Inside Every Adult is a Kid . . .

graphics: Waldorf of the Muppets; Calvin from Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes quote:

 Above: Animated characters: Waldorf of the Muppets; Calvin from Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes. Quote:

• Tribute: Few cartoonists compare with the genius of Bill Watterson (b. 7.5.58) in his Calvin and Hobbes strip (1985-95), as exemplified by the two panels used in the animation above.

Former cartoonist  Bill Watterson

Former cartoonist Bill Watterson

• Bill Watterson: "Personally, I like paper and ink better than glowing pixels, but to each his own. Obviously the role of comics is changing very fast. On the one hand, I don’t think comics have ever been more widely accepted or taken as seriously as they are now. On the other hand, the mass media is disintegrating, and audiences are atomizing."

Full interview:

Similar to animated quote at top:

• “Inside every adult there's still a child that lingers.” — Guy Laliberte

 • “I think that inside every adult is the heart of a child.” — Shigeru Miyamoto

 • “Inside every adult is a magical child to discover.”  — Bruce Davis

• “For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.” ― John Connolly

Above: Panel from  Matt Groening's  Life in Hell

Above: Panel from Matt Groening's Life in Hell

Please Take What You Need

Fizzdom illustration based on sign spotted by  Nick Monsma , reported by Leah Garchik,  SF Chronicle

• I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka." — Ron White

• "Oh no! I just accidentally did everything wrong all my life." — @lynnbixenspan

Above: Shared by  Jane Woods Grimes

Above: Shared by Jane Woods Grimes

"Failure is a bruise, not a tattoo." — Jon Sinclair

• "Happiness keeps you sweet.  Trials keep you strong." — unknown

• "Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents’ shortcomings." — Lawrence J. Peter

• “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Mark Twain (merci Todd Walton)

• "I'm for whatever gets you through the night." — Frank Sinatra

Above:  Abraham   Maslow's   "Hierarchy of Needs ," updated (source unknown)

Above: Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs," updated (source unknown)

• "The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper." — W.B.Yeats

• Animated gif based on flier spotted by Nick Monsma (per Leah GarchikSF Chronicle)

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• During their collaborations over 40+ years, Jane Wagner has written much of comedian / writer / performer / activist / wife Lily Tomlin's material. (see short bios at end of this post)

• Below: Odds and ends about religion and belief systems:

• "Believe" — by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg at Burning Man. Photo below by Peggy Mekemson.

• “Religion is like a pair of shoes … Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.” — George Carlin

• “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”  — Pope Francis

Jon Stewart quote Religion It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.

• "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” — Napoleon

• “I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi 

• “I think of religions as franchise operations. Like chicken franchise operations. But that doesn't mean there's no chicken, right?” — William Gibson

• “Mentioning Jesus in your speech: Small government. Doing what Jesus asked: Big government.” — Stephen Colbert 

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• Above: Successfully testing the limits of government tolerance of religious options, "Pastafarian" Eddie Castillo became the first disciple of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to have an official DMV photo with spaghetti-strainer headgear. 

• Below: Departing from religion and on to the versatile Lily Tomlin as the very funny Ernestine-from-Ma-Bell in this video from Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. Edgier corporate satire than you might imagine for the late '60s, especially about the "omnipotent" phone company and sending out mean drunks!

• "Jane Wagner (b. 2.26.35) is an American writer, director and producer ... best known as Lily Tomlin's comedy writer, collaborator and wife (they married in 2013) ... author of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, The Incredible Shrinking Woman and other Tomlin vehicles … won the Peabody Award ... helped develop the (Tomlin's) Laugh-In character Edith Ann.” (Wikipedia)

• "Lily Tomlin (b. 9.1.39) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer ... a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a stand-up comedian and became a featured performer on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In ... She has starred in such films as Nashville, 9 to 5, All of Me, The Beverly Hillbillies, Orange County, and I Heart Huckabees."

• Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you died, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck." George Carlin

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• "Society drives people crazy with lust and calls it advertising." — John Lahr

• "News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising." — Lord Northcliffe

• "The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks." —  Jeff Hammerbacher 

Cartoon above by the late, great B. Kliban

• Cartoon above by the late, great B. Kliban

• Watch hilarious video above using heartfelt stock images assembled into one seamless piece of corporate blather, with great narration (

• "I saw a subliminal advertising executive, but only for a second." — Steven Wright

• Grazie to Todd Walton for sharing the Norman Douglas quote.

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• For 40+ years Pulitizer-winning cartoonist/writer Garry Trudeau, one of America's most effective and thoughtful satirists, has produced Doonesbury, now syndicated to about 1400 publications. Seldom shying away from controversy, he apparently censors his conversations with wife/journalist/former Today Show anchor Jane Pauley.

• Trudeau (Spring 2012): “The GOP has chosen ... to re-litigate reproductive freedom, an issue that was resolved decades ago. Why Santorum, Limbaugh et al thought this would be a good time to declare war on half the electorate, I cannot say. But to ignore it would have been comedy malpractice.” Here's a sample from that week: doonsebury garry trudeau reproductive rights abortion governor perry texas sonogram bill comic

• Interviewer: “How do you view these comics gatekeepers (who would not run your strips about reproductive rights)?”
Trudeau: “I view them all as wise, loyal and good-looking.” (wikipedia)

• Back to the topic of communication among couples: john grimes cartoon talked all night couples relationships communication

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• “Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.” — John Lennon

• “Our ego is our silent partner … too often with a controlling interest.” — Cullen Hightower

• “Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight.” —John Bradshaw

• “It is the nature of the ego to take, and the nature of the spirit to share.” — Proverb  (

• Watch Deepak Chopra — (love the bling!). The words of Git Anjali may resonate.

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• Isn’t a little family dysfunction good practice for our crazytown world?

• Doesn’t it facilitate humor as a coping mechanism, or as just plain fun in the midst of madness?

• This Fizzdom was inspired by John's late mother, Barbara, who had just enough (okay, sometimes more) dysfunction and chaos. Six kids can do that to a mom.

• Quote was seen on an ecard by Check 'em out.