When did Common Sense Become… Uncommon?

Balance is important to Libra Gals

Dear Reader:

I had to laugh out loud the other day when I watched an interview with Dolly Parton and she had the audience laughing galore with her last common sense piece of advice… and witty observation … which was:

Wherever you go… well… THERE YOU ARE!”

Dolly should have been a comedian… she paused just long enough to have the audience leaning forward in their seats to hear the second part of the statement. When they heard it… for a split second there were slightly puzzled expressions… then the laughter erupted! They had ” been had” but still the advice was sage and sound. Just common sense advice-a novelty today!

I think the times we are living in now- will one day, be described as ” The Extraordinary Age of Extremism.” For a ” Scales” Libra gal …whose lifelong mantra has always been ” Moderation in all things” ( thanks Socrates) … a gal who believes that the key to happiness and success depends on keeping our lives in sync and balance… these extreme political figures sprouting up, like bad weeds pretending to be flowers, are deeply troubling to me… and I don’t think I am alone with this apprehension.

All gardeners know that if dangerous weeds aren’t pulled but allowed to grow… they will take over your garden. Gardeners understand the old wise weed advice-” Don’t let weeds go to seed.”

As we watch some quite ” interesting” candidates throw their hats in the ring… I keep trying to think of someone who could run on a common sense platform and win!

I would have to talk my visionary candidate into returning from blessed bliss-heaven to return to … well… not heaven… but still our beloved country… and she is ( drum roll) Erma Bombeck-the Queen of Common Sense. After all it is Women’s History Month. And we sure could use some more humor in the news!

” Knowledge is knowing a tomato is classified as a fruit; Common Sense is not putting it in a fruit salad. ” Yep… we need more common sense these days and wit! We need Erma!

Go Erma!

And here are some more of her takes on many of the issues facing America today and her platform! Good advice!

MEDICAL: ” Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.”

” Getting out of a hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You’re not out of it until the computer says you’re out of it.”


” Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?

” It goes without saying that one should never have more children than car windows.”

” There is nothing more miserable than flying into paradise and discovering you do look like your passport photo.”

” Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.”

” Car designers are just going to have to come up with automobiles that outlast the payments.”


Motherhood is the biggest on-the-job training program in existence today.”

OUTLOOK ON SUCCESS: ” Success is outliving your failures.”

PREDICTION: ” When humor goes, there goes civilization. “

So until tomorrow: Find ways and time to remember happy incidences shared with a friend or friends … ones who will even sing the Oldie Goldie tunes you loved together… ( over the phone) – it releases so many worrisome toxins from our present times… replaced by joyful memories!

Today is my favorite day- Winnie the Pooh

Love and kindness make the world go round
Spring Really is a Blessing… of Hope

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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7 Responses to When did Common Sense Become… Uncommon?

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    Agree…candidates with common sense who want to meet on common ground…way too many politicians and few statesmen… and term limits…to the day she died Mother thought so much of Harry Trunan …who relied on Bess as his advisor and when he left office he refused any pensions…said his job was done…just my thoughts


  2. Pam says:

    Just want to say that I enjoyed…well, just everything in today’s post. You always start my day off with a smile & plenty of gems of wisdom to keep me grounded & grateful.


  3. Wonderful post. I loved Erma Bombeck. I read her for years. Yes, common sense is needed to challenge misinformation. Loved this post, Becky.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      So glad! Hope you are doing well and your health has improved so you can go and come as you please! Love, Becky


      • Thank you so much. I was thinking of you because Douglas and I are in Hilton Head. Just decided at the last minute to see the ocean, and the closest beach we could find at a good price was here, as it is Spring Break. Young people in bikinis and sunburned in this cooler weather is somewhat disturbing to witness, but being near the ocean on the south end of the city is just what I needed. I can see why you love the Lowcountry. It is beautiful.


      • Becky Dingle says:

        How marvelous! So glad you are able to travel again!
        Sent from my iPhone


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