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A word from our sponsor. January 2, 2012

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It’s me, Richard Saunders of Poor Richard’s Almanac fame, here to start your new year off right with a few words of wisdom from our hero and blog mentor, the great Benjamin Franklin. Take them to heart, and you’ll enjoy a healthy, productive, and prosperous year!

“If you’d know the value of money, go and borrow some.”

“The horse thinks one thing, and he that saddles him another.”

“Love thy neighbour; yet don’t pull down your hedge.”

“A child thinks 20 shillings and 20 years can scarce ever be spent.”

“He that doth what he should not, shall feel what he would not.”

“Where sense is wanting, every thing is wanting.”

“For age and want save while you may; no morning sun lasts a whole day.”

“Do not squander time, for that’s what life is made of.”

“Think of three things, whence you came, where you are going, and to whom you must account.”

“If you would be loved, love and be loveable.”

“He that would travel much, should eat little.”

“Speak little, do much.”

“Two dry sticks will burn a green one.”

“Where there is hunger, law is not regarded; and where law is not regarded, there will be hunger.”

“A long life may not be good enough, but a good life is long enough.”

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better man.”

Finally, here’s one just for the election year:

“In rivers & bad governments, the lightest things swim at [the] top.”

A happy New Year to you all!


                               Richard Saunders

WWBD? September 4, 2011

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As most of you know, our hero and blog mentor here at Poor Richard’s Almanac is the great Benjamin Franklin, whom we consider to be one of the brightest and wisest men who ever lived. Dr. Franklin is the West’s answer to Confucius, and we’re sure he would have been regarded as a Buddha had he lived in India rather than America.

Ben Franklin’s knowledge of human nature and its contradictions, its capacity for folly and heroism, its strengths and weaknesses, its silliness and seriousness, its love of worldly pleasure and comfort and its longing for the eternal, remains unsurpassed. Ben knew people. He understood people. So he was able to speak directly to people’s minds and hearts. That’s why if a Colonial family had one book, it was the Bible, but if they could manage two books, one was the Bible and the other was Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack. They knew they could rely on Old Ben to steer them right.

To this day, we here at Poor Richard’s Almanac try to keep Ben’s wisdom in mind when confronting the situations life presents to us. In every situation, we ask ourselves, What would Ben do?

Tempted by some bauble or treat when your budget’s tighter than tight? “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

Starting to think you’re special? “A man wrapped up in himelf makes a very small bundle.”

Slacking off on putting stuff away as piles of clutter are taking over? “A place for everything, everything in its place.”

Using your house as a parking space, to grab some food, sleep and shower before rushing off to your ‘important’ work and ‘real’ life? “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.”

Madder than hell? “Anger is never without a reason, but seldom with a good one.”

Tempted to gossip, to spill the beans? “A small leak can sink a great ship.”

Catch yourself whining and complaining? “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.”

Always taken by surprise by life? “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

Wavering over making the effort to reach out, to do the good thing? “Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them.”

And on and on. Ben Franklin has good advice to offer for every human situation. Living Ben’s way means living in harmony with your fellow men, keeping out of debt and distress, and growing as a person throughout life. Sounds like a good plan to us!


No! No!!! It was Ben, not Tom. August 19, 2010

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Egads. Someone came on our blog, Poor Richard’s Almanac, last night with the search phrase “Thomas Jefferson published Poor Richard’s Almanac.” No no no no no.

Far be it from us to disparage Mr. Jefferson, whose thoughts, inventions and achievements have inspired so many. But excuuuse us: It was our own hero and blog mentor, the great Benjamin Franklin, who published Poor Richard’s Almanack, not President Jefferson. And we can further state that Dr. Franklin’s almanac was the second most popular publication in the Colonies, after the Bible. Many Colonial families only owned two books, Poor Richard’s and the Good Book.

So please, dear reader, don’t deny Mr. Jefferson his due. But please don’t appropriate the achievements of the good Doctor and paste them onto Tom. Poor Richard’s Almanack was a Ben Franklin original, as Ben Franklin himself was the greatest American original.

Long may he wave.

Whoa, who are we, anyway?!! October 18, 2008

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Good grief. Our friend Ben sees that people have reached our blog today searching for King Richard’s Almanac, Sir Richard’s Almanac, and even Uncle Richard’s Almanac (this last doubtless caused by a bit of confusion over “Uncle” and “Ben”). Not to mention “Hunting Almanac,” which our friend Ben assumes is a legitimate search that was misdirected to us. (The only things worth hunting around here are stink bugs, and as Silence will tell you, they’re usually hunting us.)

Folks, just to be clear, we are Poor Richard’s Almanac, and Poor Richard’s Almanac is us. Much as we deplore Kings Richard I and II and feel that King Richard III was framed, and much as we love Sir Richard (Francis Burton), we have no Uncle Richard (though we do have a Cousin Richard), and none of these have an almanac to our knowledge, unless they’ve managed to return from the grave in the guise of fervent bloggers.

There is, of course, our hero and blog mentor Benjamin Franklin, who published Poor Richard’s Almanack (note that “k” at the end) for many a year, full of wisdom, gossip, weather facts, and sly humor. We hope that Dr. Franklin would be proud of our own modern-day effort. And we—our friend Ben, Silence Dogood, and Richard Saunders—wish old Ben could be here to provide some astute commentary on the tenor of our times. We feel certain he’d have plenty to say! Alas, we’re left to stumble on, keeping the torch of Ben’s wisdom alight as best we can.

So welcome to Poor Richard’s Almanac, whenever you care to visit us! We’re always delighted to see and hear from you. As for kings, knights, and uncles, all of history awaits you. And sometimes it will even await you here.