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"One Moment In America - Features for the week of 10/11-10/15/10

I have received many requests from my radio audience to print the scripts for my daily syndicated feature. Here they are for this week.

10/11 crossinthewoods_01“The Cross in the Woods”

Hello, I’m Jerry Stewart and this is “One Moment in America”. Not long ago I was in Indian River, Michigan. While I was there I was introduced to “The Cross in the Woods”. What is it? I’ll tell you that story after this important message.

Recently my wife Kelly and I were in the state of Michigan and while we were there we found ourselves in the woods standing in front of a magnificent wooden cross, 55 feet high, and on it hung the body of Christ cast in bronze. It was beautiful. How did this beautiful monument come to be at this place? In recognition of a young Indian maiden, Kateri Tekakwitha, who was born in 1656 and came to be known as the “Lilly of the Mohawks”. She became famous in her travels by erecting crosses in the woods everywhere she went. These crosses became a great inspiration to travelers everywhere. Want to know more about Kateri Tekekwitha? Go to

10/12 “A Modest Politician - Impossible”?

Hello, I’m Jerry Stewart and this is “One Moment in America”. There are some things that seem to naturally go together. There are some things, sadly, that do not. I’ll tell you that story after this important message.

Some things just go together like ham and eggs, peaches and crème, Laurel and Hardy - other things, sadly don’t - like modesty and D.C. politicians. Does such a partnership exist today? I don’t know one. But there have been modest politicians in our American history: One such modest politician was George Washington. In 1776 when the Continental Congress began to discuss just who would lead the Colonial Army and George Washington’s name came up, he immediately left the room because he was too embarrassed to hear them even speak so highly of him. Amazing. Want to read more amazing American stories? Go to

10/13 “Peas Porridge Hot”

Hello, I’m Jerry Stewart and this is “One Moment in America”. Today in our America we have it so amazingly easy as compared to years ago that, sadly, we don’t even know it. Want an example. I’ll tell you that story after this important message.

Today in our America, the inconveniences are so common we don’t even notice them anymore. Like fast food, restaurants, microwave meals. But, it hasn’t always been that way. Back in the old days, the women cooked in the kitchen with big kettles over a fire, and each rarely threw food away. Since they had mostly vegetables, they would leave last night’s leftovers in the pot and today’s menu would be added to the kettle. Sometimes the food would stay in there for days. That’s where they came up with the little rhyme, “Peas, porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old”. Want to here more great stories? Go to

10/14 William’s “Ten Cannots”

Hello, I’m Jerry Stewart and this is “One Moment in America”. In our history are many great Americans who devoted their lives to making a better America. One such American was William Boetcker. I’ll tell you his story after this important message.

William Boetcker was a minister and public speaker who worked hard in our early 20th century to better our nation. In 1916 he published a pamphlet entitled “The Ten Cannots”. These ten cannots have been believed to be authored by Abraham Lincoln, but no so. A few of these cannots”

“You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong”.

“You cannot help people by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves”.

That’s only 2 of the 10 “cannots” by William Boetecker. Want to read them all? Go to

William’s “Ten Cannots”

1) You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

2) You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

3) You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.

4) You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

5) You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

6) You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

7) You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

8) You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

9) You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.

10) You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

10/15 “Tater People”

Hello, I’m Jerry Stewart and this is “One Moment in America”. I ran across something on the web that was a clever play on words comparing people to potatoes or “taters”. And its worth repeating here. I’ll give you these “tater” comments after this important message.

Here’s one for you - how are people like potatoes? “Here goes: If you are not interested in working but content to watch others work, you are a “Spec Tater”. If you don’t do anything to help but are good at finding the faults of others, you are a “Comment Tater”. If you like to boss others around but don’t want to soil your own hands, you are a “Dick Tater”. And if you put up a front pretending to be someone or something that you are not? That’s right - you’re an “Emma Tater”. Want to see the full list of Tater People? Go to

“Tater People”

1) Some people never seem motivated to participate, but are just content to watch while others do the work.

They are called “Spec Taters”

2) Some people never do anything to help, but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do the work.

They are called “Comment Taters:

3) Some people are very bossy and like to tell others what to do, but don’t want to soil their own hands.

They are call “Dick Taters”

4) Some people are always looking to cause problems by asking others to agree with them. It is too hot or too cold, too sour or too sweet.

They are called “Agie Taters”

5) There are those who say they will help, but somehow just never get around to actually doing the promised help.

They are called “Hezzie Taters”

6) Some people can put up a front and pretend to be someone they are not.

They are called Emma Taters”

7) Then there are those who love others and do what they say they will. They are always prepared to stop whatever they are doing and lend a helping hand. They bring rel sunshine into the lives of others.

They are called “Sweet Taters”