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               Tuesday, July 23 2002 

The better part of wisdom

It may be in part because I have no "significant other" and have no intimate family life where I can air my personal concerns, but I'm not big on what many people consider "discretion" about my personal life. Of course I consider it a point of honor to be discrete in the discussion of others, and think it's improper to discuss sexual interests and experiences with anyone other than confessor, spouse, or shrink. But I don't care nearly as much as many people do about which topics are proper for public discourse and which aren't.

I was sent down this trail while looking for a quote for the Thought for Today corner. A Rebecca Johnson's only thought worth publishing, in the collection editors' opinion, is this: "Money is just the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it but everybody's doing something about it." The "Nobody talks about it" is what caught my attention.

Certainly it's boorish to brag about how much you spent for your Lexus or your fiance spent on your diamond. But I think the British defensiveness, for example, about being asked how large their land acreage is is being a bit retentive. One acquaintance counsels not discussing personal health issues with casual acquaintances. But why, assuming you're not "going on" about all your ailments, aches and pains, should you be secretive about your health and why you're trying to improve your health-related habits? In fact, it's by mentioning my diabetes to less-than-intimate friends that I came upon some of the most important facts I needed to know in its treatment, things my doctor hadn't mentioned.

And though I won't be publishing my tax return, my socio-economic situation is no big secret or taboo topic. It would be both indiscrete and dangerous to flash a wallet full of greenbacks on the street, but there's no shame in mentioning certain limits on my spending or what I consider important enough to save up for or how long I may have to save. Maybe some of this was gained in my preparation for ministry, in which we were encouraged to be "transparent" with those we served.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Older women (series, attributed to Andy Rooney)

As I grow in age, I value older women most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

An older woman will never wake you in the middle of the night to ask, "What are you thinking?" She doesn't care what you think.

An older woman knows herself well enough to be assured in who she is, what she is, what she wants and from whom.

Few women past the age of 50 give a darn what you might think about her.

An older single woman usually has had her fill of "meaningful relationships" and "commitment." The last thing she needs in her life is another dopey, clingy, whiny, dependent lover!

Older women are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it.

Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

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