A couple of years ago, my sweet wife subscribed to Reader's Digest — for me. She said it would be worth the price just to give me some ideas for our weekly conversations. And she was right.
One of my favorite editions of RD was filled with humorous quotes from folks from all walks of life, humorists, TV and movie personalities, politicians and others who have a public voice. In other words, people with a sharp sense of humor and access to an audience.
For instance, former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt — who you wouldn't necessarily think of as a witty person -—was talking about being disappointed. "I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: not good in a bed, but fine up against the wall." The difference between now and the time Eleanor Roosevelt spoke those words is the presence of the Internet and the fact that probably 10-zillion people would have read it had she been First Lady today. It would have gone straight from the White House to "trending" on all sorts of sites.
When it comes to dealing with fame, late-night TV host Johnny Carson said, "If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead." But hey, they've got to make a living, too.
One of my favorite singers, Josh Groban, had an interesting take on fame. He said "There's no half-singing in the shower; you're either a rock star or an opera diva." Come on, let's face it. You sound pretty darn good in the shower don't you? And you give it 100 percent every time you crank it up!
Writer Jane Wagner has an interesting slant on our ability to converse with one another and some people's ability to find what's wrong in life. She said, "I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain." How many people does that remind you of?
The French had a great sense of humor — even back in the 1700s when author Nicholas Shamfort is quoted as saying, "Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day." 'Nuff said.
Most married men can relate to what Barbra Streisand said in giving advice for marriage: "Why does a woman work 10 years to change a man, then complain he's not the man she married?" I'll ask my wife.
The lovely and talented comedian Rita Rudner is quoted as saying, "Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage — they've experienced pain and bought jewelry." I can relate to half of that. I've bought a ring or two in my 40-plus years of marriage.
"If a woman texts 'I love you' and her man writes back using and emoji — no matter what that emoji is — he doesn't] love her back." That's what actress Chelsea Perretti is quoted as saying in Reader's Digest. I agree that men use the Internet as an easy way out of things like this and worse.
Everybody loves Lucille Ball. The red-haired comedian said this about getting older: "The secret to being happy as you age is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age!"
Actress Paris Hilton gives a bit of upbeat advice about aging: "You should live every day like it's your birthday."
And speaking of birthdays, my wife Paula's family has a little verse that we say to relatives and special friends on the occasion of their birthday and it goes something like this: "Many happy returns on the day of your birth. May sunshine and gladness be given. May God in his wisdom prepare you on earth for a beautiful birthday in heaven." I usually add the line "Just no time soon"... but that's not an official part of the verse.
Thanks to my wife for subscribing to Reader's Digest and thanks to you for sharing a bit of your day — hopefully ending with a smile on your face.
Until next time.