Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

(Post Script to previous article: "Extreme Spite: Man spent 19 years in a Israeli prison rather than agree to a divorce.") This phrase "cutting off one's nose to spite one's face," means “to do something that is meant to harm someone else, but also harms the person who does it.” The suggested origin of this … Continue reading Origin of: “Cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face”

Winston Churchill: Entertaining Stories, Classic Quotes, and Witty Insults

Winston Churchill is one of a dozen personal heroes in my personal Hall of Fame. In my opinion, he was the greatest statesman-leader of the 20th century. Italian Cruise Lines Late in life Sir Winston took a cruise on an Italian liner. A journalist asked why he chose an Italian ship instead of a British … Continue reading Winston Churchill: Entertaining Stories, Classic Quotes, and Witty Insults

My Ancestor Murdered the Archbishop of Britain

My 27th Great-Great Grandfather is Sir William de Tracy (1135-1189). He is a murderer. He didn’t murder just anyone. As they so, “Go big or go home.”  He murdered Saint Thomas Becket the Archbishop of Great Britain.  This is one of the most infamous events in British history. It is also a very interesting story. Who Represents God, … Continue reading My Ancestor Murdered the Archbishop of Britain

Lesson from the HMS Victory and the Battle of Trafalgar

In Portsmouth Harbor, on the south coast of England, rests the famous sailing battleship, the HMS Victory.  (This is the same harbor from which the D-Day Normandy invasion of WWII was launched.) The HMS Victory was Admiral Lord Nelson's flagship in one of the most famous naval battles in history, the Battle of Trafalgar.  The … Continue reading Lesson from the HMS Victory and the Battle of Trafalgar

Euclid Tries to Teach Geometry to Alexander the Great

Euclid, the ancient Greek, is “the Father of Geometry.” Thus, the school course is sometimes called, “Euclidean Geometry.” The story is told that Philip, King of Macedonia, hired Euclid, to tutor young Alexander the Great, his son. Alexander found Euclid to be a demanding teacher and mathematics to be a difficult subject.  In frustration, Alexander demanded a … Continue reading Euclid Tries to Teach Geometry to Alexander the Great

Great Examples of “Grit” — The Key to Success

The great key to long term success is grit and perseverance. “Endure to the end.” “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.” There are countless examples of success through endurance and grit.  Here are a few of the most famous ones. Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln is perhaps our greatest president. He kept … Continue reading Great Examples of “Grit” — The Key to Success