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May 2009

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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_plugin_style_default::options() should be compatible with views_object::options() in /home3/tjwise/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/plugins/ on line 24.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home3/tjwise/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 906.

Strange Bedfellows

There is a saying attributed to Charles Dudley Warner, “Politics makes strange bedfellows” which most people have heard and understand. There are times in politics, when people of seemingly opposite beliefs, are forced by circumstance to work together toward a common goal. What most people don’t know is that like many “quotable” quotes, it was first penned by Shakespeare in The Tempest: “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” This was uttered by a man shipwrecked on an island who must seek shelter besides a sleeping monster.

Although I have not found myself sleeping next to any monsters, I have found the misery that has touched our nation, has brought together many unlikely bedfellows. The other day I was having my furnace cleaned. Although the service technician has been to my home many times before, we’ve never really talked. I’m not sure how we got there, but soon we were sitting at the kitchen table, talking economics and its impact on our own families. I learned things about this man I never would have known if not for this crisis. But people are scared, and when we are scared, we band together.

The frustration level in this country is running so high right now, in part because we are a people of action, and NO ONE knows what to do. So, here is my one piece of advice to everyone for all it is worth, “Be excellent to one another.” We are ALL in this together, and we should be there for one another.

If misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows, sleep around. We can all use a good hug.