Sky Bridge: The Donor

Isaac rolled a cart with an ice sculpture to the young people’s table, it was the size of a large vase. The artist had used a crystal blue food coloring to hue the ice. He had carved it by hand, to Isaac’s specifications. Michelle loved it, Jerry just stared.

“Who’s paying for our meal? Who sent this statue?” His voice was calm, but even a stranger recognized the animosity in his voice. Isaac smiled, “I am paying for your meal, as for the statue, it was also my idea. Isn’t it wonderful to not have to worry? This sculpture is meant to reflect that, it’s title is ‘The Donor’, it’s patterned after a painting a local New Yorker painted many years ago. Would you care to hear the story?”

Jerry relaxed slightly, “I know the painting very well, I never knew there was a story behind it. Tell us please.” “Carter Gold was an orphan at was three years old. He ran away from the state when he was fourteen. Carter tried to make a living, but couldn’t keep a job. Finally one day, he found his way to a restaurant. A man known as Papa Georges took him in, and gave him a job.”

“Carter was horrible at every job he tried, but Papa never gave up on anyone. One day, he noticed Carter doodling, Papa went out and bought a digital palette and eCanvas, and placed them in his hand. Carter said that he didn’t know how to paint, Papa insisted that he try.”

“It took a while, but today Carter Gold’s pictures sell for two to five million easily. “The Donor” was one of his first paintings, Carter gave it to a close friend. How do you know it?” Jerry swallowed, “It hung in my Father’s pawn shop. I never cared for art, but he told me it was very valuable, and one day would pay for my college education. That’s until my Mother sold it and kept the money.”

Check out the next chapter, Sky Bridge: The Pawn Shop

Hisbits: Theodore Roosevelt Part One

Col RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt was an American. It may be a strange thing to say, but more than almost any other President, he personified the United States. Many people know only four things about him. First that he was President, second, the caricature of his features, thirdly the teddy bear is named after him, and finally, he was a soldier. All of those things are part of him, but there was much more to him than most Americans know.

Some know that he was a sickly child, who through perseverance and difficulty strengthened his feeble frame. A few know that it was his Father that inspired him to do so. Many don’t know that he lost his first Wife, and his Mother on the same day. This devastated the man behind the myth. He left his life as a State Assemblyman to become a rancher and also served as a Deputy Sheriff. This rough adventure helped to build the man we know today.

When he returned to New York, he remarried and returned to politics. Along with his daughter Alice from his first marriage, five children were born into the Roosevelt home. These children were the delight of his life. He served on the Civil Service Commission, was a New York Police Commissioner, and became the Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

War in Cuba caused him to resign his position and formed the volunteer regiment “The Rough Riders.” While serving, after Colonel Wood was promoted to Brigadier General of the volunteer forces, Roosevelt was placed in charge of his regiment. He was promoted from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel. Upon his return to civilian life, many would refer to him as either T.R. or Colonel.

He described that day at San Juan Hill as the happiest day of his life. He lead two very important charges that day, and was nominated for the Medal Of Honor. It would later be awarded posthumously, after his son received it for exemplary service in World War II. He gladly left the halls of power for the battlefield, and cherished his service there.

He was elected Governor of New York, and did so much to weed out corruption, that the “Boss” of his party nominated him to the Vice Presidency, just to get rid of him. In one of my favorite stories, the Colonel outsmarted the politician. Party boss Thomas Platt promised to support Roosevelt’s bid for Governor if he agreed to meet with him before acting. Roosevelt agreed, and true to his word met with him. Then, he would proceed to do exactly what he felt was right, instead of what Platt wanted. This lack of corruption propelled him to the second highest office in the land.

Upon the death of McKinley, Roosevelt became President. It seems he was always meant to be President, as a small boy, he witnessed the funeral procession of President Lincoln. Two presidential assassinations would leave their impact on both him, as well as the country.

We’ll continue talking about “The Colonel” in our next Hisbit, Theodore Roosevelt Part Two.