Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

My new hero

Posted January 5, 2011

What was your favorite gift from the holidays? One of my favorites was a lecture series from The Teaching Company. The package contained six CDs and twelve lectures by Professor Rufus Fears from the University of Oklahoma. The subject: Winston Churchill. The story of this incredible Brit made a perfect traveling companion for our seven hour drive to Florida.

The world could use a few more Sir Winstons. He was a brilliant statesman in the truest sense. Professor Fears chronicles Churchill's life from a "troublesome child" to a fearless world leader who first suspected the evil of Hitler and took on the Nazi tyrant without flinching in Britain's' darkest hour.

Dr. Fears is a master storyteller. He begins by talking about the things that made Churchill great - a moral compass, bedrock principles, and a grand vision. We learn that Churchill was an accomplished painter and prolific writer. He had a dog named Rufus. Churchill drank way too much but still managed to get an amazing amount of work done. Sir Winston was an optimist, an activist and orator who inspired millions with his words: "Never, never, never give up." He was a lousy politician but great leader.

I'm looking forward to more inspirational lectures from The Teaching Company.


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  • daviscc1973 Jan 6, 2011

    I love the name Seth!

  • mammothman53 Jan 6, 2011

    I wish we had a president and world leaders like Sir Winston Churchill today! My favorite gift this Christmas was a framed photo of my 1 yr. old Grandson! Priceless!!

  • pulstar40 Jan 5, 2011

    RV traveling is wonderful!

  • blytle Jan 5, 2011

    Bill, tell Cindy she can borrow mine!!

  • bleslie Jan 5, 2011

    mdoodle - my wife has been after me about an RV for decades!

  • bullethole357 Jan 5, 2011

    Wish he were here now. We have too many "lousy politicians" and not enough "leaders".

  • katizs Jan 5, 2011

    My favorite gift this year is a set of handmade Christmas ornaments- one from each of my kids that they had crafted on their own (with a little help from grandma) - they were so proud of their creations to be able to give them to me so we could proudly hang them from our family tree

  • blytle Jan 5, 2011

    What a great way to pass the time while traveling. It is fascinating to see the bunkers in London where Churchill practically lived most of the time during World War II. He was a remarkable man and a great statesman! My favorite gift this year was an RV!! No, not a real one, a toy -- because I'm always teasing my husband that we need to buy an RV and see the country. It got to be a real game -- we'd pass one on the road and I'd go into my speil about how we needed one. The last present he had me open had the little RV that he actually bought from an RV dealership that we pass on the way to his mother's house! I laughed so much and have just loved the thought and care that he put into getting that gift. Our motto is "it doesn't take much." I think that gift really proves it!!

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