We don’t go to many movies, now that neither of our girls requires a chaperone. Nor (given Hollywood’s low-standard fare of late–“Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter”?!) do we very often want to. But we did want to see Lincoln, so yesterday we fought our way through the throngs of crazed Black Friday hyper-consumers in Green Hills. It was worth it.

“He stood where he thought he was right and crushed them with his candid logic,” wrote his assistant Hay. But he almost always set them up with an amusing story first. I try that sometimes too, in the classroom, but I don’t get as many laughs as he did.  Next time the room fails to respond, I’ll quote Abe: “Gentlemen [& Ladies], why don’t you laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die, and you need this medicine as much as I do.”

So now I must read Team of Rivals, all 750 pages of it. But it may not fit into the time. Holiday break may not be long enough this year. 


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