“The key to longevity is to interact with other people.”               

–Carl Reiner

Funny on his own, Reiner was somehow even funnier in the role of the straight man–as in his comedy records with Mel Brooks where he played a reporter interviewing a 2,000 year old man played by Brooks. Their interactions were genius, Brooks riffing on Reiner’s questions; Reiner doing follow-ups, segues, or ridiculous transitions. Reiner, a writer, director, actor, comic, producer, and activist, passed away this week at 98. He was funny and engaged until the end, interacting with generations of friends and strangers. A life well lived.

Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Saturday and Sunday, Stacey will be selecting TODs from the archives of past postings. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like. It will be good for you, good for poets, and order from your local community bookstore and it will be good for them too.