On my nightstand is a book of ancient wisdom that I read from time to time, when I want to get depressed. It’s titled “How to Grow Old” by Marcus Tullius Cicero, the Roman orator, philosopher, playboy and politician, who was the Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra and Nancy Pelosi of his day.
Throughout the ages, Cicero has inspired everyone from Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine to George Burns, although you have to wonder what Cicero actually knew about old age since he died at 63, which by our reckoning is still middle age. Today, he wouldn’t even be eligible for Medicare and he’d be imprisoned if he touched his 401(k). However, when I look at marble busts of this great thinker, I realize he shared one characteristic common to all geezers — the dreaded turkey neck.