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Highlights from the Summer Soirée with Garrison Keillor

“Garrison Keillor has a type of humor in which every insight is above average […] He celebrates a trait that we often don’t think of as a virtue, but he shows us that it is. That is the virtue of gentleness.”
– Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson in his introductory remarks

“Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, it is a sign that faith rules through ordinary things, through cooking and small talk, through storytelling and making love, through fishing, tending animals, and sweet corn and flour, sports, music, and books, raising kids. All those places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through. Even in a time of elephantine greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.”
– Garrison Keillor, We Are Still Married: Stories and Letters (1989)

Presented by Garrison Keillor at Aspen Words Summer Soirée (June 2015)

There was an old singer of Syracuse,
Who was shocked to hear his old dear accuse
Him of losing his marbles.
Cause sometimes he garbles,
The words that the writers of a lyric use.

I used to do avant garde dance,
With a blow torch, blue paint and no pants,
Which some people guessed was genius
And the rest left quickly
When given the chance.

There was a young couple named Kelly,
Who were found lying belly to belly.
But in their haste,
They used library paste,
Instead of petroleum jelly.

A young Baptist lady of Aspen,
Fell down bawling and gaspin.’
She thought she was bit
By a snake on her tit,
But it was her Sunday school class pin.


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