In a nutshell

If you could fit your outlook on a bumper sticker, what would it say?

That might be an unfair question, but it’s fun to think about. A living epitaph of sorts, or simply your message to the world behind you.

I enjoy reading bumper stickers. It’s fun to speed up and see how drivers match their sayings.

We spent the weekend visiting our son in Boone, North Carolina, a funky college town about which I’ve told you before. Friday we took a stroll down King Street, had lunch at Our Daily Bread and checked out some of our favorite shops.

My husband’s favorite stop-in is Dancing Moon, a 1960s-style book store, filled with incense, new age music and reading on all things spiritual and counter-cultural. Dancing Moon smells (and, to some degree, feels) just like my childhood.

During our voyages to the Dancing Moon, my husband browses the shelves and chats with the proprietor, aptly a cross between George Carlin and Jerry Garcia. I retreat to my favorite corner in the back, where the bumper stickers are displayed. I pretend I have to select one that represents who I am.

I don’t affix stickers to my bumper. The peace sign magnet I had there at one time had attracted such ire—as well as comments that it was unpatriotic—that I removed it for a while.

I can’t say I was able to select just one bumper sticker on this trip, but here are a few that struck my fancy:

“All the freaky people make beauty in the world”
“Medically speaking, what harm does medical marijuana do to terminally ill patients?”
“Imagination is more important than knowledge”
“Consciousness: that annoying time between naps”
“When in doubt, shut up”
“The truly educated never graduate”
“Peace is patriotic”

What words appear on your life’s bumper sticker?

8 Comments

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8 responses to “In a nutshell

  1. Marty

    This shop had a wonderful R. Crumb, Mr. Natural poster.

  2. Sheree

    In response to any and all that think a peace sign is unpatriotic I will quote Confucious. “War does not determine who is right, only who is left.”

  3. William Greene

    Taking a stand concerning our winter celebration, and courtesy of Bill O’Reilly, our only bumper sticker rejoices :
    “We say Merry Christmas”.
    We do not shop at any store or site which uses the ‘modern’ “Happy Holidays” exclusively.

  4. A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.

  5. Alyson

    From Maggie Kuhn, Grey Panthers founder:
    Speak your mind, even if your voice shakes.

  6. A bumber sticker I’ve always loved is one I’ve only seen once:
    “Look for the good and praise it”
    A powerful philosophy, in my mind.

  7. Polly

    This sounds right up my alley. My car is plastered with bumper stickers 1) because it is a 1998 and 2) because I was feeling outnumbered by all the others out there with opposing viewpoints and wanted to have my say as well (my heritage shows through here). I guess one to sum it all up (today) would be something along the lines of ‘Our values should reflect more than just monetary worth as society sees it’

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