Hôtel de Valentinois

Ben’s home for almost the entire time that he was in France was the home of Jacques and Marie-Thérèse Leray in Passy.  He was an aristocrat and prominent businessman with connections to the Court of King Louis XVI. She was from a noble background, mother of their five children, and homemaker at the estate.  They…

There is so much that we don't know

Allegories

Allegory is the expression of truths or generalizations about human existence by means of symbolic fictional figures, places or events.Many readers have asked me about the allegories used in The Wisdom of the Flock. The Featured image for this post is entitled “Unsolved Mystery”. It is by Marina Terauds. Marina was gracious enough to agree…

How old was Ben?

Ben was born on January 17th, 1706 – or was he? According to most history books, Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17th, 1706 in Boston. However, you will sometimes see this birthdate with the addendum of N.S. or New Style. What does that mean?  Well, there was a change from the (old) Julian calendar…

Stereotypes of Ben

It’s natural to think of “olden times” as being less colorful and alive than our current age. When we think of people from the 1700’s (or any prior era for that matter), they seem to us to live in monotone black and white, without the complexity or vibrancy of present day figures. Compounding that bias…