Three score and a few months ago – on July 2, 2013, to be exact – we brought forth a new blogging tradition at SageBroadview. On that day, our first “Sage Serendipity” – a tasty tidbit we add to the tail end of each of our posts – showcased Sheri’s musical son Devon. From celebrating stock-picking kittens, to wondering what happens to teardrops in space, to offering an homage to the late, great David Bowie, our Serendipities may not be revolutionary … but they sure are fun. To put a bow on 2016, Sheri shares a few of her favorite Sage Serendipities across the years:
To put the November election in perspective:
Our September 20, 2016 Serendipity shared “6 captivating books about early America,” from TheWeek.com. A good place to start!
More time-tested (and entertaining wisdom):
As a new “empty nester,” I love a good movie, a bowl of buttery popcorn and some chocolate. This May 14, 2014 Serendipity list of greatest films from the 21st century is coming in especially handy these days.
Like a rolling stone:
This advice on positive mindsets from our August 9, 2016 Serendipity will help me remain active too, so I can keep eating that popcorn and chocolate!
Harry Potter to the rescue:
Now that my sons have flown the coop, I’m especially glad we still have common interests, such as my and Dominic’s mutual fascination for all things Harry Potter. Dominic and I convinced his brother Devon to listen to the audio books while he cleaned and fixed musical instruments during his summer job, and he’s now a fan too. Check out our August 2, 2016 Serendipity, and you may soon join us.
Women and politics:
I know, that’s a charged subject this year but, for the record, we’ve been talking about it for a while now. Our second-ever Sage Serendipity from July 17 2013 shared a Ms. Magazine article on 10 things women couldn’t do before the 1970s. As with our investment strategy, social reform often takes time and patience.
Always be kind:
Last but certainly not least, as we reflect on the drama of 2016 and ponder what lies ahead, I hope we can all rally around these crucial words from the masterful writer Neil Gaiman, as shared in our first Sage Serendipity of 2016:
“I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.”
SAGE Serendipity: As we look back on our 3 1/2 years of Sage Serendipities we thought it fitting to examine the word serendipity. The Merriam-Webster on-line dictionary has a wonderful word history article on it’s etymology — 262 Years of Serendipity: The word’s inventor was inspired by a fairy tale. This article traces the use of the word back to a letter written by Horace Walpole, who in 1754 was inspired by a fairy tale called “The Three Princes of Serendip.” Apparently Walpole was responsible, through his vast correspondences, for 200 words in the English language.