Anderson: Something to Fear for New Graduates

May 17, 2014

By Barbara Anderson at Newburyport Daily News

You who are old, and have fought the fight, and have won or lost or left the fight,

Weight us not down with fears of the world, as we run!

Cale Young Rice

Part I.

When I wrote the above demand into my quote notebook, I was young and annoyed by fearful advice from my elders. I try not to be pessimistic around younger people, which is easy because I’m optimistic by nature. In fact, the one time I was invited to be a commencement speaker, years ago, at a dental hygiene school, I may have shared the Rice quote, along with congratulating the graduates on choosing a profession that would make people smile more...