Miscellaneous and sundry pieces of wisdom – many rock-solid, a few questionable:
- Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
- At the end of the day, it’s the end of the day. Relax; refresh; recover.
- Heed the lesson of kudzu and tattoos: What seems like a brilliant idea can become a lifelong plague.
- Boredom is a blessing: Just ask anyone who’s juggling multiple crises.
- For every man who ever decided the guy who insulted his girlfriend was too big to fight, discretion is the bitter part of valor.
- When you die, your to-do list will still have stuff on it. Sit on the porch some before cold weather sets in.
- Be careful, not fearful; prepared, not paranoid.
- When we’re really struggling, it’s food, clothing, shelter, medicine and transportation – nothing in there about cable TV.
- Grandma’s clock had a quarts movement: In summer and fall, it was time to put up quarts of tomatoes, beans, peas, corn, pickles and other comestibles.
- Never postpone a meeting that you can cancel altogether.
- They call it a deadline, but I can see it still moving.
n Be an eco-conscious couch potato: Watch reruns only.
- It’s easy to say spelling isn’t important unless you’re hungry for hummus and leave out an “m”.
- Maybe worry never settled anything, but it darn sure keeps pharmacists employed.
- How much rain we get is beyond our control – weather or not we like it.
- Every tragic headline is someone’s life.
- “Keep your eye on the ball” isn’t very helpful advice if you play center on a football team.
n Around age 50, we concern ourselves with level and balance – our cholesterol level and our 401(k) balance.
n There’s a fine line between “All the world loves a lover” and “Get a room!”
n Answers are often simple: Eat right, be kind, invest well. But simple isn’t the same as easy.
- Honey, I think my head is going to hurt. Where do we keep the placebos?
- Somehow, grass always finds the cracks in the sidewalk. Whether that’s good news is whether you’re the grass or the sidewalk.
- Every human organization eventually fails. My desk is proof.
- It is easy to love New England’s quaint villages, majestic mountains and rocky coastline, but God did not wire humans to live where tomatoes don’t ripen until Labor Day.
- Nature abhors a vacuum, and small dogs aren’t too fond of it, either.
- Money doesn’t grow on trees – at least not until the housing market comes back.
- When you see the skanky guys some nice girls fall for, you know that love truly is blind.
n Nothing goes without saying.
Errol Castens is the Oxford Bureau reporter. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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