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Wizard of Menlo Park

Fifteen-year-old Thomas Edison sat in the composing room at the Detroit Free Press, reading the day’s news before buying his papers to sell on the train back to his hometown of Port Huron. It was a little after 10 am,

Ghost Tales for Christmas

On October 5, 1843, a damp, dark night in Manchester, England, 31-year-old Charles Dickens walked alone. Dickens was the most well-known author in England at this time, with nearly a fourth of the population of England reading at least one

Iron and Propeller

“Congratulations on the notoriety you have earned, old boy,” Thomas Guppy said to Isambard Kingdom Brunel. “I thought I would never hear the end of your Clifton Suspension Bridge. ” “That was quite a thing, wasn’t it,” Brunel said to

Running at Giants

The young man walked out of the trench toward the opposing army. He was alone but walked resolute. Men from the front line behind him talked among themselves. “Who is that?” “His name is David, I think. He played the

Increase in Wisdom and Stature

New Year’s Resolutions are four letter words in some households. Too many times they have been followed by disappointment and frustration. It doesn’t have to be that way. If you want this to be the year you achieve your new

Barriers are stepping stones

Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by stories of people that beat the odds and accomplished something amazing. Recently, I have been posting short stories about people that from the outside looking in seem to have some