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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jethro the donkey hauls vegetation

If you want to haul heavy, wet pots of plants to transplant them far away where there is not a road, here's a plan: take some deer-fencing, sling it across your donkey packsaddle, and tie it up with a lot of string. Make sure your knots are tight or things will get dicey.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Bad music and a great blogger

A lovely quote cribbed from Michael Gilleland at Laudator Temporis Acti:

My flesh crept as the loud-speaker poured out these sodden words, that greasy, sagging melody. I felt ashamed of myself for listening to such things, for even being a member of the species to which such things are addressed.
Aldous Huxley

Michael's a fascinating blogger who shares my love of trees and from whom I discovered, via his several passages from Seneca, that I seem to live my life according to the tenets of Stoicism.

Here's another good quote I found on his site (it was originally from the New York Times):

To put it in Romneyesque terms, it’s all about finding an excuse to slash programs that help people who like to watch Nascar events, even while lavishing tax cuts on people who like to own Nascar teams.
Paul Krugman

And here's another:

If later I was taken to some Unitarian church, it didn't matter. It seemed a little ridiculous, all those good people in their Sunday clothes, so demure, so conscious of one another, not needing in the least to pray or to be prayed for, nor inclined to sing, but liking to flock together once a week, as people in Spain flock to the paseo, and glad to hear a sermon like the leading article in some superior newspaper, calculated to confirm the conviction already in them that their bourgeois virtues were quite sufficient and that perhaps in time poor backward races and nations might be led to acquire them.
George Santayana