulb. Before that, if you wanted to see at night, you had to use a candle, or a gas light.

All totaled, he had a thousand patents. A patent is a legal document that gives you credit for inventing something. A lot of patents are just improvements on stuff that you already invented. But still, that’s a lot of inventions!

Here’s a few of his famous sayings:

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
There is no substitute for hard work.
I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world.

And my personal favorite:

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.


See, he was no smarter than you or I, he just worked really, really hard!

Love ya!

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Princess Leslie, hi, how are ya?

Well, it looks like I’m going to be moving soon. Don’t worry, however far away I might end up, you’ll always be close to my heart. You know, it kinda makes me think. When your mommy was little, I moved around a lot. I guess, looking back, that wasn’t very good for her. Everyone will say, “You did the best you could”, but I wonder if that’s really true.

Anyway, I gotta go now. Love ya bunches and bunches!

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Eight years later

Hi, Princess!

Well, it’s hard to believe eight years have gone so fast. Way, way back in 2008, when you were really, really little, Barack Obama won the election to become the 44th President of the United States. When he made his speech, I got your mom to let you watch it even though you were too little and probably wouldn’t remember it, and even though it came on past the time you would have been asleep.

Eight years later, Barack Obama gave his last State of the Union Address to Congress.


Most people think he was a terrible president, but I thought he did a pretty good job.

Anyway, that’s all I’ve got for now. Love you bunches and bunches!


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