George Carlin 8-23-18

George Carlin, who was a terrific comedian, sums up life and who we are – beautifully. Powerful words, spot on wisdom.

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George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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28 Responses to George Carlin 8-23-18

  1. beetleypete says:

    I had to look him up to see who he was, but his words were profound indeed.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Ah… I miss him. The husband of an old friend used to look an awful lot like him — it drew lots of comments. If George were here today, he’d have a field day with the current situation. Thanks for sharing, Jennie. Hugs.

  3. GP Cox says:

    He was hilarious!

    • Jennie says:

      He definitely was hilarious. Remember the routine where he didn’t say a word and the audience was howling with laughter? And then I read this piece he wrote. Wow! He was far more than a great comedian. I never knew that. Thanks, GP.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this, Jennie. I never knew Carlin was so sentimental. That was poignant and touching. The last line took my breath away. 🙂

    • Jennie says:

      I was struck, Diana. Like you, I knew he was a brilliant and funny comedian, but this writing was something else. I’m so glad you liked it. Yes, that last line…

  5. Words we all perhaps need to heed right now Jennie.. Thank you for sharing them… ❤

  6. Wonderful, Jennie! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Jennie, thank you so much for sharing and I just reblogged it too! Many of us have bit into the poison apple of wanting, but not needing, and have forgotten the beauty of simple things that mean a life well-lived. Karen 🙂

  8. I always loved George Carlin. Miss his wisdom so much. He would have had a field day with what’s going on these days. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. I’m not sure George Carlin made it across the Pond – maybe he did – but there’s a lot of wisdom in that piece.

    • Jennie says:

      You are not the first blogger from Britain who has said they did not know Carlin. His fame and humor must have only been on this side of the pond. His wisdom in this piece was new to me, and to many others. Many thanks!

  10. Norah says:

    Thanks for sharing this Jennie. Wonderful advice.

  11. this is all a tragic truth. how beautifully said-thank you!

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