Today’s words come to us from Poor Richard’s Almanack (sort of an 18th century Good Housekeeping), written by Benjamin Franklin, using the pseudonym, Richard Saunders. The Almanack was published every year from 1732 to 1758, and included weather reports, math puzzles, crop predictions, recipes, and some pretty witty proverbs.
These words are true every day, but especially so at this time of year.
The full quote, which I think I like even more, is this:
There cannot be good living where there is not good drinking. Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance. Take counsel in wine, but resolve afterwards in water.1
I love Christmas. But Christmas was a lot more magical when I wasn’t in charge of Christmas.
I don’t know about you, but with only 15 decorating / baking / shopping / tree-trimming / wrapping / shipping days until Christmas . . . I could use a little less hurry, a little less tension, and a little more tolerance.
Varriano, John L. Wine: A Cultural History. London: Reaktion, 2010. Print.1