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This Week…Birthday Wishes to a President. 

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This Week…Birthday Wishes to a President. 


My elementary school was Thomas Jefferson Elementary. I have no idea what it’s called now.


Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Thomas Jefferson

My fascination with President Jefferson began on my senior trip when we visited Monticello, his home, and plantation. 



In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

Even though our group had to leave, I knew that I would return someday. What held my attention was The Great Clock.


He was not just our third President. He was also the author of the Declaration of Independence, the Founder of the University of Virginia, and an inventor.


 Experience hath “shewn”, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.
Thomas Jefferson

Besides the Great Clock, President Jefferson also invented a macaroni machine (he loved mac & cheese), new types of arm plows, a revolving bookstand, and mechanical dumb waiters. 

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
Thomas Jefferson

Interesting Fact: There is no mention of his being President on his tombstone. 


If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
Thomas Jefferson


Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Birthday, President Jefferson. 



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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kathy. Jefferson definitely made an impression on you and he should for many others. Enjoy your day.

Apr 13, 2024 05:18 AM
Kathy Streib

He did Wayne Martin He was a Renaissance man and accomplished much. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:31 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Now I know more about Jefferson than I knew before, haha. I hope that you are having a fun weekend!

Apr 13, 2024 05:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Brian England Hi...laying some sod yesterday and today. Not too bad. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:32 PM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net

Being a huge fan of History.  I love visiting the President residencies and their Libraries. Thanks for sharing, make it a great Saturday and enjoy your


Bill Salvatore, Realtor- Arizona Elite Properties

Apr 13, 2024 05:42 AM
Kathy Streib

Bill Salvatore - East Valley when we lived in Leesburg, VA we spent every weekend visiting museums, cemeteries, and Presidential homes. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:33 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathy... one of the things about Thomas Jefferson quotes is that his words are just as applicable for us today as they were hundreds of years ago.

Apr 13, 2024 06:24 AM
Kathy Streib

Nina Hollander, Broker I couldn't agree more. It's one reason why I love reading his quotes. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:34 PM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Kathy, Thomas Jefferson had a multifaceted impact on American history. Recognizing his contributions can spark admiration of his talents and achievements! 

Apr 13, 2024 06:27 AM
Kathy Streib

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I agree. I wonder how many young people know he was a President. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:35 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Good morning, Kathy.
I Have never been to Monticello. In retrospect, I should have taken the time when I was in Charlottesville, VA in 2021. However, I was on a tight schedule and golf took precedence. That's how shallow I am. 😂 I did not remember that he was such a prolific inventor.  I do remember the goosebumps I got at my first glimpse of Mt. Rushmore, where Jefferson's image is prominently displayed.

Happy Birthday, President Jefferson.

Apr 13, 2024 07:14 AM
Kathy Streib

wow Carol Williams I've never been there! If you go East again, I hope you'll take the tour. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:39 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I find it sad that in many States they are trying to get rid of the memory of Thomas Jefferson. This was a great (and flawed) man....much like MLK Jr or John Kennedy.

Apr 13, 2024 07:55 AM
Kathy Streib

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I agree. If we tossed every great historical figure who had flaws, our history books would be blank. We have to remember that times and beliefs were different then. It doesn't make it right but you have to consider the whole package. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:41 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy and such a great writer also.  I think he wrote some kind of paper for guys to sign.  Haha

Apr 13, 2024 08:11 AM
Kathy Streib

Will Hamm good one!!!  I like it. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:41 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson, When one considers all that, they did, and the times in which it was all done, their intelligence was off the charts.

Apr 13, 2024 09:23 AM
Kathy Streib

Ed Silva, 203-206-0754 I agree. And no computers, cell phones, Google to help either!!!

Apr 13, 2024 12:42 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Kathy Streib ,

Thank you for the reminder of all that Thomas Jefferson was famous for besides being out third President. I love his quotes and they are so appropriate for the times we living in!

Apr 13, 2024 10:44 AM
Kathy Streib

Dorie Dillard Austin TX Thank you. I have to admit that my choice of quotes may be somewhat biased. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:43 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy he was also an a currency that is not circulated very much anymore, the $2 bill.  ☺️

Apr 13, 2024 10:52 AM
Kathy Streib

George Souto I forgot about that. We used to save them when I was a kid. 

Apr 13, 2024 12:44 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

April 13 is Founders Day at the University of Virginia. 

April 13, 1743 was his birth date.

Apr 13, 2024 10:53 AM
Kathy Streib

Hi Roy Kelley I'll bet they have a big ceremony there!!!

Apr 13, 2024 12:45 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello Kathy Streib now I learn a few additional accomplishment by 3rd President Thomas Jefferson. Excellent post.

Apr 13, 2024 08:07 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  loved your post and you just inspired me to do a copy cat blog post:)Endre

Apr 13, 2024 09:37 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I never would have believed that a man could be president and not have it mentioned on his tombstone. Interesting.

Apr 14, 2024 08:29 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Happy Happy Birthday to a forthright man! I wonder if the hand plow we have was invented by the former President, Kathy...Hmmm!

Apr 14, 2024 10:03 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

I've never been to Monticello but would love to go some day when back East.

I enjoyed reading more about Jefferson and his accomplishments - I was aware of some but not all the inventions. The quotes are a wonderful addition.


Apr 14, 2024 01:00 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

A few years ago, I visited Montecello, and one thing that stuck out was an invention that would auto-sign letters. It was a step up from a quill tipped pen, but I couldn't figure out how they got it to work. The gardens were beautiful and the slave quarters were, well, interesting.  And I hope they didn't change the name of your high school!

Apr 15, 2024 11:17 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Thomas Jefferson has a very interesting history associated with his life.  Especially, when it comes to Sally Hemmings.

Apr 15, 2024 07:40 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Apr 15, 2024 07:40 PM