“To me, the commodity that we consistently overvalue is money, and what we undervalue is our precious and irreplaceable time. Though, of course, to the extent that money can save you time or make it easier to accomplish things, it’s a wonderful thing.”
Later on in the article, she (Sandra Boynton) says, “I love what I do, I love the people I work with, I care very much about the value of the work I create, and I don’t need more money than I have. This is not revolutionary philosophy. It’s just common sense.”
Dang. All that and she is funny, too. I want to buy her CDs.
In a less happy-making article ("Are Americans Hostile to Knowledge?"), I read this: "But now, Ms. Jacoby said, something different is happening: anti-intellectualism (the attitude that 'too much learning can be a dangerous thing') and anti-rationalism ('the idea that there is no such things as evidence or fact, just opinion') have fused in a particularly insidious way." I can't tell how common it is for people to dismiss something very controversial (or rude) they have said by saying, "that's how I feel," as if it weren't important to have some facts to back up their feelings - feelings alone are enough. And, you know, if you feel God exists and his writings say there was no evolution, then that's just good enough. Trying to research and see if those beliefs are rational? That's bad.
Ending with humor value, we have this: an article about the revival of the semicolon. I've always been a fan of the semicolon and was surprised to hear that it had fallen out of favor. That said, per MY grammatical instruction, “Please put it in a trash can; that’s good news for everyone” is not actually correct. Or, well, maybe it is, but it doesn't feel right. What do you think?