Friday, August 8, 2008

Share your nuggets, thoughts, wisdom

BREAKING NEWS from The Onion: Al Gore Places Infant Son in Rocket to Escape Dying Planet.

A reader writes: I have been reading a book about aging called The Measure of My Days by Florida Scott-Maxwell. Here is a quotation I like:

Age is truly a time of heroic helplessness. One is confronted by one's own incorrigibility. I am always saying to myself, "Look at you, and after a lifetime of trying." I still have the vices that I have known and struggled with—well it seems like since birth. Many of them are modified, but not much.

What’s your favorite? Send it to me via email:

English is a tough language. Playwright George Bernard Shaw was fond of pointing out that the word "ghoti" could just as well be pronounced "fish" if you followed common pronunciation: 'gh' as in "tough," 'o' as in "women" and 'ti' as in "nation." And he was a playright.

Now we’re in trouble. The NY Times reports that with new analytical techniques, a fingerprint can reveal not only the identity of the person – but also what the person was last touching. Such as drugs, explosives, poisons, or cookie jars.


Ken Martin said...

I wouldn't say it's "my favorite" but here's a quote I attached to an e-mail this morning concerning the edits I made in a special report we'll be publishing in the September edition, about taking care of ageing parents:

"Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our dear friends are going or gone and we survive amontst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield." -- Muriel Spark (b. 1918), British novelist. Miss Taylor, in Memento Mori, ch. 4 (1959).

You will be able to read that story ("Becoming Mother to Your Mother") in on our web site when the September edition comes out at

Jeff Hebert said...

The last time I tried to share my nuggets with someone I got slapped with a restraining order.

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