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Love and Other Grand Obsessions

In a famous sonnet, Shakespeare said, “live with me and be my love.” In this, Shakespeare was an optimist.

Family 

Dickens was right: Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.

Work

A famous poet wrote that laborers building churches were like “congregated bees.” He could have been talking about Corporate America.

Friends

Friendship has been called that mysterious cement of the soul and the sweetener of life. Friends, however, can be a royal pain.

Marriage 

In the sixteenth century, John Heywood wrote that wedding is destiny and hanging likewise. Mr. Heywood was an astute man.

Health

Two thousand years ago, Roman aphorist Publilius Syrus said, “Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings.” The Romans also knew the benefit of a gym membership.

Mourning

La Rochefoucauld said, “Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.” Which is why we count on family and friends to do that for us in times of loss.

Kids

The age-old pithy maxim: Children should be seen and not heard. Especially now that we have texting.

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