American Inspirations

The American Minute –  A short daily broadcast by Bill Federer on inspiring Americans in US history.  You can read the text version online.

February 12, 2016:   It’s about FREEDOM!

February 10, 2016:  Virtue is necessary in a Republic




2012 libertybellediaries blog posts

December 24, 2012:  “Disposable People?”

December 26, 2012:  Survival: The Mind-set

December 29, 2012:  deTocqueville on Socialism

December 29, 2012:  On Self-Reliance, Feminism and the General Decline in American Culture




2013 libertybellediaries blog posts

January 2, 2013:  A Few Thoughts on the Lewis and Clark Expedition

January 3, 2013:  Multiculturalism My Way

January 4, 2013:  The Quest For American leadership:  A Few Home Truths

February 5, 2013:  Getting To Know You

March 9, 2013:  Culture Demise:  My Antique Home Remedy

March 31, 2013:  Good Intentions

April 9, 2013:  Wise Word To Remember

April 11, 2013:  Take Me To The Moon (or beyond)

April 17, 2013:  Hint: Quantity of time matter too

April 21, 2013:  Finding Common Ground

April 26, 2013:  Time to spare

May 10, 2013:  Just the facts, please….

May 22, 2013:  Lessons From The Village

May 23, 2013:  The Life of George Washington

May 23, 2013:  The duty of a wise people

May 25, 2013:  Remember the cost of freedom

May 25, 2013:  America at the crossroads

May 29, 2013:  The Mom World Peace Solution

June 4, 2013:  Military leadership 101: Set the standard

June 15, 2013:  My Lucky Rabbit

June 18, 2013:  Global Zero: Another Nothing-burger Plan

June 20, 2013:  Paving the path to Peace

June 23, 2013:  Sweet land of liberty…..(or land of the gullible?)

June 28, 2013:  Little scraps worth keeping

July 3, 2013:  Pledge to read the Declaration of Independence

July 20, 2013: Power to the people…. pssssst, that’s in the 10th Amendment, Mr. President

July 24, 2013:  Good Citizen Solution Starts With You

July 26, 2013:  Who are we?

September 15, 2013:  The defining generational shift

September 27, 2013:  George Washington finally gets a Presidential library  

October 2, 2013:  The pansies smiling at you

October 10, 2013:  Minta’s Insightful Metaphor

October 11, 2013:  Requiem for America (no way, no how and not as long as we can fight!!!)

October 16, 2013:  March under one flag

October 22, 2013:  Bumblebees really can fly

October 23, 2013:  Where every child really does count

October 24, 2013:  Love and Peace

November 3, 2013:  Political party identification be damned

November 5, 2013:  Alas Babylon by Kinnison

November 12, 2013:  G. Murphy Donovan’s Thanksgiving Tale

November 16, 2013:  How to fend for their young

November 22, 2013:  An afternoon in the doctor’s waiting room

November 25, 2013:  Why America needs gentlemen…. and ladies too

November 27, 2013:  George Washington Issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation

November 30, 2013:  Stuff

December 5, 2013: Back in the kitchen…(liberal female pols blaze new trails)

December 18, 2013:  Control of the Home Roost

December 28, 2013:  “Please sir, I want some more”…




2014 libertybellediaries blog posts

January 2, 2014:  $2.75 can make a difference…..

February 1, 2014:  Where have all the real men gone?

February 2, 2014:  Trey

February 19, 2014:  An American moment to remember

February 27, 2014:  America in need of humility….. a daunting challenge

March 9, 2014:  Finding that 18th horse

March 12, 2014:  An angry American fat cat

March 24, 2014:  Who will defend our castle?

April 3, 2014:  What the hell does that really mean?

April 5, 2014:  You can teach an old dog new tricks

April 10, 2014:  Timely quote

Aptil 12, 2014:  Female-empowerment comparison shopping

April 19, 2014:  The hotbed of politics

May 3, 2014:  Virtual living

May 9, 2014:  Dilapidated in America

May 14, 2014:  You owe them your Freedom

May 17, 2014:  A new American revolution

May 25, 2014:  We here must speak of heroes

June 2, 2014:  Don’t Back Down From The Sharks (Admiral William H. McRaven)

June 2, 2014:  Reading the Three Cups of Tea leaves

June 4, 2014:  They embraced it

June 4, 2014:  Undue Command Influence

June 5, 2014:  The Choices We Make

June 5, 2014:  A short piece by Stanley McChrystal

June 6, 2014:  D-Day, 6 June 1944

June 7, 2014:  Enemies, both foreign and domestic

June 15, 2014:  Defining a Team of Rivals

June 29, 2014:  One American Team

July 19, 2014:  Power to the people (the states)

July 31, 2014:  The Biggest American Deficit: Trust

August 16, 2014:  Building a bridge

September 5, 2014:  What Ever Happened To Vocations?

September 7, 2014:  Let’s not keep shooting elephants to avoid looking a fool

September 14, 2014:  Story of the Week:  Defence of Fort M’Henry

October 14, 2014:  America at another crossroads

November 16, 2014:  Asking the right questions

November 22, 2014:  Kitchen knives and such

November 29, 2014:  Another home truth

December 1, 2014:  Books vs. e-books, I choose both…

December 7, 2014:  Monster mash…

December 18, 2014:  Please, just let it go Barack and Michelle

December 21, 2014: #BLUELIVESMATTER!!!

December 21, 2014:  Civil order first

December 25, 2014:  “Saved by Christmas” by Steve McCann

December 28, 2014:  Life in Post-Truth America|FrontPage Magazine

December 28, 2014:  A memorial?




2015 libertybellediaries blog posts

February 4, 2015:  General George Washington enters the vaccine debate 

March 1, 2015:  Modernity meets the Amish

April 14, 2015:  Minding Your Manners

May 8, 2015:  The power of free thinking

May 12, 2015:  Who I am and why I blog

May 15, 2015:  Aquamarine vs. turquoise

May 16, 2015:  If we build it; we can fix it

May 24, 2015:  Rememberance

May 25, 2015:  About the sacrifices

July 3, 2015:  Grace in action (Condoleezza Rice & Jenny Oakes Baker – Amazing Grace)

July 8, 2015:  To live free in Dixie

August 11, 2015: For the future in the distance

August 23, 2015:  My thoughts on “Making America great again!”

August 25, 2015: Ben  Caron’s essay: A must read

August 27, 2015: The rule of law in America

August 29, 2015:  “He never means anything serious till he talks about justice and right”

August 31, 2015:  Where have all the gentlemen gone?

September 2, 2015: When a hero comes along

September 5, 2015:  Shoulders about the crowd

November 11, 2015:  Short Veterans Day Tribute

November 26, 2015:  Freedom is special and rare

December 6, 2015:  Diversity does not make us stronger

December 9, 2015:  What he should have said

December 20, 2015:  The complete guide to understanding America

December 31, 2015:  Rebuilding the American Team 




2016 libertybellediaries blog posts:

January 3, 2016:  Self-help projects: an American tradition

January 22, 2016:  On America’s side

February 20, 2016:  The sound of angels’ wings

February 20, 2016:  For the girls, mostly

March 6, 2016:  An American wake-up call

March 14, 2016:  Aquamarine vs. turquoise (repost from May 2015)

March 18, 2016:  Hitch America’s wagon to a star again

March 18, 2016:  Gimme A Knife (Written by Gladius Maximus)

March 18, 2016:  The American Spirit (speech by Ben Sasse)

March 20, 2016:  Sweet land of liberty….. (or land of the gullible) – repost from 2013

April 22, 2016:  The bitter taste of defeat

April 23, 2016:  What kind of parents would

May 6, 2016:  A really great commencement address (Admiral William H. McRaven)

May 12, 2016:  Time to rebuild the American team

May 15, 2016:  A “revolutionary ” idea for America

May 30, 2016:  Freedom isn’t free

May 30, 2016:  A day to remember

June 8, 2016:  Men?

June 12, 2016:  Mike Rowe nails the truth

June 14, 2016:  “American identity”

July 4, 2016:  Let Freedom Ring

July 4, 2016:  The Discovery of Freedom

July 9, 2016:  Another afternoon in the doctor’s waiting room

July 14, 2016:  Civic virtue in America

July 22, 2016:  Forgotten war heroes

August 7, 2016:  #PurpleHeartDay

August 9, 2106:  “Post-reality” America: a Path to Perdition

September 13, 2016:  March Under One Flag (blog repost from 2013)

September 17, 2016:  #ConstitutionDay

September 23, 2016:  My backwoods view on race relations

October 1, 2016:  The American Civil War of Words

October 13, 2016:  Gentlemen: America’s endangered species

October 16, 2016:  More HomeTruths

October 22, 2016:  Looking for a Savior in all the wrong places

October 23, 2016:  Just because you are poor…

October 25, 2016:  America: Our Ordered Liberty Roots

October 28, 2016:  Mixed Potpourri

November 11, 2016:  Good Fortune

December 4, 2016:  Change you can believe in 

December 2, 2016:  Some thoughts on being a “liberated” American woman…

December 5, 2016:  Amarillo By Morning

December 19, 2016:  Domestic Propagandists

December 29, 2016:  Hand-me-downs

December 29, 2016:  America needs to become ONE team

December 26, 2016:  Think for yourself




2017 Blog Posts

January 5, 2017:  A woodpecker in my willow tree

January 9, 2017:  The road to becoming an “information specialist”

January 19, 2017:  Senator Ben Sasse explains Inauguration Day

February 12, 2017:  Sewing that does change lives

February 27, 2017:  An extreme feminist Utopia

March 9, 2017:  Speaking the same language

March 24, 2017:  Threads of Civic Virtue

April 24, 2017:  Standards of excellence… or not

May 1, 2017:  When everyone gets a gold star

May 3, 2017:  Dutiful women and needlework

May 6, 2017:  The Men

May 11, 2017:  Musings on motherhood

June 6, 2017:  Soldiers and books

June 18, 2017:  True heroes, no capes required

July 20, 2017:  Lovely Things

July 22, 2017:  The value of a Goodwill book?

July 23, 2017:  Talking to ordinary people

July 24, 2017:  Quotes to Ponder

September 17, 2017:  Bad title, but great story

September 20, 2017:  A glimmer of hope

October 17, 2017:  The death of gentlemen

October 28, 2017: Katie was right

November 17, 2017:  A deep breath of  fresh air

November 21, 3017:  The Reckoning is upon us

November 25, 2017:  “A few leaves of grass” for remembrance




2018 Blog Posts

January 12, 2018:  America is more than Trump and Media Tweetstorms

January 14, 2018:  A few links in Ulysses S Grant

January 31, 2018:  Another tale from my doctor’s waiting room

February 13, 2018:  A great speech

February 18, 2018:  Lost in Prague

February 19, 2018:  Boys

February 26, 2018:  Chasing old paper trails

February 28, 2018:  Frederick Douglass celebration

March 2, 2018: Angels Among Us

August 10, 2018 Looking Westward

September 17, 2018 Falling in love… with American history

November 4, 2018 Beyond Little Women

December 2, 2018 The passing of an era

December 6, 2018 The American “can do” spirit




2019 Blog Posts

March 21, 2019 More proponents of a “Kill Them With Kindness” plan

August 24, 2019 Searching for our American moral compass




2020 Blog Posts

May 2, 2020 Our American heart

July 11, 2020 How do we begin changing America’s course?