Routine can be the spice of life. Workplace turf wars resemble a squabble over the best seat on a bus. If you want the important stories, don't look on the front page of the newspaper. The president's popularity would increase if he started chain-smoking. We might learn which we value the most if we had to pay for contact with - or isolation from - others. It must be terribly demoralizing to teach foreign languages in an American high school. Most college classes could be shortened with no loss of substance. Raymond Chandler's mysteries are so enjoyable to read that their arcane plots are secondary. Every place looks better in the morning. Many of us were first exposed to classical music via Bugs Bunny cartoons. Anyone who scoffs at cruise control has never driven across Texas. The smaller the audience, the less need for PowerPoint. Time in bed is rarely wasted. At some point in your life, you should own a sports car. Benevolence and discretion deserve far more discussion. Those who seek learning the most need it the least. Some philosophies have huge maintenance costs. There is something very liberating about a full tank of gas and an open road.