Be kind to thy father,

For when thou were young,

Who loved thee so fondly as he?

He caught the first accents that

Fell from thy tongue,

And joined in thy innocent glee.

~ Margaret Courtney (1822-1862)


Margaret Courtney’s words aptly convey the Christian reverence for fathers that once prevailed in America. This reverence was foundational for harmony in family and society. Sad to say, evolving aspects of modern living has swept aside the old ways that made America good and great.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) demanded that the Ten Commandments chiseled in stone be removed from county courthouse yards, where they once stood to remind us to obey scripture.

The women’s movement replaced the age-old masculine and feminine roles with an end-of-the-ages unisex role that has coarsened and cheapened our way of life, and turned America’s children into latch key kids.

The will of the people has been eroded and overturned by liberal politicians disregarding our Constitution for their gain, and by secular judges who in ruling, follow their own desires – not the scripture that protects “We the People” from flawed thinking.

Since the early 1960’s, public schools have deprived the young of the wisdom of the Judeo-Christian Bible. Our children are being taught to accept ways that are contrary to the wisdom of the world’s ancient Holy Book. We will continue to be secularly driven towards anarchy and eventual servitude to globalist leaders as long as we mistakenly choose to tolerate such flagrant distortions of truth and the consequent liberal theft of our foundational knowledge and basic freedoms.

It is left for us old folk who were raised in Christian America to convey to younger generations the old ways that made America good and great. It is for us to lead the way back to normal thinking and normal living in order to help younger generations recapture the best of what life should offer, and what American life should be. This is a commentary from the editor of oldfashionedhomeschooling.com


“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.” ~ (Colossians 3:21)


Of our father in heaven: ” He shall cover thee with his feathers and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” ~ Psalm 91:4


“A child tells in the street what its father says at home.”   ~ The Talmud


“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) Congregationalist clergyman, reformer, author, orator, and brother to Harriett Beecher Stowe who wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”


“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”   ~ Ruth E. Renkel   ~ No birthdate or any other information found on Renkel

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” ~ Jim Valvano (1946-1993) multi-talented, rare master of his own destiny, champion basketball player and champion college basketball coach


“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’”   ~ Harmon ‘Killer’ Killebrew (1936-2011) — baseball slugger for Minnesota Twins. ~ “He’d shake your hand and share a smile. Then he’d hit the ball a mile.  That’s Killer.” — a loyal fan.   ~ “He was one of the nicest, most generous individuals to ever walk the earth,” — Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson.


“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”   ~ Clarence Budington Kelland (1881-1964) — prolific American writer, major contributor (1920-1950s)  to “Saturday Evening Post”, and screen writer


“I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.”   ~ Sidney Poitier, born February 20, 1927, actor, director, Academy Award for best male performance, “Lilies of the Field”, 1963 (a make your heart feel good, movie)


“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” ~ Charles Wadsworth, (1814-1882) charismatic Presbyterian minister — and “dear friend” of reclusive Amherst, Massachusetts poet, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)


“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” ~  Mark Twain (1835-1910), American writer and humorist


“He that will have his son have respect for him and his orders, must himself have a great reverence for his son.”   ~ John Locke (1632-1704), English philosopher and physician


Locke is known, both, as the Father of Liberalism and as an Enlightenment thinker. Though raised in a Christian household, Locke became a major investor in the English slave-trade, and was involved in supervising the American colonial systems of servitude. Thomas Jefferson was influenced by his writings. Locke’s statement on “reverence” is a remembered teaching from his Christian youth.

Unfortunately, the Age of Enlightenment that began in Europe, began crossing the ocean in the late eighteen hundreds. We have, since, been ill time-warped by secular thought into Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” (published 1932) of a future world in which everything is secularly micro-mismanaged.  ~ commentary — editor


“One father is more than a hundred school-masters.”  ~ George Herbert (1593-1632), English clergyman & metaphysical poet


“The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.” (Solomon – Proverbs 20:7)


“It is a wise father that knows his own child”.   ~ Shakespeare (1564-1616) “The Merchant of Venice”. Act II, Sc. 2, Line 83


“We need to restore fatherhood to its rightful place of honor.”   ~ James Dobson and Gary L. Bauer ~ Dobson, born April 21, 1936, is an American evangelical Christian author, psychologist, and founder of Focus on the Family. ~ Bauer, born May 4, 1946, a former presidential candidate, is president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families


“It may be hard on some fathers not to have a son, but it is much harder on a boy not to have a father.”   ~ Sara D. Gilbert


“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father”. ~ Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)


Fifth Commandment: “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” ~ Exodus 20:12


“But, if any (man) provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. ~ I Timothy 5:8 KJV


“Directly after God in heaven comes a Papa.”  ~ Amadeus Mozart as a boy.



It matters not that Time has shed

His thawless snow upon your head,

For he maintains, with wondrous art,

Perpetual summer in your heart.

~ William Hamilton Hayne (1856-1929)


Here’s hoping many fathers had happy times on their day — this past Sunday. The quotes here, I fancy, will be remembered and reread next year, everywhere – by, or to fathers, and preferably by a family member or by family members taking turns.  ~ editor


Jim Valvano spoke at the inaugural ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards) – 55 days prior to his death:  click here.

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