jeff noel Asks, If You See A Very Large Unfamiliar Spider, Should You Touch It?

Tarantula, Zion National Park October 2011

Reaching midlife is something we Baby Boomers take for granted, mostly. What’s allowed us to survive, mostly, is a lower-grade of common sense. What gets in the way of us thriving in midlife is a complete and utter avoidance of a higher-grade common sense.

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Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. It’s great to be the first to do something. But poking an unfamiliar spider, in my opinion, is not a great exercise in common sense. To be the first one to say they survived a bite from arachnid-deathicus-almost-certaincus might be an accomplishment for some. For me? I’ll read about it in the paper later.

  2. David, you are so funny. 🙂
    The low grade common sense is an awareness and random application – don’t touch the stove, it’s hot.
    The high grade common sense is a constant start of awareness that every action has a daily predictable response – spend more than you earn = debt.

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