You’ve Got a Friend

Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald

Happy Monday, Everyone!  I’m on my way back to NYC after a lovely weekend on the Hiwassee River.  I have been told that the Hiwassee feeds into the Tennessee, which feeds into the Ohio River – from which you can travel anywhere in the world (sadly, not to a riverfront, swim-up Bojangles).  But, to be honest, there’s nowhere I would rather have been than gathered around the card table playing euchre with my Wisconsin ladies. (I lost 5 times and dusted off several curse words in the process.)

This weekend was a reminder to me of how important it is to have good friends on speed-dial – for laugh-snorting, problem-solving, and group overeating.   And, in fact, there have been lots of influential friendships in history – Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien, and Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton - whose friendships gave us beautiful music, incredible books, and that little thing called the right to vote.

Abraham Lincoln once wrote to his bestie, Joshua Speed, “You know my desire to befriend you is everlasting – that I will never cease….” (Abraham Lincoln was a softie!)  So give a good friend a squeeze today and make plans to see each other soon – it’s good for your health and for history.

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