This month's question: What is the best advice you ever...

Voices of Experience

July 21, 1999

This month's question: What is the best advice you ever got?

* Lois Smith of Eldersburg: "I was raised on a farm in Anne Arundel County, the youngest of six children. Mom always told us, `Life wasn't meant to BE EASY.' "

* Jane Driver of Marriottsville: "Although I didn't exactly understand my grandmother's advice, `Willful waste makes woeful want,' when I was a little girl, through the years it has come to mean a lot.

"In every aspect of life, that old-fashioned expression rings true. I especially think of it today, 70 years later, as I observe the water ban."

* Charles Bennett of Sykesville: "During my first four years of college, I went to a businessman and asked him to give me a job. His reply was, `I'll give you a job. Read the Bible.'

"I took that job. It paid well. In this life it made me a millionaire in more than one way. Most important, it has made me a millionaire in my soul, for this life and for eternity."

* Ed Wheatley of Sykesville: "Advice is easy to give but hard to take."

Thanks to all the seniors who contributed to this month's Voices of Experience. Next month's question is: What is your best summer memory?

If you'd like to respond, send a letter to the Carroll Sun Seniors Page, Winchester Exchange, 15 E. Main St., Westminster 21157. Or send e-mail to

You must include your name and a phone number where you can be reached during the day. And please make your responses short so we can give as many seniors as possible a chance to be heard. We'll need your responses no later than Aug. 16. Look for the next Voices of Experience on Aug. 18.

We hope to hear from you, and we encourage you to suggest questions for Voices of Experience.

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