Reflections on reading the Tribune article, "Consultants for everything"

There’s a consultant for everything

From houseplants to wall art.

From furnishings to decluttering

To shopping at Walmart.

They will teach you Feng Shui

So your mood will be sunny.

It may help or be hooey.

It’s your choice and your money.

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  • I thought we might get into this! Etymology.com says that consultant originally (1690s) meant "one who consults an oracle," but in medicine by the 1870s, a physician who was called in (consulted) by another physician. But as for the general meaning, "one qualified to give professional advice," that first appeared when a friend of ours came up with it in the story "The Adventure of Silver Blaze." (Etymology.com puts it in 1893, but my trusty facsimile of the original Strand texts of the stories says December 1892.) Colonel Ross tells Watson that he is "rather disappointed in our London consultant" just before he more famously asks Holmes "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"

  • Nobody (except the guy in the right pane) can know everything, but when I saw "consultant," my experience immediately led to business consultant, and hence the question why (based on the nature of the consulting firms) managers of businesses don't know such things as how to do HR, establish computer systems, and the like.

    Speaking of decluttering, there was a Get Organized blogger on Chicago Now, and I once posted there to the effect "how can I make someone your client," and while I didn't mean force, she did reply that you can't make anyone do anything. Seeing a number of hoarder programs and knowing one, calling a decluttering consultant is futile.

  • In reply to jack:

    I remember her--Erin the Organizer---her posts really helped me!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    You're right about the hoarding, Jack. There's a lot more going on than just stuff!

  • Great post, AW.
    No wonder I have insomnia--i sleep surrounded by books!

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I second that, Weather Girl, on both counts. I sleep more and more slowly, but when I go to bed, I have books in every direction. In my case, my trick is to take off my glasses (and to rarely use the powerful overhead lights).

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you, Margaret Serious! Those are very good ideas.
    In my case, I think it's too much coffee...

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