We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Sound advice, and found in a collection of essays/letters titled
http://www.amazon.com/Fart-Proudly-Writings-Benjamin-Franklin/dp/1583940790]Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School
Ben Franklin has always been my favorite historical figure. Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Samuel Clemens, the Wright Brothers, et al, all make for an interesting read, but I always thought Franklin was a cut above. Most famous Americans were either doers or thinkers, but ol' Ben was both.
A classic and one of my personal favorites. Not that I have or will be selecting a mistress but I've thoroughly enjoyed revisiting this bit of Mr. Franklin's advice since I first found it in my late teens through, well, my advancing maturity.
Ben was a very interesting character who lived in interesting times.
Speaking as an Old Woman [we prefer to be called Wise Women] I consider Ben Franklin a truly wise man. He notes that "their conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreeable," [you have to talk sometime, after all]. Also, as Ben points out, "when women cease to be handsome, they study to be good ... and are the most tender and useful of all friends when you are sick." And best of all, "they are so grateful."
Gratitude, like loyalty and fidelity, is one of the grand old virtues which have been pushed aside by the Me-Firsters. But when you give someone the gift of yourself, even if only for a little while, it's lovely when they are grateful for it, don't you think?
" Gratitude, like loyalty and fidelity, is one of the grand old virtues which have been pushed aside by the Me-Firsters. But when you give someone the gift of yourself, even if only for a little while, it's lovely when they are grateful for it, don't you think?"
Quite, Marianne. We southern women are known for our loyalty and fidelity, aren't we? Your thoughts on gratitude made me recall this exchange between us:
Flag Day has always been very important to me, because I was born on June 14, 1928, and I was six years old before I found out that all those lovely parades and high school bands weren't playing for me. My first great disillusionment, and even worse than finding out shortly thereafter that there was no Santa Claus. Childhood is full of disillusionment.
At any rate, Flag Day is a wonderful time, a time to remember how great our country is, and how wonderfully it has been defended through the years by our brightest and best young men and women.
#3 Marianne Matthews on 2008-06-03 23:09 (Reply)
I was going to highlight the line about being six and learning the band wasn't playing for you, but then I read the rest of your comment. What a terrific comment. All lines should be highlighted. You write such lovely thoughts of your life that it is uplifting to read them.