Iconic Verses of America ~ On Parchment Paper and Tastefully Framed

So these are heavy times in the United States of America the likes of which I, and most Americans have never experienced before. It is saddled with partisan political divides that pit family and friends against one another, Washington DC embroiled in constant turmoil, a president ill-equipped to cope with the challenges of a diverse and evolving country, and now, an international pandemic (Covid-19) that is paralyzing the country. I have long been an admirer of this country, its history, its trials and tribulations. I have always appreciated the struggles of all its people to make a better world here on this exceptional and beautiful continent. All the contributions by the Native Americans, colonists, founding fathers, and everyone in between then and now, to shape this Union into a profound democracy intended to give all citizens the opportunity to achieve success and the guaranteed right of the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

While each generation has seemed to yield a new step forward to spread those rights to every citizen no matter the race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or country of origin, it now appears that our country is turning backwards. To go in the opposite direction and back to a time when rights were not as equal for all people standing on American soil. To a time when White supremacy and most specifically, white men had all the privilege, wealth, and power. And the individual at the top of this movement, is devoid of appreciation for the Americans who have sacrificed their lives in the past two hundred plus years to get us to where we were, before he took office. He is not learned of our Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the will of the people, or possessive of even the slightest interest in anyone other than himself. It is supremely disturbing to me that the office of the President of the United States, once occupied by the greats of Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Obama, is now occupied by a charlatan and a pathological liar. A person so corrupt, he would be better served to abide in a jail cell let alone in the Oval office! His is a legacy that will years to repair. It is certain, that the history books will not treat this individual well.

To that end, recent events have caused me to reflect on our history and explore stories from our past. To learn about Saratoga and Yorktown, Gettysburg and Appomattox, Springhill and Hyannis, and last summer, my wife and I saw Hamilton onstage at Proctors in Schenectady what a mesmerizing and vivid image of America and its founding. Through all of this, words and sentences etched on my mind, the meaning and purpose of our struggle through the ages. Captured in speeches and transcripts, shared as punchlines for humor or soliloquies to abate tears, they have become iconic in the mainstream of American culture. From the Declaration of Independence, to the Gettysburg Address, to the quotes form Dickenson, Frost and Twain, they have all contributed to the people who we truly are and strive to be. Many of these simple verses I have sought out and are illustrated here, printed on paper which I transformed into parchment, then eloquently mounted on a black background, and framed with natural wood, reminiscent of the Old West but echoing our look to the future. Of course, there are some verses, or presentations here, that were thrown in for fun, but nonetheless, meant to exude the same ideal where we came from and theoretically, where we are supposed to go. All are available for purchase on-line and hopefully sometime soon, when the Covid-19 crises is past, they will be available at on be or more the locations where I have my work available for sale. Thank you for your time and enjoy!

"Half the world..." quote/saying by Robert Frost

"I Went into the Woods" by Henry David Thoreau II

"I Went into the Woods" by Henry David Thoreau II

"I, Too" poem by Langston Hughes

"It is better to keep Your mouth closed..." quote/saying by Mark Twain

Emily Dickinson quote/saying about Hope

Excerpt from: "The Crisis" by Thomas Paine

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Quote

Maya Angelou Quote

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

Rules for Life

Rules of the Inn II

Rules of the Inn I

Rules of the Tavern II

Rules of the Tavern I

The "Star Spangled Banner" lyrics by Francis Scott Key

The Bill of Rights

The Declaration of Independence

The Gettysburg Address

The United States Constitution Bill of Rights

The United States Constitution

The final stanza of Abraham Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address

Words to the "The Man in the Arena" speech, by Theodore Roosevelt II

Words to the "The Man in the Arena" speech, by Theodore Roosevelt I