Things We Used To Say

What the “Things We Used To Say” series is about:

I’ve been a bit overwhelmed trying to get a handle on today’s culture of Conservatism.  I grew up conservative but today’s version isn’t recognizable to me.  The word has become shorthand for “Selfish, short-sighted ideological bully” and I’m not even sure it has language in common to explore the difference.

Back when I was writing the DOF blog, it occurred to me that a few, almost-forgotten aphorisms, which once defined what it meant to play a constructive role in society, are overdue for a visit.  I started writing them down on index cards that I carry, and here they are.  Recently I re-started the series on this  blog.

Those Who Cannot Remember The Past Are Condemned To Repeat It

There, But For The Grace Of God, Go I” (DOF blog)

Don’t be a litterbug!” (DOF blog)

A Stitch In Time Saves Nine” (DOF blog)

If You Can’t Stand The Heat, Stay Out Of The Kitchen” (DOF blog)

You Get What You Pay For” (DOF blog)


  • The DOF blog is now archived as a static HTML site. I keep it up on the web because it represents 10 years of my writing, and as a reminder of the changes in my thinking during that time. Writing changes how you think, or at least, it should.