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Graduation Advice:  Learn To Tie a Bowline (And A Bow Tie) (May 13, 2019)

Posted in Graduation Advice on May 13, 2019 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’19 . . . learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie). . . .  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

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K          “And wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.  Eat dessert.  First.  And learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie).”

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J          “Go East, young person.  Go to Rome, D.C. and get in on the looting before it is too late.”

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[See the “Sunscreen Column”, the Wikipedia article “Wear Sunscreen” and listen to “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”.]

[See the e-commentary at “Graduation Advice:  Eat Dessert.  First. (May 14, 2018)”, “Graduation Advice:  Wear Chainsaw Safety Chaps; Cut With Care (May 15, 2017)”, “Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016)” and the advice to youth at “Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014)”.] 

Bumper stickers of the week:

Wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps and eat dessert.  First.   And learn to tie a bowline (and a bow tie)

Better to know a knot and not need it than to need a knot and not know it.

Graduation Advice:  Eat Dessert.  First. (May 14, 2018)

Posted in Graduation Advice on May 14, 2018 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Eat dessert.  First.”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’18 . . . Eat dessert.  First. . . .  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, eat dessert.  First.  would be it.”

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K          “And wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps.”

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J          “Go East, young person.  Go to Rome, D.C. and get in on the looting before it is too late.”

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[See the e-commentary at “Graduation Advice:  Wear Chainsaw Safety Chaps; Cut With Care (May 15, 2017)”, “Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016)” and the advice to youth at “Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014)”.] 

Bumper sticker of the week:

Wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps and eat dessert.  First. 

Graduation Advice:  Wear Chainsaw Safety Chaps; Cut With Care (May 15, 2017)

Posted in Graduation Advice on May 15, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Wear chainsaw safety chaps.”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’17 . . . wear chainsaw safety chaps . . . if I could offer you only one tip for the future, chainsaw safety chaps would be it. . . .  Wear chainsaw safety chaps . . . and cut and craft with great care.”

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K          “And wear sun screen and hearing protection.”

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J          “Go East, young person.  Go to Rome and get in on the looting before it is too late.”

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[Ponder the graduation commencement speech titled “This Is Water” by David Foster Wallace.]

[See the e-commentary at “Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016)” and the advice to youth at “Go East, Young Person (August 25, 2014)”.]

Bumper sticker of the week:

Wear sun screen and hearing protection and chainsaw safety chaps

Graduation Advice:  Wear Hearing Protection; Listen Attentively (May 16, 2016)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Graduation Advice, Journalism, Newspapers, Press/Media, Pulitzer, Pushitzer on May 16, 2016 by e-commentary.org

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K          “Wear hearing protection.”

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K          “Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’16 . . . wear hearing protection . . . if I could offer you only one tip for the future, hearing protection would be it. . . .  Wear hearing protection . . . and listen attentively.”

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K          “You are surrounded every day by noise.  Nail guns, guns, chop saws, generators, ice augers, pressure washers, snow mobiles, atvs, planes, boats, vacuum cleaners, power drills and ads by the underwriters on public radio and then when you return from your cabin are assaulted and assailed by the din and cacophony of daily life.  Protect your hearing; hear what needs to be heard.” 

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K          “But trust me on the hearing protection.”

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J          “I hear you.”

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[See the “Sunscreen Column”, the Wikipedia article “Wear Sunscreen” and listen to “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen).”]

Bumper stickers of the week:

“Wear hearing protection; listen very attentively.”

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”  Mary Theresa Schmich, the author of “Everbody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” and a most deserving recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 2012 and a recipient of the Pushitzer Prize for Commentary nunc pro tunc to 2012.

Be kind to your knees, you will miss them when they are gone.  Be very, very kind to your knees.  Be even more kind.

Floss.