Staff Writer


Smoke Signals

Sep./Oct. '09

Bi-Monthly Magazine

Well folks, guess I passed Buck's test seeing how he invited me to do another article for you guys. He just had a few small requests that I DO NOT use bad language like cursing, name calling, not period slang, colorful remarks (now that one I like, what is colorful remarks? Interesting). I hit on the short list, probably because I couldn't write fast enough when we (I mean when he told me what I could and won't do). He did mention something about someone gettin' an ass whopping last issue!!!   Wasn't me thank goodness, I'm good, sometimes. 

Anyway that said here are a couple items put down for your viewing pleasure. (Heard that or read it, kind-of-neat).


A Few Hints for Your Next Speech

When your asked to give a speech here are some old time hints, doesn't matter if its on the fur trade, reenactments, or just addressing a groups of people. Here are some tips to help you put your best foot forward.

  • Before your next talk, of course you are well prepared, make sure you are well-hydrated. (drink at least 5-6 cups of liquid that day).

  • Avoid dairy products for an hour before giving your speech. This will help with mucus buildup and the need for clearing ones throat.

  • Hot tea and coffee can cause a dry, parched mouth or throat.

  • Sugar and alcohol can trigger a blood sugar reaction that can cause the "jitters".

  • Never speak on an empty stomach, eat a piece of fruit, drink juice or have a dinner roll 30 minutes before your eye-opener of a speech.

  • Stay away from caffeine, it can make you jumpy during your presentation.

  • If you have a head cold, open your sinuses by breathing some hot steam from the sink or shower. Use a nasal spray for a few days if needed, before your speech.

  • Sore throat, gargle with warm salt water several times in the hour before your speech. (1/4 teaspoon of salt to two cups of water).

  • Throat lozenges help to fight cold symptoms and nervous dryness.

These helpful steps have saved me a few times, they are slightly modified from the one's used by Samuel Adams, when giving one of his famous 3 hour orations. He also used some of these steps to his advantage, with co-speakers, a few drinks or tea/coffee with a nice dry pastry, of which he gave in large amounts and encouraged all to have more, but for himself he did not partake.

He's the one that stated "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms". With some of our citizens of today, I wonder what little things he would serve them before they made their speeches?


Some Food For Thought!

"You may make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you start blaming someone else." Thomas Jefferson

"Blessed is he who has learned to admire and not envy" Benjamin Franklin

"Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship" John Paul Jones

"Bad breath is better than no breath at all." Rev. War Dentist joke

"Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of strength. However at times, knowing when to let go and doing it, takes more strength." John Jacob Astor

"Never use a big word when a diminutive phrase can be utilized." Benjamin Franklin

“Taking one's self to seriously is a mistake, a hundred years from now your name will be unknown." George Washington

"Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none." Benjamin Franklin

"Love your enemies, it will drive them crazy." Benjamin Franklin

"Strength is the ability to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands, then eat just one piece." James Beckworth

"The more you know, the less you need." Thomas Jefferson

"The length of your education is less important than its breadth, and the length of your life is less important than its depth." Thomas Payne

"There is the power of love and the love of power, where one enters, the other leaves." UNKNOWN.


Kinda fun seeing your name in print for just tellin' stories, like listen to Cunningham sittin' around a camp fire at a rendezvousss. Never know what he'll come up with!!!

See yaw.....

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