Two days ago, a message popped up from Google or Facebook or some other non human entity asking "Your birthday's coming up soon (it is in fact in a couple weeks) Do you want to plan something?"
....and so the conversion of my hardening heart began.
"My country,' tis of thee,
sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
land where my fathers died,
land of the pilgrims' pride,
from every mountainside let freedom ring!"
Samuel F. Smith, 1808-1895
Burns: "Ketchup.. catsup.. ketchup.. catsup... I'm in way over my head" The Simpsons
“Above all, stop and think what you are saying! This is really the first, last and only rule. If you “stop”, you can’t chatter or expound or flounder ceaselessly, and if you think, you will find a topic and a manner of presenting your topic so that your neighbor will be interested rather than long-suffering”. Emily Post (1873–1960). Etiquette. 1922..