Expensive Lessons Have a Lifetime Guarentee

"Do you know the difference between education and experience?  Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't. " ~Pete Seeger

I have spent many a tattered dollar learning the hard way.  Sometimes it seems I could hold seminars on what not to do, with my life as an example.  It could be called "Learning The Hard Way For Dummies",  I guess if it were popular and filled the empty seats of the colosseum maybe I would become rich with a million dollars in the bank or maybe if I had listened to my Grandfather I would have a lot more dollars in my pocket now.  There is no way to know for sure, but I am certain that empty pocketed or not, I am much wiser now than when I started.

The Stumbling Blocks of Man,

Our grandfathers built a foundation
upon the truths they came to know
so that we might know them to.

Yet we have cracked the masonry
and created stumbling blocks
that our grandchildren will have to move.



  1. Carrie,

    Your intrduction and poem are both superb messages. Learning the hard way, seems to be for most of us. We listen to the advice, but sometimes want to make our our way; finding the difficulties we encounter...
    You are not alone Carrie!!!

    Best Wishes,
    Eileen :)

  2. So very true, Carrie. Each generation seems to pass tasks to the next generation!

  3. This is so true ... I agree with your words ... we grow by experiences and pass that knowledge to those who need it in future !!!

  4. Indeed Carrie. We need to rebuild the foundation on the Truth.

  5. great intro. and poem.

    my grandfather best advice is
    live by Proverbs.

  6. A wonderful piece and great take on this prompt Carrie--lovely writing!

  7. So much wisdom here , Carrie, like we have begun to worship grease itself, while the machine stands idly crumbling

  8. This could be interpreted in a lot of ways, in different themes.

    I love the way you have brought this out!!


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