By Charles Wheelan
Modeled on Charles Wheelan’s 2011 category Day Speech at Dartmouth collage, this choice of refreshingly sincere recommendation and observations is the antidote to these cotton-candy platitudes which are all too popular to an individual who’s ever worn a mortarboard. Armed with a PhD in public coverage, a long time of expertise in social technological know-how study, and—perhaps such a lot important—good-natured humor, Wheelan bargains up 10½ head-turning aphorisms on happiness and good fortune that anybody staring down the barrel of commencement must listen yet most likely hasn’t heard but. Celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner provides a slightly of caprice along with his irreverent illustrations sprinkled all through.
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On this occasion I had a cricket ball as well as a book to pass the time and was bowling the ball at a tree while pretending to be whichever English bowler I then prized (Bob Appleyard? Johnny Wardle? I cannot remember). I had done this for many days that summer and on previous summers. A boy of about my age (he was in fact about 10 months younger) came up to me. He was carrying a precious possession—a cricket bat. He asked if we could play together and we spent a considerable amount of time bowling and batting until both of us were tired.
And had some carved masks and so on that induced in me an irrational and enduring dislike of primitive art. St. Alban’s shared a plot of land with two other schools. All three were founded by Canon Clement Henry Parsons (1892–1980)—a looming presence in the eight years I spent in two of those schools. St. Alban’s is situated on a large estate, the main house of which was once owned by a Mr. Derry, the co-owner of the famous Derry & Toms department store. Canon Parsons, who must have been something of a pedagogical entrepreneur, began his scholastic empire with eighteen pupils in 1926 and had, by the time I arrived at St.
1 9 5 2 – 1 9 5 7 â•… •â•…37 In the early 1960s, I set off in the spring with my school friend, Bryan “Mac” McEnroe, to walk the Roman Road between Salisbury and Dorchester. The road (part of the Portway that ran from London to Weymouth) ran straight from Old Sarum (the Romans’ Sorviodunum) to Dorchester (Durnovaria). This was an ill-planned venture that resulted in blistered feet and many cuts and scratches engendered by scaling walls, finding a way down paths between thorny, scrubby bushes, and all the other hazards of trying to follow a 2,000-year-old abandoned road with a small map.