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I didn’t know I was a slave until I found out I couldn’t do the things I wanted.   Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Baileyc. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.



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Interview – Steven Harris

I am honored today to introduce my readers to Mr. Steven Harris, a walking, talking, passionate encyclopedia of energy and energy related topics (producing your own, storing and using it wisely).  I was introduced to Steven Harris via a podcast I am subscriber to and anytime he is on the show I am always keen to hear what he has to say.    Steven Harris is an author, publisher and an expert in solar energy, generators, batteries, fuels and multiple ways to keep your lights on when your really need them.  He graciously took time out of his busy day and answered some questions for me.

French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?

Beer battered French fries at Churchill Haus in Churchill, PA or steak cut fries at Red Robin.  No condiments.  Why would I destroy a perfectly good french fry?

How long have you been creating  and why?(and I consider being an  entrepreneur a creator). 

  Probably since I was 2 years old and playing with blocks.  Why?  Because I was born a Meyers-Briggs ENTP and its in my nature, its what I do.  There are 16 Meyers-Briggs temperaments and the ENTP is the most creative and is known for its creativity.  Note: Temperament is NOT personality.  Its the way people are wired.  If you want to ‘Know Thy Self’ then take a temperament test.

What odor to you is the most pleasant?


Favorite things to read?  What genre?

Brad Thor military spy thrillers.  Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Web Griffin etc…   and I read a lot of technical papers on the fields I’m working in.  I said to a person a few months ago that a persons wealth is not measured by his bank account but the size of his personal library.

A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

 Eating too many french fries.

What is the best thing about creating?

Always doing something that no one else has ever done before or solving problems no one else has been able to solve. I’ve done this my whole career.

How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

Depends on the weight of the vehicle that ran over it.

What is the worst thing about being a creative personality?

Not having enough life to do all of the things I know that can be done.   It’d take 10 life times and I’d still never run out of new ideas.

If you could force one famous person to to read your books or watch your DVDs… who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?

Famous to me and famous to the public is another story.

Where do you hope your creative endeavors lead you?  An interview on Oprah or Ellen that sends your web site stats soaring?     

Implying that I’d like to be on Ellen or Oprah and have my web stats soar and thus my sales soar implies that I’m driven by vanity and greed.  I’m not driven by vanity in the least and greed is not in my nature.  Vanity is by far one of the most destructive personal traits a person can have.  The statement you made is actually insulting.


That is Mr. Steven Harris a man of deep knowledge about the world of energy, dispenser of wise and practical about how to keep you and your family safe, secure, warm (or cold depending upon the need) and dare I say happy in good times and bad.  I really enjoyed his answer about wealth and a personal library.  

The greatest and simplest thing that I think that you can do for your energy needs is in  his talk on How to Power Your House From Your Car with An Inverter,  at  the 2nd item down at this writing. 

Thanks again. 


Next week Jack Spirko.  

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What kind of shorts I wear has nothing to do with music.    Chuck Berry

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Not to disagree with Mr. Berry but if you can do a split like that, the kind of underwear you are wearing might be important.  

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A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill.   Robert A. Heinlein

Robert Anson Heinlein ( July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called the “dean of science fiction writers”,[5] his sometimes controversial works continue to have an influential effect on the genre, and on modern culture more generally.

Heinlein became one of the first American science fiction writers to break into mainstream magazines such as The Saturday Evening Post in the late 1940s. He was one of the best-selling science fiction novelists for many decades, and he, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke are often considered the “Big Three” of English-language science fiction authors.[6][7][8]Among his most notable works are Stranger in a Strange Land,[9] Starship Troopers, which helped create the space marine and mecha archetypes, and the libertarian novel The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.[10]

A writer also of numerous science fiction short stories, Heinlein was one of a group of writers who came to prominence under the editorship of John W. Campbell at his Astounding Science Fiction magazine; however, Heinlein denied that Campbell influenced his writing to any great degree.

Within the framework of his science fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought. He also speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices.


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Interview – Jacopo Della Quercia

This is an interview with someone I follow on Twitter (who also follows me) @Jacopo_della_Q .  He is a writer with his stuff displayed at The Writings & Works of Jacopo Della Quercia.

I do not recall how I started following Jacopo on Twitter but I have enjoyed his posting there, and I just bought his book The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy.   I am up to chapter 3 and I am thoroughly enjoying it and really like the true historical footnotes in a fictional story.  

French fries- Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?

Steak.  I use ketchup on my fries (except for the rare occasions I’m having a burger overflowing with a cheese sauce.

How long have you been writing and why?

I have been writing for 8 years now. It started as a learning experiment. Now, it’s a fascinating, fun career!

What odor to you is the most pleasant?

My favorite odor is fresh mountain air.

Favorite things to read?  What genre?

I usually read non-fiction works for research, but I also love classics of every genre.

 A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

I’m guessing I wrote for the boat to capsize due to the zeppelin crashing into it.

What is the best thing about writing?

When you’re a writer, you really can do whatever you want because it’s not somebody else’s book. It’s yours. I love the freedom of telling stories the way I want to. Sometimes I test new ideas, and other times, I try to make my readers appreciate little-known traits from past writers whom I admire.

How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

A groundhog can hog all the ground it wants, unless a bigger, meaner groundhog comes along and takes it stuff.

What is the worst thing about writing?

Jacopo della QuerciaThere’s a lot of waiting in writing they can be unbearable. Waiting for your advances, waiting for editorial reviews, waiting for proposals to be accepted, and so forth. To me, the worst of all is waiting for inspiration. I have so many ideas that I’ve been working on and nurturing for years but have yet to funnel into proposals. It drives me crazy. But then again, some ideas, like wine, are only ready when they’re ready.

If you could force one famous person to read your stuff who would you force, and how much would you force them to consume?

I’m guessing someone who could help me sell a bunch of copies with one review, like JK Rowling. And honestly, I wouldn’t force my writing on her. I think she would really like ‘License to Quill’ if she knew about it! I also wouldn’t mind it if Donald Trump or Sean Hannity spent a month hating on ‘The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy.’ I imagine such criticisms would turn the novel into an overnight bestseller!

Where do you hope writing will lead you? Full time novelist? Twitter Millionaire?

Honestly, I just want to be able to make enough as a novelist to continue writing them at my own pace. It’s not a lot of money now, but honestly, I don’t need a lot of money to survive. If enough people read and review my work, it would free me to write as many as several books a year! I guess that’s everything. Thanks so much for the questionnaire! I had fun.

The man has done a  metric crap ton of writing for and here is the evidence.

Next week the remarkable Steven Harris.


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There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.   Hubert H. Humphrey

Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (May 27, 1911 – January 13, 1978) was an American politician who served as the 38th Vice President of the United States from 1965 to 1969. Humphrey twice served in the United States Senate, representing Minnesota from 1949 to 1964 and 1971 to 1978. He was the Democratic Party‘s nominee in the 1968 presidential election, losing to Republican nominee Richard Nixon.

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Never trust a man, who when left alone with a tea cosey… Doesn’t try it on.    Billy Connolly

Sir William ConnollyCBE (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor from Glasgow. He is sometimes known, especially in his homeland, by the nickname “The Big Yin” (“The Big One”).[2] His first trade, in the early 1960s, was as a welder (specifically a boilermaker) in the Glasgow shipyards, but he gave it up towards the end of the decade to pursue a career as a folk singer, firstly in the Humblebums alongside friend Gerry Rafferty until 1971, and subsequently as a solo artist. In the early 1970s, Connolly made the transition from folk-singer with a comedic persona to fully fledged comedian, for which he has received numerous awards.