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It’s another trick that she had up her sleeve
Back in the 1930s, in the house I grew up in, there was a small table in the foyer at the bottom of the steps. We called it the console table, and it held an electric lamp on a doily, with enough room left to collect outgoing or incoming mail. (Which, by the way, got delivered twice a day, Monday through Saturday.)
Things will change as you get older
That was a lovely vacation — but way too short. I have to come back out of the 20th century, where I’ve been meeting you for the past two columns, and remind myself that, Maude, it’s been 12 years now so get with the modern time we live in.
The joy of nature never goes away
Note from Maude: In the spring of 1983 I wrote this column, and since then I have seen no reason to change my mind! Only Global Warming can spoil the fun.
There’s more than one way to take a trip
I’ve been birdbrained for years. I used to call it absent-minded, just for the academic prestige of the thing. But now that drug-freak professors like Timothy Leary are reaching new heights in absentmindedness, I prefer to think of myself as, well, muddleheaded. And I’m here to tell you that nobody needs drugs to take a trip. My mind does it all the time, without benefit of hash, heroin, or marajuana.
Guess what? Good things happen, too
It’s only fair to even things up. Last time I talked about the Bad Things that can happen in life. This column, I have to say that Good Things happen too.
Life can be unfair, maybe even tragic
The world is not fair; that’s all there is to it. Life is full of tragedy for all of us. And that’s, as they say, so too bad. Still, some tragedies are more interesting than others, and many of them you can just chalk up to the fact that people are — so often — dumb. And many of these dumb people are — well, criminals.
A few laughs never hurt anyone — much
It’s about that time of the year — for me to shamelessly copy some of the best (printable) jokes of the year from the Internet. Hope some of these, at least, are new to you, and even if only one makes you laugh, well, that’s one more laugh than before you read it, right?
Much in our world is extremely annoying
Ohmigosh, I can hardly wait to write this column. I’ve been collecting examples for it for a couple of days now — that’s all it takes to find enough annoying things in the world for still another column on the subject.
There’s nothing like an old-time porch
It comes back to me every summer — the joy of porches.
People don’t use their porches much any more — mostly these days they stay inside in the air conditioning, watching television.
Ordinary things can be the most amazing
When you live in this world — not that I have any experience in any other one yet — you come across absolutely amazing things that don’t amaze you.
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