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?


Filed under All Things Wordish, Quotes, Travel

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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